November 2015

A Look Inside the Cotton House Hotel, Barcelona

November 30, 2015

During a recent pre-cruise visit to Barcelona, Spain, we stayed three nights at the Cotton House Hotel. The new hotel, part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, has been open about six months.  The Cotton House Hotel, located in Barcelona’s Eixample neighborhood, is in the former headquarters of the Association of Cotton House Manufacturers. Cotton is a prominent feature throughout […]

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40 Fun Facts About Mauritius

November 29, 2015

A friend of ours is visiting Mauritius, inspiring us to do a little background research on this island nation in the Indian Ocean. Mauritius — an island nation world-renown for its lush, tropical vegetation, sugar cane plantations, dramatic mountains, sugar-white beaches, aquamarine lagoons and exotic mix of Indian, African, British, French, and Chinese cultural influence — […]

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A Look Inside an Obstructed Ocean-view Stateroom on Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam

November 24, 2015

For our recent transatlantic cruise on Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam, we booked a Category H obstructed ocean-view guarantee. We were assigned to stateroom #4075, located in the center section of Deck 4, the Upper Promenade Deck. Here’s a look inside.  The first thing you notice upon entering stateroom #4075 is the lifeboat in front of the window. (NOTE: all Category H […]

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40 Fun Facts About Dubai, United Arab Emirates

November 23, 2015

A friend is headed to Dubai this week. While we wish we were going, this background research will get us prepared when we do make a visit to Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. 40 Fun Facts About Dubai, United Arab Emirates 1. Located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf with a population of […]

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