Destination Discoveries

Exploring Makassar, Indonesia by Taxi

March 18, 2016

In 2013, while sailing on a short segment of the Holland America Grand World Voyage, I visited Makassar, the provincial capital of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. The port city of Makassar is also known as Ujung Pandang — which is also the name of the pre-colonial fortress in the city that dates to 1545. The original fortress was built by the Gowa Dynasty. The […]

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A Walk Around Alicante, Spain

February 19, 2016

Last fall, while on a transatlantic cruise from Barcelona to Ft. Lauderdale, we spent a port day in Alicante, Spain. Located on the Mediterranean Sea, Alicante is a popular vacation destination on Spain’s Costa Blanca.  In this view from our cruise ship in the port, you can see Mount Benacantil with its Castillo de Santa Barbara overlooking the city. […]

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Dining at La Taberneta in Barcelona’s La Barceloneta Neighborhood

December 10, 2015

Having visited Barcelona several times before, we had a very short list of things we wanted to do during our recent 3-day stay. Explore some new-to-us neighborhoods Take a food walking tour Tour Palace of Catalan Music with its iconic stained glass skylight. On Saturday, we ate our way through the Gracia neighborhood with Devour Barcelona Food Tours. Guide […]

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Touring the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona

December 5, 2015

During a recent three day, pre-cruise stay in Barcelona, we took a guided tour of the Palau de la Musica Catalana (the Palace of Catalan Music.)The Palau concert hall is located on a narrow street in Barcelona’s La Ribera neighborhood. Outside, the building is decorated with a massive sculptural group symbolizing Catalan music by artist […]

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