A Winter Walk in Fairbanks, Alaska

February 16, 2017

Last week, on February 9th, I woke up in Fairbanks, Alaska. Peering out the window of Room 225 at the Marriott Springhill Suites in downtown Fairbanks, this was the view just before 9 am local time. It is light outside. The birds are flying and the city is slowly springing into action. After a very […]

Read the full article →

Packing for a Winter Trip To Fairbanks, Alaska

February 8, 2017

I’m flying tonight on a last-minute trip to Fairbanks, Alaska. The temperature is expected to be as cold as negative 33 degrees F. Brr! That’s scary cold. What to wear/pack for -33 degrees below zero temperatures in Fairbanks? First, as always, I start with my bags. I want to be strictly carry-on for these flights, so […]

Read the full article →

24 Fun Facts About Fairbanks, Alaska

February 1, 2017

Fairbanks, with a population of 32,469, is the state of Alaska’s second largest city. It is located approximately 120 miles south of the Arctic Circle, on the banks of the Chena River. 1. The founding of Fairbanks can be traced to August 26, 1901 when E.T. Barnette created a temporary trading post on the banks of […]

Read the full article →

A Look Inside a Vista Suite on Holland America’s Koningsdam Cruise Ship

January 28, 2017

Last November we sailed on Holland America Line’s ms Koningsdam on an 11-day cruise to the Southern Caribbean. The ms Koningsdam is Holland America Line’s newest ship, and the cruise line’s first Pinnacle Class ship. With 13 public decks, the ship accommodates 2,650 guests (not counting third and fourth guests sharing a stateroom), in addition to 1,036 crew. We were […]

Read the full article →