Saturday, August 9, 2014

This Blog Has Moved - Sorry!

To all of my blog readers who are still coming to this site - I apologize, but something I thought had happened months ago apparently never did.  Back in June, I joined the blogging team at, a larger travel website dedicated to all things travel.  I had thought this blog would be disabled, with an automatic redirect to the new page, but while cleaning some stuff up this afternoon, realized that was never done.  So, for those of you who have been coming to this blog for the last 2 months and have been bewildered at the lack of new content - my sincere apologies.  Please mosey on over and update your bookmarks to my new site - the Road More Traveled blog at

Happy trails!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Frog and Onion Pub, Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda - Restaurant Review

The Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda
My wife and I just recently got back from a combination road trip to Boston and cruise to Bermuda.  I decided to kick off my series of posts with a restaurant review, this one of the first restaurant we visited in Bermuda, the Frog and Onion Pub at the Royal Naval Dockyard.  You might be wondering why we're eating in a restaurant when we came to Bermuda on a cruise ship, where your fare includes the right to stuff yourself silly 24/7.  Well, this particular itinerary gave us from 11 A.M. Sunday to 5 P.M. Tuesday on the islands, and to get the most out of your time, it's best to get an early start and not have to keep going back and forth to the ship.  Therefore, we made plans to have lunch off the ship each day.

Lima, Peru

The colorful architecture of downtown Lima
This is part 5 of my series about our cruise to South America in December, 2012.  Today's port-of-call is Lima, Peru's capital city.  This would be my third country in South America, after Colombia and Ecuador. 

For a general overview of the cruise and the trip report index, click here.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Manta, Ecuador

Sunset over Manta, Ecuador
This is part 4 of my series about our cruise to South America in December, 2012.  Today's port-of-call would be Manta, Ecuador, a fairly small city literally straddling the equator, its official latitude being just 0 degrees and 57 minutes south.  This would not actually be my first visit to South America - that milestone was completed when we stepped off the ship in Cartagena, Colombia a few days earlier - but this was my first visit to the Pacific side of South America south of the equator.  One of these days, I'll get around to writing about my actual first visit to the southern hemisphere, a trip to South Africa in April, 2008.

For a general overview of the cruise and the trip report index, click here.

NOTE:  if you're dying for a trip report about Bermuda, just relax, jack.  I'll start putting some up within the next few weeks.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Beaches of Bermuda - A Photo Essay

Not a beach, but waves crashing rocks in Bermuda
Greetings tonight from Columbus, Ohio, at essentially the halfway point back home to Dallas.  I normally don't like to put posts up immediately about places I've just visited - I like to take the extra time to think about what to write and how exactly to organize things - but I really didn't want to be days late with a post again.  Needing something quick to put up, I thought I'd leave all of you with some photos of the great beaches we saw in Bermuda during our short visit there.  Not to worry, I will eventually have a series of posts up about my trip, but in the meantime, enjoy - and start working on finding your beach this summer!  NOTE:  Photos posted in the order we visited them.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

This Summer's Most Valuable Vacation Advice

Downtown Boston from a cruise ship balcony
Greetings from sunny Bermuda.  First off, apologies to regular readers of this blog for the late posting.  I had fully intended to schedule this post to publish before leaving on vacation, but well, let's just say that things have an amazing way of getting in the way when you're getting ready to get away.  Anyway, with Memorial Day, and thus, the traditional beginning of American summer vacation season soon to be upon us, I thought this would be an appropriate time to relay some travel advice for those planning a summer getaway.  While the title of this post may be a bit over-hyped, I do hope it proves to be useful for some of you.  To that end, I offer two simple yet effective pieces of advice...

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Transiting the Panama Canal

Cruising through Gatun Lake on a sunny day
This is part 3 of my series on our cruise to South America in December, 2012.  Today was the thing I was looking forward to second most on this cruise - making the shortest transcontinental journey in the world on our cruise ship via the Panama Canal!  This was actually my second visit to the canal.  The first was in December, 2005, but the ship we were on didn't actually go through the canal.  It just went through the first set of locks on the Caribbean side (the Gatun Locks) and turned around, and then we took a small boat through the rest of the canal. 

For a general overview of the cruise and the trip report index, click here.