Majesty of the Seas anchored in CocoCay, The Bahamas
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Bahamas Cruise Aboard the Majesty of the Seas

Port Canaveral, FL – CocoCay, Bahamas – Nassau, Bahamas – Sea Day

We just got back from a great cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas! This was just a 4 night cruise that stopped in CocoCay and Nassau. It was a lot of fun and we really lucked out with the weather. This time of year is good to go because the prices are usually very low, however you run more of a risk of hitting bad weather because it is hurricane season. The crew was wonderful and the food and drinks were great! While the Majesty of the Seas is one of the smaller Royal Caribbean ships, there was still lots to do.

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Brick Factory: Vietnam in Photos
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Exploring Vietnam & Cambodia: Mekong River Cruise

River Cruising Along the Mekong in Vietnam & Cambodia

A few years ago, we went on land/river cruise trip through Vietnam and Cambodia. We had  an amazing time seeing these two countries. There is so much history and culture. Some of the history is hard to take in, especially visiting sites like The Killing Fields and the “Hotel Hanoi” where American POW’s were held during the Vietnam War. Seeing these places in person though is an eye-opening experience. It was sad because so much of the Cambodian history is unknown to many people. But meeting the amazing, resilient people who can always find a reason to smile was so amazing. We also enjoyed seeing the hustle and bustle in Hanoi and Phnom Penh.

This was our first time ever in Asia, and we definitely cannot wait to go back! Our trip was with Viking River Cruises and we had the best guides ever who made the trip even more enjoyable. Here is everything we did and saw during our two weeks Mekong River cruise through Vietnam & Cambodia. Enjoy!

Chicago to Seoul: Read more about our Mekong River cruise on thetravelinggals.com!

That is a long line!

Off We Go…

First we did a lot of flying. A lot. Sarasota to Chicago. Chicago O’Hare to Seoul, South Korea. Seoul to Saigon/Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City, Vietnam. It was about 20 hours of flying. Luckily Korean Air is spectacular and it reminded us again of how terrible it is to fly domestic! We just love the feeling of getting on a plane and then being halfway around the world. Anyone who has traveled internationally understands that amazing feeling.

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Chicago Skyline
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WEEKEND GETAWAY: Chicago, IL

WEEKEND GETAWAY: Chicago, IL

One of the best cities in the world is Chicago, IL. Okay we might be a little biased as this is our hometown. But Chicago is great city to visit with lots to offer. We recently spent the weekend here and had a great time. Since we live in Florida now, it was fun getting to be tourists! Here is our itinerary for 3 days in Chicago. Obviously you could spend much more time here, but if all you have time for is a quick weekend getaway then this is a great way to see some of the highlights of the city.

The Bean: Weekend in Chicago

Day 1

We flew in really early on a Saturday into Midway Airport. Our flight actually landed at 8:30AM so we had pretty much the entire day to explore. We spent our first day in the Millennium Park area. It was such a gorgeous day we wandered around Millennium Park, Grant Park, and Museum Campus. Millennium Park is where you can take the famous selfie with The Bean. (The Bean’s official name is ‘Cloudgate’ but nobody actually calls it that.) We then walked down to Grant Park to see Buckingham Fountain. The lakefront looked so beautiful that we strolled along the path until we got down to the Museum Campus. This is where the Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, and Field Museum are located. Right next door is Soldier Field where the Chicago Bears play. We did so much the first day we were exhausted!

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Cruising Healthy Living

How Do You Eat Healthy on a Cruise?

Healthy eating is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a cruise. You might instead be thinking of the 24 hour buffet. However it is possible to eat healthy. We do it every time we cruise without sacrificing the enjoyment of eating!  It all starts with a positive mindset, some willpower (okay maybe a lot of willpower), and a little creativity.

How Do You Eat Healthy on a Cruise? Read more on thetravelinggals.com

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Things To Do In Orlando (Besides Theme Parks)

Orlando, FL is known as the theme park capital of the world. Millions of people visit Central Florida every year to enjoy the theme parks (Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, LEGOLAND, and Busch Gardens in Tampa). While these alone make for a great vacation, if you want a break from the theme parks there are also other fun places in the city to visit.

Here are the top picks for things to do in Orlando

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World Travel

Bloggers Share Breathtaking Places from Around the World

While there are many beautiful places around the world, sometimes you visit a place that really takes your breath away. Without further ado, here are some of those breathtaking places. Thank you to all of the bloggers who participated!

The Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx - The Traveling Gals

Giza, Egypt from The Traveling Gals: “Seeing the Pyramids and Sphinx in person was an amazing experience we will never forget!”

Bora Bora

Bora Bora – Toniya from The Travelling Panda: “Our trip to Bora Bora was something that completely took our breath away. The beauty of this small gem in such a vast ocean is just indescribable.”

Neuschwanstein, Bavaria

Neuchwanstein, Bavaria – Amy from Sass and Shamrocks: “It may be over done but Schloss Neuchwanstein in Southern Bavaria took my breath away. Whether under a blanket of snow in Winter, the bright sun of Summer or in the stunning colors of Autumn the castle is surreal and utterly fairy tale like!”

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Sister Cities

Where is your hometown’s Sister Cities?

Post by Kary

While on a walk through Bayfront Park, I noticed a plaque recognizing Sarasota’s sister cities with a Ceremonial Tree Walk on March 17, 2003.  Sarasota has 8 sister cities!   The placard whose mission and objective reads “To Foster Peace and Understanding and to Develop Respect and Cooperation through Citizen Diplomacy” piqued my curiosity.   

Do you know your hometown's sister cities?

The Sister city program was developed by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956.  His vision was to promote citizen diplomacy after having seen the severe hatred and after-effects of World War II.  Sarasota got involved early on in 1963 by pairing up with its first sister city, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  This was part and parcel due to the local Hispanic heritage.  Visits began and to commemorate the exchange to this day there is an Avenida Sarasota in Santo Domingo and the Plaza de Santo Domingo is located next Sarasota’s Municipal Auditorium.  A relationship was maintained through the 1980s when Santo Domingo decided to partner with Miami and New York City instead.  Sarasota declared them to have emeritus status and moved on over the years to its current 8 sisters.

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USA Travel

Barrier Islands of Florida

The splendor of Florida can be found in its hundreds of barrier islands. Barrier Islands are long, thin sandy stretches of land that protect the coast from the full force of storm waves. Between the island and the mainland is a calm water body such as a bay. Florida has more barrier islands than any other state. They are idyllic places to enjoy the tropical sunshine.

Panhandle There are many barrier islands in the Florida panhandle and many are connected via bridge for easy access. Some are simply undeveloped sandy beaches. St. George Island boasts a state park and 22 miles of sandy beaches. Santa Rosa Island across from the Pensacola Bay is a 40 mile island of beaches which often has strong currents conducive to surfing!

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Cambodia in Photos

Cambodia in Photos

In 2013 we had the pleasure of traveling to Vietnam and Cambodia. While in Cambodia we got to see some amazing cities like Phnom Penh and Siem Reap as well as rural villages. We go to experience Angkor Wat, the Killing Fields, and a monastery. There were also lots of beautiful statues and art work. Our trip was both adventurous and educational and we feel lucky to have had the opportunity to visit such an interesting and wonderful country. Here are some of our favorite pictures from that trip. After, check out our photos from Vietnam!

Cambodia Street View

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

A monk in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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