October 16, 2015 The Traveling Gals 2Comment

Getting Genki in Japan: The Adventures & Misadventures of an American Family in Tokyo By Karen Pond | Illustrations by Akiko Saito Every time I visit Mitsukoshi at the Japan pavilion in EPCOT, I peruse the rather large book section.  I have read many interesting books from there and Getting Genki in Japan is no exception! A good book and a glass of wine. GENKI = Energetic, Exciting, Full of Life Getting Genki in Japan is a very clever and delightfully illustrated book about the adventures of an American family living in Tokyo.  Tokyo is a character…

October 14, 2015 The Traveling Gals 3Comment

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October 9, 2015 The Traveling Gals 5Comment

Royal Caribbean:  The Finer Things In the world of cruising, family and budget friendly usually come to mind when thinking of Royal Caribbean cruises, not the finer things.  I want to share with you two experiences I recently had on the Vision of the Seas that were quite grand events and elevated my perception of service and epicurean significance. Vision of the Seas Source Lafite Wine Tasting When reserving the tasting, I did not realize it was Lafite and assumed it was the usual tasting offered on board most ships.  It was not!  Royal Caribbean has…

October 6, 2015 The Traveling Gals 25Comment

Post by Ashley Tips for Fighting the Post-Vacation Blues You get home from the airport. It feels so great to use your own bathroom and sleep in your own bed. You head back to work, get back into your routine, and all of a sudden it feels like you never even went anywhere. Anyone who has been on a trip, particularly a long trip, knows this feeling. It is kind of strange when you are sitting work thinking, ‘Wow last week at this time I was snorkeling/hiking/lounging next to the pool drinking a Mai Tai.’ Would rather…

October 1, 2015 The Traveling Gals 13Comment

Ireland Did you know Ireland is considered the place where Halloween originated? The Gaelic pagan festival called Samhain marked the end of summer and beginning of winter, which was considered the darker half of the year and meant death for many. This period is when the dead were thought to return so villagers would light fires to ward off spirits. Irish immigrants brought the idea of All Hallow’s Eve to the USA. By: Kathy Popular Events Banks of Foyle Halloween Carnival in Derry Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin The Masquerade Mystery at Malahide Castle Family Fun at…

September 30, 2015 The Traveling Gals 14Comment

Autumn Pumpkin Rice Pumpkin is so popular, I thought I would jump on the bandwagon with a healthy and yummy recipe! This is a basic recipe adapted to plant based that is full of flavor and feels like fall! Traveling Gals Tip:  Don’t be afraid to change ingredients in any recipe to meet your needs or tastes. I never follow a recipe and change up ingredients constantly, usually with positive results! Autumn Pumpkin Rice Recipe  Brown Rice 1 cup canned pumpkin 1 ½ tbsp. apple cider vinegar 1 small onion 2 tbsp raisins ½ cup walnuts Cinnamon Pepper This is perhaps one of…

September 25, 2015 The Traveling Gals 12Comment

Top 10 Tips For First Time Cruisers! Post by Carol 10. Fly in the night before to be on the safe side. It will give you more of a cushion in case of weather delays, lost luggage, etc. 9. If traveling abroad, look into an international call package before leaving (contact your cell provider for suggestions) 8. Stay on board on one of the Port Days. That ship will be less crowded and you can enjoy the onboard amenities and maybe have the hot tub to yourself! 7. Make reservations ahead of time for spa treatments and special dining options….

September 23, 2015 The Traveling Gals 10Comment

Book Reviews: North of Naples, South of Rome by Paolo Tullio and Stolen Figs and Other Adventures in Calabria by Mark Rotella I have switched gears a bit lately and my reading has been devoted to Italy.  The following are two books I enjoyed reading and made me long to spend time in Italy! North of Naples, South of Rome North of Naples is a recommendation from the Crystal  Cruises website.  The author was born in Gallinaro in the Comino Valley, but was educated and resides in the UK.  He returns to his family home in Gallinaro for summers.  It…

September 18, 2015 The Traveling Gals 47Comment

Fall Foliage in Florida?! We are starting to feel cooler breezes reminiscent of fall. Of course, this is Florida so that means a drop in humidity…not temperature!  Obviously Florida is not the first place that comes to mind when you think Fall Foliage.  When living in Chicago, Fall Foliage meant a weekend trip to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin to see the beautiful leaves turning colors and hiking around the lake for the final time before winter.  Living in Florida, the colors are subdued but there is foliage nonetheless changing into muted hues of yellow, orange and red.  Fall colors can be seen on…

September 17, 2015 The Traveling Gals 6Comment

Liebster Award Nominee Thank you Hannah from London Girl Lost for nominating The Traveling Gals for the Liebster Award! Since getting more into blogging I have seen other Liebster Award nominees’ posts and thought it was a great idea and now I get to write my own post! Liebster Award is an exclusive online mark of recognition given to new bloggers by other bloggers. It is a way to discover new talents and help promote them. Those who have been nominated and choose to accept the award, should follow a set of general rules that come along. The Rules: Write…