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Author Archives: cindybrownmiller

Costa Rica April 27, 2017

We’re staying at Secrets Papagayo, which is an adults-only all-inclusive resort for four days. We just spent three days at Secrets’ sister property, the family-friendly Dreams Las Mareas. I hired a private car from Liberia Airport Taxis to drive us from Dreams to Secrets. The drive is just under two hours, and the owner Alex … Continue reading »

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Costa Rica April 24, 2017

I have sent so many happy clients to Costa Rica that I thought I’d better check it out for myself! I’ve started my trip at Dreams Las Mareas, on the Pacific northwest coast. Dreams Las Mareas is a family-friendly all-inclusive resort. Our room category is Preferred Club Junior Suite Tropical View. The room is very … Continue reading »

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New Orleans, Louisiana February 1, 2017

I couldn’t leave New Orleans without walking through one of the city’s famous cemeteries. We took the trolley from the hotel through the Garden District to Lafayette Cemetery #1. It’s not very big – only about a square city block – but it has 1,100 tombs and over 7,000 souls. Double Jeopardy was filmed here, … Continue reading »

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Oak Alley Plantation, Louisiana January 31, 2017

We drove about an hour out of New Orleans today to Oak Alley Plantation. Oak Alley is a pre-Civil War era plantation on the bank of the Mississippi River. The most famous feature is a path of live oak trees between the River and the main home.┬áIt’s been featured in many movies and television shows, … Continue reading »

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New Orleans, Louisiana January 30, 2017

Today we took the Hop-on/Hop-off Bus to the French Market, French Quarter, and St. Louis Cathedral. At first I thought that many businesses and homes still had their Christmas decorations. But I quickly learned that this is Carnival season, which spans several weeks and ends with Mardi Gras. There are purple, yellow, and green decorations … Continue reading »

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New Orleans, Louisiana January 29, 2017

This is the first time I’ve traveled to Louisiana and I’m super excited! We’re spending three days in New Orleans and staying at the Drury Inn and Suites, which is centrally located in the Central Business District. The Hop-on/Hop-off Bus and trolley both stop right outside the hotel. They have a roof-top pool and breakfast … Continue reading »

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Flores, Indonesia October 18, 2016

We flew from Bali to Labuan Bajo, Flores yesterday so we could take a full-day tour of Komodo National Park. I didn’t want to come all the way to Indonesia and not see Komodo dragons. The dragons are found in Komodo National Park which stretches across several Indonesian islands. The easiest way to see them … Continue reading »

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Bali, Indonesia October 16, 2016

We started our day at Tanah Lot, a famous rock formation on the southwest coast with an ancient Hindu shrine. The rocks are popular at sunset, but we were there during the day at low tide when you could walk out. We then went to Gunung Kawi Temple, which was just down the hill from … Continue reading »

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Bali, Indonesia October 15, 2016

Today I hired a private guide from Bali Traditional Tours. Whenever we travel I like to visit schools and orphanages, so I asked to stop at an elementary school. We brought pencils, erasers, paper, stickers, folders, and Play Doh for the kids. It’s Saturday, so I wasn’t sure if the kids would even be in … Continue reading »

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Bali, Indonesia October 13, 2016

Today we took a tour of Sebatu, the village where our resort Puri Gangga is located. Our guide, Erma, was a young woman who grew up in Sebatu and was excited to show us her home. Erma took us to her family’s home where we met her grandma and uncle who make handicrafts to sell … Continue reading »

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