Please ‘Do Not Disturb’

The Hotel Housekeeper I was watching the ebb and flow of foot traffic during a recent trip when there was a knock at my hotel room door. It was the housekeeper wishing to do her morning ritual. I was not quite ready to head out for the day and kindly asked if she you come back a little later. She

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A New Rental Opportunity

Courtesy of © 2020 BabyQuip Inc A New Rental Option: As you begin preparing for your next trip, you might consider a new rental service that is gaining ground in the rental equipment market. BabyQuip offers a way to rent baby equipment throughout U.S. and Canada and aims to improve the way families travel. The service is marketed toward traveling

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Is Flying A Good Idea?

The question of whether or not it is a good idea to fly in this time of a pandemic is a complicated one.  Personally, I am not planning to fly now, but the process of what one considers in when to start traveling again should includes steps that minimize your and others risk. Fearing to Fly? There are two main

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TSA Changes Coming Soon…..

The Security Checkpoints The future of travel will look differently, especially travel by air. You can expect some significant changes to the security checkpoints. In response to COVID-19, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has unveiled several new procedures for passengers at U.S. airports. As you begin to take to the sky for your next vacation, please take not of these

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Exploring The Outer Banks

The Outer Banks of North Carolina As one of the most popular vacation destinations in North Carolina, The Outer Banks has much to offer. These chain of barrier island stretch some 200-miles offer some charming towns, numerous water sports options, beach activities, and so much more.  A plethora of beaches, shipwreck diving sites and protected state parks are all just about

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Mansfield Plantation – A Must Stay

Mansfield Plantation This 1,000 acre old rice plantation sits about 1.8 miles off the main road near the historic downtown of Georgetown, South Carolina. Now, a lovely bed and breakfast, Mansfield Plantation offers luxury comfort in a quiet and beautiful setting.  During the first weekend of February, we visited this historic plantation that dates back to 1718 as the weather was

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Advice In Times of nCoV-19 (COVID-19)

A Brief Change in Focus As both domestic and international travel are essentially at a standstill, I would like to discuss our current pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus-2019 (nCoV-19 or COVID-19). I am sending positive thoughts for everyone to remain safe and healthy during this pandemic. This blog post will assist you in understanding COVID-19, the symptoms, risk of

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Tipping Advice

Tipping in the US I once read about advice for tipping in the U.S. when Eater published “The No-Tipping Point.” The article is a mix of funny and infuriating stories about people who defend why they don’t tip their waiters and bartenders.  The article gives a glimpse inside an entire subculture of diners who don’t care about the fact that in

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A Visit To Barcelona

 Barcelona Barcelona has something for everyone. This city is steeped in authentic history including the Catalan culture.  You will also find the wildly bizarre here. Each neighborhood in Barcelona has its own personality and plenty of secrets to discover. This is guide includes some of the most popular areas to explore during your time in this wonderful city along the

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Madrid

First time visitors to Spain often include Madrid or Barcelona and sometimes both of these vibrant cities.  I would recommend exploring both and then, adding Selville or the coast region to your itinerary, if you the time allots.  Spain can’t be done in just a few days. We have been here a couple of times and need to get back

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Happy New Year

2020 and Beyond Another year has passed and we are heading into a new decade that will hopefully be filled with many adventures small and large.  Personally, I don’t set any resolutions for each new year.  I am where I want to be and thus, the point of looking back at another year with regret and what ifs is not

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Our Footprints of Travel and The Impact

A tourist  provides an incredible economic boost to the places they visit. Sometime with their best intentions, tourism can lead to harmful effects to the local environment.  Of course, this isn’t news as many headlines have noted the concern of overtourism. Unfortunately, very few places (cities, historical sites, national parks, and the list goes on) are immune.  The question is

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The New 102nd Observatory of The Empire State Building

The Empire State Building – New York The Empire State Building has been going through a $165 million renovation for a little more than four year. Now, in its third phase of this top-to-bottom reimagining of this icon building, the 102nd floor Observatory is open to the public. One of the features of this new observatory is the floor-to-ceiling glass windows

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Greek Salad

Greek Salad (Horiatiki) During our visit to Greece, the greek salad became the main start to most of our evening meals. A delicious start just about any meal! What makes a traditional greek salad? The fresh ingredients of tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and kalamata olives. Often seasoned with salt, oregano, topped with olive oil, and a splash of red wine vinegar. The

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A Visit to Santorini

Santorini Santorini or Thira is part of the Cyclades Islands of Greece. It’s one of the most beautiful islands to visit and stay during your next Greek holiday.  We stayed in the village of Kamari at the oddly named Afroditi Venus Beach Hotel & Spa The hotel was ideally located within an easy walk to the boardwalk along the Aegean Sea

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Historic Yates Mill

Historic Yates Mill County Park Yates Mill is a fully restored, circa-1756 gristmill located in Raleigh, North Carolina. As the centerpiece of the Historic Yates Mill County Park in central Wake County, this is worth a visit to this National Register of Historic Places. Yates Mill is the only restored, operational automatic gristmill in North Carolina and one of just a few in

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Rose Garden of Portland

A visit to Portland’s International Rose Test Garden offers you the opportunity to enjoy speculator views  downtown and Mount Hood. This is oldest official continuously operating public rose test garden in the United States. The garden features more than 10,000 roses with hundreds of thousands of visitors enjoying its sights and scents annually. First, by the editor of the Oregon Journal, Jesse

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Lan Su Chinese Garden

A recent visit to Portland, Oregon gave me the opportunity to explore the Lan Su Chinese Garden. This little oasis in the small Chinatown district of  Portland gives you the opportunity to experience a tranquil, quiet, and beautiful environment behind the walls. In addition, you have the opportunity to learn how two cities, Portland and Suzhou; its sister city in

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Website Refreshed

You might have noticed that drnicktravels.com looks a little different as I recently felt like the blog needed a refresh. In taking advice from my fellow blogger, “Living The Q Life” on their Annual Website Review post, I decided it was time to do a refresh of the blog including the theme. Consider leaving feedback letting me know your thoughts

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A Visit to Monticello

Monticello During our visit to Thomas Jefferson’s historic plantation known as Monticello or ‘little mountain’ in Italian, we explored the house, grounds, and gardens. Monticello as a name sake does fit estate  sites on a hill with wonderful views rolling hills and distance views of Charlottesville. During our time at this historic southern plantation, I learned more about the life of

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Cathedrals Of France

A visit through France offers one the opportunity to explore this great European country from its rich history, wine regions, and food. During your tour, consider taking in some of the many beautiful cathedrals dotted throughout the country. Some are within city centers while others stand out as beacons guiding one safely from the sea into the harbor. Our Lady’s

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Benefits of Traveling

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou Travel should be a joyous experience. A journey in which one can captures the sense of wanderlust and you longing for more destination

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Arlington National Cemetery

A recent visit to the grounds that honors those who served our nation offers a sense of beauty and peace for visitors. The rolling hills dotted with trees of various ages truly complement this 624 acre cemetery. This is a tribute to the service and sacrifice of every individual laid to rest within these hallowed grounds. Please consider visiting Arlington

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Porto, Portugal Should Not Be Missed

Porto, Portugal As the country’s second largest city, this more of a working class city offers a different vide than the more fashion focused Lisbon.  Portugal continues to grow as an affordable travel destination. Many first time travelers often focus on Lisbon, but don’t ignore adding Porto to your travel itinerary. São Bento Station During your visit to Porto, consider

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The Montmartre of Paris

Exploring the 18th Arrondissement A walk through the more hilly streets of Montmartre is like the village for New Yorker or at least, that is what I’ve been told. This part of Paris is where artists used to enjoy a more comfortable part of life and display their works, but the prices have increase. I am sure there are some

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A Visit to The Currier Musuem

My most recent visit back to Manchester, New Hampshire gave me the opportunity to visit the Currier Museum of Art  Through a  guided docent tour, one can enjoy the mixture of European and American art, photograph, and sculpture displayed in this art museum. These works include such renewed artist at Hopper, Picasso, Monet, O’Keffe, Wyeth, and LeWitt. In addition, a

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Gloucester, Massachusetts & the Cape Ann Museum by The Rose Journal 

Gloucester, Massachusetts & the Cape Ann Museum by Angelina & Mike Chute (2019, January 7) The holidays are over. Our roses are dormant, sound asleep for the next three months. This is the time when Angelina and I catch up on other things that we like to do, like frequent day-trips to somewhere — eclectic destinations that catch our fancy. We recently

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A Visit to Varner-Hogg Plantation

A recent trip to Houston and Galveston included a short drive to West Columbia to visit the Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site. The site is now part of the Texas Historical Commission site and there is a connection to the old Three-hundred settlers. These settlers received land grants from Stephen E. Austin’s first colony. An interesting fact about this former sugar plantation

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Oleander Hotel’s Past Better Left Forgotten or Should It?

Galveston Island, Texas Galveston Island has some wonderful historical sites including the Moody Mansion, the Bishop’s Palace, St. Joseph Church, and of course, the Pleasure Pier just to name a few. I will be exploring each of these in upcoming posts. There is still more to learn about this wonderful island.  Galveston Island has experienced its share of natural disasters through

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Travel, Trip or a Journey?

When you decide on a journey, do you consider this a travel, trip or journey? Perhaps something else? Today, travel is not often an easy adventure for many reasons. Many barriers often stand in your way including cost, the flight schedule, and sometimes the cultural at your new destination. I recommend the following as means to assist in travel insurance

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A Visit to Lisbon

A couple of years ago, we visited Portugal that included Lisbon and Porto. For one of our trips this year,  I have scheduled another trip back to Lisbon for a stopover option offered via TAP Air Portugal . I highly recommend considering this option to explore two countries and more during your stay.  Today’s blog post is reviewing this past trip,

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Normandy France- Juno Beach

During my most recent visit to France, I wanted to visit Normandy and decided to visit the Canadian memorial to D- Day on June 6, 1944. The Juno Beach Centre is dedicated as a museum to honor the sacrifice of some 45,000 young Canadian men and women who fought alongside Allied forces to liberate France during World War II. “The Juno

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Houmas House Plantation

Houmas House Plantation & Gardens Adding to the list of plantations visited during our visit to the New Orlean’s area, is Houmas House Plantation.  This Greek Revival plantation that sits in lush gardens that are well maintained. The house is really two homes connected by a carriageway with the older home dating back to around 1775 per the docent during

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A Few More Essentials…

As promised, here is part two of my previous post titled: A Few Travel Essentials . Now, that you have planned and booked your trip. It is time to be sure to include some important items as you pack for the next adventure. Below are a few more essentials to consider as you begin to prepare for your next travel adventure.

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A Few Travel Essentials

As I continue to travel each year, I find myself frequently doing the same routine things to pre-plan for these new adventures including: visiting key websites, developing my own itinerary, and following other bloggers advice.  Best of all of this information is free. Please let me share some of my travel essentials and feel free to share your own with

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Aswan: Philae Temple & Nubian Village Dec 2018 — by BeatriceTravels

Original Post By: beatricetravels This morning we set sail for Aswan which was the southern frontier of ancient Egypt and provided a gateway to Africa.  It is here that granite quarries are found and supplied the rest of Egypt in the building of temples and pyramids.  The Ptolemies ruled here from 323-30 BC and built the remarkable Philae Temple dedicated

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Paris’ Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower A few facts that you may or may not know about this mammoth structure that stands out among the buildings in its own park are as follows: Built in 1889 as part of the grand entrance to the Paris World Exposition. The Tower is 986-feet tall and was the world’s tallest building until New York’s Chrysler Building

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The Chambord Estate at 500

We visited this château during the 2018 Christmas season, but 2019 marks the 500 year anniversary of the Estate of Chambord.  Located in the Loire Valley, the estate contains the largest and most recognized châteaux, the Château de Chambord. It has a very distinctive French Renaissance architecture which blends traditional French medieval forms with classical Renaissance structures. The château, which was never completed,

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Celebrate MLK Day in Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia If you are planning to visit this southern city, consider a visit to the Birth Home of  Martin Luther King, Jr. Thanks to funding from Delta Airlines this site is open through February 3rd during the partial government shutdown. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, is actually a cluster of sites operated by the National Park Service.

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Château de Chenonceau

During our visit in Paris, we wanted to visit the Loire Valley and we made a stop via the SNCF train system to explore the Château de Chenonceau This Ladies’ château or castle, is worthy of your time during your visit in the Loire valley.  There is a nicely chronological details of the history of this second castle over the Cher

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Palace of Versailles

Gates to the Palace

During your visit to Paris, the Palace of Versailles is a must-see as it is just a short and easy train trip at about 12 miles (20 kilometers) outside of Paris. I visited this fascinated and opulent place with its over-the-top decorations during the Christmas season. As you walk through the Palace, you can explore the grounds including: the Royal

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Christmas in Uneasy Paris

For this year’s Christmas season, we decided to spend time in Paris.  This holiday season the city has been marred by weekly citywide violence that unfortunately became a regular part f the gilets jaunes (yellow vests) protests. This did not stop us from continuing to enjoy Paris, but with more caution this time around.  One can see the effects the

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