Author: Orenstein

Visit Ottawa, Canada – It’s Impressive, Accessible, and Inviting!

Ottawa, like most cosmopolitan world capitals, is a great travel destination because of its abundant collection of impressive and accessible government buildings, embassies and monuments. But beyond its status as the capital of Canada, this inviting city of about 900,000 is also a must-see for simply smart travelers because of its great museums, na...Read More

Wilmington, DE and the Brandywine Valley

Wilmington, Delaware and its adjacent Brandywine Valley are true gems of a destination just waiting to be discovered by travelers who are seeking a rewarding alternative to yet another visit to one of the northeast’s giant metropolises. Wilmington proper is a medium-sized urban area  with major financial centers, a surprisingly vibrant night life, ...Read More

Great Travel Tips for 50-Plus Travelers

It may be a cliché, but the oft-heard observation that 50 is the new 30 certainly applies to travel. While being over 50 makes you a “senior citizen, it doesn’t necessarily put you in the “travel for the elderly” category that involves rocking chairs on the porch of luxury resorts or resting on cruise ship deck chairs with a blanket on your lap. To...Read More

Canada by Train – A World-Class Journey – Part 1: Toronto

This is part one of a two-part column on taking VIA Train #1, The Canadian, across Canada from Toronto to Vancouver. It is a genuine bucket list dream trip which begins in Toronto, a metropolis worth visiting by any mode of transportation. . Toronto deserves its reputation as one of the world’s great cities. It is Canada’s largest and ...Read More

Montreal, Canada – Simply Marvelous!

Montreal, Quebec is one of North America’s greatest cities. Located on the St. Lawrence River, this city of four million inhabitants, the largest in Quebec, offers visitors a chance to experience both the fruits of 375 years of multi-ethnic history and the feel of today’s dominant French Canadian culture. Friendly to English-speaking Americans, the...Read More

Quebec City and Charlevoix Region, Canada

If you want to experience a beautiful European-style city without crossing the Atlantic, you should put Québec City on your bucket list. Designated as a UNESCO World heritage site, this charming city of a half a million people situated high on a bluff overlooking Canada’s St. Lawrence River has narrow cobblestone streets downtown, gorgeous views, b...Read More

Love History? Visit Plymouth, MA, Home of the Mayflower, Gateway to Cape Cod!

Because British religious separatists landed there in 1620 and set up a colony in an area inhabited by indigenous tribes and already explored by Europeans, Plymouth, Massachusetts has a storied place in U.S. history and has evolved as a popular tourist attraction. The colony there lasted until 1691 when it merged with the Massachusetts Bay Colony a...Read More

Sarasota, Bradenton and Florida’s Suncoast: Life Along the Gulf

Since I have lived in and enjoyed the Sarasota area for over 16 years, I felt it was time to write about my adopted home town. Every time I return home from my travels. I am reminded that it’s a not only a great place to live but also a wonderful place to visit that draws throngs of tourists from North American and Europe. Many love it so much that...Read More

Visiting Casa Marina and Jacksonville Beach!

Jacksonville Beach and its neighbors, originally a town named Ruby, is where Greater Jacksonville (pop. 1.5 million) goes to enjoy the Atlantic Ocean. The beautiful Atlantic beaches on this barrier island with no official name stretch 40 miles from Mayport on the North to Vilano Beach on the south and include Atlantic beach, Neptune Beach Jacksonvi...Read More

Visiting San Diego – with Simply Smart Travel

San Diego is a mountain-ringed metropolis with a pleasing personality that offers something for almost everyone, including year-round great weather and 70 miles of beaches. Despite its being a cosmopolitan and diverse city of over 4,200 square miles, it is still very much a Navy Town, with one-third of the Pacific Fleet based there. You can also fe...Read More

Smart Travel Wardrobe Planning: Bottom to Top!

Smart travelers know that smart wardrobe planning is fundamental to a successful trip. Done right, you’ll have the right clothes available at just the right time for your trip. And your journey will be more enjoyable because you’ve left excess baggage back home in your closet where it belongs. Remember-whatever you decide to take with you not only ...Read More

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