Simply Smart Travel

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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