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Let me be one of the first to tell you;

Americans, you too can travel to Cuba and legally.

I know it may sound wrong, illegal, or just impossible, but I want to let the cat out of the bag. You can fly direct from Miami to Cuba, experience Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, and Santa Clara, and even change your US Dollars into Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC) to purchase music, books, Cuban hats, Guayaberas, and more. AND, there isn’t a catch; you don’t need to be a Cuban-American, governmental worker, press, or on a religious mission.


So what is this leaf peeping thing? It is a common, hip term for people just like me who travel to view and photograph the fall foliage with its brilliant yellows, oranges, and reds. However, how many of you have done an adventure leaf peeping trip? I recently came back from the coolest, leaf peeping trip in the Finger Lakes of New York. Check out the range of outdoors activities that can enhance your next travel adventure to the Finger Lakes. Which of the activities is your adventure travel style? Or do you want to claim more than one? Join me! Let’s go leaf peeping!


Having just returned from my first Machu Picchu experience,  I must say, it was inspirational. You have probably heard the quote, “Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but by those that take your breath away.” And, that quote sums up Machu Picchu on so many levels. Let me paint you the picture of this magical, mystical, and breathtaking place.

Regardless of how many magazines, videos, and/or tv programs that you have seen about Machu Picchu most likely with a view similar to the leading photo of this piece, you cannot fathom the shear size, beauty, and vibe of Machu Picchu until you are walking amongst the stones, climbing the countless stairs, hiking to the Sun Gate, or challenging yourself to climbing Huayna Picchu (the mountain behind Machu Picchu in lead photo).



How times flies when you are hot air ballooning, sailing the Abacos, observing glaciers from
of helicopter, or just relaxing! This year has certainly been an exciting ride. And, I have enjoyed sharing my Good Times and Good Stories with my readers. Whether you caught my summer in Alaska, trip to the Abacos, or even drooled at my culinary tour of NYC, I wanted to compile a short list of my favorite posts of this fourth year as a recap.

Alaskan Adventures with Ms Traveling Pants – Part 1

Everyone Says I Love NY – I Eat NY

Still on Island Time – Cruising the Abacos

Wearing a Totem Pole Around my Wrist

Hot Air Ballooning Miami

Thanks for making the past four years a success!


Top Five Posts of My Fourth Year