Viking River Myanmar Explorer Cruise – A Perfect Sampler for the First-Time Visitor

Viking River Mandalay Explorer boat on the Irrawaddy River near Mandalay

The sprite of a girl stood half hidden behind the bamboo gate leading to her family home. “Bye bye,” she said, waving and giggling. “Mingalaba,” I replied, using one of only two Burmese words I learned during my tour of Myanmar. This was not the first time I had felt welcomed during my two week … Read more

Good Night and God Bless

Throughout the ages, religious orders have traditionally offered lodging and a bite to eat in return for a small donation. Although few were aware of it until very recently, this tradition continues today. Convents and monasteries around the globe supplement their income by offering cheap, clean, and safe accommodations for modern day pilgrims. I first … Read more

Diva For A Day At The Ritz-Carlton In Palm Beach, Florida

After dinner, I stopped in the lobby to arrange for a 7:30 a.m wake up call the following morning. “We’ll be happy to do that, Ms. Weibel, and would you like a follow-up call 15 minutes later?” asked the woman behind the front desk. My jaw dropped open. I have always wondered why hotels don’t … Read more