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Thank you! My first award from my fellow blogger, Ritu  But I Smile Anyway.. has nominated me for this prestigious award!

Awarded 3/25/15

I will always try my hardest to accept awards!

Here are the several rules a nominated needs to do in order to accept the Liebster Award:

  1. Link the person who nominated you( that’s Ritu) to your blog post and let them know you answered their questions.
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you by the nominator.
  3. Nominate other bloggers for the award.
  4. Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
  5. Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.


  1. Where were you born? Chicago Illinois
  2. Why do you write?  I am really not a writer and it takes me forever to put two words together. However, I want to share travel and other information to encourage others it is possible to travel if they plan ahead.
  3. What would you do with your last $/£5?  Buy as many plain Hershey bars $5.00 could buy. I will survive.
  4.  How many countries have you visited? Five in the Caribbean and of course Mexico
  5.  Tell me your dream job.  I work part-time now but I cannot wait to do this all day everyday a full-time Travel Professional.
  6. Did you enjoy school? Why/why not? Yes, I love learning new things.
  7. What one gadget could you not live without you? My phone.
  8.  What is your favorite book and why?  Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen-This book is a timeless love story I can read it everyday
  9. Is there life anywhere other than earth as far as you’re concerned? No
  10. Can you play an instrument of? No
  11. What is your favorite song?  Today I’ll say- Love and Happiness by Al Green.

I hope my readers take this opportunity to visit some lovely new Blogger’s, and for those I’ve nominated, please don’t feel obliged to accept, I’m just sharing the love!

And now my nominees…



 Life in the Boomer Lane




My questions are…

  1. Why did you start to blog?
  2. Name the one destination you want to visit and why?
  3. What is your favorite food?
  4. What is your favorite song?
  5. Where were you born?
  6. What gadget can you not live without?
  7. Which electronics do you think is is better?  Samsung or Apple
  8. Have you ever been on a cruise?  If so, which cruise line?
  9. What  is your favorite television show?
  10. What is the name of your dream vehicle?
  11. What is your favorite season?

I tried to make the questions easy.


















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Christopher Columbus spotted the Dominican Republic in 1492; it is the oldest post-Columbian country in the Americas.

The Dominican Republic hosts one out of five visitors to the entire Caribbean. Why here? It has some of the best beaches on earth and they, in turn, have inspired not just accommodations but world-class golf courses designed by P.B. Dye, Tom Fazio, and Jack Nicklaus.

The sandy expanses are the reason why the Dominican Republic leads the Caribbean in Blue Flag beaches. For access to some beaches, travelers need their passports; for all they’ll need sunglasses, because the sand is that white.

Best time to go: November through April

Garden View

Garden View

Inspired to travel

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Today’s task is to create a regular feature for your blog.  My new feature is Travel News you can use Fridays.  You might hear a small tidbit on the news about something going on somewhere but you did not hear the full story.   News You Can Use Friday’s will give you the story (news article) plus my thoughts.  Here is my first feature:

What’s new regarding travel to Cuba?

Since President Obama announced the restoration of diplomatic relations with the island nation in December, there’s been progress on several fronts, including expanded air access on public charters.

Starting March 17, tour operator Cuba Travel Services will offer a scheduled weekly Tuesday charter from New York Kennedy to Havana. The service is expected to attract the large Cuban-American population in the New York area who are traveling for family visits, as well as those travelers who fall into one of the 12 categories now permitted under the expanded rules for general travel, so long as that travel meets certain criteria.

(These include those traveling for religious, educational, professional research and humanitarian activities, journalists, athletic competitors, official government business, private foundations and people-to-people programs.)

A new gateway for a charter flight to Cuba is New Orleans.

The first direct flight from New Orleans to Cuba since 1958 took off on March 14 for participants taking part in the Cuba Today business conference organized by the New Orleans-based International Cuba Society. Trip arrangements, including the charter flight, were arranged by Cuba Travel-USA and Havanatur.

That flight could be followed by others, if demand is there, according to the operator.

JetBlue, meanwhile, said last month it was partnering with ABC Charters, will offer Tampa-to-Havana charter flights on Fridays, beginning June 5. The carrier currently offers Tuesday charter flights from Tampa to Havana, Wednesday flights from Tampa to Santa Clara and Friday flights from Fort Lauderdale to Havana on Xael Charters.

American has long offered charter flights from Miami.

CheapAir.com became the first online agency to book commercial flights to Cuba through Mexico or Panama. Those who book trips through CheapAir.com must check a box agreeing that they are traveling in one of the 12 listed categories.

The floodgates to mass tourism from the U.S. will not be open until the U.S. Congress lifts the decades-old embargo and air service agreements are subsequently negotiated.

By Gay Nagle Myers / March 16, 2015

Random Thought:  I cannot wait until the U.S Congress lifts the restriction.  I have wanted to travel to Cuba I watched the GODFATHER Part II.  Thank you Gay Nagle Myers for this article. 🙂

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