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This was my fourth trip to Hawaii in 34 years. I live in Miami Beach, FL. Like the others, it took place under rather unusual circumstances. The first trip, in 1980, I made alone after winning a...
Another week in Havana - September, 2011 - via Toronto and Niagara Falls HOW IT BEGAN Living in Miami and then Miami Beach, in 1960 through 1963 and again since 1971, I had been “Cuba’d”...
The morning of Thursday, June 8, my wife and I set out on Spirit's 6:45 AM departure from Ft. Lauderdale for a quick visit to Chicago. Why Chicago? I hadn't been there in many years, and my few brief...
NICARAGUA AND COSTA RICA MANAGUA, NICARAGUA On Saturday, May 7th, 2011, I began my second-ever trip to Central America - Nicaragua and Costa Rica - with a late night Spirit Airlines flight to...
Yep, another crazy one-day NYC trip from and back to South Florida on "el cheapo" Spirit Airlines. I didn't need to use their e mail sales this time because I had a $100 credit from Feb. 2010 and it...
My wife and I had planned a DC weekend several months in advance, hoping the weather would cooperate and remembering the huge blizzard that I'd witnessed in that area one year before. It did - DC was...
We had decided that our same-day NYC visits were getting to be a bit much - leave our Miami Beach home at 2:30 AM to make the 5:05 AM Spirit flight from Ft. Lauderdale to LaGuardia, then back to...
Living in Miami Beach, FL, I rarely see snow. In fact, I almost never see it. I saw a LOT of it growing up in Buffalo and Montreal, and, believe it or not, I miss it! It seems that every time I go up...
Last Saturday, May 15, 2010, my wife and I went to New York from south Florida for the day. I've made this trip 13 times in the last 3 years, about half the time with her. The r/t fare, including...
I've reported on my day trips to NYC before. We live in Miami Beach, and take advantage of Ft. Lauderdale-based (FLL) Spirit Airlines, their wonderful on-line $9 Club sales, and the fact that they...
We arrived at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Terminal 1 - the terminal for domestic flights - early in the morning of Saturday, August 2, after a 4 hour Aeroflot flight almost due west from Novosibirsk,...
Because Florida is being featured this week, I would like to submit what I think are some useful hints I've gathered from living here since 1971 and also mention a few new things that have cropped...
I'd wanted to visit Russia since my teenage years; after the Soviet Union collapsed in '91, I sometimes joked that I had missed my chance to go there when it was still "dark and evil." I didn't know...
After my last super-cheap same-day trip to New York - we live in Miami, Beach, FL - on April 9, my wife said enough was enough. I said fine, the next time I get one of these crazy deals, I'm buying...
I've written before about my same-day trips to New York from my home in Miami Beach, FL. I made another one on Wednesday, April 9. Isn't it a bit extravagant, flying from south Florida to NY just for...
One of my favorite airline e mailers is Spirit Airlines, which has a hub in Ft. Lauderdale, FL - convenient enough for someone living in Miami Beach. One never knows what they're going to come up...
I live in Miami Beach, and yes, people actually do live here (pop. about 88,000) During the last few years, I've been making same-day visits to Manhattan to check out the museums. That is my thing....
These are the two biggest myths about Paris. My wife and I have been to Paris 5 or 6 times, and we have also each been there separately a few times. (1) PARISIANS ARE RUDE TO AMERICANS. No they're...
I made a two-day/one-night return trip to New Orleans May 8 and 9, 2007. I had been there before for five days for a conference only one month before Katrina. I had one day free then, and used it to...
Read the conclusion to A Week In Italy Part I and Part II. After taking the funicular (aerial tramway) back down from the charming hilltop town of Orvieto, I boarded a through train to Naples -...
There's one beach in south Florida that's different from all the other beaches. There's almost no thievery. People are friendly,and will almost always respect your space. Women are rarely hassled....
In Part I, I talked about my time in Rome and Venice, but I didn't have time for a few final comments on that last unique city. Venice is a wonderful and unusual place, but it is becoming a tourist...
I'd never been to Italy, even though I've done a lot of traveling in my life. My wife and I were on our way home to south Florida from Turkey and we stopped in Rome on a Sunday. She'd been there a...
Yes, people actually live here! We bought our home in Miami Beach in 1983, and it was by far the smartest thing we ever did. Our three daughters all graduated from Beach High and now are scattered...

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