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Travel the world with Cindy, and sometimes her family and friends, as she shares information and her love of travel. Topics include: General Travel Hacks, Avoiding Travel Scams, Walking Tours; Overviews and Tips for visiting Italy 2018: Venice, Rome, Florence, Pisa, Sorrento, Amalfi, Capri, Cinque Terre (Monterosso, Vernazza, Riomaggiore); Munich, Boppard, Bacharach, Rhine River, and Neuschwanstein, Germany; London, England: Thames Walk, Westminster Walk, Knightsbridge and Hyde Park Walk; Bergen, Norway; Normandy, France; Nashville, Tennessee; Hawaii: Waikiki, North Shore, Oahu, Hilo, Kona, Kauai, Volcanoes National Park, Pride of America Cruise; Copenhagen, Denmark; Walt Disney World in Orlando: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Springs; Key West, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Innsbruck, Austria; Switzerland: Zurich, Lucerne, Lugano, Engelberg, Mount Titlis; Washington, DC; Ireland 2018: Killarney, Dublin, Waterford, Howth, Limerick, Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, Dublin Christian Sights; Holy Land Experience in Orlando; Atlanta Botanical Garden; Helen, Georgia, US; London Walking Tours; Holiday Travel; Getty Center in Los Angeles and Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California; and San Antonio, Texas.

Travel – One Perfect Day In Cindy Loe, Ph.D.

    • Places & Travel
    • 4.7, 16 Ratings

Travel the world with Cindy, and sometimes her family and friends, as she shares information and her love of travel. Topics include: General Travel Hacks, Avoiding Travel Scams, Walking Tours; Overviews and Tips for visiting Italy 2018: Venice, Rome, Florence, Pisa, Sorrento, Amalfi, Capri, Cinque Terre (Monterosso, Vernazza, Riomaggiore); Munich, Boppard, Bacharach, Rhine River, and Neuschwanstein, Germany; London, England: Thames Walk, Westminster Walk, Knightsbridge and Hyde Park Walk; Bergen, Norway; Normandy, France; Nashville, Tennessee; Hawaii: Waikiki, North Shore, Oahu, Hilo, Kona, Kauai, Volcanoes National Park, Pride of America Cruise; Copenhagen, Denmark; Walt Disney World in Orlando: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Springs; Key West, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Innsbruck, Austria; Switzerland: Zurich, Lucerne, Lugano, Engelberg, Mount Titlis; Washington, DC; Ireland 2018: Killarney, Dublin, Waterford, Howth, Limerick, Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, Dublin Christian Sights; Holy Land Experience in Orlando; Atlanta Botanical Garden; Helen, Georgia, US; London Walking Tours; Holiday Travel; Getty Center in Los Angeles and Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California; and San Antonio, Texas.

    One Perfect Week in Oahu, Hawaii

    One Perfect Week in Oahu, Hawaii

    Did you know you can spend a perfect week in Oahu, Hawaii, and swim on Waikiki Beach, walk through a rain forest, visit waterfalls, snorkel in the most beautiful bay in all of Hawaii, and climb Diamond Head Crater? You can see giant turtles, Pearl Harbor, thirty-foot waves, and the laid back North Shore highlights. Enjoy kayaking, a catamaran ride, surf lessons, and great food. And, you can do this all in one week, including flying non-stop roundtrip from most large airports in the United States for $5,000 USD for two people and stay right in the heart of Waikiki Beach!



    I have recently planned a honeymoon week for a friend, with pricing for a number of hotel and flight package options, for spending one perfect week in Oahu. I had also planned a similar trip previously for my daughter, who I call Millennial Melly on my podcasts, and her husband. Both couples chose to do roughly the same trip, so I thought I would share that plan with you so you can take advantage of my experience and research, too. Melly and her husband said it was just perfect, and I will let you know the feedback as soon as my friend returns from her honeymoon. Listen to the accompanying podcast by clicking on the audio bar at the end of this post (or while you read it) to get even more insight into the trip.

    Before You Go

    Select your flights, hotel, rental car, and book the recommended kayaking and Pearl Harbor activities using the links included below. Check out individual pricing for flights, hotel, and rental car, and then compare it with package options. See the pricing examples at the end of this post for some current offers for ideas of how to save money with a package option. If you have flexibility on dates of travel, for best pricing, avoid holiday travel weeks.

    Flight Considerations

    Ideally, take a nonstop flight to Honolulu, Hawaii, so you will not have to worry about potential missed connections. Travel time from most west coast United States airports is about five hours and up to 12 hours from east coast United States airports. Hawaii is three hours behind west coast time and six hours behind east coast time. However, Hawaii does not observe Daylight Savings Time, so adjust these examples by one hour in winter. For example, in December, Hawaii is five hours “behind” Eastern Standard Time.

    For example, my friend is taking an 11 am non-stop flight from Atlanta, arriving in Honolulu at 3:45 pm (9:45 pm Atlanta time). So, from Atlanta, the flight is 10 hours and 45 minutes. The round-trip non-stop price for this flight returning the following Saturday night on a non-stop flight overnight, arriving Sunday morning, is about $1,100 USD, including all taxes and fees, for a coach, main cabin seat on Delta. Flight time from New York is about one hour longer.

    Hotel Options

    Below are three hotel options in different price ranges for your consideration. Each is in central Waikiki.

    My favorite hotel in Oahu, and the hotel my friend chose for her honeymoon, is the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort. This hotel is located in the center of Waikiki, is reasonably priced, has numerous activities, and offers great views of Waikiki Beach from most every room. Duke’s Waikiki restaurant is located in the hotel, offering delicious reasonably priced meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Live music is played outside of Duke’s many evenings. Rooms are large, comfortable, and well-decorated in a Hawaiian motif. Prices range from about $2400 for 7 nights for 2 people in a king-bed room.

    My daughter, Melanie, chose to stay at the Aston Waikiki Beach hotel when she and her husband stayed in Waikiki. For about $1800 for 7 nights for 2 people in a king-bed room, they had a comfortable, well-decorated hotel on Waikiki Beach about a 10-minute walk in the...

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    Cooperstown: National Baseball Hall of Fame and American Small Town

    Cooperstown: National Baseball Hall of Fame and American Small Town

    Visit Cooperstown, New York, to experience a quintessential American small town and the world-class National Baseball Hall of Fame. See memorabilia from baseball heroes of yesterday and today as you learn the story of baseball and how it intertwines with the story of America. Visit Doubleday Field, where some of the first baseball games were played. Shop on Main Street for specialty items and souvenirs. When the weather is nice, have lunch overlooking Otsego Lake, and end your perfect day with a boat cruise on the Glimmerglass Queen. Listen to an accompanying podcast by clicking on the audio bar at the end of this post.



    National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

    The highlight of visiting Cooperstown, New York, is a visit to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, even if you are not a huge baseball fan. See memorabilia from baseball legends, including Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and Hank Aaron. Learn about the history of the United States through exhibits about women in baseball, the African-American baseball experience, the bilingual Latin American baseball display, and even the role of baseball in supporting the war efforts during World War II. See the World Series Trophy replica, World Series rings, as well as other artifacts and electronic displays depicting the life and times of baseball past and present. Then, enter the hallowed Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery to honor the greatest players of all time.

    Entrance to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

    Before you enter the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, take a minute to take some pictures at the entrance as you reflect on the significance of where you are standing. Thousands of fans attended the opening right here on June 12, 1939. On that day, the museum opened in a centennial celebration, 100 years after some of the nation’s first baseball games were played at nearby Doubleday Field in Cooperstown.

    Plaques honoring early inductees, including the 1936 First Class of National Baseball Hall of Fame members Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, and Honus Wagner were placed on the walls of the museum. Each year, in July, new members are elected annually and join the ranks of baseball’s greatest here at Cooperstown.

    Locker Room

    Now, enter the museum, purchase your tickets in the entrance foyer, and get your hand stamped in case you decide to come back to the museum throughout the day. Then, make your way to the second floor. Walk through the Locker Room exhibit, where every major league baseball team is represented in one “clubhouse” with photographs, artifacts, and video clips.

    Grandstand Theater

    Then, enter the Grandstand Theater to view the 20-minute introductory film, “Generations of the Game”. This excellent film will set the tone for your visit as an appreciation of baseball and the role of baseball in America. It is shown hourly beginning at 10 am for most of the year, and it is shown every 30 minutes in the summer.

    After viewing the film, walk through the rooms on the second floor and then the third floor where you will learn about the evolution of baseball over the years through exhibits. Exhibits feature historical artifacts and displays include women in baseball, the African-American baseball experience, and information about  Latin American baseball players. Be sure to see these highlights:

    Taking the Field: The 19th Century

    Learn about the beginnings of baseball in the room, “Taking the Field: The 19th Century”. Here, be sure to look for the first catcher’s mask, the ball from the first game at which admission was charged, and the oldest surviving baseball uniform.

    Babe Ruth: His Life and Legend

    This exhibit displays artifacts from the life and legend of Babe Ruth. A special highlight is the jersey that was featured in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Nat Fein photo of Ruth standing on the field

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    Switzerland Summer Travel Plan

    Switzerland Summer Travel Plan

    Use this Switzerland summer travel plan as an itinerary for visiting the top of the Swiss Alps near Engelberg, see the sights in Lucerne, relax along the border between Italy and Switzerland in Lugano, and enjoy the many cultural delights in Zurich. If you enjoy seeing world-class art, see works of art by Picasso, Monet, Matisse, and more in Lucerne. If you enjoy boating, take a boat ride in Lugano, Lucerne, and Zurich. If you enjoy shopping, visit boutique shops and name brand shops like Gucci, Louis Vitton, and Hermes. Or, consider buying a watch after you stop in the watch museum in Zurich or in the many authorized watch dealers in each city. And, of course, there is the food to enjoy along the way. Just be sure to save room for the chocolate!



    If you have been following my posts and podcasts, you know that I have enjoyed two recent, wonderful trips to Switzerland, and I have shared information about visiting. Last year, in 2017, I visited with my daughter, who I call Millenial Melly on my podcasts. This year, I returned with my husband. Well, I am planning yet another trip following basically the same plan, since it has worked out so well for us to enjoy a great blend of all that Switzerland has to offer in a 10-day trip. So, I thought I would share the suggested itinerary, recommended hotels, restaurants, museums, boat cruises, and other options that you might want to consider if you decide to take a similar trip of the highlights of Switzerland. I’ll include suggestions as to what you might want to change if you have more or less time, information about what to pack for the various climates that you will experience on the trip, and tips for those who are more active or less active than we are.

    Click on the audio bar at the bottom of this post to listen to the accompanying podcast. There are also podcasts to accompany each of the four other Switzerland posts that I will reference here.

    Before You Go to Switzerland

    Make your trip easy and economical and purchase the Swiss Travel Pass before you go. It is available to non-residents of Switzerland and Liechtenstein. I have used many rail and travel passes before in Europe, and I have never found a pass as comprehensive, economical, and as easy to use as the Swiss Travel Pass. It covers almost all trains, boats, buses, and museums in Switzerland.  Reservations are not needed for most all trains and boats. Special trips that are not fully included in the cost of the pass are usually one-half off the regular price. For this itinerary, almost all transportation and museums are included with the Swiss Travel Pass purchase. Where they are not included, I will indicate the cost and the discount you can receive with the Swiss Travel Pass. Reservations are not needed for any trains that I recommend, but note that many special scenic routes are offered at a 50% discount. Always check the easy website or app for Swiss Train Travel at https://www.sbb.ch/en to check times for trains, because the times and trains recommended in this post could change at any time.

    There are consecutive day and flexible day travel options. On my latest trip, we stayed 3 nights in Lugano, 5 nights in Lucerne, and 1 night in Zurich. (I would have liked to stay 2 nights in Zurich.) We decided to purchase the 15 consecutive day travel pass, since we would be in Switzerland more than 8 days and we wanted to use the pass each day of our trip. It was easiest to pay a little more and get a pass that we could use for that time period. (The price per day is reduced when you purchase passes with more days included.) Check the current ticket options here to see what works best for you:

    https://www.swiss-pass.ch

    Make hotel reservations before you go to save time and get better rates by booking early.

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    Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco

    Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco

    Did you know that the Walt Disney family has developed a world-class museum in The Presidio Complex of San Francisco? The museum highlights the accomplishments and life of Walt Disney, the man.  Through his amazing story, the museum seeks to inspire others to develop their own imagination and strive to reach their goals. Click the audio bar at the bottom of this article to listen to my podcast with Kirsten Komoroske, the Executive Director of the museum. Then, take a virtual walk through the life of Walt Disney as you check out the highlights of the museum in the chronological tour of Walt Disney’s life that I highlight in my article and podcast description that follow the interview. Use this article as a guide when you are in San Francisco and visit the museum for yourself. As you visit the Walt Disney Family Museum, I think you will be inspired, too, as you learn more about the life and work of Walt Disney.



    Walt Disney Family Museum Location

    The Walt Disney Family Museum is located near the Golden Gate Bridge in The Presidio in San Francisco, California, only about 15 minutes via car from Fisherman’s Wharf. The Presidio was an active Army base from 1846 until 1994. It is now a United States National Historic Landmark, as well as a United States National Park. The museum is located in one of the renovated Army barracks. The exact address is 104 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94129. Be sure to enter the zip code in your GPS when using mapping applications, because there are two Montgomery Streets in San Francisco. (The other Montgomery Street is located in the Financial District of San Francisco.)

    Walt Disney Family Museum Admission

    Pass through the security checkpoint and purchase tickets just inside the porch of the building on the main floor. Regular adult admission is $25. Admission for seniors and students is $20. Youth admission is $15 for ages 6 through 17. There is no charge for children under six years of age.

    Walt Disney Family Museum Entrance Hall

    After you purchase tickets, walk to the Entrance Hall to the right, behind the ticket desk. Look for the copies of the Norman Rockwell charcoal sketches of Walt Disney’s two daughters, Diane and Sharon Disney, completed when they were children. Diane was the founder of the Walt Disney Family Museum. Both Diane and Sharon have passed, but Diane’s husband, Ron Miller, still serves on the Board of the museum as do some of Walt’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    After you view the Norman Rockwell sketches, look to the left to see the furnishings of the apartment that Walt Disney kept on the second floor of the Main Street Fire Station of Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Walt not only stayed in the small apartment when Disneyland was being constructed, but he could watch from the windows of the apartment when guests visited Disneyland after it opened in 1955.

    Before you leave this room, look for awards earned by Walt Disney and other special exhibits including the Key to The City of San Francisco presented to Walt and his wife, Lillian, in 1958. Then, after circling the Entrance Hall, walk to the back corner to present your ticket and enter Gallery 1a of the museum as you begin a chronological walk through the life and times of the man and the genius of Walt Disney. As you walk through the museum, be sure to look in each Gallery that you visit for the “Family Story” display that tells about Walt’s family life at the time represented.

    Walt Disney Family Museum – Gallery 1a – Small Beginnings

    You will first enter Gallery 1a, titled “Small Beginnings,” where you will see family pictures of Walt Disney as a boy, an ambulance from World War I like the one Walt worked on as a medic in France during the war, and Walt’s drawings that were included in his high school’s publication, “The Voice.”

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    11 Awesome San Francisco Area Travel Experiences

    11 Awesome San Francisco Area Travel Experiences

    If you are traveling to San Francisco, consider these 11 awesome San Francisco Area Travel Experiences. Take some time to follow the Barbary Coast Trail or take the San Francisco Time Machine Tour with Emperor Norton to learn about the city’s historic gold rush days. See paintings by Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, and Rembrandt at the Legion of Honor Museum. Drive out to Napa Valley for an afternoon and take an aerial tram to enjoy a special wine tasting experience overlooking Sterling Vineyards. Drive about an hour south of San Francisco to Half Moon Bay to relax overlooking the ocean at the Ritz Carlton’s outdoor patio or Conservatory Restaurant. Discover the ruins of the Sutro Baths overlooking the ocean closer to town, and walk a bit around the bend to see the Golden Gate Bridge from a special angle. These are just a few of the San Francisco area special experiences that you will learn about in this post and podcast as I discuss San Francisco with Billy O’Connell of BillysCities.com. Be sure to click on the audio bar at the end of this post to listen to our conversation, and check out all the details in the article below.



    I got to know about Billy’s travel writing and expertise through Jeff Peo, CEO of walkli.com. We both were asked by Jeff to design some travel maps for walkli based on our focus on walking to really get to know a city when we each travel. Like Jeff, I realized that Billy had much knowledge to share about his travel experience. I especially love his many blogs about San Francisco, his home base.

    So, when I was able to arrange a visit to San Francisco, I asked Billy if he would agree to join me on my podcast and to share his tips for what to see and do in San Francisco. In addition to sharing some basic helpful tips about the San Francisco cable car, Lombard Street, Alcatraz, and Fisherman’s Wharf, together we highlight 11 special experiences on the podcast. I have highlighted these 11 San Francisco area special experiences here, as well.

    San Francisco Area Special Experience 1: San Francisco Movie Sights City Tour

    I traveled to San Francisco with my friend, Debbie, and we took the San Francisco Movie Sights City Tour with SanFranciscoMovieTours.com. We both thought it was awesome! The 3-hour tour is offered daily at 10 am. Our guide, Marie, shared over 100 (yes 100!) movie clips on a screen on our small bus. Just as each short clip would end, the driver would amazingly be in just the right location for Marie to point and say, “Look, there it is!” We saw the house where Mrs. Doubtfire lived in the movie by the same name, scenes from “Dirty Harry,” “Bullitt,” “Vertigo,” “What’s Up, Doc?” and so many more. We stopped at Alamo Square to see the beautiful multi-colored houses called the “Painted Ladies” where you might recognize the view from the television show, “Full House”.

    Another highlight is the stop to go inside the ornate City Hall where many movies have been filmed inside. Here, be sure to count the brides getting married throughout the day, every day, at City Hall. The stop at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge is pretty awesome, too! It was worth the $49 per person for the tour. I noticed on their calendar that they do sell out this tour, so be sure to get tickets in advance if you want to do this while you are in San Francisco. The tour leaves from Pier 43 ½ in Fisherman’s Wharf.

    San Francisco Area Special Experience 2: Emperor Norton’s Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine Tours

    This fun tour of downtown San Francisco takes place every Thursday and Saturday at 11 am and at 2:30 pm. Meet Emperor Norton in the center of Union Square in the heart of downtown San Francisco. The real Emperor Norton was a citizen of San Francisco in the mid-1800...

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    9 Major Central Rome Christian Sights

    9 Major Central Rome Christian Sights

    Did you know that the stairs Jesus walked up to face Pontius Pilot are now located in Rome? Did you know that you can see relics of the Passion of Christ, including thorns from the Crown of Thorns and pieces of the Holy Cross in Rome? Did you know that wood from the crib of Jesus from Bethlehem is located in central Rome? Of course, you can’t miss the Mamertine Prison where Saint Peter and Saint Paul may have been imprisoned. So, if you are in Rome, don’t just visit the two major Christian sights of the Vatican and St. Paul’s Outside the Walls. Add to your visit by using this guide with maps, walking directions, and podcast link to discover nine major, often overlooked, Christian sights in central Rome, Italy!



    Follow the suggested 3.5 mile (5.5 km) walking route, by beginning at the Pantheon in central Rome at Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Roma RM, Italy. See each of the nine major central Rome Christian sights in one day, or break up the visit over two days to proceed at a more leisurely pace. Follow along with the pictured maps below, or use the more detailed, interactive map I have created on the website, www.walkli.com, by searching for Rome and clicking on the title of this particular route, “9 Major Central Rome Christian Sights” or just click here. Directions from each sight to the next are also described in the article below. Remember to click on the audio bar at the end of this post if you would like to listen to an accompanying podcast with more of my personal reflections included.

    Pantheon – Raphael’s Tomb and the Tomb of Christian Martyrs – Major Central Rome Christian Sights Map Point A

    You may have seen the famous Raphael Rooms when you visited the Vatican in Rome, but did you know that the Vatican Renaissance artist is buried in the Pantheon? Although the Pantheon was originally built to honor all gods, in 609 AD the Pantheon was consecrated as a basilica to honor Saint Mary and the Martyrs, and the remains of Christian martyrs who were persecuted in Rome were buried under the altar.

    The Catholic Church honored Raphael upon his death at the age of 37 by having him buried in the Pantheon after his death on Good Friday in the year 1520. He is buried in a niche on the left side of the Pantheon as you enter beside his fiancée, Maria Bibbiena, who died of the plague before Raphael. The epitaph, written by the poet Pietro Bembo, translates to English as:

    “Here lies Raphael, by whom, while he lived, Nature feared she would be outdone and, as he died, feared she herself would die.”

    The Pantheon is free to visit, although there has been some discussion that admission may be charged in the future. Usual hours are 8:30 am until 7:30 pm Monday through Saturday, with last admission at 7:15 pm. The Pantheon is open on Sunday from 9 am until 6 pm, with last admission at 5:45 pm. It is closed on January 1st, May 1st and Christmas Day. Visits are not allowed during Masses. Mass is usually held Sundays at 10:30 am and Saturdays at 5 pm. Check the website for updates here: http://www.polomusealelazio.beniculturali.it/index.php?it/232/pantheon

    Michelangelo’s Christ the Redeemer Statue and the Tomb of Saint Catherine of Siena in the Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva – Major Central Rome Christian Sights Map Point B

    Just around the corner from the Pantheon, don’t miss seeing one of Michelangelo’s great works of sculpture, Christ the Redeemer, often overlooked by tourists flocking to the Pantheon. To get there, exit the Pantheon to the right and immediately turn right to walk along Via della Minerva about two blocks to reach Basilica di Sa...

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