Southern Ireland with CIE Tours International

By: Jaime Fernandez Jr., Co-President

Ah, Ireland, land of leprechauns, four-leaf clovers, Irish whiskey and boundless shades of green. You don’t really appreciate how green Ireland is until you’ve been there. The sheer depth and variety of the “greens” that decorate the landscape are astounding. You can look at a hillside in front of you dotted with sheep, and then look right to the hillside opposite, dotted with cows and they are quite, quite different colors. The “green” phenomenon was just one of the many wonders of Ireland revealed during my recent CIE International tour, Southern Supreme.Continue reading

Peru Explorer with G Adventures

G Adventures is a special tour operator. Their tours are quite affordable and they always offer a share roommate program so single travelers don’t have to pay a single supplement if they’re willing to share a room with another traveler of the same gender. As their name implies, their tours specialize in adventurous outings to exotic destinations.
Plaza de Armas –  Cuzco, Peru

I just returned from Peru Explorer, and what a trip! This 10-day adventure is great for the traveler who wants to be spoiled a bit, since we enjoyed upgraded hotels throughout, and excellent sightseeing with local experts was provided as well.

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Relaxation Aboard The New MSC Divina

If someone came up to you and said those three letters would it mean anything to you? Probably not. To be honest, before I had the pleasure of coming to work at, it would not have meant a lot to me either. MSC stands for Mediterranean Shipping Company. They are one of the largest private cruise companies in the world. They actually started out shipping goods and products around the Med and later moved into the cruising industry. Today, they are not only one of the largest shipping companies in the world but one of the premier cruise companies in the world! This November 2013 I had the opportunity to sail on their newest ship the MSC Divina out of Miami. Let me take a moment and tell you a bit about my trip.

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Adventure In Spain

Recently a co-worker (Marquis) and myself were asked by the Spanish Department of Tourism and the Andelusian Region for an International meeting for Inland Tourism. First off, let me say it was a working visit but we were shown an area of Spain that sadly is overlooked by many and it’s now my goal to change that. Let me tell you a bit about my trip.

We departed Houston on Wednesday. We were flying Delta so had a 1 hour layover in Atlanta. We actually had a very nice flight to Madrid. We spent some time reviewing our itenerary (busy), the area we were going to (neither of us knew a lot), and what we were planning on trying to learn or accomplish (a list a mile long). For the first time in my life I had an enjoyable meal aboard a flight. The attendants were funny, the seats I actually slept in, and wonders upon wonders did not feel like I had been drugged through the ringer when we landed. We were met by Juan at the airport and he drove us the 4 hours south to Jaén, a city in south-central Spain. Below is a You Tube video of the area and with photos of our trip. Take a peek. I think you will find it beautiful.

Video by Liza Drake

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