By Charlene & Richard Mixa
The Charm of Old World Elegance with Contemporary Luxuries
Enchanting entrance to Dromoland Castle
With visions of a fairytale visit, we follow the meandering drive as it passes lush magnificent lawns and a glistening lake to a 5th Century mystical castle. Approaching Dromoland Castle, we are transported to a time when Lords and Ladies graciously welcome and entertain guests at their massive estates. It’s a real castle! Dromoland was originally the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic Royalty; direct descendants of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland. Today, it is a 5 Star Castle Hotel where guests have a “royal and regal” experience. Beautifully updated the castle still retains its old-world charm and crisp service. Continue reading
By Charlene Mixa
“The Rock” in the Dark!
An eerie ride to The Rock!
A mile and ¼ from San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf is the infamous Alcatraz. A maximum security prison for 30 years, Alcatraz housed noted criminals including Al Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelly, and Robert Franklin Stroud, the Birdman of Alcatraz. With its closing, the last prisoner walked out of Alcatraz on March 23, 1963. Yet, the prison and island entice visitors to see what life was like on “The Rock”. Continue reading
By Charlene Mixa
Touring Charming Victoria and Inspiring Butchard Gardens
- Gorgeous flowers are everywhere in Victoria
Imagine enjoying gardens and flowers blooming year round in Canada! What a wonderful surprise to find that Vancouver Island in British Columbia has the mildest climate in Canada with gardens blooming throughout the year. Continue reading
By Mary Jo Plouf
photo credit: Mary Jo Plouf
The majority of the time with my Gateway1 Travel in the Far East was spent in Vietnam. Vietnam is bounded by China, Laos and Cambodia. We also visited Thailand and Cambodia, but for me Vietnam was by far, the most interesting, diverse and culturally stimulating. I found that Vietnam had it all, including beaches, mountains, dynamic cities, interesting culture and fantastic cuisine. Our trip in Vietnam started in Ho Chi Minh City and ended in Hanoi 9 days later. In between we visited Hoi An, Da Nang, Hue, and Halong Bay. Much of our travel was by bus and we were able to get a pretty good idea of how rural life in Vietnam was conducted. It can be pretty much summed up by saying “rice farming.” The small farming villages are the backbone of Vietnamese culture and most of the residents return to the village where they were born when they are ready to retire or die. Many of the rice fields contain family tombs, although in recent years it has become illegal to bury farmers in their fields. Small cemeteries are located nearby.
By Charlene & Richard Mixa An Alluring Southern City
Savannah’s Historical River Street
A vibrant city with a rich southern history and charm sits on the bluffs of the Savannah River. Georgia’s “First City” is dynamic as it entices and lures visitors to return again and again. Blending culture and heritage with the bizarre, Savannah is an exciting place to visit. Whether walking the beautiful squares, listening to music at Market Square, shopping in unique upscale shops in the Historic District, roaming large antique stores, strolling along River Street, taking a tour, or partaking of great southern food, Savannah is fascinating. Continue reading
By Charlene S. Mixa A great get-a-way in the Golden Isles of Georgia!
Sunset of Sidney Lanier Bridge
Step into a calmer way of life with cool ocean breezes, canopies of moss draped oak trees, vast marshlands, and sandy beaches. Relax in the beauty of Georgia’s St. Simons Island. Learn the enticing history of this charming barrier island. Enjoy southern hospitality. Many travelers speed through Georgia on I-95 going north or south to a destination, by-passing an experience of Georgia’s coast and its enticing Golden Isles. Continue reading