February, 2012

Pronunciation is everything. Say “noo-or-LEENZ” and you are marked for a tourist. Instead when heading down south to New Orleans relax your mouth and let it drawl out “noo-AW-linz” or “noo-OR-linz” just like a native. 

When you travel to the Big Easy it’s is best to have great luggage to meet any adventures you desire. The Samsonite Hyperspace line is a great match a New Orleans’ itinerary, with a Boarding Bag, Spinner Garment Bag and 21, 26 and 31-inch expandable spinners.

Those who solely think of Bourbon Street and the French Quarter when they think of this vibrant city are missing much of her charms. So let us use the neighborhood as a hub and head out first to places best visited early in the morning due to the warm and gooey humidity found through many of the seasons.

New Orleans StreetcarHave $1.25 in exact change and hop aboard the St. Charles Avenue streetcar at the corner of Carondelet and Canal.  Having served the city, uninterrupted, for close to 130 years this streetcar is the last of the vehicles that once served as the inspiration for playwright Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire”. A one-way trip takes approximately 45 minutes and winds through the Central Business District into the architecturally rich and diverse Garden District with its mansions surrounded by mounds of lush greenery. And treat yourself to a Garden District walking tour to better appreciate the 19th century Victorian houses festooned with graceful gingerbread features. Continue Reading »

Thump ada thump ada will be the sounds as you wheel across Ribe, Denmark’s cobbled streets with the Victorinox NXT Hardside Carry-on Officer’s Wheeled Trunk.

Ribe has the distinction of being the tiny Scandinavian country’s oldest town, and was established in the early 8thcentury.

Its South Jutland locale off the Wadden Sea made it a perfect for seafarers including Vikings; often their wares “found” in various parts of the world were sold at the  thriving market town off the Ribe River. Discovering the plunderers of the North is still easy as they can be found in several places. Continue Reading »