Alisa and I have been traveling for as long as we have known each other.  In fact, that's how we met - while I was traveling with my job. We'd like to share some of our experiences with you.  Perhaps, we can help you in planning your next trip.

We started traveling a lot more during the last few years. (The kids have left the nest.)  We have a few simple rules which we go by - we avoid as much as possible organized tours (except jeep trips), and we don't like to run from place to place without getting to know an area for a few days.  I do all the planning and use the internet to learn about an area and find interesting hotels. I try to find people from the area we're going to visit and chat with them on the web - using travel forums or chat services.  Web surfers LOVE to help other surfers.  We also try to meet our cyber friends when we get there, and I can say that we've done it several times, and every meeting has been a huge success. I'd also like to mention my favorite travel forums - Fodor's TravelTalk Communities and Tripadvisor Travel Forums which are both great sources for travel information.

We live in Israel, so much of our traveling has been to Europe.  In the last few years, we've been to Italy, Spain, Paris, Turkey, France, Portugal, Croatia, South America and a couple of trips to the United States. In 2007 we started visiting the far east, in 2008, we visited Central Asia (Uzbekistan) and in 2009, it was back to Europe with trips to Italy and a trip to Scotland. In 2010, we visited Vietnam, France, and Norway. 2011 was a quiet year due to the birth of our second grandchild - just a couple of short trips to Europe. Last year, 2012, things returned to form. We visited northern Italy, then a cruise on the Baltic and then another wine trip to Alsace, France. 2013 started out with a cancelled trip to Bordeaux due to a family problem, and then 2 trips in the second half of the year - Northern Italy, and then a visit to the USA.

I use the internet and plan each trip carefully. I present everything here freely. I hope you can make use of it on your next trip.

 

Check out our trips below.

       

 




NORTHERN ITALY
 9 days,
May, 2013

   

 




AUTUMN IN THE
NORTHEASTERN USA
 19 days, Sept-Oct
, 2013

TO THE LEFT,
OUR LATEST TRIP:

AUTUMN IN NEW YORK

 


SOUTHWEST FRANCE
BORDEAUX & DORDOGNE,
15
days, May, 2011




BERLIN AND COMO
 10
days, Fall, 2011




VARESE & PIEMONTE
 1 week, A
pril, 2012




A BALTIC CRUISE
 2 weeks, July,
2012




ALSACE
 10 days, Sept,
2012


A VISIT TO NORWAY
WITH A CRUISE UP THE COAST
12
days, July-Aug, 2010


A CRUISE FROM PARIS TO NORMANDY
10
days, Mar-Apr, 2010


VIETNAM & CAMBODIA
2 weeks in
Jan-Feb, 2010


A CRUISE ON THE RHINE
2 weeks in
October, 2009


SCOTLAND
2 weeks in
June, 2009


JORDAN
A weekend including PETRA
February, 2008


JAPAN
2 weeks in
April, 2008


THE LOIRE
8 days in
June, 2008


UZBEKISTAN
8 days in
October, 2008


PUGLIA & MATERA
10 days in
April-May, 2009

GREECE
an 8 day jeep trip
in April, 2006

KENYA
Alisa's 2 week trip with
4 girlfriends in May, 2006

SLOVENIA, CROATIA
a 13 day trip
October, 2006

THAILAND
a 15 day trip
in January, 2007

CHINA
a 15 day trip
in April, 2007

 

3 WEEKS IN
SOUTH AMERICA
Jan/Feb, 2006

 

ITALY (TUSCANY)
10 days in
October, 200
5

 

PORTUGAL
2 weeks in April
& May, 2005

 

THE AMERICAN
SOUTHWEST
2 weeks in Fall, 2005

 

MONTENEGRO
A 7 day jeep trip
August, 2004

 

ITALY
10 days in Umbria,  Tuscany Barolo & Lake Maggiore
October, 2002

 

ROMANIA
A 6 day jeep trip in the
Carpathian Mountains
June, 2003

 

CROATIA
The Dalmation Coast:
From Dubrovnik to Split
August, 2003

 

SICILY
 
7 days in
October, 2003

 

TURKEY
(CAPPADOCIA) 
6 days by jeep
April, 2004

 

ITALY
Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast
Spring, 2000

 

FRANCE
2 weeks in Provence,
Fall, 2000

 

SPAIN
10 days in
Andalucia
Spring, 2001

 

FRANCE
A week in Burgundy
& Champagne, 
August, 2001

 

ITALY
10 Days - Lake Como
to Cinque Terre;
Sept/Oct, 2001

 

ISRAEL
A weekend in a
very unique place.

 

THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS
Yellowstone to Banff
June, 1998

 

Still our favorite trip -
10 days in TUSCANY in
October, 1998

 

TURKEY
A 4 day weekend
in Istanbul
March, 1999

 

2 weeks in the 
Austrian and Italian
Alps - June, 1999

 



 
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