Cruising Down the Rhone River in France

Cruising Down the Rhone River in France

Don Mankin was hosted by AmaWaterways on a 7-day, wine-themed cruise down the Rhone River in France, all opinions are his own.Wine, Wine and More Wine One of the main attractions of this AmaWaterways trip was the wine-tastings, pairings, and seminars led by Freddy Arredondo, winemaker and co-owner of Cave B Estate Winery in Eastern Washington. A … Continued

What do Shopkins have to do with Stonehenge?

“Look, Mama!  Shopkins Stonehenge!” I glance over at my 6-year old son who has taken all of his Shopkins and strategically placed them in a circle formation with Uno cards underneath to represent the cap stones. I’m filled with pride, a giggle and find myself a little misty-eyed at the sight. We had arrived home … Continued

Have you been to the 5th smallest country in the world?

Can You Get Your Passport Stamped Inside Italy?

Have you been to the 5th smallest country in the world? Did you know that there is a country inside Italy that is not the Vatican? The world’s oldest surviving sovereign state and oldest republic is San Marino and it began in AD 301. It is officially the Republic of San Marino and is the … Continued

What did I do in Edinburgh, Scotland?

After an incredible trip in Ireland, I went to Scotland for my very first visit. I flew from Dublin to Edinburg on Ryan Air and then took the Tram from the airport to Haymarket. The weather was so beautiful that I strolled to my hotel. I had bought a SIM card from 3 in Ireland … Continued

Wander with me in Ireland

Why did I go to Kilkenny Ireland and Beyond?

I traveled to Ireland in May 2017 to attend the Travel Classics International Conference in Kilkenny. I loved learning from the writers, editors and the conference founder, Maren Rudolph. Wondering what happens during Travel Classics? I made a video to show you: VIDEO: Welcome to Travel Classics International Ireland 2017 Our keynote speaker was George … Continued

Visiting Lisbon Withlocals

Withlocals is the way to visit Lisbon, Portugal

My wife and I have traveled around the world and have been to places such as India, Thailand, Brazil, and Italy.  We have seen all the normal touristy places such as the Taj Mahal, The Colosseum, and Copacabana Beach. On these trips, we were tired of standing in line to see the same attraction that every other … Continued

What did I do in Monaco?

What did I do in Monaco?

Monaco is a destination full of surprises and for me was my country #97. It is only eight miles to Italy and seven minutes by helicopter to Nice. This country is half the size of New York City’s Central Park and is focused on sustainability. During my first visit, I saw the first organic gardens … Continued

5 top travel tips for CRETE

5 Reasons Why You Should Make Crete Your Next Holiday Stop

With summer just around the corner, you might be feeling the draw of a last minute holiday. But, where should you go? There are many enticing destinations in Europe and beyond, and it’s important to feel like you’ve found the best deal for your money and made the most of your time off work. With … Continued

May 2017 News: 3 New Countries Takes me to #99!

May 2017 NEWS: Time to TRAVEL! I am writing the news early this month as I will be spending over three weeks in Europe in May and going to six countries. Three of them I have never been to before and they will be countries #97, 98 and 99! I feel so very fortunate that I have … Continued

Limping Through the Czech Republic

  What’s worse than hiking with a bum knee? Not hiking. Not doing much of anything for that matter, other than obsessing about growing old. That’s the prospect I faced the day before the start of a recent week-long hiking trip in the Czech Republic. After two days of walking around Vienna, the starting point … Continued

We Said Go Travel

We Said Go Travel