Some of our favorite places – 2015

In Shanghai on the Crystal Symphony
In Shanghai on the Crystal Symphony
In Shanghai on the Crystal Symphony

It was daunting to whittle down thousands of pictures and a year’s worth of memories to a reasonable number. Hopefully, this shortened list won’t challenge your attention span but here are some of our favorite places from a wonderful year in travel.

In all, we flew some 84,000 air miles; visited 10 countries, took four cruises (two on riverboats and two on ocean liners); and made a road trip between New York and Charleston with stops along the way. We still had time for a relaxing month at home at the end of the year.

We were blessed with good health, the love of family and friends and wonderful opportunities to travel. We wish the same to you for the coming year!

Take a peek at some of the places we visited in 2015:


Charleston, South Carolina

Iconic mural at Charleston City Market by artist David Boatwright
Iconic mural at Charleston City Market by artist David Boatwright
Jetty near the house where we stayed on Johns Island
Jetty near the house where we stayed on Johns Island

We spent three weeks in this charming city that is so richly influenced by the culture of the South and its proximity to the water.


Cancun & Riviera Maya, Mexico

One of the oceanside pools at the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral
One of the oceanside pools at the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach resort
Colorful umbrellas on the patio for a festival event
Colorful place settings on the patio for a festival event

We were here to attend the Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival but were again captivated by the beautiful colors and warmth of the Mexican people.


Amsterdam, Netherlands

Revery on King's Day in Amsterdam
Revelry on King’s Day in Amsterdam
A peaceful canal in Amsterdam AFTER King's Day
A peaceful canal in Amsterdam AFTER King’s Day

We arrived on King’s Day when the canals are filled with revelers and the entire city seems to be painted orange.


Lisse and Mollenwaard, Netherlands

The windmills at Kinderdijk
The windmills at Kinderdijk
Keukenhof gardens
Keukenhof gardens

Our tulip cruise took us to two of the most famous tourists attractions in the country, the windmills at Kinderdijk and the spectacular Keukenhof gardens.


Nantucket, Massachusetts

Brant Point LIghthouse in Nantucket
Brant Point LIghthouse in Nantucket
Nantucket Harbor
Nantucket Harbor

We learned about the history of whaling just in time for the release of In the Heart of the Sea, which is set in this town with a long whaling history.


Shanghai, Beijing and Xi’an, China

Our cruise in China stopped at both Shanghai and Beijing with excursions to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Great Wall and the site of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses.

Shanghai skyline at night
Shanghai skyline at night
View of the Great Wall
View of the Great Wall
Some of the Terracotta Warriors
Some of the Terracotta Warriors

Antwerp and Bruges, Belgium

Antwerp's Grote Markt
Antwerp’s Grote Markt
A canal in Bruges
A canal in Bruges

Both these cities felt like they could be backdrops for fairytale stories.


Lisbon, Portugal

Praca do Municipo with Lisbon Town Hall
Praca do Municipo with Lisbon Town Hall
One of the tourist trams in Lisbon
One of the tourist trams in Lisbon

We absolutely fell in love with this vibrant city of hills, which was reminiscent of San Francisco.


Pietrasanta & Forte Dei Marmi, Italy

Gargantuan sculpture, part of the "Mitoraj Mito e Musica” display in Pietrasanta
Gargantuan sculpture, part of the “Mitoraj Mito e Musica” display in Pietrasanta
Landscape of the marble mountains of Carrara
Landscape of the marble mountains of Carrara

How fortunate we are to have friends who live in Tuscany, and who love sharing the beauty of the art and countryside with us.


Monte Carlo, Monaco

Casino de Monte-Carlo
View of Casino de Monte-Carlo from the harbor
Changing of the guards at the prince's palace in Monaco
Changing of the guards at the prince’s palace in Monaco

Quite a different lifestyle than the one we are accustomed to but interesting to view close up and from the deck of an ocean liner.


Genoa, Italy

Approaching the old port of Genoa
Approaching the old port of Genoa
Sculpture at maritime station in Genoa
Sculpture at maritime station in Genoa

The largest seaport in Italy with a rich maritime history offers an interesting cityscape.


Orvieto and surrounding areas in Umbria, Italy

View of Orvieto poised on the tufa
View of Orvieto poised on the tufa
Vineyard and olive trees in Umbrian countryside
Vineyard and olive trees in Umbrian countryside

The town of Orvieto seems to rise out of the cliffs. We also had the chance to drive through the region of Umbria and admire its breathtaking landscapes.


Silicon Valley, California

Visiting the Google campus with its primary color bicycles
Visiting the Google campus with its primary color bicycles
Google Take Your Parents To Work Day 2015
Google Take Your Parents To Work Day 2015

When our son headed West to work in the Silicon Valley last summer, it wasn’t long before we made two trips to see him, one of them to transport his cat and the other to attend Google Take Your Parents To Work Day.


Bordeaux, France

Vineyards in Bordeaux
Vineyard in Bordeaux
Cave du Marche, wine store in Sainte Emilion
Cave du Marche, wine store in Saint Emillion

Our last trip of the year was a river cruise that took us to one of the most famous wine-growing regions in the world. The food wasn’t bad either!


Chappaqua, New York

Sunset in Chappaqua from our back deck
Sunset in Chappaqua from our back deck

How fortunate we are that we are always as happy to return home as we are to go away! 


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Screenshot from Jetpack
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