Rhone River Cruise – Nadine Jackson

Being a real Francophile, I talked my husband Bobby to come with me in August on a cruise up the Rhone River from Avignon to Lyon.  We chose Uniworld Boutique River Cruises and their new “supership”, the SS Catherine, for this journey.

The Rhone is a wide, but not too commercial river. We cruised north through hilly countryside, farms and small towns until Lyon where the Rhone splits from the Soane.  The Provencal towns of Avignon and Arles are famous for their Roman and middle Ages history.  Lyon is a big but very attractive city.  Outside of these, the towns are small and charming,  mostly concerned with vineyards and farming (including lavender and sunflowers). From Lyon, we cruised up the Soane to Macon and a day visit to Beaune, heart of the Burgundy wine region and a beautiful, classy city.  We loved the leisurely itinerary and each day brought more hilltop villages, historical sites, and new wines to try.

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The SS Catherine is truly beautiful…like a luxury boutique Parisian hotel.  Each cabin is thoughtfully laid-out with excellent beds, huge closets, lots of storage space, wonderful lighting, deluxe bathrooms with heated floors.  The windows were floor-to-ceiling, making up the entire outer wall of the cabin.  They were the most ingenious windows – opening horizontally instead of vertically – the entire top half could be lowered for unobstructed viewing, and if needed a screen could be lowered

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On our cruise, excursions were uniformly excellent with wonderful guides and special experiences. On a visit to the tiny medieval  town of Viviers, our group was graciously invited in for Rose and petit-fours to the four-hundred year old home of our guide.  Another excursion was to a truffle farm where   dogs are now used instead of pigs to sniff out the dark brown mushroom-like nuggets. I was most impressed with Uniworld’s “Go Active” complimentary options, offered every day for more athletic or adventurous guests.  One day this intrepid group kayaked under the Pont de Gard while the rest of us were up on the bridge waving them on.  Another day they hiked through terraced vineyards and had their own mid-vine tastings.  There were several bicycle outings too.  A special highlight for all was a night illumination tour of Lyon where all the bridges and exquisite hill-top basilica are beautifully lit.

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Uniworld is a member of Virtuoso.  When you book through McCabe World Travel, you are often eligible for amenities such as exclusive excursions and onboard credit.  Call us today to find the perfect itinerary for you!

Calling all James Bond Fans – GoldenEye Jamaica – Jessica Griscavage

In 1942 the debonair Englishman, Commander Ian Fleming was sent to Jamaica by Britain’s naval intelligence service on a secret mission. Fleming was in Jamaica only three days but wrote soon afterwards: “I have made up my mind. I’m going to live the rest of my life in Jamaica.”

The first James Bond book, Casino Royale was written at GoldenEye during the winter of 1952 and established a pattern that continues for the next 12 years. The peace and privacy of Jamaica allowed Fleming to draw on his own experiences, his fascination with military gadgets, his sharp wit and dry arrogance to create 20th century’s most successful action hero – agent 007 James Bond.
After Fleming’s death in 1964, GoldenEye remained a part of the family estate until Chris Blackwell, who founded Island Records, acquired by default. Blackwell’s deep attachment to Jamaica extends well beyond resorts to include the restoration of Noel Coward’s Firefly, the building and development of Island Village and much more.
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Today, this 52-acre haute hideaway features 28 airy rooms dispersed among 19 villas and cottages, each adorned with custom furnishings, deep-soaking clawfoot tubs and high-end sound systems. Kayak or swim to the open-air spa for a salt scrub or meditation session, then head to the treehouse-style Gazebo for grilled lobster tail and glorious sunsets. Playful excursions include everything from sunrise fishing to twilight yoga, garden walks to Jet Ski safaris.
Fun Facts!
-All 14 Bond novels were written at GoldenEye, although only 3 have parts set in Jamaica.
-The ultra-private, five-bedroom Fleming Villa includes two satellite cottages, a pool and private beach. You’ll find the author’s original writing desk in the master bedroom.
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When you book Goldeneye through McCabe World Travel, a proud member of Virtuoso, you will receive the following amenities:
-One $100 USD equivalent resort credit per stay
– For Virtuoso guests purchasing optional meal plan: One dinner for 2 in a local restaurant (not including beverages, taxes, or gratuities) once during stay
– Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guest
– Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability
– Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

Incredible India – Hannah Roth

Hello McCabe World Travelers! Hannah here reporting live from a whirlwind trip to India (finally got a free morning before our 11AM flight to Mumbai, the last city on our itinerary before we sadly have to depart to go back home to the states). It’s been a packed schedule, all so we can see as much as possible in our short 8 nights here…fitting 6 cities into such a restricted time frame is no small feat. My goal is to relay back to clients the tips, tricks, recommendations, and expertise to make your India adventure as amazing as mine has been

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A taste of Delhi traffic

 

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Tomb of Humayun

 

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A visit to Salaam Balak orphanage

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India is the kind of destination that seeps its way into your soul – the colors, the people, the religions, the architecture, the food! I knew going into this trip that it would be the kind of lifechanging experience that an adventure-seeker like me only hopes to have, and I was right on all counts. We started our journey in Delhi, a massive and teeming city. The traffic is almost as bad as in the DC area! We arrived to the Leela Palace New Delhi, a new building that was crafted with a true sense of place.
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The relaxing pool at the Leela Palace in Delhi
Our tour guide, Punim, was an absolute delight and helped ease us into the hustle of the city and the shock of a new culture. Greaves Tours does a magnificent job with coordinating all aspects of such foreign travel to make it a seamless and unforgettable experience. Stay tuned for some more India posts (there’s so much to tell and so much to see) and of course contact me at hannah@mccabeworld.com with any specific questions – I would love to chat!
By booking the Leela Palace through McCabe World Travel, a proud Virtuoso member, you will receive the following amenities:
  • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability
  • Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • A complimentary dinner for up to two people per room
    • once during the stay , excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities ( 3 course menu, with a minimum value of USD 100 equivalent ) at Jamavar our Indian Specialty Restaurant.
  • Early check-in/late check-out
    • subject to availability