Global Traveler

The Dominican Republic A Journey of Discovery & Exploration

Global Traveler Dave Pattison A cruise to a remote and newly developed tourist area of the Dominican Republic provided a unique and unexpected visit to a largely undiscovered and unexplored area of this historic country. We stayed four days in the newly developed port of Amber Cove, which engaged us in the newly designed “impact” activities with local residents or visits ... Read More »

Cuba Opens Its Door to Americans

GLOBAL TRAVELER Dave Pattison The mysteries of Cuba, its isolation and its oppressive heritage has long fascinated and intrigued Americans. Now that Cuba has left its doors slightly open I took the opportunity to see for myself what is happening there. I booked a people-to-people cruise on Fathom’s Adonia, a 904 passenger ship sponsored by Carnival Cruise Lines, to gain ... Read More »

Traveling Off the Beaten Track, Part II

GLOBAL TRAVELER Dave Pattison Editor’s Note: Part I of this column appeared in the March 3, 2017 edition of Coastal Breeze News. In that issue, ten special “Off the Beaten Track” destinations and photos were shared. This issue will give readers a glimpse into ten more unique, and largely unknown places. Following is a sample list of many of the ... Read More »

Traveling Off the Beaten Track, Part I

GLOBAL TRAVELER Dave Pattison As a frequent international traveler I have had the special opportunity to explore and investigate many unique and largely unknown places not heavily visited by most tourists. These discoveries have led to a fascination with off-the-beaten destinations, many of which rival or exceed the pleasure of visiting better-known places. Following is a sample list of many ... Read More »

Mexico’s Mayan & Colonial Heritage

Global Traveler Dave Pattison The Mayan and indigenous cultures of Mexico have left an indelible mark preserving their ancient cultures and heritage. And colonial cities and villages reflect Mexico’s Spanish roots. On a trip sponsored by Grand Circle Travel, specializing in cultural senior tours, I saw preserved Mayan ruins dating back several centuries and Spanish colonial cities that have protected their ... Read More »

A Cruise in France on the Seine River

Global Traveler Dave Pattison A river cruise on the Seine in France offers the unique opportunity to explore and discover places of extraordinary history and scenic beauty. I had this opportunity following a similar journey on the Rhone and Saone Rivers from Paris to Normandy, as described in a prior issue of the Coastal Breeze News. Our ten-day Seine trip from ... Read More »

A Journey Through France on its Rivers

Global Traveler Dave Pattison River trips are a relaxing and scenic way to experience the joy of travel, and I discovered this on a recent three-week journey through France from Province to Normandy, via Paris. On a two-segment trip sponsored by Vantage Deluxe Travel, I traveled first on the Rhone and Saone Rivers from Avignon to Chalon and then, after a ... Read More »

Exploring Western Canada

Global  Traveler Dave Pattison  A recent journey to the magnificent Canadian Rockies revealed amazing frozen glaciers, snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, wild roaming animals and massive azure lakes. On a trip sponsored by Grand Circle Travel, which specializes in travel by small groups of seniors, I was able to explore Banff and Jasper National Parks, and the Canadian cities of Calgary, ... Read More »