Speaking of Travel

SoBe Teaser

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber vickieonmarco@comcast.net The Renaissance Academy of Florida Gulf Coast University provides programs for “lifelong personal revitalization” and their offerings include day trips. I’ve taken two of them and while they are well organized and the leaders cordial and informative, their overambitious planning has resulted in some frustration for attendees. There just wasn’t sufficient time to enjoy the ... Read More »

Traveling with today’s technology

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber  vickieonmarco@gmail.com When we first started traveling abroad, my “technology” consisted of a phone card for calls back to the states, a paper notebook, and a pen. Pay phones were ubiquitous then and it was easy and reasonable to make calls stateside. The notebook held my journal and any important information I might need. Occasionally, we would ... Read More »

Amalfi Triumphs – Coastal Breeze exclusive

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber  vickieonmarco@gmail.com It was almost too close to call, but in the end, Amalfi nosed out Venezia to win the Regata Antiche Reubbliche Marinara Italiano…..and Coastal Breeze was there to cover it. During the X to XIII centuries, the city-states of Amalfi, Genoa, Pisa, and Venice were the four great maritime republics which competed against each other ... Read More »

Il dolce far niente

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL  Vickie Kelber  vickieonmarco@gmail.com If you are a regular reader of my column, you know that we prefer independent or semi independent travel. The few times we have taken a tour or cruise (with the exception of one of our cruises, but more on that one later), we’ve not enjoyed the experience. I think that part of what we ... Read More »

The Palm Trees of Switzerland

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber  vickieonmarco@gmail.com Ah, Switzerland. Land of cheese, chocolate, snow capped mountains, palm trees. Palm trees? Yes, palm trees. Think of Italian ambience and food along with Swiss efficiency and you will have one of my favorite regions of Switzerland, Ticino. Switzerland has four official languages and is divided into 26 cantons, or states. The southernmost canton in ... Read More »

There’s an App for That – Part II

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber  vickieonmarco@gmail.com In continuing to explore travel apps for smart phones and tablets, here are some that will help you once you are at your destination. There are numerous apps that offer guidebooks for specific locations. Rather than focusing on the traditional such as those offered from Fodor’s, these emphasize recommendations from locals. Many of them are ... Read More »

There’s an App for That – Navigation

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber  vickieonmarco@gmail.com Last year, I wrote an article, “There’s an App for That” (http://tinyurl.com/6uy2skr) and with the now more than 600,000 Apps available for the iPhone/Android and iPad, there are sure to be some that are invaluable to travelers. In fact, there are so many that I am going to divide this update into two columns, the ... Read More »

History abounds in St. Augustine

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber  vickieonmarco@gmail.com Living here in Paradise, it’s easy to confine my sphere of in state travel to Marco and Naples with the occasional jaunt to Ft. Myers, or at least to Estero for shopping. With that in mind, I have been trying to make an effort to see more of what Florida has to offer. That is ... Read More »

Cruisin’ the Pacific Coast Highway

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber  vickieonmarco@gmail.com Some years ago, while visiting San Francisco, we drove the north central part of the Pacific Coast Highway (CA Highway 1) all the way to Big Sur, with its dramatic scenery. Our trip included the 17 Mile Drive on the Monterey Peninsula through Pebble Beach with its “Lone Cypress”, one of the most photographed trees ... Read More »

Websites revisited

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber  vickieonmarco@gmail.com Last year, I wrote a column about the world being at your fingertips through the use of the internet and identified a number of useful websites. In this column, I’ll continue that discussion with more sites. I will not repeat any of the previous ones mentioned; you can access last year’s article at http://coastalbreezenews.com/index.php/2011/06/02/the-world-at-your-fingertips. The ... Read More »

In search of Dalí

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber  vickieonmarco@gmail.com Salvador Dalí is an artist whose work my husband and I enjoy. Perhaps it is his quirkiness and symbolism or his immense talent and sheer genius. He was able to paint in any style; some of his classical works are as affecting as his surrealist pieces. His double image paintings that suggest optical illusions are ... Read More »

Victoria, the Royal

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL  Vickie Kelber  vickieonmarco@gmail.com With its mild climate, diverse First Nations, British and Asian influences, and proximity to Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Colombia (BC), Victoria, BC makes an enjoyable day excursion from either location. Stay longer to leisurely enjoy all the city has to offer. Situated on Vancouver Island, the best ways to reach Victoria from either location ... Read More »

Travel through film

Vickie Kelber  vickieonmarco@gmail.com The upcoming broadcast of the 84th annual Academy Awards has me thinking about films. I enjoy films almost as much as I enjoy travel and particularly like watching films that are set in locales I have visited and those that evoke a strong sense of place. It brings back fond memories, sates a bit of my wanderlust, ... Read More »


Vickie Kelber  vickieonmarco@gmail.com With the recent tragedy of the Costa Cruise line’s Concordia, a few of our readers asked that I review the safety tips that I’ve written about before as well as share some new ones. Many issues involving safety are applicable to all modes of transport, not just cruises. On vacation, you want to relax and enjoy. Don’t ... Read More »


SPEAKING OF TRAVEL  Vickie Kelber  From some of our travels I have learned what it can be like to experience illness on a trip, how to negotiate various needs, and what to do to try to stay healthy while preparing for unforeseen events. Back in the 90s, just after the “Iron Curtain” came down, we visited Prague and my husband ... Read More »

Further Afield in Seattle

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL  Vickie Kelber  vickieonmarco@gmail.com One could easily remain occupied for an entire week in Seattle, but there are some excursions from the core of the city that provide great opportunities as well. The outlying neighborhoods of Fremont and Ballard, easily reachable by bus or car, are fun to explore. An eclectic neighborhood whose residents refer to it as “the ... Read More »

The Secret of Seattle

Speaking of Travel By Vickie Kelber vickieonmarco@gmail.com When people think of Seattle, they tend to think of gray skies and rain. In reality, the average rainfall is only about 37 inches a year, less than places like New York City or Atlanta and most of the rain comes in the winter months. In winter, there are at times endless days of ... Read More »


Vickie Kelber  vickieonmarco@gmail.com Through the years, we have taken many trips during the holidays. When we worked, we enjoyed getting away for a few days between Christmas and New Years. Now retired, we like to visit other locations either just before or on Christmas to see how they celebrate their holidays. From these experiences, I’ve developed my personal six rules ... Read More »


Christmas Decorating Contest Committee Plan for the 15th Annual House and Business Decorating Contest The Christmas House and Business Decorating Committee met recently at Sanitasole, hosted by Paula and Richard Robinson, for final preparations for the 15th Annual Decorating Contest.  Enthusiasm is building among Marco Island residents as they noted early decorations already displayed. Marco Island has long been noted for ... Read More »

Gifts for the Traveler

By Vickie Kelber vickieonmarco@gmail.com With the holiday season fast approaching, are you wondering what you can buy for that family member or friend who likes to travel? Here are some ideas encompassing a wide price range. For a big ticket item, nothing beats an iPad. iPads are the Swiss Army knives of travel. Guide book, reading book, translator; use it ... Read More »