Entries by Debra Bokur

Sorrento is for Lemons and Lovers

The singular edge of Italy known as the Amalfi Coast has long enjoyed an almost mythical prestige among travelers and romantics. The gnarled, cliffed bluffs rising from the Mediterranean, and the winding roadway with its sheer drop and sublime views has inspired poetry, novels and plenty of proposals. The string of seaside villages that make […]

Corsica’s Megalithic Wonders

The rugged French island of Corsica is not only a hiker’s paradise, it’s home to a mysterious history still being studied and debated. The island was also the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, but revolutionary military leaders are of considerably less interest to my husband and myself than ancient stoneworks, which is why we’ve made the […]

Voyage Through the Mediterranean with Crystal Cruises

By the time my husband and I boarded the Crystal Serenity at the port in Civitavecchia just north of Rome, it had been 10 years since we’d sailed this beautiful ship. Very recently, Serenity underwent a total redesign — whisked away for a 28-day stay in dry dock at Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven dockyard in Germany […]

Family Safety on the Road

Ahhh, the compelling lure of the open road … and the romantic ideal of driving through Italy or Greece with the top down on your rented convertible, or traversing the mountains of Switzerland and Austria in a road-tough four-by-four. Sounds great, right? The experience can be exactly that — provided you’re adequately prepared. What many […]

Cold Spring for Hot Summer Fun

Looking for the perfect daytrip from New York City? Hop aboard one of multiple daily Metro-North Railroad trains departing from Grand Central Terminal for the trip to Cold Spring, a charming riverside village in the Hudson Valley. The route itself is relaxing, following the banks of the Hudson as it winds through forested rural areas […]

Nature Getaways in South Carolina

Ready to watch dolphins frolic and fireflies dance? In South Carolina, family adventures can include these activities and much, much more. The waters that make up the mouth of the Kiawah River as it joins the Atlantic Ocean are a great place to observe dolphin pods herd fish onto the riverbanks. The dolphins, who live […]