This trip to Southern California’s Catalina Island doesn’t even compare with the last one I did 25 years ago. That time I made the mistake that many do of just walking around Avalon, shopping and eating, spending the night and then leaving. But while Avalon is a delightful place and time spent here is worthwhile, it’s not sufficient to fully savor all that Catalina Island offers.
“Aren’t all cruise ships the same?” I asked my girlfriend, Lori, as we were about to board Holland America’s MS Veendam for a journey around the tip of South America and into Antarctica.
Traveling by rail from Zurich to Zermatt deep in the Swiss Alps was worth every mountainous twist and turn as the tracks traversed up through snow-covered vineyards and forests, delivering me to within eyeshot of the Matterhorn, one of the world’s...
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