The look of love: Top 10 cities for romance

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It's that time of year when we all start thinking hearts and flowers - and travel?

If you're tired of the same old roses and chocolate, consider planning a romantic getaway for two! But where should you go?

Courtesy of the fine folks at TheKnot.com, here is their list of the top 10 most romantic cities, chosen by recent honeymooners. They should know, right?

10) Prague - Magical castles and fairytale architecture dominate the landscape here - and as the Czech Republic isn't on the Euro, the rates are still reasonable!

9) London - Of course I'm going to totally agree - I spent MY honeymoon here! With so much to see and do, London is a lovely place to spend time with the one you love.

8) Vienna - Enchanting is the word I'll use to describe this truly lovely city! Breathtaking architecture, huge palaces and of course, Mozart's romantic music!

7) San Francisco - Everyone wants to leave their heart here!

6) Barcelona - Lively and colorful, this Spanish gem has everything you want for romance!

5) Honolulu - Oahu is more than Waikiki, although you can find plenty of romance on that glorious strand of beach!

4) New York City - Strolling through Central Park or taking in a Broadway show, New York City is a romance classic!

3) Rome/Florence - It's a tie for these stunning Italian cities! Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps vie with Signoria Square and the Pontevecchio. Both of these cities are romantic by day or by night!

2) Venice - You've always got the classic romance of a gondola ride for two, but even a simple stroll along the canals and over the bridges of Venice is simply magic.

And the number one Most Romantic City is…

1) Paris - And who's going to argue with the Eiffel Tower, Mona Lisa and Left Bank cafes? Nobody. Including me.

There are a few other cities I'd add to the list, including Dublin, Amsterdam and Budapest, among others. I'm lucky - I've been to 8 of the top 10, with and without my husband, and I look forward to exploring the rest!

And now for more fun stuff…


Ireland with Friends

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September 1 - September 10, 2011

$2299.00 per person, double occupancy

Air taxes are additional - currently $165.00 per person



I've got about 16 seats left! Join us for this unique travel experience combining lively cities, charming towns, historic sites and so much more!

Your rate includes round trip air from Phoenix, all hotels, fantastic sightseeing and so much more! Check out this terrific itinerary:

September 1 - Depart Phoenix
We depart Phoenix on our overnight Trans-Atlantic flight on Continental Airlines.

September 2 - Arrive Dublin
Welcome to Dublin! Upon arrival we are met and transferred to our centrally located hotel. On our way to the hotel, we'll see Georgian Squares and Christ Church Cathedral as we begin our exploration of this beautiful city, including visits to the Trinity College Library (and the famous 8th century Book of Kells) and lovely St. Patrick's Cathedral. The rest of the day and evening are at leisure.

September 3 - Wicklow Excursion
Beautiful day! We'll travel into the Wicklow Mountains for a visit to the lovely Powerscourt Gardens, then we're off to the picturesque monastic site of Glendalough. St. Kevin's Kitchen, celtic crosses and one of Ireland's classic towers dot the landscape here. It's a special place! Then we're off to the sea town of Howth for dinner and an evening of entertainment at The Abbey Tavern. (IB, D)

September 4 - Dublin to Waterford
We depart Dublin and travel to medieval Kilkenny. Kilkenny is truly one of Ireland's loveliest cities, rising to prominence in the 13th century when the Irish Parliament met at Kilkenny Castle. We enjoy a tour of this beautiful city and then a guided tour of the Castle. Then we're off to charming Waterford, stopping at the new Waterford Crystal Visitors Centre before checking into our hotel in the heart of town. (IB, D)


September 5 - Waterford to Killarney
We depart Waterford for our jaunt to Killarney, one of my favorite towns in Ireland! Along the way, we'll visit the world-famous Blarney Castle. Kiss the stone to gain the Gift of Eloquence or just blow it a kiss and visit the Blarney Woollen Mills, home to some of the best shopping in Ireland! Our hotel for this evening is right in the heart of charming Killarney, gateway to the incomparable Ring of Kerry. (IB)

September 6 - Ring of Kerry
The road that winds around the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry, is one of the most magical places in Ireland. Mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a breathtaking landscape. Even the names of the towns seem to whisper their beauty: Cahirciveen, Glenbeigh, Killorglin and Sneem. Stroll through Killarney Town where you'll find lively pubs and music. (IB)


September 7 - Killarney to Galway
A scenic day! This morning, we'll take a ferry across the Shannon estuary and enter County Clare to walk along the Cliffs of Moher, rising approximately 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic. We travel on through the starkly beautiful Burren, to lovely Galway, City of Tribes. We continue along the coast before we arrive at our hotel in time to "watch the sun go down on Galway Bay." (IB, D)

September 8 - Connemara Excursion
Today we tour Connemara, a wild land of rocky mountains, sparkling lakes and rushing rivers. We'll stop at Kylemore Abbey, a castellated neo-Gothic mansion, occupied today by the Irish Benedictine community of nuns who came from Ypres, Belgium after World War I. Travel on to the Connemara Marble Factory and learn of the origins and uses of "the gem of Ireland." Enjoy a relaxing dinner at our hotel. (IB, D)

September 9 - Galway to Bunratty
We depart for a scenic tour of Galway City, including the beautiful Galway Cathedral. Then we're off to Ardrahan for a visit to Rathbaun Farm. We meet an Irish farming family as they carry out their everyday chores, including herding sheep, before we head on to Bunratty. Our hotel is in the shadow of Bunratty Castle, where we'll have time to relax or do some last-minute shopping on our last day in Ireland. (IB)

September 10 - Depart Ireland
We have an early morning transfer to the Shannon Airport for our morning flight back to Arizona. (IB)

Join us for a journey through many of my very favorite places in all of Ireland!


Springtime in Hawaii

Spring is a terrific time to travel to Hawaii. If you can work around the Easter holiday, the crowds are manageable and the weather is great! The rates are pretty great, too.

The packages below include round trip air from Phoenix, six nights accommodation as noted, airport transfers and more. Valid for midweek travel in the months listed. Weekend rates are available, but may be higher.

Ohana East
April - $849.00 per person, double occupancy
May - $699.00 per person, double occupancy
About a block and a half from the beach, this comfortable hotel is also right by the International Marketplace and lots of restaurants!

Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach
April - $1199.00 per person, double occupancy
May - $989.00 per person, double occupancy
One of my favorite beachfront properties in Waikiki! Several great restaurants right on property, and you're adjacent to excellent shopping!

As you can see, traveling after Easter is a real plus for your pocketbook!

And finally…

Save the Date!
Mediterranean Adventure
October 14 - October 23, 2011

Looking for a great way to see the eastern part of the Mediterranean while unpacking once? Come with us on the Navigator of the Seas in October!

This outstanding itinerary begins in Rome - and we'll have an extra day and night there - continuing on to Messina, Sicily, Athens, Ephesus, and then Crete! I can't wait, and I hope you join us! I'll have rates on my agency website, www.travelationonline.com<http://www.travelationonline.com/>, and here at azfamily.com very soon.

Sun, sand and sea - we do it all at Travelation! Give us a call at 602-252-1140, or if you're outside the Metro Phoenix area codes of 480, 602 and 623, call toll-free at 888-751-2032. You can also reach me directly via e-mail at rosanne@travelationonline.com<mailto:rosanne@travelationonline.com>.  I look forward to hearing from you!