The year 2016 is certainly turning out to be one of the most exciting in the history of the cruise line industry with the launching of three new ships designed and destined to change forever the cruise experience many have enjoyed in the past.
She is thirty feet high and weighs 36 thousand pounds and every inch of her voluptuous and barely-concealed anatomy is alluring - except perhaps for the two naked and wizened old men who sit in the palms of each of her upraised hands, one a pope the other an emperor.
Clearly any city clever enough to bring all the vices together under "one roof" cannot go wrong and Amsterdam has proved that, making it a dream location for almost everyone looking for some fun and freedom.
We each define success our own way. To me, success is no longer how quickly and efficiently I can tick off American Dream checkboxes. Success is the ability to unapologetically be. Life is too short and too precious to live by someone else's rules.
While the allure of Rome may make tourism its principal industry, it is also a major international business center whose travelers require as much modernity and efficiency as they do the traditional comforts of a city that can be mindbogglingly difficult to negotiate.
I've had the pleasure of traveling more than a few times with my kids along with mixed feelings about the outcomes before, during and after our trips. At times, it takes me a few days to determine if we had a good or bad time.
Despite the beauty of Sète's gleaming waterways, the old quarter's graceful architecture, and lilac-colored sunsets that make you catch your breath, this is a working-class fishing town before anything else. And it's not apologizing for it.
I don't often think about my age or 'act my age' (because I have no idea what that is supposed to mean) or feel my age (again, whatever that is supposed to feel like). Truly, there have only been two times I've felt ... well ... older than I used to be.