Recently I a southerner took my daughter on a birthday trip to NYC. After going to a fabulous Broadway Play, a morning in central park visiting the zoo,an afternoon of what else shopping my daughter and I found ourselves in the financial district finishing a scrumptious dinner at 8:00 pm when we had to make a train at Penn Station at 9:06 back to Philadelphia.  To complicate our journey we had to stop at our hotel near Times Square to retrieve our luggage.  Once we hit the hotel they hailed a taxi which took us to a subway stop one up from Penn Station. As I struggled with my luggage to get down the stairs a stranger stopped and helped me. The lady at the subway ticket office  unlocked the  subway gate so we could make a mad dash to the next gate which was Penn Station. Right as we entered a NJ transit rep helped us get our tickets and practically lead us to the track the train was leaving on. We made it with five minutes to spare. Thank you good people we met in NYC!!!!


As we traveled up the hilly and twisty roads of Castries, St Lucia some people seem to turn a light shade of green.  However they all found it worthwhile as we entered the canopy of the rain forest. Here we hopped on the Aerial tram which took us to the the top of the rain forest where we enjoyed incredible views 1500 ft above the sea. Waterfalls and streams contrasted all the gorgeous greenery. It was very quiet and peaceful except for the occasional screams from zip liners we encountered along the way.

The next day we found ourselves on the extraordinary island of Barbados. Here we took a Cool Runnings catamaran which sailed to a reef where we swam with sea turtles. What fun to be so close to these amazing creatures and the colorful reef fish.  We partied with the boat crew and friendly passengers from Barbados, New Zealand, England, Canada and many areas of the U.S. We had an authentic (and quite tasty!) Caribbean lunch, floated in the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean, and danced on our way back to port.


The term”Honeymoon” actually originated in the 5th Century when people kept track of their calender by moon cycles. Back then, a newlywed couple drank mead (the “honey”) during their first moon of marriage.  What is mead?  It  is a honey-based alcoholic drink believed to have aphrodisiac properties.  But where did the tradition of going on a trip comes from? Actually that came from England in the 19th century when the newlyweds would travel to see friend and family who could not attend their wedding ceremony.

Honeymoons have really changed. It now gives couples a chance to go away usually alone to somewhere exotic or a place where they both had always wanted to go.