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Cowboy Concierge Tour Berlin – May 2020

“Berlin combines the culture of New York, the traffic system of Tokyo, the nature of Seattle, and the historical treasures of, well, Berlin.” —Hiroshi Montomura,U.S. Law professor, 2004 Few cities can be considered truly cosmopolitan in comparison to Berlin.  It’s the crossroads of a dozen worlds, all of which offer their fascinating take on life in this bustling, beautiful city. We love Berlin.  And we want you to experience what we have seen – from the iconic sites of the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag and the Wall, to the lesser-known areas where Berliners just live and enjoy life. I’m Don Herman,...

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Mexican Folk Art – The Artists of Puerto Vallarta

If you’ve traveled near the US/Mexico border, you’ve no doubt seen the beaded artwork in various shops and stalls.  Sometimes you’ll even see someone painstakingly working on an art piece in the shop, tapping tiny, colorful beads into a beeswax-coated wooden carving of an animal, a mask, or perhaps an egg.  We’ve bought our share of those, and have enjoyed giving them as gifts to friends.  But if you think these pieces constitute the entire breadth of Mexican Folk Art, you are sorely mistaken. Several years ago, while shopping in downtown Puerto Vallarta, we stumbled upon a shop called Peyote...

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Grand Luxxe Nuevo Vallarta – A Private Chef Experience

Looking for a truly unique experience that brings your friends together for an unforgettable evening?  Check out the Private Chef Experience at Grand Luxxe Neuvo Vallarta! Recently, Dwaine and I traveled to Nuevo Vallarta with three other couples to stay at The Residence at Vidanta.  This four-bedroom, 6,000 sq. ft. unit is currently the largest unit available at Vidanta (though the Jungle Estates are being constructed as you read this – more on that later). The point of our two-week stay was to reconnect with our friends.  Life gets busy, even being retired.  We travel quite a lot, so making...

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Puerto Vallarta Travel Tips

Planning a trip to Puerto Vallarta?  Here are some Puerto Vallarta travel tips to help you as you make your plans. Time Zone: The entire state of Jalisco is on Central Time, as is the southern part of the State of Nayarit, starting from San Blas in the north. Buses: A system of urban buses with different routes can bring you from one end of the bay to the other and all the spots in between.  if you’re going further than San Pancho, head to the main bus terminal to catch a “Pacifico” bus.  Current fare is $10 pesos. Click...

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How to Call the US from Mexico

If you travel a lot, you know that making a phone call from another country to the US isn’t as simple as dialing the usual phone number. We travel most often to Mexico, so I’ll deal with that first. Calling Cell Phone to Cell Phone or Land Line Within Mexico. This is the easiest – just dial the 10-digit number like you would anywhere.  In Mexico, the saying is “He who calls, pays” (el que llama paga).  Calls to cell phones cost more than calls to regular land line phone numbers. Calling Land Line to Cell Phone Within Mexico Going...

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B.E.A.C.H.: Best Escape Anyone Can Have

Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta offers the best B.E.A.C.H. on the Bay of Banderas.  But it’s not just the sand and surf.  B.E.A.C.H. stands for the Best Escape Anyone Can Have.  It’s a quick way to think about what to look for in a vacation getaway. Just take a moment now to think about what you want most in a vacation. Start with being taken care of from the minute you land in Mexico.  Vidanta’s complimentary transportation to the resort from the airport starts you on your way to a stress-free check-in process.  There’s something calming and reassuring in having someone waiting...

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Vidanta Offers “A Walk to the Beach” Excursion

A Walk to the Beach is a flora and fauna excursion offered at Vidanta’s exclusive resort on the Mayan Riviera in Quintana Roo.  Through a guided tour you get the chance to see numerous specimens of plants, birds and animals unique to the Caribbean coast of Mexico. (To see more about the exclusive Grand Luxxe resorts located throughout Mexico, click here.) Over the years, Vidanta has adopted a clear conservation philosophy at their resorts.  Instead of fighting the jungle, replacing it with lawns and artificial landscaping, the company chooses to work within the natural surroundings.  At the Riviera Maya, you’ll...

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Grand Luxxe Riviera Maya – Privacy in Paradise

The Riviera Maya is a stretch of Mexican coastline beginning just south of Cancun on the eastern Yucatan peninsula, all the way to the Mayan ruin of Tulum.  Calm Caribbean waters, in that unique shade of turquoise, attract millions of sun-worshiping tourists each season.  And with dozens of resorts to choose from, finding the perfect spot for a vacation can be a bit daunting. The Grand Luxxe resort is part of the Vidanta family of resorts, and is located about 30 km south of the Cancun airport. The resort is comprised of multiple tiers of residences.  The basic residence is...

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Grand Luxxe Nuevo Vallarta – Your Best Family Vacation Destination

The Grand Luxxe is Your Best Family Vacation Destination Having traveled all over the world, to hotels, on cruises, city condominiums and exotic resorts, Dwaine and I agree that the Grand Luxxe is simply the best family vacation destination. Whether you’re staying in Nuevo Vallarta just outside of Puerto Vallarta on the magnificent Banderas Bay, or in the Riviera Maya, with it’s calm turquoise-blue Caribbean water, the Grand Luxxe provides everything you want in a perfect family vacation. Removing the Hassle of Family Travel – Step One, Find the Right Space Traveling with family, while rewarding, comes with a big...

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What is a Bucket List . . . And Why You Should NOT Make One

Don’t make a Bucket list, Live your Bucket list. It has become a popular thing for people to talk about things they want to do or experience before they die. We call them “bucket lists” – a place to store all those plans and dreams you want to realize . . . well, someday. I was a part of the same thinking for many years, until several  experiences gave me some good reasons to look at it in a different way. Seize the Opportunity We were with a group of long-time friends at the Vidanta resort in Mazatlan when we...