French Polynesia

f islands are your thing, like they are ours, then a trip to the South Pacific is a bucket list must. Yes, they're expensive to get to and yes they area French, but the Society Islands are just the most beautiful places we have ever been. They are relatively undisturbed, with the exception of the northern part of Tahiti. They are pristine. They are bright green, jagged peaks and rolling mountains in the middle of a multi-hued blue canvas.

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The Yucatan Peninsula is one of the most unique places in the world.  It is a karst terrain which means beneath it is a vast system of underground caves and rivers.  Its history dates back to the earliest Maya Civilizations and the ruins are amazing. The people are some of the friendliest in the world, their humor and warmth make everyone welcome and wanting to return. 

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Mike Pontius
Caribbean Islands

The Caribbean is one place we have spent a lot of time in.  We both love the clear water, sandy beaches and tropical weather.  Some of our Caribbean travel information can be found in the section on Mexico, since we have spent much time exploring the Yucatan Peninsula. 

The islands also hold a fondness in our hearts and we have visited Ambergris Cay, Belize, Puerto Rico, Vieques, the US and British Virgin Islands, St Martin (both Dutch and French sides), Jamaica, Bahamas, Bermuda (not technically a Caribbean Island), Barbados, St Lucia, Grenada, and several spots in the Grenadines.  I have no doubt this list will continue to grow.

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Grenada, St. Lucia, BequiaMike Pontius

Italy was on both of our bucket lists so in 2015, when my lifelong friend called and asked me what I thought of them getting an Airbnb villa in Florence, I told her I thought it was a great idea and was there room for us. They were going because her husband and friends were running the Rome Marathon. We decided to join them in Florence and added more travel to the front and back of the trip.

In two short weeks we fell in love with Italy and traveled from the Amalfi Coast to Venice by personal driver and train, staying mostly in Airbnb homes. We will share more about the places we visited, things we did as well as the food and wine we enjoyed.

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