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Venice with Two Goals: Check on the Food and Those Famous Gondolas

By Marty Martindale Venice is sinking while the sea is rising, many say, so catch Venice while you can. There’s no other city like it! We booked a room at the splendid, yet curious, Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal and had one day there before we boarded Holland America’s Zuiderdam, for a cruise out the …

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Funchal: Land of Limpets, Winkles, And Dry-Land Tobaggans

By Marty Martindale We sailed out of Venice the previous week and stopped off in Croatia, Greece, Italy and Spain while aboard Holland America’s Zuiderdam. Our last Mediterranean stop was Funchal—on the island of Madeira, just off the coast of Portugal, ‘the pearl of the Atlantic’—that the Brits hail as a favorite for holidays. It …

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