Postings By Amy Clyde


Traveling in the United Kingdom…
by Film

The history teachers who taught me revered accuracy. So it is with a certain rebelliousness that I now confess how much British history I actually learned from the movies. Subject to artistic license, society’s shifting attitudes, and the almighty goal of fast-paced storytelling, film has never been the most accurate art form. But there was n...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 12/6/2017
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Film, Britain, British, England, Great Britain, Scotland

Traveling in Italy… by Film

In college, as soon as I saw Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, I knew I had to go to Italy. I was no princess like the one she plays in the movie, but I was almost as dutiful – and did I ever want to run away to the freedom and fun of discovering Rome on a Vespa with Gregory Peck! Italy has often been an escape for people who long to experienc...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 11/10/2017
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Italy, Film

Traveling in Ireland and Great Britain… by Film

When I was a child, my mother introduced me to Masterpiece Theatre, and I was hooked. The costume dramas, distant places, and different manners captivated me. My Brady Bunch-loving friends thought I was weird, but that didn’t matter. I was already discovering one of the happiest truths of my life, that the British and the Irish share an uncanny kna...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 7/25/2017
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Ireland, England, Great Britain, Film

A Thanksgiving Story

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love gathering with family and friends over wonderful food, and at my house, even though my teenagers think it’s a little hokey, we go around the table and say what we’re thankful for.  But until I went to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, I admit I hadn’t given a...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 11/10/2016
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Norman Rockwell, Thanksgiving, Travel

7 Top Places for Fall Travel

The summer crowds are gone. The fresh crisp air creates a new energy and a new sense of beginning. Much of Europe and the US is at its most scenic and most culturally exciting. Fall is simply a wonderful time to travel. For an unforgettable trip, here’s where you should go…
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Romantic Getaways in Europe

Some couples really know how to live. Take my mother and stepfather. After they got married, in a garden in California, they went on a yearlong honeymoon in Europe. That’s right. An entire year. They sojourned at a 19th-century spa in Hungary, looked at art in France, investigated the pubs of Dublin, explored Loch Lomond in Scotland… a...
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5 Grand European Hotels
You'll Never Want to Leave

Certain European luxury hotels are like a book you can’t put down – a world within a world so captivating that when the time comes you have to tear yourself away. I don’t just mean five-star hotels; I’m talking about five-star hotels in a class of their own – so atmospheric and rich with the personality, and fascinatin...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 12/10/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Austria, Europe, Hotels, Ireland, Italy, London, Tauck, Travel, Venice, Vienna

13 Amazing Ways to See
Wildlife in the Wild

If you’re the kind of person who wants adventure… to get so close to a wild elephant that you can see her eyelashes… then you’re just like our Earth Journeys guests, who spend many hours learning about animals in the wild – as they hunt, feed, play, nurture their young. Truth is, to fully understand the motivations ...
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15 Halloween Costume Ideas... Think Travel!

If you’re like me, most years you scramble to come up with a clever Halloween costume at the last minute – an impossible task involving a lot of panic. But last year was different; the Creative team at Tauck planned ahead and dressed up as the first Tauck tour (1925) – complete with Studebaker; not bragging, but we won the office...
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Museums Kids Will Love – Really!

When families travel together, one of the big challenges is to make museums enjoyable for all ages – because, frankly, if the kids aren’t having fun, nobody’s having fun. But if just the mention of the word “museum” causes your children’s eyes to glaze over, you are not alone. Traditional museums tend to give my...
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A Mother and Daughter in Paris

My daughter, Isabel, gazes at the Eiffel Tower, all lit up and glittering against the night sky. She’s seventeen, but I’ve never seen this expression on her face before – the look of wonder mixed with joy. The light plays across her face. We stand on the deck of the riverboat on the Seine, arms wrapped around each other, looking u...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 7/2/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: history, Travel, Tauck, Paris, Museums, London, France, Art Travel

Lovely Ports Less Visited...

One of my great pleasures in life is discovering a secret gem – finding a treasure that’s new to me and known to just a lucky few. An out-of-the-way café where the food is delicious... an inviting trail I’ve never seen before... a good writer everyone isn’t talking about yet... and always, always places off the typica...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 6/11/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Italy, Small Ship Cruising, Travel, Venice

Art in the Heart of
Grand Teton National Park

What do the Smithsonian Institution, Sir Paul McCartney, and Sir Elton John have in common? All three own works by artist DG House – known for her vibrant paintings of Western wildlife and one of the distinguished American Indian artists-in-residence in Grand Teton National Park whom Tauck guests are meeting at Tauck Exclusive private present...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 5/14/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Art Travel, National Parks, USA, Wyoming, Yellowstone

A Christmas Markets Cruise
to Remember

As the sound of children caroling on the steps of the Church of Our Lady filled the air, I sipped a mug of feuerzangen – Nürnberg’s signature hot wine-and-rum punch – nibbled a marjoram-flavored bratwurst, and plotted my next move.
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 3/26/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: River Cruise, Christmas Markets, Tauck, Travel

Only in Venice...5 Must-Have Travel Experiences

If Italian cities were meals, for me Venice would be a dessert – impossibly frothy yet perfectly rich – a place to get happily lost in, so far removed from the meat and potatoes of my home in New England that just strolling the picturesque streets or gliding down a canal gives me something like a sugar rush. I’ll never forget the ...
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My Essential Travel Item Is...

We’re always on the road at Tauck, and through trial and error we’ve each discovered the items we really can’t leave home without. Common travel basics, like power cords and universal adapters, are important, but we also absolutely need a few other small things that make a big difference to comfort and convenience when we’re...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 2/26/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Tauck, Travel Tips

Warming Up Winter

It’s been a busy month at Tauck getting ready for our 2015 travels, but we've also found time for lots of fun, celebrating the holiday season in the office and around the world – and giving back to our wonderful community.
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 12/24/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Tauck, Holiday

D-Day Veteran Returns to
Normandy with Tauck

It was a great honor to have special guest D-Day veteran Lieutenant Irwin Stovroff sail with us to Normandy on "Rendezvous on the Seine" this summer; meeting him and hearing about his experiences was by far the highlight of the trip for guests and our team alike. The day before we arrived at the D-Day beaches, Irwin told the group his gripping stor...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 11/13/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, River Cruise, D-Day, Jewish, Normandy, Veteran, WWII, World War 2

Luxury Hotels with Everything – Including Ghosts

Luxury hotels offer many a worldly pleasure, but only a select few can be described as otherworldly.  With Halloween on the horizon, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite haunted luxury hotels… Read on, if you dare…
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 10/29/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Hotels, USA, Europe, Canada

Come with Us to the Must-See Gardens of the World [Part 2]

The list of gorgeous and inspiring gardens that you will see on your world travels with Tauck continues!
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 10/3/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Nature, Tauck

7 Favorite Inspiring Travel Stories

One of the best rewards of travel is how it can shake the cobwebs from your head, touch you deeply – and trigger a seismic shift in how you think about things, including yourself. A sudden revelation might be sparked by a wonder of the world or an encounter with a local or just something unusual that catches your eye. I’ve noticed that ...
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Fall for New England Fall Foliage

I was eighteen and ready for anything. But nothing had prepared me for my first sight of New England fall foliage aflame with colors, spread before me like an unexpected gift. Yes, I’d grown up in the San Francisco Bay Area and gone to school in the English countryside, so I was lucky enough to have always lived surrounded by natural beauty. ...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 7/11/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Tauck, Fall Foliage, New England, USA

Come with Us to the Must-See Gardens of the World

Happily for garden enthusiasts like me, many Tauck journeys provide entrée to some of the must-see gardens of the world – masterpieces that inspire, astound, and perhaps arouse a bit of envy in the garden-variety gardener (also such as me).  Every botanical tour de force that we visit  – in Europe, North America, South ...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 6/20/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Nature, Tauck

Why We Love Wyoming – Yellowstone National Park and Beyond

Unbelievable scenery... majestic wildlife... real cowboys... The spirit of the American West is alive and well in Wyoming – and ready to be discovered. With spectacular Yellowstone National Park, authentic dude ranches, frontier cities, and much more, Wyoming offers visitors some of nature’s most miraculous gifts – and some o...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 2/27/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: National Parks, USA, Travel, Nature

6 Surprisingly Romantic Cities

With Valentine’s Day here, hearts and minds turn to love, and the world is full of romantic cities that set the stage perfectly. Some of our favorites may surprise you, but they’re all wonderful places to visit whether you’re planning a unique honeymoon, a memorable anniversary trip, an idyllic getaway... or simply love to be arou...
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Posted by Amy Clyde on 2/14/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Vienna, Japan, India, Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, Charleston

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