Postings By Cindy Clarke


Lights. Camera. Action! Italy with PBS Music Voyager TV Series and Tauck

When it comes to wowing our guests with movie-set scenery and scenarios they’ll long remember, our own Brenda MacKellar, tour architect for our Italy trips, is a magic-maker extraordinaire. So when the folks from public television’s Music Voyager series wanted to film the highlights of Italy for upcoming episodes for their eighth  ...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 11/9/2017
Posted in: Insider Connections
Tags: Europe, Italy, Film, Vatican, Vatican Museums

Halloween spirits… past, present and paraded

It’s one of the oldest holidays in the world, one day put aside each year to honor deceased loved ones and their ancestors. Traditions vary from place to place depending on individual cultures and customs, but many include costumes, trick or treating, pranks and games. But no matter how different the Halloween celebration, there is one thing ...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 10/27/2016
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Tauck, Fall Foliage, Ireland, Holiday, history, tradition

Riverboat Joy

Wow, when you talk to someone who absolutely radiates joy when you ask them about their job, that’s when I want what they’re having. And in this case, so do hundreds of others, guests and staff alike, who have experienced the passion and pride that Tauck employee, and recently anointed riverboat godmother, Kristin Robinson, instills in ...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 9/29/2016
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Tauck, Austria, River Cruise, escorted tours

Picnics Around the World

Making the most of the sunshine, the setting and seasonal ingredients, there’s nothing like a picnic to whet your appetite for discovery during your summer vacation – like pique-niques in France, a basket-packed lunch with the Big Five and friends in Ngorongoro Crater or a mid-day fresh air meal overlooking Yosemite National Park from a...
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What's Cooking This Summer
Around The World?

Summertime dining all over the world is synonymous with outdoor feasts, especially barbecues, aka South African braais, Australian barbies, Argentinian asados and Hawaiian luaus to name a few… And depending on where your wanderings take you, you can taste authentic culinary traditions in every sizzling bite.
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World Class Hotels with Staying Power

Where you stay when you travel is an integral part of the total vacation experience. Whether you are exploring wilderness wonderlands like our national parks, Europe’s sophisticated capital cities, Latin American villages paused in time or exotic destinations in far away lands, your accommodations can enrich or enrage depending on your intere...
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Get a Taste of the
National Parks at Home!

It goes without saying that an escorted tour to America’s national parks is a visual feast. But while your eyes gorge on gorges like the Grand Canyon, a deep dish of layered sand and limestone cascading one mile down; rock candy landscapes peppered with a salt lake (think Utah, home to five national parks and dusted with deserts and an &ldquo...
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Holiday Cookies From Us to You

It’s a tradition that dates back centuries and one that never fails to bridge cultures and countries with a taste of good tidings and heartfelt holiday cheer. I’m talking cookies… spritzed, sprinkled, shaped, sugared and shared, neighbor-to-neighbor, in the spirit of the giving season. Christmas cookies, or biscuits as they are...
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Enjoy Delicious Holiday Recipes from Around the World

We’re dishing up some of our favorite around-the-world holiday recipes… so you can enjoy them at home! Travel is all about experiencing a taste of life in new destinations. So it comes as no surprise that, for many of us, food plays a big role in the memories we bring home with us after our travels afar. If you’ve been dreaming o...
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Scenes from the Seine

Lovers know France best. What romantically inspired traveler has not dreamed of exploring a country where its rivers, like its wines, flow with irresistible invitations to drink in the intoxicating beauty of landmarks, landscapes and lifestyles that reward body, mind and soul.
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Meeting Royalty in Europe with Tauck

Before I travel to a new destination, I read about it. I learn about its history and culture. I research the food, traditions, and the weather. I look at pictures, seek out travelers’ reviews and talk to others who have been there. Then I daydream about it.
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Food for Thought... The Real Reason Why Those Irish Eyes are Smiling...

France has escargot, chocolate and baguettes. In Italy, it’s pasta and pizza perfection. Burgers and shakes are famous in the US. Spain has paella. Argentina has steaks… but Ireland? If you asked me when I was a college student living in Ireland on a semester abroad decades ago, I would have said potatoes, scones and Guinness in that ...
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Summer has just begun...
can't bear to see it end?

There’s nothing quite like a summer vacation to bring people outside to enjoy the warm weather. Days are brighter longer. Nights invite stargazing. Dining al fresco tempts with views and farm-fresh meals. Walks in the wilderness invite with wonders naturally inspiring, and garden strolls flower with possibilities. You can bike, hike and boat ...
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Why I Have Fallen for Fall Travel

After the long hot days of summer, when high humidity can make you wilt and the heat literally takes your breath away, fall blows in with seasonal treats that chill with delights. For those of us over 40 folks, the term “chill” in hip, modern-day vernacular has taken on new meaning. Instead of portending ominous shivers and almost freez...
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Lasting Impressions from a First Time River Cruiser

I had heard about the growing popularity of river cruising for years but as a first timer, until I stepped aboard my riverboat in France for a trip on the Rhône, I really didn’t know what to expect.  Did I have any preconceptions? Absolutely. I imagined a slow moving boat, confining cabin space and an older crowd among them, thinki...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 3/5/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, River Cruise, Travel

Romancing the Senses…
The Most Unusual Places to Dine

Dining is a huge part of travel. Culinary specialties differ around the world, ensuring visitors an authentic taste of life in the places they’re exploring. But it’s not just the food that tempts my appetite for travel, it’s also the romantic “place settings” that make my mouth water for a unique dining experience I co...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 2/20/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Cuba, Europe, Food, Food and Wine, France, Dining

Colorful Celebrations That
Brighten Up Wintertime Blues

If the mere thought of spending a long cold winter inside has you shivering with dread, consider making plans to join in one of the most colorful celebrations around the world that parade into February with all the heat and excitement of a summertime soiree.
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New Year's Eve… Around The World

It seems that as soon as you’ve made your holiday list and checked it twice, it’s time to make those New Year’s resolutions again. The annual ritual to mark the changing of the years with new wishes has become a tradition for so many of us – one that got its start long ago.
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 12/31/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Vienna, Holiday, tradition, New Years Eve

Living legends, meeting royalty and other Tauck treats

Before I travel to a new destination, I read about it. I learn about its history and culture. I research the food, traditions, and the weather. I look at pictures, seek out travelers’ reviews and talk to others who have been there. Then I daydream about it.
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 12/19/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Tauck, Travel, Europe, Royalty

Ten Ways to Wow Your Kids on a Family Vacation

I recently sat down with my nephews’ children, ranging in ages from 14 to 8, to find out which of our Tauck Bridges family vacations appealed to them most. I was not surprised when they gravitated to the African safaris where photos of lions, elephants and giraffes captured their attention, or the Galápagos cruise, colorful with images...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 8/22/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Family Travel

Unique Places to Travel in 2015

Travel writers like me share a common yearning to be among the first to discover places, the more exotic the better, untouched by crowds and commercialism, and ready to touch hearts. That’s the image that comes to mind when I think about setting off for unique travel destinations like Myanmar, which so entranced Marco Polo and Rudyard Kipling...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 8/8/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Myanmar, Cuba, Puglia, Travel

Tauck World of Giving

I was taught how to use a ratchet and an electric screwdriver recently during a work-facilitated volunteer outing in a nearby town, handy life skills I now deem critical for my survival tool chest. Our assignment was to build a community playground for a disadvantaged neighborhood, an initiative fostered by Tauck’s World of Giving program... ...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 12/26/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel

The Magic of Holiday Travel

I will always remember waking up on Christmas morning full of anticipation about what gifts Santa Claus had left for us under the tree. Full of wonder, I could never figure out how he made it to children’s houses all over the world, making their holiday dreams come true with the exact presents they had wished for. It was magic, pure and simpl...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 10/11/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel

Oh Susanna... A Taste of the Old South in Savannah

Culinary celebrities describe southern cooking as “hospitality on a plate” alluding to the abundance of comfort food you’ll find on menus in the south. Accomplished chefs like Savannah’s own “caterer to the stars,” Susan Mason, author of the Silver Service cookbook, have created a banquet of recipes that make mou...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 9/19/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Food, USA

Food for thought: Feed the senses on a France River Cruise

At any given point on a Tauck river cruise, at least four out of your five senses are stimulated. That’s one of my take-aways from my recent Tauck river cruise in France. The other manifested in a few take-home pounds, happily earned, around my waistline.
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 8/22/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Food and Wine, France, River Cruise

Make Your Own History... On a River Cruise

If you've ever wanted to time travel through Europe without leaving all the modern-day comforts of home behind, then consider embarking on a river cruise where you explore history by day and make history, your way, onboard a luxury riverboat, at night!
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 8/2/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Food, River Cruise

Make yourself at home, anywhere

No matter which Tauck river cruise you choose, prepare to be introduced to places your teachers spoke about, sites that starred on film and in books, in European countries that you’ve dreamed about exploring, without leaving all the comforts of home behind.
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 7/5/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, River Cruise, Family Travel

Eat, Drink and Be Merry... Aboard a Tauck Riverboat

If you’ve ever traveled with Tauck before, you know we love to wine and dine our guests. We believe it's one of the best ways to truly showcase an authentic taste of life in the places you explore with us. For a closer look at an actual Tauck River Cruise cruise, feast your eyes on this video.
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 5/30/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Food and Wine, France, River Cruise

Five places in Europe where you can bring home some of the magic!

Traveling is magic, inspiring lifelong memories of the experiences you have as you explore new destinations. If you want to bring home a piece of the place where you leave a piece of your heart, it can be helpful to know what to find, where. Let Tauck help you choose the best gifts from Europe for you and your loved ones.
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 5/9/2013
Posted in: Travel Tips
Tags: Europe, France, Belgium


5 historic places where romance is in the air

While February 14 may be the one official day of the year dedicated to romance in the U.S., you’ll find travelers declaring their love for – and in – Europe’s most romantic cities every day of the year. Paris owns the title as the city of l’amour for many. Venice seduces with gondola serenades that make hearts flutter ...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 2/14/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Rome, London, Europe

What to do – and savor – on your free time in Paris

Thomas Jefferson said, “A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.”  Ernest Hemingway called Paris “a moveable feast.” In love with the city from my first trip there when I was 16, I find it all that and more. You must, of course, visit all the iconic Parisian landmar...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 1/25/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: France, Food and Wine, Europe

Eataly - How to eat in Italy like you live there

Italy is one of those countries that literally tugs at your heart – and stomach. So strong is the pull of the people and places – and pasta – that travelers like me don’t want to be perceived as tourists. We want to drink it all in like a local. That means, of course, sipping the right beverage in the right place at the...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 1/10/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Italy, Food and Wine, Small Ship Cruising

Warm Up in These Winter Travel Hot Spots

Winter’s chill may be in the air but that’s no reason to head into hibernation. There are so many heartwarming, totally hot places to warm up to when the temperatures drop that chillin’ is something you can look forward to no matter what the weather!
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 1/3/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: National Parks, Tauck Events, Travel

What's hip to sip and where

The Cuba Libre takes the gold in colorful Cuba, next to its mojito and cervesa counterparts. Tea is tops in China and Egypt, and in London, Vesper Martinis, shaken not stirred, get a star billing. To help you become familiar with what’s hip to sip, and where, we’ve compiled a Tasty Ten beverage list that pleases the palate in place...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 12/19/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Food and Wine

Romancing the Rhône... and April in Paris

If I really stop to think about it, my love affair with travel started at about the same time as my love affair with love did. Our family traveled a lot, moving from one far away city in South America to another before I finished the fourth grade; but it wasn’t until I was sixteen when love and travel became soulmates. It was Christmastime in G...
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Posted by Cindy Clarke on 9/13/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: River Cruise, Food and Wine

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