The Magical Isles of Greece with a Taste of Turkey

Experience a fun filled 9-day cruise and excursion. Indulge in your own odyssey as you travel in the most picturesque islands of Greece and Turkey. July 7 – July 16, 2014 (9 Days)  Tour Highlights No where in the world is there a charter area as rich in historical and cultural significance as the Mediterranean. The(…)

Santiago de Compostela and Zaragoza intertwined

  James the Greater was one of Jesus’ closes friends as were Peter and John, Son of Zebedee and Salome, brother of St. John, the Apostle, James may have been Jesus’ cousin. He is called “the Greater” simply because he became an Apostle before St. James the Lesser. Foloowing Good Friday, The Resurrection, Ascension of(…)

A Marian Pilgrimage: Mary’s first Apparition and St. James patron saint of Spain

  Mary appeared to St. James (as Our Lady of the Pillar) while she was still alive and living countries apart. This is the only known apparition of Our Blesses Mother before her assumption (Zaragoza, Spain). This apparition resulted in the building of the first church in the history dedicated to Mary, the Basilica of(…)

A Marian Pilgrimage: Lourdes, Fatima and Garabandal are one

Lourdes, Fatima and Garabandal are one; a trilogy drawn in an arc across Portugal, Spain and France and united by a shared and increasingly amplified theme. The advocates of Garabandal contend that the Spanish apparitions are the key to understanding this great Marian Age of the Church. Garabandal is the bridge linking what has come(…)

Haifa and its beautiful gardens

Haifa is a city in northwest Israel overlooking a bay on the Mediterranean Sea. It has been compared by some to the similarly-situated cities of San Francisco or Naples. Haifa’s most striking landmark is the splendid Baha’i Shrine and Gardens, located on the edge of the city center. It is the second holiest shrine of(…)

Sacred Places in Tabgha, Holy Land

Tabgha is a small area on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee, not far from Capernaum. In ancient times, Tabgha was known as Heptapegon – “Place of the Seven Springs.” These seven springs produce warm water, which increases the production of algae in this part of the lake, which attracts more fish. Fisherman(…)

France, Spain, Italy and Greece in 20 days

We’ve got a ready package for independent travel made for 5 people. Four countries in twenty days. If you’re looking for this type of itinerary, I can send the details if you fill out the form below. Cities included are: Madrid, Barcelona, Florence, Paris, Athens and the island of Santorini. An excursion to Pisa is(…)

The Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago)

  The Way of St. James was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times, together with Rome and Jerusalem, and a pilgrimage route on which a plenary indulgence could be earned; other major pilgrimage routes include the Via Francigena to Rome and the pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Legend holds that St. James’s remains(…)

Marian Pilgrimage Deadline for Reservations

This is a reminder for those who have been emailing and calling us that the deadline for the Marian Pilgrimage with Fr. Richie Santos is on July 9, 2013. Fr. Richie is preparing his notes and guidelines to prepare oneself for this special pilgrimage. We will be posting them here soon. Highlights See the Chapel(…)

Eat, Pray and Love in Spain, Portugal and France

March 25, 2013 – April 12, 2013 Lisbon • Fatima • Santiago de Compostela • Oviedo • Bilbao • Lourdes • Carcassonne • Aix-en-Provence • Marseille • Lyon • Dijon • Paris  A tour of Western Europe’s most Gastronomic, Spiritual and Romantic places (Portugal, Spain and France)  You’ve always put work, family and others ahead(…)

Classical Gems of Scandinavia and Russia

Visit the Land of the Midnight Sun! From the charming cities of Denmark, the stunning fjords of Norway, the understated beauty of Stockholm with its trendy boutiques, galleries, and cool vintage stores and crossing the Arctic Circle into Finland’s lapland, home of the Reindeers and Midnight Sun to the magnificent grandeur of the two major(…)

Christmas Markets of Vienna, Dresden and Prague 2012

From the romance and nostalgia of Vienna with markets located on just about every street corner, to the medieval setting of Prague at the Old Town and Wenceslas Square, you are sure to to experience tradition anew. Brightly decorated stalls cover the square and complete the magical setting of this winter wonderland. See the blaze(…)

Egypt: The Exodus Route

What better way to explain the Exodus route than quote from the Bible itself: Exodus 15:22-26 Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. 23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water(…)

The new Barcelona Gourmet Bus

  A different way of experiencing Barcelona, an innovative service which includes a panoramic tour offering the best views of Barcelona and a haute cuisine dinner. It combines a panoramic sightseeing tour showcasing the most famous views of Barcelona, one of the world’s most elegant cities with the enjoyment of an haute-cuisine dinner. All this(…)

We are now in the Garabandal Era

A Brief Story of the Garabandal Events   God Delivers His “Last Warnings” to the World Through Mary The sacred events occurred in a small hamlet in the Cantabrian Mountains of northwestern Spain. Unknown now, but destined to become a religious shrine outshining all others; its name is Garabandal. Here, on June 18, 1961, an angel, later identified by Our Lady as(…)

Santiago de Compostela: You must visit at least once in your lifetime

  Nowhere on earth is the power of pilgrimage more evident than in the city of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain.  After more than a thousand years, the Camino de Santiago—the Way of St. James—continues to inspire Christians from around the world. Next to Jerusalem and Rome, people flock to this UNESCO Heritage site(…)

Egypt, the Cradle of Civilization (guaranteed departures)

Egypt, the cradle of civilization has a vibrant legacy that spans over 5000 years – boasts the largest collection of Pharaonic, Greco-Roman, Coptic, Islamic monuments, Red Sea Diving Holidays, Red Sea Live aboard Safari trips, Egypt land tours, Egypt transportation and Ancient relics any where in the world. The climate is mild all year round(…)

A glimpse of the Himalayas: Nepal and Bhutan

Nepal The City of Kathmandu Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is one of the world’s oldest cities. It is also known as Kantipur. Here one can find distinctive pagoda-roofed temples, stone sculptures, old monasteries and histories monuments. Here you will visit the temple of the Living Goddess, who acknowledges the greetings of devotees from(…)

The Platters All Time Hits on Star Cruises

From August 29 to 31, 2012, get to listen to your favorite Platters love songs live! Say goodbye to the Harbor Lights as Red Sails in the Sunset. Remember how you never hit any of the notes right when you sang “The Great Pretender” on the night you proposed? That was decades ago. You’re sure(…)

Apparition of Our Blessed Virgin Mary in Zeitoun, Cairo

Last April, we visited the most popular site of Apparition of the Blessed Mother in Zeitoun, Cairo.  There are other reported apparitions sites but the one in Zeitoun seemed the more accepted one by the Church.  It was forbidden to take pictures inside the church so all the photos we took were from the outside.(…)

Star Cruises for as low as $398!

Got a few free days with the gang? How about gathering them together for a fly and cruise getaway? Forget that to do list. The biggest decision you’ll be making on board might be which sumptuous treats to take at the buffet table or what drink will match your outfit during cocktail hour? Whatever it(…)

The Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza, Cairo

Giza (famous due to its Pyramids)  is located only a few kilometers south of Cairo, several hundred meters from the last residential area  in the southern tip  of the city proper, where a limestone cliff rises abruptly from the other side of a sandy desert plateau. Most of the rooms of the hotel we stayed(…)

A Marian Pilgrimage of Europe with Miracles of the Eucharist & Shrines of Beloved Saints

  October is the month of Our Lady and being so, we will be offering a special Marian Pilgrimage of Europe with no other than Fr. Jesus Richie Santos SDB as spiritual chaplain. Highlights of the tour as follows See the Chapel of Apparition and the Basilica in Fatima where the visionaries are buried, attend(…)

The Miracle of the Cross and the mystic Blessed Alexandrina Da Costa (The 4th Seer of Fatima)

In the main square of the small Portuguese village of Balasar, some forty miles north of Oporto, stands a small chapel dedicated to the Holy Cross. Erected in 1832, it commemorates the mysterious appearance that year of a cross in the village. The parish priest of Balasar at that time, Don A. G. de Azevedo,(…)

The Primary Sacred Mountains in the Middle East, Moses and the Ark

  In the Judeo-Christian region of the Middle East there are four primary sacred mountains: Mt Ararat in eastern Turkey, the traditional landing place of Noah’s ark; Mt. Sinai in the Sinai peninsula, the peak where Moses received the Ten Commandments: Mt. Moriah or Mt. Zion in Israel, where lies the city of Jerusalem and(…)

A Virtual Trip to Holy Land: The Luminous Mystery of the ROSARY

As we meditate on the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary, let us take a virtual trip to the Holy Land and visit the sites where these five major events in the life of Jesus cast their light on the surroundings. The time is 2000 years ago and as disciples of the Lord we are privileged(…)

The Little Purgatory Museum

Sometime back prior to our trip to Rome, I read about this interesting museum about the holy souls in purgatory.  I asked our driver guide where it was and if it is possible to take a look.  Apparently it is housed in the Church of the Sacred Heart along the banks of the Tiber. It(…)

The Rose-Red City Half as Old as Time

There is no city in Jordan which captures any visitor’s imagination and amazes him as dramatically as the archeological site, Petra.  Although much has been written about Petra, nothing really prepares you for this amazing place.  It has to be seen to be believed. For some who thinks the place looks familiar, the famous movie(…)

Souvenir from Athens

I thought I’ve given up buying little souvenirs that end up cluttering the home – and here I am with a souvenir from Athens. I seem to be the one who travels the lightest among friends and sisters! Since this trip was so special to me, I thought I’d get the four of us women(…)

Mount Tabor

One of the places you’ll get to visit in Israel is Mount Tabor. Taxis take pilgrims every few minutes up to the Franciscan Church of the Transfiguration. Walking past the gates of the church grounds brings you to a tranquil path lined with petunias and other pots of flowering blooms. Inside, at the altar, there(…)

Of goddesses, Athens and Santorini

I got carried away while finalizing a trip to Athens and Santorini for three wonderful women. The Mamma Mia video has nothing to do with Athens and Santorini but I thought it would be fun to listen to while arranging the details of the trip. You can dance, you can jive, having the time of(…)

Assumption of the Virgin Mary

For Catholics, the assumption of the Virgin Mary falls on August 15. Our lights flicker at home on strange occasions. One of them being last night, past midnight. It flickered once… flickered twice… and I told my husband, if it flickers one more time, it’s a sign. Then the third and last flicker. All 3(…)

Fruits of Israel

Fresh fruits in Israel abound, quite surprising for the unfamiliar as it is a desert country.  However, Israelis were able to do the most with their lack of natural resource therefore, they worked hard on improving agricultural technology.  It was written that a certain type of drip irrigation was deveoloped in this country. The Jaffa(…)

Wedding in Cana

Picked this Wedding in Cana video from JP of A Colorful Adventure. JP was able to capture on video the wedding at Cana last month! I didn’t realize how loud and happy the entire group was to witness the wedding until I watched the video. Mabuhay ang bagong kasal! Planning to renew your wedding vows?(…)

Where the three Mary’s stood during Crucifixion

I had been to the Holy Sepulcher Church and the site of the crucifixion many times before but it was only in a recent trip that I saw this special marker below. It is an Armenian shrine which marks the place where the three Mary’s stood during the Crucifixion of Jesus and where the Blessed(…)

Fishing the Sea of Galilee

This is so much fun – fishing at the Sea of Galilee. I just have to share here a post by Janice Person. We were both watching the fisherman cast his net over the Sea of Galilee to show us how they get their daily catch. Janice captured the photos beautifully! Here’s one of them:(…)

Weather in the Holyland

The weather in the Holyland is one of the first questions people ask us. April and May range from 21 to 27 degrees celcius. It’s almost the same as in the Philippines but drier. Knowing this, here are our tips for those heading out to the Holyland next month. Take cotton tops so that your(…)

The picturesque town of Positano

I had always wanted to see Positano after I watched the movie “Only You” where some of the scenes were shot in this small picturesque village. It was also featured in another film  “Under the Tuscan Sun” starring Diana Lane. That is why when my travel buddy and equally passionate traveller Bebeth and I were(…)

Rocamadour

It was early spring when we visited Rocamadour. From Paris we took a train to a tiny village, Brive-la-Gallard, and the only way to get to Rocamadour from there is to take a 45 minute cab ride. I think we must have paid around $50 to reach up to the cliff hugging destination. Above is(…)

The Milk Grotto

The Milk Grotto found in Bethlehem is just a few minutes walk from the site where Jesus was believed to be born.  It is considered a holy site since tradition says, Jesus, Mary and Joseph fled here when Herod slaughtered the innocent children. People called it the Milk Grotto due to the specks of white(…)

Amazing Russia, our white nights experience

We just arrived from our Scandinavian and Russian trip but for starters let me post a video on our Russian Adventure.  We arrived May 29 in St. Petersburg from Helsinki and it was exactly the white night period where sun rises early at around 4am and sets late at close to midnight. We took Sapsan,(…)