Postings By Mary-Frances Walsh


A Daughter’s Poignant Reflections
on India

Lisa Miller joined her parents on Tauck's journey through Northern India in late 2015. Her father's bucket list had long been topped by the Taj Mahal, the monument that also held a special place in her mother's memory. In 1967, Lisa's mother had visited the Taj Mahal with her own mother. It was now her turn to re-create that kind of touchstone mome...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 4/21/2016
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: India, Photos, Tauck, Travel, history, tradition

Alaska: Where Frontier Wildlife Live On

When Disneyland shared the news that some Frontierland attractions would be closed in 2016, I began thinking about the changed nature of the Western frontier. The West is where young men were once told to go, with a promise of natural riches: abundant beauty, resources and wildlife. And the good news is that in Alaska, natural beauty, resources an...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 2/18/2016
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Tauck, Travel, USA, Wild Life

The Season of Giving

Sharing the gift of travel with family or a special loved one is a way to create a legacy of shared experiences. It means forging wonderful memories together, bringing families and dear friends closer together. Travel is a gift that leads to learning and inspiration. It sparks curiosity and deepens one’s appreciation for the world, which mea...
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Along the Rhine

Just as in the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales… the half-timbered villages, looming castles and deep forests along the Rhine offer places with a sense of the magical. For me, the river’s magic is like a fairy tale, for along its path are places with stories that intrigue and landscapes that spark the imagination. There are towns and ...
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Considering Culturious? Consider This!

What makes Culturious group travel a different kind of Tauck experience? I thought it might be helpful to share the perspectives of some recent Culturious travelers who are also very experienced Tauck travelers.
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Tauck Returns to Nepal in October

On April 25, 2015, during the off-season of our Northern India & Nepal itinerary, Nepal was struck early on a Saturday morning by a powerful earthquake. Measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, the quake’s epicenter was some 50 miles away from Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city. Images of crumbled buildings, dangling wires and cables, and ...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 8/27/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Asia, India

Shear Entertainment:
Discover an Authentic Irish Gem

On the drive that circles Ireland’s Iveragh Peninsula, known affectionately as the “Ring of Kerry,” there is so much to please the eye. Dense forests, slate-colored loughs (lakes), rugged ocean views, picturesque towns, emerald pastures and rising mountains are the stars here in southwestern Ireland – making it one of the c...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 7/30/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Great Britain

Top Reasons Why Puglia
is a Must-See in Italy

The warmth and style of the Italian people, and their remarkable art, architecture, food and wine attract millions of visitors to Italy each year. In designing our Italy trips, we work hard to find ways to share this abbondanza authentically and personably.
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 7/23/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Hotels, Italy, Puglia

Amazing Travel Takes an Amazing Team

Each year Tauck works with thousands of partners in the travel and hospitality industry who play vital roles in helping us to deliver extraordinary escorted tours around the globe. Our partners range in size from multinational companies to country-, region- and city-specific experts, and small local services and individuals.
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Exclusive Partners, Exclusive Places

Tauck’s partnerships with top venues around the world mean that our guests have access to places that others can only dream about – and to amazing privileged experiences on our travel tours. Here are our Top 5 Tauck Exclusives for 2015, accessible only with Tauck.
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125 Years of van Gogh Inspiration

In the Netherlands, Belgium and France, 2015 will be marked by a series of cultural events and unique exhibitions to honor the 125th year since the death of Vincent van Gogh. As a Tauck traveler, you’ll have opportunities to experience one or more of them on one of our European river cruises, or perhaps during a pre- or post-stay. Below are s...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 4/9/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: River Cruise, Tauck, Travel, Amsterdam, Europe

Exclusive Partnerships,
Personal Stories

When I travel, the reason I remember a place long after being there is that it represents far more than a place in my memories. It’s a place that brings to mind an experience. Perhaps I gained an understanding of the history that shaped its people, or truly connected with someone I met there, or identified with the story underneath.
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One of a very few...

We received this charming photo from the grandparent of a child who had visited the Sistine Chapel on a Tauck after-hours Vatican tour visit with her family. Absorbed in the moment, she is taking in Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoes above, while listening to Tauck’s local guide share their stories. To me, her image portrays what it me...
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Travel: A Gift the Family Will Always Remember

I had the pleasure of speaking with Robert (“Bud”) Frame about his family’s Tauck Bridges experience in Italy. The trip was the culmination of two years of planning, the time it took to get 25 Frame family members aligned and ready to head to Rome as a single group last April. “Just finding the time to meet to talk about the...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 10/23/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Family Travel, Tauck

Spooky & Other Hudson Valley Attractions

I’m not a scary movie fan, but come Halloween… I do love a good thrill, especially one with a sense of humor. And that’s just what comes to mind when I think of Ichabod Crane, plodding home alone on a dark autumn’s night, past a menacing swamp, across a haunted bridge, after an evening of ghostly tales… as he...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 10/16/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Hudson Valley, Tauck, Travel

Must-See Local Markets: Feasts for the Eyes & Tastes of Real Life

I love to cook, to try new foods and to learn new ways to prepare them – so one of my favorite ways to experience someplace new is to go scouting in local outdoor markets. I also enjoy people watching, and local markets are a wonderful way to get a taste of unrehearsed life in a new destination.
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A Fabulous First Safari Experience

Lora Schapiro, a Tauck employee who has worked in our Connecticut office, on the road as a Tauck Director, and remotely from the southeastern U.S., has traveled on more than 20 Tauck tours. They’ve included land tours, cruises and Events, but never a safari – which is why she flew to Africa this year to join South Africa: An Elegant Adv...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 8/15/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Safari, Africa, Travel

Savoring Northern Spain's San Sebastián

A highlight of Tauck’s Paradors of Northern Spain is visiting San Sebastian for a 2-night stay in the heart of Basque Country. Located on Spain’s quiet northern coast, this is a city that went from fishing village to a summer destination for Europe’s wealthy (the Spanish royal family, Maurice Ravel, Mata Hari, Leon Trotsky) at the...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 7/3/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Tauck, Europe, Food

Yosemite Celebrates 150 Years

Half Dome, Glacier Point, El Capitan, Cathedral Rock, hundreds of wildflowers, the world’s largest living things (Sequoias) and the tallest waterfalls in North America are some of the incomparable sights that bring visitors from around the world to Yosemite each year. Thanks to the efforts of those who first began to think differently about h...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 6/27/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Nature, Tauck, National Parks

Traveling the World & Appreciating Good Value – A Discussion with Tauck Travelers

As a company that depends on word of mouth to grow our business, we thrive on guest feedback. It’s how we make sure that we’re providing world travel that is truly beyond ordinary.
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 5/23/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Tauck, Travel

Visit Hotel Traube-Tonbach in Germany: Nine Generations of Family History

In the heart of Germany’s Tonbach Valley, a place of low mountains and dense spruce, fir and pine, lies a pristine world of lakes, ravines, waterfalls and crisp air. Strasbourg lies to the west, Stuttgart to the east. In between are hillsides dotted with villages of clustered  tile-roofed homes, including Baiersbronn – a town calle...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 5/2/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Germany, Hotels, Europe

Cruising Partners for 25 Years

In April 1988, a Frenchman named Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée – a former officer in the French Merchant Navy – founded a cruise company with a unique mission: to transport travelers to “mythical destinations and secret ports” accessible only by small ship. With limited means, a single ship and big dreams, the company’s ...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 4/25/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Small Ship Cruising, Travel

Italy’s Most Wondrous City: Florence

Travelers from all over the world remember their trip to Florence as an experience of exceptional beauty and creativity. But as is often the case, it’s impossible to do the city justice on a two- or three-day stay. So going beyond the surface to explore the city’s wondrous layers with the help of charismatic locals - is the very mission...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 4/11/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Florence, Italy, Travel

Finding Love on a Trip to Hawaii

Linda and John Izzard recently celebrated 14 years of marriage – fourteen years that might never have come to pass had the two not traveled independently on a trip Hawaii with Tauck in 1999. Linda headed there from New York City, where she’d had a less-than-healthy winter: her boss had said, “Do us a favor; go someplace warm.&rdqu...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 4/3/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Hawaii, Travel

Why You'll Love Antwerp

When Tauck’s riverboat docks alongside an Antwerp quay this spring, guests traveling on our Holland and Belgium in Spring cruise can take an easy stroll over to visit Antwerp’s historic district; if you are among them, you’re in for a Belgian treat.
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 3/27/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Antwerp, Belgium, Museums, Travel

In Delft tweaking a Tauck tour, continued…

I recently wrote about a visit to Rotterdam, The Netherlands, where I joined a Tauck crew working out changes to our “Belgium & Holland in Spring” river cruise itinerary. In the year ahead, guests will have the option of going on an excursion to the town of Delft for an experience of Dutch life outside the big cities. Here’s w...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 1/8/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Art Travel, Europe, River Cruise

In Rotterdam, Tweaking a Tauck Trip

I recently joined a Tauck crew charged with working out changes to our Belgium & Holland in Spring river cruise itinerary for the year ahead. A portion of the trip has been “tweaked” to forge a path that is exclusively Tauck: enriching the Lowlands experience to go beyond the major tourist sites, to add more opportunities to experie...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 12/13/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Art Travel, Europe, Museums, River Cruise

Oh the places you’ll go in Botswana!

After reading Tauck Traveler Reviews of our Botswana, South Africa & Zambia tour, I was intrigued to learn more about the experience of a stay in a bush camp. I spoke with a camp representative visiting our Tauck office and consulted with a tour leader familiar with this new-for-2013 tour...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 12/9/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Africa, Nature

Meet One of Tauck's Finest: Tour Director Peter Tanner

One of Tauck’s “absolutal-ly” finest Tour Directors stepped down from the road in September, after 25 years of service. Born and raised outside Zurich, Switzerland, Peter Tanner trained to be a baker and pastry chef in his youth – having been directed at the age of 12 into the trades (rather than academia) on the basis of st...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 10/18/2013
Posted in: Insider Connections
Tags: Tauck Director, Canada, Food, Switzerland

Making a Difference in Africa, One Hand at a Time

Africa amazes. Unspoiled wilderness… bountiful wildlife… up-close encounters with young lions, orphaned elephants and comical meerkats… walking safaris led by San Bushmen… tent lodges with jungle views and creature comforts… bathing hippos, graceful gazelles, lounging leopards… No wonder safari tours are am...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 9/13/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Africa, Travel, Safari

Sicily, in the Eyes of a Seasoned
World Traveler

June Farrell, a long-time world traveler and a first-time Tauck guest, wrote to us about her recent experience on “Sicily: Culture through the Ages.” We were so impressed with her impressions of Sicily that we wanted to share them. I had the pleasures of speaking to her in June 2013.  
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 8/29/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Solo Travel, Europe, Food and Wine, Italy

Get What You Pay For and Then Some

From the moment you step onboard a Tauck river cruise tour to checking in for your flight back home, you won’t be searching in your pockets for tips, to purchase optional “extras,’ or to see the sights. Tauck river cruises tours are all inclusive and more!
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 8/8/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, River Cruise, Food and Wine

There's Nothing Like Family

There are plenty of cruises on Europe’s waterways to choose from, but when you choose a Tauck river cruise, you are choosing to travel with the commitment of family. Tauck is a three-generation family-owned business based in Connecticut. Together with our family-owned Swiss partners, Scylla, we go to great length...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 6/27/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, River Cruise, Family Travel

Finding Life Anew,
Under the Santa Fe Sky

What does it take to pull up roots – after 28 years – to move someplace new, all on your own? “Guts,” say some. “Really?” asked others. “Some are impressed, some are surprised and some are envious.” One daughter never believed she’d do it; the other said, “Sounds nice. Why not?”
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 6/20/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, USA, Food, Solo Travel

Singapore, A Tiny Nation with an Outsized Passion for Great Food

Not unlike the profusion of cuisines to choose from in the USA, where dining out can mean Italian, Mexican, Mongolian or Greek… eating out in Singapore means choosing from a South East Asia culinary bazaar with an Eastern twist: Chinese, Malaysian, Indonesian, Indian, Peranakan, Thai, Vietnamese and more.
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 5/2/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Asia, Food

To Africa With Love, Care of a Tauck Tour Director

Meet Tauck Director Eric Croft, and his 89-year-old mother, Annie, ambassadors of transcontinental caring. Home for both is Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, a small town with a big role in the historic Atlantic fishing industry and in the life of several famous tall ships. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 4/10/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Africa, Travel

Traveling with Tauck Bridges... The Perfect Family Vacation

Debbie Perovich says that her teenaged sons love looking forward to new destinations; the family has traveled to California, Costa Rica, Las Vegas and Alaska – and Debbie has always handled the travel planning. This past year, however, set a new level of time demands on the family; so when it came to planning for a next new des...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 4/5/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Family Travel, Italy, Europe

Packing with a Sense of Style: A How-To

When packing for travel, the thought of condensing your apparel down to a single bag can bring on a sense of dread. What to bring? How much? How to dress so that you don’t feel out of place? Here’s a rough guide to advice shared by a number of travel fashionistas, including one of our very own here in Tauck’s Connecticut office.
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 3/28/2013
Posted in: Travel Tips
Tags: Travel, How-To

A Twist on New Year's Traditions

New Year’s traditions may vary from culture to culture, but celebrating in the spirit of renewal holds universal appeal. Here’s how the holiday is observed in some of our guests’ favorite cities:.
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 12/27/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Asia, Africa, South America

Celebrating 50 years of marriage with Tauck

I had the pleasure of interviewing Tauck traveler, Mrs. Ginny Morin, regarding the recent trip that she and her husband, Jim, shared with their entire family, in honor of 50 years of marriage – Mary-Frances Walsh
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 11/1/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Family Travel, USA, National Parks

Free Time in Brussels? Here's What to Do

Comic Brussels Among Belgium’s most famous exports is the work of comic artist and writer Hérgé, whose Adventures of Tintin introduced the button-nosed young detective in Tintin in the Land of the Soviets (1930). In 22 more adventure books, Tintin ventured across the world, chasing villains and missing treasure from t...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 10/4/2012
Posted in: Travel Tips
Tags: Travel, Belgium, Europe

Being a Tauck Traveler,
Great Solo & With a Companion

Kathy Colmorgen has traveled with Tauck since the early 1990s, after a scheduled trip to the southwest U.S, with another tour company, was cancelled. With her heart set on the Southwest, she decided to give Tauck’s America’s Canyonlands a try, and 18 tours later, hasn’t looked back since. What she likes about traveling with Tauck is “staying...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 9/27/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Solo Travel

Top Ten "Extreme Views" in the USA & Canada

Life-changing memories sometimes come from short-lived “highs” – or so many guests have told us… like the friendship born when two solo travelers met (over a fear of heights) on a tramway headed 10,000 ft.+ straight up over the Rio Grande. There are views that “wow” across North America, but experiencing them with fellow travelers can present l...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 9/20/2012
Posted in: Travel Tips
Tags: Nature, Travel, USA, Canada

What I love about Amsterdam

The fortune of a six-year “stay” in Amsterdam afforded me the luxury of waking, walking, biking, and living in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities – set within a still vibrantly used trust of architectural history. As you experience Amsterdam, here are some of the touchstones that I found hardest to leave behind. Keep an eye out for the...
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Posted by Mary-Frances Walsh on 9/6/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Amsterdam, River Cruise

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