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“Wow” Moments on an Antarctica Voyage

“Wow” Moments on an Antarctica Voyage

Every day in Antarctica was beyond my wildest expectations and better than the day before. Except, of course, the day we had to come home. My “wow” moments were: * Spotting the first iceberg on the horizon and running to the deck of the ship for photos. It looked like a mirage on the water: raw, […]

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Making a Difference for Nepalese Children

Making a Difference for Nepalese Children

When my daughter was a teenager, we orphanages in Kathmandu.  Olga Murray, the founder of Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF). Olga’s helps us all see that “ONE WOMAN CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE.” We met her kids and saw first-hand the work she’s done for Nepalese children, including buying girls out of slavery. It all started […]

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Check List: Day Before Travel

Check List: Day Before Travel

Packing is such a pain. Lists help me reduce the stress. Here’s my list of last minute items I’ve forgotten in the past: cell phone charger, night gown, toothpaste, washcloth (many hotels overseas do not provide them), large safety pin or clothespin to fully close hotel drapes, a rubber door stopper for added security in hotel […]

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Pedaling Through the Emerald Isle

Pedaling Through the Emerald Isle

If life seems richer, greener, and more melodic in Ireland, that’s because there is simply more clear air, clean water, verdant countryside, and heart-lifting music in everyday life. For ten entrancing days, I cycled the quiet back roads of the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula in southwest Ireland. By day, I wheeled down […]

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The Best Meat in Hong Kong (Foodie Heaven)

The Best Meat in Hong Kong (Foodie Heaven)

Hong Kong really has become foodie heaven with a truly dizzying array of restaurants in a relatively small area. I find the combination of street food, Asian influences and the vast wealth that brings some of the world’s top chefs and restaurant brands works together to create a Disneyland of the palate. Blue Butcher is a newer spot in […]

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My Favorite Walks in San Francisco

My Favorite Walks in San Francisco

Despite its reputation for dizzying hills, San Francisco is a town for walking. Every weekend for seven years when I lived in San Francisco, I laced up my comfiest walking shoes and headed for varied neighborhoods and parks. Try a few of these walks and you too will be struck by the juxtaposition of urbanity and […]

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The 10 Cities with the Most Pride

The 10 Cities with the Most Pride

From Miami to Honolulu and every town in between, people are generally very proud of the place they are from. But what makes the citizens of a certain city passionate about it? For one, it has to have character; something that is unique to that city that one won’t find anywhere else. Second, the positive […]

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Machu Picchu – A Family Affair

Machu Picchu – A Family Affair

Mother/Daughter Travel We thought we were prepared, but we really weren’t. Our first glimpse of the colossal pre-Columbian city, standing regally under a piercingly blue sky, moved us emotionally and physically. We were both surprised by our reaction to the 15th-century Inca site  perched almost 8,000 feet above sea level. My 21-year-old daughter Annalyse draped […]

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Tango Footnotes from Buenos Aires

Tango Footnotes from Buenos Aires

Tango away the night in the cultured, elegant, eclectic and seductive metropolis nicknamed the Paris of South America.  I lived in Paris for four years, and I disagree with the nickname. Although some building look like Parisian architecture, and there are sweeping wide boulevards, expansive parks and fine cafés, it is the  flair and character […]

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Confessions of a Hotel Maid

Confessions of a Hotel Maid

A hotel maid has decided to spill the dirtiest secrets behind housekeeping. . How do you usually begin a typical day? My day begins with a staff meeting at 7am. Here we discuss the days plans, be told how many guests are there that day, how many new guests are coming, how many rooms are […]

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