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Machu Picchu. Stop-over in Lima, Peru Is it Safe? What to Do?

Machu Picchu. Stop-over in Lima, Peru Is it Safe? What to Do?

Lots of trips to Machu Picchu and the other South American destinations stop in Lima for 8-18 hours.  When my husband and trekked in Peru many years ago — Machu Picchu, the Cordillera Blanca — we too had a long lay-over in Lima.  Recently I returned to Lima en route to Easter Island and discovered […]

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A scorpion hunt for nature enthusiasts.  Follow the call of the weird and wild.

A scorpion hunt for nature enthusiasts. Follow the call of the weird and wild.

In addition to birding or hiking, many nature enthusiasts look for the weird and wild such as a scorpion hunt to break out of the mold. Consider these wild and wooly events some national wildlife refuges have planned this spring. Earn bragging rights on a Scorpion Hunt Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge – Alamo, NV Moapa […]

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Culinary Adventures and travel tips to avoid the worst.

Culinary Adventures and travel tips to avoid the worst.

Many of us travel for the love of food. Here are my favorite travel tips to help you survive your culinary adventures worldwide.           My culinary adventures include eating yak eyeballs in Tibet, bamboo grubs in Thailand, fried crickets in Myanmar and Rocky Mountain oysters (cow balls) in Wyoming.     […]

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Ditch the diet and follow the foodies along Napa Valleys Gourmet Mile”

Ditch the diet and follow the foodies along Napa Valleys Gourmet Mile”

In the land of culinary riches that is Napa Valley, Yountville, a small town has big reputation for exceptional cuisine and extraordinary wine. Located in the heart of Napa, about an hour drive from San Francisco, the dining tables of some of America’s most celebrated chefs are within walking distance of one another. In fact, […]

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Historic Hawaiian Hotels

Historic Hawaiian Hotels

  Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Mauna Kea Beach Hotel History with a twist of luxury is seductive.   When I think of famous, elegant hotels – the Ritz in Paris, the Plaza in New York and the Pera Palas in Istanbul – come to mind. When I think of  Hawaii two historic properties join the club […]

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Getaway to Carmel and Monterey Bay Aquarium

Getaway to Carmel and Monterey Bay Aquarium

        A shared obsession with with the ocean was the unlikely impetus for a family trip to Monterey Bay Aquarium. Our children are now adults, are 23 and 26 years old – and they are still obsessed with the aquarium. In fact, we all are passionate about the aquarium. Given all this, it […]

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Europe Riverboat Cruises Offer Ease and Old World Beauty

Europe Riverboat Cruises Offer Ease and Old World Beauty

My husband and I are drawn to places with a connection to water in an effort to relax, whether the lapping against the San Francisco waterfront, or the blue depths of Lake Tahoe, or sailing on the white-capped waters of San Francisco Bay or along the Cape Cod shore. Many times we are drawn to […]

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Travel safety tips for college students

Travel safety tips for college students

Safety Tips for college students going abroad from college students who have recently returned (my daughter and her friends)  and travel expert, Marybeth Bond. Women Travel Statistics indicate that the number one issue for women travelers is safety. Here are practical safety tips compiled by my college-age daughter and her friends, who have recently returned from […]

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Gutsy Traveler’s Best Walks in San Francisco

Gutsy Traveler’s Best Walks in San Francisco

San Francisco’s best walks are free.  As local residents, here are our suggestions. Golden Gate Bridge Walk The Golden Gate Bridge is the icon of San Francisco and is considered to be one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. Luckily, visitors have the opportunity to walk across the 1.7 miles span of this […]

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Five Easy Hikes in San Francisco

Five Easy Hikes in San Francisco

With over 40 hilltops (and 70 by some accounts), San Francisco is the second hilliest city in the world. While we residents are accustomed to our unusual topography, visitors can get weak in the knees just thinking about some of our epic ascents. As the founder of Urban Hiker SF, it’s my job and my pleasure […]

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