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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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Ireland by Bike: Pedaling Solo Through the Emerald Isle

Ireland by Bike: Pedaling Solo 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. Join me as I explore Ireland by bike. For ten entrancing days, I cycled the quiet back roads of the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula […]

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The Nuances of Normandy: Monet, Chanel and Julia Child Found Inspiration Here, and You Will Too

The Nuances of Normandy: Monet, Chanel and Julia Child Found Inspiration Here, and You Will Too

Like countless other Francophiles, I am captivated by French art, history and fashion, as well as the cheeses, wine, pastries, cuisine and films of France. I saw Midnight in Paris, with Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams, twice. So when I heard about a trip to Normandy, I signed up pronto and started packing my chicest […]

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Istanbul, Turkey Tantalizes the Senses

Istanbul, Turkey Tantalizes the Senses

Considered a favorite city by many Europeans, Istanbul, Turkey is vibrant, exotic, chaotic and very exciting. I spent eight dynamic days in Istanbul, wandering the lesser known neighborhoods, riding the trams and ferries, zipping back and forth between the Asian and European sides and seeing more than just the mosques’ minarets. Istanbul appealed to all […]

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Walking Tours in England: Why and How in the Cotswolds

Walking Tours in England: Why and How in the Cotswolds

The  Cotswolds are known as the walking capital of England. Why?  The ancient network of footpaths were created over the centuries as villagers found the quickest way to their place of work, local market or church.

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Planning Your Trek on El Camino de Santiago

Planning Your Trek on El Camino de Santiago

Since the ninth century, millions of world travelers have embarked on Spain’s ancient Camino de Santiago trail, the pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

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The Grand Canyon of Greece: Hiking to Cliff-top Monasteries in Meteora

The Grand Canyon of Greece: Hiking to Cliff-top Monasteries in Meteora

The best part of any good hike is the reward of an epic view.You sweat and trek your way to the top, and your hard work is repaid with a view that makes you realize just how small you are in a very big world. My hike to the Holy Trinity Monastery in Meteora, Greece […]

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Paris from the Towers of Notre Dame

Paris from the Towers of Notre Dame

  Paris promises something for everyone – sophistication, beauty, culture, history, cuisines, art, escape and that nebulous quality called ambiance. Hopefully when you visit Paris you’ll carve out time to do more than rush to the major tourists sites; the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Muse d’Orsay. A Visit to the towers of NOTRE DAME […]

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Gutsy Woman of the Month: Bedriye Hülya

Gutsy Woman of the Month: Bedriye Hülya

I’m going to tell you right away what the best part of my job is: meeting amazing people when I travel. I looked up a friend-of-a friend in Istanbul recently and was really glad I did. Bedriye Hülya is an attractive young woman with an impressive list of accomplishments. She uses her energy, inspiration and skills to help […]

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Tasty Travels: French Country Winter Soup

Tasty Travels: French Country Winter Soup

When I was a student in Paris, a classmate invited me to her home in the Loire Valley for the weekend. We took the train from Paris and visited the cathedral in Chartres and several castles. February is a cold and damp time in France. I remember the pleasure of entering the kitchen in her […]

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