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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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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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Cruise the Croatian Islands or the Greek Islands

Cruise the Croatian Islands or the Greek Islands

Crystal clear seas and more than 1,000 islands lure sailors to cruise the Croatian Islands or the Greek Islands every summer.             My husband and I chartered a 42-foot Jenneau sloop for a sailing holiday among these idyllic islands. Our two teenage daughters accompanied us – spending most of their […]

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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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