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Magic in the heart of the Austrian Alps

Magic in the heart of the Austrian Alps

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From ski slopes with stunning vistas to fine food at the top of the world, the Austrian Alps roll out the welcome mat. Not far from the violin harmonies of Mozart in the gilded halls of Salzburg, I discovered a quieter perfection – the sound of a gurgling mountain stream and cowbells while hiking through […]

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Iceland by sea: explore the land of puffins, elves and fjords

Iceland by sea: explore the land of puffins, elves and fjords

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Despite its name, only 10% of Iceland is actually covered in ice. In fact, the country about the size of Maine, is gloriously green. Wildflower fields, lush meadows, and rich tundra blanket a landscape of astonishing variety: black sand beaches, tumbling waterfalls, active volcanoes, bubbling hot springs in the middle of the wilderness, and snowcapped […]

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Eyeball a Penguin from a kayak in Antarctica

Eyeball a Penguin from a kayak in Antarctica

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One penguin, one iceberg, one day – that’s all it took to fall for Antarctica. To be honest with you, I wasn’t too sure about Antarctica; it was my husband’s dream. I worried about being cold, bored and sea sick. I was so wrong.  I didn’t get sea sick (OK, queasy for a few hours, […]

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Luxury Hotel on Vancouver Island

Luxury Hotel on Vancouver Island

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You can tell a lot about a luxury hotel by the way it greets its guests. You might expect a formal doorman to meet you at the curb and leave you at the front desk. That’s not the case at the Wickaninnish Inn, located on the west coast of Vancouver Island. A smiling, fit staff […]

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Burgundy by bike, boat or car

Burgundy by bike, boat or car

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  Paris may be crawling with tourists scurrying to monuments and museums, but in Burgundy, a mere 90 minutes south  on the TGV train, sightseeing is never an object. The pace is slow, the countryside bucolic and the pleasures of gastronomy rule supreme. The chandeliers in the Michelin-starred restaurants are eternally glittering and the puffy […]

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Millennials On The Go

Millennials On The Go

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Safety Tips for millennials going abroad from college students to professionals traveling for business. Bar Tips – Buddy System Go with a buddy. It’s better to have two sets of eyes to watch for bad situations. Don’t leave without your buddy. Get smart about Rophynol, “the date rape drug”, which is odorless, tasteless, and colorless. If […]

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Southern Italy where they’ve perfected the art of slowing down

Southern Italy where they’ve perfected the art of slowing down

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When our cook, Fausta Solfa, mentioned that dinner would be at 7:30 pm, someone in our group asked: “Is that 7:30 pm regular time or Italia time?” The rest of us started laughing. Four days into our week-long sojourn in southern Italy and we were finally getting used to the pace: be ready by 8:30 […]

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Romantic Ocean View Resorts in Southern California

Romantic Ocean View Resorts in Southern California

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Eat, sleep and soak in Southern California’s most romantic ocean view resorts. The Lodge at Torres Pines, La Jolla and Bacara Resort and Spa, Santa Barbara Balanced on the coastal clips overlooking the Pacific Ocean, above the community of La Jolla, the Lodge has been drawing avid golfers and lovers to its sunny climate and majestic […]

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Award-winning Orgeon: Shakespeare to Pinots

Award-winning Orgeon: Shakespeare to Pinots

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Ashland, Oregon may be a small town but it can rival big cities with theater, outdoor activities, wine and farm-to-table food. Photo: Queen Elizabeth in the performance of Shakespeare in Love. Photo Credit: Jenny Graham Recently my husband and I drove 6 hours from San Francisco to indulge our passion for theater. We bought tickets […]

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Seattle’s Best Attractions Selected by Locals

Seattle’s Best Attractions Selected by Locals

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I’ve learned that your first impression of a city remains with you always. Every time I fly into Seattle I am awed by the snowy mountain peaks, forests of black firs and the unrelenting wateriness of the scenery. Even the drive from the airport into town is bordered by huge fir forests and the area is veined with […]

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