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Monterey Bay Aquarium New Exhibit

What to do in Monterey Spend an afternoon at the Monterey Aquarium. Here's the latest on the new exhibit. Dive into the food scene of Pacific Grove. Meander along the pedestrian trail to Lover's Point. Go for a walk along the unsoiled nature beaches. Enjoy fine dining...

Traveling Solo Jump Started Change in My Life

        Traveling solo? That can be a scary idea. Travel is, or can be, as much an inward as an outward experience, and mine proved to involve an important inner dimension. Cut off from all of my support systems, I was tested in some rather wild situations. I learned...

A road trip through our national parks in Utah and Arizona

When the walls feel like they are closing in and I need a boost again, I return to the wide-open spaces of the southwest and the healing peacefulness of the canyons for a road trip in Utah and Arizona.                 Nothing can put life into perceptive better than...

Treasures of California Gold Country

History, adventure, chic western towns and gold: You'll find them all in California's Calaveras County. As we drove to California Gold Country, between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, I was wowed from the get-go: a vivid landscape of golden-hued hills, grazing cows, a bounty...

How to visit Yosemite National Park and avoid the crowds

Glaciers carved out Yosemite Valley and water gave life to the wilderness. Yosemite attracts 4.5 to 5 million visitors a year. The National Park is constantly working on ways to find solutions to the crowding problems. Although Yosemite boasts 1,200 square miles of...

San Francisco Presidio National Park at the Golden Gate Bridge

With the famous span of the Golden Gate Bridge as the backdrop, the San Francisco Presidio National Park is a great escape. This huge National Park is nestled along the Bay and Crissy Field extending through 262 acres of historic forests to the cliffs above the...

TransAmerica Bicycle trip is a mother-daughter challenge.

The Challenge of a Cross Country Bicycle Trip Why another bicycle trip? My daughter asked if I would bike across the US with her. I'm impulsive so I jumped at the chance to spend time with her as well as to have a great adventure. But I had no idea what lay ahead....

Revel in Barcelona and Beyond

Barcelona’s sensory-rich food scene, stunning Gaudi-designed architecture and glitzy nightlife lure big crowds in the summer. Last year over 18 million tourists descended upon the Catalan metropolis of 5.5 million people. If you want Barcelona to yourself and you want...

Go beyond the vineyards for the Sonoma County you may not know

When you think of Sonoma County, images come to mind of vineyards and vine-covered hillsides, elegant tasting rooms and fabulous dinners at intimate restaurants. Beyond the famous food, wine and vineyards, Sonoma offers plenty more to discover. Go West Beyond the...

Paso Robles. Wine tasting and concerts.

Paso Robles, mid-way between San Francisco and Los Angles, is known for wine tasting and summer concerts. Recently  my husband and I drove 3 ½ hours south of San Francisco to visit the famous wineries. An added bonus was the temporary outdoor exhibition of British...

National Geographic Girlfriend Getaways

Women are stepping out with girlfriends, zooming along roads, paths and waterways with style, humor and courage. Through my own experiences and those of women I interviewed for the National Geographic book 50 Best Girlfriends Getaways, I learned that travel is one of...

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Revel in Barcelona and Beyond

Barcelona’s sensory-rich food scene, stunning Gaudi-designed architecture and glitzy nightlife lure big crowds in the summer. Last year over 18 million tourists descended upon the Catalan metropolis of 5.5 million people. If you want Barcelona to yourself and you want...

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Normandy as painted by the Impressionists

Normandy is like a beret perched askew on a Frenchman’s head, the 360-mile Normand coast curls along the north and northwest of France. After visiting Rouen, I headed for the coast to soak in the beaches and soft-green landscapes bathed in shifting light. Claude...

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How do you know if your hotel room is really clean?

How do you know if your hotel room is really clean? By Christopher Elliotts It's almost impossible to find a hotel that hasn't introduced a new sanitation program, promising its rooms are squeaky clean and coronavirus-free. But how do you know if your hotel room is...

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Wildlife Viewing in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming is filled with wildlife like bears, moose, elk and eagles. The national park is an Aspen-light mixture of hikers, cowboys, art galleries and families on vacation. The nine mile Wilson-Moose Road from Teton Village (ski resort), to...

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Marin County. Nestled between San Francisco and Napa.

Where is Marin County and why go? When the frigid fog rolls into San Francisco, locals head across the Golden Gate Bridge to to Marin to hike, bike or drive to golden hills where the weather is sunnier and the temperatures are warmer.     Although Marin was the...

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Family Travel. The best and the worst family getaways.

Family travel is a time to make memories that last a lifetime. Over two decades and to over two dozen countries, I traveled with my kids, usually without an adult partner to help out. If you want to do more than beaches and amusement parks, then read on for tips and...

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Paso Robles. Wine tasting and concerts.

Paso Robles, mid-way between San Francisco and Los Angles, is known for wine tasting and summer concerts. Recently  my husband and I drove 3 ½ hours south of San Francisco to visit the famous wineries. An added bonus was the temporary outdoor exhibition of British...

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