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Monthly Archives: January 2017

  • Valentine Destinations From Coast to Coast

    Out of the 365 days of the year, February 14th is the one day where you can show the person you love exactly how much you care about them.

  • Sedona in the Springtime

    Sedona, Arizona is always a treasure to discover, but the city bursts into life during the springtime. With average high temperatures between the mid-60s and low 80s, visitors enjoy comfortably warm days and cool evenings. This weather is ideal for experiencing Sedona’s endless array of activities, from hiking to art walks to a diverse event calendar

  • Brussels, Belgium: Capital of Europe

    Brussels in Belgium is often considered the de facto capital of the European Union, though the EU has no official capital.  Brussels hosts however, the official seats of the European Commission, Council of the European Union, and European Council and European Parliament.

  • Chuck Wagon Cook-Off in Pigeon Forge

    Saddle up, cowpokes. It’s time to head to south for a taste of the American West. The annual Pigeon Forge Chuck Wagon Cook-off – held at Clabough’s Campground on Saturday and Sunday, March 4 and 5, 2017 – features a meat-and-potatoes throw-down, Tennessee’s tribute to the wild, Wild West, when men were cowboys, women were ladies and dinner was rustled up over an open flame.

  • Looking Forward to a Cultural, Culinary, and Jewish Heritage Tour to Georgia and Armenia with My 80-year-old Mother – Part II: Armenia

    Last week, I shared the Georgia part of a culinary, cultural, and heritage tour that I will be taking Mary 27-June 9, to Georgia and Armenia with my 80-year-old mother. This week, I want to highlight what we will experience in Armenia, June 5-9, 2017. This portion of the trip is just $1420!

  • Packing Hacks

    Whether adventuring to a weekend getaway, across the country or around the world, travelers need luggage and accessories. These should be built with a goal of lessening stress and hassles by providing smart solutions to a host of packing and travel scenarios. Here are several new travel goods that I like to have with me.

  • Hotel for Book Lovers: Portland, Oregon

    It's always a good idea to read a book – do people even do that anymore? I think the Baby Boomers still do! If you fit that bill, then I have a great place for you to check out. It's the Heathman Hotel in downtown Portland, Oregon. Located a few blocks from the Riverfront, 2 blocks from the Max Light Rail Train and darn near all the great shops, restaurants and galleries that this city has to offer, this hotel has 150 rooms and something else that is quite unique – a library, and not just any library. They house a “collection of 2,700 books signed by authors who have been guests at the hotel including past presidents, poet laurites and Pulitzer Prize winners.” The Library is open 24 hours a day and every Monday-Thursday from 5:00-6:00PM, you can attend an evening social for reading and complimentary wine.

  • Great Places to Fall in Love on Valentine's Day

    Valentine’s Day is a day of love… and now two bed and breakfasts in the Northeast want to give lovebirds a gentle nudge along the way with different perks. So, if you’re thinking about popping the question on Valentine’s Day (or in one case Valentine’s week), you’ll want to reserve a room at one of these B&Bs.

  • Dubai - It's History and Culture

    Dubai, a destination loved by everyone has something to attract tourists across all age groups. From the best of adventure attractions to the most relaxing and rejuvenating experiences, Dubai has it all for every type of traveler. But not many know that this entertainment and tourism hub of the world was once nothing but a small Bedouin fishing village. In a matter of just three decades, Dubai rose to become the premier travel destination in the world.

  • Looking Forward to a Cultural, Culinary, and Jewish Heritage Tour to Georgia and Armenia with My 80-year-old Mother – Part I: Georgia

    Georgia and Armenia, now starting their 26th year since independence from the former Soviet Union, are full of culture and very affordable -- even with four and five star hotels. This May, I will be taking my 80-year-old mother on a new Cultural and Culinary tour to these two Caucus mountain countries. The tour is organized by Sophia’s Travel and will include an additional emphasis on Jewish heritage. The starting price is an amazing $2,650 per person double occupancy for Georgia (10 days /9 nights) with an additional $1,420 per person double occupancy for Armenia (5 days / 4 nights). The full dates are May 27-June 9, 2017. I booked airfare on Qatar Airways for $688 per person, including flight delay/cancellation insurance!

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