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  1. Excursion to Xochimilco (Photo by Stephanie Schneiderman)

    Explore Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit, New York, and Mexico City

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    This is the year of Diego and Frida.  A historic exhibition, with 70 of the most passionate works by these iconic Mexican artists, opened on March 15 at the Detroit Institute of Art.  On May 16, the first solo exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s work to be seen in New York City in 25 years will open at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx.  The New York exhibition will be the first to focus exclusively on Kahlo's intense interest in the botanical world. The Detroit show is a wonderful introduction to Diego and Frida and their time spent in Detroit (1932-1933).  But there’s so much more …

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  2. My home in country Queensland, Australia.

    Strangers Now Sleep In My Bed

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    How My Travels Influenced My Decision to Become a Homestay Host.

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  3. Queen Mary 2

    The Queen Mary 2 Voyage - Everything You Hoped for in Luxury Cruising: Part 3

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    The everyday food onboard ship is absolutely amazing!  Kudos to the Executive Chef, his sous-Chefs, and “the lines”,  plus all the kitchen workers who so diligently produced fine food at every meal.  Breakfast is a wonderful mixture of choices – the traditional English fare, solid, well cooked and tasty (bacon being the biggest treat it seemed!).  There were the Continental breakfasts more on the French style, and then the hearty German ones laden with processed meats and cheeses.  It seemed that everyone subscribed to the English tradition of eating a hearty breakfast to set you up for the rest of the day.

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  4. 9 Tips for Traveling with Kids and Aging Parents

    9 Tips for Traveling with Kids and Aging Parents

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    With the Baby Boomers increasingly choosing to vacation with their children and grandchildren, the odds are good that a multigenerational vacation is in your future  Although these shared experiences provide opportunities to connect with family members, traveling with both your kids and your aging parents at the same time poses unique challenges. Here are nine tips to help you take a multigenerational vacation that you can all enjoy together.

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  5. California Highway 1 Discovery Route Morro Bay Part One

    California Highway 1 Discovery Route Morro Bay Part One

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    Well, I think I’m in love – with the Central Coast of California, that is! I recently spent 5 days driving and staying along the Highway 1 Discovery Route. What a blast from the past and I mean that in a very good way!

     

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  6. How to Avoid Long Lines

    How to Avoid Long Lines

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    You've spent weeks planning your itinerary and trip to Europe – only to be greeted by long waiting lines at your first destination!  Waiting in line to enter the Louvre in Paris oftentimes may take up to three hours!  Who wants to spend half a day just waiting in line?  I shall share with you some insights and tips to help you get around these lines!

    It will be worth the wait!

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  7. St.Constantine Church

    Glyfada, Greece: The Beverly Hills of Athens

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    Many of us baby boomers have planned multiple travel itineraries not only for domestic but for international travel.  Let's face it – we have done it all from our backpacking/walking adventures to first class travel tours either by land or by sea we are the experts in travel planning!  We were the first generation as college kids to back pack across the world and to revel in our cultural exchanges from people from other lands!

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  8. Grand Central Station

    Grand Central Station in New York City

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    On a recent trip to the New York City area I had the pleasure of catching a train at Grand Central Station.  This is a historic building that continues to be used by many commuters, and visited by plenty of tourists.  The building has lots of ramps and elevators, making all trains and platforms accessible for the wheel chair bound individuals.  The trains are also very accessible, and provide much more room than the buses or subways.  

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  9. Berlin

    BERLIN: a City that Stands Alone

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    BERLIN – a city that stands alone,  mired in its own history, feverishly working to lead in the 21st Century. It is a city of Ghosts, of great architecture, enormous cultural activities in all the arts.  A city with as decadent a nightlife scene as proclaimed by Sally Bowles in CABERET!  BERLIN is a MUST SEE CITY for most people, especially ones with a special interest in the immediate past.

     

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  10. Puerto Banus

    Marbella, Spain: Romantic Get-a-way for your Valentine

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    The holidays are over and with it we have packed up the decorations as well as completed those gift exchanges!  One word that keeps penetrating our thoughts as we try unsuccessfully to ignore … escape!  

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  11. Queen Mary 2 - The Voyage, the Ship, the Arrival:  Part Two

    Queen Mary 2 - The Voyage, the Ship, the Arrival: Part Two

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    Sea and ship travel nowadays just isn’t the same as it used to be.  People cruise nowadays, they’re not traveling to really get anyplace, and they’re traveling on holidays, with friends and families, with work groups, with associations. They’re cruising to relax, have a good time, be entertained and fed all day, and when they arrive, well, some of them fly straight back!  (And by the way – Cunard has a reciprocal arrangement with British Air for special fares, make sure you enquire about it before leaving).

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  12. Britannia dining room

    The Queen Mary 2 Journey - Luxury Personified: Part One

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    REMEMBER WHEN?   LUXURY WAS A GIVEN, AND THE CUNARD SLOGAN WAS “GETTING THERE IS HALF THE FUN”? That was in the Golden Age of transatlantic crossings. When people really going to or from someplace had to resort to sea travel to go long distances.  With the advent of jet planes, carrying more passengers at greater speeds, ocean travel has become almost extinct. But, the QUEEN MARY 2 keeps it alive in all its luxury and splendor on its run from New York (“Brooklyn!”) to Southampton (and some other European destinations).  And I’m telling you, if you have the time, and the money, then treat yourselves to 7 days of luxury, elegance, grand living, and of being suspended in time and place. Getting there really was more than half the fun!!!

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  13. Hotel Park Villa Exterior

    Come Waltz with Me - Hotel Park Villa: Vienna, Austria

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    What comes to mind when I say Mozart, Weiner Schnitzel, Sacher Torte and Waltz? You are correct if you said Vienna, Austria. With the Euro being almost on an equal par with the U.S. Dollar, a trip to Europe should be on your agenda this year and Vienna should be one of the stops.

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  14. Stockholm overlook

    An Oasis In the Middle of Stockholm: Hotel Skeppsholmen

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    One of the great advantages of visiting a European capital is the proximity to the cultural and culinary opportunities that surround you. One of the disadvantages is the noise and the crowds. What if I said you could have the best of both worlds in Stockholm? Well, you actually can! The Hotel Skeppsholmen is situated on an island encompassed by the sea and nature, yet a short walk into the City. It is located across the bridge from the National Museum. The building, a former Navy barracks, dates back to 1699 and offers a variety of room types. Be sure to read the descriptions for each one to see what suits you best. There are 79 rooms, a tennis court, fitness center and a restaurant. You can rent bicycles here, go fishing or just enjoy the sea and garden. Room amenities include a TV, DVD player, minibar, modern shower and more.

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  15. Switzerland

    Switzerland – A Small Country with Giant Appeal

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    SWITZERLAND is one of the smallest countries in Europe, in the world in fact. SWITZERLAND has, however, one of the most powerful reputations for many things. All well deserved!

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  16. Switzerland

    Switzerland – Land of Mountains and Lakes

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    What you will remember most about Switzerland is how refreshingly clean and clear it is.  It sparkles, even on dull, grey, rainy days; it has a clarity of its own.

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  17. Hearst castle

    Hearst Castle

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    You know it has to be close to Paradise, when one of America’s truly richest men at the time buys a part of Heaven on Earth and sets out to create Paradise. 

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  18. Does Size Matter? - Hints on How to Choose the Right Luggage for Your Next Travel Adventure

    Does Size Matter? - Hints on How to Choose the Right Luggage for Your Next Travel Adventure

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    When it comes to selecting new luggage, “Yes, size does matter!” 

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  19. Chokoloskee Island (Photo by Mike Miller)

    Chokoloskee Island, Florida

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    A few miles south on US29 from our home base in Everglades City, we discovered Chokoloskee Island. It is a wonderful Off the Beaten Path spot with great food, photography, fishing and the historical and mysterious Smallwood Store. 

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  20. Lanark

    New Lanark, Scotland: A Dream of Utopia

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    New Lanark is an eighteenth century restored cotton mill village on the banks of the River Clyde, close to the Falls of Clyde in Southern Scotland. If  you plan a visit to Scotland – especially to St. Andrews golf facilities, a visit to New Lanark during a beautiful day should be at the top of your list!

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  21. Castillo de San Marcos (Photo by Mike Miller)

    Saint Augustine, Florida

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    I have strong memories from my childhood vacations to Keystone Heights in north central Florida to visit my dad’s mom and family. Once each trip we would head off to Saint Augustine in my great- uncle’s Cadillac. I remember the huge old fort, the smell of the ocean, and the trees of unknown origin. Last winter, we stopped for an afternoon on our way to Seabrook Island, South Carolina. My return trip brought back these great memories and much more. 

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  22. Berkeley Springs, West Virginia: The Country Inn

    Berkeley Springs, West Virginia: The Country Inn

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    Located in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia lies the town of Berkeley Springs. According to the census of 2010, the population is 624, so why am I telling you to go there and what might George Washington have to do with it?

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  23. Zaha Hadid

    Zaha Hadid: Her Life and Architecture

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    From Bagdad (her birth) to London (her adopted home) to Miami (her last days), Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, one of the greatest architects of our time and the first female architect to be honored with the Pritzker Prize (2004), architecture’s highest accolade, died of a heart attack on March 31st. She was 65 years old. 

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  24. Ships of the desert for grandpa and lucky boy

    Israel and the Holy Land for Grandparents on Multi-Generational Trips

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    The children are grown and are now parents of their own children. Yes, grandparenting is a joy! But long distances, and complex work and study schedules, often hinder family get-togethers and staying in close contact. Unless we are lucky enough to see the grandchildren on a weekly basis, each reunion is almost like meeting them for the first time. 

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  25. Budapest - A Must See for Baby Boomers

    Budapest - A Must See for Baby Boomers

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    If you only make it as far as Budapest on your first trip to Hungary you will be spending the rest of your life trying to figure out how to get back to this beautiful country! I have had the opportunity to spend time in Budapest on numerous occasions and I am never disappointed. The majesty of the architecture, the battle scars, the incredible folk art embroidery, the delicious food, and the rich history cannot be beat.

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