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  1. Marian at Legoland

    The Art, Culture, Fun, and Accommodation of LEGO

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    “We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing”. This is the mantra of LEGO.  Yes, those famous LEGOs!  You probably played with them when you were a kid; then your kids played with them, and now, if you have grandchildren, they are playing with LEGOs too.  I love LEGOs. There is something so creative and personal about them. As Jorgen Vig Knundstop, Head of LEGO’s Corporate Management explained on YouTube: “There are many solutions to the same problem, and you have to imagine your own solution.”  

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  2. Provincetown

    Islands of New England

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    New England’s miles of sandy beaches, majestic coasts, and rolling surf invite relaxation. The Islands of New England tour spends eight days exploring New England’s charms, from the cobblestone streets of Nantucket to a dry harvest cranberry bog, cultivating that relaxed atmosphere. Step back in time at Plimoth Plantation to sample traditional recipes from that period. Here, you’ll come to know some Pilgrim etiquette and enjoy a Thanksgiving feast where you’ll learn to “eat like a Pilgrim.” In Provincetown, the choice will be yours – set out on a whale watch cruise or embark on a scenic adventure through the iconic sand dunes of the Cape. You’ll also get to visit the historic locations of Boston and Providence, the Gilded Age mansions of Newport, the lively artist colony of Provincetown, and the beautiful islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. 

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  3. On Jackson Square

    A Trip to the Big Easy

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    New Orleans has come back from the Hurricane Katrina, and is once again one of the popular tourist spots in the US.  The spirit, the music, drinks, partying, and of course the Mardi Gras is in full swing again.  

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  4. 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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  5. The Oliver - Tupelo Honey Cafe

    A Charmer in the Heart of Knoxville - The Oliver: Knoxville, Tennessee

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    Knoxville is a city filled with southern charm, history and hospitality, so staying in a chain hotel would be out of the question. However, there is one boutique hotel in town and it’s a gem. Visit The Oliver, located on Market Square in the heart of downtown. Built in 1876 by German immigrant Peter Kern, it was a bakery and retail outlet of sorts. Peter was a man with a vision, and he is remembered today by the bar located in the hotel. It’s known as the Peter Kern Library Bar. It has a speakeasy vibe that serves up old school cocktails. The drink menus are hidden in old World Book Encyclopedias (Boomers will remember those – I still have mine!) This alone is a reason to stay here.

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  6. 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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  7. Barrio China: Havana’s Chinatown

    Barrio China: Havana’s Chinatown

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    Havana is a city almost 500 years old. There is a lot of history on every street. Every “barrio” or neighborhood has stories to tell, and secrets to be discovered by the curious visitor.

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    7 Tips For Choosing the Perfect Cruise – Part 2

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    A perfect cruise requires a plan, so here are additional questions that will help you with planning:

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  9. Boomers Traveling More and Using Digital Tools

    Boomers Traveling More and Using Digital Tools

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    Hilton has a new digital app to assist in travel bookings that is easy to use whether you are a Millennial or a Boomer. Boomers are using more digital tools to assist in all aspects of travel. The Boomer Travel Patrol will be periodically reviewing what is available to let our readers know what they can download to their smart phones or tablets. 

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  10. Helpful Hotel App for a Road Trip

    Helpful Hotel App for a Road Trip

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    If you’re going on a Road Trip This Summer, You Don’t Want To Leave Without This Helpful Mobile Tool!

     

    Stuck in traffic and want to make a last-minute pit stop? (Hey, Memphis bbq or a night in Charleston is reason enough for us!) Now, you can find a place to stay in no time.

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  11. Chatham

    A Canadian Hidden Gem - Retro Suites Hotel: Chatham, Ontario

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    Here’s a great trivia question for you. What city is the Classic Car Capital of Canada? Give up? The answer is Chatham. Next question – what U.S. city is near Chatham? You guessed it – Detroit. So now I say, book a flight to Detroit, rent a car, drive 53 miles (don’t forget your passport) and book a room at the Retro Suites Hotel. 

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  12. Bavarian Alps

    Exploring the Alpine Countries

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    Looking to discover storybook castles and glittering palaces amidst stunning vistas? Then the ever-popular Exploring the Alpine Countries tour is exactly what you’re looking for! You’ll delight in discovering the picturesque countries of Austria, Germany and Switzerland, all on one tour! Immerse yourself in Vienna and get to know the incredible Schoenbrunn Palace and magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Along this amazing guided tour, you’ll enjoy a lovely cruise along the Danube River and get to savor a dinner at centuries-old St. Peter’s Restaurant in Salzburg, the "City of Music." Journey to Oberammergau, which is famous for the “Passion Play” that it enacts and it’s expert woodcarvers. Enjoy picture stops at Bavaria’s famous castle, Neuschwanstein, and a professionally guided tour of the Chateau de Chillon on Lake Geneva. Inclusive on this amazing adventure is a scenic train ride aboard the Matterhorn Gottard Bahn, taking you into the relaxing pedestrian village of Zermatt. 

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  13. Paris - Fashion Secrets: “Rue de Montaigne”

    Paris - Fashion Secrets: “Rue de Montaigne”

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    As many times that I travel to Paris, the radiance of the city still inspires me.  It is a wonderful and most romantic city to visit - even with your grandchildren!

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  14. Day 4 Sheridan, Wyoming

    GET LOST: 2015, the Year to Get Lost – Part 2

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    There is one road-trip so remote and obscure only the truly committed to getting lost have made the pilgrimage.  Yellowstone National Park provides a detailed planner (details here) for a wholesome family road trip across the heart of America, beginning in the backyard of the Wild West. All you have to do is pack the car. Start off the trip in the stunning South Dakota Badlands and end six days later in the majestic Yellowstone National Park located on the rustic northern corner of Wyoming on the boarder of Montana. And we know what you’re thinking: where the hell is South Dakota? That is precisely the point. 

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  15. Great Smoky Mountains

    Spring is Here!!! Time for Some Good Old Mountain Air

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    About a 6 hour drive from my Kentuckiana home is one of the largest parks, and most popular wedding destinations in the country… in Gatlinburg Tennessee.  Spring (except for a short week or two during spring break) is a great time to visit the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and enjoy some wonderful outdoor old fashion excitement.

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  16. Natural Retreats Homestead Preserve

    Experience the Beauty of National Parks This Earth Day

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    When I was a boy, my father took my brothers and me to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Coming from England, the wonder of Yellowstone had a profound impact on me – never before had I seen such incredible natural phenomena! 

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  17. Lied Lodge

    Tree Lovers Unite! Lied Lodge: Nebraska City, Nebraska

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    What a joy it is to experience interesting places and lodging with my fellow Baby Boomers! There is so much to learn about the world and what better way than through travel? We will surely never run out of content to share with you.

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  18. Balloons over Bagan

    Balloons over Bagan – Myanmar (Burma)

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    There is a well-known saying, “Bagan is (the) spirit of (the) history of Myanmar” and to fully understand the importance and complexity of the Buddhist influence over Myanmar then you really should treat yourself to a hot air balloon flight over the ancient city of Bagan. Although not yet awarded a UNESCIO World Heritage listing, this area is home to the highest density of Buddhist architecture anywhere in the world and stretches across 42 square kilometers of the Irrawaddy plain. I had already spent two leisurely days exploring the area by electric moped, where I  was amazed by the craftsmanship of the builders dating back to the 11th and 13th centuries, however, I needed to experience a “birds eye view,” to really appreciate the historic and cultural wealth of this site.

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  19. 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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  20. Sunset in Hawaii

    Hawaii by Land & Sea

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    Enjoy the best of both worlds as you explore Hawaii by both land and sea! Start your incredible tour of this paradise with a luxurious stay at a Waikiki Beach hotel, and “Remember Pearl Harbor” as you visit the moving USS Arizona Memorial. Explore historic Honolulu, including the National Historic Landmark, the Iolani Palace. You’ll visit the impressive state Capitol building, Kamehameha’s statue, and the moving National Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl. Now, when it comes to hopping around the Hawaiian Islands, cruising is the best, and most enjoyable, way to get around! Next on your tour, you’ll embark on a 7-night cruise aboard the Pride of America where you will journey to Kauai, Maui and the Big Island. Don’t miss your very own corner of paradise when your ship docks for two days on each island, with spectacular tropical flowers everywhere you look.  Before and after your cruise you’ll enjoy the up-close experiences only guided travel can provide!

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  21. Glamping with the Grandkids

    Glamping with the Grandkids

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    Glamping is a great way for the whole family to enjoy the camaraderie of traditional outdoor camping with the glamour of hotel amenities. The offer below from Westgate River Ranch (located near Orlando, Fla.) is great to keep in mind with Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and several three-day holiday weekends right around the corner!

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    Everglades City, Florida

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    As part of our 36th Anniversary celebration, we headed off on a 25-day road trip to Florida. We wanted to revisit some of the places we discovered on our honeymoon in 1979. At the top of our list were The Everglades. We wanted a home base because we wanted to spend a couple of days in the area exploring and taking photographs. We chose the Everglades City Rod and Gun Club as our place to land. It is the Western Gateway to The Everglades National Park.

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  23. Grand Union Hotel

    A Trip Back In Time - Grand Union Hotel: Fort Benton, Montana

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    If your travels take you near Great Falls, Montana, then please add a couple nights and visit the Grand Union Hotel in Fort Benton. Located 36 miles north of Great Falls, this is Montana’s oldest operating hotel. Built in 1882, 7 years before Montana became a state and at the height of the Steamboat era, this property cost $50,000 to construct and $150,000 to furnish. It ran on hard times in the 1980’s and had to close, but thanks to Jim and Cheryl Gagnon, Montana natives, the hotel was purchased by them in 1997, restored and then reopened in 1999. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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  24. 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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    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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