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  1. Squaw Valley

    Squaw Valley, California

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    We all remember the FIRST TIME! Yes, that first time, but all the other wonderful ones that fill our lives with joy and happiness. I was living in San Francisco, a fine place to live, and like so many places I have lived; it’s in the center of so many other things. It’s a hub, to the north and the wine country, to the south LA, Palm Springs, the heat and Hollywood. And, just a short ride away into the mountains for skiing.  And there I fell in love – with skiing and Squaw Valley.

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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. Biltmore Estate

    Harvest Time at the Biltmore Estate

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    If you drive through the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville North Carolina you may begin to see signs for the Biltmore Estates.  This is one of the largest privately owned homes in the United States, as is famous for both its residence and the location.  Many movies, TV shows and commercials have been filmed inside the home and around the entire estate.

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  4. Benidorm sunset

    Benidorm, Spain: the Golden Pearl on the Costa Blanca

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    As baby boomers over the years I have shared my travel experiences through the telescope of an avid art connoisseur. However, there are times when I purposely want to indulge in a spa treatment; spend hours on a beach soaking up the heat and sun!  However, when I do plan these ventures, I generally incorporate a few days with a side excursion to Benidorm when traveling in Spain.

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  5. North Dakota Offers a Whole Lot More than just Buffalo and Badlands

    North Dakota Offers a Whole Lot More than just Buffalo and Badlands

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    In the midst of an oil boom, Director of North Dakota Tourism, Sarah Otte Coleman discusses a flourishing tourism market, with attractions, adventures and retreats that are ideal for fun-seeking boomers.

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  6. Pecan praline cheesecake

    Pappadeux Seafood Kitchen: Springdale, Ohio

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    A trip on assignment to Maysville, Kentucky finally gave me the opportunity to venture on my return to the Cincinnati area to the Pappadeaux’s restaurant in Springdale, Ohio at the northern edge of the metropolitan area. As I hoped it was a good choice to have an excellent supper on my way back home.

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  7. California Highway 1 Discovery Route Part Four

    California Highway 1 Discovery Route Part Four

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    With a full stomach and an armload of cookies, I headed back on the California Highway 1 Discovery Route for the town of Harmony, population 18. It took about 15 minutes from Cayucos, with more amazing scenery along the way. So, what does one do in Harmony – why, go wine tasting at the Harmony Cellars! www.HarmonyCellars.com Michael Rice greeted me in the Tasting Room for a marvelous selection of their red, white and dessert wines. They were all flavorful and reasonably priced. You can go out on their grounds sitting high up in the hills and have a picnic as you enjoy a bottle of wine. They host dinners and special events throughout the year, so be sure and check their website before you visit. Photos from the vineyard are pictured above. If you have time before you leave, stop by Harmony Glassworks, an art gallery and studio that is worth a visit.

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  8. Well by Fence

    Tiffany at Winterthur in Delaware

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    Until January 3rd, visitors to the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Winterthur, Delaware, have a chance to view a very special exhibition of Tiffany Stained Glass. The Museum, located on the former du Pont estate, about 45 minutes southwest of Philadelphia, is showing Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light, which features selected works by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933). The exhibition was organized by the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass in New York City. 

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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. Antarctica glacier.  Note small zodiac which I was in at base of glacier in the water.  These are huge.  (Photo by Michael J. Manyak)

    Antarctica: A Great Place to go in Winter

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    The last thing those in the throes of the winter deep freeze think about is going to a place with more snow and ice.  People north of the equator think of going south.  But what if you went WAY south to a land where the wind-chill factor was conceived and snow and ice are daily companions?  Sounds crazy, but I can assure you that you are in for a spectacular experience if you head to Antarctica.  Seasons are opposite south of the equator so the middle of winter in the northern hemisphere is the height of “summer” in our most remote continent. It almost gets up to freezing!  Let me share my experience in Antarctica as the medical officer on an icebreaker taking 100 high school students and 9 scientists to do experiments. 

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  11. Dive Right In: Cobalt Coast Resort & Suites - Grand Cayman Islands

    Dive Right In: Cobalt Coast Resort & Suites - Grand Cayman Islands

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    You can thank the wind and Christopher Columbus for discovering the Cayman Islands. His ship blew off course on his final voyage to the New World and he landed on two islands filled with turtles, which he named “Las Tortugas.” The Caymans are a British Overseas Territory located south of Cuba and Northwest of Jamaica. They are known for their diving, so I decided to fill you in on a Dive Resort that, for this area, is a value. The Islands are a financial center, so this is not a bargain destination, but the Cobalt Coast Resort and Suites won’t break the bank.

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  12. Red Mountain Resort: St. George, Utah

    Red Mountain Resort: St. George, Utah

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    Located in the southwestern corner of Utah, St. George is convenient to other attractions such as the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas.  It is just north of the Arizona border. The Red Mountain Resort is a premium property in the area and provides a number of rooms that are pet friendly.  There are 82 deluxe rooms and 24 villa suites.

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  13. Kayaking with the family

    Morro Bay Spring Break

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    Party with Nature in Morro Bay this Spring Break, Rain or Shine, and Enjoy Special Family Savings with Lodging Packages, the New Morro Bay Adventure Pass Family Edition and The New Summit to Sea Adventure Passport

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    Nothing Burns Like the Cold!1

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    While many in the Northern Hemisphere cannot avoid winter exposure, others actively seek outdoor activities on skis, snowmobiles, or ice fishing.  Paramount to your comfort and safety is prevention and treatment of cold-related injuries.  Frostbite is the one that most consider but non-freezing cold injuries also occur.  Respiratory problems are caused from cold air by increasing secretions and decreasing pulmonary function. 

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  15. Japan’s Ukiyo-e (Woodblock Print Art)

    Japan’s Ukiyo-e (Woodblock Print Art)

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    Japanese Ukiyo-e, which translates to “pictures of the floating world,” is a genre of art that flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries. Thanks especially to the advancement of woodblock printing, Japanese artists such as: Toyokuni Utagawa 1769-1825 and his disciples Kunisada Utagawa and Kuniyoshi Utagawa, Kitagawa Utamaro 1750-1806, Ando Hiroshige 1797-1858, and Hokusai Katsushika 1760-1849, became famous both in Japan and abroad. They heavily influenced the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists of France and America, with their expressive curves, bold use of colors, and liberal designs.  Ukiyo-e subjects included: female beauties, kabuki actors, sumo wrestlers, historic scenes, folk tales, travel scenes and landscapes, flora and fauna, and erotic.

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  16. Branch Brook Park

    Cherry Blossom Festivals in the US East Coast

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    The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC kicks off on Saturday, March 26 with world renowned performers in the historic Warner Theater and a free Family Day at the National Building Museum. The celebration continues through April with: A Blossom Kite Festival at the Washington Monument on April 2, the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks on April 9, the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade at Constitution Avenue between 9th and 15th streets, the Japanese Street Festival at M Street and New Jersey Avenue, SE (Capitol Riverfront), and “Cherry Blast Spotlight events,” including anime, cosplay, and gaming at the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square on April 16.  

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  17. Courtesy of Peter Hess, Steven Schwankert, Rohan Wolfe

    Scuba Diving in Mongolia

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    Scuba diving in Mongolia?  Wait a minute, isn’t that a landlocked country in the middle of Asia with the Gobi Desert covering a significant part of it? 

     

     

    Yes indeed.   However, a large lake on the northern border adjacent to Siberia offered just such an opportunity. 

     

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  18. The Sunset Motel: Brevard, North Carolina

    The Sunset Motel: Brevard, North Carolina

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    I have such fond recollections of traveling with my parents as a child and staying in motels on our summer vacation travels. Sadly, those establishments have all but vanished and we are left with high rise properties. Don't get me wrong, I love to crawl in those plush beds and have the amenities, but sometimes, I long for the feel of the bygone era. Well, fear not, there are a few nostalgic places left and here's one that I think you will love. Not only is it in a wonderful location, but it will bring back a lot of memories.

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  19. Mineral Springs (Photo by Mike Miller)

    North Point, Florida

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    One mile north of U.S. 41 on Florida’s Southwest Coast is North Point, home to the only warm mineral spring in Florida. People from all over the world come to soak in this “Fountain of Youth”. The waters are believed to have extradinary healing powers. We had to find out for ourselves. 

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  20. 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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  21. Local scenery

    The Oxford Hotel: Bend, Oregon

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    The Oxford Hotel in Bend, Oregon is a boutique hotel that focuses on making your stay a memorable experience. Bend is located 128 miles east of Eugene in the central part of the state, right in the middle of Oregon mountain country and near to Mt. Bachelor. The hotel offers amenities not found in the other hotels in the area. The Oxford is located in the middle of the downtown historic district of Bend.

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  22. Highland at Dove Mountain

    Discover Tucson Retirement Communities

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    Arizona has been a popular retirement destination for decades and continues to be in demand. Active adults and retirees have been drawn to this lovely state for its warm climate, picturesque desert scenery and diverse living options. The Tucson area, specifically, offers many options, from large resort-style communities with nearly 6,000 homes to more quaint neighborhoods with less than 100 homes. Regardless of your desired living options, you’re sure to find a home that suits your taste.

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  23. Green Turtle

    Green Turtle B&B: Charlestown Navy Yard

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    Let’s go to Boston, one of the oldest U.S. cities, founded in 1630 by Puritan settlers from England. So, where should we stay, you ask. Since I’m always on the hunt for the not so ordinary, how about floating out in Boston Harbor? Boston Harbor has special meaning to me because I came to the United States with my parents on a ship and we landed right in Boston Harbor, so this was our first stop in the United States. It’s only fitting I find a place on the water to enjoy this lovely city.

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  24. On right track

    Pets Soon to be on the Right Track

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    Susie and Beau are always glad to hear about new opportunities for pets in travel. It has come to our attention that a bill has recently passed the House of Representatives (HR 2066) that will require Amtrak to allow pets aboard trains. The billed is dubbed the Pets on Trains Act, which is part of a larger package called the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act.

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  25. 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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