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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Multigenerational Ski Vacation

    Multigenerational Ski Vacation

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    Our family has been traveling together during the winter ski season for the past twenty-five years.  Yes, every year we look forward to leaving the snow and cold at home to vacation at 8,000 feet above sea level in the snow and cold of the Rocky Mountains.  Of course, now, we are three generations…from ages 4 to 66…who, for a week, live together under one roof and share some fun that is ripe with laughter, camaraderie, and bravado.  As you can imagine, the planning and preparations start several months before that first burst of chilly air comes.

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  5. 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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  6. Decker Creek Bed and Breakfast: Near Austin, Texas

    Decker Creek Bed and Breakfast: Near Austin, Texas

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    Once again Susie has been pointed to another place focusing on dogs – deep in the heart of Texas. The Decker Creek Bed and Breakfast and Biscuit is located on Decker Lake Road about 14 miles east of Austin. 

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  7. Travel Trends Study for 2016

    Travel Trends Study for 2016

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    In 40 years, we’ve swapped Florida Keys for Cancun, but where’s next?

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  8. 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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  9. Cacciucco

    Tuscan Delights: Unique Dishes to Eat in Tuscany

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    Tuscan cuisine is based on the idea of simple and fresh ingredients often referred as cucina povera or in English we could roughly translate the idea as farmer’s style cooking. In Tuscany complicate seasonings and elaborate creations are not needed. It’s all about simple meals, without using expensive ingredients and it can be easily made. Recipes are made of fresh and high-quality fresh ingredients, sometimes easily found in the countryside: bread, beans and roasted meats are essential.

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  10. Travel Makes You Smile - Photographic Essay

    Travel Makes You Smile - Photographic Essay

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    What does a smile mean to you? 

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  11. Oh Canada!: L Hotel - Montreal

    Oh Canada!: L Hotel - Montreal

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    Do you have a craving for French wine, a yearning for fine French cuisine, or just a desire to practice speaking French? Is a trip to France out of the question for this year? Well, fear not, Montreal awaits and it’s much easier on the budget. 

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  12. Remember that “time is a traveller” – so value the special moments as you live them

    Time is a Traveller – Choices and Remembering with Kindness

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    “We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us, and make us kinder. We always have the choice.” Dalai Lama

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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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  14. I Know A Secret! : Secret Harbour Beach Resort - St. Thomas, USVI

    I Know A Secret! : Secret Harbour Beach Resort - St. Thomas, USVI

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    Want to go to the Caribbean and not worry about having a passport? Well, this is the place for you – St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Many of you who have taken Caribbean cruises have most likely made a stop here, so you know the beaches are amazing, the shopping is fantastic and the temperature stays around 85 degrees year round. But you can’t just make a stop here, you need to spend a bit of time. Admittedly, it is not a bargain destination, so save your pennies and make the splurge.

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  15. New York at night

    Hop On, Hop Off Bus in New York City Is A Blast!

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    Have you ever visited a new city, and not been sure what you want to see? It can be very overwhelming. On a recent trip to New York City my daughter and I decided to take the hop on hop off bus. Keep in mind that I have sight limitations, and my daughter (who is 19) is very ADHD. This was her first time in the Big Apple, so we choose to take the night time tour.

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  16. The Titanic Experience: Travel to the Ocean Depths

    The Titanic Experience: Travel to the Ocean Depths

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    Come with me as we begin our search as to what happened that fateful day 15 April 1912 - so many years ago when this state of the art masterpiece, the Titanic with all the skills of midshipmen of the day – landed at the bottom of the ocean with many still on-board – never thinking that such a mishap could ever exist with such planning and expertise! Learn More
  17. A Boomer Spring Break: Jekyll Island Club Hotel - Georgia

    A Boomer Spring Break: Jekyll Island Club Hotel - Georgia

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    Ahh – spring is in the air, the stores have the bathing suits on display – it must be time for Spring Break! Back in the day, we all headed south to Ft. Lauderdale. Now, it seems Mexico is the place to be on either coast. Well, that is all well and good, we had our time to party, but we still want to experience Spring Break, just perhaps not in the same way we did in our twenties. Winter has had its way with us, so we long for some sun and fun, but don’t necessarily want to be where the “kids” are. Well, I have just the spot for you!

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  18. Yes You Can Take a Cruise, Without Gaining Weight…

    Yes You Can Take a Cruise, Without Gaining Weight…

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    Cruise fans are typically baby boomers too; unfortunately, as you may expect, surveys indicate that their obesity rates are growing, and, of course, cruising and food go together like hand in glove. 

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  19. The Brice: Savannah, Georgia

    The Brice: Savannah, Georgia

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    Savannah, on Georgia’s Atlantic Coast, is one of the most charming and pleasant cities in America.  The city is known for its manicured parks, abundant squares, antebellum architecture and horse drawn carriages abounding through the streets. Its cobblestoned historic district with its abundance of magnolia blossoms, oak trees covered with Spanish moss, and many parks and squares is stunning.

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  20. Southern Charm: Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center - Nashville, TN

    Southern Charm: Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center - Nashville, TN

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    If you like Vegas, but without the slot machines and you like Disneyland, without the rides, you’ll LOVE the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN. It truly is a playground, but not in the way of those other places I mentioned. This is the South and y’all must visit and see it for yourself.

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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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  22. Women's Travel Fest 2016

    Women's Travel Fest 2016

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    This coming weekend, March 4th and 5th, with a kick-off evening networking event on Friday, March 6th, New York City will be host to the 3rd Annual Women's Travel Fest (sponsored by Expedia). The “festival” is a consumer event that helps women to explore the world and discover deeper meaning in their travels. It is the brain child of entrepreneurial travel writer, Kelly Lewis, Founder of Go-Girl Guides, a guidebook series for women!  Although Kelly herself is a millennial, the conference is for women travelers of all ages. I personally attended both last year in San Francisco and the inaugural year in New York, and over 350 women of ALL ages attended, and some grandmothers came with their granddaughters!

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  23. Amtrak Expands Pet Travel Program

    Amtrak Expands Pet Travel Program

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    Susie has some good news to share with pet owners who travel by rail on Amtrak. Previously a pilot program experimented with including cats and small dogs on select Amtrak routes in Illinois and on the east coast. During the trial last year 2700 pets traveled with their humans.

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  24. Tips for Grandparents on How to Navigate Theme Parks  During Spring Break Vacation

    Tips for Grandparents on How to Navigate Theme Parks During Spring Break Vacation

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    Spring break at Disney World and Orlando theme parks ranks as one of the busiest time of year behind Christmas and New Year’s. If you’re taking the grandkids to the Orlando parks this March, it pays to plan ahead. Fortunately, there’s lots you can do to avoid lines, monitor crowds and maximize your fun. 

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  25. Avalanche Lake Photo by wp8thsub, CC BY 2.0

    Six Not To Miss Points in the Queen of Hill Stations – Ooty

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    In southern India lying at an elevation of 2,623 metres is a little hill station nestled amidst eucalyptus trees and overlooking the blue mountains also known as The Nilgiris. This town is lovingly called Ooty but officially known as Udhagamandalum or sometimes even, Ootacamund (quite the tongue twister, eh?). Ooty has emerged as a popular honeymoon destination because of its alluring picturesque beauty that gets the romance brewing among newlyweds. So it isn’t just the ‘Queen of Hills’ but also the ‘Queen of Hearts!’

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