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  1. Accra market

    Ghana: The Gold Coast of West Africa

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    In 2005 I had the unique opportunity to travel to the nation of Ghana in West Africa. I had been invited by my good friend and colleague, Dr. Godfried Williams, to be the keynote speaker at an information technology conference in the capital city of Accra. The conference was the 1st International Conference on Advances in Information and Communication Engineering held in August 2005 at the behest of the Ghanaian government. My topic was “Bridging the Digital Divide:  Linking and Closing the Gap between Advanced and Developing Economies.”

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  2. It is not hard to notice the stray and abandoned dogs, puppies, cats and kittens which inhabit the streets and temples of Asia

    Not Just another Tourist – Volunteering with Animals

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    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead.

    Could you imagine your life without the love and companionships of animals? I couldn't. 

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  3. Rhino on the road

    Going on an African Safari

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    Is an African Safari on your bucket list?  Many people are interested in exploring traveling, and experiencing the authentic beauty of this area of the world.  Photo safaris and traveling to game reserves are exciting ways to find true natural beauty.  South Africa and surrounding countries have seen a large growth in tourism, and have made great strides in welcoming many people from around the world.

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  4. Castle of the Three Magi of El Morro

    The Castillos of Havana Harbor: the Rallying Point of the Spanish Treasure Fleet

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    The Castle of San Carlos de la Cabaña was the largest fortress built by Spain in the Americas. It was, however, built too late. It was never attacked, it never had the chance to fire its hundreds of artillery pieces against an attacking enemy, and its ramparts were never tested against siege and assault.

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  5. Gibraltar

    Gibraltar

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    “the very image of an enormous lion crouched between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean”

                                                             William Makepeace Thackeray 

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  6. African Ancestors!  Amazing New Discovery!

    African Ancestors! Amazing New Discovery!

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    Africa has long been known as the site of from which modern man first radiated out to populate the world. Much attention has been directed to the eastern African Great Rift Valley as the origin of humans, great apes, and chimps (hominids) but several candidates as the actual ancestor of humans (hominins) are likely evolutionary dead ends.  The attention has shifted within the last decade to new important fossil discoveries in South Africa that may fill in some of the gaps in the family tree…..which looks more and more like a bush.

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  7. ZIKA – The Latest Emerging Virus

    ZIKA – The Latest Emerging Virus

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    Just when you have gotten over the Ebola scare (though you will hear about it again), here comes another viral infection though spread by mosquitoes.  Zika virus was first identified in Uganda in 1947 in monkeys and the first verified human infection occurred in 1968.  Since then it has smoldered in countries near the equator where 2 strains have evolved, one in Africa and one in Asia.  The first infections outside of Africa and Asia occurred in Micronesia in 2007.  Since then, the virus has spread throughout the southern Pacific islands and arrived in South America a few years ago.  Dense populations of both humans and the vector mosquito has caused Zika to explode in Central and South America.  At the time of this article, about 20 cases have been reported in the US, all from people who traveled to areas where the disease is present (such as Brazil).  

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  8. 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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  9. Sandra Vischer at Machu Picchu

    Volunteer for an Adventure!

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    If you want to experience a life-changing adventure, I highly recommend you combine travel with volunteerism! It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done! I’ve traveled to many beautiful, historic, and tourist friendly places, but volunteering gave me a deeper, richer, and more rewarding experience. It’s a great way to be completely immersed in a new culture, visit places you’ve never have been before, give yourself a new perspective on your life back at home, and have the added feel-good bonus of feeding your soul while helping those in need.

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  10. 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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  11. Beyond His Expectations

    Beyond His Expectations

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    Mandatory retirement does not accord with every person’s soul. It did not with Dr. Amporn Wathanavong’s. He was not accustomed to stillness. His life had been full of errant breezes. Like bamboo, he had become used to the wind’s force. He had learned that at times he had to bend all the way down to avoid snapping. Still, he had always found his way back to the center. 

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  12. Bay’aka pygmies making poison arrows.

    Heart of Darkness

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    What is your worst nightmare for travel?  One of mine is being caught in deepest Africa in a coup……and that is what happened on my expedition to the Central African Republic (CAR).  It is time to tell this tale again with the recent unrest in CAR eerily reminiscent of my experiences several years ago. 

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  13. Le Marais Steakhouse - New York’s only Kosher French brasserie, Releases New Cookbook

    Le Marais Steakhouse - New York’s only Kosher French brasserie, Releases New Cookbook

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    Le Marais Steakhouse is historic, so naturally the restaurant’s new cookbook:  Le Marais: a Rare Steakhouse Well Done, released on July 18, 2016 is historic as well.  Located in Manhattan’s theater district for 21 years, Le Marais remains the only Kosher French brasserie in New York City. Observant Jewish and even non-Jewish clientele have been coming since inception to dine on its French cuisine with North African and Portuguese influences. I personally had never been to the restaurant before, but I had passed it many times over the years. Finally, I was inspired by the cookbook launch to fully immerse myself in this multi-cultural yet very New York, dining experience. 

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  14. Adventure at Every Turn in Sedona

    Adventure at Every Turn in Sedona

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    Simply the “Most Beautiful Place on Earth,” Sedona is surrounded by gorgeous red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls and quiet pine forests. This Arizona desert town, located near Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon, is a Mecca for New Age enthusiasts and seekers of the spiritual. Thanks to the natural flow of Vortex energy, the area is like a powerful magnet, pulling you to its destination and welcoming you back again.

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  15. Naples

    Winter Destinations You Can Afford

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    Just because we’re getting well into the winter months now, doesn’t mean you should have to deal with the frigid cold. Actually, it’s totally and completely possible to spend the winter season under the sun, relaxing and working on your tan instead. So go ahead and dig out your swimsuit and flip flops, grab some sunblock, and pack your bags! Here are 10 warm, sunny, and even affordable places to travel to this winter. 

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  16. Travel Photography Tips: Part Two

    Travel Photography Tips: Part Two

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    Five Photography Tips from Richard and Amy Lynn, the authors, photographers, and publishers of The Sarcastic Lens:  An Ordinary Couple’s Photographic Journey through the Animal Kingdom.

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    Travel Photography Tips: Part One

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    Five Photography Tips from Richard and Amy Lynn, the authors, photographers, and publishers of The Sarcastic Lens:  An Ordinary Couple’s Photographic Journey through the Animal Kingdom.

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  18. Lady on the wall

    A Visit with Two Families in Ghana

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    Many times when we travel we only see the veneer of the destinations that we visit. Much more lies beneath the surface that can add a high level of richness and understanding concerning the places and people that we see in our journey. I always make a point in my travels, whether it is in the familiar territory of my own country, the United States, or in a global destination such as France or Ghana, to speak with the people that I encounter there. The amount of additional insight that we can receive is amazing. Nowhere was this more evident than in Ghana in West Africa.

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  19. Primitive (Photo by Mike Miller)

    Primitive: Chicago, Illinois

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    If you are in or around Chicago, you have got to go to the retail store named Primitive, three floors of rare antiquities, ancient art, and authentic craft from cultures all over the world. Each object is artfully arranged to showcase the individual item in the context of a room. The effect is amazing and it’s all for sale. 

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  20. Bahamas | courtesy of Albatros Island

    Bahamas: Luxury in the Caribbean

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    The radiant blue of the sky, melds seamlessly into the pristine blue of the ocean. BAHAMAS - by air or by sea, it is an island string with strong ties to its Colonial past, and 21st century companies using it as a tax haven.

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  21. El Fenn

    El Fenn: Marrakesh, Morocco

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    This is a beautifully wow, elegant place to go to sleep, eat and play! All the rooms are Moroccan style and have amazing baths with tubs and monsoon showers. The décor is impeccable. I adore boutique hotels and this is tops. A contemporary, classic gem was created by Vanessa Branson and Howell James. The very historic architecture with terraces and gardens make the perfect place to enjoy Africa's city and you will hear birds humming since they are so happy here.

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  22. Marbella, Spain

    Marbella, Spain

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    Marbella, deep into Southern Spain, the region known as Andalucía, is one of the world's greatest and most famous resorts for the super-rich and very famous.  Its renewed popularity came with the advent of two concepts spearheaded by several great and famous men.

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  23. Castle

    9 Tips for Grandparents to Make the Most of a Disney World Vacation

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    There is no doubt about it, a visit to the Happiest Place on Earth requires more planning than most other destinations. From where to stay to what time of year to visit, there are many decisions to be made, each of them with numerous options. But with thoughtful planning comes great reward, and when you’re taking in the fireworks in front of Cinderella’s Castle, you will no doubt think you’ve been sprinkled with pixie dust. 

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  24. Cruising

    Cruising with Malloy Brown

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    Hello and welcome to your weekly dose of Cruise Patrol!  If you’re reading this article then you’re probably like me, constantly searching for information on travel and new ways to experience this wonderful world of ours.    So join me each week and I’ll share some of the latest trends and news about my favorite way to travel, CRUISING, along with my top picks, and helpful travel tips. 

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  25. Statue at A-Ma Temple

    Cultural Travels in Macau

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    Macau, with its famous “Cotai Strip”, is often considered the Las Vegas of the East. Nevertheless, I went to Macau for five nights; stayed at the Sheraton Macao (3,896 guest rooms) the largest hotel in this entire Special Administrative Region of China, and did not gamble once! Instead, I discovered the destination's cultural side. 

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