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  1. Photo by Richie Holbert

    I Love Lucy – Jamestown, NY

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    We recently spent the day in Jamestown, NY - the hometown of Lucille Ball. Our visit happened to be on Lucy’s birthday weekend, which is also the date for the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. 

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  2. Cambodia

    Discovering Cambodia’s Temples by Horseback

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    This was my opportunity NOT to see another tourist for the next four hours! The sun was low in the eastern sky and all I could hear was the clip-clop of my horse’s feet, as I rode along the dusty tracks on the outskirts of Siem Reap, Cambodia. Not many tourists equate riding horses in Asia to their typical holiday pleasure, but for me, after 2 days of conquering the temples of Angkor it was the perfect way to connect with the rural people of Cambodia - people who are just like me:  farmers. Horse riding is also a very quiet experience, a time when it is easy to gather thoughts and take in the sights, sounds and smells.

     

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  3. Caving with Carlin #1

    An Afternoon of Caving with Carlin: Part One

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    My sister and I love adventure.  When we were given an opportunity to go “caving” we both jumped at the prospect and that is how we ended up outside the Tim Hortons in Thornbury Ontario meeting Carlin.  Carlin is the caving expert and our guide on this adventure tour. 

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  4. Exploring Spain’s Costa del Sol and the Portuguese Riviera

    Exploring Spain’s Costa del Sol and the Portuguese Riviera

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    Passion. Culture. Paradise. It’s time to fall in love with Portugal and Spain! 

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  5. La Gavroche

    London’s Food, Glorious Food

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    Remember when… English food was considered abominable? Except for we English who loved it, didn’t know better, and it wasn’t until the advent of the early Chinese and Indian cafes that we knew any other cuisine or cooking.  But over the years, especially with the EU making crossing borders easy, the wonderful influx of young chefs from France, Italy, Spain, Germany, etc., has brought fine dining to an Art form in London and beyond.  Let’s take a look at some of the venerable restaurants in London, and it’s all about adapting tried and true establishments adapting to the “latest” trends

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  6. Manuscripts

    Through Silence flows Wisdom: John Rylands & the British Library

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    This summer I was fortunate to travel with my granddaughter to the UK. She is only 15, and I truly feel the trip for her was life changing. I never expected that she would be so engaged in reading original ancient manuscripts from biblical 7th C fragments to the Magna Carta. Learn More
  7. Pets on Jets – New Rules

    Pets on Jets – New Rules

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    The DOT (Department of Transportation) has issued new rules that took effect on January 1, 2015 that expand and improve rules relating to pets on airline flights. Airline passengers will be able to check all airlines’ animal safety records.

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  8. Beach

    Beachcomber Beach Resort & Hotel: St. Pete Beach, Florida

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    Many of us love staying at the beach and many of us also love a good bargain. It’s usually quite hard to find a bargain at the beach, but thanks to our sharp eyes at the Boomer Travel Patrol, we found the best of both worlds! 

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  9. Everglades (Photo by Mike Miller)

    The Everglades

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    From our home base in Everglades City, we headed out to get an up close look and feel of the Everglades. We wanted to photograph its beauty and somehow understand how this amazing “River of Grass” works. We went in February so there were few bugs and temperatures were between 55º to75º. We walked on boardwalk trails, drove our car way back non-paved roads and took a 2 hour boat ride. What we found left us amazed. The interconnections between the animal and plant life with the salt and freshwater underline the international importance of this natural wonder.

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  10. Lake George (Photos by Richie Holbert)

    Lake George, New York

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    There’s nothing better than spending some time in the Adirondack Mountains at the height of the summer season! 

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  11. Castle

    Elegant Ireland

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    Ireland is a gorgeous “Emerald Isle” that evokes thoughts of stately castles, and rolling hills. Behold those famous shades of green that stretch as far as the eye can see on the Elegant Ireland tour. This is Ireland- an adventure you’ll thoroughly enjoy with memorable overnight stays at luxury properties. Mix in a plethora of standout experiences, and every day will be a special experience. Enjoy two nights at Dromoland Castle – including a formal evening that will truly make you feel like a royal! Experience another overnight stay in the country at the Castlemartyr Resort, giving you the chance to explore some of its 220 stunning acres. While on this remarkable island, you’ll gaze down upon the mighty Atlantic from the awe-inspiring 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Journey to Blarney Castle where you can lean back and kiss its famous stone, and step inside a traditional farmhouse for lunch with an Irish family. The accommodations and experiences are truly phenomenal on this once-in-a-lifetime trip, where you will retrace a beautiful history in a timeless destination.

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  12. Cruise ship (Source: Viking River Cruises)

    Sailing the Rhine: Splendor in Motion

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    If you know me, or travel with me, you know I have my mobile phone and/or small laptop with me at all times.   You never know when you might get that one, fabulous, life-changing call (or email).  OK, I know it’s a bad habit, and the opposite of what I tell my clients to do when vacationing.  Slow down, soak in the sights and sounds, and immerse yourself in the moment, I tell them.   

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  13. Newcastle bridges

    Newcastle-Gateshead UK: “City of Bridges”

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     Newcastle (a city on the north bank of the River Tyne) and Gateshead (a town on the south bank) form a single, diverse and extremely vibrant world class destination united by seven bridges. Often overlooked as a destination, I recently traveled to this most amazing city which offers so much for the traveler who enjoys Roman architecture to Georgian masterpieces!  Come as we explore!

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  14. Ebola – Safety of Travel

    Ebola – Safety of Travel

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    Back in August when the first noted case of Ebola was discovered, all airlines were issued “to treat all fluids of any passenger as an infectious disease” as we have the  protective equipment on board and protocols to follow to protect passengers from further exposure to such harmful and potentially deadly substances. 

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  15. 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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  16. French Rivera

    Spotlight on French Riviera

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    Join Collette on a new leisure-stay tour for 2015 named Spotlight on French Riviera that features a six-night stay in Nice, complete with elegant coastal resorts, superb dining, fabulous shopping and fascinating museums. This new tour is perfect for travelers looking to experience “the playground of the rich and famous” with the quality, comfort and service of a Collette tour.  Visit the village of Grasse, world center of perfume making. Discover the impressive Rothschild Villa and Gardens, a seaside palazzo overlooking the Mediterranean. Walk through a local flower market in Nice. 

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  17. Tomatoes

    Farmers Markets and Farm Stands

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    When I was a young girl, my mom would take me to pick fresh blackberries. We would both come home and make pies and jam. To this day, blackberries are on the top of my favorites. As I started traveling by car throughout the US, I always had an urge to stop if I saw a farm stand or farmers market come up on the roadside. Wherever my address has been, you will see me at the local farmers markets. They are all so different, so unique and special and have become a way of most of our lives.

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  18. Arc de Triomphe

    Treasures of France

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    From bustling Paris to charming Provence, enjoy a fun-filled adventure that explores French culture, cuisine and music.

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  19. Solvit Telescoping Pet Ramp

    Solvit Deluxe Telescoping Pet Ramp: Another Idea for Christmas for Your Dog

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    Susie is still spry and able to jump into the SUV, but she was still impressed with the Solvit Deluxe Telescoping Pet Ramp. Especially for large dogs with hip problems, or any dog with arthritis brought on by old age, the ramp is an excellent addition for making it easier to get your best friend into the car with minimum effort. One of Susie’s cousins is an elderly boxer that has to be lifted into the back on her daddy’s SUV. The Solvit pet ramp makes it easier both on the dog and their human to take them in the vehicle.

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  20. Ascot

    The Magic of Ascot

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    Lerner and Lowe captured the Magic of Ascot so brilliantly in the sequence for “My Fair Lady.” Cecil Beaton captured the Magic of the importance of Dress, Style, Fashion and Decorum for the Opening Day.  Beaton had a sea of "color" from black to white.  Reality is a rain bowed hue of every color on earth, blending and clashing in exuberant fashion. Gentlemen are required to be attired in Morning Dress - either pearl grey with matching hat, or Black coat, grey trousers and black hat. Military are uniformed and beribboned, ethnic dress is worn by some.

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  21. Open Culture

    Open Culture

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    You’ve heard the expression, “there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” Well, up until now I knew that to be true. I love surfing the internet because of the volume of great information available to us, but let’s face it, that task can be daunting and you always lose your place because you begin to wander. Actually that’s why I think our site is so cool, because we offer tons of free travel information all in one website (shameless plug).

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  22. Stretching

    Dr. David Glass’s Travel Tips for Improved Circulation

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    According to AAA, 34.8 million travelers will journey at least 50 miles from home this upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend. Prolonged sitting on long flights and car rides can lead to the development of blood clots in the lower legs, which cause spider and varicose veins. Being proactive is always better than treating a problem after it has already happened. Here are some tips to help prevent the problems in the first place: 

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  23. Calm interaction

    Dog Park Tips

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    Right at the top of the list of things that Susie enjoys doing is making a trip to the dog park. It is amazing to see how she knows when we are getting close and as soon as she sees the fence with her friends – both canine and human – on the other side, she begins to vocalize and get excited. 

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  24. Cannon

    On Patrol Out On the Civil War Trail…

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    Last year was the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. If you want your understanding broadened, your senses dazzled, and your collector gene completely awed, The Civil War Museum in Bardstown, Kentucky is a must see. It has one of the largest collections of rare and authentic artifacts of any Civil War Museum in the country. Prominent Civil War magazine, The North and South, named it the 4th best in the U.S. out of 500. This is quite a surprise for this great small Central Kentucky town.

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  25. Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

    Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

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    Here's a great tip when you're traveling abroad and its FREE! The STEP program allows United States citizens and nationals to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

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