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  1. Travel Photography Tips: Part One

    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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  2. Come To Kauai - Sheraton Kauai

    Come To Kauai - Sheraton Kauai

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    It’s always a good time to think about visiting Hawaii, but what’s the first island that comes to mind? Oahu, Maui, the Big Island? What about the Garden Isle, Kauai? It seems that this is one of the overlooked gems, so we are going to explore it!

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Two for the Price of One:  Charleston/Daniel Island South Carolina

    Two for the Price of One: Charleston/Daniel Island South Carolina

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    A wonderful place to visit any time of year is Charleston, South Carolina. History, architecture, great food, water elements and charm all come to mind when describing this area. Recently, I was made aware of a 4,000 acre island within the Charleston area that was formerly owned by the Guggenheim Foundation. The first residential property did not make an appearance here until 1996. Since then it has become a planned community with 8 parks, 25 miles of trails, 23 miles of rivers, golf courses, tennis clubs, shops and restaurants. Bingo, now you get two great areas for the price of one!

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  9. Zaha Hadid

    Zaha Hadid: Her Life and Architecture

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    From Bagdad (her birth) to London (her adopted home) to Miami (her last days), Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, one of the greatest architects of our time and the first female architect to be honored with the Pritzker Prize (2004), architecture’s highest accolade, died of a heart attack on March 31st. She was 65 years old. 

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  10. Laguna Tres Palos by Ober Delgado

    Acapulco: The Charm, Fun and Glamour are Still There

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    Filled with an old Hollywood glamour, Acapulco, the number one beach destination chosen by Mexicans, still has its spark. You might think about Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, the Clintons and even the Kardashians when you hear about Acapulco, but don’t let that take away the fact that this destination is still a hot-spot ideal for vacationing. 

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  11. 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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  12. Cruising New York Architecturally on Classic Harbor Line

    Cruising New York Architecturally on Classic Harbor Line

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    New York City may not be the official capital of the United States, but it is certainly our cultural capital. From museums to live theater, galleries to concert halls, historical landmarks to innovative cuisine, New York has it all. Even New York's architecture – both historic and brand new (One World Trade Center) attracts visitors – rivaling Chicago in its draw.  What better way to experience the Big Apple's jaw-dropping architectural landmarks than from a relaxing architecturally-themed cruise?

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Chokoloskee Island (Photo by Mike Miller)

    Chokoloskee Island, Florida

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    A few miles south on US29 from our home base in Everglades City, we discovered Chokoloskee Island. It is a wonderful Off the Beaten Path spot with great food, photography, fishing and the historical and mysterious Smallwood Store. 

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  16. Juan Lopez

    Chile: A Buffet of Mountains, Beaches, Islands, Deserts, Glaciers

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    Join +Lisa Kaslyn , Video Patrol host, and Juan Lopez, North America market manager for the Chile Tourism Board, for a fun look at Chile as your next travel destination filled with limitless options for every taste.

    For more info: Visit.Chile.Travel

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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. Dr. Manyak on the Tiputini

    Visit the Enchanted Forest

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    Ecuador is a small gem of a country with picturesque Quito nestled in the Andes bisecting the unique Galapagos Islands and some of the most biodiverse rainforest in the world.  A recent site visit to the easternmost part of the Ecuadorian Amazon exposed me to the amazing flora and fauna of this ecosystem, now under increasing pressure to be developed because of its oil reserves.  Searching for a suitable site to send nationally-selected Eagle Scouts for the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA), Tiputini seemed to be a great destination. Long experience with expedition medicine required some advance reconnaissance for me to assure safety.     

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  20. California Highway 1 Discovery Route And Morro Bay - Part Three

    California Highway 1 Discovery Route And Morro Bay - Part Three

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    Well, guess what – it was time to eat again! All that fresh sea air makes one hungry! So I walked over to the Blue Skye Café where I was able to sit outside and my server Jesse took great care of me. The breakfast was delicious (pictured above) and an added bonus was running into Pat and Don, two locals who come here every morning to enjoy the view, friends and great food. I was lucky enough to sit with them the 2 days I was there and they just proved once again what a delightful and friendly city this truly is. AJ is the manager so be sure to say hello to him as well – he moved here from LA and just loves it.

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  21. Palm Island (Photo by Mike Miller)

    Palm Island, Florida

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    My favorite travel quote comes from Jack Kerouac. It is “Live, Travel, Adventure, Bless, and don’t be sorry”. We set out on our road trip to Palm Island, Florida with this thought guiding our way. We knew our destination was a 6-minute ferry ride to our very own island for a week. We also knew we would end up in the heart of the great shelling on the Southwestern coast of Florida. 

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  22. No Passport Travel

    No Passport Travel

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    Imagine a picture-perfect sunset, a cool island breeze, and the relaxing sound of waves crashing against the shore while you sip the juice out of a fresh coconut. The thought of a tropical vacation is most enticing when you just want to get away, or at any time if we’re being honest. It’s a fantasy many of us long for, but we often think that jetting off to an exotic location that can offer all of this and more requires too much effort due to them being international destinations. Of course international travel mandates a current passport, which means going through customs and an even longer visit with the TSA. This is even more distressing if you don’t have a passport or if your passport has expired and you need to renew it. At the airport, security is magnified and even the smallest details will be scrutinized. If this has completely turned you off to traveling with a passport, we’ve got good news. Fortunately, there are beautiful tropical vacations you can visit with just your driver’s license in hand.

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  23. See New York City By Boat

    See New York City By Boat

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    Last weekend my husband Doug and I went to NYC.  It was his first visit.  I was in a training in Stamford, so we took some time to see the sights in New York City.  The city can be, and is often very exhausting, so on Sunday morning (Doug’s last day) we were looking for a more laid back experience.

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  24. Hotel Viking: Newport, Rhode Island

    Hotel Viking: Newport, Rhode Island

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    I love visiting Newport, Rhode Island any time of the year, but summer and fall are especially my favorites. Little Rhody may be the smallest State in the union, but it has a lot to offer – the ocean, clam chowder, lobsters, history, mansions and the list goes on. You can fly into TF Green airport in Providence and be in Newport in about 30 minutes.

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  25. Exploring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

    Exploring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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    Are you a fan of Harry Potter?  If the answer is YES you may want to check out Universal Studios in Orlando Florida.  Universal Studios is located less than 30 miles away from Disney World, and only a couple miles from Sea World so many people visit Universal Studios and Island of Adventure.

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