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  1. California Highway 1 Discovery Route Morro Bay Part One

    California Highway 1 Discovery Route Morro Bay Part One

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    Well, I think I’m in love – with the Central Coast of California, that is! I recently spent 5 days driving and staying along the Highway 1 Discovery Route. What a blast from the past and I mean that in a very good way!

     

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  2. 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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  3. Street scene

    Old Havana

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    It is a warm evening in Old Havana. You maybe had an early dinner, and are walking along the narrow streets of Old Havana, looking for one of the watering holes, to enjoy a refreshing Daiquiri, or Mojito, and listen to some live music played by a guitar trio… Or you are looking for a “paladar”, a private restaurant, for a late dinner, after a long day visiting museums or any other interesting place… 

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  4. Grand Del Mar

    The Grand Del Mar: San Diego, California

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    Heading to the west coast and looking for a touch of Mediterranean luxury – the Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego is the place to go if you have a decent budget for your stay. Rooms start at $495 per night and in addition Villa style suites are available.

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  5. Switzerland

    Switzerland – Land of Mountains and Lakes

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    What you will remember most about Switzerland is how refreshingly clean and clear it is.  It sparkles, even on dull, grey, rainy days; it has a clarity of its own.

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  6. 7 Tips For Choosing The Perfect Cruise – Part 3

    7 Tips For Choosing The Perfect Cruise – Part 3

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    A perfect cruise requires a plan, so be sure to consider these final questions when planning yours:

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  7. Boomers Traveling More and Using Digital Tools

    Boomers Traveling More and Using Digital Tools

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    Hilton has a new digital app to assist in travel bookings that is easy to use whether you are a Millennial or a Boomer. Boomers are using more digital tools to assist in all aspects of travel. The Boomer Travel Patrol will be periodically reviewing what is available to let our readers know what they can download to their smart phones or tablets. 

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    7 Tips For Choosing the Perfect Cruise – Part 2

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    A perfect cruise requires a plan, so here are additional questions that will help you with planning:

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  9. Barrio China: Havana’s Chinatown

    Barrio China: Havana’s Chinatown

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    Havana is a city almost 500 years old. There is a lot of history on every street. Every “barrio” or neighborhood has stories to tell, and secrets to be discovered by the curious visitor.

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  10. Switzerland

    Switzerland – A Small Country with Giant Appeal

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    SWITZERLAND is one of the smallest countries in Europe, in the world in fact. SWITZERLAND has, however, one of the most powerful reputations for many things. All well deserved!

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  11. Boomers and Memorial Day: Vietnam – the War of our Generation

    Boomers and Memorial Day: Vietnam – the War of our Generation

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    As baby boomers many of us came into the world as a result of our father’s return from fighting in World War II or Korea, but our own experiences with war came primarily during the Vietnam War. I was a gleam in my parents’ eyes until my dad returned from the Philippines in 1945 to arrange my arrival at the lead of the boomer generation in 1946.

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  12. Travel Partners With Benefits – Can The Relationship Last The Distance?

    Travel Partners With Benefits – Can The Relationship Last The Distance?

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    “The value of a relationship should not be measured by the length of time the relationship lasts, but by the strength of the bond that exists every moment you are together. When you eventually say goodbye, you need to appreciate the moments you had, more than you dread the moments you won’t have.”

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  13. Portugal’s Gardens

    Portugal’s Gardens

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    Portugal is a land of charming cities, azure waters, and stunningly colorful gardens. Behold Portugal’s distinct beauty while exploring with Collette and the Royal Horticultural Society on the Portugal’s Gardens tour. 

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    Baby Boomer Hotel Discount: Loews Atlanta

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    We love when hotels pay attention to us and single us out with a discount! Thank you Loews Atlanta! They figured out that we have flexibility with our time and dates and enjoy traveling, so here’s what their General Manager, Mark Castriota had to say, “ We wanted to reward this flexibility not only by offering deeply discounted rates on certain days of the week, but packaging it in a way that appeals directly to the travel experiences they seek.”

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  15. What you Need to Know about Air Ambulances

    What you Need to Know about Air Ambulances

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    What happens when the worst happens and you get sick or injured on vacation? If your condition is so severe that you can’t fly back on a commercial airline then you will need to book an air ambulance to get home. Most likely this isn’t an area that you have thought about or have any background knowledge on. So, what are the questions to ask, and do’s and don’ts you need to know before booking an air ambulance? 

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    The Hermitage – Nashville, TN

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    Traveling east from Nashville, a dozen or so easy miles, the Hermitage manor lies hidden down a long cedar-lined drive. We’ve seen the highway signs for this historic site and heard tales of its splendor, but I never understood the true import of the place until recently. 

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  17. Winter in Yellowstone

    Winter in Yellowstone

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    Experience the winter wonderland of Yellowstone National Park on Collette’s Winter in Yellowstone tour. Enjoy the blend of natural elegance, scenic beauty and fascinating wildlife while Collette takes care of all the details. 

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  18. The New Cuba: Casa Particular and Paladar

    The New Cuba: Casa Particular and Paladar

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    After the change in policy towards Cuba started on December 19, 2014, the number of American visitors to Cuba has increased in more than 50 percent. There are two names, specific to things in Cuba, that every visitor is most certainly going to hear and probably try to pronounce. These two names are symbol of the changes in Cuba towards some form of free enterprise: “Casa Particular”, and “Paladar”.

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  19. 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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  20. Delray Sands Pool

    Florida Beach Jewel - Delray Sands Resort: Highland Beach, Florida

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    Florida never ceases to amaze me – somehow there is always a new area or beach to explore that I want to share with my fellow Baby Boomers. I found just such a place in South Florida, near Delray, in Highland Beach. The hotel, the Delray Sands Resort, is located in a residential area on a private beach called Highland Beach – who knew?  Well, we all do now! It used to be a Holiday Inn and has been completely renovated.

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  21. 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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  22. Cadiz sunrise

    Cadiz, Andalusia: Link to the New World

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    For those of you who love Espana, together we have ventured out to Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga, Seville, and the Costa del Sol. I would like to entice you to venture down to the Andalusian area of Spain – you will fall in love with this area as it has breathtaking beaches, perfect year around temperatures and many archaeological and historical sites for those history aficionados!  The best kept secret is that one can own their own hideaway – i.e. retirement home at a fraction of the cost in the U.S.

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  23. Queen Mary 2 - The Voyage, the Ship, the Arrival:  Part Two

    Queen Mary 2 - The Voyage, the Ship, the Arrival: Part Two

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    Sea and ship travel nowadays just isn’t the same as it used to be.  People cruise nowadays, they’re not traveling to really get anyplace, and they’re traveling on holidays, with friends and families, with work groups, with associations. They’re cruising to relax, have a good time, be entertained and fed all day, and when they arrive, well, some of them fly straight back!  (And by the way – Cunard has a reciprocal arrangement with British Air for special fares, make sure you enquire about it before leaving).

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    The Queen Mary 2 Journey - Luxury Personified: Part One

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    REMEMBER WHEN?   LUXURY WAS A GIVEN, AND THE CUNARD SLOGAN WAS “GETTING THERE IS HALF THE FUN”? That was in the Golden Age of transatlantic crossings. When people really going to or from someplace had to resort to sea travel to go long distances.  With the advent of jet planes, carrying more passengers at greater speeds, ocean travel has become almost extinct. But, the QUEEN MARY 2 keeps it alive in all its luxury and splendor on its run from New York (“Brooklyn!”) to Southampton (and some other European destinations).  And I’m telling you, if you have the time, and the money, then treat yourselves to 7 days of luxury, elegance, grand living, and of being suspended in time and place. Getting there really was more than half the fun!!!

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  25. Tropical Costa Rica

    Tropical Costa Rica

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    Discover paradise with Collette’s Tropical Costa Rica tour featuring lush forests, breathtaking waterfalls, rumbling volcanos, endless coastlines and exotic wildlife. 

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