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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. The Oliver - Tupelo Honey Cafe

    A Charmer in the Heart of Knoxville - The Oliver: Knoxville, Tennessee

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    Knoxville is a city filled with southern charm, history and hospitality, so staying in a chain hotel would be out of the question. However, there is one boutique hotel in town and it’s a gem. Visit The Oliver, located on Market Square in the heart of downtown. Built in 1876 by German immigrant Peter Kern, it was a bakery and retail outlet of sorts. Peter was a man with a vision, and he is remembered today by the bar located in the hotel. It’s known as the Peter Kern Library Bar. It has a speakeasy vibe that serves up old school cocktails. The drink menus are hidden in old World Book Encyclopedias (Boomers will remember those – I still have mine!) This alone is a reason to stay here.

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  4. South Dakota

    South Dakota

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    Discover the spirit of the American West when you travel to South Dakota. It’s a stunning area of the United States of America, and once you visit, you’ll understand why so many people flock here. 

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  5. Buddha

    Hong Kong: One Country, Two Systems

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    Most of baby boomers are familiar with the history of Hong Kong, especially with the  July 1, 1997 new ruling principle for the Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. With this agreement, China allowed Hong Kong to remain autonomous, keeping their capitalist system and independent judiciary and rule of law – all separate from Mainland China's influence. Free trade and freedom of speech was to be tolerated though recently we have witness the students in the streets, objecting to the policy of China's approvals of politicians running for office in Hong Kong.

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  6. Chatham

    A Canadian Hidden Gem - Retro Suites Hotel: Chatham, Ontario

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    Here’s a great trivia question for you. What city is the Classic Car Capital of Canada? Give up? The answer is Chatham. Next question – what U.S. city is near Chatham? You guessed it – Detroit. So now I say, book a flight to Detroit, rent a car, drive 53 miles (don’t forget your passport) and book a room at the Retro Suites Hotel. 

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  7. Cathedral

    Havana, Cuba: City of Porches

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    Havana has been called a City of Porches. Located on the northern coast of the Big Island of Cuba, it is geographically on Latitude 23.14 North. This means the sun beats mercilessly upon its streets and squares. Why would any city be known for its’ porches?

     

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  8. Bukhara Navruz (Photo by Zulya Rajabova)

    New In-Depth Educational/Cultural Tours to Central Asia

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    Silk Road Treasure Tours is offering a series of two different educational group tours for 2015-2016.  These include: Following the Central Asia Silk Road (2015: June 2-19, July 10-27, August 14-31, September 18-October 4; 2016: June 2-19, August 4-21, September 15-October 2), and a Silk Road Study Tour to Uzbekistan (2015: June 3-12 and July 29-August 8; 2016: May 20-30, June 16-26, September 15-25).

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  9. Balloons over Bagan

    Balloons over Bagan – Myanmar (Burma)

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    There is a well-known saying, “Bagan is (the) spirit of (the) history of Myanmar” and to fully understand the importance and complexity of the Buddhist influence over Myanmar then you really should treat yourself to a hot air balloon flight over the ancient city of Bagan. Although not yet awarded a UNESCIO World Heritage listing, this area is home to the highest density of Buddhist architecture anywhere in the world and stretches across 42 square kilometers of the Irrawaddy plain. I had already spent two leisurely days exploring the area by electric moped, where I  was amazed by the craftsmanship of the builders dating back to the 11th and 13th centuries, however, I needed to experience a “birds eye view,” to really appreciate the historic and cultural wealth of this site.

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  10. Tower Bridge

    London & Paris

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    Enjoy the best of London and Paris on an 8-day leisurely Collette tour! Two amazing cities. One tour. They’re incredibly iconic, and encompass a blend of historic spots and romantic sights. Discover the beauty and allure of both while checking out all of the top “must-see’s” that every visitor wants to experience. Your tour begins in London, a sophisticated metropolis featuring style, culture and history. Its bustling city streets are filled with colorful history, regal pageantry, beautiful gardens, celebrated monuments and grand theatres. Speaking of theaters, while there, you’ll enjoy a spectacular theatre performance, not to mention such iconic sights as Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and Big Ben. Then it’s on to Paris, “The City of Light”! When traveling there, you’ll cross the channel on the innovative high-speed Eurostar Train. Once there, experience the world-famous Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Champs-Elysées. These are just some of the amazing landmarks you will see while on a locally-guided tour. Paris is also known the world over as being a romantic city, and you’ll experience this firsthand when you dine at the Eiffel Tower and cruise the River Seine at night; romance, typified! Lastly, no trip to Paris would be complete without a thrilling dinner and cabaret show, and the Paradis Latin Cabaret is the best spot to make that happen.

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  11. Kuaia

    Hawaii: 7 Days of Aloha

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    From the moment you land on an island, you feel it – the special uniqueness that belongs to Hawaii.  The islands are infused with the spirit of Aloha, and a heartfelt hospitality permeates the culture in this tropical paradise.  You’ll find the warmth of the people, the majestic beauty of the islands and the diverse experiences offer something for everyone.

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  12. Cuba Vacation Patrol

    Cuba Vacation Patrol

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    Join Ed "The Cuban Guy" as he shares the colorful culture, history and people of his native island. Cuba, here we come!

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  13. 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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  14. Day 4 Sheridan, Wyoming

    GET LOST: 2015, the Year to Get Lost – Part 2

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    There is one road-trip so remote and obscure only the truly committed to getting lost have made the pilgrimage.  Yellowstone National Park provides a detailed planner (details here) for a wholesome family road trip across the heart of America, beginning in the backyard of the Wild West. All you have to do is pack the car. Start off the trip in the stunning South Dakota Badlands and end six days later in the majestic Yellowstone National Park located on the rustic northern corner of Wyoming on the boarder of Montana. And we know what you’re thinking: where the hell is South Dakota? That is precisely the point. 

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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. Grand Union Hotel

    A Trip Back In Time - Grand Union Hotel: Fort Benton, Montana

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    If your travels take you near Great Falls, Montana, then please add a couple nights and visit the Grand Union Hotel in Fort Benton. Located 36 miles north of Great Falls, this is Montana’s oldest operating hotel. Built in 1882, 7 years before Montana became a state and at the height of the Steamboat era, this property cost $50,000 to construct and $150,000 to furnish. It ran on hard times in the 1980’s and had to close, but thanks to Jim and Cheryl Gagnon, Montana natives, the hotel was purchased by them in 1997, restored and then reopened in 1999. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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  18. Bridges of Paris: A Book Review

    Bridges of Paris: A Book Review

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    Who better than an award winning book designer, world traveler, educator and photographer to create a loving, beautiful and artistic view of the “Bridges of Paris.”

     

    Michael Saint James provides a history and visual perspective that will make you want to go back to Paris and explore it again from his vantage point. Paris is known for many things – the Eiffel Tower, high fashion, gourmet food, the lights and now, oh so many bridges (over 300!)

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  19. Sunrise over Barcelona

    Spain’s Classics

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    Join Collette on an once-in-a-lifetime journey through Spain! Experience the bright colors, warm culture, and delicious cuisine distinctive to this stunning country. Enjoy a locally guided tour of Madrid featuring the Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace. 

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  20. 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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  21. Grand Canyon

    Canyon Country

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    Journey through the colorful world of stunning southwestern vistas and unique topography on Collette’s Canyon Country tour. Visit the three renowned national parks of Zion, Bryce, and Grand Canyon as you make your way through Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. 

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  22. Colliseum in Rome

    Rome & the Amalfi Coast

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    Join Collette on a journey through the beauty, history, and culture of Italy on the Rome and the Amalfi Coast tour. This tour is unique because it blends one of the world’s most iconic cities with the colorful and celebrated Italian coastline. Travelers can expect to marvel at Rome’s notable treasures during a panoramic tour featuring the Piazza Venezia, the Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus, the Colosseum and more. Then, explore the breathtaking scenery of the Amalfi Coast. 

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  23. Highway 101

    Highway 101

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    If you travel west, take the Highway that’s the best… So go the lyrics of one of the most famous songs of bygone days. Well, that Highway, Route 66 really isn’t one of the most beautiful in the world. HIGHWAY 101, between San Francisco in the north, to Los Angeles in the south, is truly one of the world’s most scenic routes.

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  24. Pioneer Playhouse

    Pioneer Playhouse – Danville, Kentucky

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    This is our summer for short regional trips. And we’ve found some delightful places quite close to home that are worthy of a visit.

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  25. 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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