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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Hearst castle

    Hearst Castle

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    You know it has to be close to Paradise, when one of America’s truly richest men at the time buys a part of Heaven on Earth and sets out to create Paradise. 

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  4. Highlights of Morocco

    Highlights of Morocco

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    Along the northern coast of Africa sits the amazing country of Morocco. It boasts incredibly diverse – and beautiful landscapes, and is home to a wonderfully diverse population. On the “Highlights of Morocco” tour, you’ll get to know the vibrant culture and colorful backdrops that distinctively define Morocco. 

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. The Lucerne

    Big Apple Hidden Gem - The Lucerne: NYC

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    Give my regards to Broadway, but let me stay on the Upper West Side! I try to find hotels for you in the Big Apple that won’t break the bank, and believe me, that’s hard to do. I have written about two other properties in New York City and now you can add this gem to your list.

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  17. Cologne skyline

    Magical Rhine and Moselle Rivers

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    Set sail on a magnificent cruise that will take you to The Netherlands, Germany and France where you’ll drift by castles, fairytale landscapes, and quaint towns. Along the way, you’ll pause to experience the treasures that these two bodies of water offer.

     

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  18. 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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  19. Great Wall

    Best of China

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    Embark on the journey of a lifetime and join a Collette Best of China tour today! Experience the bustling culture, fascinating history, distinctive cuisine, and scenic beauty China has to offer. 

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  20. My home in country Queensland, Australia.

    Strangers Now Sleep In My Bed

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    How My Travels Influenced My Decision to Become a Homestay Host.

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  21. 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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  22. Albuquerque Balloon Festival

    Albuquerque Balloon Festival

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    Experience the colors, sounds, and landscapes of New Mexico on Collette’s Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta tour! Discover the “land of enchantment” as you explore the diverse cities of Albuquerque and Santa Fe. 

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  23. Hawaiian Adventure

    Hawaiian Adventure

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    Experience the perfect blend of relaxation and excitement on the 10-day Hawaiian Adventure tour with Collette. 

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  24. Castillo de San Carlos

    Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabaña

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    Although the “Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabaña” never saw combat, and never fired its guns against an enemy, it is associated with very grim episodes of Cuban history.

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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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