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  1. 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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  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. 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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  4. 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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  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. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. Folk School (Photos by Richie Holbert)

    John C. Campbell Folk School: Brasstown, NC

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    For the past 90 years the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC has been teaching the lost art of folk crafts in the picturesque mountains of western North Carolina. If you can make it by hand, you can make it here! 

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  19. Hotel Park Villa Exterior

    Come Waltz with Me - Hotel Park Villa: Vienna, Austria

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    What comes to mind when I say Mozart, Weiner Schnitzel, Sacher Torte and Waltz? You are correct if you said Vienna, Austria. With the Euro being almost on an equal par with the U.S. Dollar, a trip to Europe should be on your agenda this year and Vienna should be one of the stops.

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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. Photo by Mike Miller

    Everglades City, Florida

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    As part of our 36th Anniversary celebration, we headed off on a 25-day road trip to Florida. We wanted to revisit some of the places we discovered on our honeymoon in 1979. At the top of our list were The Everglades. We wanted a home base because we wanted to spend a couple of days in the area exploring and taking photographs. We chose the Everglades City Rod and Gun Club as our place to land. It is the Western Gateway to The Everglades National Park.

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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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