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  1. Anne Hathaway's Cottage

    Stratford-upon-Avon

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    Statford-Upon-Avon is a must to visit should you be attending one of the many celebrations this summer in the UK!  As part of the summer Olympic celebrations and 60th Year Celebration for the Queen, the UK is hosting the biggest ever Cultural Olympiad that began on Shakespeare's birthday in April 2012 and will run through October 2012.  This World Shakespeare Festival will feature 70 theatrical productions from the Globe Theatre in London to the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon.  Thirty-seven countries will perform thirty-six plays in thirty-seven languages over a six week period!  Julius Caesar, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, Troilus and Cressida, King John, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad, The Tempest to mention but a few!  Such events and productions are planned not only in London and Stratford but in many other cities throughout the UK.

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Marian at Legoland

    The Art, Culture, Fun, and Accommodation of LEGO

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    “We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing”. This is the mantra of LEGO.  Yes, those famous LEGOs!  You probably played with them when you were a kid; then your kids played with them, and now, if you have grandchildren, they are playing with LEGOs too.  I love LEGOs. There is something so creative and personal about them. As Jorgen Vig Knundstop, Head of LEGO’s Corporate Management explained on YouTube: “There are many solutions to the same problem, and you have to imagine your own solution.”  

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  5. Tower Bridge at Dawn

    The Beauty of Britain

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    Join Collette on The Beauty of Britain tour and set forth on a horticultural journey exploring the landmark gardens of London to the stunning landscapes of Scotland. This fabulous tour takes you from the excitement of London, to the history of York, to the pageantry of Edinburgh, all with an eye on Britain’s stately gardens. Enjoy an expert led tour at Wisley, the Royal Horticultural Society’s stunning flagship garden. Explore Cambridge and the Cambridge Botanic Garden. Stroll the narrow lanes of York and see the mythic Sherwood Forest. Experience Britain from a new perspective, on tour with Collette. 

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  6. The parade of sail for 2014 leaves Falmouth Harbour

    The Majesty of Tall Ships Under Sail

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    Our world would be a hugely different place today but for the discovery of sailing and the subsequent role played by the development of galleons, schooners and the tall ships of the day.

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  7. Malta

    Luxury Patrol: Malta

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    Its name will live in history, as it has for almost 2,000 years. But, given the pop culture of our society, it is getting ready to become even more famous as a Royal visitor will one day soon set foot on the soil of Malta.

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  8. Manuscripts

    Through Silence flows Wisdom: John Rylands & the British Library

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    This summer I was fortunate to travel with my granddaughter to the UK. She is only 15, and I truly feel the trip for her was life changing. I never expected that she would be so engaged in reading original ancient manuscripts from biblical 7th C fragments to the Magna Carta. Learn More
  9. Palm Too

    Palm Too: Manhattan, NY

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    I lived in Manhattan for quite a few years. One particular restaurant, the Palm Too was always such a lovely dining experience. I would say we would dine here at least once a month. I had also tried other locations, Atlanta, Boston, Washington D. C and the Hamptons. I always loved coming back to this particular one, it is the place to go.

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  10. Britannia dining room

    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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  11. How to Avoid Long Lines

    How to Avoid Long Lines

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    You've spent weeks planning your itinerary and trip to Europe – only to be greeted by long waiting lines at your first destination!  Waiting in line to enter the Louvre in Paris oftentimes may take up to three hours!  Who wants to spend half a day just waiting in line?  I shall share with you some insights and tips to help you get around these lines!

    It will be worth the wait!

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  12. New Travel Items from the 2017 International Travel Goods Show

    New Travel Items from the 2017 International Travel Goods Show

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    The 2017 International Travel Goods Show – the world’s largest trade show for travel products – took over the Las Vegas Convention Center in early April with heaps of luggage, piles of backpacks and briefcases and every type of travel accessory imaginable to make life on the road more organized and comfortable for travelers.

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  13. The Value of Using Tourism Cards in Europe

    The Value of Using Tourism Cards in Europe

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    Berlin, Germany, 02/21/2017 - Online moving platform Movinga.com have produced a study, in cooperation with package holiday specialists TravelBird.nl , presenting the savings associated with tourist travel tickets within cities as opposed to purchasing tickets individually. Movinga carried out the research after releasing their 2017 Relocation Price Index which detailed, in part, local costs of public transportation. They then teamed up with TravelBird to expand on this study. Since most tourist passes contain all-inclusive public transport cards as well as discounts on museums and activities, the companies wanted to investigate the value of these convenience deals. TravelBird and Movinga hope the study will empower tourists to think critically about ticket options and will offer a method of calculating potential savings for popular vacation destinations.

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  14. Valentine Destinations From Coast to Coast

    Valentine Destinations From Coast to Coast

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    Out of the 365 days of the year, February 14th is the one day where you can show the person you love exactly how much you care about them. 

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  15. Boarding submersible for dive to the Titanic

    The Titanic Salvage Expedition - Part 2: Diving the Titanic

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    The salvage expedition to the Titanic was intended to have a dive by each of the MIR Submersibles daily for about 3 weeks.  Unfortunately, a hurricane in the area significantly limited dives to a total of 10 so I was extremely fortunate to join one of them.  More people have flown in space than have gone to the Titanic.

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  16. Salem

    Where to Have to the Ultimate Scare-cation

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    5 cities to have the ultimate scare-cation.

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  17. Colosseum

    Escape the Heat, Skip the Lines This Summer

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    Iconic sights are almost always jammed, but there ways to break free of the crowds and stay cool, from a guided tour with skip-the-line access, spots to cool off or secret side entrances with no waits. Below are some unique ways that travelers can avoid the high-season lines, making the most out of their summer vacation. 

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  18. 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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  19. Wonder 500 Exhibition: New York City

    Wonder 500 Exhibition: New York City

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    FINE PRODUCTS FROM JAPAN, NEVER BEFORE SEEN IN THE U.S. MAKE THEIR WAY TO NEW YORK AS PART OF “THE WONDER 500™” EXHIBITION,

    JANUARY 28 – FEBRUARY 9, 2016

     

    It was exciting to stop by The Wonder 500™ Project exhibition pop-up at Exhibition Hall, 4 West 43rd Street (4-16 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036, USA) to experience Japan in New York!  Daily traditional tea and sweet tastings enhance your experience as you peruse the 500 unique Japanese products – both edible and utilitarian -- on display and for purchase, only through February 9, 2016.  Many of these items are unfamiliar outside of Japan.  

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  20. Canals

    Birmingham, England: Workshop of the World

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    Birmingham is Britain’s second-largest city, located northwest of London in the West Midlands region of Britain.  It was here that the Industrial Revolution began, thus placing Birmingham dead center as the “workshop of the world.” Here is where James Watt patented the steam engine!

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  21. Mochie loves the smell of their red velvet dog bones.

    Shake Shack: London, England

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    Sweet Mochie, the dog in the photos, dreams everyday about the red velvet bones that Shake Shack has from Woof Delights. I know since he lives with me and barked at me so!!!

    This fabulous place opened 2013 and is located in the Royal Opera House. The first location was in Madison Square in Manhattan. There is not anything that my friend Danny Meyer does in the food industry that is not brilliant including my favorite Union Square Cafe located in Union Square in Manhattan.

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  22. Kantin interior

    Kantin: Istanbul, Turkey

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    Semsa Denizsel, the chef, owner took one of the very first farm-to-table approaches in Istanbul. She knew in her late teens she wanted to be a chef. Her background started when she studied at London School of Printing. She worked with magazines as a food stylist Semsa ran another restaurant before her dream came to life when she opened Kantin in Jan. 2,000. Semsa has had so much fun with her success. She has her own radio show and does a lot of consulting on the side.

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  23. Lady on the wall

    A Visit with Two Families in Ghana

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    Many times when we travel we only see the veneer of the destinations that we visit. Much more lies beneath the surface that can add a high level of richness and understanding concerning the places and people that we see in our journey. I always make a point in my travels, whether it is in the familiar territory of my own country, the United States, or in a global destination such as France or Ghana, to speak with the people that I encounter there. The amount of additional insight that we can receive is amazing. Nowhere was this more evident than in Ghana in West Africa.

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  24. Accra market

    Ghana: The Gold Coast of West Africa

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    In 2005 I had the unique opportunity to travel to the nation of Ghana in West Africa. I had been invited by my good friend and colleague, Dr. Godfried Williams, to be the keynote speaker at an information technology conference in the capital city of Accra. The conference was the 1st International Conference on Advances in Information and Communication Engineering held in August 2005 at the behest of the Ghanaian government. My topic was “Bridging the Digital Divide:  Linking and Closing the Gap between Advanced and Developing Economies.”

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  25. London, England | Courtesy of visitlondon.com

    Luxury Patrol: London, England

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    "When you're tired of London, you're tired of life," the great chronicler Dr. Johnson pronounced.

     

    And I assure you, you can't be tired of London, a city more than 1,000 years old, it reflects its past, protects its past, and ceaselessly bounds towards its future.

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