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  1. 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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  2. Does Size Matter? - Hints on How to Choose the Right Luggage for Your Next Travel Adventure

    Does Size Matter? - Hints on How to Choose the Right Luggage for Your Next Travel Adventure

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    When it comes to selecting new luggage, “Yes, size does matter!” 

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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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  4. Chokoloskee Island (Photo by Mike Miller)

    Chokoloskee Island, Florida

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    A few miles south on US29 from our home base in Everglades City, we discovered Chokoloskee Island. It is a wonderful Off the Beaten Path spot with great food, photography, fishing and the historical and mysterious Smallwood Store. 

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  5. Nuremberg markets

    Winter Holidays

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    Experience holiday cheer on an adventure with Collette! Join one of Collette’s many holiday-themed tours to experience the traditions, lights, and joy the holiday season brings to destinations around the world. 

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  6.  Sitting at the long metal table waiting to be served

    Bangkok: Where the Food is the Culture

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    It was about 8 pm in Bangkok, but things were only just getting started. My friend and I hopped aboard our extra secure “Smiling Tuk-tuk” – ones that actually feature metal mesh on the sides to prevent passing motorcyclists from grabbing your bag or purse -- and zoomed around Bangkok on a night-time culinary adventure organized by Bangkok Food Tours. The experience allowed us to both experience the best local eats of the city's restaurants and night markets – some neighborhoods specialize in certain dishes – and also safely explore the city at night. We stopped at four restaurants/food stands in different neighborhoods, including a dessert specialty place, and we also visited the flower market before ending our evening atop one of Bangkok's coolest roof-top bars, enjoying a Thai beer, while looking out over Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn. 

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  7. Lanark

    New Lanark, Scotland: A Dream of Utopia

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    New Lanark is an eighteenth century restored cotton mill village on the banks of the River Clyde, close to the Falls of Clyde in Southern Scotland. If  you plan a visit to Scotland – especially to St. Andrews golf facilities, a visit to New Lanark during a beautiful day should be at the top of your list!

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  8. 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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  9. Flamenco Dance

    Madrid, Spain: A Step Back in Time

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    As a young teen, I spent my first three high school years in Madrid, Spain. My father was a career USAF officer and we were stationed in Madrid.  I always dreamed as a young woman of returning, not realizing that once my sons flew away to college, I would fly away as a flight attendant for a major airline.  My first assignment as a new graduate was to Madrid! I was thrilled, not only to visit Madrid but also to Barcelona, Seville and many other Spanish cities.

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  10. 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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  11. Pet cabin (Courtesy of American Airlines)

    Pet Cabins on American Airlines: Available on Select Flights

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    Susie just wants to let all of her smaller canine and feline friends know that they can have it good traveling on American Airlines. Small pets can now travel in luxury with their humans in first class seating on many American flights that have added two pet cabins per plane on select flights from New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX) and from New York (JFK) to San Francisco (SFO). 

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  12. 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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  13. National Dog Day

    National Dog Day: August 26, 2015

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    Of course Susie and Beau have to shout out to all their buddies to not forget that this Wednesday, August 26, 2015, is National Dog Day - the day to celebrate all things canine and to show appreciation for our best friends and companions.’

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  14. 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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  15. San Juan

    A Spicy Side of the Caribbean

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    San Juan Puerto Rico is a wonderful destination for a Caribbean style vacation, with some of the creature comforts many of us enjoy.  San Juan is the Capital of Puerto Rico, which is officially a territory of the United States.  This is great news, as it means that US citizens do not need to have passports to travel, and US dollar bills are the current currency.  Add this to the fact that San Juan is a 2 hour nonstop flight from many east coast cities, and that English is spoken, and you have a terrific location for a vacation.

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  16. Old Quebec city

    The Best of Eastern Canada

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    Experience the beauty of Eastern Canada on these wonderful tours that will take you to Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, and Ottawa. Explore the European-styled, old world elegance of Quebec City before marveling at the thundering magnificence of the Niagara Falls. Enjoy the view of the busy St. Lawrence River from high atop Montreal’s Mount Royal and experience the energy of modern and multicultural Toronto. The Eastern Canadian tours showcase all the remarkable treasures Eastern Canada has to offer. 

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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. On Jackson Square

    A Trip to the Big Easy

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    New Orleans has come back from the Hurricane Katrina, and is once again one of the popular tourist spots in the US.  The spirit, the music, drinks, partying, and of course the Mardi Gras is in full swing again.  

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  21. Tips for Ranging Out Alone in Cuba

    Tips for Ranging Out Alone in Cuba

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    Most probably, you will be traveling to Cuba with a group. Your trip will have been organized by professionals, and transportation and lodging will have been taken care of in advance.

    Depending on the size of the group, you will be picked up by a van or a bus belonging to one of the government run tourist companies. These vans and buses will be staffed with one or two drivers –depending on your immediate destination, whether the City, or a resort further away, that requires longer driving-- and a guide/interpreter who will accompany your group most of the time during your visit.

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  22. Travel Photography Tips: Part One

    Travel Photography Tips: Part One

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    Five Photography Tips from Richard and Amy Lynn, the authors, photographers, and publishers of The Sarcastic Lens:  An Ordinary Couple’s Photographic Journey through the Animal Kingdom.

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  23. 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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  24. It is not hard to notice the stray and abandoned dogs, puppies, cats and kittens which inhabit the streets and temples of Asia

    Not Just another Tourist – Volunteering with Animals

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    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead.

    Could you imagine your life without the love and companionships of animals? I couldn't. 

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  25. 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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