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  1. On right track

    Pets Soon to be on the Right Track

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    Susie and Beau are always glad to hear about new opportunities for pets in travel. It has come to our attention that a bill has recently passed the House of Representatives (HR 2066) that will require Amtrak to allow pets aboard trains. The billed is dubbed the Pets on Trains Act, which is part of a larger package called the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act.

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  2. Travel Photography Tips: Part Two

    Travel Photography Tips: Part Two

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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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  3. 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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  4. 7 Tips For Choosing The Perfect Cruise – Part 3

    7 Tips For Choosing The Perfect Cruise – Part 3

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    A perfect cruise requires a plan, so be sure to consider these final questions when planning yours:

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Grand Del Mar

    The Grand Del Mar: San Diego, California

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    Heading to the west coast and looking for a touch of Mediterranean luxury – the Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego is the place to go if you have a decent budget for your stay. Rooms start at $495 per night and in addition Villa style suites are available.

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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. 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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  10. 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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  11. A Surprise on Lake Erie: Captain Bell House

    A Surprise on Lake Erie: Captain Bell House

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    Located on Lake Erie between Cleveland and Sandusky is the charming city of Vermillion, known as the Village of Lake Captains. It was incorporated in 1837 and became a popular shipping port. Today, it feels like a place where time stands still.

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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. Excursion to Xochimilco (Photo by Stephanie Schneiderman)

    Explore Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit, New York, and Mexico City

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    This is the year of Diego and Frida.  A historic exhibition, with 70 of the most passionate works by these iconic Mexican artists, opened on March 15 at the Detroit Institute of Art.  On May 16, the first solo exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s work to be seen in New York City in 25 years will open at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx.  The New York exhibition will be the first to focus exclusively on Kahlo's intense interest in the botanical world. The Detroit show is a wonderful introduction to Diego and Frida and their time spent in Detroit (1932-1933).  But there’s so much more …

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  15. GET LOST: 2015, the Year to Get Lost – Part 1

    GET LOST: 2015, the Year to Get Lost – Part 1

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    When’s the last time you got lost? I mean truly let go from the day-to-day grind and unable to be located from the contemporary chaos? In the never-ending, take-no-prisoners, 24/7 plugged in, forever-online world we live in, when is the last time you stopped to enjoy the actual world around you? Honestly?  When was the last time you appreciated life’s simple outdoor pleasures like jumping in a lake in the summer heat, inhaling the cool mountain air, feeling the salty ocean mist hit your face, gazing up at the stars on a still night, or feeling the wind hit your face on the Great Plains? It’s time to stop staring down the proverbial barrel of your computer screen and put a few miles in the rear-view. Work will always be there, it's time to make some memories and enjoy what life has to offer outside of the status quo.  

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  16. Highlights of Florida

    Highlights of Florida

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    Florida is known as the Sunshine State, and as the southernmost state in the continental USA, there are endless stretches of coastline dotted with white sand beaches. Although that’s true, there is so much more to this sunny destination! Head to the Florida Keys and spend a full day in Hemingway’s haunt — Key West. Travel through the natural splendor of the Everglades, stopping the Everglades National Park, an International Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage site. This is a prime habitat of alligators and other wildlife so keep your cameras handy! Additionally, this tour stops in Naples, situated on the Gulf of Mexico, historical St. Augustine and Cocoa Beach. Come, feel the warmth of Florida!

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  17. 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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  18. Epcot for Boomers

    Epcot for Boomers

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    On a recent family trip to Disney World my family decided to visit EPCOT.  It happened to be during the FLOWER AND GARDEN FESTIVAL so we packed our bags and our rented electric scooter and joined a bus full of happy people.

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  19. 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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  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. Chief Seattle in early summer

    Finding Zen in the Woods: Tipi Village Retreat, Oregon

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    We live in a hectic world where the days seem to fly by at warp speed and we tend to miss some of the beauty that surrounds us, but I found a spot where time stands still and nature stands out. Join me as I take you to Mohawk Valley, just outside Eugene, Oregon to the Tipi Village Retreat.

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  23. Provincetown

    Islands of New England

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    New England’s miles of sandy beaches, majestic coasts, and rolling surf invite relaxation. The Islands of New England tour spends eight days exploring New England’s charms, from the cobblestone streets of Nantucket to a dry harvest cranberry bog, cultivating that relaxed atmosphere. Step back in time at Plimoth Plantation to sample traditional recipes from that period. Here, you’ll come to know some Pilgrim etiquette and enjoy a Thanksgiving feast where you’ll learn to “eat like a Pilgrim.” In Provincetown, the choice will be yours – set out on a whale watch cruise or embark on a scenic adventure through the iconic sand dunes of the Cape. You’ll also get to visit the historic locations of Boston and Providence, the Gilded Age mansions of Newport, the lively artist colony of Provincetown, and the beautiful islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. 

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  24. 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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  25. 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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