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  1. Channel Road Inn

    Channel Road Inn: Santa Monica, California

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    It's always a treat to find an unexpected property in an area that most people visit and stay in high rise hotels. Although many of those properties sit right on the beach and offer a lot of amenities, sometimes it's just plain nice to stay in a cozy, comfortable spot that feels more like home. The Channel Road Inn is just one of those places.

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  2. Seville, Spain

    Seville, Spain: Heart of Flamenco

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    As a boomer I was blessed with my father having been in the Air Force and we lived in Spain (Torrejon AFB outside Madrid) when I was in High School  What a perfect age to be exposed to other countries and cultures!  

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  3. 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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  4. Family Fun Fall Festivities

    Family Fun Fall Festivities

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    It’s finally fall and time for two of the most popular Disney World events – the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival and Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Here are some insider tips about these events and how to make the most of them, along with a few extra bonuses for your Orlando trip this season.

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  5. Ice Chips Candy: A Review

    Ice Chips Candy: A Review

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    I’m always on the lookout for things to take with me when I travel. There seems to be some sort of delay or unexpected incident that I’m not always prepared for like making my mouth fresher and cleaner after I eat something on the plane – usually something that I bring aboard since meal service has taken a nose dive on most flights. But I digress.

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  6. Venice - El Rialto Bridge

    Venice, Italy: City of Dreams

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    Enchanting, majestic, serene, Venice is like no other place in the world.  No other city has been built on a lagoon that with each year gently is sinking at the rate of 1 – 2mm a year.

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  7. 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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  8. Christmas at Shaker Village

    Christmas at Shaker Village

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    Families looking for ways to create holiday memories or start a Christmas tradition with children and grandchildren will find Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill a picture-postcard setting. The 3,000-acre landmark destination in Harrodsburg, KY, gives itself over to the simpler gifts of the season this year with holiday programming that includes Illuminated Evenings, Children’s Tea Time with Mrs. Claus, holiday workshops and more.

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  9. Christmas at Bardstown, KY

    Christmas at Bardstown, KY

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    Get immersed in the beauty, joy and magic of a small-town Christmas at Christmas Round Bardstown in Kentucky. This seven-week-long celebration packs 25 unique events into the holiday calendar, including Light Up Bardstown on Nov. 25 when the town comes together on picturesque Court Square for the official lighting of the Christmas tree and lamppost wreaths.

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  10. Santa Claus Indiana - Closer Than the North Pole

    Santa Claus Indiana - Closer Than the North Pole

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    The name says it all: Santa Claus. That is, the place, not the person – although he definitely is a huge presence in the town that bears his name. “America’s Christmas Hometown,” Santa Claus, IN, holds its annual Christmas Celebration the first three weekends of December – and what a holly-jolly time for every generation.

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  11. Osechi

    Year-End / Year-Beginning Holiday Food in Tokyo, Japan

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    Food is central to every holiday celebration, and Japan is no exception. The fresh, seasonal ingredients, precise preparation and the complete visual aesthetic—color, balance and design—of traditional Japanese cuisine represent thousands of years of traditions, stories and symbolism.  But it’s not just traditional Japanese foods that make this country a stand out in the world of gastronomy.  The Japanese are particularly adept at taking foods and traditions from other countries and turning them into something better. 

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  12. Florida for Snowbirds

    Florida for Snowbirds

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    Snowbirds looking to escape the cold, but who prefer a temperate rather than tropical climate, will find the best of both worlds in Santa Rosa County, along Florida’s Panhandle. The destination has a plethora of affordable rental condominiums and homes, and RV campgrounds.

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  13. Inn of the Five Graces

    The Inn of the Five Graces: Santa Fe, New Mexico

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    If you want to stay at a very unique property with loads of atmosphere, the Inn of the Five Graces fills the bill. The five graces refer to the five graces of Tibetan philosophy – sight, sound, touch, smell and taste. The inn was formed from a group of abandoned adobe structures to create a very unique hotel.

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    Celebrate the Magic

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    I love the holidays…it’s such a magical time!  The twinkling lights, egg nog, decorating the tree, shopping for gifts and celebrations with family and friends – everything seems a little more festive and those around you just a little more jolly. 

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  15. Lisbon, Portugal

    Lisboa, Portugal: “Golden Age of Discovery”

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    Today scientists and astronomers plan their visits to space, the moon, mars and beyond, but in the 16 Century Lisboa was the center of the universe where royalty, under the direction of Prince Henry the Navigator, underwrote the explorations to other lands – with such explorers as Vasco da Gama, Magellan, Cabral at the helm.

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  16. 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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  17. Tangiers

    Tangiers - Morocco

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    “Come with me to the Casbah!”

    Who said those immortal words, in which movie, or book?

    They certainly capture the magic of what lies ahead when you chose to visit this beautiful city on the water.  For such a small country, Morocco is blessed with several “major” cities, all with their own real and distinctive feelings and fabulous flavors.

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  18. Mykonos

    Luxury Patrol: Mykonos, Greece

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    MYKONOS – is just possibly THE most famous of all the Greek Islands. And a well-deserved honor - as well as being Party Central for the country...

     

    One of the famed Cyclades Islands, Mykonos's fame and notoriety goes back hundreds of years. A war ground between so many differing factions, Mykonos reflects the grandeur of its history, as well as the excitement and modernity of being one of Europe's top tourist island destinations.

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  19. Panama Canal

    Cruising the Panama Canal: After the Book Promo

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    It’s been said that the number one leisure activity for the baby boom generation is travel, and, being a boomer, I can attest to the allure that travel holds.  Journeying is invigorating, fun, relaxing, and romantic and it can bring history alive in a way nothing else does.

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  20. Hilton on Marco Island

    My Top Ten Hotel Choices for Summer Fun From Iowa to Croatia

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    In the past year, I’ve written many articles and hotel reviews and thought I’d share my top 10 choices for summer fun. In case you’ve missed reading some, here is your chance to find that special spot before summer makes it’s exit.

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  21. Castle

    9 Tips for Grandparents to Make the Most of a Disney World Vacation

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    There is no doubt about it, a visit to the Happiest Place on Earth requires more planning than most other destinations. From where to stay to what time of year to visit, there are many decisions to be made, each of them with numerous options. But with thoughtful planning comes great reward, and when you’re taking in the fireworks in front of Cinderella’s Castle, you will no doubt think you’ve been sprinkled with pixie dust. 

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  22. Statue at A-Ma Temple

    Cultural Travels in Macau

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    Macau, with its famous “Cotai Strip”, is often considered the Las Vegas of the East. Nevertheless, I went to Macau for five nights; stayed at the Sheraton Macao (3,896 guest rooms) the largest hotel in this entire Special Administrative Region of China, and did not gamble once! Instead, I discovered the destination's cultural side. 

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  23. Healthy Aging Month

    Healthy Aging Month

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    In order to enjoy traveling, we need to stay fit and healthy, so Peggy Buchanan from Santa Barbara, California keeps us on track during Healthy Aging Month.

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  24. Red Lion Inn

    Red Lion Inn: Stockbridge, Massachusetts

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    Take a step back in time as you walk up the steps to this historic hotel on Main Street in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The Inn has been continuously operating since the 18th century and offers 125 rooms, year round heated pool and hot tub, dining and live entertainment nightly.

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  25. 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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