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  1. Gibraltar

    Gibraltar

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    “the very image of an enormous lion crouched between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean”

                                                             William Makepeace Thackeray 

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  2. Tips for Avoiding Nasty Germs on the Go

    Tips for Avoiding Nasty Germs on the Go

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    According to the Census Bureau, there are an estimated that 77 million baby boomers in the United States. Baby boomers join the workforce population of commuters, spending 42 hours per week in their cars. Along that path they often stop to grab a coffee here or a latte there, fill up the gas tank, and grab some breakfast at the local donut shop. Being so busy can put people on a germ-filled path, especially as they make their way to and from their destinations. The good news is that there are things baby boomers can do help avoid those nasty germs and keep healthy.

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  3. Sandra Vischer at Machu Picchu

    Volunteer for an Adventure!

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    If you want to experience a life-changing adventure, I highly recommend you combine travel with volunteerism! It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done! I’ve traveled to many beautiful, historic, and tourist friendly places, but volunteering gave me a deeper, richer, and more rewarding experience. It’s a great way to be completely immersed in a new culture, visit places you’ve never have been before, give yourself a new perspective on your life back at home, and have the added feel-good bonus of feeding your soul while helping those in need.

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  4. 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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  5. Mindrolling Monastery From Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

    Top 6 Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries in India

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    While India is a land of diverse cultures, it has always welcomed culture and religions to come and settle down. The Buddhists have also found their ways through the Himalayas in India and now they practice the beautiful religion that has been of keen interest amongst the people. People from over the country come to visit the Buddhist Monasteries that have always mesmerized its visitors and have been a place of interest for everyone. Enlisted here are the best Tibetan monasteries in India that are a must visit. 

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  6. Ships of the desert for grandpa and lucky boy

    Israel and the Holy Land for Grandparents on Multi-Generational Trips

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    The children are grown and are now parents of their own children. Yes, grandparenting is a joy! But long distances, and complex work and study schedules, often hinder family get-togethers and staying in close contact. Unless we are lucky enough to see the grandchildren on a weekly basis, each reunion is almost like meeting them for the first time. 

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  7. Katina Makris

    Tango: Miami

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    Katina Makris is an inspirational speaker, holistic wellness expert, and author of AutoImmune Illness and Lyme Disease Recovery Guide: Mending the Body, Mind, and Spirit. More at www.KatinaMakris.com

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  8. A New Twist to an Old Favorite at the Kentucky Derby:  Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey

    A New Twist to an Old Favorite at the Kentucky Derby: Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey

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    Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey was founded in 2015 in Louisville, Ky., with a single focus: To produce elegant and delicious sipping whiskeys designed for flavor-craving consumers. Its four expression line—Original Chocolate, Bourbon Ball, Chocolate Mint and Caramel Turtle—combines the backbone, body and base flavor of aged American whiskey with all-natural essences of classic and contemporary chocolate favorites.

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  9. 4 Tools to Optimize Online Customer Service

    4 Tools to Optimize Online Customer Service

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    Journeys begin long before we arrive at our destination. From dreaming about your ideal vacation to choosing the company to take you there, you’ll have to make dozens of decisions based on accurate and helpful information. How can you make that process easier?

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  10. 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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  11. Magnificent Zion National Park

    Magnificent Zion National Park

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    It’s almost July!  That means we are halfway through the centennial celebration year for our nation’s park system.  

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  12. 6 Smart Packing Tips for Summer Travel

    6 Smart Packing Tips for Summer Travel

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    Summer is a time when millions of people around the country travel for pleasure purposes. In fact, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports that over 650 million long distance summer trips are made over summer. They also report that 90 percent of them are done by personal vehicle. As people travel they could do a better job being organized, which will help the trip be more enjoyable.

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  13. Japan’s Ukiyo-e (Woodblock Print Art)

    Japan’s Ukiyo-e (Woodblock Print Art)

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    Japanese Ukiyo-e, which translates to “pictures of the floating world,” is a genre of art that flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries. Thanks especially to the advancement of woodblock printing, Japanese artists such as: Toyokuni Utagawa 1769-1825 and his disciples Kunisada Utagawa and Kuniyoshi Utagawa, Kitagawa Utamaro 1750-1806, Ando Hiroshige 1797-1858, and Hokusai Katsushika 1760-1849, became famous both in Japan and abroad. They heavily influenced the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists of France and America, with their expressive curves, bold use of colors, and liberal designs.  Ukiyo-e subjects included: female beauties, kabuki actors, sumo wrestlers, historic scenes, folk tales, travel scenes and landscapes, flora and fauna, and erotic.

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  14. The Titanic Experience: Travel to the Ocean Depths

    The Titanic Experience: Travel to the Ocean Depths

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    Come with me as we begin our search as to what happened that fateful day 15 April 1912 - so many years ago when this state of the art masterpiece, the Titanic with all the skills of midshipmen of the day – landed at the bottom of the ocean with many still on-board – never thinking that such a mishap could ever exist with such planning and expertise! Learn More
  15. Southern Charm: Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center - Nashville, TN

    Southern Charm: Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center - Nashville, TN

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    If you like Vegas, but without the slot machines and you like Disneyland, without the rides, you’ll LOVE the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN. It truly is a playground, but not in the way of those other places I mentioned. This is the South and y’all must visit and see it for yourself.

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  16. 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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  17. Historic Bonnet House: Full of Art and Whimsy

    Historic Bonnet House: Full of Art and Whimsy

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    A surprising awaits people who venture a block or so from the beach in Ft. Lauderdale Florida.  A large Caribbean style home was built around 1900 and is filled with lots of animals, and treasures from around the world.

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  18. Dr. Manyak on the Tiputini

    Visit the Enchanted Forest

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    Ecuador is a small gem of a country with picturesque Quito nestled in the Andes bisecting the unique Galapagos Islands and some of the most biodiverse rainforest in the world.  A recent site visit to the easternmost part of the Ecuadorian Amazon exposed me to the amazing flora and fauna of this ecosystem, now under increasing pressure to be developed because of its oil reserves.  Searching for a suitable site to send nationally-selected Eagle Scouts for the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA), Tiputini seemed to be a great destination. Long experience with expedition medicine required some advance reconnaissance for me to assure safety.     

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  19. California Highway 1 Discovery Route Morro Bay Part Two

    California Highway 1 Discovery Route Morro Bay Part Two

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    Once I left Tognazzini’s Dockside, I checked into my accommodations at Harbor Front Suites. Actually, there was no check-in as I was provided with a pass code to enter my condo. It was in a private complex complete with a garage, which also had a code. It was really funny not having a card or keys, as my rental car also was keyless. It’s a new day, Boomers!

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  20. Well by Fence

    Tiffany at Winterthur in Delaware

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    Until January 3rd, visitors to the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Winterthur, Delaware, have a chance to view a very special exhibition of Tiffany Stained Glass. The Museum, located on the former du Pont estate, about 45 minutes southwest of Philadelphia, is showing Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light, which features selected works by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933). The exhibition was organized by the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass in New York City. 

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  21. Bothrops atrox.  From web   siteslab.byu.edu

    Deadly Snake Bite

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    One great fear for travelers in tropical or semi-tropical climates is a venomous snake bite.  Though relatively rare, venomous snake bites do account for about 40,000 deaths worldwide, many of them in rural areas of underdeveloped countries.  Pit vipers are the source of many bites but most have low death rates.  Although all snake bites are potentially dangerous, highly venomous snakes require urgent and specific attention.  I was contacted to assist with just such a snake bite right before Christmas.

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  22. ZIKA – The Latest Emerging Virus

    ZIKA – The Latest Emerging Virus

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    Just when you have gotten over the Ebola scare (though you will hear about it again), here comes another viral infection though spread by mosquitoes.  Zika virus was first identified in Uganda in 1947 in monkeys and the first verified human infection occurred in 1968.  Since then it has smoldered in countries near the equator where 2 strains have evolved, one in Africa and one in Asia.  The first infections outside of Africa and Asia occurred in Micronesia in 2007.  Since then, the virus has spread throughout the southern Pacific islands and arrived in South America a few years ago.  Dense populations of both humans and the vector mosquito has caused Zika to explode in Central and South America.  At the time of this article, about 20 cases have been reported in the US, all from people who traveled to areas where the disease is present (such as Brazil).  

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    Going To Kansas City - 816 Hotel

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    If I say Barbecue, Baseball and Hallmark – what comes to your mind? How about fountains, over 200 of them, only second to Rome? Still don’t know, well welcome to Kansas City, Missouri! I just love sharing great places with you and we have the entire world to cover.

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  24. Travel Trends Study for 2016

    Travel Trends Study for 2016

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    In 40 years, we’ve swapped Florida Keys for Cancun, but where’s next?

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  25. Multigenerational Ski Vacation

    Multigenerational Ski Vacation

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    Our family has been traveling together during the winter ski season for the past twenty-five years.  Yes, every year we look forward to leaving the snow and cold at home to vacation at 8,000 feet above sea level in the snow and cold of the Rocky Mountains.  Of course, now, we are three generations…from ages 4 to 66…who, for a week, live together under one roof and share some fun that is ripe with laughter, camaraderie, and bravado.  As you can imagine, the planning and preparations start several months before that first burst of chilly air comes.

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