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Burgundy by bike, boat or car

Burgundy by bike, boat or car

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  Paris may be crawling with tourists scurrying to monuments and museums, but in Burgundy, a mere 90 minutes south  on the TGV train, sightseeing is never an object. The pace is slow, the countryside bucolic and the pleasures of gastronomy rule supreme. The chandeliers in the Michelin-starred restaurants are eternally glittering and the puffy […]

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Millennials travel tips

Millennials travel tips

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Safety Tips for millennials going abroad from college students to professionals traveling for business. Bar Tips – Buddy System Go with a buddy. It’s better to have two sets of eyes to watch for bad situations. Don’t leave without your buddy. Get smart about Rophynol, “the date rape drug”, which is odorless, tasteless, and colorless. If […]

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Normandy as painted by the Impressionists

Normandy as painted by the Impressionists

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Normandy is like a beret perched askew on a Frenchman’s head, the 360-mile Normand coast curls along the north and northwest of France. After visiting Rouen, I headed for the coast to soak in the beaches and soft-green landscapes bathed in shifting light. Claude Monet’s Etretat “I count on doing a large canvas of the […]

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Travel Rip-offs and How to Avoid Them

Travel Rip-offs and How to Avoid Them

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Let me share my travel tips of how to avoid theft, frauds and over-paying. 1.) Avoid baggage fees. Depending upon the airline you can pay $15 to $75 for the first checked bag, and more for overweight bags. When possible, pack lightly enough to carry-on one bag or fly airlines that still allow free checked bags (two […]

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Gourmet Barging in Burgundy, France

Gourmet Barging in Burgundy, France

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The mere name Burgundy evokes splendid wines, fine cellars, history and epicurean feasts. The secret is out among wine and food connoisseurs — the best way to sample it all is aboard a luxury barge cruising along the Burgundy canals.                     Barging is not a river […]

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France. Impressionist Painters in Normandy.

France. Impressionist Painters in Normandy.

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What exactly is a Francophile? Someone who appreciates French history, culture, fashion, art and cuisine, and that describes me.  Ever since I lived in Paris, for four years when I was in my 20’s, I jump at every opportunity to go to France. Last month  I jumped at a chance to go to Normandy to follow […]

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Travel safety for women

Travel safety for women

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Travel safety for woman is the number one concern for students, seniors and world adventurers. I’ve written chapters in my books and spoken at universities and at travel shows about “how to stay safe and travel the world”. Here are ways to prepare ourselves and avoid trouble.   1. We can be aware of our […]

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Adventure Travel from Zip Line to Biking and Heli-Hiking.

Adventure Travel from Zip Line to Biking and Heli-Hiking.

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Travel Expert, Marybeth knows how to add an adrenaline rush to every vacation.  My motto is “active days and comfortable nights” with a dash of adrenaline for the thrills.  Here are my favorites from Europe, Canada and beyond. In the Swiss Alps I stepped into a safety harness connected to a zip line and  whizzed […]

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Message from Marybeth

Message from Marybeth

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I’m excited to have you on my site. My credentials: Traveled to over 90 countries worldwide National Geographic Travel Book Author Meet the Gutsy Traveler. Video. Bon Voyage.    

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Ten Best Travel Books for Adventurous Professional Travelers. France. Italy.

Ten Best Travel Books for Adventurous Professional Travelers. France. Italy.

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“Books to spark your wanderlust for travel to France, Italy and beyond,” was the subject of an interview I recently did with PBS (Public Broadcasting Service).   What do you think of the ten best books I recommended? France: A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway,  La Seduction by Elaine Sciolino. The Piano Shop on the Left […]

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