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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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America’s Best Music Cities

America’s Best Music Cities

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Where can you find the best jazz, rock, folk, or symphony? From Austin to Nashville, Chicago to Branson, here are top ten music cities in North America. 1. New Orleans, Louisiana, www.neworleanscvb.com “New Orleans bleeds music – it’s in the air, in the water, in the people. You can’t go to New Orleans without the music […]

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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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Unusual Packing Tips for Frequent Travelers

Unusual Packing Tips for Frequent Travelers

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My five most useful packing tips for frequent travelers. Packing is always stressful. Even though I’ve packed for trips to over 100 countries on seven continents, it is always stressful and I keep learning ways to make it easier. Also check out: Ten Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Vacation and Ten Things to Pack in […]

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Luxury Travel in Bali at the top of the dream list.

Luxury Travel in Bali at the top of the dream list.

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If you could go anywhere, for a week of unparalleled luxury and exoticism,  consider Bali. Already well known to discerning global travelers,  the exclusive Amanresorts are also popular with Hollywood stars. There’s a buzz among the well-heeled Aman-junkies who are treated like royalty for a honeymoon, anniversary or big celebration. My Favorite Amanresorts on Bali and […]

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Travel Advice. Three tricks to get the kids involved on a family vacation

Travel Advice. Three tricks to get the kids involved on a family vacation

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The Three Ps of Engaging Your Kids in Your Family Vacation Every year, I’d take my kids on a family vacation—the Grand Canyon, the Monterey Aquarium, Yosemite. When they were little, it was easy to keep them engaged and happy. Then they hit their teenage years and it was all I could do to get […]

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First hour, first day in Europe at the Frankfurt Airport

First hour, first day in Europe at the Frankfurt Airport

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The two weeks before my departure were a whirlwind of activity and emotions: stress, excitement, anxiety, parties, sad goodbyes, painful packing and uncomfortable unpacking.   Great. I can order a beer at age 20 here. My jet lag remedy. I’ve heard some people drink a cold beer in a hot shower to minimize the agonizing […]

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Ten Ways to Protect Your Eyes When Traveling

Ten Ways to Protect Your Eyes When Traveling

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Some of us have to learn the hard way. After my two-year-around the world trip I discovered I had damaged my eyes by not wearing proper eye protection. My perfect 20/20 eyesight was compromised due to over- exposure to harmful UV rays. How do you protect your eyes from dry airports, hotels, and the elements? […]

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Chef’s Holidays at Yosemite

Chef’s Holidays at Yosemite

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Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul – John Muir Hike through Yosemite Valley surrounded by waterfalls, or cross-country ski along the Merced River beneath granite walls, then return to the giant fireplaces and soaring ceilings at […]

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Relaxed Island Life in Southern California

Relaxed Island Life in Southern California

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Coronado Island is a world away from skyscrapers, freeways and malls, yet it’s only a bridge away from downtown San Diego. Blue skies and warm sun keep watch on 70 miles of beaches in the San Diego area where a gentle Mediterranean climate tempts you to go to the beach. Coronado’s wide, white sand beaches […]

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