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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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Culinary adventures and travel tips to avoid the worst.

Culinary adventures and travel tips to avoid the worst.

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Many of us travel, among other reasons, for the love of food. These travel tips to help you survive your culinary adventures worldwide.           My culinary adventures include eating yak eyeballs in Tibet, bamboo grubs in Thailand, fried crickets in Myanmar and Rocky Mountain oysters (cow balls) in Wyoming.     […]

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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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Monet’s Garden at Giverny is a great day-trip from Paris

Monet’s Garden at Giverny is a great day-trip from Paris

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  The French Impressionist’s final home in Giverny is where Monet lived for 43 years, and painted every day in his gardens or studio.    His water garden is perhaps the best known of all his subjects; weeping willows, a wisteria-draped Japanese bridge, water lilies, rhododendrons and a vivid pallet of blooming flowers in all […]

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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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I left my heart in … Paris

I left my heart in … Paris

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Last weekend I fell in love with a new city, Paris. For three euphoric days I ran around the City of Lights and, like most first time visitors, I tried to see all the tourist attractions. We climbed the Eiffel Tower in the teeth-chattering winter weather, fell into a trance listening to the boys’ choir […]

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Paris where the summer solstice is a night of music

Paris where the summer solstice is a night of music

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I went to Paris, thinking I’d visit museums and historic sites. Jazz in St. German des Pres. Instead I happened upon the  summer solstice on June 21st, the “Fete de la Musique” – one of the best free, street-music festivals in Europe. The mood was electric and I got a taste of authentic Paris culture […]

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Trendy, Chic and Cheap in Paris

Trendy, Chic and Cheap in Paris

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Don’t be put off by the name or the location, Mama Shelter, nestled into the  20th arrondissement, is one of the trendiest hotels I’ve discovered in terms of quality and price (89 Euro).  The lobby, rooms, lively  bar and bistro are tres chic with a guests to match. On my last trip to Paris I […]

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