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Iceland by sea: explore the land of puffins, elves and fjords

Iceland by sea: explore the land of puffins, elves and fjords

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Despite its name, only 10% of Iceland is actually covered in ice. In fact, the country about the size of Maine, is gloriously green. Wildflower fields, lush meadows, and rich tundra blanket a landscape of astonishing variety: black sand beaches, tumbling waterfalls, active volcanoes, bubbling hot springs in the middle of the wilderness, and snowcapped […]

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Eyeball a Penguin from a kayak in Antarctica

Eyeball a Penguin from a kayak in Antarctica

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One penguin, one iceberg, one day – that’s all it took to fall for Antarctica. To be honest with you, I wasn’t too sure about Antarctica; it was my husband’s dream. I worried about being cold, bored and sea sick. I was so wrong.  I didn’t get sea sick (OK, queasy for a few hours, […]

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Now’s the time to visit Portugal

Now’s the time to visit Portugal

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                                  Lisbon, Porto and the Duoro River Valley have become “all the rage”. One of the Great European River Journeys The Duoro Valley east of Porto, in northern Portugal, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to it’s […]

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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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Cruise the Croatian Islands or the Greek Islands

Cruise the Croatian Islands or the Greek Islands

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Crystal clear seas and more than 1,000 islands lure sailors to cruise the Croatian Islands or the Greek Islands every summer.             My husband and I chartered a 42-foot Jenneau sloop for a sailing holiday among these idyllic islands. Our two teenage daughters accompanied us – spending most of their […]

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Family travel on a Disney Cruise

Family travel on a Disney Cruise

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My Mickey ears were cast aside in my teens when I graduated to American Band Stand and Woodstock. Later in life, as a parent, I bought new ears on our numerous family visits to the Disney parks, but I thought our Disney days were over when our daughters reached their teen years. Not so! A […]

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Europe Riverboat Cruises Offer Ease and Old World Beauty

Europe Riverboat Cruises Offer Ease and Old World Beauty

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My husband and I are drawn to places with a connection to water in an effort to relax, whether the lapping against the San Francisco waterfront, or the blue depths of Lake Tahoe, or sailing on the white-capped waters of San Francisco Bay or along the Cape Cod shore. Many times we are drawn to […]

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Family Travel Trends

Family Travel Trends

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 The urge to splurge is driving consumer travel habits this season.  Take to the Sky: Airlines are rolling out new fees for everything from seat selection to bringing a carry-on bag. However, despite these new charges, the majority (62%) of travelers polled plan to fly to their end destination. Conversely, 27% are hitting the road […]

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An Antarctic Voyage is my “Dream of a Lifetime”

An Antarctic Voyage is my “Dream of a Lifetime”

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National Geographic Traveler named the Antarctic one of the “50 Tours of a Lifetime”.  One of the world’s most remote and pristine locations, the Antarctic Peninsula, has been on my dream list for a long time.  It’s not uncommon to have to book a year in advance. This year my husband and I will hit […]

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Best of the Baltic: The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia

Best of the Baltic: The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia

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