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Viva le Tower: The 127th Anniversary of the Eiffel Tower

March 31st is the 127th anniversary of the inauguration of the Eiffel Tower, and boy dho I wish I was there to celebrate! Located beside the River Seine in Paris, France, the Eiffel Tower is the tallest building in the city.  Following its completion in 1889, it was the tallest structure in the world, and […]

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7 Places to Sip Wine in France

When I think about traveling in France, food and wine are at the top of my list of things to enjoy. From simple peasant fare to exquisite fine dining, my mouth waters thinking about the choices. It’s been awhile since I visited France for longer than making a connection at the airport, but I still have fond […]

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Tuesday Deal Day: 70th Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy

Beaches of Normandy on Uniglobe river cruise

Nearly 70 years ago, a mighty armada embarked on an invasion that forever changed world history. The Nazi grip on western Europe was cracked on June 6, 1944, as brave soldiers crossed a slender ribbon of sea from England into Normandy and initiated one of the most influential battles of WWII. D-Day has been recalled […]

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France Rail Pass: The Whole France at a Stone’s Throw

In a new promotion for the France Rail Pass, Rail Europe shows travelers how they can get up close and personal with the entire country by using the rail pass to see the country. And the countryside. Train travel is an opportunity to experience the countryside as a local – with locals usually – as […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Today is St. Valentine’s Day. And while I’m sending out lots of hug and chocolate kisses to you, I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you that romance – and more specifically, romantic travel ideas – don’t need a special calendar date. So enjoy the romance of the holiday and then make some special […]

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Romantic Travel Destinations for Every Occasion

spa treatment tables

I’m frequently asked for some suggestions about where to go for a romantic travel getaway. I always have a few favorites to recommend, but ultimately everyone’s definition of romantic travel or a romantic destination is different. Romance is where you find it, whether that’s a secluded beach or the top of the Empire State Building, […]

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My Favorite Paris Museum

In a city as full of museums as Paris, you might think think it tough to choose a favorite.  After a whirlwind week soaking up as much as I possible could, and visiting more than a few museums, there were only a few Paris museums that made a lasting impression. The Louvre was vast and […]

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The Arc de Triomphe: The Triumph of Paris

Arc de Triomphe, Paris

Standing in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle (also called the Place de l’Étoile) at the western end of the Champs-Élyseés, the Arc de Triomphe is the largest triumphal arch in the world.  It honors those who bravely fought for France, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars, and beneath the arch is the tomb […]

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The Beauty in Chamonix

Glaciers in Chamonix Valley

Fans of sports, snow, and the outdoors love Chamonix for the famous resort at the base of Mont Blanc in the French Alps, home to the First Winter Olympic games in 1924.  From snow sports, to natural beauty, to year-round mountaineering, to the nightlife in Chamonix, this is a place that gets under your skin […]

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Paris Pantheon: Finding Where the Bodies Are Buried

One of my favorite places in Paris is the Pantheon, a neo-Classical church in the Latin Quarter.  It was modeled after the Pantheon in Rome and topped with a dome similar to the one on Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London.  Although it was originally an abbey, it now primarily serves as a burial place for […]

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Getaway to Awaji Island

Whether Japan’s Kansai region is your primary destination, or an add-on while visiting the rest of the country, planning for […]

Visiting China: A New Country

I spent a long weekend in China. That’s an unusually short amount of time to spend in a country, especially one […]

Guest on This Week in Travel

This morning I was a guest on This Week in Travel, a podcast broadcast in both video (on Google Hangouts […]

Where Else to Go Podcast Features Venice

Venice might not seem like a “where else to go” destination, but if you’ve heard people complain about the city […]