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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

Paris Pantheon Dome

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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The Louvre: A Love Affair With Art

The Louvre is one of the most famous museums in the world, and most trips to Paris (at least first trips) include a visit to this famous spot located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissement (map). The building, originally a palace, is now home to some of the world’s most […]

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I Could Live in the South. . . of France

I’ve spent some time in the south over the last several months, and it’s a whole lot different that the Pacific Northwest.  A friend who lives there raved about where she lives, asking me if I didn’t think that living there would be wonderful.  So I thought about it.  Could I live in the South? […]

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Tuesday Deal Day: Flitter & Frolic in Claremont

Discover Claremont is partnering with the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden for a “Flitter and Frolic” package that includes garden […]

Sunday Stories for April 20th, 2014

It’s been a busy three weeks of travel, with trips to San Francisco, Chicago, and this past week, to Athens, […]

World Map Update: Greece

I’m back from from five days in Greece, my first visit to that Mediterranean country, and I see now why […]

Tuesday Deal Day: Hit a Home Run with San Francisco Baseball Package

The Hyatt Regency San Francisco is just a stone’s throw away from the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park and is […]