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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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The Famous & Exclusive Avenue des Champs-Élysées

If the thought of a beautiful bag, a decadent pair of heels, or the luxurious feel of the fabric of a finely crafted suit make you swoon, then an afternoon on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris may be your definition of heaven. The  Champs-Élysées is not only one of the most recognized street names […]

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Make Mine Bordeaux

Bordeaux is city in the southwest part of France and boasts a million residents and probably just as many great bottles of wine.  Bordeaux is one of the world’s major wine producers, dating back to the 8th century, and although the historic part of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, I think of […]

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Julia Child’s Paris

Paris neighborhood, 2007

During the holiday season it seems like I watch lots of movies.  Whether it’s catching up on television, renting videos, or indulging in pay-per-view, it’s an enjoyable way to spend some lazy winter days.  Assuming you like the movie, of course. I like a variety of movies, but the ones at the top of my […]

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Paris Museum Pass Helps Save on Admission Fees

Since I’m a big museum buff, I knew that I’d be spending a lot of time visiting museums while I was in Paris.  As part of my pre-departure research, I prepared a pretty long list of museums that I’d like to visit, and while I knew that I would only be able to see a […]

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What to do When you Can't Find a Hotel in Paris

When I headed off to Paris a couple months ago, it was a bit of a last minute trip.  I had been wanting to make the trip for quite some time, but had to make some changes to the actual travel dates at the last minute.  You can make things work at the last minute, […]

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A Complicated Update of My World Map

On my most recent trip to China, I also visited Macao and Hong Kong. Politically, both of these destinations are […]

Travel for Library Lovers

If you’re a lover of books and literature, you probably already visit libraries when you travel. Whether it’s stopping off […]

Review: The Doctors House, Fort Casey Inn

When visitors head to Whidbey Island, they typically think of Langley (at the south end) or Oak Harbor (the naval […]

Recommendations for a Romantic Getaway

Yes, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but keeping a list of ideas for romantic getaways close at hand […]