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Travel to Cuba: My Flipboard

What do you think of when your think about travel to Cuba? Do you think about the 50-plus years of political history surrounding the U.S. embargo of history? Do you think about the islands and archipelagos that makes up the country of Cuba? Do you think about how Havana was, at one time, the weekend […]

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Orient Beach, St. Martin

Earlier this year, while on a Royal Caribbean cruise on board the Oasis of the Sea, we had a port of call in St. Martin/Sint Maarten. The island is owned by two nations – France, which owns around 60% of the island, and the Netherlands, which owns about 40% of the island. During our port […]

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Curacao: A Caribbean Island with a European Edge

Handelskade_Willemstad Curacao

It’s hard not to fall in love with a tropical island.  Even more so when that tropical island has the kind of energy that makes you want to stay on your Caribbean holidays indefinitely.  Try Curacao; it’s the perfect Caribbean island (a part of the Netherland Antilles) about 40 miles off the coast of Venezuela […]

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Celebrate Crop Over on Barbados

Junior Kadooment at Barbados Crop Over

It might seem like just a summer long party, but the Barbados Crop Over summer festival has serious roots dating back to the 1700’s.  The festival was originally a celebration of the end of the sugar cane harvest — at a time when Barbados was the world’s largest producer of sugar.  Gradually, as the sugar […]

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10 Things to Do in the Dominican Republic

As much as I might try to ignore it, here in Seattle the weather is starting to feel more like fall than summer.  Seattle usually has great Indian summer weather, but once we hit winter it’s definitely the time to start thinking about getting out of town.  If your get-out-of-town preference leans toward the island […]

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10 Reasons I Want to Visit Barbados

I’m trying to come up with a warm weather vacation spot for this fall.  Since it’s been awhile since I’ve been to the Caribbean, I thought this might be a good time to plan a return trip.  Barbados, an island that I’ve not yet visited, is looming at the top of a pretty short list. […]

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A Dozen Gardens From Around the World

Since the flowers in my garden are not terribly impressive yet - things will be in full color in another few weeks - I turned to some of my blogger friends to get a take on some of their favorite gardens around the world. I selected a dozen of them, one for each month of the year, and hope you can work a visit into one of them during your next vacation.

The days are getting longer, and with flowers blooming in the yard along with a few peeks of the sun […]

Celebrate World Wildlife Day

Today, March 3rd, is UN World Wildlife Day. The UN General Assembly made this proclamation four years ago as a […]

Sail off on a Viking Homelands Cruise

I know that lots of you still haven’t made your big vacation plans for the year. Last year I took […]

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 […]