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Fall Travel Getaway Guide: Providence, Rhode Island

Fall is a wonderful time to plan a getaway. It’s shoulder, or value season, in many destination, and that usually means fewer people, better availability, and lower prices, while the weather is still reasonably good. Another day exploring Providence. A photo posted by Mary Jo Manzanares (@travelingwithmj) on May 4, 2016 at 7:04am PDT It’s […]

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Postcard from City Hall, Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s City Hal is a behemoth of a masonry complex and is an impressive part of the city’s skyline. Look closely, that’s a statue of William Penn on the top. The building is listed as a National Historic Landmark.

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Jersey Shore: Lucy the Elephant

Lucy the Elephant, Jersey Shore

I love offbeat and quirky kinds of places – for just the reasons that they are offbeat and quirky. I’ve been known to drive out of my way to see the “biggest,” “smallest,” “world’s only,” “oldest” thing or place or whatever. Why not?! Although the Hurricane Sandy did a lot of damage on the Jersey […]

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Bruce Springsteen Exhibit Hits Philadelphia

Born in the USA Bruce Springsteen

How did I miss this? I keep up on the latest in museums and exhibitions around the country, and somehow managed to miss that a Bruce Springsteen exhibition opens tomorrow, February 17th – but this somehow passed me by until just now. Philadelphia’s National Constitution Center, a preeminent history museum, is hosting (and is the […]

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Visiting the 8 Ivy League Campuses

The Ivies.  What started out as eight private colleges and universities forming an athletic conference, is now a term used to represent eight of the most elite, prestigious, and expensive schools in the world.  With the exception of one, all of the schools were founded during the Colonial era.  The eight Ivy League schools are: […]

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Philadelphia Freedom: Visiting the Liberty Bell Center

The Liberty Bell Philadelphia Independence National Park

With its historical significance and message of freedom, a visit to see the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia will be on most history buffs travel list.  The Liberty Bell is one of the iconic symbols of the American Revolutions, and since then has served as a symbol of independence, freedom, and liberty. The bell was originally […]

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Horror Comes to Gettysburg Labor Day Weekend

skeleton bones horror fright

We typically think of horror films as a Halloween-time event, maybe because there are more than a few of them with Halloween in the name.  In Gettysburg, however, it’s Labor Day weekend that rolls out the red carpet for horror as actors from some of the top films in the genre meet up for Horrorfind […]

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Rocky Balboa, Art & Philadelphia

Philadelphia Museum of Art at Night

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is as important to the City of Brotherly Love as it was to boxer Rocky Balboa, the unlikely here of the movie Rocky and its sequels.  Rocky, played by Sylvester Stallone, trained for his first big fight by running up the steps of the museum.  While a visit to the […]

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Books to Read on Your Next Flight

In honor of World Book Day, I’m updating my progress in the 2017 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge – and in […]

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 […]