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Travel Bucket List Update 2017

Last year (2016) was a crazy busy year of travel and I checked several things off my bucket list. Bucket lists seem to get a bad rep this days, evoking the image of someone rushing around the world it pursuit of checking off sites on a to-do list. That is not the case with my […]

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2016: A Year of Travel in Review

If there was one theme to my travels in 2016 it would be Asia. I made six trips to Asia, including three new countries (Philippines, China, Israel), and at one point had made three trips to Asia in a 35 day period. I visited several new countries in Europe as well (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Poland, […]

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Four Seasons Luxury on Private Jet Tours

The interior seating area on the Beoing 757 Four Seasons jet is spacious with lots of leg room

Somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, 52 passengers are embarking on a round-the-world luxury tour the likes of which I can only imagine. The itinerary is an enviable one:  eight countries and 24 days, all in Four Seasons luxury whether inflight or on the ground. The tour starts in Seattle, which was how I got a […]

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Sunday Stories for August 16th, 2015

Surf & turf sliders at Vice Versa, Vdarra

This is a great time to be in the Pacific Northwest, and I’ve enjoyed sticking pretty close to home this past week. I’ve got a couple of projects that I’m working on – and I’ve reached the stage where everything is almost ready to go, but I just need one little thing and that one […]

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Sunday Stories for April 5th, 2015

Just a few quick stories to recommend this week, but I think there’s worth the time to read. Here you go: Best baseball stadiums for craft beer in the US Nothing surprising about this. . . for those of living in Seattle or who are big Mariner fans. Granted, you should probably have to have […]

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Flight Attendants are Trained to be First Responders

interior of airplane

Think you know what a Flight Attendant does? Under the best of circumstances all you’ll need him or her to do is nag you about turning off your electronics and pour you a beverage of two.  But don’t forget that Flight Attendants are trained as first responders – to fight fires, provide life saving first […]

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Victoria: Royal British Columbia Museum

Woolly Mammoth

On the southern tip of Vancouver Island, the capital city of Victoria is equidistant from Seattle and Vancouver, BC (a little over 60 miles from both cities). The city is an easy getaway from both cities, as well as from Port Angeles on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.  Victoria is also a port of call for cruise […]

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Travelers Beware: Everything You Think You Know May be Wrong

passport, sunglasses and foreign money

Have you ever had one of those days when nothing goes right?  It is precisely with those types of days in mind – the recognition that everyone has a bad day once in awhile – that the holiday Everything You Think is Wrong Day was created.  Celebrated each year on March 15th, it’s a day […]

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Sun & Sand on Mallorca

Mallorca sea view

A popular Spanish holiday island in the the Mediterranean, Mallorca has a bit of a split personality.  On one side are the secluded beach, challenging cycling trails, spectacular natural beauty for hiking and enjoying, challenging deep water rock climbing, and an environment that creates a haven for a variety of seabirds.  On the other side, […]

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Where I’ve Been: The 2011 Edition

Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome Italy

As I start the New Year, as I do every year, I take stock of where I’ve been.  It’s only by knowing where I’ve been that I can plan where I want to go.  I have a long, and I mean VERY LONG, list of places that I’d like to go.  I no sooner cross […]

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lotus at Kenilworth Gardens, DC

I’m working on the May newsletter (it comes out on the first Sunday of the month) – have you subscribed? […]

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 […]