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Is a River Cruise Right for You?

Earlier this year, I was the enthusiastic guest of Viking River Cruises onboard their longship Eistla cruising the Rhine. We started in Frankfurt and ended in Amsterdam, the trip is also offered in reverse, and, I’m told, this was a fairly typical first river cruise itinerary. River cruising is generating a lot of buzz lately, […]

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2013 is 200th Anniversary for Grimm’s Fairytales

Brothers Grimm Sleeping Beauty Castle Germany

Once upon a time there were two brothers, named Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, who lived in Germany. If those four opening words sound familiar, “once upon a time”, it’s because of the fairytales of those brothers and how their collection of children’s and household tales became one of the best known works of German literature. […]

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Mother Nature: A Fickle Photo Essay of Spring

canals in Amsterdam

Mother Nature can be a fickle friend, teasing us with sun and blooms one day and the next sending showers bordering on snow. As travelers, we learn to make the best of it, ducking into a museum in inclement times and walking in the park in better ones. Despite a Spring with weather all over […]

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Postcard from Berlin: Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Germany

Sightseeing in Berlin included a visit to the Brandenburg Gate, one of the most well-known landmarks in Germany. The gate represents some difficult times in German history, but came to symbolize freedom and the desire to unify Berlin when the Wall fell. Today it is a proud symbol of European unity and peace.

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Baby Boomer Berlin

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

As a student, I learned history by memorizing dates, place, battles, generals, and a host of other stuff that I just couldn’t relate to.  Traveling, however, has helped put history into perspective, a trait common with Baby Boomers, I believe, who learned history through rote memorization rather than through any experiential or emotional connection.  That’s […]

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UNESCO World Heritage Site: Historic District of Panama

Panama City has two sides – the modern, with its skyscraper banks and casinos, and the old town, the historic […]

Cruising: Pure Panama with UnCruise Adventure

This morning we head off to Panama City, via Miami and Hurricane Irma, for some city time followed by a […]

Try These Summer Vacation Reading Recommendations

With the Seattle summer weather set to reach 100 degrees this week, I’m enjoying some time lounging around with a […]

Sixty Two

Sixty-two. A cardinal number (60 plus 2) and a composite number with divisors of 2 and 31, The sum of […]