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Sunday Stories for July 14th, 2013

Piazza in Siena

It’s been a hectic week of travel for me, including an overnight in San Francisco where I caught a glimpse of the wreckage of the Asiana plane before is was removed from the runway. What a sobering reminder of the importance of wearing your seat belt, paying attention to the safety demonstration, and that flight […]

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Making Money: Bureau of Engraving & Printing

It’s all about the money.  Always has been.  Apparently always will be. At least it is at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP). The BEP prints all the Federal Reserve notes (translation:  Money) at facilities in Washington DC and Ft Worth, Texas.  Coins are produced by the US Mint.  The BEP also prints other […]

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Choosing the Right Hawaiian Island

Hawaiian hibiscus

A trip to Hawaii is a dream vacation for many, but choosing the islands for a vacation is only the beginning.  Although the Hawaiian Islands are made up of many islands and atolls, along with smaller islets, when it comes to vacation, you’re probably talking about visiting one of the six main islands. Depending on […]

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Pez Museum Puts Candy on Display

I enjoy museums, and try to get to one on a fairly frequent basis.  Art, history, science, culture — it all has appeal to me.  The the thirst for knowledge, information, or just seeing and experiencing something new is always a good time for me. And then there are other kinds of museums.  The quirky […]

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25 Things I Love About Italy

Italy has become an annual event for me.  I fell in love the very first moment that I came up from the metro station and saw the Coliseum in front of me.  Since then, no matter when in the country I am, or what I may be looking at, I still have that sense of […]

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How To Save Money on Your Vacation Food Budget

Food expenses are a major budget consideration when planning your vacation, and while you can’t eliminate the expense, there are lots of things you can do to keep it as low as possible.  Here are some ideas to keep in mind: Book accommodations that have a kitchen.  Whether it’s staying at a condo, an extended-stay […]

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St Maarten & St Martin: Two Nations, One Island

Saint Maarten on the Dutch Side and Sint Martin on the French side, is a small two nation island in the Netherlands Antilles in the Caribbean.  The south half of the island is Dutch, the most populated nation on the island, and the north half is French. Tourism is the main business of the island, […]

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Fun in the Sun in Palm Springs

I’ve been spending some time in Palm Springs this month, researching lots of great things to do here. If you haven’t been here for awhile, well. . . you haven’t been here! There are lots of great hotels (old and new), restaurants, and bars. What was once a playground for the blue-haired, has evolved into […]

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Denver Botanic Gardens are Even Greener

About ten minutes east of downtown Denver are 23 acres of gardens and plants that will make you feel like your much further away from the concrete of the city.  The Denver Botanic Gardens (1005 York Street, Denver) contain 45 gardens and over 32,000 plants.  (I discovered the York Street gardens while on a shopping […]

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Kauai: The Garden Isle

Kauai is the oldest of the main Hawaii Islands, and is the fourth largest of the islands, and is about a 100 miles from Oahu. Often referred to as the “Garden Isle,” Kauai is one of the wettest spot in the world, with an annual rainfall of 460 inches.  I’m most familiar with the town […]

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You’ll Never Want to Leave: Hilton Union Square, San Francisco

It seems like everyone thinks about romance in February, but once Valentine’s Day passes, romance gets short shrift. One way […]

You’ll Never Want to Leave: Pantai Inn, La Jolla

For much of the northern hemisphere, January is winter and with it, the cold – often brutally cold – rain, […]

Introducing the Travel Reading List Challenge

Today I’m excited to announce the first of a couple of new projects that I’m launching for 2018 – the […]

2017: A Year of Travel in Review

While 2016 was a big year for international travel, 2017 represented a year spent enjoying destinations and activities closer to […]