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Inspiration to travel to England ~ God Save the Queen ~ Visit London, Oxford, Liverpool, Cornwall, and see history and culture from castles, Shakespeare and The Beatles.

Checking In: TRS Turquesa All Inclusive Hotel in Punta Cana • Dominican Republic

Checking In: TRS Turquesa Hotel in the Dominican Republic
Checking In:TRS Turquesa All Inclusive Hotel LOVE IT. SHARE IT.    Pinterest Facebook Twitter Email Relaxation at the TRS Turquesa Hotel is inevitable at this ...
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A cultural trip to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park LOVE IT. SHARE IT.    Pinterest Facebook Twitter Email Uluru - the famous sandstone monolith in the middle of Australia. While ...
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Cruising Milford Sound in New Zealand

New Zealand Milford Sound
Cruising Milford Sound in New Zealand LOVE IT. SHARE IT. Pinterest Facebook Twitter Email Milford Sound - This UNESCO site is considered a must-see in ...
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Checking In: Hotel Ville Sull’Arno Resort in Florence, Italy

Hotel Ville Sull’Arno, an Italian retreat just a short walk from the center of Florence on the bank of the Arno River. Ville Sull’Arno has the artists’ touch with history to discover. See more at http://BlueSkyTraveler.com
Hotel Ville Sull'Arno, an Italian retreat just a short walk from the center of Florence on the bank of the Arno River.  Ville Sull’Arno has ...
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Photo Tour through the Wynwood Walls in Miami

/ Culture & Local Traditions, Florida, USA
Street art - fan or foe? You might become a fan after walking Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood - a museum of streets. See more at http://BlueSkyTraveler.com
Street art - fan or foe?  You might become a fan after walking Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood - a museum of streets ...
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Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia

/ Cappadocia, Hot Air Balloon, Turkey
Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia Turkey: It’s not only the experience of floating above other-worldly landscapes, but the magical experience of being in the midst of dozens of other balloons greeting the morning light with you. See more at http://BlueSkyTraveler.com
Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia Turkey:  It's not only the experience of floating above other-worldly landscapes, but the magical experience of being in the midst ...
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Hot Air Ballooning in Melbourne Australia

/ Australia, Hot Air Balloon
Hot Air Ballooning in Melbourne Australia
Hot air ballooning in Melbourne - a once in a lifetime experience for a bird's eye view over the second largest city in Australia. now, ...
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Roadtripping to Ruidoso, New Mexico

/ New Mexico, USA
Road Tripping to Ruidoso New Mexico
I’ve heard of Ruidoso for years, a name whispered in hushed tones by my fellow Texans as a secret paradise. A fantasy land, high in ...
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Selling your Camera Gear with KEH

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Sell your Gear with KEH Camera
As your photography skills improve, you may be looking to trade-in to trade-up on your camera equipment. I tried out the KEH Camera Sell your Gear ...
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Checking In: Corinthia Hotel London

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Step into a winter fairy tale in London's five-star hotel at the Corinthia Hotel London.  My Christmas time stay delivered at this 5-star hotel from ...
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Where are you from? Finding my Ancestry

/ Ancestry, History
Explore your ancestry with 23andMe.com - See more at http://BlueSkyTraveler.com
As an American with my USA ancestry dating back almost 400 years, my DNA is quite a blend of European roots that migrated to the ...
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Weekend Getaway in St. Augustine, Florida

/ Florida, History, USA, Weekend Getaway
Take a weekend getaway to St. Augustine, Florida to explore history from Colonial days to the Gilded Age in first United States city on the ...
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Checking in: Marival Residences Luxury Resort

Getaway to Riviera Nayarit at the all-inclusive Marival Residences ->> See more on BlueSkyTraveler.com
Escape the cold weather and head down to Mexico for sunny days, blue skies at the gorgeous Marival Residences Luxury Resort ...
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The new UNESCO site in Texas

/ History, San Antonio, Texas, UNESCO, USA
BlueSkyTraveler.com - San Antonio UNESCO Missions
The USA's newest World Heritage site dedicated in 2015, the San Antonio Missions are a great history lesson in Spanish colonialism and tell the story ...
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Hotel Review: San Antonio’s Hotel Contessa

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San Antonio's Hotel Contessa is the perfect location to enjoy the best of this historic city. Located on the Riverwalk, this hotel offers a luxury ...
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Checking In: Hotel Paradox

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Expect the unexpected at the Hotel Paradox in Santa Cruz California. This upscale hotel has all the coolness of the Santa Cruz surf culture with ...
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Santa Cruz – Ocean to the Redwoods

Santa Cruz might be the "best kept secret" on your Northern California Route 1 trip or weekend getaway. -->> http://blueskytraveler.com
Santa Cruz might be the "best kept secret" on your Northern California Route 1 trip or weekend getaway ...
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Santa Cruz Wine Tasting & Passport

/ California, Santa Cruz, USA, Wine
Wine tasting in Santa Cruz California - Experience a rich history of wine-making in this overlooked wine region in California. See more at BlueSkyTraveler.com
Wine tasting in Santa Cruz California - Experience a rich history of wine-making in this overlooked wine region in California ...
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San Francisco’s North Beach / Little Italy Walking Food Tour

/ California, Food, San Francisco, USA
San Francisco North Beach / LIttle Italy Waking Food Tour - Looking for the perfect tour for a little history and a LOT of food in San Francisco? Found at Local Tastes of the City Tour through North Beach / Little Italy for an overload of Italian dishes and tasty treats with a North Beach local to give you an authentic experience.
Looking for the perfect tour for a little history and a LOT of food in San Francisco?  Found at Local Tastes of the City Tour ...
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Winter activities in Helsinki

/ Finland, Helsinki, Nature
Helsinki Winter Sports
Playing in the snow in Helsinki! Coming from warm climates, this is the thing I get most excited about when visiting countries with snow - ...
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Uniquely Finnish

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During my week in Helsinki, I observed and discovered many differences in how the Finn's do things including some quirky interests making them Uniquely Finnish ...
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Discovering the #HelsinkiSecret

Finland - Discovering the #HelsinkiSecret
Helsinki in winter! Experience a Winter Wonderland and discover all the secrets of this Northern European capital city ...
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Postcard Views at Lake Bled

/ Nature, Slovenia
Slovenia - Lake Bled
A glacial fed emerald-green lake, a picture-postcard church on a small island with local legends, a medieval castle clinging to a rocky cliff, and the ...
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Ljubljana – An Undiscovered Gem

/ History, Slovenia
Ljubljana Slovenia
Ljubljana, Slovenia is an undiscovered gem in Europe. Few tourists, lots of beautiful architecture, and a town full of ambiance.  Stroll the parks, listen to ...
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Top 10 Sites in Belgrade Serbia

/ History, Serbia
Top 10 Belgrade Serbia
Belgrade, home to an ancient fortress held successively by the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires, Communist-era architecture and a vibrant nightlife of modern floating nightclubs ...
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What is the dirtiest place on the airplane?

/ Travel Tips
Tip - Dirtiest Place on an Airplane
What do you think is the dirtiest place on an airplane?  The natural inclination is something in that bathroom, but you would be surprised! ...
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Top 10 Movies about the Balkans

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Top 10 Movies about the Balkans LOVE IT. SHARE IT. Pinterest Facebook Twitter Email The Balkans Film History The Balkans, specifically Serbia, have a history ...
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Top 10 Sites to See in Serbia

/ Serbia, Top 10 by Country
Top 10 Sites to See in Serbia
Serbia, on the crossroads of European history, includes the remains of several empires: Romans, Byzantine, Ottoman, Turkish, Austro-Hungarian to name a few.  The result is ...
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Top 10 Food & Drinks to try in Serbia

/ Food, Serbia
Serbia - Top 10 Food & Drink
Top 10 Food & Drinks to try in Serbia LOVE IT. SHARE IT.    Pinterest Facebook Twitter Email Serbian cuisine, an interesting blend of Ottoman, ...
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Transportation Routes in Serbia

/ Serbia, Transportation
Serbia Transportation
Transportation can sometimes feel overwhelming in foreign lands, but let me assure you that is mostly ease-free in Serbia.  Here are the exact routes that ...
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Top 10 Sites to See in Bosnia & Herzegovina

Bosnia & Herzegovina - Top 10
Bosnia & Herzegovina, an undiscovered country in the Balkans, should be on your bucket list before it is "discovered". With two UNESCO sites and another ...
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Hope for Sarajevo

/ Bosnia & Herzegovina, History
Hope for Sarajevo - BlueSkyTraveler.com
Sarajevo is a city of hope. Walking through the city, you can see the traditional cultural & religious diversity of four religions that have co-existed ...
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Top 10 Food & Drinks to try in Bosnia

/ Bosnia & Herzegovina, Food
Bosnian Food
While in Bosnia, make sure to try these top 10 foods and drinks characteristic of the country.  Get ready for flavorful meats and dense stews ...
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Transportation Routes in Bosnia

/ Bosnia & Herzegovina, Transportation
Bosnia.Transportation
Transportation can sometimes feel overwhelming in foreign lands, but let me assure you that public transportation is available and mostly ease-free in Bosnia & Herzegovina.  ...
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The Magic of Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina

/ Bosnia & Herzegovina, History, UNESCO
Mostar - Bosnia & Herzegovina - BlueSkyTraveler.com
Mostar, a city at the crossroads of culture & religion of Muslim Bosniaks, Catholic Croats, and Serbian Orthodox has survived the power struggles and today ...
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Faith or Financial Profit in Medjugorje

/ Bosnia & Herzegovina, History
Medjugorje - Bosnia & Herzegovina - BlueSkyTraveler.com
Medjugorje, visited by over 1 million people a year & 30 million people since 1981.  This small town in Bosnia & Herzegovina is where 6 ...
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Blagaj Tekke • Sufi Dervish Monastery

/ Bosnia & Herzegovina, History
Blagaj Tekke - Bosnia & Herzegovina
Blagaj Tekke, just 6km from Mostar, was built for the Sufi Dervish and is considered one of the most mystical places in all of Bosnia ...
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Montenegro Daytrip from Dubrovnik

/ History, Montenegro, Nature
Montenegro Daytrip - BlueSkyTraveler.com
A daytrip visit to the country of Montenegro seemed like a must while staying in Dubrovnik, Croatia in order to see the UNESCO Bay of ...
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Budva on the Montenegro Riviera

/ History, Montenegro
Budva - Montenegro - BlueSkyTraveler.com
The Budva Old Town, a typical walled city with a maze of streets, sits on a peninsula on the Adriatic Coast and has become the destination for ...
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Exploring the walled city of Kotor

/ History, Montenegro, UNESCO
Montenegro - Kotor - BlueSkyTraveler.com
At the end of the Bay of Kotor, the walled city of Kotor is sight to see for Adriatic medieval fortifications with gates, maze-like streets, ...
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Bay of Kotor • Europe’s Southern Fjord

/ History, Montenegro, Nature, UNESCO
Montenegro - Bay of Kotor - BlueSkyTraveler.com
Montenegro lives up to the name, Black Mountain, with its dramatic tall fjord like mountains surrounding the Bay of Kotor ...
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Island Life on Hvar Croatia

/ Croatia, History
Hvar Croatia - BlueSkyTraveler.com
The island of Hvar is a hot-spot for vacationing in the Croatian Dalmatian islands with clear-blue water, a fort to explore, and a sizzling night-life ...
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Soaking up the Croatian Sun in Korčula

/ Croatia, History
Korčula Croatia
Korčula, a beautiful medieval town in the Adriatic, is a favorite destination to soak up the Croatian sun, kayak in the beautiful clear-blue waters and ...
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A view of inland Croatia

/ Croatia, Nature
Inland Croatia
The main site of interest in inland Croatia is Plitvice Lakes. The non-tourist small communities around the lakes gave an insight into post Bosnian War ...
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Croatia Plitvice Lakes

/ Croatia, History, Nature, UNESCO
Croatia Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice Lakes, in Central Croatia, is one of the most stunning hikes in Europe along planked walkways through a series of blue-green crystal clear lakes ...
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Gladiator Arena in Pula Croatia

/ Croatia, History, UNESCO
Pula, Croatia
Pula, a seafront city on Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula, is best known for its surviving ancient Roman buildings including a 1st century amphitheatre where you can ...
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Beautiful Sunsets in Zadar

/ Croatia, History, Nature
Zadar Croatia
Zadar - the most beautiful sunsets in the world. A big claim to live up to - and it does ...
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Exploring Rovinj Croatia

/ Croatia, History
Rovinj, Croatia - BlueSkyTraveler.com
Rovinj, on the Istrian peninsula of Croatia, is a Venetian-style coastal town. Walking through the beautiful Old Town is like a stroll into a postcard ...
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Top 10 Sites to See in Normandy, France

/ France, Normandy
Normandy France Top 10
The Normandy region is a must see on a trip to France. Steeped in history with settlements of Celts, Romans and finally the Vikings in ...
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Joan of Arc & the Siege of Orléans

/ France, History, Loire
France Orleans Joan of Arc
History has not been kind to the city of Orléans which has seen more than its fair share of siege including its most famous one ...
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Normandy D-Day Tour

/ France, History, Normandy
France Normandy Tour
Visiting the D-Day sights in Normandy, I am overwhelmed with gratitude and pride to be American.... it is a privilege.  Today has been a lesson ...
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History in Bayeux France

/ France, History, Normandy, UNESCO
France Bayeux
Bayeux, a small town in France, is the centerpiece for two famous trans-Channel invasions. The conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066 started ...
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Walking into a Monet Painting

/ France, Nature, Normandy
Monet's Giverny
To visit Monet's Giverny is to walk into an Impressionist painting. Stroll the gardens and you will see how Monet's visions of water lilies, flowers ...
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Fairy tale village of Colmar, France

/ *, Alsace, France, History
France Colmar
A trip to Colmar is a trip to the villages of your childhood fairy tales.  Founded in the 9th century, this town has layers of ...
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Alsace Region of France

/ Alsace, France, History
France Alsace - Must See Towns
France's Alsace Region is one of the hidden gems with a diverse culture layered by history. Due to its geographical location on the French / ...
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7 Foods to try in the Alsace Region of France

/ Alsace, Food, France
France Alsace Food
Border regions seems to have some of the best cuisine. The Alsace region currently part of France was once a part of Germany - many ...
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Lavender in Blanco

/ Nature, Texas
Texas Lavender Fields
An overseas trip to France and a stroll through the Provence lavender fields may not be in the budget, but you can still see fields ...
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Charming French Village of Riquewihr

/ Alsace, France, History
France Riquewihr
Riquewihr is one of the crown jewels of the Alsace Region in France. One of the few towns not be greatly damaged in World War ...
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Painted Churches of Texas

/ History, Texas
Painted Church - Schulenburg Texas
The Painted Churches of Texas are a sight to be seen. Go inside a plain white steeple church and you will find a European styled ...
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Daytrippin’ Schulenburg Texas

/ History, Texas
Schulenburg Texas
Daytripping to Schulenburg Texas will transport you into a rich culture of German and Czech heritage.   Settlers immigrated here in the 1800's and brought ...
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Hope Floats in Smithville, Texas

/ History, Texas
Smithville, Texas
Today's destination - Smithville Texas. One of the Central Texas railroad towns, it has charmed Hollywood with its turn of the century character of its ...
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10 Reasons to Take a 2 Week Vacation

/ Travel Tips
10 Reasons Vacation
Workaholics - It's time to take a vacation. A real vacation. A full two week vacation. You probably don't need convincing but here are 10 ...
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Top 10 New Orleans Plantation Tours

/ Louisiana, New Orleans
River Road Plantations
Along the Mississippi River outside New Orleans, you can still find what remains of the River Road Plantations and a life that passed with the ...
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New Orleans Wednesday at the Square

/ Louisiana, New Orleans
Wednesday at the Square - New Orleans
There are so many opportunities to listen to music in New Orleans. If you are in town on a Wednesday in the Spring/Summer, make sure ...
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Louisiana Swamp Tour

/ Louisiana, New Orleans
Honey Island Swamp Tour
A Tuesday on a Swamp Tour outside of New Orleans. What could possible go wrong? I was hoping to see some alligators in the wild ...
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Louis Armstrong Park

/ Louisiana, New Orleans
New Orleans Louis Congo Square
On the edge of the French Quarter sits Louis Armstrong Park honoring the musical and cultural history of New Orleans ...
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Crossing the Mississippi River to Algiers Point

/ Louisiana, New Orleans
Algiers Point
Off to Algiers!  Not Africa - the neighborhood across the Mississippi River from the French Quarter in New Orleans called Algiers Point ...
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Congo Festival in New Orleans

/ Louisiana, New Orleans
Congo Festival in New Orleans
Congo Festival, also called Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival, celebrates the music and dance of the African, Caribbean, and Indian cultures that contributed to ...
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St. Patrick’s Parade in the Irish Channel

/ Holidays, Louisiana, New Orleans
New Orleans St. Patrick's Day Parade
New Orleans St. Patrick's Day Parade is just another good reason to Laissez les bons temps rouler (Let the good times roll). They certainly do ...
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New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians

/ Louisiana, New Orleans
Super Sunday - Mardi Gras Indians Parade
Mardi Gras has ended, but there is still another chance to see the Mardi Gras Indians in their largest celebration of the year on Super ...
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Top 10 Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

/ Holidays, Top 10 for Holidays
Top 10 St. Patrick's Day
Officially March 17th commemorates St Patrick's Day and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. St. Patrick was embraced as the Patron Saint of Ireland for ...
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Speaking English in Europe

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English Speakers in the EU
Nervous about going to Europe and encountering language barriers? How will my travel be only speaking English in Europe? In 2014, I spent almost the ...
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How to pick a BnB or Vacation Rental

/ Places to Sleep, Travel Tips
Tips: How to Pick a BnB or Vacation Rental
Many readers email me asking where I stay as a traveling professional.  As a 40 year old female, I simply prefer a little more personal ...
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Louisiana’s Oak Alley Plantation

/ Louisiana, New Orleans
New Orleans Oak Alley Plantation
Today I am off on a quick day-trip about an hour outside of New Orleans. Along River Road lie many 18th century plantations including one ...
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Louisiana’s San Francisco Plantation

/ Louisiana, New Orleans
San Francisco Plantation
Blue skies signaled a great day to go out to River Road and see some of the plantations. San Francisco Plantation is not your typical ...
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The National World War II Museum

/ Louisiana, New Orleans
The National World War II Museum
Freedom is not free.  I will always be an avid traveler who loves to experience the world and its wonderful people & cultures. These travels ...
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New Orleans Slang

/ Louisiana, New Orleans
New Orleans Slang
The New Orleans culture is not only about the food and history, this city has a language of its own with interesting terms and accentuation ...
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New Orleans Cemeteries

/ Louisiana, New Orleans
New Orleans Cities of the Dead
Beyond beignets, beads, Bourbon street, and mossy oaks, one of the most notorious symbols of New Orleans are the cemeteries. Called the "Cities of the ...
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New Orleans City Park

/ Louisiana, New Orleans
New Orleans City Park Oaks
With the last sunny day before a week of rain and overcast clouds, I decided to take in the sunshine with a day at City ...
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Top 10 New Orleans Movies

Top 10 Movies about New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana is a popular movie location for many Hollywood films earning Louisiana the new reputation as “Hollywood South.”  Filmmakers have used NOLA as ...
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Beignets & Bourbon Street

/ Louisiana, New Orleans
New Orleans: Jackson Square
Arriving late in New Orleans, I knew there was just one thing on the agenda -  beignets at Cafe du Monde.  This is how all ...
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Baton Rouge’s Old Governor’s Mansion

/ Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Old Governor's Mansion in Baton Rouge Louisiana
A visit to the Old Governor's Mansion in Louisiana will be a trip highlight of your time in Baton Rouge as the docents lead a ...
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Louisiana State Capitol

/ Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Baton Rouge State Capital
Louisiana's towering Capitol building is America's tallest and one of the most impressive. Forever entwined with the political career of Huey Pierce Long, the building ...
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Sights in Baton Rouge

/ Baton Rouge, Louisiana
On my road trip East, I decided to take a half-day to explore the capital of Louisiana. Baton Rouge, also known as the City of ...
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Baton Rouge Old State Capitol

/ Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Baton Rouge Old State Capitol
A trip to Baton Rouge should begin at the Old State Capitol for a lesson on Louisiana history and politics.  Nicknamed “Castle of the River”, ...
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Histomap: Four Thousand Years of World History

/ History
Cartographies of Time
A snapshot of history. As I travel, I am constantly learning about each regions history and trying to put in all into together to understand ...
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Hiking in Tucson at Sabino Canyon

/ Arizona, Tucson
Tucson - Sabino Canyon
Sabino Canyon is a popular hiking spot in Tucson. Located in the Coronado National Forest, Sabino Canyon has several hikes you can take for beginners ...
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Unique Restaurants and Bars in Tucson

/ Arizona, Food, Tucson
Top 12 Tucson Restaurants & Bars
Knowing that I grew up in Tucson, Arizona, a friend recently asked me for a list of Tucson Restaurants for their visit. My immediate reaction ...
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Top 12 Best Free Travel Apps

/ Travel Tips
Best Travel Apps
The ultimate goal of travel is to immerse yourself in the destination (the culture, the sights, the sounds, and the people), but first you have ...
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The Insecurity of the Highlight Reel

/ Storytelling
Quote: Insecurity
The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel ...
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5 Oxford Day Trips to Explore in England

/ England, Oxford
Cotswold Village: Bourton-On-Water
Oxford makes a great home base to explore England's beautiful palaces, villages and history.  Here are 5 ideas for venturing out on day trips from ...
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Inspiration of 3 Oxford Literary Classics

/ Disney, England, Oxford
Oxford's Dreaming Spires
The city of Oxford has long both bred writers but also inspired them. Today, there are more than 500 Oxford-based novels  that have been identified, ...
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Oxford and The Land of Narnia

/ England, Oxford
The Narnia Door in Oxford & Lamp-Post
As a child, I was entranced by the Chronicles of Narnia series - the magical world of mythical talking animals in a snowy wonderland.  You ...
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Finding Wonderland

/ Disney, England, Oxford
Mad Hatter Tea Party
One of the most popular pieces of literature to emerge from Oxford is the imaginative story of Alice's Adventure in Wonderland.  On my trip there, ...
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Harry Potter Sightings in Oxford

/ England, Harry Potter, Oxford
Harry Potter - Great Hall
A visit to Oxford will, of course, need to include a visit to some of the Harry Potter Filming sights including the inspiration for the ...
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6 Places to see Tolkien’s Oxford

/ England, Oxford
Oxford England
On my travels through England, I also wanted to walk in the footsteps of another of Oxford's great: J.R.R. Tolkien ...
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Top 10 Curiosities to see at the Ashmolean Museum

/ England, Museums, Oxford
Ashmolean Museum in Oxford England
The museums that often have the most interest for me have been started by individual collectors adding pieces due to their passion for the subject ...
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Michelangelo & Raphael at the Ashmolean Museum

/ England, Michelangelo, Museums, Oxford
Drawings by Michelangelo and Raphael
Michelangelo never wanted you to see his drawings and preparation sketches, but the Ashmolean collection will give you a glimpse of methods of the Old ...
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Climbing up Tumamoc Hill

/ Arizona, Tucson
Golden Light across the Tuscon Valley
I have been remiss in not posting some of the amazing Tucson Arizona sunsets as I have been home for the holidays visiting family.  When ...
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Personality in Zurich, Switzerland

/ PeopleIMeet
Personality shines in Zurich
As I travel, I often come across some interesting characters.  Today, I was WOW'd by this woman in Switzerland.  ...
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Tower of London: Ceremony of the Keys

/ England, London
Tower of London: Ceremony of the Keys
Who wants to lock up the Tower of London in the world's oldest continuous military ceremony? Welcome to the Ceremony of the Keys! ...
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How to travel in Europe on a Schengen Visa

/ *, Travel Tips
Schengen Map
Traveling in Europe for one year required some careful planning in order to stay comply with Visa requirements of the Schengen countries ...
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Hot Air Ballooning over Chateau’s In France

Hot Air Ballooning in France
Another of my bucket list items has been to go up in a hot air balloon. So when I had the opportunity while touring the ...
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Avoiding the Pickpocket

/ Travel Tips
Pickpocket
A lot of the questions I receive about traveling surround fear of getting pickpocketed in Europe.  It is such a stigma.  While in Europe, I ...
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A stroll on San Diego’s Shelter Island

/ California, San Diego
San Diego Skyline
On the annual family holiday trip to California, the family and I decided to take a stopover in San Diego. Just a quick overnight by ...
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The mysteries at Quinta da Regaliera

/ History, Portugal, Sintra, UNESCO
Quinta da Regliera Initiation Well
One day, while looking through travel pictures online, I saw a picture of an inverted tower and immediately put the mysterious architectural site on my ...
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National Palace of Sintra

/ History, Portugal, Sintra, UNESCO
Sintra Palace
After arriving in Sintra via train from Lisbon, my first stop was a quick stop to the National Palace of Sintra. I had a lot ...
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The fairy tale castle: Pena National Palace

/ Europe, History, Portugal, Sintra, UNESCO
Pena Palace - Sintra Portugal
High on top of the town of Sintra is the fairy tale castle of Palacio Nacional da Pena (The Feather Palace). The UNESCO site is ...
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Walking the walls of the Moorish Palace

/ Europe, History, Portugal, Sintra, UNESCO
Moorish Castle in Sintra, Portugal
Traveling throughout Spain before Portugal, I had already been introduced to the Moorish structures of the 8th & 9th century. The Moors definitely specialized in ...
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Ginja tasting in historic Sintra Portugal

/ Food, Portugal, Sintra
Ginja in Sintra Portugal
After a long day of visiting many of the sites in Sintra including a lot of hill climbing, I walked back downhill from the Moorish ...
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A daytrip to Sintra, Portugal

/ History, Portugal, Sintra, UNESCO
Top Sites in Sintra Portugal
As I was researching things to do in Lisbon, Portugal, the town of Sintra kept coming up as a must-see day-trip.  Sintra is just 15 ...
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Northern Lights – A Bucket List Event

/ *, BucketList, Europe, Norway
Northern Lights in Tromso Norway
For many, seeing the Northern Lights is at the top of their "Bucket Lists"; And it was near the top on mine.  I have long ...
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A day at Downton Abbey

/ *, England
Highclere Castle, Downton Abbey, England, United Kingdom
A Day at Downton Abbey LOVE IT. SHARE IT.    Pinterest Facebook Twitter Email I was a bit late to jump on the Downton Abbey ...
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A visit to Mont St. Michel

/ France, History, UNESCO
Mont St. Michel, France
Mont St. Michel is one of France's most iconic sites.  Seeing this island with a medieval town spiraling up to the church monastery and abbey ...
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The tides of Mont St. Michel

/ Europe, France, Storytelling
Tides of Mont St. Michel
The tides of Mont St. Michel are legendary. Upon climbing to the ramparts of Mont St. Michel, you will be treated to beautiful views of ...
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The Magnificence of Versailles

/ *, France, History, UNESCO
The Magnificence of Versailles LOVE IT. SHARE IT. Pinterest Facebook Twitter Email Versailles - Voltaire described it best - "a masterpiece of bad taste and ...
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Smiles in Siena, Italy

/ Italy, PeopleIMeet, Tuscany
Kids Smiling in Siena
A smile can certainly brighten your day! ...
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Easter at the Vatican

/ Holidays, Italy, Rome, Vatican City
Easter at the Vatican with Pope Francis
Easter Mass with 150,000 fellow believers.  While traveling, I am often in awe at the beauty of what I get to see and experience. Easter ...
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Good Friday at the Colosseum

/ Holidays, Italy, Rome, Vatican City
Good Friday at the Colosseum
Arriving in Rome on late Friday afternoon, I decided to jump right into the celebrations for Easter week starting with Good Friday "Way of the ...
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Opera in Florence

/ Europe, Florence, Italy
St. Mark's Opera in Florence
For a unique opportunity to hear opera in Florence in a intimate setting, head over to St. Mark's Church.  Professional Opera singers in full costume ...
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Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones

/ Travel Tips
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones
Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones are FABULOUS! I am usually a mid-tier frugal travel.... not too expensive, not too cheap. However, I splurged! ...
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Visiting the Tower of London

/ England, London
Tower of London
One of the most quintessential attractions in London.  On many a visit to the UK, I always ask the locals (including very proper Englishmen) what ...
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Hotel Points Programs

/ Travel Tips
Hotel Points, Points, Points... My business colleagues and traveler friends have discussed and compared at length trying to figure out what is the best way ...
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How to legally go inside Stonehenge Circle

Stonehenge Circle
Though some say Stonehenge is overrated, I found a way to visit the iconic site in a unique way to get a glimpse of the ...
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Bucket List: Ride in a Bi-plane

/ BucketList, CapeCod, Massachusetts
Bi-plane in Cape Cod, Massachusetts
READY TO FLY!  On a beautiful summer day in August, I found an advertisement for bi-plane rides in Cape Cod and knew instantly I was ...
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