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  • A Dickens Christmas in England

    A Dickens Christmas in England

    If you’re lucky enough to get to London or its environs this Christmas season, you might harbor a secret wish to step into 19th Century London, that magical and, well, rustic place portrayed in the pages of Charles’ classic “A Christmas Carol.” Well, what’s stopping you?  These days England abounds […]

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  • Italy Top Luxury Destination

    Italy Top Luxury Destination

    Italy still has some serious travel panache.  In a fall survey of hundreds of travel agents, Italy beat out all comers as the most desirable destination for affluent travelers. In the survey of professional travel bookers, Italy beat out European river cruises, always a strong market in recent years, as […]

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  • Wow! Can you get away this winter?

    Wow! Can you get away this winter?

    It wasn’t that long ago that Norwegian Airlines announced shockingly low airfares to Europe from major US markets.  And now another European upstart is shaking things up once again….in a big way. Iceland based Wow Air is blowing away any financial excuses most of us have about getting to Europe this […]

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  • Wine Country Going Strong

    Wine Country Going Strong

    Although the early October wildfires that raced through California’s Wine Country caused lots of damage, the tourist spots and infrastructure of the region survived almost entirely intact.  As a resident of Sonoma County, and Santa Rosa in particular, I don’t want to minimize the impact of the fires.  Thousands of […]

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  • The Traghettos of Venice

    The Traghettos of Venice

    Whenever Michon and I travel, we like to learn new stuff and pass that along to others.  And very often, what we learn becomes part of one of our custom adult trips.  The inside knowledge that we pick up in spots across the globe is too cool not to share […]

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  • Venice by Morning Light

    Venice by Morning Light

    Venice is magical.  Its many moods, and its bustling, winding streets and alleyways are unique in the world.   Michon and I have found that the best way to have the city to ourselves is to rise early, and venture out for a couple of perfect hours.  The sights are […]

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  • Wrights Lake Perfection

    Wrights Lake Perfection

    There are places that hold special meaning, and capture your heart.  For Michon and me, Wrights Lake in the High Sierra is one of those.  We found it about five years ago, and it has been a beautiful refuge for relaxation and kayaking ever since. Few know about this lake, […]

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  • Historic Lodgings in New Orleans

    Historic Lodgings in New Orleans

    In New Orleans, history seeps from every brick and building.  Merchants, sailors, pirates, privateers, and royalty have tread the well-worn stones of the French Quarter for some 300 years.  So besides stellar gumbo and shrimp etouffee, when Michon and I are in this amazing city we don’t waste an opportunity […]

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  • Employers love travelers.

    Travel and your job prospects

    It’s the age-old decision.  College or a job is ending, and you’re not sure what you’d like to do with your life.  How do you decide, and where do you go from here? Well, if you are listening to employers, the answer might be to travel. In a survey of […]

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  • What You Don’t See

    What You Don’t See

    When we travel, we learn.  Sometimes when we least expect it, and when we’d rather be quaffing down a cold beer.  And this is especially true when we show an interest in people and their unique and fascinating stories. Where this particular story begins is at an English style pub in the […]

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