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Passports with Purpose 2012: Win a Woodinville Wine Tour

November 27, 2012
It’s time for Passports with Purpose 2012, the annual travel blogger fundraiser for charity. This year, I’m giving away a half-day tour of Woodlinville wineries from EverGreen Escapes.

Frequent readers of this blog know that visiting wineries is one of my favorite Value Luxury activities. The types of wine that a region serves give insight into the topography and geology of an area, in a more enticing way than than lecture. Plus on site visits allow you to pick up a few bottles […]

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Ships, Ships, Ships: River Cruises and More on the Horizon

November 24, 2012
Ahoy! I’ll be hitting the waterways of Europe and Russia several times within the next six months. An update on my itineraries.
River ships on the Lower Danube

If you’ve taken a look at this blog before, you’ve seen that I’ve done more than my share of small ship cruising in the past few years. My voyages have ranged from sailing adventures in the Grenadines and the Spanish Virgin Islands to a nature- and kayaking-intensive trip to Alaska’s Inside Passage to a luxury […]

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Video Friday: Flamenco at Las Tablas, Madrid

November 2, 2012
Photo Friday: This week we celebrate the #FriFotos CURVES theme with a video of a flamenco dancer performing at Las Tablas, Madrid.
Flamenco dancers at Las Tablas, Madrid

Usually, Fridays are reserved for travel photos inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. But the theme of this week’s Photo Friday is CURVES, so I thought it was a perfect time to show this clip from a flamenco show at Las Tablas in Madrid.   Madrid is a late night town – and I knew when I was […]

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November 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: The Romanian Parliament

November 1, 2012
Free desktop wallpaper for November 2012: The Romanian Parliament building, one of the world’s largest buildings created by dictator Nicholae Ceausescu.
November 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: The Romanian Parliament

This is the November 2012 offering for our desktop calendar series – always free and available for iPad too!  Get your November 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper! We took this photo of the Romanian Parliament in Bucharest on the final stop of our Eastern European tour on Grand Circle’s River Adagio. Built by Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in […]

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Surviving The Storm: Flight Rebooking Tips from Road Warriors

October 29, 2012
Stranded by Sandy – or another winter storm? Here are some tips with how to rebook your flight when weather forces airline cancellations.
Hurricane Sandy path

A fabulous weekend getaway to Napa could have turned sour when Hurricane Sandy forced most of our party’s outgoing flights back to the East Coast to be canceled. Nothing is a bigger buzzkill than airline problems. But the Philly women on the trip – my sister and several of her friends who work for Fortune […]

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Photo Friday: Alexandra Bookcafe, Budapest

October 26, 2012
Photo Friday: The gold friezes and frescoes inside the Alexandra Bookcafe, just one of Budapest’s charming cafes/coffee shops.
Bookcafe Kavezo, Budapest

This is the latest in a series of travel photos inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. The theme of this week’s Photo Friday is GOLD. Before we boarded the River Adagio, Don and I spent a few days in Budapest on our own. It was great to have the time to walk around and do what we wanted […]

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Multi-Generation Travel: 7 Things I Learned from River Cruise Passengers

October 22, 2012
Life lessons I learned on my Grand Circle river cruise, where the average age of the passengers was 70.
Fellow passengers on River Adagio

On my most recent assignment, I took a river cruise down the Danube on the River Adagio, a ship run by Grand Circle Travel. Founded by the same woman who created the AARP, the line caters to retirees and mature travelers. My husband Don and I were the youngest passengers on board, by several decades […]

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Photo Friday: Beach Chairs on Captiva Island, Florida

October 19, 2012
This week’s Photo Friday: In honor of our fifth-year wedding anniversary, a shot from the Captiva Island beach where we were married.
Beach chairs on Captiva Island, Florida

This is the latest in a series of travel photos inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. The theme of this week’s Photo Friday is CHAIRS. As regular readers might know, Florida’s Gulf Coast is one of my favorite places to relax and recharge. The chairs in the photo above are on the beach in front of the ‘Tween […]

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Discovering Eastern Europe: Communist Art & Architecture in Vidin, Bulgaria

October 18, 2012
A look at Vidin, Bulgaria, a town full of Communist art and communist architecture.
Monument of the Resistance, Vidin, Bulgaria

At first glance, the countries of Eastern Europe that lie along the Lower Danube might seem like an unusual choice for a vacation. But while the line that Don and I traveled on wasn’t exactly age appropriate, we ended up having a great time and learning quite a bit. I’ll be doing a series of […]

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New Gig: The Adventure Collection Blog

October 16, 2012
Announcing my newest gig: Blogging for Don George at the Adventure Collection.

When legendary travel writer Don George asked me to become a contributor to the Adventure Collection blog, I laughed. I am not what you’d call an outdoors woman. Let other travel writers mock terms like “glamping;” I see tricked out cabins and outdoor excursions that include wine with dinner as unalienable rights, not luxuries. I would […]

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