September 15, 2014

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Exploring the St. Moritz area

 By Dick Michaux, Guest Blogger  When checking into the Hotel Walther in Pontresina, I asked about renting a car to explore the area around St Moritz and to drive to hiking trails.  I was admonished gently by the clerk telling me that all travel around this area was accomplished by bus and train and that [...]

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September 8, 2014

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Romania: Why go?

  Several people have asked me, “Why did you go to Romania?”  Good question.  Part was scheduling.  We had a commitment in Germany early in the month and a plan to go sailing with friends on the Dalmatian Coast the end of May and needed a destination in-between.  Now, there are lots of places to [...]

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September 4, 2014

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Looking up in Romania

 When we toured Romania last May I spent a lot of time “looking up.”   In a way, I think it is a bit of a metaphor for the state of this country.  They’ve had a rough time, but things seem to be heading in a positive direction—up.  It’s country that  has been all but closed [...]

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August 25, 2014

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Bucharest: Drum Bun

   On the roads leading out of many towns in Romania, we’d see the words “Drum Bun” on big signs by or over the road.  I’d smiled and enjoy the happy attitude expressed.  Drum Bun means “Enjoy the Trip” In general that’s the feeling we encountered in Romania.  It’s a country that’s been downtrodden for [...]

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August 18, 2014

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Fenetres de France

  by Linda Laughter, Guest Blogger We were newbies to France! We finally had the chance to travel this incredible Design Destination. Our first stop was Paris. My architect husband was enthralled with the architecture and history…I the interior designer, sought color and design. As I gathered the pictures, I realized there was a theme…we [...]

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August 11, 2014

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Sailing the Dalmatian Coast

 When I tell people we went sailing in and around the idyllic islands of the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia  I  get blank looks.  Like, where is that? It isn’t that far from Italy—a popular European destination. Take a look at a map. (See Below) . Lots of cruises start at Venice and make their way to Dubrovnik and [...]

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August 4, 2014

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Camp Life: Grand Canyon

    by Kate Dernocoeur, Guest Blogger Dump the bag. Fling the rolled tent that was inside so it uncurls across the most comfy-looking patch of shoreline. Unfold the sides from the middle and set the rainfly aside. Grab the smaller tent pole bag.  Let the shock cord snap the sections together, nine of them, for [...]

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July 28, 2014

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Maine. I Love it! And here’s why.

By Peggy DePersia, Guest Blogger Forgive the play on words but there is just something so rock solid about Maine and her people. My husband and I have made this pilgrimage to Maine, specifically The Wooden Boat School, in Brooklin, Maine five times in the last ten years. The people we encounter, whether shop keepers, [...]

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July 21, 2014

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Ibiza Meandering

by Judy Bereza, Guest Blogger When an invitation is extended from your son-in-law and his mother to visit his family “finca”, (read centuries old farm compound), on the island of Ibiza, of course the answer is an enthusiastic “Yes!”  When we told our friends about our anticipated adventure, the most common response was “Where is [...]

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July 14, 2014

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Enjoying history and boats in Split

   Split is not one of those cities that you see on the lists—you know the ones that publications put out that say, “Ten best places to visit in 2014.”  It didn’t even make the “50 Top Cities to see before you die” that I recently perused. It is an interesting destination, however, filled with [...]

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