January 26, 2015

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Costa Rica: Rainy and Rainier

   Gosh Darn.  I was really surprised with how much it rained in Costa Rica. Did I read the fine print of the travel itinerary? Pour over the guide books?  Ask people who had been there? Nope.  Life has been too chaotic with losses and illnesses. Lots of thing needing attention. The last six months [...]

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January 12, 2015

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Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum : A surreal art adventure in East Lansing, MI

photo credit: blogs.artinfo.com  When my friend drove me by the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in East Lansing I was amazed with the futuristic exterior.  The big silver glob didn’t appear to have  windows.  Actually it looked to me like a Frank Gehry building with pleats.  The pleats seem to echo the different orientations and [...]

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January 5, 2015

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Fabulous Photo Shoot: Vietnam Rice Paddies

  by Liz Margulus, guest blogger Photos by Liz and Mike Margulus  My husband, Mike, and I have been very fortunate. We’ve traveled extensively in the U.S. (primarily out west) and internationally. While we don’t indulge in travel luxuries, we have been privileged to see some beautiful scenery and experience many different cultures. We’ve gained [...]

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December 30, 2014

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New Year’s Memory

    Note: every year I like to “repost” this blog about a Memorable New Year’s Eve.  Enjoy   When the big bell in Kyoto rings on New Years Eve, it gongs to erase the 108 worldly desires man is born with. For me, it rang to mark a new phase in my role as a mother. [...]

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December 24, 2014

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Happy Holidays New York City Style

  One of my favorite places to spend a few days during December is New York City.  This year’s trip to the  Big Apple didn’t disappoint. Decorations are always fabulous and creative.  Store windows are the best.  This year I was captivated with Barney’s “skater” in the window and their moving kaleidoscope type constructions.   [...]

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December 2, 2014

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Random Romania Experiences

  Ahhhh, Romania. I’m so glad I was able to visit Romania.  While most people associate Romania with Dracula (see recent blog), this Eastern Europe country has a lot to offer the tourist who is ready to get off the Tuscany/London/Paris tourist trek. I have posted several blogs about Romania—Dracula, Bucharest, Looking up and Romania: [...]

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November 17, 2014

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Winterthur and Grand Rapids, MI

  by Judy Bereza, Guest Blogger I first heard the name “Winterthur” when I was a student at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  This historic estate and museum in Wilmington, Delaware, has a unique connection to Grand Rapids.  Winterthur is not only a grand 19th century house of 175 rooms [...]

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November 10, 2014

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The Delightful Dolomites

by Kate Dernocoeur, Guest Blogger Tucked in the northeastern corner of Italy, on terrain hotly contested in World War II against Austrian troops, the Dolomite Mountains march gloriously southeast toward the Adriatic Sea. These mountains don’t jut so much as they carve a serrated skyline with jagged knife-edged drama. I first witnessed them in 2010 from [...]

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November 3, 2014

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Charleston! Ooh la la!

 by Peggy DePersia, guest blogger Ooh la la! Maybe not the first expression you imagine when you think of Charleston, South Carolina but it is apt nonetheless. Charleston is truly a city of delights. Though the city and its charms is reason enough to visit, the prospect is enhanced exponentially when timed with the Spoleto [...]

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October 27, 2014

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Romania: Land of the Dracula Myth

 When I tell people I went to Romania last spring, often the names of two rather nasty men come up.  One was a very real person, who ran the country, spent vast amounts of money on huge buildings and projects, caused so much pain for the residents that his government  was overthrown and he was [...]

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