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An Old Friend in Boston’s Beacon Hill

When I am traveling, if I find a great, reasonably priced restaurant, it’s like meeting a favorite relative you don’t get to see often but know you’re going to love visiting. For me, one of those restaurants is the Paramount … Continue reading

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A Lighthouse Near Portland, Maine

Maine is famous for its lighthouses and one of the most photographed lighthouses is just a few miles (and a world away) from Portland, Maine. Since 1791, Portland Head Light has watched the craggy shores of Casco Bay roughly five … Continue reading

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From Welfare to Comfort (Texas)

Sometimes the best surprises are not far from home. In two small towns in the picturesque Texas Hill Country, I stumbled on two great locations off the beaten trail from the masses of tourists that visit Fredericksburg, roughly thirty minutes … Continue reading

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Thai Food in a Traditional London Pub

Visitors to London are always faced with the “sticker-price shock” of eating in one of the world’s most expensive cities. I remember on one of my first visits of being horrified at the price of two pounds for one cookie … Continue reading

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The Artistry of Quilts in La Grange, Texas

Big surprises can be found in small towns. For visitors traveling on Texas Highway 71 between Houston and Austin, a side trip to visit the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange is a must. Housed in two buildings which date … Continue reading

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A Visit to Idaho’s Magic Valley

It has always been on my bucket list to visit all fifty U.S. states. For years, I saw the list shrink down to three and the past two years the list had shrunk to one remaining state being Idaho. For … Continue reading

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The Wonders of Automobiles in Turin, Italy

In the Lingotto area of Turin is a car museum that combines Turin’s history of manufacturing Fiats with the humans’ love of the automobile. In a sleek, grey, ultra-modern structure, the Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile offers something for everyone. With three … Continue reading

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A Church and Coffee Beans in Rome, Italy

During the winter, it’s quieter in Rome with fewer tourists than during the high season. I have been coming here for years as there is so much to see that it is almost overwhelming. On a recent visit in late … Continue reading

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Art and Sweets in Santa Fe, New Mexico

In the cold and quiet of early January, local Santa Fe residents have reclaimed their town from the masses of tourists found during the spring through the fall. Bargains are available, popular restaurants won’t require reservations or long waits, Christmas … Continue reading

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A Quiet Refuge in Vancouver’s Chinatown

In the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown lies a peaceful garden reflecting characteristics found during the Ming Dynasty. The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is a tranquil retreat in the core of a downtown commercial district. For an admission price … Continue reading

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