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Off to Odessa! 12 Reasons to Make This Your Next European Trip

Odessa is a port city on the Black Sea, founded in 1794 (relatively young compared to Kieve or Lviv) by the Russian empress Catherine the Great.  Its reputation as the summer capital of Ukraine draws in visitors who are eager to stroll around the city’s tree-lined “Old Town” taking in the pastel neoclassical architecture, historical […]

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12 Off-The-Beaten-Path Adventures in Oaxaca, Mexico

Located in southwestern Mexico, the state of Oaxaca [wa-HAH-kah,] is rich with indigenous culture, pre-Columbian archeology, Colonial architecture, Sierra Madre vistas, secluded Pacific beaches, and some of the most delicious food in the whole country. Here are twelve adventures that will leave you clamoring for more time in Oaxaca. While it is possible to try to find […]

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10 Reasons to Visit St. Augustine in November

Proudly laying claim as America’s oldest city, the historical and charming St. Augustine was founded in 1565 and is also considered by many to be America’s most romantic destination. The brick-lined streets are reminiscent of the old town districts of European cities. Horse-drawn carriages carry tourists past grand historical architecture. The pleasant, sometimes humid, subtropical […]

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Would You Dare Try Bali Jungle Cat Poop Coffee?

The #1 most expensive coffee in the world is made from the #2 of a jungle cat. Kopi Luwak, aka Bali jungle cat poop coffee, is produced mainly on the islands in the Indonesian Archipelago. Agrowisata Abian Kusuma Sari, a coffee plantation in the Tampaksiring region of Bali is one such plantation and the location […]

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A Day at Montserrat, Spain

As our tour bus steeply ascended toward Montserrat’s summit, the odd, otherwordly peaks of the mountain began to pierce the periwinkle horizon. Bizarre-looking rounded rock pillars — formed by thousands of years of wind, rain and frost — indicated our destination was imminent. “Are we still in Spain or are we orbiting another planet?” I […]

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Dubrovnik’s Ancient City Walls

When I was a child, I would envision magical medieval cities as my mother read nighttime stories to me.  Walking on top of Dubrovnik’s ancient city walls was like stepping back into that enchanted past, and was beyond a doubt the highlight of my visit to that history-filled medieval walled city. Read more about Dubrovnik’s […]

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Stockholm in One Day

What do you do when you find yourself in one of the most beautiful capitals in Europe and only 24 hours to spare? You take in as much as possible, starting with the Stockholm in One Day Tour. Stockholm represents the best of land and sea – a vibrant city surrounded by an idyllic Baltic […]

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Best Diving Ever! Cancun’s Mystical Underwater Museum

It’s nothing short of surreal… A man “on fire” with fire coral flaring out of his eyes, nose and ears… A small smiling girl looks up to the surface… A group of business men with their heads in the sand, oblivious to the world around them… No, these are not real people, but just a […]

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Swimming with Whale Sharks in Cancun

(This swimming with whale sharks in Cancun mega-adventure was published by Viator.) I sat on the edge of the boat, clinging to dear life as the waves tossed the “stationary” vessel about. Finally I heard Csaba yell, “GO!” and I did as I’d been instructed. I pushed off the side of the boat into the […]

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10 Reasons Why I’m Obsessed with Oslo

“Go back. Baaaaaaaaaaaack! Over the falls!” My first brief introduction to Norway was on the Maelstrom ride in the Norway pavilion in Disney’s Epcot theme park. The animatronic troll bellowed his warning to unsuspecting trespassers whose Viking boat was about to “plunge” backwards over the simulated waterfall, launching into a presentation of Norway’s mythology and […]

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