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For a taste of a European city in North America, you need not go further than Quebec. The lovely and historic City of Quebec has a feeling unlike anywhere else in North America — far more like that of Paris. I’ve been spending the week here (and coming up week) Trading Places at a home […]

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Brazil in Photos: São Paulo, Ilhabela and Foz do Iguacu

Over the new year, I made my first ever trip to Brazil. It’s been near the top of the list for me and my SO, Keith, for quite a while. We flew into São Paulo on Christmas evening and stayed a couple of nights. Most of our time was spent in the Vila Madalena neighborhood, a bohemian […]

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Alaska in Photographs

In late August, I headed to my 50th state for my 50th birthday: Alaska. It was a gorgeous, amazing trip exploring via train from Anchorage up to Denali National Park; then a week on a small boat with UnCruise Adventures, exploring John Muir’s Wilderness and Glacier Bay National Park. There was stunning natural beauty at […]

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Treehouse Glamping in Texas Hill Country

Springtime in the Texas Hill Country is pretty spectacular — temperatures are mildly warm, the gorgeous wildflowers are out in full bloom, and everything is green (before our crazy-hot summers turn everything brown). What better way to experience the Hill Country than by glamping in a very cool treehouse, in Spicewood — about 45 minutes […]

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Cuba in Photographs

A few days ago I returned from my first-ever trip to Cuba. A very photographic place in terms of the architecture, cars, and just the way the country occupies a certain space and time in the world today that no other place does. Here is my Cuba experience in photos.

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Country Roads: West Virginia Road Trip

I couldn’t keep the song from coming into my head whenever I was driving through the parks and countryside during last week’s road trip to West Virginia. The country roads were peaceful, although I arrived a week or two too late for the best fall foliage. I drove into West Virginia, my 39th state in […]

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Kentucky Bluegrass Photo Essay: State 38 on my 50 by 50 Quest

My quest to see all 50 US states by the time I turn 50 next September continues…last week I visited Kentucky and West Virginia, numbers 38 and 39 on my list. And this time, I took my dog, Selma! Selma and I had a great time – in fact, you can read her very own blog […]

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A Day on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Last weekend I entered by 37th state in my goal of visiting all 50 U.S. states by the time I turn 50 in September 2016. I’m calling my quest “50 by 50.” I was in New Orleans with a group of friends celebrating another 50th birthday, and although I’ve been to Louisiana destinations (including New […]

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Traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway of Virginia

Last week I crossed another state off my list for my 50 by 50 project: Virginia. This was my 36th state, so I now have 14 left to go. In Virginia I visited Roanoke and the Blue Ridge Parkway area, which gave me plenty of fun exploration. Some of the highlights of the trip included: […]

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One Tough Hombre — Horseback riding & Campfire Mate with a Patagonian Gaucho

In my head, I called him the Chilean Marlboro Man. His name was Luis Cheuquel and he was a baqueano (cowboy) in this vast, untamed Patagonia landscape. We met him at the estancia (ranch) to go on a horseback ride up into the mountains. Luis – nicknamed Lucho — was finishing saddling the horses as […]

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