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Trading Places in Quebec

Tres belle! My Quebec City home for the next 10 days, doing a home exchange. Marie-Chantal is staying at my home in Austin. Selma and I can’t wait to explore this lovely city! This chic, three-story townhome is in an excellent location, only about a 15 minute walk from Vieux Quebec and in a lively […]

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Duns Castle, Scotland

Queen for a Day in Scotland

How often do you get to actually live like royalty? I was fortunate to have that opportunity last week, when I was invited by HomeAway to spend a day and night at a Scottish castle, about an hour outside Edinburgh. I was already in Ireland, so it was a quick hop over — how could […]

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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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50 by 50 Accomplished!

I just returned from Alaska yesterday — my 50th state, which was the culmination of my #50by50 quest to visit all 50 states by my 50th birthday. Well, my birthday was last week on September 7, and on that day I was on a small ship in the Inside Passage of Alaska, watching pods of whales […]

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Midwest Road Trip: 50 by 50

For a week over 4th of July, I took the Judester on a road trip through states #44-46 on my 50×50 quest: North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska. We flew into Denver and, over 1,600 miles, road tripped through the Midwest. We visited numerous national and state parks, including Scotts Bluff National Monument in Nebraska; […]

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Q&A with Shelley at Latitude

I was recently interviewed by Latitude, a travel site aimed at sharing culturally-aware stories with passion, positivity and professionalism that inspires you to explore the world with an open mind. This interview was published on the site — you can read it here.   It shares thoughts on the pull of travel, safety issues, how to really […]

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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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Gastronomic Tour of Mexico City

I love to travel. I love to eat. I suspect many of you are the same. One of the best things about traveling, to me and many of us, is experiencing the food and culinary culture of new places. I love trying street food, taking cooking lessons, visiting markets, asking locals for their favorite restaurants, […]

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The Southern Belle of Savannah

After my visit last month to North and South Carolina, as part of my 50×50 travel initiative, I headed on down to Savannah, Georgia with my boyfriend Keith. How I dug Savannah. Somehow it resonated with me. I experienced it as a little like a slightly naughty debutante: beautiful, classic and polished on the surface; […]

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