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Disaster at Sea

By Allan D. Kissam and Richard W. Kissam

This is a true story of a death at sea. It is a story of weekend sailors and the US Coast Guard.

My father, Richard, was an experienced sailor. He studied sailing and boats, practiced maneuvers, and for years he sailed his sailboat around southern California. His long distance trips had included being crew on a Tahiti bound sailboat. He was better than most for seamanship skills.

He got the first boat in 1958, a 28-foot…

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Added by Allan D. Kissam on April 19, 2014 at 4:31pm — No Comments

Best to See on the Côte d'Azur: Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint Jean, Cap Ferrat

I have come to appreciate more and more each day the invigorating light of the Riviera. Henri Matisse once said: “Quand j’ai compris que chaque matin je reverrais cette lumiere, je ne pouvais croire a mon bonheur!” (When I realized that each morning I would see this light again, I could not believe…

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Added by Denis C Gagnon on April 18, 2014 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Most Beautiful Villages in France: Brittany

Locronan

The spectacular region of Brittany, located along France's northern shore,…

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Added by Jean Dabrowski on April 18, 2014 at 11:01am — No Comments

Colours, Textures & Flavour of Bulgarian Cuisine



The seasoned traveler knows that one of the greatest pleasures in crossing borders and discovering new places is in sampling different countries’ cuisine; giving oneself up to the endless smells and flavorus that flood the senses and imprint lasting memories on the taste buds. Not all destinations are the same of course, but some are particularly special…

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Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on April 17, 2014 at 4:13pm — No Comments

Costa Rica's Indigenous BriBrí Share Their Ancient Chocolate Lore With Visitors

If you have not seen the film Chocolat, stop now and go rent / buy / download it so you know what I am talking about. If you have seen it, you know the expressions of ecstasy on the faces of the townspeople as…

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Added by Shannon Farley on April 17, 2014 at 10:53am — No Comments

It's My Right to Recline My Seat

In the travel world, few topics incite more contention and indignation than seatback etiquette—as we learned a while back when we published Six Shocking Stories of Travelers Gone Wild, which stirred up a wild debate among our readers.

In the piece, an editor from Family Vacation Critic (our sister site) and I…

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Added by SmarterTravel on April 16, 2014 at 3:42pm — No Comments

Quito Lo Baila Todo



por Cristóbal Ramírez



El colorido de sus edificios contrasta con sus montes verdes. Sea cual sea la dirección que tomen sus pies por el centro de Quito, capital de …

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Added by Iberia Airlines on April 16, 2014 at 9:23am — No Comments

Top Five Great Springtime Destinations

When the days grow longer and the dreary winter slowly melts away, it’s time to pack your suitcase and head out to meet spring! Our favourite season is simply more beautiful in some places – and some places are simply more beautiful in spring. Stuck for a place to go? Choose one of our top five spring destinations below.

1. Bohemian spring rhapsody in…

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Added by Velimira Velikova on April 15, 2014 at 6:01pm — No Comments

Samoa – So Very Beautiful

Samoa - so very…

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Added by Bev Malzard on April 15, 2014 at 8:11am — No Comments

Combining Biz Travel and Family Travel: A Healthy Option



The road warrior, the business traveler, represents a huge 50% or more of a hotel’s revenue, but what we found very interesting is a trend to combine a family vacation with a business trip.



An impressive 67.7 percent of those randomly polled said they combine business travel…

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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on April 14, 2014 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Having a Whack at Mexico's Colorful Piñatas



I was at a Mexican restaurant recently, and its colorful assortment of piñatas reminded me of all my trips to Mexico - not to mention one of my oldest childhood memories. You know that car commercial that’s been all over the tube recently, the one with a kid…

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Added by David Paul Appell on April 14, 2014 at 7:16am — No Comments

Buenos Aires Gay Bed & Breakfast Palermo Uno

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Added by Roy Heale on April 13, 2014 at 6:01am — No Comments

Ranch Holidays Appeal To Families In Search Of A Digital Detox

More and more parents are realising the value of a digital detox. A chance to uplug from our interconnected world and get back in touch with nature, these holidays are also a win win when it comes to spending quality time with the kids. Ranch stays offer unrivalled opportunities to live life in the slow lane, cattle drives, team penning, teepee camp outs and guest rodeos ideal for families who want to follow the rhythm of the herds. Tour operator,…

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Added by Sam Ward on April 12, 2014 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Morocco a Favorite Backdrop for Action-Adventure Movies





by Susana Alosete

When you think about films associated with Morocco, your mind can’t help but shift to black and white, as the faces ofIngrid Bergman…

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Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on April 11, 2014 at 11:03am — No Comments

Metochi Villas, Set Apart In the Wild of Crete

If you've never visited the Greek island of Crete, you’re in for a lot of surprises. Travelers are so often astounded by the scenery, the diversity, and utter uniqueness of this Island. However surprising the geography may be however, the simplicity of village life has to be the more pleasurable discovery. Why there's even a term that best describes the people you'll experience here. So well noted for stellar seascapes, the term Filoxenia (the love of visitors) outshines any Cretan…

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Added by Phil Butler on April 11, 2014 at 6:26am — 1 Comment

Manila, Cousin to Bangkok: A Tale of Two Cities



Manila is one of those sprawling mega-cities that somehow defines the modern era, somehow defines Southeast Asia, and somehow defines what it is to be human in an era in which quantity seems to have triumphed over quality.  We just may be victims of our own success—reproductive, that is—as the fruits of our collective loins threaten to overwhelm us.  The Philippines…

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Added by Earl Hardie Karges on April 10, 2014 at 4:11pm — No Comments

Mar Bravo en A Coruña



por…

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Added by Iberia Airlines on April 10, 2014 at 12:07pm — No Comments

From Concord, Massachusetts to North Africa (with 1-minute Video PostCard)



by Wendie Hansen with Kaleel Sakakeeny



Ralph Waldo Emerson had this to say about the Old North Bridge in Concord, MA, a suburb of Boston:



“By the rude bridge that arched the flood,

Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,

Here once the embattled farmers stood

And fired the shot heard round the world.”



But what does the bridge in Concord,  the home of the…

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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on April 9, 2014 at 5:11pm — No Comments

An Astounding Nature Paradise in Costa Rica: the Osa Peninsula

“In a remote and lush corner of Costa Rica, lies a realm of giant trees, roaring monkeys, jaguars on the prowl, and breaching whales. This is one of the last places on Earth where virgin rainforest grows right to the high tide line, and a visitor might walk for…
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Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on April 9, 2014 at 10:03am — No Comments

Narita and Sakura Cities – History and Culture in the Suburbs of Tokyo

Narita International Airport, also known as Tokyo Narita Airport, is the most popular gateway to Japan,…

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Added by Marian Goldberg on April 8, 2014 at 2:11pm — No Comments

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