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Top ‘o the mornin’ to ya! Shannon Princess Introduces New Artisan Program in Ireland



It’s March – and that means spring is around the corner!

During this month, the buzz is all about the good ‘ol St. Paddy. Needless to say, the place to visit during this time is the Irish country itself –…

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Added by Jean Dabrowski on March 19, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Good Taste: It’s Bordeaux on a Budget

Who said you couldn’t enjoy some exquisitely-tasting wine for under $40?



And mind you, these budget-friendly finds aren’t your typical, over-the-counter bottles with funny brand names. They’re actually from the renowned wine region of Bordeaux!


During a Bordeaux wine-makers dinner hosted by the Fig Tree Restaurant in San Antonio, TX, award-winning journalist…
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Added by Jean Dabrowski on March 7, 2012 at 5:11pm — No Comments

Hawaii's Outer Shores by Tom Koppel

Tom Koppel - author, journalist and travel writer for over 25 years -and his wife Annie set out to the magnificent coast of Maui and immersed themselves into an oasis of tranquility, pleasure and undying relaxation.


The island, filled with rich history and invigorating splendor, was explored top to bottom for 8 days and 7 nights by the deluxe, 30-passenger Safari Explorer.…
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Added by Jean Dabrowski on February 17, 2012 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Discovering Thailand: Exotic and Very (Very) Welcoming



It goes without saying that Thailand is synonymous with culture, food and adventure. As one of Asia’s most popular tourist destinations, the beautiful country possesses a rich history, wonderfully friendly faces, and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. James Ruggia, Contributor to…
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Added by Jean Dabrowski on February 6, 2012 at 8:43am — 1 Comment

In 2012, Barcelona Shines Brighter Than Ever

Barcelona is more than just a side excursion.


The vibrant capital of Catalonia offers more than sandy beaches and delightful Mediterranean sun. It’s a fusion of history meets…
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Added by Jean Dabrowski on January 16, 2012 at 10:08am — No Comments

Asia on the Web

Mekong…
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Added by Jean Dabrowski on January 11, 2012 at 5:03pm — No Comments

Pastis: The Soul Drink of the South of France

Credit: Roger…
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Added by Jean Dabrowski on January 11, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Christmas in Provence: Traditions Live On



The Provencal culture comes alive on the 4th of December.
 


The day signifies the start of the Christmas season, called “La Calendale.”
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Added by Jean Dabrowski on December 12, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Turkey's Aegean: Paradise with a Splash of History

It's a refuge by turquoise waters, white-sandy beaches and village-inspired resorts. It's a haven for history buffs; home to numerous cultural and historical sites, including one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Temple of Artemis.

It's the coast of Aegean.

Monique Burns, Contributor for JAX Magazine, gives us an inside look into the idyllic coastline, and its rich, abundant offerings.…



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Added by Jean Dabrowski on December 11, 2011 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Happy 60th Birthday, Beaujolais Nouveau!



Call it fresh, celebratory wine or phony, immature “cookie dough” (as one critic nicely put it), there’s no doubt the young Beaujolais Nouveau has become one of the wine world’s most successful stories.…


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Added by Jean Dabrowski on November 24, 2011 at 8:28am — No Comments

Aloha, Sun: December in Maui



It’s almost winter, and you know what that means: Frolicking in the crystal-clear waters of Maui!

Wait, What?

If you’re like me, winter is really all about celebrating the holidays with the family, calorie-laden food and below 50 degree weather.

However, given the plentiful activities available during the yuletide season in the island, it might not be such a bad…

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Added by Jean Dabrowski on November 23, 2011 at 9:08am — No Comments

European Christmas Markets: All Things Festive

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is upon us!



A blaze of festive lights and Yuletide decorations will soon adorn homes and buildings across the globe.



This year, step into an enchanting Christmas atmosphere at one of Europe’s many beautiful Christmas markets.
Villages and towns across the country transform into an illuminated winter wonderland, boasting brightly decorated wooden chalets offering traditional and handmade gifts and festive holiday…
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Added by Jean Dabrowski on November 14, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Tour de France 2012: Eyeing the Yellow

The quest for next year’s Yellow Jersey is going to be one steep ride.



It seems like just yesterday 34-year-old Cadel Evans assumed the highest step on the podium on the Champs-Elysees, becoming the first Australian to win the 2011 Tour de France title.



However, the Tour’s 99th edition just got one step closer after the announcement of the race’s 2012 routes at the convention center in Paris. The 2012 Tour de France will bring fiercer mountain climbs and longer time…

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Added by Jean Dabrowski on November 7, 2011 at 1:17pm — No Comments

Oktoberfest: O’zapft Is!

Pandemonium has been reigning over Munich for the last two weeks. Hordes of people wandered the cramped streets of the capital of Bavaria in hopes of finding a seat on a wooden bench under one of 14 tents. What kind of madness is this? Answer: The kind of madness you would be lucky to be part of.…

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Added by Jean Dabrowski on October 5, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

800th Anniversary of Reims Cathedral

 

 

The Reims Cathedral celebration began May 6 and lasts until October 23, 2011. Numerous concerts, street performances, exhibitions, and conferences, as well as an extraordinary illumination of the cathedral are all planned for the City of Coronations.…

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Added by Jean Dabrowski on August 6, 2011 at 11:10am — 1 Comment

America's "Secret" Wine Regions

Become modern-day explorers, discovering America's extraordinary and "secret" wine regions in the spectacular setting of the Columbia River Gorge. American Safari Cruises introduces exclusive wine and culinary yacht cruise adventures. Sample award-winning wine and cruise through history, witnessing the natural beauty and taste of the Pacific Northwest. Celebrate a milestone wedding anniversary, birthday or just enjoy your passion for…
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Added by Jean Dabrowski on August 5, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Unusual Bars in Paris, Part 4: Bars With Bubbles

Pleasant and sociable, bars are great places to unwind in after a day’s work or a day of leisure. Paris is no exception to this trend, with chic or offbeat establishments that never fail to amaze. The Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau has created a list of the most unusual bars in Paris.



In Part 3 of Unusual Bars in Paris, we explored the Large Venues…

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Added by Jean Dabrowski on July 23, 2011 at 11:12am — No Comments

Are Rivers Male or Female?

Susan Farlow, Special Contributor for the Dallas Morning News and freelance writer in Maine, shares an interesting and fun piece exploring the history of the genders of rivers.



"Let’s say you’re embarking on a river cruise.… Continue

Added by Jean Dabrowski on July 22, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

New Restaurants in the Latest Michelin Guide

No less than 15 Michelin stars now shine in the Vaucluse, which makes it the most "starred" department in France (in relation to the number of inhabitants) and 5 new "Bib Gourmands" have been granted to establishments that offer their clientele tasty cuisine… Continue

Added by Jean Dabrowski on May 18, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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