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Christmas Greetings from a Castle in Connecticut

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At the turn of the 20th century, William Gillette was a renowned American actor and playwright. In 1914 he purchased a scenic 184-acre plot of land that overlooked the majestic Connecticut River in East Haddam, Connecticut.

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On a ridge at the site, Gillette constructed a…

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Estate Living in County Wicklow, Ireland



Ireland is referred to as the Emerald Isle because of its seemingly endless expanses of verdant trees, deep woods, and rolling green hills. About an hour and a half south of Dublin, County Wicklow in turn is called the…

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Quebec's Impressive Nautical Attractions

Favoring all destinations that involve water, when visiting Quebec this summer we were drawn to Pointe-au-Pére - at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, 3½ hours north of Quebec City - with its  nautical attractions –  the Empress of Ireland Pavilion, Pointe-au-Pére Lighthouse, and the HMCS Onondaga, a Royal…

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An Undersea Cayman Islands Adventure on the Atlantis Submarine

If you have never been in a submarine gliding silently and effortlessly along a coral wall teeming with marine life, you are in for a big treat. The US-Coast-Guard-approved Atlantis XI is a 65-foot long battery-powered submersible specially designed for underwater sightseeing adventures in tropical waters –– and where better than the Cayman…

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The Ancient Treasures of Bodrum, Turkey

Nowadays better known to many as the gateway to Aegean Sea resorts, Bodrum is also a fascinating ancient port city in southern Turkey, which we recently had the pleasure of touring. Its medieval castle and underwater museum are are just two of the many attractions we found to tell you about. But first, a captivating history.



In pre-Christian and…

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Running a Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast

 



There are certain jobs that some people dream about. One frequent fancy in a troubled world is being a lighthouse innkeeper, where one can enjoy the peace and serenity of the ocean and abundant sea life.



We wanted to see if the lifestyle of a lighthouse innkeeper might be in our future. We arranged for a visit to…

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Visit the Elephant Seals at California's Año Nuevo State Park

If you fancy yourself a nature lover, there’s a habitat for elephant seals along the California coast that you won't want to miss.  About a bit over an hour south of San Francisco near Pescadero, during the December-to-March mating season, there are docent led nature walks at Año Nuevo State Park, where you can learn all about the habits and habitats of one of…

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Shoes & Ghosts Along the Danube in Budapest

When we travel the world, we come face to face with history, some grand, and some that we would wish away if we could. This article is about the great stain on European history referred to as the Holocaust. There are many recorded stories about Holocaust horrors, and you may not be familiar with this one…

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In Search of the Blarney Stone

"The Blarney Stone," is also known as "The Stone of Eloquence," and it is both a legend and fact. If you have wondered about the location of this fabled icon, the answer is to be found atop the 12-foot thick walls of the bleak and eerie ruins of the magnificent Blarney Castle near Cork, Ireland. Come along and join our quest.

 

In early 15th…

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Cruising to a View of the Future in Valencia, Spain

A cruise to Spain on Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam showed us there are many contemporary reasons to consider the ancient city of Valencia as a top-notch…

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Holland America's Western Caribbean: An Ideal First Cruise for Seniors

On our last cruise we were delighted to meet a number of first-time cruisers in their 70s and 80s.

When they heard we were travel photojournalists, they were more than willing to offer opinions and comments that helped form the foundation for this article, which we dedicate…

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Doing the Danube on a Viking River Cruise Longship

After writing scores of articles about ocean cruises, we decided to see what motivates vacationers to take European river cruises. We are glad we did.

So Much to Choose From

There are endless selections of river cruise itineraries on the internet, so we sought the…

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Added by The2Writers.com Page on March 23, 2017 at 5:18am — No Comments

Croatia's Walled City Dubrovnik: Pearl of the Adriatic Sea

Established in the 7th century A.D., the ancient and scenic port city of Dubrovnik lies in the southernmost part of the Republic of Croatia, - almost directly across the Adriatic Sea from the "spur" in the boot of Italy. It is a beautiful city of colorful red-topped tile roofs and cobblestone streets, all of…

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Winter Touring Along the Rugged Oregon Coast

Much of the Oregon coast consists of miles and miles of beautiful sandy beaches, which may be exactly what you are looking for if you seek total relaxation.

However, if you crave excitement, check out the wild 40 miles of rocky shoreline that begins in the north at Waldport, Oregon and zigzags south along curvy Highway…

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75 Years: Remembering December 7, 1941 on the USS Arizona Memorial Tour at Pearl Harbor



The USS Arizona Memorial is a national monument honoring those who served in the Pacific theater during and after the Japanese naval assault on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

The memorial structure is built on and directly over the rusted remains of the sunken battleship USS Arizona. This is the final resting place of 1,177 Americans killed when a bomb penetrated the deck…

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Veterans Day At The Historic Thayer Hotel at West Point, New York

Few public inns in the United States can boast the patriotic pedigree of the Thayer Hotel at West Point, in New York State's Hudson Valley.

We paid a visit to the award winning Thayer Hotel during the holiday season, and felt it especially appropriate to write about this unique hotel on Veterans Day, when we honor the members of the…

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Added by The2Writers.com Page on November 11, 2016 at 8:18am — 1 Comment

Visit This Historic Lookout in Hawaii: It Will Blow You Away!

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The next time you are in Honolulu, make it a point to experience this unique site. Take a short drive up the Pali (Cliff) Highway to one of Hawaii’s most scenic points – the Nuuanu Pali Lookout.

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This vantage point oversees Oahu’s lush and panoramic windward coast. The location was…

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Added by The2Writers.com Page on October 22, 2016 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Sitka, Alaska: Land of Contrast

Steeped in history and culture, and surrounded by picturesque forested islands, towering mountains, a distant volcano, and soaring eagles – Sitka is what most tourists imagine when they think of Alaska’s natural wonders.

Founded by Russian explorers in the 18th century, this town (once…

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Added by The2Writers.com Page on August 21, 2016 at 7:16am — 1 Comment

Vacation Like a San Francisco Sea Lion: Head for the Coast of Oregon



The famous San Francisco sea lions that occupy prime dock space on Pier 39 first appeared there shortly after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Then in 2009, they mysteriously disappeared for three months. Where did they go? 



Oregonians believe that the celebrity sea lions…

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Added by The2Writers.com Page on June 24, 2016 at 7:39am — No Comments

Cruising the Rainforests of New Zealand's Fiordland National Park

The "Other Down Under" destination of New Zealand is on the bucket lists of many Americans -- and justly so. Problem is, New Zealand is a long way from anywhere U.S.A. Consequently, most tourists want to see as much as possible on their first visit. Our suggestion for an orientation trip to New Zealand – book a cruise.



The Rationale



A cruise will visit several ports on the two islands of New Zealand, which is a great way to get a taste of the entire…

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Added by The2Writers.com Page on April 28, 2016 at 2:23am — 1 Comment

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