The 5 Prettiest European Towns You Need To See Now

I’ll admit it. Europe has my heart. I love the history and the art and the culture. Most of all I love the smaller towns and villages. There is something about cobblestone alleys and stone houses with overflowing flower boxes that draw me like a magnet. While every corner of Europe is full of cute and quaint places, I would like to share my 5 favorite prettiest towns you need to see now. These ...

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Don’t Go To Venice If…….



Venice can be one of the most romantic places on earth. Canals grand or quiet, beautiful architecture, history, Italian food, high end shopping and so many other reasons make this city one of the most popular tourist places to visit. There are a handful of reasons you may want to stay away however. Here are some of them.




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What! Santa Claus and Alligators???



If you happen to be in New Orleans during the Christmas holidays you must go to City Park for the Celebration in the Oaks. The park itself is huge. There is a small amusement park, a sculpture garden, a botanical garden, and I’m sure much more that I missed on my evening adventure. The ancient oaks drip Spanish moss. It’s the kind of place the locals ...

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No Fluff No Frills – The Cost of a Low Cost Carrier



I always said I would never fly Spirit Airlines. Imagine my surprise when I booked a Spirit flight for my latest travel. Yes, **hangs head** those low fares grabbed more than my attention, they reached into my wallet and before you know it, I was off to New Orleans for the price of a good dinner. The experience wasn’t terrible because I was prepared. I knew that my end fare was going to be much higher than the advertised price. Still I ...

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Remembering France’s Maginot Line


Maginot Line France

This Memorial Day I want to remember a seldom talked about French fortification system from WWII – the Maginot Line. It was built in the 1930’s and named after Andre Maginot, the Minister of War. A series of underground bunkers stretching from Luxembourg to Switzerland on France’s northeast border, and armed with heavy artillery, it was intended to protect the country from another German ...

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Sleeping with Strangers – Discover Hospitality Exchanges

What do you know about sleeping with strangers on the road? Hospitality Exchange organizations have been around for many years and offer both a budget friendly way to travel and also a unique way to learn about your new destination. Maybe you’ve heard of CouchSurfing and were curious how that really worked. Did you know that that is just the start of possibilities to stay free and meet new friends?

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Finding Rome’s Quiet Treasures


Going through my photos of Rome I was struck by how many were NOT the big tourist views of the Eternal City. I like to discover local treasures or just signs of everyday life while I’m traveling. Join me in seeing Rome from a different point of view.

I started my wanderings in Trastervere, a quaint neighborhood across the Tiber River from most of the main sights. Here is a statue at the streetcar stop along the river. It honors Guiseppe ...

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The Only Airfare Tip You’ll Ever Need – Secrets from a Travel Agent

I’ve been seeing quite a bit of talk about finding the best airfare deals lately. Whether it’s a blog about travel hacks or questions on a Facebook group, there’s a lot of interest in finding the best booking website, the best time to book, the tricks to get you to your destination for less. While most of the information is good, really all you need to do is follow one common sense guideline. When you hear it you’ll see how ...

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Sneak Peek at My 2015 Travel Plans


We have turned the page on 2014 and have started a new year. This is usually when I take a look at my travel plans for the upcoming year. I don’t have every trip planed of course, or even all the details of the ones set in stone, but by now I have a solid idea of the where’s and when’s.  I thought it might be fun to share my plans with you.


January – I’m starting the year with family in ...

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Celebrating Silvester in Germany

When you think of Germany at this time of year the sights and sounds of the Christmas markets always come to mind. All the little wooden huts with their hand crafts in the middle of town squares surrounded with medieval buildings, the sounds of German Christmas music, laughter and occasionally a carosel, the smell of warm spiced nuts, bratwurst and mulled wine fill the crisp winter air. That’s what most people think of. This festive season doesn’t end with Christmas however. ...

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