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Three Luxury Family Vacations for Adventure Year Round

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Kids Today are Lucky! This weekend, I spent time with my niece Aubrey, the lucky kid who got to visit Paris & London with me a few years ago.  She was telling me of her spring break trip to Fort Lauderdale with her dad, her upcoming school trip to Virginia, a family wedding in Boston […]

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Easy Safari Photo Tips – The Art of Nature in Africa

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My earliest memories of my first camera used flash cubes and 110 film cartridges.  I then graduated to the Polaroid One Step camera which with a few waves in the air (like you just don’t care) the image magically appeared.  For a grade schooler in the 1970’s, this was so cool.  When I was in […]

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The Charlotte Street Hotel Fitzrovia – Luxury Living in London

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Traveling to London for work, I’ve stayed in a variety of hotels throughout the city over the years, it wasn’t until I discovered the Firmdale chain of boutique hotels owned by the UK designer Kit Kemp that I found my home away from home, albeit a much more stylish, luxurious and colorful home than my […]

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Chihuly Garden & Glass Review – A Colorful Seattle Surprise

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Colorful glass has always fascinated me – drawn in by the shapes, the bright colors and the way that the light changes the piece.  I have yet to take a glassblowing class maybe in fear of being clumsy around hot glass, pokers, etc. (I wonder what the insurance liability waiver looks like for that class?) […]

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My Scary Experience Searching for Hippos on Safari in Botswana

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After two walking treks in the Okavango Delta at Oddball’s Camp in the Moremi Game Reserve, I hadn’t yet seen any hippos – we had only heard them at dinner time around the camp.   So when the Canadian couple mentioned that for their afternoon trek they were going to look for hippos, I thought that sounds fun – […]

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Amazing Tulips at Keukenhof Gardens in Amsterdam

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I bought a bouquet of tulips last night at Whole Foods (yes, impulse purchase but they just screamed happy) to celebrate spring. While it may not feel like spring right now here in the East, the tulips remind me of my visit to the Keukenhof Gardens in Amsterdam and that makes me smile.   Prior to a business […]

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Look Inside! The Elephant Camp Luxury Tent in Victoria Falls

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After laughing outside of The Elephant Camp tent by the sheer size and realizing that my first night in Botswana was an actual tent you buy in the store – I tried to be a bit more calm with the guided tour of my room at this boutique luxury camp in Zimbabwe near Victoria Falls.  […]

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The 27 day African Safari Itinerary – Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa

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My African Safari was almost a month long encompassing South Africa (Johannesburg, Capetown and the Garden Route), Botswana (Okavango Delta and Chobe Safari Park) and Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls).  The incredible “bucket list” worthy trip using points inspired me to start this blog to share my experience.  While I originally posted the below a while back […]

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The South Coast of Iceland – Glaciers, Waterfalls and Black Sand Beaches

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The fog was all I could see from the mini bus as we left Reykjavik headed toward the South Coast of Iceland.  It was so thick I was reminded of my Wild Wicklow tour in Dublin last year where I was in awe of the driver navigating the road that we could barely see. It […]

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Holiday Inn Miami West Hotel Review – Surprises in Hialeah Gardens

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I won’t lie, when I heard that my group was assigned to the Holiday Inn Miami West – Hialeah Gardens, I wasn’t thrilled.  I was hungry and wanted the cookies at the Doubletree Hotel where other passengers were assigned. My inner hotel inspector (snob) was skeptical ranking Doubletree above a budget Holiday Inn by a […]