All About Philadelphia This Week with the Philly DNC Convention

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So this week Philadelphia is again in the Spotlight (fingers crossed it’s a good spotlight for the city) for the Democratic National Convention.  The Philly DNC Convention stories about politics, protestors, celebrities and speeches will dominate the news cycle.  Delegates and media are wandering the city and the suburbs (hello folks in King of Prussia […]

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Hidden Philadelphia: The Magic Gardens, One Artist’s Amazing Vision

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Back when I was wearing suits to work, my friend and I signed up for an art class after work.  We were going to try mosaics.  Sound fun right?  Fast forward as I’m at the first class, in said suit with jewelry and new manicure, and told that I need to go buy ten pounds […]

Metropolitan Bakery at Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market – A Philly Food Favorite and Must Eat

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No visit to Philadelphia is complete without a visit to the Reading Terminal Market (tagline Fresh and Local Every Day) located in downtown Center City across from the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  The market is one of the largest and oldest markets in the U.S. with its origin in 1892 as part of the Reading Railroad train […]

The gorgeous sky after the sun has set

The Airfare Sale – How to Plan, Pounce and Snag that Great Travel Deal

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It was 6 p.m. on a Thursday when I happened upon Facebook and saw it – the 3 Day British Airways Business & First Class Fare Sale. This great deal was ending at midnight!  I’m not sure how I missed the tweets, the blogs, the Facebook posts and the many other social media adverts about […]

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10 Iconic Philly Foods – Pack the Stretchy Pants and Indulge!

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For a first time visitor to Philadelphia, you will be overwhelmed (and surprised) by the amazing Philly foods available 24/7 (the pretzel bakeries and cheesesteaks are great midnight or 3 a.m. treats).  I always joke to bring your stretchy (fat) pants but the good part is that all of the food (and drink) calories are […]

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Westin Malta Review – Luxury Views, Food and Great Service

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Travel diversification means having a points balance in a few hotel, credit card and airline programs can allow you to be spontaneous in your travels.  That’s what happened when my Starwood account drew me to Malta (a country my family had to Google to figure out where I was).  When I was at the Westin […]

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First Time Cruise Tips including The Realistic Cruise Budget Builder

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Finding the right cruise is a bit like dating – there may be a few hits and misses until you settle in with the right ship and cruise line.  Each cruise ship, line and itinerary is unique – each sailing is unique based on the passengers you encounter.  The people you meet on cruises are […]

Olympic Sculpture Park

Photos of Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park – Art and Nature in the Emerald City

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On past visits to Seattle, I wasn’t able to visit the Olympic Sculpture Park, so with ample time to explore the city it was a quick ten minute walk from the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition and Space Needle.  The clouds of the morning were starting to dissipate and the bright sun was trying its […]

Tower Bridge London

Waking Up to A New World – My “Brexit” Sadness

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I went to bed Thursday night knowing that the London (and U.K.) that I’ve grown to love over thirty years would not be the same when I woke up the next morning once the results of the E.U. referendum (aka Brexit) were revealed. I had spent the day texting my U.K. friend and he was […]

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10 Travel Roommate Questions I Need To Ask and Disclose

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You think you know your friends and family well?  Try traveling with them to learn more than you ever needed to know (I really should have them complete the travel roommate questions).  Who would have guessed my country mouse friend was a cruise ship liquor smuggler?  I found out when I said “I didn’t know […]