Moai Ahu at Hanga Roa Easter Island

Photo Essay – The Magic of the Moai (Statues) of Easter Island, Chile

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**Originally published after my Easter Island trip, but updated and posted for you to discover (or re-discover) one of my favorite experiences – a bucklist trip for many to see the Easter Island statues*** Paul, our guide, visited Easter Island in the 60’s as a teenager assisting the archeological team at the time.  He is […]

Oddballs' Camp Safari Tent

I’m a Luxury Hotel Girl – Can I Survive a Safari Tent Camp?

Posted on 3 CommentsPosted in Africa, My Thoughts and Musings, Safari

I love hotels and hate hotels at the same time.  When planning a trip as a solo traveler, there is no one to split the cost of the lodging so I need to be pretty particular when spending cash on lodging.  This is why I love my Starwood AMEX card as I can rack up points […]

Impala and monkey on safari

Walking Safari in Botswana – Tracking the Animals

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After all of the traveling, I was ready to go on my walking safari, whatever that meant in the Okavango Delta.  While I had read about “going on safari”, I hadn’t a clue what that actually entailed but I was about to find out.  Walking from my “room” (tent at Oddballs’ Camp) in the sandy […]

Mokoro boats at Oddballs camp Okavango Delta Moremi

Botswana Safari Review – Oddballs Camp in the Okavango Delta

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Landing in Maun, Botswana, the airport was awash in small bush planes and one building for passengers to transit.  You exit the plane and walk to the terminal -something that became commonplace in Africa -walking to/from your plane  which I liked.  I had been traveling for four days to get here and had one more […]

U.S. Capitol Building D.C.

The U.S. Capitol Tour in Photos & Video – Free to Visit in D.C.

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With my Art Weekend in D.C., I decided to extend by a day so I could do my own tour of D.C. in a short time.  I had never visited the iconic buildings of Washington, D.C. – the Capitol, Supreme Court or the White House.  For this trip, the White House was under construction and […]

PHL Centurion Lounge seating Philly

New in A-West at PHL Airport – AMEX Centurion Lounge Philadelphia

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Luxury comes to the Philadelphia Airport in the form of the American Express Centurion Lounge at PHL (PHL Centurion Lounge).  As the eighth Centurion lounge in the U.S., the space is warm and welcoming with a mix of woods, warm colors and modern comfort with pops of color (and a ton of pillows). When I […]

London Aloft Bar

Review: London Aloft Excel Hotel for the Modern Traveler

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For the my first World Travel Market conference (WTM), one of the largest travel events in Europe, held each year in London at November, I knew that I needed my hotel to be easy as convention days are long and exhausting.  As the conference was being held at the ExCel Convention Center (in the Docklands […]

Best Burger and Fries in D.C.

Is the Best Burger in D.C. (and duck fat fries!) at Bourbon Steak?

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Knowing that my Art Weekend in D.C. was planned out, I stayed an extra day to explore on my own.  I asked a few D.C. based twitter friends for restaurant suggestions, along the lines of “what’s a must eat food experience in D.C.”  A few replies were “the best burger in D.C. is at Bourbon Steak […]

Conversation with Oprah and Gayle Alaska cruise

Every Photo has a Story to Tell – My Photo with Oprah in Alaska

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Leave it to my eleven (going on thirty) year old precocious niece to burst my Oprah bubble.  I was showing my sister and mom my photo with Oprah  from the O Magazine, Share the Adventure cruise to Alaska on Holland America’s Eurodam.  My niece said “did you meet Oprah…and she knows your name?  Or did […]

The Renwick Gallery collection

The Renwick Gallery – Decorative Arts in D.C. – Thoughtful & On Trend

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Art Museums often have the “permanent collection” which you see the same pieces with each visit and it’s the temporary exhibits that draw you back to discover or re-discover an artist and their work. For my Art Weekend in Washington, D.C.  I would discover many new (to me) American artists in the Decorative Arts.  My […]