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Local food and drinks aboard a Viking River Cruise.

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018

One of the pleasures of travel is experiencing the local foods and drinks. And that is just one of the things we have enjoyed on our Viking River cruises.

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Derry-Londonderry: The Walled City

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018

Called Derry or Londonderry, depending on political persuasion, this was where Ireland’s last walled city was built.

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San Antonio’s cuisine: innovative and multicultural

Posted by on Jan 26, 2018

Spanish colonists, Mexicans, Germans and others who came to San Antonio created a multicultural legacy that extends to its cuisine.

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San Antonio: The Tourism Capital of Texas

Posted by on Jan 23, 2018

As you might expect, people were taking selfies in front of the Alamo when we visited San Antonio in December. But something was a little different from usual.

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Northern Ireland: The Giant’s Causeway

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018

Over 40,000 exposed vertical hexagonal basalt columns soar as high as 200’ above sea level at the Giant’s Causeway. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and nominee for the Eighth Wonder of the World.

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Île d’Orléans: agritourism flourishes just outside Old Québec City

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018

The coat of arms of Île d’Orléans reads J’accueille et je nourris” (I welcome and feed), which aptly describes this island of farms, vineyards, cider mills, cheese factories, and artists.

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Carrick-a-Rede: crossing the mouth of a 60 million year old volcano 

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018

The Carrick-a-Rede Bridge is one of the top attractions along Northern Ireland’s Coastal Causeway. It crosses over the 60’ chasm formed by the mouth of a 60 million year old volcano.  Waves rage 100′ beneath the bridge and break against the rocks. The stronger the wind the more the bridge swings and sways.

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La Tamalada at the Witte Museum

Posted by on Jan 5, 2018

San Antonio’s Witte Museum held a Christmas-themed Super Saturday event, La Tamalada, a workshop on the Mexican traditional holiday party for making tamales.

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Newport for the holidays

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018

One of the best times to visit the Newport and grand historic homes in Bristol, Rhode Island is when they are beautifully decorated for the holidays.

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The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017

Taste America is the James Beard Foundation’s National Epicurean Tour. This year’s ten-city tour from  September 22 to November 11, 2017 was held in Phoenix, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco, Austin, Boston, and Kansas City.

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St. Augustine, Florida: a step back to grandeur of the Gilded Age and Downton Abbey

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017

Sunbirds and vacationers heading south have a unique opportunity to step back to the Gilded Age in St. Augustine, Florida. 

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The Black Point Inn: a classic oceanfront resort at its best

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017

Even a leisurely dinner feels like a getaway at the Black Point Inn, a classic and historic oceanfront resort. This landmark on Prouts Neck is just outside Portland, Maine but feels worlds away.

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The M/V Sophie C: the mail boat on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017

Drive to Weir’s Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee for a 2-hour ride aboard the mail boat M/V Sophie C., a full service floating U. S. Post Office complete with stamps and supplies.

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Reflections on Golden Pond: the best of Squam Lake

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017

This stucco and shingle estate was completed in 1907 as a summer residence for wealthy businessman Isaac Van Horn and his debutante wife, Madeline. The Van Horns employed over 100 craftsmen from around the world to build a place to relax and entertain their Boston society friends.

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Glenarm Castle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017

Glenarm Castle is the ancestral home of the MacDonnells, who have been Earls of Antrim for 400 years.

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Squam Lake Boat Tours, Holderness, New Hampshire

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017

Squam Lake Boat Tours are 90-minute cruises in canopied pontoon boats that feature the serenity and wildlife of the lake as well as film sites from the movie “On Golden Pond.”

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Breakfast at Ballygally Castle: farm to table at its finest

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017

A wee book on the breakfast table tells the tales of other local fare like the White’s Porridge Oats served with Waggle Dance honey and Bushmills Whiskey, yogurt from the Marchioness of Dufferin’s estate, and Guinness Wholegrain Bread.

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Belfast cuisine: pub grub to 5-star

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017

Belfast’s culinary scene has runs the gamut from pub grub to five-star dining. And it can often be enjoyed in a grand historic building that dates to Belfast  industries like linen production and ship building were the best in the world. 

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Belfast, Northern Ireland: A Titanic Adventure

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017

Belfast’s culture and heritage is seen and enjoyed in its world-class architecture, treasured traditions, abundance and range of dining options, and vibrant music and arts scene.

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Okemo Mountain Resort: the best of Vermont for all seasons

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017

Okemo Mountain Resort is a year-round destination for family-friendly fun in the fresh Green Mountain air.

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