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The Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina: a Vanderbilt Legacy

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017

George Washington Vanderbilt, grandson of steamship, railroad and shipping magnate Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt, built a country retreat in Asheville that is the largest house in America

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Asheville, North Carolina

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017

Visit Asheville and you will discover many of the reasons people like George Washington Vanderbilt were drawn to this mountain region in western North Carolina.

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New London, Connecticut: fish and ships and so much more

Posted by on May 2, 2017

New London, Connecticut’s location just off Route 95 makes “The Whaling City” a convenient place to visit, whether for a few hours, a weekend getaway, or for a stay long enough to take in the best of the area’s maritime attractions and rich heritage.

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Best alpine trips in Switzerland: Reuti, Mägisalp, and Planplatten

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017

Our Swiss alpine experience took us to three gondola stops — Reuti, Mägisalp, and Planplatten.

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Badrutt’s Palace in St. Moritz: On Top of the World

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017

Awaken at sunrise at Badrutt’s Palace in St. Moritz and you will discover how it feels to be on “Top of the World.”

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Dining in Zurich: some of our favorites

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017

Looking for a hidden gem? You will need a reservation for a table

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The best of Zurich in 24 hours

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017

Zurich is Switzerland’s largest city, the dynamic and cosmopolitan financial and technology center…

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Two Days in the Swiss capital: Bern, Switzerland

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017

Ever wonder why Bern was chosen as Switzerland’s political capital over the larger Zurich or Geneva?

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Dining in Lucerne: the grand, the historic and the delightful

Posted by on Nov 27, 2016

The Old Town is a charming restaurant and café area and the grand lakefront hotels have fine restaurants with outdoor seating. And just beyond the waterfront are hidden gems with charming dining rooms and garden dining.

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All in a day in Lucerne, Switzerland

Posted by on Nov 27, 2016

Lucerne’s magnificent natural surroundings, temperate climate, city amenities, Old World charm, and easy access by road and rail has attracted travelers for over 200 years. It is one of the top tourist resorts in Switzerland.

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Mt. Pilatus: a voyage on a boat, train, cable cars and a bus

Posted by on Nov 27, 2016

During our visit to Lucerne we rode a classic steamboat across the lake to the world’s steepest cogwheel railway at Mt. Pilatus.

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Yverdon-les-Bains, thermal capital of the Lavaux region of Switzerland

Posted by on Nov 26, 2016

The little town of Yverdon-les-Bains is the Swiss Lavaux region’s thermal capital on the southwestern tip of Lake Neuchatel.

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The Swiss Lavaux region: A votre sante!

Posted by on Nov 19, 2016

“The land of three suns” is sun-drenched from the sky, the reflecting lake, and the stone walls that release stored heat when temperatures drop.

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Worth the hike: dining at breathtaking heights at Berghaus Ӓescher

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016

Dining at Gasthaus Äescher is an experience that goes far beyond the meal.

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Appenzell: A taste of traditional Switzerland

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016

Appenzell, in the eastern part of Switzerland, is hill country at its finest with colorfully painted wooden buildings, cows and dairy farms, and the musical sounds of yodelers, dulcimers, giant-sized cowbells, and alphorns.

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Guinness: It’s good for you!

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016

In 1759 Arthur signed a 9000 year lease on four acres at James’s Gate, in the heart of Dublin. It included a dilapidated brewery and free access to a water source for 45£a year.

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Québec City, Île d’Orléans and the Beaupré Coast

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016

Quebec City exudes the charm and continental flair at any time, with its beautiful gardens and founding language, French, still spoken today.

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A Taste of Germany on our Viking River Cruise

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016

Taste of Germany night was a fun fest, with staff in dirndls and lederhosen, kitchen tours, and local musicians.                   An array of German wines, beers and schnapps complemented traditional favorites like pork knuckles, sausages, dumplings, sauerkraut and strudel. The evening was topped off by live music. And all were invited to tour the kitchen.  ...

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An Untours apartment stay in Meiringen, Switzerland

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016

This was our second Untours apartment stay in Switzerland. This time we chose to stay in Meiringen, in the Swiss Heartland, an alpine and lakes region in the middle of Switzerland.

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Viking River Cruise culinary tours: the flavors of Vienna

Posted by on Oct 23, 2016

For this visit to Vienna we opted for Viking River Cruises’ “Best of Culinary Austria” excursion, tasting and learning to prepare regional specialties.

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