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Holiday on the Hudson: a Dutchess County Treat

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014

What grander way to celebrate the season than amidst the splendor of some of America’s finest mansions? And what better time to step back to the Gilded Age and inside the homes of some of the most talked-about people of their time?

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La Belle Epoque: Barging through the Burgundy region of France

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014

Burgundy — we know it as a deep red hue, the color of a wine from a country where it is named not by the grape from which it is made but by the region in which it is produced. The Burgundy region, southeast of Paris, is fruitful, prosperous and rich in history, culture, and gastronomy.

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Discovering Zürich, Switzerland — one morsel at a time

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014

We wanted to discover the essence of Zürich and found it one morsel at a time.

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Gotland: Pearl of the Baltic Sea

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014

We spotted the towers of Visby’s medieval cathedral as we approached Sweden’s island of Gotland. We were there to see the Old Town, a medieval Viking and Hanseatic trading post with a ring wall, towers, and moat. It is so well preserved that it seems to have come to life from a fairy tale. Today, Visby is a modern municipality and cultural center, a fusion of the best of the old and new. You can shop for innovative local goods and modern Scandinavian designs in historic buildings along winding 13th century cobbled lanes.

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Mobile’s Mardi Gras: First to let the good times roll!

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014

Did you know that Mobile, Alabama is the birthplace of Mardi Gras in North America? New Orleans may be better known today for its celebrations, but Mobile has been letting the good times roll longer and prides itself on being the largest, family-friendly street party celebration in America.

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