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The National Weather Center and NOAA Severe Storms Laboratory, Norman, Oklahoma

Posted by on Feb 28, 2016

Ever wonder why the National Weather Center and NOAA Severe Storms Laboratory is in Oklahoma?

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Kia Ora — Welcome — to Rotorua, New Zealand!

Posted by on May 17, 2014

Visit Rotorua, “Second Lake”, and you will feel this spirit, passed down through the generations. In this heartland of Maori culture the Earth and its geologic wonders are part of the spiritual world.

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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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From Palm Trees to Glaciers: The Bernina Express

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014

As with each of our visits to Switzerland, we designed our trip around one of Switzerland’s scenic train rides. This time we chose the Bernina Express, the highest mountain railway in the Alps. The train maneuvers up mountains without the use of tooth-wheel mechanism, crossing the Alps and traveling through a spectacular landscape ranging from glaciers to palm trees. In 2008, the line between Thusis and Tirano was designated a World Heritage Site.

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Îles de la Madeleine: The Magdalen Islands

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014

The heat wave at home made us even more appreciative of the gentle cooling breezes on the beach in the Magdalen Islands. We were told National Geographic named it one of the top beaches in the world, yet on this sunny 70-something degree day in June we had it all to ourselves.

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