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The Queen Mary 2: a transatlantic adventure fit for a king

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014

The champagne sailaway from Hamburg aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 went off with a bang–fireworks, that is–as we slowly sailed along the Elbe. People lined the shore for miles, waving and cheering from sidewalks and plazas, cafés and restaurants, private homes and public buildings, monuments, hotels, and beaches–anywhere with space to gather.

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Scuol, Switzerland

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014

Scuol, between the the Silvretta range and the Swiss Dolomites, is a place where mineral waters flow from community fountains. Cobblestone squares are surrounded by historic houses decorated with sgraffito, a technique of scratching a design through the surface layer.

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Ultimate farm to fork in the Great Outdoors: Outaouais in Québec, Canada

Posted by on Jan 24, 2014

The Outaouais region is about a two hour drive from Montréal. This agricultural area in the southwestern part of the province is bordered by the Laurentian Mountains and Canada’s capital city, Ottawa.

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The Panama Canal aboard Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014

The first thing we noticed when we entered the Grand Lobby of Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth was the sweeping staircase and impressive two-story marquetry mural of a cruise liner. The exotic veneers and Art Deco details reminded us of our pre-cruise stay aboard the legendary Queen Mary, which was renowned for its exotic woods from throughout the British empire.

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Ryugujo Spa Hotel Mikazuki

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013

Japan is known for its communal bathing in its hot springs. This destination spa just outside Tokyo is a popular one for good reason.

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