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Rostock, Germany

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014

Rostock’s historic Old Town has been meticulously restored, and what was once the Hanseatic League’s coastal defense area , Warnemunde, is now delightful seaside resort.

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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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Montréal to Boston: A Canada/New England cruise aboard Holland America’s Maasdam

Posted by on Jan 4, 2014

Montréal is the cultural capital and largest city in Québec, second largest city in Canada, and the second largest French-speaking city in the world. It’s either the first or last port, depending on the sailing, which creates a great opportunity for an extended stay.

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Galveston, Texas: A treasure of an island

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013

We were on an island with gentle breezes and shimmering water, the lyrics of the 1969 Glen Campbell hit dancing in our heads. We heard the “sea winds blowing” and watched the “sea waves crashing”, and “sea birds flying in the sun” — in Galveston.

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