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The Setouchi region of Japan: Finding your Zen

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Have a yen to escape to a land worlds away? Are you in search of an authentic cultural experience in a region of natural beauty? Would you like to renew your inner spirit and learn the ancient art of Zen meditation right on temple grounds?

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Hotel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland

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We arrived in Lucerne by train from Zurich, a journey of just under an hour. Our short walk to the 5-star Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern took us across a bridge lined with flowers to a lakefront promenade shaded by chestnut trees. We entered Hotel Schweizerhof and found ourselves immersed in the area’s history.

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Engelberg and Mt. Titlis: feeling on top of the world

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This region is best known for the 10,000′ high Mount Titlis, a ski resort with the only publicly accessed glacier and highest vantage point in Central Switzerland. But there’s more.

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Cactus Country: travel in these thorny times

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We all know this is not the time to travel. COVID-19 has changed all that. But looking forward to better times and making plans for a trip for when this has passed can help reduce anxiety. Take a break from the overwhelming news and learn more about a place you would like to go. It will make for a richer experience later.

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Gamla Stan: Stockholm’s Old Town

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Visitors and locals alike enjoy strolling along the cobblestone lanes of the pedestrian-friendly Old Town, Gamla Stan. This well-preserved medieval city center is a living museum where you can shop, stop for lunch or a fika, dine in a Michelin star restaurant, bask in royal splendor at the Royal Palace or simply enjoy the sights.

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Djurgården: Stockholm’s playground

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Djurgården is a place filled with green spaces that is an escape from the city. It is a place to dine, to visit some of the city’s top museums, or to find thrills at an amusement park.

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Stockholm, Sweden

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This city of fourteen islands connected by 57 bridges is found on the east coast of Sweden where the fresh water of Lake Mälaren flows into the salt water of the Baltic Sea.

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Québec City: Live the history

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As the most European and oldest colonial city in North America, the capital of the province of Québec exudes an Old World charm and a continental flair that attracts millions of visitors a year.

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Bergen, Norway

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Historic Bergen is a charming historic city and hub for seeing the spectacular fjorder (fjords), fjellet (mountains) and fosser (waterfalls) for which Norway is renowned.

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