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Quebec City: French culture without the transatlantic flight

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The flight from Boston was just an hour—and voila! We were sipping café au lait on Grand Allée, this continent’s Champs Elysées, in the capital of the province of Quebec, the cradle of French civilization in the Americas, swept up in the city’s romance and Old World charm.

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Cape May, New Jersey: sun, sand, and sea and more at America’s original Seaside Resort

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We were sitting in the parlor of the Queen Victoria Bed & Breakfast sipping the evening sherry when we heard the clippity-clack of a horse and carriage passing by. If not for the electricity illuminating the antique chandelier we might have been experiencing the Victorian Age.

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Holiday on the Hudson: a Dutchess County Treat

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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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Quebec City’s 400th Anniversary Celebration

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We were there for the largest celebration of military music in North America, the 10th Annual edition of the Quebec City International Festival of Military Bands. The world’s best military bands captivated the crowds in a series of special events, concerts, and a military tattoo held throughout the city.

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Missouri: Gateway to the West

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When the first bridge across the Missouri River was built here in 1869, Kansas City became a railroad hub and a stockyard city that grew into one of the world’s major cattle markets.

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Along France’s rivers: A taste of Burgundy and Provence

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The Rhône flows past the red roofed houses of southern France, meeting the Saône, its largest tributary, in the culinary capital of Lyon. A river cruise through this region is a journey through a fertile sun-kissed countryside scented by lavender and thyme and adorned with fields of sunflowers, vineyards, farms, orchards, and olive groves.

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La Belle Epoque: Barging through the Burgundy region of France

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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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Outside Tokyo: Saitama Prefecture, Japan

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Japan is an archipelago less than 4% the size of the United States yet has the world’s third-largest economy. Tokyo, its capital since 1868, is on the island of Honshu, bordered by Chiba, Saitama, and Tokyo Bay.

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Ottawa: Oh, Canada!

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It is British city with a French accent, centered on Parliament buildings replicating London’s Westminster and a turreted hotel in the style of a French chateau. An historic and now recreational waterway of pleasure boats is lined with pathways and winds through its heart.

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The Finger Lakes, New York: Taste the Good Life

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According to Native American lore, the New York’s Finger Lakes were formed when the Great Spirit cast his hand upon the most beautiful land he had created. The region teems with nature’s bounty…

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Portland, Maine: The Jewel By The Sea

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Portland, the largest city in Maine, is on a small peninsula that juts into Casco Bay

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Nova Scotia’s South Shore

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Nova Scotia is a peninsula bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of Fundy, connected to New Brunswick and the mainland by an isthmus less than 15 miles wide.

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Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Wherever you are in Nova Scotia, Canada’s Ocean Playground, you are never more than 35 miles from the sea.

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Dahlonega, Georgia: Thar’s Gold in Them Thar Hills!

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Just an hour north of Atlanta, at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is Dahlonega, Georgia, site of the first Gold Rush in the USA.

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Discovering Zürich, Switzerland — one morsel at a time

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

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Stockholm, Sweden and the archipelago

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Where the fresh waters of Lake Malaren meet the salt water of the Baltic Sea you’ll find the capital city of the Kingdom of Sweden– Stockholm. This political and cultural center of a country a bit larger than California is on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges. Its water is so pristine that you can swim or fish in it and, if you’re lucky, catch a salmon right outside the Royal Palace.

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The Eastern Townships: Just over the border, Canada’s Cantons-de-l’Est seem a world away

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This area became a favorite summer vacation destination for wealthy American Southern aristocrats, industrialists, and large landowners who avoided New England after the Civil War. They built impressive homes, and the grandest was…

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Huntington Beach: Surf City USA

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More than just a song lyric, the cool and casual California surf scene goes on, with the big waves, sandy beaches, and laid-back lifestyle of Huntington Beach –Surf City USA.

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Gotland: Pearl of the Baltic Sea

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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!

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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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