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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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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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Viking Ocean Cruises: Viking Homelands Cruise from Bergen to Stockholm

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Viking Ocean Cruises offers a Viking Homelands cruise between Bergen, Norway’s charming former Hanseatic town and gateway to the fjords, and Stockholm, Sweden’s grand capital city of 14-islands linked by 57 bridges.

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Viking Ocean Cruises’ Viking Jupiter

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We booked our Viking Ocean Cruise for all that it is. We loved it for what it is not. Here’s why.

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Charlevoix: life inside a crater

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As part of the French-speaking province of Quebec, Charlevoix is an easy getaway with a European ambience.

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An art lover’s perfect day in Amsterdam

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There are over 70 museums in Amsterdam, and our tour began at Museumplein, or Museum Square, which includes the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum.

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The flavors of North Carolina: Chapel Hill

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People in Chapel Hill, North Carolina call it “the southern part of heaven.” This vibrant university town with a wide range of educational, sports, and cultural resources also has has an abundance of restaurants, craft beverages and shops.

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Holland America’s 17-Day Circle Hawaii cruise: paradise lost and found

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We dreamed about basking in tropical sunshine under gently swaying palm trees, walking along black sand beaches, exploring volcanoes and coral reefs, and hiking to thundering waterfalls.

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Four sides of Switzerland: a microcosm of European cultures

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Switzerland was named the #1 country in the world for the third year in a row by U. S. News and World Report.

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The Chautauqua Harbor Hotel, Celoron, New York

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The Chautauqua Harbor Hotel opened on the shores of Chautauqua Lake with a rustic wood and stone accented theme that fits right in with its natural setting.

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Forge & Vine, Groton, Massachusetts

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Forge & Vine opened in October 2018, adding a sizzling new dining destination to Groton’s fine dining scene. This signature restaurant of the inn was named for a former blacksmith shop and is in a new freestanding building adjacent to the inn.

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The Groton Inn, Groton, Massachusetts

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You might spot a horse drawn carriage awaiting a happy couple when you approach the Groton Inn. This newly rebuilt property has maintained its reputation as a popular choice for social and corporate events.

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Watkins Glen: Gateway to the Finger Lakes

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Watkins Glen is in New York’s Finger Lakes region, a year-round vacation destination known for outdoor recreation. 

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Clayton, New York, and the Thousand Islands

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Sightseeing excursions cruise the St. Lawrence River past the summer “castles” of the Thousand Islands.

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A Taste of the Finger Lakes and 1000 Islands: the flavors of autumn 

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New York’s Finger Lakes and Thousand Island areas offer some of the best color and flavors of autumn. 

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