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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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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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Quebec City’s Augustinian Monastery continues its legacy of healing with holistic health programs

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Le Monastére des Augustines’ has an holistic health program that includes healthy organic food, yoga and meditation, dance therapy, and massage.

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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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The St. Anthony Hotel: The Queen of San Antonio

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Whenever we travel, especially to a city we haven’t experienced before, we look for hotels that are part of the area’s history. That was just what we found at the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.

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San Diego, California

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San Diego was more than a place to relax before our cruise to Hawaii. So much more that we added more time after our voyage…

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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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Ponca City, Oklahoma: Native Americans, pioneers, and oil

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Ponca City, Oklahoma is a place to learn more about Native American culture, get a new perspective on the pioneer experience, and to see how an oil man lived the American Dream.

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Sarasota: the hub of southwest Florida’s Cultural Coast

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If you think Florida is just about beaches, palm trees and amusement parks, you haven’t been to the Sarasota area, the heart of southwest Florida’s Cultural Coast.

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The National Comedy Center: New York’s funniest attraction

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You may have known about the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Museum in Lucy’s hometown, Jamestown, New York, but did you know that Lucy’s birthplace is now also the site of the National Comedy Center?

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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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