Pisa ~ An Authentic Discovery

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Pisa ~ An Authentic Discovery

Pisa ~ An Authentic Discovery

  Finding the real Pisa When we vacation, we love to get off the beaten path and talk with locals about what makes their town or country fabulous and unique. We will look for the quiet narrow

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Flyboarding in Puerto Vallarta

Flyboarding in Puerto Vallarta

Flyboarding in Puerto Vallarta Tick! That is the sound of checking an item of my bucket list. What was it? Flyboarding. It has been on my “gotta do it!” list for several years. Right next to swimming with manta rays (watch the video here) – which, by the way, felt like I was staring in my own National Geographic movie!

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Once you visit Puerto Vallarta, can you forget?

Once you visit Puerto Vallarta, can you forget?

Puerto Vallarta As my last night in Puerto Vallarta comes to a close my mind I find myself thinking of things that I have seen, learned, and experienced.

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Zip lining with Slotzilla

Zip lining with Slotzilla

Would you jump out of a perfectly good airplane? Would you jump from a building that was structurally sound? Not even on fire or anything as

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New Orleans Airboat Swamp Tour Video

New Orleans Airboat Swamp Tour Video

New Orleans Swamp Tour New Orleans offers a wide range of activities and tours. An airboat or swamp tour with Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours is the perfect beginning to an adventurous weekend in New Orleans.

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Middleham Castle – England Video

Middleham Castle – England Video

Middleham Castle Middleham Castle in Wensleydale  in North Yorkshire was a worthwhile stop in England. We had a great time exploring the castle, which is now in ruins. We had fun imagining the dinner parties, guests, and life in general living in a castle. King Richard III spent many childhood summers at the castle where he trained for knighthood. He later married Anne Neville who gave birth to their son Edward. Rumor has it that Edward, who died at a young age at the castle, haunts the castle looking for other children to play with. England is a great place to visit –  full of

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Burial Chamber Shrouded in Mystery

Burial Chamber Shrouded in Mystery

Bryn Celli Ddu Burial Chamber Sometimes, I am a bit old-fashioned when it comes to travel. I will get a paper map of the location that I am visiting and pour over it for hours looking for places of interest – ruins, historic homes, cemeteries, prehistoric locations, castles, you get the drift. That was how I found

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Virgin America raises the bar

Virgin America raises the bar

VIRGIN AMERICA OFFERS CLASSY CHECK-IN KIOSKS VIRGIN AMERICA NOTICES DETAILS Most check-in kiosks at the airports are pretty much the same – no frills, functional, and utilitarian. Not much to write about, until I passed the Virgin America desk.  Wow! I was so surprised by

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WITS – Women in Travel Summit 

WITS – Women in Travel Summit 

On the road to WITS16 WITS16, here I come! I am on my way to my first travel writer and blogger conference. WITS16 – Women in Travel Summit 2016-  is being held in fabulous Irvine, California near Newport Beach. I am so excited to network with

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A Travel App Worth Talking About

A Travel App Worth Talking About

There Is An App For That There are so many apps these days for all of our gadgets. Some very helpful such as those that help you keep track of your daily life, pictures, passwords, accounts, inventory and such. Then there are those that

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8 Things to do at the Texas Renaissance Festival

8 Things to do at the Texas Renaissance Festival

In the small town of Todd Mission, Texas approximately 50 miles northwest of Houston is the largest renaissance festival in this country. The Texas Renaissance Festival is 55 acres of fun, fantasy and merriment. Founded in 1974 by George Coulam, the festival welcomes half a million guests annually who are transported via their imagination to another time and land. The Texas Renaissance Festival proudly tips its hat to the over 500 costumed performers on 17 stages, and nearly 400 shops featuring unique artisans, merchants, craft vendors, human-powered rides and a diverse assortment of food purveyors offering mouth-watering dishes with a home-cooked flair. The festival runs

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What not to do with your gator in Louisiana

What not to do with your gator in Louisiana

Just in case you did not think Louisiana was eclectic enough – here are some truly unique, informative, interesting, and down right weird tidbits about Louisiana and one of its largest cities, New Orleans. Louisiana’s strange laws Louisiana was first successfully settled in 1718 after the French explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier had claimed it for France in 1682. Louisiana became the 18th state of the Union on August 30,1812 There is a bill in the State House of Representatives that fixed a ceiling on haircuts for bald men of 25 cents. There have been over 30 hurricanes that have hit Louisiana since 1900.

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Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival

Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival

The Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival and Chili Cook-off in Farmers Branch, Texas was quite a shindig event! The festival is put on every year by the Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce and the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation. This two day event brought 11 bands from around the country to show their talent for strumming out folk songs and over 20 chili chefs vying for the title of best Bloomin’ chili.

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Old time comfort pub food

Old time comfort pub food

Be Comforted The UK is known for their warm, hearty and flavorful foods. Pub recipes have been handed down for generations. They are a mixture of delightfully flavorful vegetables such as carrots, turnips, rutabagas, and potatoes. Meats such as lamb, venison, chicken, and veal are frequently used for hearty sustenance. Pubs are the place sample this Country’s vast and unique array of savory dishes. The pubs of the UK are as diverse as the people who inhabit the country and the food that they eat. Familiar menu items in a pub are their hearty and savory pies which they call pudding, made with a selection

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Balto

Balto

Balto Dogs have been herald as man’s best friend for centuries. They are always there when we need them, giving us unconditional love and not asking anything in return except for love. In a corner of Central Park in New York City is a monument to a dog that represents many dogs from several dog sled teams in a historically important time period in Alaska. Nome, Alaska The year is 1925. The location is Nome, a village just 2 degrees south of the Arctic Circle that saw a boom in population when gold was discovered there in 1899. The terrain is what some

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Monumental Monday: William Wallace Monument

Monumental Monday: William Wallace Monument

  The William Wallace Monument located in the stone age settlement of Stirling, Scotland, a city that surrounds the fortress Stirling Castle and the medieval old

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A hidden gem in the Yorkshire Dales

A hidden gem in the Yorkshire Dales

A Yorkshire Dales Discovery Tucked away in the Yorkshire Dales National Park in Tupgill Coverham, Leyburn is a fabulously fun hidden gem for young and young at heart called

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Travel Opportunities abound!

Earlier this summer I had took the opportunity to become involved in something that has been around since people have owned homes, had animals to care for and have traveled. In short, housesitting. In the past it has been neighbors, friends or family that would take care of your home and furry family members while you were on vacation or an extended leave. Well, now there is a new movement that is rocking the travel world, making it more convenient to go on vacations and holiday in addition to taking that once in a lifetime job opportunity across the world with

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What did you do this weekend?

Labor Day, which is the first Monday in September, is a national holiday to honor the contributions that American workers have made to our country as a whole and within the communities that they live in and to celebrate the national labor movement of the 1880’s. Labor Day is typically celebrated today with friends and families gathering together in parks or backyards firing up the BBQ’s filling the air with the wonderful mouth-watering aroma of chicken, steaks, hot dogs being grilled to perfection slathered in sweet honey bourbon bbq sauces touched with smoke from charcoal briquets and tables filled with

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The things you will see on the streets of London

The streets of London are very distinct in the curious and particular sights that you will encounter as you meander from one alley or cobble-stoned street to the next. There is such a vibrancy of diversity in both people and architectural structures that there is no shortage of interesting things that will catch your eye! On a recent jaunt down the A502 in London on our way to the Stables Market. It was quite obvious that the people we encountered were from a variety of life paths with a wide diversity of interests, characters and hobbies. There was the man who was in his later

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