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The Turkey Trot:

Thanksgiving On the Road Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. The best way to spend it? At home, cooking a huge feast for our family, good friends and – as in recent years – a couple of young Marines from Camp Lejeune as part of our community’s Thanksgiving with the Marines annual event. But […]

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[Weekly WOW #012] Chocolate and Churros in Madrid:

Want to Take a Dip? Come on in, the Chocolate’s Fine If you only have one breakfast in Madrid, make it chocolate con churros at Chocolateria San Ginés. The café, which was opened in 1894, is located in a passageway near the San Ginés Church. But the café’s close proximity to eternal salvation has never […]

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[Weekly WOW #009] The Damascene Jewelry of Toledo, Spain:

Modern Artisans Use Ancient Techniques to Create Timeless Beauty Toledo, 45 miles south of Madrid, is a town of many WOW’s. The only way to describe this Castilian gem is “magical”. The perfect fusion of Christian, Jewish and Muslim cultures can be seen everywhere, including the stunning hand-made damascene jewelry to be found throughout the […]

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[Weekly WOW #008] The Whispering Gallery at St. Paul’s Cathedral:

A WOW of a Whisper So there I was, sitting on a bench, minding my own business, when I heard a voice whispering to me from behind my head. Normally, this would have given me a start, since the only thing behind me was a solid wall, but I had been forewarned. The voice was […]

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[Weekly WOW #007] Museo dell’Opera del Duomo in Florence:

Where “Fine” applies to more than art A rainy morning in Florence had given way to a brilliant blue sky and warming sun. Simon, C.J. and I had made the most of the day, and by the time we left the magnificent Cathedral of Florence  – a WOW in its own right – late in […]

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Ghastly, Ghostly, Gruesome Tales from London’s Dark Side

If you Like Your History with a Hefty Dose of Goosebumps, the Criminal London Night Walking Tour Will Fit You Like a Shroud Standing at the site where Scottish hero, William Wallace was executed was enough to give me a chill in and of itself, but when Robert, our well-informed and articulate City Wonders Tours […]

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[Weekly WOW #005] The Roman Aqueduct of Segovia

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a Testament to Ingenuity and Endurance On a low ledge at the base of an enormous stone block pillar, I sat, checking my iPhone for email, while a light breeze provided occasional relief from an unsympathetic sun. At my feet, Otto lay on his back, waiting for me to […]

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Harry Potter and the Magical Studio Tour

Simon and I have been Harry Potter fans since the spring of 2001, when we read our first audio book  during a road trip. Since then, we’ve read all seven books, and watched six of the eight films. So it should come as no surprise that we jumped at the chance to indulge ourselves in […]

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[Weekly WOW #001] – World’s Oldest Working Restaurant

Quality is Timeless at this Madrid Landmark Calle Cuchilleros, in Madrid’s Old City, is the location for the oldest working restaurant in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records. Sobrino de Botin was founded by a French chef in 1725, and is now owned by Antonio González and his two brothers, who serve up […]

Central and South America / Europe / Middle East / Service Dog Savvy

Documentation for Guide Dogs Traveling to Countries Outside the U.S.A. ~ by Simon

(Before I turn this space over to Simon, here are two suggestions that might be helpful. (1) The following information, in most cases, applies to pets in general. If you’re planning to take your furry friend outside the U.S., always check the official government website of the country you will be visiting. This is also […]