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As One Car Door Closes, Another Airplane Door Opens:

Highlights of 2014 For the most part, the past year has been nothing short of terrific. I say “for the most part,” because C.J., my 16-year-old early 2000’s four-legged traveling companion, crossed the Rainbow Bridge in August. And because as the year closes out we opened the window, and in-flu-enza. Simon and I are both […]

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[Weekly WOW #019] Discovering Bangers and Mash in England:

Evolution of a Family Christmas Tradition My first Christmas in England with the in-laws was fun, festive, interesting and only a tiny bit stressful. Having grown up with no Christmas traditions of any kind, I was eager to embrace those of Simon’s family, including the set-in-stone bangers and mash (sausages and mashed potatoes) on Christmas […]

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[Weekly WOW #018] The Trains in Spain:

High-Speed Gets You There, So You Can Take Your Time Being There Life is full of “firsts”, and if you’re lucky, most of them will fall under the category of WOW! I’m one of the lucky ones. Many of my “firsts”, such as my first ride on a high-speed train, have been of that class. […]

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[Weekly WOW #016] Squid on Steroids:

Bar La Campana in Madrid Calamari (deep-fried squid) is one of those foods that has no middle ground. For most, it’s either an emphatic “yuck”, or a definite WOW Using the above logic, Bar La Campaign in Madrid is either a place you will choose to pass by, or deliberately seek out. This is because, […]

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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 […]


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 […]