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36 Hours in San Diego

Five friends and I had 36 glorious hours in San Diego, including New Year’s Eve. We also spent 18 hours on the road coming and

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A Visit To King Arthur Flour

One of my favorite things about travel,  actually about life itself, is how every so often,  something both unanticipated and delightful pops up when we

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Sailing the Amalfi Coast

Just writing the title of this entry draws me back to the beautiful Southern Coast of Italy.  It’s rugged, with towns carved from rocky promontories

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Roma in Late May

A Roman Holiday, La Dolce Vita, Three Coins in a Fountain — the list of movies filmed in this historic city goes on and on. 

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Afternoon Tea at Onamea Tea Plantation

Afternoon Tea on Onomea Bay Courtesy of Sonia Martinez: On a beautiful Spring afternoon not long ago, I was invited to join friends for

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Intrepid Spice Hunter

Courtesy of Courtney Dunk: (Courtney writes a great blog at the above address.  Check it out!) Sometimes I tell myself if I had it

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Female Coffee Growers in Peru

Female Coffee Growers Find New Freedoms in Peru By Sadie Hoagland – WeNews correspondent NUEVO YORK, Peru (WOMENSENEWS)–Her hands move methodically down the branch, raking

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Don Fernando Patino

1908 — September 2001 — National Treasure of Mexico When I first met Don Fernando in October of 1994, I was already in possession of

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