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Timely Travel Thoughts & Tips – Volume 2

Bon Jour Travelers! Here are some thoughts on what we are doing and exploring in the world this week. HOTELS – Marrakech can be bewildering, and while it boasts many grand hotels, the smallish Riad l’Orangeraie is a jewel. Located in the heart of the Medina surrounded by the historic souks, it is still just…

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Timely Travel Thoughts & Tips – Volume 1

This is Volume 1 our blog with thoughts on what we are doing and exploring in the world this week. Sign up on our website and the latest editions will appear automatically in your inbox. HOTELS – Sometimes you land someplace very special. Terre di Himera in the hills above Cefalù, Sicily is certainly one…

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Everytime I am In Paris

The best steak-frite in Paris

Life is full of the unexpected, particularly when traveling. Sometimes it is nice then, to fall back on the familiar, the predictable, on the oh-so-reliable that – regardless of the frazzle of jet lag, long lines at passport control or rainy weather – you can rediscover your own spot of sunshine with a fine meal.…

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Why Florence Owns My Heart

The dome of the cathedral of Florence, Italy.

The first time I ever visited Florence, I was a young married woman, no kids yet, and no pre-conceived notion of what I would find.  I used a travel advisor (at the time they were always and only referred to as “travel agents”) who booked us into a hotel on the Oltrarno (other side of…

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Audrey’s Five Favorite World Travel Meals

Food. There are those that eat to live. Then there is me – I live to eat. Food is, like music, one of the things that bring back memories. It evokes the sounds, smells and sensations of my travel past. Simply by recalling a special meal, I am transported back to the place where I…

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Travel Gadgets & Gear I Want for the Holidays

All year long I read blogs and articles about cool travel gear.  I sneak looks at other travelers to see if they have something swell that I might want, too.  I love perusing luggage stores or the travel sections of Bed, Bath & Beyond or Every now and then I buy something that is just…

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Ooh La La! Paris Movies We Love

One of our favorite ways to prepare for a trip is to watch a movie about where we’re going. Other than actually being there, nothing transports you quite like a film.  Mais oui!  Here are a few of the Paris movies we love.  We’d love to know others that are on your list! Julie &…

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Nothing Stops the Adventurous Traveler

Well, it’s been another interesting year in the travel business.  Economic woes world-wide, natural disasters and terrorist threats; one would think, would keep people home.  And yet, we cannot keep up with all the requests, many of them last minute, for travel assistance. Nothing, it seems, can stop the adventurous from venturing forth. Despite every…

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Moments When Oprah Is Right

Last month Oprah declared being a travel agent was one of the top 5 “Happiest Jobs in America.” She featured author Dan Buettner as a job happiness expert – and he said to go for “bliss, not bucks.”  Hmm.  Bliss?  Hard work is more like it. But there are moments – wonderful moments – when…

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Anne & Audrey’s South Africa Adventure/ Rainbows & Warthogs

So, here is the latest from Africa:  VICTORIA FALLS – OMG! – you cannot begin to imagine it – very wet and wild. We got soaked just from walking along the edge of the surrounding cliffs. It was beautiful and we saw lots of rainbows, but the best was a DOUBLE RAINBOW which we took…

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