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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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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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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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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For a real Willy Wonka adventure, hop on board Switzerland’s Chocolate Train.  And what do you get?  A train ride AND all the chocolate you can eat!  My idea of a perfect day.  In Montreux, Switzerland we boarded vintage “Belle Epoque Pullman” 1915 carriages – with beautiful woodwork and velvet seats – and enjoyed croissants…

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We drove to Johannesburg from Pretoria and then flew to Victoria Falls – “The Smoke That Thunders”.  Hello Zimbabwe!  Oh my, the things we have seen since arriving here about 3 hours ago!  In the middle of town there were baboons and warthogs (I think I saw Pumbaa) wandering freely.  Is that crazy or what?…

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Thanks to South Africa Airways, our flights from Washington Dulles to Capetown were comfortable (well as comfortable as you can be in coach for 19 hours.  But who cares?  We were headed to Africa!)  As expected, Cape Town was beautiful.  We had a full and fun day exploring and taking in the sights: Table Mountain,…

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Well, of course you have to pretend to be British at least once during your stay in London!  One of the best ways?  Afternoon tea. I love everything about it.  The good smells, the warm homey scones, the relaxing pace and mostly, I suppose, the fact that it takes place at that time of day…

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One of our favorite ways to prepare for a trip is to watch a film about where we’re going. Other than actually being there, nothing transports you quite like a film.  It can set the stage, remind you of something you want to see or do (or eat!) and generally is a fab way to…

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It’s a fact:  Most Americans do not have a passport. The number of Americans who have a passport, according to the State Department, is 68 million, or around 22% of the population.  That means that as of this year, 78% of US citizens cannot see the Eiffel Tower or Machu Picchu or the Great Wall of…

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