Posts by onthemaptravel

Anne & Audrey’s African Adventure/Victoria Falls

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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Anne & Audrey’s South Africa Adventure/1

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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On The Map’s Favorite Afternoon Tea in London

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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10 Movies To Watch Before You Travel To Italy

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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Top 6 Reasons To Have A Passport

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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Wine, Poetry & Patagonia Women’s Trip/Chapter 4

Fung Shui, Science Fiction and Barrel Lullabies February 3 (continued) So – two wineries and one excellent lunch later – were we done for the day?  Not a chance.  We headed next to Montes – the winery that is credited with introducing the concept of creating premium wine in Chile – up until about the 1980s, Chilean…

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Wine, Poetry & Patagonia Women’s Trip/Chapter 3

A Sip Here, A Nibble There: Wine + Food February 3 We are up and out and on our way to the Colchagua Valley to begin some serious wine tasting for non-serious wine drinkers.  First stop – Casa Silva – a charming place that has been family owned and run since 1892. Tiny, elegant and a…

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Wine, Poetry & Patagonia Women’s Trip/Chapter 2

Inspired by Chileans – My ‘New’ New Year’s Resolution February 2 I went to the airport to pick up our group of “interesting, imaginative and adventurous” travelers (that language was from our brochure).  It was the first time I’d met some of them and instantly knew we would be a good conglomeration of personalities. Standing in…

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Wine, Poetry & Patagonia Women’s Trip/Chapter 1

Welcome to Chile.  You’re Busted. January 31 Leaving for Santiago, Chile.  The flight was crowded, long and uneventful.  But not a problem for me – I just kept thinking about the adventure ahead.  In his famous poem Descubridores de Chile, the country’s beloved poet and diplomat Pablo Neruda romanticizes his homeland as a “slim nation” made of…

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Entering the Blogging World

It seems like it was yesterday I had this notion of starting up a travel company that really paid attention to the details of travel.  So I did.  On The Map Travel (check it out at www.onthemaptravel.com). Not mass market stuff, but trips that include all the small things I love so much when I…

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