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Explore Los Angeles

Los Angeles, in southern California, is known the world over for its glitz and glamour. This city is definitely worth a visit while in the USA to see the theme parks, palm tree-lined boulevards and maybe even movie stars!

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June 14, 2010 by | Comments Off on Explore Los Angeles

Oregon Summer Beercations

Looking for the perfect place for a summer beercation so you can geek out on beer, sample dozens of different styles and rub shoulders with friendly brewers? Park yourself in Portland, Oregon. Also known as Beervana – it houses 32 breweries in the city limits which is more than any other city on earth. True, […]

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June 4, 2010 by | Comments Off on Oregon Summer Beercations

Making Macarons and Pastry in Paris

Visitors to Paris (Americans in particular), and even the odd Parisian, go gaga over the things, oohing, ahhing, and salivating over the sugary confections through shop windows, so I have decided to find out first-hand just what the fuss is all about on a pastry cooking class organized by our friends at Viator.

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June 3, 2010 by | 2 Comments

New York’s 9/11 Ground Zero Museum Workshop

While few people chose to travel in pursuit of tragedies, occasionally a tragedy helps put a destination into meaningful context. No where is that more true than New York City. The attacks of September 11, 2001 are easy to overlook nowadays; New York is healing, moving on, looking forward not back. And yet 9/11 was […]

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June 1, 2010 by | 2 Comments

Best Things to Do and See in Toronto

Great restaurants. The Hockey Hall of Fame. The Toronto Blue Jays. A TV- and movie-friendly skyline (who knew Detroit Rock City, Good Will Hunting, and Police Academy 1 – 4 were all filmed here?). Toronto is Ontario’s capital and the largest city in Canada; so please, let’s show the city some respect. It’s diverse, culturally […]

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May 24, 2010 by | Comments Off on Best Things to Do and See in Toronto

Maui: Just the Ticket for Beach Novices

Maui seemed suspiciously easy. It could be reached in five hours via a non-stop flight from San Francisco, on the airline that awards me bonus miles for my travel. There would be no issues with language, immigration, food, water, weather, currency, or driving on the wrong side of the road. What wasn’t there to like, […]

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May 21, 2010 by | 2 Comments

Things to Do in New Orleans: Uptown Jazz to Carrollton Crawfish

This is where dreams of New Orleans become reality. There I sat in a timeless bar, in the cradle of jazz music, listening to a screaming clarinet player, propelled by a drummer, stand-up bass, piano and banjo. Time and space ceased to exist as the music, beer and crowd flowed into a singular composition we […]

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May 11, 2010 by | Comments Off on Things to Do in New Orleans: Uptown Jazz to Carrollton Crawfish

Astoria, Oregon: Maritime History Meets Beer

Lewis and Clark couldn’t wait to high-tail it out of the area back in 1806 when they set up their winter camp near Astoria. Then again, they didn’t hang around until spring when the flowers bloom, the sun shines, and the Columbia River glistens and shines. At least it did the weekend we visited. If […]

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May 10, 2010 by | 4 Comments

San Francisco: Weekend Getaway

Welcome to San Francisco, that exotic city of hills where east meets west, high tech lives with crunchy granola and bohemian culture births movements and culture known around the world. The Beats, the Hippies and the Summer of Love flowered here as well as music from the Grateful Dead to The Dead Kennedys. The cities […]

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May 7, 2010 by | Comments Off on San Francisco: Weekend Getaway

Washington DC: A Contemporary Architecture Tour

No surprise, Washington DC is a city deeply rooted in American history. Its urban fabric is adorned with grand monuments and patriotic memorials, often cast in severe neoclassical forms to highlight their historical prominence. This doesn’t mean Washington DC is stuck in the past. In fact there’s a growing collection of buildings here that speak […]

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April 27, 2010 by | Comments Off on Washington DC: A Contemporary Architecture Tour