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Luxury in Lummi

The island is a skinny, nine-mile-long spatula, serving up thick slices of scenic country road bicycling, mountain hiking and world-class kayaking under the curious eyes of leaping black and white orca whales. Lummi (rhymes with yummy) Island, Wash., lies just shy of the Canadian border, off the coast near Bellingham, protected on its western flank by the San Juan Islands....

Sweet Nile of Mine

A trip to Egypt is an ambitious undertaking, but extremely worthwhile. A recommended route is a Nile River cruise, connecting you to major points of destination with iconic landmarks. It can also be accomplished by flying directly into Cairo and connecting onto Luxor for focused stops. Cairo Arriving into Cairo is sensory overload. A city of approximately 23 million people means...

Serenity in Sumba

If you want to know what Bali was like before it hit the big time, visit Sumba. The classic Indonesian islands lie almost next to each other on the archipelago, but are worlds apart in the glitz and glam department.  Yes, some investment has come to Sumba Island as of late but so far, not widespread commercialism. And, for many,...

A Taste of Spain

Culture, climate and geography converge in Spain to produce some of the most highly prized foods in the world, including olive oils, cheeses and cured ham, notably Serrano and Ibérico. Let’s start with the ham. The exceptional Ibérico pig descends from a breed of wild boar that once roamed the Mediterranean basin. The animals are the last of the grazing...

The Many Moods of Montenegro

Called ‘Little Russia’ and ‘the Switzerland of the Adriatic,’ the uniqueness of Montenegro provides many moods. Meaning ‘black mountain,’ Montenegro is a stunning destination that was once part of the former Yugoslavia.  Inheriting its beauty from both the Balkans and the Adriatic, Montenegro is home to many natural extremes; the country has the largest vineyard in Europe and the second...

The Jewel of the Caribbean

Draped like a cape across Colombia’s Caribbean coast, the port city of Cartagena is a lively mix of Spanish culture, colonial history and carefree beach life – and it’s catching on. The city of red tiled roofs, vibrant house colors, horse-drawn carriages, cobblestone streets and salsa is suddenly on everyone’s must-see list.   In the 16th century, the Spanish built walls...

Swiss Bliss

High in the Swiss Alps north of Lucerne lies a jewel of a village called Lungern, gracing the shores of a shimmering emerald lake of the same name. Lake Lungern offers incomparable scenery amid the imposing peaks of central Switzerland. Its appeal is legendary. Hikers, skiers, fans of water sports and lovers of nature have journeyed to the area for...

Untamed and Supersized

At more than six million acres, Denali National Park and Preserve in south central Alaska is a wilderness three times as large as Yellowstone and home to glaciers, boreal forests and the highest peak in North America – formerly known as Mt. McKinley and now called Denali. Meaning “the great one” in the native Alaskan dialect, Mount Denali towers 20,300...

Prime Time in the City of Gnomes

Zurich swings to a different rhythm than most big European cities. It’s a more sophisticated beat, reflecting the city’s role as not only Switzerland’s largest city (population of 1.4 mil) but also the hub of the nation’s staid financial and unexpectedly robust artistic lives. The city of gnomes (as Brits used to call Swiss bankers) is a clean, glittering,...

Mountain Empire

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Tri-Cities region of Tennessee and Virginia offers small town charm and breathtaking natural beauty.   Let’s face it: Most travelers with any experience can name the great cities of the world, the American “second cities” that are equally as appealing and, of course, well-traveled specific tourist destinations. But is Manhattan, Miami Beach or Milan the...