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My, Oh My, Miami

For those with a preference for enlivened destinations, a penchant for fashion and a passion for cuisine, Miami is your place. Mosey through her menagerie of districts. After all, coastal cities have several advantages over their landlocked counterparts ... the shore, the sea and the color palette, to name a few. The accessibility, shopping, and excursions, too; it’s a...

A City of Art and Elegance

The temples, shrines and neighborhoods in this seaside town of half a million reflect Japan’s colorful past better than most Japanese cities, because Kanazawa, much like Kyoto, escaped destruction during WWII. The influence of the feudal lords and emperors who reigned for centuries is evident in the city’s culture, architecture and food. Kanazawa is on the Sea of Japan, on...

Tuk-Tuk Me Through Lisbon

Lisbon is a bustling metropolis with grandeur that includes architecture, statues and plazas. Cruise ships and multiple train stations prove the popularity of Portugal’s capital city. Yet with all the big-city cachet it offers, Lisbon also has many quaint pockets worth exploring – as that’s where the heart of the city truly pulses. The art district, for example, is...

Captivated in Cape Town

Cape Town was founded in the 1650s by the Dutch as a rest stop for ships heading east on the legendary Spice Route. The site on the southern tip of the African continent was a good choice, with two oceans and a large bay in its front yard. The backdrop is courtesy several mountain ranges dominated by the 3,500-foot...

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...