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Turning Tides and A Welcomed Surprise

Unexpected and delightful, the Albanian Riviera provides quite the getaway. Whether you travel directly there or ferry over from the Greek island of Corfu, you’ll enjoy your time in this enigmatic country. Often overlooked as a Mediterranean country, Albania has stunning coastal scenery, as well as gloriously untamed vegetation. Located in the Ionian Sea, Albania sits within the serenity of...

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...

Oklahoma Oddities

Some people leave a mark on the world through scientific discovery or philanthropic efforts. Others have a more unique approach; they make a name for themselves by building roadside spectacles that have caught the attention of countless travelers over the years. Pay a visit to one of these oddities for a one-of-a-kind experience on your next road trip around...

A Serene Staycation

Often independently owned, a bed and breakfast (B&B) is a small hotel, usually wrapped in personal experiences and quaint charm. Oklahoma offers a handful. Cedar Rock Inn Tecumseh Perryman, a Creek Nation allottee, built his home in 1890. Now reimagined as Cedar Rock Inn at Redbury Farms, the B&B rests among 55 acres in the foothills west of downtown Tulsa. Five...

Prepping for Aquatic Adventures

With Memorial Day fast approaching, it’s a good idea to review general boating and swimming safety rules before taking that first trip to the lake or pool. Mike Mize, Oklahoma’s Boating Law Administrator, offers some advice.  1. Be aware of changing shoreline depths. Mize says that one factor often overlooked as it pertains to water safety is the ever-changing shoreline depths...

Honoring a Prolific Athlete

A two-bedroom house that was onced owned by one of America’s greatest sports heroes brings more than the occasional visitor to Yale, a community of about 1,200 in Payne County. The Jim Thorpe Home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was the only home the acclaimed Olympian owned in his lifetime, says Cindy White, Yale’s Chamber...

The Allure of Athens

This travel writer’s memories of former visits to Athens evoke graffiti, pollution, traffic and other details that major cities often include. However, a recent trip to Greece revealed details far more positive. Consider spending more time in Greece’s capital before connecting to islands and mainland cities. Immerse yourself in the enlivened metropolitan energy, which you’ll find to be contagious....

A Shimmering Jewel in the Canadian Rockies

Vividly turquoise and fed by melting snow, Lake Louise is a stunning blue sapphire cradled in the Rockies, colored by sunlight as it reflects off suspended glacial sediment. In the summer, the lake’s hue presents a striking contrast to the red canoes floating above. Named after Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, the sixth of Queen Victoria’s nine children, Lake Louise is...

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...