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  • Tejo's Amazing Portuguese Wines

    Tejo Has 50,000 Acres of Vineyards

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 23rd, 2015

    Tejo with its temperate southern Mediterranean climate has 50,000 acres of vineyards, 2800 hours of sunlight a year and less than 30 inches of rainfall each year with temperatures that average 60°F

  • Estonia

    Tallinn, the capital city

    By: Zeren Earls - Jul 20th, 2015

    The old part of Tallinn is a chronicle in stone of the city's history. Carefully conserved narrow little streets, cathedral spires, 15th- 16th- and 17th-century houses define the character of old Tallinn. The new glass and steel high-rise buildings add a youthful touch to a picture-book city.

  • Wyatt Earp King of the Wild Frontier

    Encounter with Gunslinger in Virginia City, Nevada

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    By: Susan Cohn - Jul 23rd, 2015

    By the time he took part in The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona Territory, Wyatt Earp was already famous; after that October afternoon in 1881, he was a legend.

  • St. Petersburg

    The Cultural Capital of Russia

    By: Zeren Earls - Jul 26th, 2015

    Founded by Peter the Great as the Venice of the North, St. Petersburg lives up to that image with inspired art and architecture. Opulent palaces, grand cathedrals, and ornate buildings line its canals connected with beautiful bridges. The fantastic art and cultural programs that fill the monumental buildings make the visit all the more compelling.

  • Dig This a Super Sized Sandbox Near Vegas

    Biggest Toys Imaginable

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    By: Susan Cohn - Jul 31st, 2015

    Ed Mumm the owner of Dig This said, “Originally I thought only men would be into this. As soon as we opened our doors for business, it became very obvious that I was wrong. Half of our clients are woman who apparently have also craved the opportunity to play in bulldozers and excavators. I think it is very empowering for them and is fantastic therapy to take control of a 20 ton piece of machinery and tear up some earth and what ever else is in their way.”

  • Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

    Tiffany Treasures in Winter Park, Florida

    By: Susan Cohn - Aug 01st, 2015

    Catherine Hinman, the Museum’s Director of Public Affairs and Publications, said “A highlight of a visit [to the Morse Museum] is always the Byzantine-Romanesque chapel interior Tiffany designed for exhibition at the 1893 world’s fair in Chicago, which literally brought fair-goers to their knees in 1893 and continues to mesmerize our visitors today.”

  • The KUMU Art Museum

    Tallinn, Estonia

    By: Zeren Earls - Aug 01st, 2015

    The winner of the European Museum of the Year Award in 2008, the KUMU soars as the youthful face of independent Estonia. The museum's state-of-the-art galleries display selections from its 58,000-piece collection of Estonian art from the 18th century to the 1990s, including works from the Soviet era. The KUMU is a compelling destination in Tallinn, Estonia's charming capital.

  • Going Dutch Iron Pot Cooking

    Celebrating Nevada's Frontier Heritage

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    By: Susan Cohn - Aug 05th, 2015

    Dutch oven cooking, popular since colonial times, came to Nevada with the early Mormon settlers of the area and remains a way of life even today. Nevada state parks regularly give demonstrations of how to cook with the short-legged, cast iron vessel with the rimmed lid.

  • Nevada Northern Railway Museum in Ely

    An Exciting Hands on Adventure

    The classroom is on the tracks during the Nevada Northern Railway Museum’s Railroad Reality Week in Ely.  PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy Nevada Northern Railway Museum.
    By: Susan Cohn - Aug 06th, 2015

    Railroad Reality Week takes place at the Nevada Northern Railway Complex, the best preserved, least altered and most complete main yard remaining from the steam railroad era.

  • Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix

    Saguaro Cactus Featured Among Exotic Species

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    By: Susan Cohn - Aug 11th, 2015

    The Garden comprises 140 acres and has more than 50,000 plants in its collection, including 139 rare, threatened, or endangered species. It focuses on plants adapted to desert conditions, including an Australian collection, a Baja California collection and a South American collection.

  • Exploring Mexican Cuisine

    Vallarta Food Tours

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    By: Susan Cohn - Aug 14th, 2015

    In addition to the Pitallal neighborhood tour, Vallarta Food Tours offers a day tour that explores Puerto Vallarta’s centro and old town neighborhoods, with sampling of mole enchiladas, traditional ceviche tostadas, tacos from an authentic taco stand, traditional drinks, and regional candies.

  • Latvia

    Riga, Ligatne, Cesis

    By: Zeren Earls - Jul 15th, 2015

    At the crossroads of East and West on The Baltic Sea, Latvia offers a vast cultural heritage. Riga, the largest of the Baltic capitals, has a charming Old Town with medieval and baroque architecture and is also considered the capital of Europe's Art Nouveau style with over 800 buildings. Ligatne and Cesis are both small towns within Gauja National Park with historic and natural treasures of their own.

  • The Venetian in Vegas

    Lagoons in the Deserts of Nevada

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    By: Susan Cohn - Jul 14th, 2015

    Amazingly you can take a gondola trip through the glorious Venetian an upscale resort hotel in Vegas. There is no need for an expensive trip to Italy when you can toss in gambling for a casino weekend here in the USA.

  • Lithuania: Part One

    Vilnius and Trakai

    By: Zeren Earls - Jul 09th, 2015

    Having gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1993, Lithuania has bravely reclaimed its culture and recreated itself into a modern republic in a short time. In the capital city of Vilnius, the Old Town radiates with history while modern-day shops, cafes and restaurants animate the cobblestone lanes and courtyards. Trakai, the country's medieval capital, has a 15th-century castle, which sits on an island, reflecting like a jewel in the waters of Galve Lake.

  • Lithuania: Part Two

    Klaipeda and the Curonian Spit

    By: Zeren Earls - Jul 10th, 2015

    A harbor city on the Baltic Sea, Klaipeda is the gateway to the Curonian Spit, a picturesque strip of sand between the sea and the Curonian lagoon, lined with fishing villages and resorts. The beaches attract amber hunters; the hills beckon with folk sculptures. The strip is also home to a variety of birds such as the grey heron and cormorants.

  • Poland: Part two

    Warsaw

    By: Zeren Earls - Jul 01st, 2015

    Poland's capital, Warsaw, is also its intellectual, creative, and business center. Hometown of Chopin, the composer's footprint punctuates the city. Although 85% of Warsaw had been destroyed during WW II, it has been rebuilt both to honor history, while also erecting a modern, dynamic metropolis.

  • Poland: Part One

    Krakow and Auschwitz

    By: Zeren Earls - Jun 26th, 2015

    Despite a rocky history of occupation, war and suppression, Poland, a country of 40 million people, has maintained its cultural vibrancy. Krakow has a wealth of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture that dot the city as churches, museums and theaters. Auschwitz-Birgenau camps provide on-site experience to learn about one of the darkest periods in human history.

  • De Leon Springs State Park

    Florida's Fountain of Youth

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    By: Susan Cohn - Jun 24th, 2015

    De Leon Springs was first occupied as early as 8000 BCE by local Native American tribes. In the 16th century, Spanish forces passed through (perhaps including Explorer Juan Ponce de León, whom history links to the fabled Fountain of Youth). The area came under American ownership after Florida became a territory in 1821.

  • Art of Puerto Vallarta

    Sculpture Walk on the Malecón

    Puerto Vallarta
    By: Susan Cohn - Jun 24th, 2015

    Puerto Vallarta’s spectacular curving esplanade known as the Malecón is the place for a relaxing stroll any time of the day, but Tuesday mornings hold a special attraction – a free guided walk of the dramatic monumental bronze and stone sculptures that punctuate this broad, exclusively pedestrian, seaside promenade.

  • Zacatecas

    The City with Museums

    By: Zeren Earls - Oct 30th, 2014

    On the foothills of the mountains, Zacatecas is a museum city carved out of pink stone; it is also a city of museums. It is a joy to walk the streets and to visit the museums of this fabled silver city in northern Mexico.

  • Guadalajara

    Mexico's Most Livable City

    By: Zeren Earls - Oct 23rd, 2014

    The capital of Jalisco, Guadalajara is a vibrant cosmopolitan city. Designated as "best place to live" by a national survey, it is home to thirteen universities, an abundance of historical treasures, lovely plazas, beautiful fountains, and compelling murals.

  • Namibia: Part One

    Windhoek, capital city

    By: Zeren Earls - Mar 25th, 2015

    Situated in the south-western Atlantic sea-board of the African subcontinent, Namibia has natural assets ranging from a haunting coastline to desert dunes of red-orange sand and national parks teeming with wildlife. Windhoek is the capital to a young nation of thirteen cultural groups and colonial descendants, all of whom contribute to a vibrant city.

  • Namibia: Part Two

    Sossusvlei and the Namib Sand Sea

    By: Zeren Earls - Mar 31st, 2015

    A World Heritage Site, Namib Sand Sea has unique natural wonders such as the Sossusvlei clay pan, which fills with water every 5-6 years; towering red-orange dunes, whose colors and patterns shift with the wind and light; and the Sesriem Canyon, a deep gorge, which harbors birds and desert animals. A hot-air balloon ride over the natural spectacles is a once in a life-time experience with indelible images.

  • Namibia: Part Three

    Walvis Bay and the Skeleton Coast

    By: Zeren Earls - Apr 07th, 2015

    Pleasant weather with ocean breezes, a rich wetland with coastal birds, a vibrant harbor with cafes and restaurants, a haunting coastline by the desert, and tribes that still cling to ancestral ways make this region of Namibia an attractive destination to visit.

  • Namibia: Part Four

    Damaraland

    By: Zeren Earls - Apr 13th, 2015

    Million years old molten rocks, petrified tree trunks in river gorges, wind-sculpted sandstone cliffs, and flat-topped mountains make this remote, rugged region in north-west Namibia a geological wonderland. Indicating a wetter past, the phenomenal landscape has attracted people here as far as 6000 years ago, their presence marked today by an amazing outdoor gallery of rock engravings.

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