Category Archives: High Value

Alaskan cruise highlight

My mom asked me to plan a family vacation to Alaska and assumed we would go on a cruise with a side trip to Mt. McKinley, but her budget did not permit that. Instead all seven of us flew into … Continue reading

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Road Warrior

A few years ago Facebook enabled a re-connection with Chuck, a guy who grew up in my neighborhood and I had known since kindergarten.  I have truly enjoyed our conversations in the past couple of years, visiting him in when … Continue reading

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How To: Select a Private Guide

I’ve spoke often about how I place a high value on hiring a personal guide when you want a better insider experience in any place you visit. I’ve never explained how I chose a guide, though, so I thought I … Continue reading

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To Attend or Not to Attend, That is the Question

I was talking with a childhood friend on Facebook a couple of weeks ago and we agreed that the best thing a very bigoted 5th grade teacher had taught us was that Shakespeare was accessible. We presented a scaled down version of … Continue reading

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Unusual Lodging

Some people prefer to book stays in chain hotels so they know they can expect a consistent accommodation no matter where in the world they travel. So, they gravitate to  Marriott or Ramada or Hilton. Others seek something different. They are people … Continue reading

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Sewing Circles

My worlds are overlapping again. You ever feel like the things you do, the groups where you are involved, are separate, and then something merge? A friend, cleaning up the pile of things left from when her mom passed away, … Continue reading

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Some Best Places to Eat

We are foodies, no bones about it. I’m a pretty good cook but Graham is so much better and while I can make some good chow, he can serve a dinner that many homestyle restaurants can’t. So when we travel, … Continue reading

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Child Centered Trip….NOT!

We started travelling when I was 3 years old and I know there probably were plenty of times I sat there, stuck in the middle of the backseat of the 1955 Chevy station wagon, that my inner voice screamed, “ARE … Continue reading

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Exploring off the Beaten Track

Where do most visitors to a major city go?  Guidebooks, websites and travel agents are quick to suggest lists of “must see” places.  I am not pooh poohing those lists or those places.  But I want to suggest that not every … Continue reading

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Alternative Vacation Housing

During our recent 2 night stay in New York City we rented an apartment on the West Side just off Central Park West. I wanted a neighborhood that would be close enough to where Graham had his meeting, easy access … Continue reading

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