DIY Northern Italy

You can’t go wrong with Italy. It is one of the most exciting destinations in the world. The Italians exude so much history, style, art and great food, they even make the French jealous..If you’ve been once, you’ve no doubt crossed the Venice, Rome and Florence triangle off your list. Repeat visitors usually knock out […]

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Looking for Ghosts in San Diego

I had just checked into the Grande Colonial La Jolla and everything seemed as normal as it could be. As I turned toward the elevator, the man at the desk stopped me. “You don’t want to forget this” he’s said as he passed a small attaché case across the counter. “it’s your ghost hunter kit. […]

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How I Survived a Russian Sauna (Ба́ня здоровит, разгово́р весели́т.)

I’m sure we’ve all been in a similar situation. You’re in the country of Belarus, hanging out with the daughter (you’ve never met) of a former girlfriend, who lives in Dubai, when you get invited by the daughter’s high school friend to visit his parents and try their Russian sauna. Sound familiar? Like I said, […]

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Why it’s a Great Time to Visit Belarus Now

You may have never heard of Belarus. It’s one of those former USSR territories that gained its independence in the early 1990s and hasn’t seen a lot of publicity since. It’s strongly tied to Russia (Belarus actually means “White Russia” even though no one has ever heard of the created-in-America drink) and currently has the […]

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Pop Art and Pierogis in Pittsburgh

The church looked awfully busy for a Wednesday afternoon. As I walked through the double doors, I immediately noticed there was something a little different about this house of worship. The pews had been replaced by tables and the altar was adorned with giant beer tanks. The stained glass windows and other church decor had […]

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High Rolling in Vegas

I’ve been to Vegas a lot of times. I’ve never considered myself a high roller except maybe by third world country standards. I’ve never flown to Sin City by helicopter, had afternoon tea with Steve Wynn or played blackjack in the high stakes room. I normally stay in whatever hotel I get on sale, run […]

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How to Make Everyone in the World Love You

I hear this phrase a lot: “They don’t like Americans over there”. Usually the person saying it is an American and has never been “there” or anywhere else for that matter. The world is easier to understand if you make assumptions and base opinions  on what you thought you saw or read somewhere. Just apply […]

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Visiting Vivacious Vancouver

As we pulled next to the immigration booth, I turned up the volume of O’ Canada on the car stereo. The officer tried to hide her smile. Canadians are very patriotic as a rule and it’s doubtful anyone had ever played the Canadian National Anthem in quite that way or that loud before. We were just an […]

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More than Grunge – What to See in Seattle in a Day

  It was barely 8:00 and the line to Starbucks already looked more like the entrance to a Disney ride than a java shop. It was after all the original Starbucks, the Mecca of coffee, the place where it all began, and all the tourists wanted to say they’d “been there” and buy the $13 […]

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Visiting the Twins- Minneapolis and St. Paul

To be honest, Minneapolis wasn’t high on my travel list until I came across a Spirit Airlines promotion that seemed to good to be true. From Houston, the round trip fare was $46. I can’t even get an Uber to the airport for that. I tweeted the deal and asked my friends and followers if […]

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