Festive London: Three of the Best Santa’s Grottos

January 7, 2013
Santa's Grotto London

Those with kids will know that a visit to Santa’s grotto is a Christmas institution. However, choose carefully. There’s nothing more disappointing than a bad Santa, and one obvious beard can be enough to ruin the magic for little ones for good. If you can get to London then you’ll be spoilt for choice for […]

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Why Buying a Ski Holiday for Your Spouse Can be the Ultimate Surprise

January 6, 2013
Skiing Couple

Everyone loves gifts, especially when they are from a special person. Men often want to surprise their wives with unexpected gifts, but at the same time they don’t want to be too predictable. A lot of people don’t know much about gift shopping or do not have the time to search for the perfect gift, […]

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Circle of Wits

August 6, 2012
Cuba Capitol Dome

Outwitted by Edwin Markham (1852-1940) He drew a circle that shut me out — Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But Love and I had the wit to win: We drew a circle that took him in! Have you ever experienced prejudice or adversity on your travels? How have you handled it?

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The 10 Wildest Little Known Festivals in the World (Part 2)

July 2, 2012
If you're not careful your face can stick in that expression.

Last time we spoke about five odd but super fun sounding festivals held around the world. Today we continue that topic with five more crazy awesome festivals. Which one would you attend? 6. The Redneck Games This festival was created out of the offense taken by media implications that the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta […]

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The 10 Wildest Little Known Festivals in the World (Part 1)

June 18, 2012
Holi, India's Color Festival

There are thousands of festivals celebrated all around the world. Many are known to almost everyone, however, there are a few that are not. 1. The Baby Jumping Festival Taking place every year in the village of Castrillo de Murcia, Spain, the ceremony involves men dressed as the devil literally jumping over a mattress full […]

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The Artist Eye: The Parthenon, Athens, Greece

May 4, 2012
Keira at the Parthenon

Q: What is the Parthenon? A: It is the Doric temple of Athena on the Acropolis in Athens. Q: What is the Greek Doric style? A: You can tell a Greek Doric column apart from other Greek column styles (Ionic, Corinthian) with relative ease. The Doric style is the simplest of the columns in terms […]

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Photo Essay: Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius

April 5, 2012
Mercury Fountain at Pompeii, Italy

Going to Pompeii was a truly extraordinary experience. I found my time here really made learning some things in art history a breeze because I was previously exposed to it. I wish I had had the chance to visit the brothels but our tour did not extend that far into the site. Have you been? […]

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Quick Travel Tip: Rome, Italy

March 9, 2012
Trattoria Melo near Trajan's Column

The popular catchphrase “When in Rome, do as the Romans do!” applies perfectly today to this quick travel tip. When I was in Rome in 2011 and visiting with my friends who live there (we had met on a previous cruise to Antarctica) we did a lot of sightseeing together and sitting down to eat. […]

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Travel to St. Petersburg: 10 Things You Gotta Do!

January 29, 2012
Keira and friend in the Palace Square before the Alexander Column

1. The Palace Square – At the center of the Palace Square is the Alexander Column. This column with the angel on top, was built to celebrate Russia’s victory over Napoleon. When I was in St. Petersburg in 1997 Boris Yeltsin was visiting the city too. He came through the zone with an ambulance following […]

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Travel to London: 10 Things Not to Miss

January 11, 2012
Keira next to a St. James Palace Guard

10. Snap your picture with a Queen’s Guard. You can find the Guard throughout London at different sightseeing spots: Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace, Wellington Barracks and the Tower of London. While you’re getting your tourist photo with a sentry don’t forget to explore the places where they’re guarding. That’s half the fun! 9. Watch […]

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