Key West Florida

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We have done virtually everything there is to do in Key West, from parasailing above the coast to snorkeling and scuba diving beneath the seas. We have taken the obligatory Conch Train tour, sailed and kayaked its waterways as estuaries, browsed all the galleries and visited virtually every museum and historic site. (See our 2016 [Read more …]

South Beach Florida 2019

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Every few years, we tend to get to Florida, more specifically, Miami Florida. Not surprisingly, we usually time our visits during San Francisco’s colder and rainy months. After all, what is wrong with some sun and warmth. Sometimes we go down for Art Basil. Other times we go…just because. We recently spent a few short [Read more …]

Three Days of Polar Bears in the Subarctic Tundra

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We spent three days in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area, a provincial park on the shore of the Hudson Bay in Manitoba Canada where polar bears accumulate to await the formation of the ice and the resultant opportunity to feed on the seals. The area is also next to the Wapusk National Park. This huge [Read more …]

Winnipeg Manitoba Canada

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Most of our trips to Canada have been either to the east coast or the west coast. We have never been to Winnipeg. Not to knock the city, but it isn’t exactly a destination city for us. But Winnipeg was the gateway city for our next adventure….to Manitoba to see the polar bears. We made [Read more …]

The Berkshire Mountains

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Over the years, we have spent a lot of time in the Berkshire Mountains area: around Lenox, Stockbridge and Great Barrington: Summers for the Tanglewood Music Festival; Fall for foliage; and Winter when we used to cross-country ski. The area also has a lot of day-time activities. In addition to exploring the towns’ downtown areas, [Read more …]

Camden Maine

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To us, Camden Maine is the prettiest and our favorite town on the central Maine coast. Camden is also made for walking, and browsing. While relatively small, it is loaded with restaurants, interesting shops, galleries and docks with Windjammer sailing ships, including the Appledore II (on which we took a short cruise on a previous [Read more …]

Portland Maine

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The Changing Face of Old Port Portland Maine Downtown Portland Maine is a lovely place to visit with its renovated, 19th-century brick buildings that now house restaurants, bars and upscale shops. Since our last visit, the town appear to have been a fair amount of development. This area now has a number of new shops [Read more …]

Finger Lakes New York

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Traveling around the Finger Lakes Central New York has a series of lakes which look like fingers from the air—well, maybe a lot of fingers. No surprise that this area is called the Finger Lakes Region. We grew up not far from this area (Syracuse New York) and have visited it several times. This time [Read more …]

Toronto Ontario

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Toronto On our last trip to Toronto Canada, we toured a number of the neighborhoods. This time we focused on a few less-known, more out of the way attractions and returns to some of our favorite areas and some necessary shopping. Toronto City Center is literally growing by leaps (upward) and bounds (outward). The downtown [Read more …]

Willamette Valley Oregon Restaurants and Hotel

We love revisiting favorite restaurants and exploring new ones when we travel. On our 2018 trip to Willamette Valley Oregon, we had time to check out several restaurants: Tina’s (Dundee) a popular restaurant with a fun wine list that has one, or possibly two wines apiece from a large number of the valley’s wineries. We [Read more …]