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DC Street Art


As you travel in many cities around the world, you occasionally see creative images on the sides of buildings. Art created in public places is often called “Street Art”. Street Art can range from simple to elaborate graffiti, murals, sculptures or any other medium that displays an artists creativity and vision. Traveling the streets of Washington D.C. is no different. ... Read More »

Aubergine at L’Auberge


Doing this job, having access to all these wonderful restaurants and eating so many meals can make a person forget to be excited about food from time to time. I recently found myself in that slump and was very lucky to have had my culinary excitement re-triggered when I dined at Aubergine at L’Auberge in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, a AAA Four ... Read More »

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico


San Miguel de Allende is a picturesque small city located in the green highland state of Guanajuato, and although there are no beaches here like so many popular spots in Mexico, the city has an unmistakeable allure that has captured the hearts of many that have made the trek into the mountains roughly 275 kilometers northwest of Mexico City. Today, ... Read More »

The 150th Anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference


This year Prince Edward Island, Canada, celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference. Why is this event a big deal? In 1864 this was the conference that began the talks for a union of the Maritimes. What actually took place was something much bigger than what anyone had expected. This conference turned out to be known in Canada’s history ... Read More »

Callaway Gardens, what a great place to get away!


During a recent work assignment to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, I decided to take a few hours to explore the nearby Callaway Gardens.  I expected a few walking trails and some nice local flora but I was unprepared to be impressed and inspired. The Gardens were established in 1952 by Carson and Virginia Callaway who understood the importance ... Read More »

Paris and Southern France – Summer 2014


We just returned from 2.5 wonderful weeks in France. We loved our time in Nice with our friends from Lancaster. Le Méridien Nice was in a perfect location on the Promenade des Anglais with a rooftop terrace overlooking the pebble beaches of the Baie des Anges, the Mediterranean Sea and the historic centre of Nice. We practically had front row ... Read More »

Candlestick Park


Candlestick Park is closing for good, 49ers are moving to Santa Clara. What are your memories of the ‘Stick? Built in 1960 for the San Francisco Giants, Candlestick Park was considered to be the first modern baseball stadium as it was built entirely of concrete. In 1971, the 49ers moved in. I’m not a sports fan but I was invited ... Read More »

Top Tips for Winning Pet Travel Photos

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Combine Smiles, Safety and Scenery Are you one of the many Americans who take your pets on vacation? Whether your favorite fur ball prefers hiking, boating or some other pursuit, capture the fun and enter your best shot in the AAA PetBook Photo Contest by November 30. The contest is sponsored by Best Western, which has more than 1,600 pet-friendly ... Read More »

Destination Fairbanks, Alaska


North to Alaska as the saying goes. More specific, let’s visit Fairbanks. Land of extremes – coldest temperature recorded was negative 66 (brrrrrrrr) and warmest was 99 degrees. Or, did you know, the longest day in Fairbanks is 21 hours 49 minutes and the shortest day each year is 3 hours 43 minutes. Visitors to the Golden Heart city are ... Read More »