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New Zealand – South Island

After a three-and-a-half-hour smooth crossing from Wellington to Picton – South Island, we headed for Kaikoura, a small coastal town. Like most small towns in New Zealand, the wide main street is home to a variety of inns. We checked…

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New Zealand – The North Island

The moment our plane broke through the puffy, cotton wool clouds, we were struck by the beauty of Auckland, which snuggles between the Hauraki Gulf and the Tasman Sea. It has a total of seven islands, in addition to inlets,…

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Lisbon – Portugal

On a sunny spring day early in May, we arrived in Lisbon and checked into the charming Hotel Madalena Beautique Hotel on Rua da Madalena, within walking distance of the Alfama, Baixa, Chiado, and Bairro Alto neighborhoods. The Art Deco…

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Trancoso and Belmonte

Trancoso is a tiny medieval village built within the walls of a castle. Today cars have access to the cobbled streets; however, the majority of the web of ancient lanes are so narrow that cars can barely squeeze through them.…

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Costa Rica – A Ten-Day Trip

Twenty-seven years ago, Costa Rica was a little-known tourist destination. Other than the Pan American Highway, the majority of roads beyond San Jose were bumpy dirt roads. We bounced along, reveling in the landscape, a color of green that I named Costa…

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Jerusalem – The Old City

Stroll through the modern Mamilla Shopping Center with its outdoor sculptures, galleries, clothing stores, and trendy cafes. Climb a flight of stairs at the far end of the mall, and you’ll find yourself outside the historic Jaffa Gate, which marks…

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