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Review of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel

DATE : August 5, 2013

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A recent four day stint in San Francisco had me staying at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. Located on Union Square, this boutique hotel is a part of the Kimpton line, and offers a unique experience among the many possible accommodations in the Bay Area. The Hotel can be seen behind Saks Fifth Avenue Here […]

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Interesting Dessert Spots

DATE : July 8, 2013

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We love visiting interesting and landmark food destinations. Let’s face it, when we’re on vacation the diets take a backseat, and we let ourselves live a little. While we’ve traveled to several great places, and tried several great desserts that have made it possible to truly experience a destination. These are three of the interesting […]

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Barcelona, Spain

DATE : May 7, 2013

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Barcelona  holds a certain fascination for travelers in its modernist architecture,  interesting history, and casualness that’s absent in other Spanish cities.  Founded as a Roman Colony named Barcino at the  end of the 1st Century BC.  Barcelona has weathered Muslim  and Christian conquests, witnessed political upheavals, and emerged as a modern  destination on par with […]

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American Castles: Castello di Amorosa

DATE : March 18, 2013

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For regular readers of our blog, the name Castello di Amorosa might ring a bell from the series we did on Trafalgar Tours’ San Francisco  & California Wine Country.  This  medieval style castle has 107 rooms, 4 levels above ground and 4 below, and 121,000  square feet. Located in Calistoga, at the north end of […]

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American Castles: Hearst Castle

DATE : March 11, 2013

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The United States doesn’t have the history of our neighbors  in Europe.  And for that reason, we don’t have the kind of  architecture that is available in droves.   Still, you don’t have to go oversees to find places of history and truly  remarkable architectural design. Photo by Heydrienne/ Flickr Hearst   Castle In  1915, newspaper magnate […]

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Back from St. Maarten, Again

DATE : February 20, 2013

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I just got back from a escorting a tour to the Caribbean island of St. Maarten. An island which, incidentally, has two identities: one French and one Dutch. The Sonesta Maho Resort where we were staying stands on the Dutch side not far from the village of Maho. These were the photos I collected during […]

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St. Petersburg Must See: Part 1

DATE : February 18, 2013

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St. Petersburg  holds a special significance for Russian culture and history. As a destination, it offers many points of interest that include sprawling suburban palaces, massive museums, churches, and those sites that still being discovered by travelers to this great city. Here is the first part of our St. Petersburg Must Sees. Peterhof/ Petrodvorets   Palace […]

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Loire Valley Must Sees

DATE : February 11, 2013

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The Loire Valley is well known for its vineyards, quaint towns, and several chateaus that line the 280 kilometer expanse that comprises this area.  These are our selections for must sees for any traveler to the area. Amboise Chateau       du Clos-Luce and Leonardo Da Vinci Park Chateau       du Clos-Luce/ Ell Brown Flickr Where        Leonardo da […]

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Why Now’s a Good Time to Visit Europe

DATE : February 7, 2013

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For  everyone that’s been putting off that trip to Europe  we suggest you reconsider.  Why?  Because it’s becoming more affordable than  ever to travel. Crete, Wolfgang Staudt/ Flickr The  Euro and the Dollar For  the last several years, the Euro has overtaken the dollar as an international  currency causing it to be extremely impractical, especially […]

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Destinations 2013: Tokyo

DATE : January 7, 2013

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Like Dubai, Tokyo  is a city that has managed to hold on to its traditional roots and still  industrialize.  You’ll notice I wrote  “industrialize” not “westernize”.  Like  all cities in Japan,  Tokyo has its own unique identity, culture, and style.  Here’s what interests us about it: Tokyo  is massive in size, and though it’s viewed […]

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