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Travel Trends for Luxury Family Vacations in 2015

Travel Trends for Luxury Family Vacations in 2015

Americans take about 100-115 million trips per year with their children. To get the Luxury Family Travel Trends for 2015 I spoke to industry veteran John Golicz, CEO and founder of the famed US Travel and Adventure Shows.

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My Night With the Navajos in Monument Valley

My Night With the Navajos in Monument Valley

I admit, I have a thing for Native Americans and for the endless expanse of the American West. So, when I spent a night in a traditional Navajo hut in Monument Valley, I was on cloud nine!

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2 Weeks, 4 States, 6 Canyons, and 1 Baby

2 Weeks, 4 States, 6 Canyons, and 1 Baby

Recently I joined a small group tour and visited some of the most amazing canyons of America’s Wild West. Wow, an absolute MUST SEE for your bucket list!

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Soaking up Niagara Falls – quite literally!

Soaking up Niagara Falls – quite literally!

I am terribly afraid of small planes. Which is peculiar, because I am in one. As I delicately claw my fingers into the leather hand rest, I lean my forehead against the window and risk looking down. Wow, are we close to the ground. Then I remember why I am here: to see Niagara Falls. I relax a little.

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Snapshot Travels: Viennese Opera Ball in New York

Snapshot Travels: Viennese Opera Ball in New York

Almost 60 years of Austrian tradition celebrated in America: The Viennese Opera Ball at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York enchants with elegant ball gowns and famous waltzing melodies. The N.Y. Times calls the Viennese Opera Ball the most elegant Ball in all America – I agree.

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Snapshot Travels: Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico

Snapshot Travels: Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico

There are high-tops and sky-scrapers and then there is Sky City: almost 700 feet above ground sits Acoma Pueblo, the oldest continuously inhabited American Indian pueblo in the United States. There is no electricity, running water or sewage system but the view from the mesa is spectacular.

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Do you want to save a dog’s life? Become a foster volunteer!

Do you want to save a dog’s life? Become a foster volunteer!

In last week’s newsletter I encouraged you, my treasured audience, to commit to doing something that you love to do but don’t do often enough. Something that lights you up and brings you joy! Heeding my own advice, I did what I LOVE to do: spending more time with dogs and volunteering my time and […]

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Tuscany’s  Hidden  Treasures:  Valdonica  and  Maremma

Tuscany’s Hidden Treasures: Valdonica and Maremma

Driving south we had left Florence, Siena and surely millions of tourists behind and arrived in the area of Maremma, arguably the last part of Tuscany unspoiled by waves of foreigners and the need for learning a second language.

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Finding Shangri La in California’s Napa Valley

Finding Shangri La in California’s Napa Valley

In my book, the Meadowood resort shall be called Shangri La from today forward. The Resort in California’s Napa Valley offers top wines, a Michelin Guide 3-Star restaurant, an original Croquet green and a golf course with hickory clubs. We play golf and sample wines – at the same time!

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Finding Shangri La in Napa Valley – Part Two

Finding Shangri La in Napa Valley – Part Two

Hotshot chef Christopher Kostow and resident Master Sommelier Gilles du Chambure bring fine dining and wine tasting in Napa Valley to a whole new level.

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The Grand Tirolia, pure luxury in the Austrian Alps

The Grand Tirolia, pure luxury in the Austrian Alps

My home country Austria has much to offer. Case in point: The Grand Tirolia luxury resort in Kitzbühel in the Austrian Alps.

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101 years of Cherry Blossoms in DC – but hurry!

101 years of Cherry Blossoms in DC – but hurry!

101 years of Cherry Blossoms in DC – but hurry, they are blooming now! In 1912, Japan gave 3,020 cherry blossom trees to the United States as a gift to celebrate the two nations growing friendship. The gift that keeps on giving.

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Thank you to all our fiery women ancestors!

Thank you to all our fiery women ancestors!

One hundred years ago 8,000 women had taken to the streets of Washington to claim what they considered to be entitled to: the right to vote. The Suffrage Parade of 1913 did not go so well.

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Thanksgiving to Mother Earth

Thanksgiving to Mother Earth

VIDEO: In the summer of 2000 I met a remarkable Native American warrior woman. Within 10 days she taught me more about nature and our connection to the natural world than I had learned in decades growing up in the Western world. Her name is Oh Shinnah Fast Wolf. This is one of her teachings.

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