Saint Guilhem, France: A place caught between fact and legend by Glen Cowley

Like some giant's crown enigmatic castle-ruins rest wind-blown above Saint Guilhem au Desert, France. Their historical silence poses questions as to just what of the legend of Saint Guilhem may be true

How to Love Bruges (Brugge) Despite the Crowds by Neala McCarten

I thought Id never enjoy this tourist-busy city, but I did. Brugge wasnt the city I remembered from years ago, but there is still a lot to love in Bruges

Three Illinois River Towns: Alton, Elsah, and Grafton by Patrice Raplee.

The southwest region of Illinois is resplendent with the scenic river towns of Grafton, Elsah and Alton. Set against breathtaking natural surroundings and immersed in history and culture, these towns reflect a sense of the past and a simplicity that is perfect for leisurely exploration. Illinois' river towns offer an abundance of excellent attractions..

Pandas and a Gigantic Buddha in China by Keith Kellett

We were going to Chengdu to see the pandas, which is why most people go there. But if pandas are a lure of nature, just down the road is the Giant Buddha of Leshan, the lure of gigantic sculptural achievement. Read more about Pandas and Giant Buddha in China.

Five Surprising Things to do in Antwerp by Neala McCarten

One of the largest ports in the world (it is ranked 15th by World Shipping Council) Antwerp is famous for being the largest center for diamonds in the world. It is also an unexpectedly quirky and fun city.

Alton Illinois' History and Mysterious Hauntings Create Fabulous Destination by Patrice Raplee

With amazing natural beauty, Illinois' southwest region is the perfect fall destination. But with its fascinating history and the intrigue of mysterious paranormal activity Alton is haunting destination any time of year


From Arizona to Wisconsin: Sea to Shining Sea


Exploring the Fabled and Diverse Orient and More


Paradise in the Atlantic


Sophistication, Charm, History


Gorgeous Landscapes, and Cosmopolitan Cities


Mexico Will Surprise You

Central and South America

From the Heat of the Equator to the Chill of Antarctica

Egypt and the Middle East

Dolphins in Oman to New Testament in Israel


Temples of the Nile and safaris in the Bush

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Paris, France: Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, and more by Patrice Raplee The city is so steeped in culture, art and history. One has to just stand on any street corner to see a vibrant city and people that have a passion for their culture.
Atacama Desert in Chile: salt flats, hot springs and geysers, and flamingos by Vickie Lillo This article explores our son's first visit to his father's native homeland, Chile. We went to the desert where you can see all the constellations in the heavens at night -- a totally unobstructed view. It was just the three of us, for most of the entire visit, enjoying each other's company.
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Alta: Northern Lights, Igloo Hotels, Dog Sled Rides and the Sami Culture by Keith Kellett I think that's the one I most enjoyed researching. Also, it left no sense of 'been there; done that'; I'd repeat the trip tomorrow if given the opportunity.

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January 23rd, 2015