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In a recent first visit to Mobile, Alabama, a port city of 195,000 on the shores of Gulf of Mexico, the downtown architectural styles and vibe kept reminding me of another place. Then there were the street names: Royal, Dauphin, St. Louis, and Joachim, with black wrought iron balconies over …

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On the eve of our planned trip last week to our favorite August destination, Canada’s Waterton National park, the horrific California forest fires, peripheral in our thoughts, came to our full attention.

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Fourth of July seems an ideal day to remember for America’s 35th President; the youngest President ever elected, and the first and only Roman Catholic: John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963).

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"Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome aboard Silversea Cruises' Silver Galapagos. On behalf of our expedition team, we're delighted to have you with us for the next seven days. We look forward to sharing with you this incredible destination known as a 'world unto itself.’"

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If you want to include a bit of LBJ Texana when you are visiting Washington, don’t look in the U.S. Capitol “corridors of power” where Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973) once reigned supreme as “Master of the Senate;” and from 1963-69 served as the 37th president of the United States.

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If you think you’ll probably not get to visit Cuba in person, but you remain curious, you can substitute a “next best thing” right here in the Galveston-Houston area by visiting the Houston Museum of Fine Arts exhibit of Cuban art through May 21.

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It is an ideal family destination because of the variety of attractions. If it is a rainy day, as it often is in the UK, many attractions are indoors. Further, if you’ve been to London multiple times, Greenwich has a tranquil off-the-beaten path ambiance.

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Ernest Hemingway’s exquisitely constructed imagery evoking nature’s autumnal signs, written as a friend’s eulogy, repeated on Hemingway’s own Ketchum Idaho memorial, came to mind on a 36 hour visit to favorite Colorado haunts we hadn’t seen in a few years.

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Geisha are women who have been trained in the traditional Japanese arts of makeup, costume, singing, music and dance so that they can be entertaining to men of distinction (wealth and power). Geisha are expensive to employ and usually the only people who can afford them are the equivalent of CEOs.  

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TORSHAVN, FAROE ISLANDS - Pass me the whale blubber, please,” I asked my fellow tourist on our visit to the private home of natives Ejvind and Dorota Mouritsen in this capital town of 16,000. The traditional delicacy — black, dried whale meat — is served on a slice of cold boiled potato, with a tiny translucent slice of whale blubber on top. Because whales are mammals — not fish — there is no fishy taste. 

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Given that major movies in America’s cinema history have been made in Culver Studios, grande dame of all studio lots, where legendary actors and directors dazzled, ghost sightings are part of the ambience.