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A trip to a castle — Mohonk Mountain House


View of the Mohonk Mountain House from the Skytop trail
I love castles. I’ve stayed at a centuries-old castle turned bed and breakfast in Wales and visited castles wherever I go — France, England, Austria and the Czech Republic last summer. But I never realized there would be such a more »
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A BFF weekend at Turnberry Isle


I'm not a golfer -- I never have golfed, in fact, though my two friends, Sue Tober and Elise Carlton, do. Christina Trammell, the resort's director of golf is very patient. I'm pleased I can even hit the ball! One person in the clinic has just finished up two full days of lessons with Christina. more
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Understanding where the food comes from


Ever seen a cranberry bean? I’ve never seen so much luscious produce in one place -- heirloom tomatoes, white peaches, plums, big and tiny grapes, almonds and walnuts, various varieties of chili peppers…eggplants, potatoes…welcome to The Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market . more
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A gay wedding at City Hall and a visit to Alcatraz


These friends who live elsewhere and came to San Francisco for another family wedding are long time partners and figured they should take advantage of the law in California that makes same-sex marriages legal. Massachusetts is the only other state. Gay weddings are good business for California, bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars. more
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A visit to SF’s Zeum


Here’s one place where no one is afraid to get their hands dirty. They’re bent over tables diligently making multi colored clay figures from wire frames and assorted other creatures -- dogs, sea lions, cats. more
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Five Days in San Francisco


DAY ONE — As long as I was flying cross country to San Francisco, I thought I’d try Virgin America (www.virginamerica.com) . I always liked flying Virgin Atlantic to London. They were among the first to have individual seat entertainment more »
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Heading home from Europe — is duty free a bargain?


A word about duty-free shopping. It’s tempting but I’ve never found any real bargains, except maybe on liquor or cigars. I buy something we can’t find at home for my husband and son just before we board our flight home and resist the temptation to stock up on cosmetics and perfume that I don’t need and that likely cost the same or more than at home. more
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Funky, fun, historical and sobering — Amsterdam!


We head to a nearby street where we can’t believe our food choices -- Italian, Japanese, Thai, Indonesian, French… After a week of heavy Austrian and Czech food, we opt for Indonesian at Sahid Jaya more
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In Prague — the Paris of the East


Another day, another church. We’re all excited to explore Prague, which many now call The Paris of the East. It’s crowded with tourists on this brilliant summer day. Prague, of course, is the capital of the Czech Republic and has been an intersection of continental merchant routes for centuries. more
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The Disney guides make all the difference


No matter how interesting the places, how scenic the terrain, touring is exhausting -- especially with kids. That’s why the parents in our group so appreciate our Adventures by Disney guides who are always there to offer a bottle of water, a snack, even an activity or movie on the bus to keep the kids amused. more
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