Monthly Archives: October 2018

The Best “Norway in a Nutshell” Itinerary

  If you’re like me, the first thing you do when planning a trip to Europe is to consult the Rick Steves country guide.  I’ve been buying his popular books for years, and I’m rarely disappointed or confused with the … Continue reading

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Alum Cave Bluffs Trail- 5 Things To Know Before You Go

I just hiked the Alum Cave Bluffs Trail in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, and it was a real joy.  The Fall weather was perfect, the trail was perfectly clean, and the scenery was as magnificent as any on … Continue reading

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St. Petersburg, Russia-Still Great After All These Years

Saint Petersburg doesn’t reveal her beauty to you all at once.  To discover her secrets, you must work at it patiently, like a sculptor who reveals the appeal of a cold slab of stone by chipping away at it gently … Continue reading

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Helsinki, Finland- Why Is This The Happiest Place on Earth?

  OK, to be honest, visiting this capital was never on my bucket list, but it was part of a Baltic cruise I went on recently, and I’m glad it was.  To my surprise, Helsinki is worth a day trip at … Continue reading

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