Hotels that Help Us Say, “Hello Fellow Traveler!”

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Movie night at Grand Daddy. Photo courtesy Grand Daddy

When my kids were little we used to take them to Eastover Estate  & Retreat in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts. Ignore the fancy-pants name, this was a home-spun, teeny-bit threadbare mom & pop resort – a place where three meals a day were served in the enormous dining hall, next to which was a [...]

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Wildlife from Cape to Cape

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The only other time my husband, Jim and I saw a whale in the wild, it was an orca that came up to our boat flashing its shiny black tail so close I gasped out loud. We were in, or I should say off the coast of Victoria, British Columbia. It was thrilling, but full [...]

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Train-traveling Musician Transforms Sketchy Trip

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Inside the first class train car to Simon's Town

“Crack House” was the phrase that sprang to mind when I pried open the door to board the Metro Plus commuter train to Simon’s Town in Western Cape, South Africa on Saturday morning. Yep, it looked like a scary place. By the end of the journey, one of my fellow travelers reminded me that first [...]

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Sweet Notes Linger After Cape Town Dinner

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Imbube Singers in Cape Town

It would not be entirely accurate to say that I had dinner at the Moyo Restaurant in Cape Town on Tuesday night. I ate there, but in fact, I had bought my meal from a street vendor at the V&A Waterfront, a humungous recreation district of shops, clubs and residences in the middle of the city’s working harbor.

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Helping Fuel a Sustainable Business in Oil

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The smaller the world gets, the harder it it is to discover something truly unique. So I was excited when on a recent trip to Morocco with Access Trips, I was able to visit the Assous Argan Oil Cooperative about 40 miles east of the coastal city of Essaouira. Previously unknown to me, I learned [...]

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Stamps Prove An Air Travel Truth

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I’ve written before about my affection for the photo series Earth from Above by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. So I was alert when I read this quote from Joseph Corbett of the US Postal Service. “Once you’ve seen the world from above, you never look at it quite the same way again.” He’s right of course. Corbett [...]

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People Who Move You on the Journey

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Over dinner, when I asked my travel companion, the Belgian journalist, Raphael Meulders, what he enjoyed most about our day traveling in northwest Ethiopia, he hesitated about two seconds and answered, “the people”.  I know just what he means.

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Moving Mountains One Strike of the Chisel at a Time

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From Lalibela looking down into the valley.

Several centuries ago, long before power tools, an Ethiopian king by the name of Lalibela had the big idea to build a church out of the side of a  mountain. He didn’t see the challenges, or if he did he didn’t let them get in his way. King Lalibela saw the monumental rock as a [...]

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Don’t Let the Thorn Trees Hit You as You Leave

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By far, my most exciting transport experience has been flying with acrobatic pilots, which I have been privileged to enjoy twice: Over the Arizona desert with Gil Monte, a flight instructor for Lufthansa and once off the coast of New York, with Air National Guard show performer John Klatt. But I don’t think I was [...]

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A First and Brief Taste of Ethiopia

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Like the opening scene in the Mel Brooks comedy, High Anxiety, where all the passengers on the airplane have their faces plastered to the windows so they can look at the scene below, I too, kept my eyes outward on my flight on Thursday on Ethiopian Airlines. I was flying from the capital, Addis Ababa to [...]

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