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How Mardi Gras Floats Come to Life

How Mardi Gras Floats Come to Life

You might be surprised to know that Mardi Gras lasts much longer than the 5-day New Orleans grand event. For some, Mardi Gras lasts all year long, especially those responsible for building the vibrant, iconic floats for the parades. The magic happens at Mardi Gras […]

The 7 Best Trips For Graduates

The 7 Best Trips For Graduates

My son is graduating from college next month and because I’m such an obsessive travel planner, I’ve been helping him and his friends research graduation trips. Yes, they’re college kids so any trip they consider must have two prerequisites – adventure and cheap! So I […]

The Wines of California’s Santa Maria Valley

The Wines of California’s Santa Maria Valley

  This is Part 2 of  Santa Maria Valley: Where Wine and BBQ Reign Supreme   While the Santa Maria Valley and Santa Lucia Mountains offer some of the most breathtaking scenic drives, the region also offers the most beautiful vistas for wine tasting – […]

Where to See the Wildflowers in Europe

Where to See the Wildflowers in Europe

In honor of chasing away those last vestiges of the cold, dark winter, leading adventure tour operator Exodus Travels offers springtime adventures to watch the world come alive with brilliant color. Whether walking through Austria’s alpine meadows, cycling past flourishing fields in France, or hiking […]

Santa Maria Valley: Where Wine and BBQ Reign Supreme

Santa Maria Valley: Where Wine and BBQ Reign Supreme

The Santa Maria Valley, just north of Santa Barbara, is known for two things – beef (Santa Maria style barbecue to be exact) and wine – such a delicious combination. And I recently spent a few days there to find the best of the best […]

A Week of Classic French Cookery Training

A Week of Classic French Cookery Training

UK native Katherine Frelon has turned her passions for cooking and teaching into a business with benefits. With no formal training, Katherine cut her so-called culinary teeth working on luxury French barges, learning to prepare world-class food in often tight quarters with limited resources. But more […]


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