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New Orleans: A Whole Different Country – Part One

New Orleans has grown slowly over a long time, as cities used to in the days before Wal-Mart, and dates back to an era when the New World still looked to Europe for its civic models and courtly manners. Historic plaques pop up on every other building … [Read More...]

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El Encanto: Full-Tilt Enchantment in Santa Barbara

A beloved hideaway since 1920, Santa Barbara, California's hilltop El Encanto has re-emerged from its long renovation like a butterfly on a mission.  That mission? To relax and delight anyone who comes to visit. It's a lovely, luxurious place to let … [Read More...]

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Wine Tasting in Chile: San Antonio Valley – Part Two

Continued from  Wine Tasting in Chile: San Antonio Valley - Part One ________________________________ The second (and last) stop of my day tour of Chile's San Antonio wine valley with Santiago Adventures was one of my favorite experiences in … [Read More...]

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Wine Tasting in Chile: San Antonio Valley – Part One

Toward the central-west of Chile, set just about halfway between coastal Valparaíso and landlocked Santiago, the emerging San Antonio Valley makes a relaxing, delicious wine tasting side trip from either city. You could certainly take yourselves … [Read More...]

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Coming Attractions

The year's soon coming to a close, and I find myself with way more freelance travel writing work than time for creating blog posts. Happily, my present work is fun, but I've been feeling itchy for these electronic pages...and I want to assure you … [Read More...]

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Palacio Astoreca Hotel: A Palace in Valparaiso, Chile

The sprawling city of Valparaíso, Chile is undergoing a large-scale renaissance, from its coastal flatlands to its 43 some-odd hilltops. Preservation efforts are peeling back layers of Valpo's faded vintage glory and giving it a sharper, more … [Read More...]

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Valparaiso, Chile: The Technicolor City

Ninety minutes northwest of the Santiago Airport and right on the Pacific Ocean, Valparaíso, Chile sprawls up and over 43 hills in a South American version of San Francisco. The entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, slowly being rescued from a … [Read More...]

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Images of Montpellier, France

One of my greatest joys in life? Discovering a new place with a dear friend. And should said new place be where said friend makes their home? Double joy, what with the personalized tour guide-ness of it all. For example, there was that time I … [Read More...]