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The Gower: Where Poetry Lives In South Wales

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For a few seconds, I was back home in San Diego looking up the coast from the cliffs of Torrey Pines.

In front and a bit above of me, paragliders rode the currents in their aerial ballet. Beyond, and somewhat lower was an expanse of broad sandy beach – virtually empty – arcing to the left for three miles with the sea gently sweeping in.

And, what were those specks in the water on this glorious summer afternoon? Surfers!

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Wadi Rum: Where Camels & Martians Roam

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As avid world travelers, my wife Mary and I are always on the lookout for exotic locales to visit. In the last few years we’ve traveled to breathtaking otherworldly places like the Ganges in India at sunrise; the ghostly limestone islands and caves of Vietnam’s Halong Bay and the moonscaped lava fields of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. But our most recent trip topped the exotic scale. We spent three days on Mars. Well not exactly; but we visited a place that could – and has – passed for the Red Planet.

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The French Connection: a Day in Provence

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For wine enthusiasts, almost nothing is as exciting as visiting a new wine region. And there are no wine regions that stir the soul and prime the palate like the legendary vineyards of France. On our most recent Mediterranean cruise on the Celebrity Silhouette we stopped for one day stop in working-class Toulon, France’s second largest port and gateway to the beautiful coastal towns and wine country of Provence.

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Glamis Castle: Scotland’s Most Haunted Residence

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If you love to be spooked on Halloween–or anytime!–look no further than Glamis Castle, said to be Scotland’s most haunted residence! Legend has it that among several resident spirits, there’s a lady ghost in the Chapel, a “Monster of Glamis”—and that the Devil himself visited here and still hangs around!

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Postcards from John & Jody : Austin, Texas

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Dear Ron,

You can’t go to Texas without buying cowboy boots. Well at least one of us can’t. We’d just scored the perfect pair — cherry red boots with broncos bucking down the shins — when we heard a twangy version of Dylan’s “Tangled Up In Blue” coming from South Congress Avenue.

It was James Anthony Johnson, whose cowboy hat and guitar picking matched his twang. He’s been singing the blues on South Congress for 15 years and he’s watched the neighborhood change. “Used to be, it was full of transvestites, prostitutes, and transsexuals …and politicians cruising to find them,” he said.

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Europe’s King River: A River Cruise Down the Rhine

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While floating quietly and seamlessly down “Europe’s King River,” we wandered through castles, Christmas markets and classic cathedrals; we ambled through picture-perfect riverfront cities whose half-timbered homes were models for those collectible ceramic Christmas villages; and we enjoyed new friends while we shared gourmet meals and world-class wines in our beautiful home away from home.

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Get Lost… In the Nicest Possible Way

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“So, what do you like to…do…when you travel?” my mother asked me recently. She posed the question with a slightly furrowed brow, in the sort of dubious tone you might typically reserve for quizzing the man next to you on the subway about why he’s wearing a lime green mankini and clutching a jar filled with human hair and toenail clippings—except, of course, that you would never speak to that man, or even look him in the eye.

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Steam Dreams: a Reality for Railway Fans in Wales

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Progress has taken a few steps back to yesteryear in Porthmadog, the Welsh town that has become one of the world’s top steam-railway centers. Each year about 300,000 steam-locomotive enthusiasts and day-trippers from around the globe make their way to this town of 4,000 on the Welsh coast.

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