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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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For Foodies and Gardener’s: Petersham Nurseries Café

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It’s rare in our journalistic family when we venture out together to cover a story focused on both of our areas of interest – wine and food in my case and gardening for Mary. Granted, gardening and food and wine are very much related; but how often do you visit a wonderful nursery that also happens to sport a Michelin star?

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A Walk on the Wild Side: Hiking Lake Lucerne

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“When I got lost, as I knew I would, could I surmount the Swiss/German language barrier to ask for help getting back on track? Would somebody send out a search party if I failed to show up at the night’s hotel?”

Like so many who read the bestseller or have seen the movie, “Wild,” I imagined myself in Cheryl Strayed’s boots. I envisioned hiking alone in exquisite wilderness, savoring silence, solitude. I saw myself conquering the ups and downs of a renowned trail all on my own.

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