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Internet Radio Show: “Cuba, Libre?” and Travel to Cuba Highlighted

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Cuba is one of the hot, trendy travel destinations for Americans and in his feature-length documentary film, Cuba, Libre?, Tales Told From The Road publisher, Dick Jordan, traces the history of travel to that so-near-yet-so-far-for-so-long Caribbean island from the early decades of the 20th century to the present day. On Sunday, July 17, 2016, Jordan […]

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Your Flight from The U.S. to Cuba Arrived, But Now What?

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The easing of restrictions on travel to Cuba by U.S. citizens announced by President Obama on December 17, 2014, has generated a great deal of interest of the part of Americans in visiting an island that during three decades of Cold War between the U.S. and Cuba’s staunch ally, the Soviet Union, was essentially off-limits. […]

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A Perfectly Providential Day

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I hadn’t ever planned to go there, nor did I know anything about the place that would have piqued my interest in making a visit, but an act of travel providence sent my wife and I from our home on the West Coast to the East Coast and dropped us out of the sky on […]

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Visiting U.S. National Parks in 2016

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I haven’t got a national park “life list” where I’ve ticked off every one of the country’s national parks, monuments and seashores I’ve visited, although if I did, I’d soon be adding one more to it: Acadia National Park in coastal Maine. 2016 is the centennial of the U.S. National Park service, so interest in […]

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Visualizing Cuba, Three Ways

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On December 17, 2014, President Obama of the United States and President Raul Castro of Cuba simultaneously announced easing of restrictions on travel between the two countries. That set out a landslide of articles in the general and travel news media touting Cuba as “the” place for Americans to head on vacation. And President Obama […]

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Easy Day Hiking The Swiss Alps

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For years, stories in newspaper Sunday “Travel” sections were my source of inspiration to travel to places where I had never gone before, as well as to re-visit familiar and much-loved stops on past trips. These days such stories sometimes prompt me to sit back and reminisce about a journey taken long ago. And that […]

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The National Parks: America’s Best “Fixer Up” Idea

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When I read the April TV schedule for one of my local PBS affiliate stations, I saw that Ken Burns’ six-part, twelve-hour documentary television series, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, will air again this year in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Let’s assume that you’ve heeded my past advice […]

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Getting to and from Brussels After Tuesday’s Terrorist Attacks

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(Initially published at 11:11 a.m., PDT, Tuesday, March 22nd. Updated at 9:30 a.m., PDT, Thursday, March 31st.) You have no doubt by now heard news reports of terrorists attacks in a subway station in Brussels and the international airport serving that European city. The attacks have severely limited the ability of travelers to make their […]

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A Little Bit of Japan in Silicon Valley

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If you know the way from San Francisco to San Jose, you will also know that that route runs through “Silicon Valley,” an area best known by marquee names in the high-tech industry such as Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard (aka “HP”) and Intel. Those American companies now overshadow their once-dominant counterparts in Japan. But a little […]

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Escaping Crowds at U.S. National Parks

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Last week I covered two new books that are sure to spur interest in visiting U.S. national parks. But there’s a problem with that increased interest which comes as the National Park Service celebrates its centennial: The most popular parks are already very crowded, especially in whatever is there high season. If you are thinking […]

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In An Icy National Park: Glacier Bay

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According to the Glacier Bay National Park Website, “When Captain George Vancouver charted adjacent waters of Icy Strait in 1794, he and his crew described what we now call Glacier Bay as just a small five-mile indent in a gigantic glacier that stretched off to the horizon. That massive glacier was more than 4,000 feet […]

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