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A Sweet Treat – Boston’s North End

Home to generations of Italian immigrants, Boston’s famed North End is a bustling neighborhood of historic sites, Catholic churches, and mid-19th-century buildings. Boston’s oldest neighborhood is also a required stop for anyone who loves good food, sweet treats, and a tight-knit community with character. On sunny days, old-timers crowd the sidewalks with folding chairs to [...]

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Ooh la la….10 Tips for Visiting Paris

Ahhh… Paris.  City of love, city of light…Perfect for a summer getaway. Go with an open mind and good walking shoes and you’ll fall in love. I promise. If you go, here are a few suggestions to make the most of your trip. 1. Visit O Chateau for the absolute best wine experience in Paris. [...]

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Ireland’s Top 10 Natural Wonders

I love Ireland, the people, scenery, music, and food and drink are wonderful. Not surprisingly, it’s the most popular European destination for Americans. Many Americans visit to explore their genealogy, while others just want to have fun. Either way, it’s a great first trip to Europe with a 6-hour flight from the East Coast, a [...]

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12 Travel Phrases to Rock Your Vacation

Contrary to reports (and in my opinion), Europeans don’t hate Americans. They dislike (again in my opinion) pushy people who barge into stores yelling things in English and expecting service. It’s true, I’ve seen it. Even if our educational system emphasized foreign languages (which it doesn’t), most people could never master more than one or [...]

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Photo by Larry Teo on Unsplash OK…so you think you already know the basics for staying out of trouble when traveling abroad, right? Observing the customs of the country or countries you are visiting is courteous and appreciated, but did you know that there are some “unexpected” laws in several countries that could impact your wallet…or worse? Here [...]

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You Can Do It – Tips For Women Who Travel Solo

In my travels, I meet women who are in mid-life, single, with no kids at home, money in their pocket and dying to get out and see the world. “Great,” I ask. “Where do you want to go?” Often, a sad look crosses their face and I hear some version of, “I don’t have anyone [...]

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I recently had the pleasure of helping a lovely couple plan a romantic getaway. The couple wanted someplace warm, exotic, with a beach, and easy to get to.  Fabulous!  I had a ton of ideas. There was once catch, they wanted to go soon, like within the next few weeks soon.  No problem!  I quickly [...]

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    I’m just back from an amazing holiday to Ireland and Scotland. Our trip was active, enlightening and incredibly entertaining (we started the trip seeing U2 in Dublin and ended at the Military Tattoo in Edinburgh). Ireland is a favorite spot for Americans. In fact, according to the Irish Central Statistics Office visitors from [...]

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June 26th marked the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Time really flies for the boy who lived… As you may remember (from my numerous newsletters and blog posts), I love the Harry Potter books. But you might be shocked (shocked!) to learn I didn’t feel the love during the early days of [...]

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Just between the two of us, I’m not a great flyer. I’ll do it (of course), but usually with white knuckles and a clenched jaw. I wasn’t always this way, but after having kids I worried more about getting home safely. So here I am… I know my fears are unfounded. Flying is still the [...]

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    Janine did a fabulous job organizing our group who travels with high expectations. We only had three days in Rome and she did a wonderful job of balancing seeing the highlights with enjoying time to relax and experience the essence of Italy with great food and great wine!

    Lynn, Amherst in MA

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    When my cruise was canceled due to circumstances beyond our control, Janine sprung into action and saved my vacation. In no time, I had a new, fun vacation planned with hotel reservations and a new plane ticket home. All within an hour of our canceled trip! What a blast!! Thanks Janine!

    Missy, Warwick in RI