A short break in Helsinki

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Story and photos by Helen Hewetson I was recently invited to Helsinki, Finland for a short but delightful stay. Over the course of three days, we explored the city by foot, bus, tram, and even took a boat tour of the harbour and a ferry to a nearby island fortress. We found Helsinki a lovely combination of familiar and foreign ... Read More »

The covered bridges of Cottage Grove, Oregon

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… Pause and smell the roses, not the fumes       Article and Photos by John and Doreen Berg Are you heading south on Interstate 5 and wishing there was an alternate to an overnight stay in chain motel/hotel, having an evening dinner and rising to an early alarm to hit the pavement for another tedious day of driving? We had ... Read More »

Massimo Bruno’s Culinary Tour – Puglia, Italy

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New! 2015 departure added! Bordering the Adriatic Sea, the Southern Puglia region, which makes up the high heel of the “boot” of Italy,  boasts rich culture, exceptional wine and a beautiful coastline. It’s sun-bleached landscape of limestone cliffs and white sandy beaches provides the perfect backdrop for exceptional culinary adventures. The mostly flat farming region produces world renowned wine, flavourful ... Read More »

Music Tour of Buenos Aires

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Discover the magic of the music and dance that is synonymous with Buenos Aires. This small group tour goes beyond the mainstream tourist venues to discover the captivating world of contemporary Argentine tango. Attend concerts in atmospheric cafés and street festivals Dance at a bohemian milonga Savour Argentina’s world-famous steak at a local parrilla Get behind the scenes and meet ... Read More »

New York, New York!

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Story by Bennett Little To celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversary, we (my wife, Susan, and our 2 children, Lisa & Jeremy) decided to return to Manhattan, the scene of several past enjoyable visits. This time, though, I am writing about it. I have often described travel, especially with family, as being equivalent to planning a war – nothing goes as ... Read More »

Member Hotel Recommendation – Peterborough (UK)

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by Denise Bridge Premier Inn Peterborough (Hampton) 4 Ashbourne Road, Peterborough, UK PE7 8BT I recently stayed at this hotel while in Peterborough. It proved challenging to find, even with SAT nav but we finally made it. The area is right off the motorway (A1) and is full of strip malls, restaurants and a new housing development (Hampton Hargate) of ... Read More »

Curious about Collette?

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While the thrill of independent travel can be a wonderful thing, sometimes you don’t want to spend your time fiddling with maps. Sometimes, it’s appealing to go with a small group of like-minded people instead. But how do you decide between the big tour companies? Well, we’ve been wondering too! One name that keeps coming up is Collette. So, when ... Read More »

Armchair travel like never before

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Story by Helen Hewetson For many years, I’ve had a recurring dream where I suddenly know how to fly. I guess it’s really more like swimming through the air, but I can get some serious height as I lurch around, far above the ground, watching the tiny people wave as I float past. Unfortunately, I’ve never been able to accurately ... Read More »

Baby Boomers vs. Millennials

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We all know by now that Baby Boomers are the ones driving companies to change their products and their offerings en masse – after all, Baby Boomers are the ones with the disposable income and free time, right? Well, yes, but that’s not everything apparently! A recent article on Entrepreneur.com explained that the newest force driving change in the travel ... Read More »

Impressions of Barcelona

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Story by Anne Burns Barcelona was, for me and my husband, the perfect destination for a week’s getaway. We booked on impulse, taking advantage of special fares, having always vaguely intended to visit the city. We had very little fore-knowledge of Barcelona, other than a TV documentary about the architecture of Antoni Gaudi and a love of Spanish wine. We ... Read More »