Posted on Sunday, 29th March 2015 by Nancy Holston

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A step back in time awaits you in this seaside city on the Atlantic coast of Florida. Whenever I visit I always plan lunch or dinner at The Columbia Restaurant. It sits in the center of the old city and is a personal favorite. They offer sangrias made table side, the white is the best […]

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Posted on Tuesday, 2nd September 2014 by Nancy Holston

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Planning your Safari We planned this trip with friends that we met on a cruise. I am not sure we would have ever taken on this adventure without their encouragement and information they gained from friends of theirs who had taken the same trip the year before. This was one travel destination that I dreamed […]

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Posted on Sunday, 6th July 2014 by Nancy Holston

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Tanzania, Northern Circuit Safari Waking up in the Serengeti with a chill in the air and the sound of birds you’ve never heard before is an appetizer for your day ahead. The camp crew has a warm basin of water waiting outside your tent to freshen up before breakfast. What is awaiting you in the […]

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Posted on Saturday, 7th December 2013 by Nancy Holston

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As a Federal Employee I traveled a lot of miles and earned points at Hilton and Marriott hotels. One evening, while minding my own business, I received a call from Hilton Honors with a great deal, three free nights at a Hilton Grand Vacations Club (HGVC) Resort in Las Vegas.  All I had to do […]

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Posted on Saturday, 9th March 2013 by Nancy Holston

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Those days when I loved going out and playing in the snow are long gone.  I think they disappeared when I got rid of my skis in the 80’s. I do like watching the cardinals eating at the feeders in the trees after winter snow storm, but after about a month of that and temperatures […]

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Posted on Monday, 15th October 2012 by Nancy Holston

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If you’ve been reading my articles over the last couple of years you have probably realized I am a huge fan of cruising. However, I had never gone on a transatlantic cruise. My first included visiting exotic places that I dreamed about for many years. What to do with 9 days at sea. The itinerary […]

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Posted on Monday, 30th April 2012 by Nancy Holston

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I lived in Heidelberg Germany, thanks to the US Army, from May of 1975 to November of 1976.  While initially I wasn’t looking forward to being so far from home, once I arrived in Frankfurt I took advantage of every opportunity I could to see Western Europe.  I learned enough German to carry on a […]

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Posted on Wednesday, 8th February 2012 by Nancy Holston

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The recent Costa Concordia cruise ship accident got me thinking about Travel Safety.  I love cruising and have gone on at least 25 cruises.  Most cruise lines conduct a Life Boat Drill prior to leaving the dock, but completing it within 24 hours of sailing does meet maritime recommendations.  In the past the drills were […]

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Posted on Monday, 5th December 2011 by Nancy Holston

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They are for kids of all ages! When I was a youngster, the closest thing to a theme park was the local 4-H fair in northern Indiana.  When I was in Junior High we went to the Indiana State Fair, a huge fairground with rides, animals, shows, tractor pulls, and arcade. It was truly awe […]

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Posted on Thursday, 18th August 2011 by Nancy Holston

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As a youngster growing up in northern Indiana, wildlife consisted of skunks, raccoons, deer and opossums and I did not find them particularly interesting since their natural setting was usually lying in the middle of the road lifeless.  But that changed in 1980 while I was enjoying a training assignment in Oklahoma City.   I stumbled […]

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Posted on Monday, 16th May 2011 by Nancy Holston

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A Journal is a Great Way to Remember I often plan to keep a journal when I travel but to be honest I either never put pen to paper or I start and capture a couple of days and then… well nothing.  When I have planned a particularly fun vacation with friends or the travel […]

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Posted on Thursday, 14th April 2011 by Nancy Holston

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How much can you afford to spend on vacation this year? Ouch!!! Gas prices went up 20 cents in one day where I live, one station raised the price twice within 2 hours!  I had travel planned for Cape Cod, Colorado, Seattle and Alaska this year.  I was wise, or maybe lucky, enough to get […]

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Posted on Thursday, 10th March 2011 by Nancy Holston

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While a student in college working on a liberal arts degree, I read The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer and was fascinated by the stories of Greek Gods and the Temples of Greece.  Seeing the Parthenon was a must for me but it took another 36 years before I planned the trip and another […]

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Posted on Wednesday, 19th January 2011 by Nancy Holston

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I’ve been retired over two years now and the winter before retiring I had dreams of spending my winters indoors after retirement looking out into the woods during snow storms watching snow flakes gently float to the ground while Cardinals and Blue Jays feasted at the feeders scattered amongst the trees.  I would drink my […]

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Posted on Monday, 27th December 2010 by Nancy Holston

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You have just made a deposit on a special vacation to celebrate an anniversary, mark a special event or you are finally going on that dream vacation.  Planning your trip is your first step and there are things to consider, picking out the destination, selecting a hotel, will you need a rental car, the flight […]

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Posted on Wednesday, 24th November 2010 by Nancy Holston

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Venice embraces the water at every turn as you walk the streets, called “stradas,” exploring the city’s shops and restaurants.  You can easily cross the water a dozen times or more each day while exploring neighborhoods and observing the Venetian life style. Imagine laundry hanging between buildings, over stradas and canals alike, indicative of the […]

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Posted on Wednesday, 15th September 2010 by Nancy Holston

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What type of vacation does everyone (or almost everyone) agree on? I can still remember the fun my brother and I had in the summer getting together at a lake cottage with our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.  We would swim during the day and play games in the evening while swatting bugs.  Catching […]

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Posted on Monday, 16th August 2010 by Nancy Holston

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Fall Colors, Moose and the Coast of Maine   Autumn is my favorite time of year.  It is also one of my favorite times to travel.  The temperature isn’t too hot or too cold.  It’s just right for enjoying outside activities during the day and enjoying the evening relaxing.  New England is always on my […]

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Posted on Wednesday, 7th July 2010 by Nancy Holston

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I’ve been on several Alaska Cruises and always find them the best choice for relaxing and forgetting about all your day-to-day responsibilities. Traveling through the inside passage is peaceful while sitting in the lounge at the top of a ship. You glide slowly by mountains rising out of the ocean that sometimes seem close enough […]

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Posted on Saturday, 5th June 2010 by Nancy Holston

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Think you can’t afford a Hawaiian Vacation?  You might be surprised! Here you are sitting on Waikiki Beach as the sky is fading from the picture perfect blue to shades of yellow, orange and red.  The Palms overhead are swaying and you feel the trade winds in your hair and on your face while you […]

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