Let it Rain: 5 Places to Get Wet This Spring

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It’s a fact. We need spring showers to get beautiful summer flowers. But no one wants their long-anticipated vacation ruined by torrential downpours. Paris in April is supposed to be magnificent, but where’s the fun if you spend an hour waiting on line in the rain to get inside Notre Dame? The secret to spring travel is to pick a destination where getting wet is part of the fun. Continue reading

Traveling with a Crowd? Here’s the One Thing You Must Pack.

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The Giverny gardens were lovely. But what if my camera battery died!

If you’ve got wine, a baguette straight out of the oven, cheese, and a rooftop terrace in Montmartre, what else could you possibly need?

Outlets.

Traveling with a family of 5 adults means you’re packing a lot of devices. Finding places to plug them all in is a challenge. Continue reading

Fake It! How to Have a European-Style Country Holiday in Upstate NY

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Whose woods these are, I do not know. And I won’t, because there’s a “No Trespassing” sign posted.

Touring the European capitals is on most bucket lists, including mine. But I also want to go off the beaten path and drive Bavaria’s Romantic Road and bicycle through Burgundy. My ultimate adventure involves a Heidi-like “wandern” in a Tyrolean country village with a mountain lake and a herd of goats, because you’re never too old to learn to yodel. Continue reading

It’s 3 PM. Do You Know Where Your Coffee Is?

cupI’m an aggressive tourist.

During our recent family trip to Paris, I launched a Napoleonic assault on the city, beginning immediately after my morning croissant and ending with wine on the terrace in the late evening.

“Slow down,” my daughter, advised. “Paris will wait.”

No. It won’t. Continue reading

5 Ways to Get a Million Dollar Manhattan View for Under $50

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Paris has the Eiffel Tower. London? Big Ben. When you think of Manhattan, what comes to mind? The New York skyline, of course. It’s familiar to everyone because it’s starred in more ads, movies, and television shows than George Clooney. And it’s always amazing. I’ve lived within 30 miles of the city my whole life and I still crane my neck to catch a glimpse of the city from airplane windows, taking off and landing.

But the ultimate place to appreciate the skyline isn’t from above. It’s best seen from the water. Manhattan is an island, surrounded by the Harlem, East, and Hudson Rivers, and the Atlantic Ocean. If you’re visiting New York, you can’t leave until you get your postcard view. Here are 5 ways under $50 to get up close and personal with the Manhattan skyline. Continue reading