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Half Moon Cay — a unique day on Holland America’s exclusive private island in The Bahamas

I stood shoulder-deep in the cool turquoise water and could see clear to my bare feet on the soft sand.  The glowing descriptions I’d heard of Caribbean beaches weren’t poetic exaggerations after all; they were true. This post contains affiliate links.  For more information, click here. Half Moon Cay is one of about 700 islands that… Read More Half Moon Cay — a unique day on Holland America’s exclusive private island in The Bahamas

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8 Steps to Survive the CoViD Safety Theater before Enjoying a Cruise

I’d never imagined being so stressed-out getting ready for a Caribbean cruise.  But then, a lot of things have happened over these last two years that I’d never imagined. Seven extended-family members and I recently took a holiday cruise on Holland America‘s Nieuw Statendam.  And it was fabulous! We had planned to take a similar… Read More 8 Steps to Survive the CoViD Safety Theater before Enjoying a Cruise

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10 Best U.S. Cities for Winter Travel

Winter travel offers a much-needed escape–whether from holiday stress, short drab days, or two long years to flatten the curve.  If you’re ready for a get-away, the personal-finance site WalletHub last month released its report of Best Winter Holiday Destinations, divided into warm- and cold-weather cities.  The top destinations are: This post contains affiliate links. … Read More 10 Best U.S. Cities for Winter Travel

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Corning Museum of Glass — celebrating 35 centuries of art, science, and history in New York

In 1770, the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland sought to renovate the drawing room of their large Jacobean townhouse on London’s Strand.  They wanted it to sparkle during their lavish parties.  They commissioned Scottish neoclassical architect and designer Robert Adam for this work.  He created a chamber lined with gilt-edged mirrors, green-glass pilasters, and red-glass… Read More Corning Museum of Glass — celebrating 35 centuries of art, science, and history in New York

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Rockwell Museum — authentic art, honest history, and the Old West in Corning, New York

Few things intrigue the American imagination like the Old West.  In the story of taming the land, we see the story of our own lives.  The raw earthy impetuousness of youth gives way to the elevated deliberate polish of maturity.  It’s necessary; we can’t go on being brash and infantile forever.  But it does evoke… Read More Rockwell Museum — authentic art, honest history, and the Old West in Corning, New York

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Old Fort Niagara — honoring 3 centuries of history in Youngstown, New York

Four months after the War of 1812 began, British troops at Fort George, located on the west bank of the Niagara River, opened cannon fire on U.S.-held Fort Niagara, on the east bank in New York. The Americans fired back with hot-shot–cannonballs heated until they glowed red, intended to set fire to the British buildings. … Read More Old Fort Niagara — honoring 3 centuries of history in Youngstown, New York