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Santa Barbara, just an hour or two north of Los Angeles,
is an island unto itself. Attracting both the beach bum crowd suntanned
surfers, the witty homeless with street-wise talent, folks in search of
a fresh beginning and long-time residents with deep-pocket affluence,
this coastal city encourages easy intermingling of the two since both are
clinging to dreams of good times ahead. Santa Barbara is the setting where
they blend together in an elegant and earthy style of California living.
Doctor's Orders Canale di Tenno
Try as he might, "Our Man in Italy" continues
to be surrounded by H2O no matter where he points his camera, and his
latest photo-shoot destination in the Trentino of northern Italy is no
exception: a medieval hamlet and its mesmerizing turquoise-blue lake.
Tighten Ups: And the 'Shocking, Horrifying and Delightful' World of Laura
Those who write about music and musicians
frequently make comparisons to other artists. By referencing a player's
style, a genre or similarities in sound a journalist can easily enhance
and focus their descriptive process. It's a tried and true practice that
I, too, have on more than one occasion employed. That is until witnessing,
up-close and personal an on-stage performance featuring a Southern California
band called the Tighten Ups.
Martinis and Historic Pueblos in Desert Hot Springs
Desert Hot Springs is yet another oasis in the Palm
Springs area. Set atop ancient hot and cold aquifers, the town is known
for abundant resorts and mineral spas, world-class drinking water, secret
celebrity visitors, and a few other hidden gems. My recent getaway to Desert
Hot Springs began at the El Morocco Inn and Spa, an enchanting boutique
hotel with an alluring, Arabian theme.
Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz Talk About Their Award-Winning Film
GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem is an award-winning
film and Israel's submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language
Film. This is the third film in a trilogy, which began over a decade ago.
Written and directed by the Israeli brother-and-sister team of Ronit Elkabetz
and Shlomi Elkabetz. Miss Elkabetz, an award-winning actress, stars as the
lead character, Viviane Amsalem.
from the Maddening Crowds: Boutique Hotels in San Diego By Mary McGrath
It's easy to go to the same old hotels over and over
again. It's predictable, it's familiar, but is it memorable? What if you
got outside your comfort zone? What if you took a chance and tried something
new? That's what I did when I went to San Diego this past weekend. I explored
some of the smaller boutique properties and I came away with many memorable
Of Dreams, Tears, and Love
Even after Pope Francis has gone back to Rome, memories
of his visit to the Philippines goes on and on in the media. Not only what
he did and said, but also his homilies that linger in the heart long afterwards.
For me, he was most impactful when he deviated from his prepared speech
and spoke from his heart in Spanish. Not only was he profound, his words
became lyrical and poetic.
Southwestern Virginia: Land of Music, Crafts and Nature
Virginia is for lovers of bluegrass music, crafts,
gorgeous scenery. and friendly, hospitable people. Southwest Virginia offers
all of the above to a visitor, along with some tasty traditional food. Music
serves as the glue in the region. Everywhere, be it the local diner, the
craft center, a theatre, or just the street, a group will be strumming and
singing, a jam session will be taking place.
Glimpses of Canada By Skip Kaltenheuser
If lucky to enjoy more than your fair share of travel,
eventually youll be asked your favorite place. Its a tough one,
most places have their fascinations. One doesnt choose to go somewhere
without first determining it worth ones time. So top picks usually
include the latest experience. And folks in America, with its embarrassment
of travel riches, are already a bit spoiled if they get around at all. But
this traveler never feels hes giving a bum steer answering to look
Doctor's Orders: Balbido The Painted Village
In between two-a-day therapeutic soakings, "Our
Man in Italy" has been going off the beaten path to document little
known gems around the Trentino of northern Italy. In this, his sixth dispatch,
he takes the lens cap off to frame an unusual open-air art gallery.
Virginia: Mr. Jefferson's Country
To many people, Monticello and Charlottesville, Virginia
are synonymous. Indeed, even more than his famous home, the presence of
Thomas Jefferson the Man can be felt throughout the quiet college town,
about a three-hour drive from Washington, D.C. For any history buff, a tour
of Monticello is heaven, but even those less historically inclined will
be enthralled by fascinating displays of Jefferson the Creative Homeowner.
44's Locked & Loaded!!!
Anytime you see the 44's listed on
a concert bill or festival poster, you know there's going to be a party.
This particular occasion just happened to be Rod Piazza's Annual Birthday
celebration at Fairmount Park in Riverside. The 44's along with the Mighty
Mojo Prophets, the MoFo Party Band and Piazza's own Mighty Flyers had all
come together for a day of revelry and some good-natured, blow your face
off blues harp and string-stinging guitar boogie.
Meloni on Acting and Balancing Career With Family Life
Christopher Meloni cut his teeth on episodic television
beginning with his breakout role on NYPD Blue. Following that
series, he had a recurring role on HBOs Oz after which
he co-starred with Mariska Hargitay in Law & Order: Special Victims
Unit where he played Detective Elliot Stabler for twelve seasons,
leaving the show in 2011. Moving seamless from television to film,
Meloni has racked up a number of credits including Man of Steel,
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Twelve Monkeys,
and Runaway Bride."
Doctor's Orders: Fiavè Life on Stilts
"Our Man in Italy," sent packing by his
physician, goes back in time WAY, WAY back to 6,000 BC as he and his
camera document an archeological dig around the high plains of the Brenta
Dolomites in the Trentino Alto Adige region of northern Italy.
Earhart: NOT About Her Airplane But the Home Where She Grew
If you disappeared, how much do you think the government
would spend trying to find you? $100? $750? Could you imagine half a million?
What if you were Amelia Earhart? She was the first woman to fly
solo across the Atlantic, in her 15 hour flight from Newfoundland
Doctor's Orders: Rango One Nutty Village
Sent packing by his physician to the Trentino region
of northern Italy for wellness R&R, "Our Man in Italy" files
his fourth dispatch, in between two-a-day thermal baths, from a tiny hamlet
tucked away in the Giudicarie Valley of the Brenta Dolomites where Father
Time hasn't moved a muscle for centuries.
A Remarkable Paradise Carved Out of the Desert
Usually when I'm invited on a press trip, my family
and friends are very excited for me. When my trip to Israel materialized,
I eagerly shared with everyone what for me what was great news. Their smiles
suddenly faded and were replaced with looks of deep concern. "Be careful."
"Be careful." "Be careful." I heard that over and over
again, with one email from a friend reading: Don't leave the group. Don't
eat in any outdoor cafes. Don't use the buses. Don't use any underground
A Magical Journey Back in Time, Part Two
We arrived at the Ben Gurion Airport at 4:55 am and
were promptly met by a friendly representative from the Israel Ministry
of Tourism, who brought the other journalist and myself over to the check-in
desk. A phone call was made and our driver immediately appeared, whisking
us away to the Mount Zion Hotel located in Jerusalem, the capital of the
State of Israel.
A Magical Journey Back in Time, Part Three
After a restful night's sleep, at the Leonardo Plaza
Hotel we were up bright and early and walked across the courtyard to the
building that housed an incredible breakfast buffet that literally was spread
out over several rooms. With our plates filled with an assortment of delights,
we seated ourselves on the deck overlooking the Sea of Galilee. One could
not help flashing back to biblical times during which this famous sea is
mentioned so often...
When you fish for love, bait with your
heart, not your brain.
Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth
move. Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love.
For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart.
It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.
You are always new, the last of your kisses was ever the
Walking with the Poor in Bolivia, Tanzania
and El Salvador Courtesy of Ms. Susan M. Palmer
When Maryknoll Sister Mary Aulson of Monrovia,
CA, arrived in Bolivia in 1948, it was a time of unrest for the
country, during which the seeds which would lead to peasant uprisings
were taking root. Sister Mary worked along the northern border
of Bolivia in Riberalta, Cobija and Montero primarily from 1948-2012,
walking in accompaniment with the poor, particularly
women and children, witnessing and supporting them as they walked
through the deep challenges they faced in ordinary life.
For Maryknoll Sister Josephine Lucker, also of
Monrovia, laying a foundation for religious formation, including
development of curriculum, among the poor in Tanzania and other
African nations from 1958-1980, then laboring among Mozambiquan
refugees in Zimbabwe from 1987-1993, and in Namibia, soon after
it had gained independence, from 1994-1996, as well as laboring
among the poor in El Salvador from 1997-2004, would be the trail
her missionary life would take.
This past month, both Sisters, vibrant senior
citizens still, celebrated milestone anniversaries with Maryknoll
at a Mass held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los
Angeles. Sister Mary has been a Maryknoll Sister for 70 years;
Sister Josephine for 60.
Wine Enthusiast Reveals 10 Best Wine Travel
Destinations of 2015
Wine Enthusiast magazine has crowned the 10
Best Wine Travel Destinations of 2015 in their annual
February Travel Issue, and three US cities have topped the
coveted list Orlando, FL; Finger Lakes, NY; and Mendocino,
Photo courtesy of Wine Enthusiast
The top 10 list includes where to dine, where
to stay, activities, when to go, and of course, where to taste.
Without further adieu here is the top 10 Best Wine Travel
Destinations of 2015.
Finger Lakes, NY - USA!
Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Rhône Valley, France
Orlando, FL - USA!
Loire Valley, France
Mendocino, CA - USA!
Abandoned ... But Not Forgotten See one of the more than 600 babies an ordinary pastor
has received since 2009
In Pastor Lee's own words, "They're not the
unnecessary ones in the world. God sent them here for a purpose."
This March, a powerful new documentary comes to
movie screens nationwide for a limited three-night engagement.
The Drop Box is a hope-filled story celebrating the
reality that every human life is sacred and worthy of love.
"Although not everyone is called to adopt,
everyone is called to care for orphans. You will be inspired at
the lengths to which this humble pastor goes to love and protect
society's unwanted children." Jim Daly, President, Focus
on the Family.
Consumer & Authoritative Research Reveals
Eight (8) Significant Trends Cruise Travelers May Expect in 2015
As we approach 2015 and beyond, cruise enthusiasts-
and the cruise lines themselves know that cruising has never
been more popular. In fact, there are 35 new ocean ships and 21
new river ships scheduled to debut by 2018. CruiseCompetes
consumers are constantly telling us what they are experiencing
and what they would like to see from the cruise industry. With
this information, and their expert knowledge of the industry,
the cruise specialists at CruiseCompete are able provide insight
on ocean and river cruising trends you might experience in 2015.
This Valentine's I Wish that You Were with Me By Dimitri Shostakovich
This Valentine's I wish that you were
It's lonelier than most days I'm alone,
Even though we'll manage on the phone
To touch with words the face we cannot see.
You away are far more dear to me
Than anyone who might remain at home.
My love is in the places that you roam,
Being with you where I cannot be.
We do not choose the objects of our passion,
But passively await the holy fire
That immolates our past and lights our fate,
Twisting through the alleys of desire.
So I am yours, and will contented wait,
Allowing love my life and will to fashion.
Deb your favorite travel poems.
Natural Habitat Adventures Announces Exclusive
For Close Encounters with Alaskas Giant Brown Bears
The worlds premier nature travel company,
Adventures, announces the exclusive charter of a legendary
vessel it has rechristened the M/V Natural Habitat Ursus,
to take guests as close as possible in safety to the largest coastal
grizzlies in the world.
Is Why a River Cruise Is Better Than an Ocean One
Have you ever taken a cruise? I'd
predict you'll answer YES. But what if I said have
you ever experienced a RIVER cruise? One of the
most "IN Things" in travel today, IS a
There are myriad books about ocean
cruises around the world, but with Europe having
one of the biggest markets for river cruises, how
does a potential passenger find out in an
unbiased way things like how many river cruise
lines are there in Europe? What do they offer? What
are their ships like, and how does one differ from
It's Official: Richard Branson Is Launching
a Cruise Line
Since May of this year, rumors that billionaire
Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin, wants to expand his oeuvre
into the cruise business. Early reports indicated that a Virgin
cruise line would likely launch around 2019 in the Caribbean and
Mediterranean, but we haven't heard any specifics in a while.
Best Friend Event
Have you ever dreamed of finding the one?
You know, that special one who melts your heart from the moment
your eyes meet? Someone you know you just cant live without?
Airbus: Worst Airplane Seat Ever
Airbus filed a patent for what will be the least
comfortable airplane seat in the sky. The new design features
saddle-like seats that can fold up when not in use. Gone are cushions,
padded armrests, tray tables and personal space: The new seating
plan, of course, would allow airlines to cram more passengers
into the limited space of the cabin.
Airlines with the Most Extra Fees Courtesy SmarterTravel
The airlines call them ancillary revenues. Travelers
call it nickel-and-diming. By whatever name, the dizzying array
of fees that airlines now impose for everything from checked bags
to carry-on bags to seat selection to ticket reissues is big business.
Airlines Are Making Big Bucks!
Several major airlines are reporting big profits.
5 Things Travel Has Taught Me
The staff at Twenty-Something Travel write about
5 things theyve learned from travel.
Travel Smarter with Brainscape!
In eight of the 13 cities listed as best
vacation destinations by U.S. News this year, English isnt
the official language. Add vast cultural differences and unfamiliar
terrain to the existing language barrier and suddenly a trip abroad
can become a daunting proposition. Fortunately, Brainscape can help travelers learn how to talk the
talk (quite literally) in no time before they venture off to a
An Inside Look At the Los Angeles International
Airport Control Tower By John Clayton
Everyday planes land from and depart for all the
corners of the world at LAX. Discover how they get to where they're
meant to be by joining Armchair Traveler John Clayton as he takes
an inside look at the LAX Control Tower.
The Genesis of T-Boys Cartoons
Known for travel stories that immediately capture
the interest of the reader with their colorful creativity, clever
use of words and the talent to paint pictures with words about
destinations all over the world, TravelingBoy
is delighted to announce the riveting success of our hilarious
travel cartoons that highlight the foibles and quirks of mankind.
A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads
more than 4,500 volunteers with nationwide presence who provide
emergency and other financial assistance to the families of service
members and wounded warriors.
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7 Frequent-Flyer Tricks Worth Learning
Master the art of earning miles, attaining elite
status, and working the system to earn free flights and other
perks. Learn from expert travelers who know how to maximize their
Traveling Boy Recipe
Viola Cipolla of Tropea
Ever heard of Queen Viola Cipolla of Tropea? No? Well,
in most, if not all Italian kitchens, Queen Viola Cipolla of Tropea, who
hails from Calabria, is a member of an elite family. And that family is
known here in the Bel Paese as the cipolla (onion), the
"queen of the kitchen. Queen Viola Cipolla of Tropea just happens
to be the peninsula's most prized onion and she's the color viola
(purple). The Queen, along with her king, garlic BAM! (Thank you
Emeril) are the royalty of the core ingredients found in la