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Azamara Cruise

Betting on a shore thing: Four megaship veterans try cruising on a smaller scale

The Washington Post, print date 10/15/2017 Some people like hosting relatives at their homes. We prefer cruising with family because it gives us time together (and apart), plus interesting ports, entertainment and meals without the hassle of shopping, cooking and housekeeping. Every summer since 2009, my cousins Wayne and Mary Jane have joined me and […]

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5 Wonderful Ways to Enjoy Historical Honfleur

Dentist’s Money Digest Take time to explore Honfleur, France, a scenic town that dates to the 14th century. Cobblestone streets fan out from the historic harbor, home to centuries-old buildings, including half-timbered Medieval-era dwellings. Boutiques, galleries and cafes line the quay, and the town’s lesser-known gem, the Eugene Boudin Museum, features pre-Impressionist, Impressionist and contemporary […]

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Marvao Castle

Portugal’s Castles Capture the Childhood Imagination

Dentist’s Money Digest In February, March and April, flowers and almond blossoms bloom and temperatures remain moderate, making the destination perfect for a spring break visit. Castles and royalty intrigue kids. Lisbon (Lisboa in Portuguese) and the Alentejo region, an hour’s drive away, intrigue kids with their princely abodes and ancient cities. In summer, sunny […]

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Taxi Trials

Taxi Trials: What Would You Do?

Dentist’s Money Digest How do you handle a taxi driver who refuses to follow directions, insists the address you gave him doesn’t exist, and repeatedly orders you to exit the cab in the middle of the road? That was my situation in Vienna last week. In foreign cities with good mass transit, I use taxis […]

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Krumlov Castle

Castle-Hopping in Europe

Physician’s Money Digest Castles have always fascinated travelers, and Europe claims some of the world’s most intriguing. In these centuries-old palaces, see where battles, banquets, and even a few beheadings have taken place, as well as admire priceless jewels and pristine gardens. In fall, spring and summer, the grounds are especially beautiful.  Some of the castles […]

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Sonoma Biking

Plan Ahead Part 3: From Californian to French Fall Adventures

Physician’s Money Digest There’s something soothing about being in a fall landscape where the breeze makes the hillsides billow with waves of red, yellow, and rust. Leaf-peeping getaways come in all styles and price ranges. Ride a chairlift for panoramic views, hike the hillsides, take a scenic train ride, or pedal through wine country in […]

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Provence France

Plan Ahead Part 2: Local and European Fall Adventures

Physician’s Money Digest Autumn is the perfect time for walking, biking, and exploring. In the fall you don’t have to contend with summer’s blazing sun, swarming bugs, and thick crowds. Instead, enjoy the crisp weather and the vibrant fall colors (as well as fewer crowds). Discover France’s Provence and Spain’s Andalucia, as well as South […]

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Great Basin

Simply Look Up for Starry Skies in National Parks

Physician’s Money Digest In our national parks and those in other countries, one sight always surprises us: the star-studded skies. We expect to see awesome vistas, cascading waterfalls, towering canyon walls, and other park wonders, but by simply looking up at night we experience a dazzling display of constellations, planets, and nebulae normally invisible to […]

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