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Last Tango in Paris: Napoléon’s Tomb

“Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.”~ Napoléon Bonaparte “That was the greatest and finest moment of my life!” a smallish man in a white raincoat proclaimed loudly as he exited the domed church at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris. Moments before, this man stood trembling with excitement and removed his cap out of respect as he gazed for a long time at an ornate marble tomb. It was June 23rd, 1940; just three days after the French capital had become German-occupied territory. The following day during his official sightseeing city tour,...

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Luxury Vacations In Paradise: Celebrate The Holidays On Velaa Private Island

Dreaming of luxurious vacations may put you in mind of tropical island paradises and exclusive resorts. But what if you could combine those two things into a deluxe, private island paradise in the Maldives? Well, you can! That place exists, and it’s called Velaa Private Island. Located in the Noonu Atoll north of Male, this incredible island is a haven for guests where everyone can be treated like royalty. With the holiday season nearly upon us, a vacation spent in a luxurious, boutique-style resort in a tropical paradise might just be the best solution! Escape the cold and snow...

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Vala’s Pumpkin Patch: Holiday Family Fun In Nebraska

I have to admit that as a girl who primarily grew up in the deep South, I didn’t spend a lot of time growing up participating in typical fall traditions. We didn’t visit pumpkin patches or apple orchards when I was a kid. Trust me, typical fall weather in Alabama and Georgia? Let’s just say it’s not conducive to sweaters and scarves. But now that I’m living out west, it seems it’s time for me to see what all the fuss is about! During my last visit to Omaha to perform with the symphony, my fabulous host and her...

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Beyond the Northern Lights: Unique Honeymoon Destinations in Norway

By Michael Dunlop Norway is a country known for its mountainous landscapes, remarkable beaches and coastline, and vibrant culture. It is considered one of the most beautiful countries on earth, and that makes Norway a popular destination for nature-seeking travelers. Norway is also a fantastic honeymoon destination for couples to enjoy all of the breathtaking sights together. In this article, we’re going to look at some of the best and unique honeymoon destinations in Norway. Bergen In a survey panel of over 10,000 travelers, Bergen was voted as one of the most romantic destinations in the entirety of Europe....

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Winter Vacation Ideas For The 2019 Holidays

The holiday season is right around the corner, and for most people, that means cold, nasty winter weather. While a lot of snow during the holidays might feel festive, it can be uncomfortable and make you want to get away for a bit. Maybe that’s why so many people choose to vacation during the winter and spend their holidays abroad. After all, 37% of families say that vacations make them happy, making it the activity that makes families most happy. Here are a few destinations you should check out for your holiday vacation, and some ideas for activities you...

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The Best Holiday Places to Visit This Winter

Christmas is getting closer and everyone’s getting ready for the holiday season filled with shopping and family dinners. Along with the long office hours, a well-deserved break is coming up this season. Many people decide to spend the holidays abroad and emerge in another country’s culture. For that reason, we prepared a list of the best places to escape your routine this winter. London Not many places are like the British capital when it comes to the winter. You can spend your time shopping in locations like Oxford Street, Covent Garden, and Regent Street or you can enjoy the...

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Japan’s Top 2020 Festivals

Tokyo is preparing for the arrival of the Olympic and Paralympic Games next summer. With that there will be a record numbe of tourists from around the world visiting Japan in 2020. Despite the high number of tourists heading to Japan, Japanese matsuri, or festivals, offer travelers an opportunity to escape the crowds and experience Japan’s rich cultural heritage alongside locals. A number of the country’s top matsuri will take place over the summer, allowing travelers heading to Japan for the Olympic and Paralympic Games an opportunity to experience Japanese traditions while traveling outside of Tokyo. Hifuri Kamakura Festival,...

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A Foodies Guide to Launceston, Tasmania

Tasmania’s second city was once overlooked and merely seen as a gateway to tourist hotspots. But Launceston is actually the perfect destination for foodies and is now being recognised for its food culture, with ingredients being grown and sourced locally. If you are a foodie, then here is a guide to help you experience this side of the city: Red Feather Inn  If you are looking for accommodation that is fit for food connoisseurs, then book a room at Red Feather Inn. With car hire from Launceston Airport and you can take the 15-minute scenic drive to this luxurious...

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Rah-Rah for Lady Gaga in Las Vegas

Right now Lady Gaga and her world-class 30 piece band perform two different shows – Enigma and Jazz & Piano through May 2020, inside the Park MGM Theater in Las Vegas. Music brings joy to Gaga’s heart, and throughout her Jazz & Piano show, she shares stories about the century old songs discovered inside The Great American Songbook, and some of her contemporary hits. Her other show Enigma is more theatrical highlighting many of her award winning songs. A few years ago when Tony Bennett approached Gaga to sing a collaborative jazz album together, she jumped at the opportunity...

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Antarctica: Voyage of a Lifetime

After a lifetime of travel that had taken me all the continents of the world, there are a few voyages that are truly memorable, the “best” of my professional life. At the very top of my list is a trip I made to Antarctica in the year 2000. This is the story I wrote later for the Copley News Service. Antarctica 2000 “Iceberg!” came a shout from the bridge. “Iceberg!” A score of voices echoed the cry. No, this wasn’t the Titanic. It was the M/S Explorer bound for Antarctica. And the sighting of our first iceberg—a pale looming...

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Before You Buy Your Dream Car, Read This

No matter what you currently drive, everyone has their dream car they’ve had their heart set on. It could be the newest, sleekest-looking model out there right now, or it could be the one with speeds guaranteed to get your heart racing. However, whatever you’re looking to drive, you’ll want to know how to take care of your dream car once you’ve got it. Be sure to take these tips to heart before you drive off the lot with the vehicle of your dreams. Know What You Want Out Of Your Car When you’re picking out your dream car,...

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Traveling During Flu Season? Here Are Some Tips to Prevent Airborne Illnesses

If you have never spent time in California — now is the perfect time to go! In many parts of the U.S., it’s getting colder and colder. In certain cities (think upstate New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, etc.) the weather can be downright brutal. So a trip to Cali will be a nice break from all that frigid cold. You and your family will find all kinds of fun, great eateries, and beautiful scenery up and down the California coast. During your travels, however, you need to be cautious of germs, illnesses, and other issues — especially during the winter...

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