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February 2017
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The Tenacious Traveler

Enjoy the Warmth of St. Augustine: If Not Now, When? Well, Maybe for Another 450 Years if You’ve Got the Time

Last year, St. Augustine, Florida, which traces its roots to that 16th-century settlement, celebrated its 450th anniversary. That supports its claim to be the oldest continuously occupied European community in the country.

Scott
Compulsive Traveler

Historic Cemeteries

Architecture lovers will enjoy Buffalo’s Forest Lawn Cemetery. It claims to be one of the world’s finest outdoor museums with monuments, sculptures and mausoleums designed by great sculptors and architects including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Blue Sky Mausoleum.

January 2017
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The Tenacious Traveler

Curacao – Colorful, Cultural and Difficult to Pronounce

But the relatively few Americans who go there are richly rewarded. Begin with the island’s intriguing history and cultural tapestry. Add some of the best diving and snorkeling anywhere. Throw in an architectural gem of a mini-city that combines tropical touches with European flair, along with an enticing choice of outdoor activities and extremely friendly people.

Clift

Dubai Desert Wish

We arrive at the desert and Qaddafi dutifully starts our high speed, terrifying sand dune dips and swerves. We beg him to stop but he thinks we are having fun. When we convince him we really want to forfeit this part of the trip, he relents and takes us to the campsite, where we forgo camels and henna and are seated on carpets for dinner under the stars.

Scott
Compulsive Traveler

Visiting Lisbon

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Europe – older than Rome and the second oldest European capital after Athens. Portugal’s neutrality during World War II saved Lisbon from the destruction suffered by so many other European cities so most of the historic buildings are original.

Wiseman

Living History in Cuba

Walking through Havana is like stepping back in time. There are old cars in a rainbow of colors everywhere, dating from 1927 to 1961. Seeing the sights from the back of a bright red 1958 Ford convertible was pure heaven.

December 2016
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The Tenacious Traveler

History, Culture and Mother Nature

A very different setting is encountered nearby at the impressive Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens. It encompasses over four centuries of horticultural history, including areas devoted to Mi'kmaq, early Acadian and 17th century English gardening practices and designs. A replica of a 17th-century Acadian home overlooks salt marshes and the dikes that were constructed by farmers to transform them into arable land.

Scott
Compulsive Traveler

Malta: Europe’s Best Kept Secret

For such a small island there are an amazing number of historical sites dating back to Neolithic times.  The islands are home to three UNESCO World Heritage sites including the City of Valletta, the Megalithic Temples, and the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum.  Several other sites are on the UNESCO Tentative List awaiting inclusion.

November 2016
Scott
Compulsive Traveler

Vilas County, Wisconsin: Muskies and More

If you want to catch a prize-winning muskellunge then Vilas County is the place for you. Muskies are highly sought after by fishermen because of the explosive strikes and rugged fights. Vilas County has some of the best smallmouth bass, walleye, trout, and pike fishing.

October 2016
Scott
Compulsive Traveler

Happy 100th Birthday to the National Park System

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park: This Alaskan park, the largest in the National Park system, is larger than each of the nine smallest U.S. States and larger than Switzerland. Visitors can explore the historic mining sites, hike the mountains, float on its rivers, ski on glaciers, and marvel at the wildlife.

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