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I may understand when I am a middle-aged woman

Targeted at middle-aged women, this is a pleasant, but not remarkable, memoir of a single woman traveling in Europe. Travel book review of Without Reservations by Alice Steinbach. Continue reading

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Too much about the tropics?

Travel book review: Tales from The Torrid Zone. Some interesting stories plopped into a book that’s just too long. Continue reading

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Vienna’s Sacher Torte and a Window into Culinary Memory

Enjoying Vienna’s famous sacher torte at Schönbrunn Palace provides a culinary travel memory. Continue reading

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Sachertorte and Predictable Disappointment

Tourists allow themselves to be disappointed by expecting too much of a city’s culinary delights – a look at Vienna’s sachertorte Continue reading

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The Royal Palms of Vienna

The Palm House at Schönbrunn Place in Vienna is perfect for a palm tree savant. Continue reading

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The Viennese Opera I almost saw

Standing room only seats at the Vienna Opera House are incredibly cheap. But can a novice enjoy the opera? Continue reading

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Is Vienna Like Paris without the French?

Art Museums. Palaces. Art Nouveau. History. But not as much dog poop. Continue reading

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Visiting Lincoln Memorial the Right Way

There is only one way to experience the full impact of the Lincoln Memorial.  Do not turn around until you reach the top. When you arrive at the base of the steps, look up.  You must focus only on the … Continue reading

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Why did you need to fry this?

At Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, I learned why everything fried is not good, when I discovered that a fried oatmeal creme pie is good for only two things: as a delivery device for shortening and a lifespan reduction device. Continue reading

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Far From Home

Is it possibly to say “I am from here” and “I am not from here” and both statements be equally correct? Continue reading

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