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11:15 PM / Thursday December 14, 2017

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Trees, lights, holiday magic: Christmas events and displays

December 8, 2017

ABOVE PHOTO:  Nov 26, 2017–Christmas season in New York City Rockefeller Center  (Editorial credit: / Shutterstock.com)   By Beth J. Harpaz associated press NEW YORK–Destinations around the U.S. are dressing up for Christmas with trees, lights and holiday magic. Here’s a look at a few events, displays and other attractions: NEW YORK CITY The city’s…

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Smooth Traveler: Christmas in the Lehigh Valley’s Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

December 1, 2017

ABOVE PHOTO:  Blacksmith shop and Historic Bethlehem Hotel  (Photo: Alizada Studios / shutterstock)   By Renée S. Gordon On April 2, 1741, the Moravian Church, a pre-Reformation religious sect, received a deed for 500-acres of Pennsylvania land on the Lehigh River. On Christmas Eve of the same year, the settlement was officially named Bethlehem. Bethlehem’s location…

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Coffee tourism in El Salvador jolts interest of worldly travelers

November 22, 2017

BPT Americans’ love for coffee is inspiring them to embark on java journeys around the world, leading them to stunning locations like El Salvador, where coffee is an important part of daily life. In fact, coffee farming has fueled the economy in El Salvador and defined its rich culture for more than 200 years. Today,…

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Smooth Traveler: New Mexico’s majesty — Albuquerque and Santa Fe

November 22, 2017

ABOVE PHOTO:  Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico  (Photo: Joseph Sohm / shutterstock)   By Renée S. Gordon The earliest archeological evidence of human habitation in New Mexico dates from 25,000 B.C. At that time the Sandia people migrated into the region developing crop cultivation, architectural techniques, weaving and pottery making through the centuries between…

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Smooth Traveler: The Natchez Trace Parkway, Meet the Legends (part two)

November 16, 2017

ABOVE PHOTO:  The Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge   By Renée S. Gordon Eighty-seven miles from Tupelo, along the Natchez Trace Parkway, is the city of Florence, Alabama. The land, once part of the Chickasaw Nation, was sold off as soon as the last treaty ceded the land. The city’s architect, Ferdinand Sannoner, was tasked to…

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Five savvy strategies to calm your travel worries

November 16, 2017

BPT Traveling can make for some of the best moments of your life, but it is not without its challenges. After all, there are rooms to book, activities to plan and, of course, luggage to worry about. Without the right strategies, these challenges can seem pretty daunting. How daunting? A survey from Honeywell shows that…

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It’s still cool to hang out in Greenwich Village

November 9, 2017

ABOVE PHOTO:  People enjoy some street performance in the Washington square park in the heart of Manhattan on a sunny summer Sunday in New York City.  (Photo: AsiaTravel / Shutterstock.com) By Beth J. Harpaz associated press NEW YORK– As a teenager in New York City in the gritty 1970s, I often hung out in Greenwich…

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Five tips for planning memorable holiday travel

November 9, 2017

ABOVE PHOTO:  Nights of a Thousand Candles BPT The holiday season can be the perfect time to travel. With school and work days off, it’s a special way to reconnect with family and friends as you get to bask in that cheerful holiday spirit. Planning a holiday-themed trip is easier than you think if you…

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Smooth Traveler: The Natchez Trace Parkway, Meet the Legends (part one)

November 3, 2017

ABOVE PHOTO:  Elvis’ birthplace   By Renée S.  Gordon “Trace” is a French word for animal track. The fabled Natchez Trace was created centuries ago by bear, deer, bison, etc., as a migratory path to locate food sources, water and salt licks. Paleo-Indians — who migrated into the region — followed this footpath when traveling…

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Five things on Florida’s Space Coast to deepen your passion for space

November 2, 2017

BPT When it comes to outer space, there is much to wonder and dream about. Where else are there such colossal challenges paired with the infinite possibilities of discovery? For stargazers, dreamers and those who believe anything is possible, Florida has the perfect vacation spot for experiencing that sense of cosmic adventure, and letting your…

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