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Smooth Traveler: Gallup, New Mexico’s Tangible Tourism (Part Two)

July 11, 2019

By Renée S. Gordon New Mexico’s current state flag was adopted in 1925 as the result of a contest won by an archeologist. His design interprets the state’s history, culture, artistic traditions and the currents of spirituality that permeate the state. A design, pictured in the flag’s center, was found on a clay pot crafted…

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Freedom and Order: The Quilt Masterpieces of Gee’s Bend–revisited

July 8, 2019

ABOVE PHOTO: Arcola Pettway, “Lazy Gal” Variation (1976) By Alice Bernstein A new exhibition has just opened at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: “Souls Grown Deep: Artists of the African American South.” It includes sculpture, painting, and some of the amazing Gee’s Bend Quilts. As the public has a new chance to view these quilts,…

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Smooth Traveler: Gallup, New Mexico’s tangible tourism (Part One)

June 28, 2019

By Renée S. Gordon A postal clerk once told me that I needed to pay international postage to mail a letter to New Mexico. She was surprised, as many people are, to learn that it gained statehood in 1912, has a documented history that spans thousands of years and is literally a microcosm of southwestern…

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Explore the hidden gems in the communities of Myrtle Beach

June 21, 2019

BPT No matter what you yearn for when you imagine your dream vacation, you can make it happen in one of the 14 distinct communities in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. You may think you know Myrtle Beach — with 60 miles of beautiful coastline, exciting nightlife and family-friendly attractions — but there’s lots more to…

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Smooth Traveler: Long Beach, California-Sun, Sea and Royalty

June 14, 2019

ABOVE PHOTO: Long Beach, CA (Photo: Renée S. Gordon) By Renée S. Gordon Long Beach, California, situated approximately 30 minutes south of Los Angeles, is a coastal gem with more than its share of lures for the traveler. The city, deemed one of the most ethnically diverse big cities in the country, has an average…

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Explore top summer travel destinations

June 7, 2019

ABOVE PHOTO: Mexico City FAMILY FEATURES From a tropical retreat to exploring a new culture, summer is an ideal and popular time to travel. With a literal world of options, it can be tough to narrow down just where you want to visit, so get started with these popular destinations for a memorable getaway. Orlando…

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Smooth Traveler: Curate your own Royal Caribbean adventure on CocoCay, Bahamas Island

June 7, 2019

By Renée S. Gordon Royal Caribbean International Cruise Line’s first passenger ship, The Song of Norway, set sail in 1970, heralding the launch of the line. Over the ensuing years, Royal Caribbean has consistently been on the cutting edge in all phases of  the industry, technology, design, art, architecture, personalized service, entertainment, amenities and environmental…

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Smooth Traveler: Delve deeper into Greater Williamsburg, Virginia

May 31, 2019

ABOVE PHOTO: Governors Palace, Williamsburg VA  (Photo: Stacie Stauff Smith / Shutterstock) By Renée S. Gordon Virginia’s Greater Williamsburg, also known as the Historic Triangle, is comprised of the City of Williamsburg and the James City and York counties. This is one of the most historic regions in the nation.  It boasts such singular sites…

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Smooth Traveler: Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality

May 24, 2019

ABOVE PHOTO: National Constitution Center   (Photo: Wangkun Jia / Shutterstock) By Renée S. Gordon The National Constitution Center opened the “Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality” exhibit on May 9 with an introduction to the era and discussion of current political and social ramifications. This groundbreaking exhibition is the first…

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