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    Some Great Things to Do in St Croix USVI

    Lots of Caribbean islands are named for Saints. Nine to be exact. I’d never visited any of these sainted islands, and I’m not sure I could even name them all. As travel started to reopen recently, I decided I felt safe seeking out an island adventure, especially as a vaccinated traveler. But I wanted to stay within US Territory for this first time away from my home state in over…

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    Snorkeling at Buck Island Reef in St Croix

    For visitors to St Croix in the US Virgin Islands, snorkeling at Buck Island Reef National Monument is a must.  Buck Island is a small uninhabited island 1.5 miles off the northeast coast of St Croix.  It’s really not all that impressive to look at from afar.  In fact, look at a picture, and you’ll immediately wonder – that mound in the ocean covered with stubby trees is a National…

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    Miyajima – Japan’s Island of the Gods

    Miyajima Island is one of Japan’s top tourist destinations. This beautiful island – also known as Itsukushima – is located just south of Hiroshima. In ancient times, God was thought to live on the island. It’s certainly beautiful enough – if I was Diety, I could see myself choosing to live there. Miyajima Island can be quickly accessed from Hiroshima as a day trip, or it would be a wonderful…

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    Thanksgiving in New Orleans – Great Food, Great Music, Great Times!

    New Orleans is one of my favorite cities in the US.  I love the food, the music, the culture, and  the history.  Plus, wandering through the French Quarter feels unlike anywhere else in this country.  A few years ago, we decided to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday.  When trying to decide where to go, spending Thanksgiving in New Orleans came immediately to mind. Some quick research showed me that not…

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    Easy Day Trips from Kyoto

    Kyoto Japan is a city rich in history and one of Japan’s top tourist destinations. It boasts ancient temples and shrines, great insight into Japanese culture, and some fantastic food. The area immediately surrounding Kyoto is also well worth visiting. Taking a few day trips from Kyoto to see and experience some of these sites should ideally be part of any Kyoto itinerary. Let me show you three easy day…

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    A Week in Provence – the Luberon, the Rhône, and Cassis

    Odds are that when I say Provence, images of idyllic French countryside, ancient hill-top villages, and incredible food come immediately to mind. This was certainly my vision, when I started tripping this popular tourist destination in France. The actual region of Provence is quite large, taking up the southeast corner of the country. Its western boundaries start at the Rhône river and the ancient Roman outposts of Arles, Avignon, and…