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Alcatraz to Pitcairn: An Island Odyssey — 1

Alcatraz to Pitcairn: An Island Odyssey — 1

Part 1: THE ROCK Islands as Refuges, Prisons Separated by water from continents, islands have always represented freedom to me. When I graduated from Hunter College as a film major in the 1970s, I realized the Age of Aquarius was experiencing technical difficulties in...

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Port Townsend, Washington

Port Townsend, Washington

It was snowing as I left home. Not sticking but slick and windy and cold. Definitely not ideal roadtripping weather. But my destination is in the so called “Banana Belt” of the Pacific Northwest, an area on the shores of the Salish Sea where the PNW’s famous rain and...

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Enjoying in Emerald City: Enchanted by Seattle

Enjoying in Emerald City: Enchanted by Seattle

The glass sculptures were astonishing. Just once in my life I had visited a glass blowers' studio, accompanying my daughter's school study trip. Yes, I had seen the demonstrations of the glass being melted, blown and shaped into a delicate form. But nothing...

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Italy May Have Invented Pizza,but Di Fara Perfected It

Italy May Have Invented Pizza,
but Di Fara Perfected It

New York is one of my favourite cities. I first visited the city four years ago, and it made a vivid and broad impression on me. I could not get enough of the towering skyscrapers, Times Square, Central Park, and New York-style pizza. Yes, I never knew that I would...

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Essex Street in Salem: Discovering Witches and Mariners

Essex Street in Salem: Discovering Witches and Mariners

Salem in Massachusetts, abounding in Puritan and American history is perhaps best known for the 1692 witch trials. My knowledge was restricted to magazines and websites which variously have described it as having a "witchy heritage, a haven for fans of "the occult and...

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A Few Solo Female Travel Tips

A Few Solo Female Travel Tips

Since I was little, I dreamed of seeing the world. I grew up Googling pictures of ancient sites, making plans for when I was going to visit famous cities, and dreaming of adventures around the globe. I was completely wanderlust. My patience ran out by the time I was...

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New Haven: Exploring Art and Architecture

New Haven: Exploring Art and Architecture

About a little more than an hour drive or train ride from the metropolis of New York City lies New Haven in the state of Connecticut. A much smaller town, its fame stems from the fact that it is home to Yale University, the premier Ivy League educational institution....

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The Last Stronghold of the Navajo, Canyon de Chelly

The Last Stronghold of the Navajo, Canyon de Chelly

Exploring the History and Beauty of the Canyon The last rays of the setting sun painted the canyon walls a deep orange as they turned the bottom of the clouds reddish. I was at Tsegi Overlook taking in one of the classic views of Canyon de Chelly. Tsegi (Say-ih) is...

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The Best New York City Rooftops

The Best New York City Rooftops

When I first moved to The Big Apple, I was obsessed with finding the best rooftops in NYC. Almost every weekend, especially during spring and summer season, I felt the need to try a new one. Whether it was The Press Lounge, Harriet’s Rooftop or 230 Fifth, I developed...

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Corpus Christi, City by the Sea

Corpus Christi, City by the Sea

In the summer of 2020, my crew got a call late at night to pack our bags and head to Corpus Christi, Texas. Hurricane Hanna was headed for South Texas. As a traveling lineman for over ten years, I knew what this meant for our team and what it meant for the locals....

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Waterfall Wonderland: The Columbia River Gorge

Waterfall Wonderland: The Columbia River Gorge

It is only 80 miles long but contains over 100 waterfalls. Eleven of these are over 100 feet high with the 620-foot drop of Multnomah Falls as the most famous and accessible. The vertical basalt walls of the gorge go from sea level to nearly 4000 feet. The Columbia...

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Breaking the Con

Breaking the Con

Each year, one event commands the attendance of the world’s greatest superheroes and villains - San Diego Comic-Con. Since 1970, like-minded mighty humans, inhumans and other-worldly good guys and bad have stepped out of the comic books and movies, and gathered along...

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