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Big Times in the Big Apple

22 June 15

Author: Christine

By Christine Smith, Global Escapes Certified Travel Associate New York, how I love thee….on this my most recent trip to the Big Apple, I was pleased to see that the city has lost none of its charm since my last pilgrimage. Impossibly huge yet feeling so personal, exotic yet familiar, simultaneously corporate and individualistic, this […]

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London – Classic and Chic

18 July 14

Author: Christine

From my seat on the Eurostar coming into St. Pancras station from Paris, my eyes widen at my first glimpse of London. One of the largest stations in London, St. Pancras/Kings Cross can be a bit overwhelming. Equal parts historic and modern, it seems to dwarf the many rail lines that run into its open […]

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Paris, the City of Lights at its Brightest

15 July 14

Author: Christine

Paris, the City of Lights at its Brightest – July 15th Our visit to Paris has been perfectly timed, though unwittingly so.  The French national holiday, Bastille Day, takes place on July 14th, the day after our arrival.  Though we will miss most of the festivities, as our plans take us to Normandy on the […]

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Normandy, in the Footsteps of Heroes

14 July 14

Author: Christine

Normandy, in the Footsteps of Heroes – July 14th As Phillip and I drive through the rural French countryside, we chat about our grandfathers and the pieces of “real life” history that they’ve told us about over the years.  My grandfather landed at Omaha Beach in 1944, and Phillip’s grandfather at Utah Beach, just up […]

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The Swiss Alps – My Happy Place

12 July 14

Author: Christine

The Swiss Alps – My Happy Place, July 12th I must admit, even a travel consultant has favorites.  Mine are the Swiss Alps, particularly the Lauterbrunnen Valley and surrounding peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.  The name Lauterbrunnen literally means “many fountains,” and it fits this special place.  Home to 72 waterfalls, all pouring […]

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Fairytales in Real Life

9 July 14

Author: Christine

Fairytales in Real Life, July 9th Fairytales are, by nature, conjured by the creative mind of an imaginative writer.  However, almost all are inspired to some degree by actual circumstances or places, and deep in the heart of Bavaria lies the castle that is said to have inspired the children’s tale of Sleeping Beauty.  The […]

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“The Hills are alive…”

8 July 14

Author: Christine

Charmed by Salzburg, July 8th Though many European cities are well-traveled and quite enjoyable, Salzburg has more than its fair share of charm.  On this my first visit here, I thought it surely couldn’t be as captivating as the guidebooks and reviews recite.  But it is, and more so than I could even imagine. Driving […]

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Greetings from Munich!

6 July 14

Author: Christine

Sunday in Munich, July 6th Church bells are tolling and shops are closed for the day, but the streets are filled with people. This is Munich at its best.  The commercial facade of one of Europe’s largest and most visited cities is put away for the day, and locals and tourists alike are out to […]

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The “real” St. Lucia

2 December 13

Author: Christine

As I step onto the tarmac, fresh off the plane from chilly Atlanta, waves of comforting warmth roll over me, banishing any thoughts of the coming winter months. This fall, I find myself visiting the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, a tiny spot on the map, a utopia where happy locals dressed in their colorful […]

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