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Meeting a Butcher, a Baker and a Candlestick Seller during Philadelphia Tour with Urban Adventures

Rub-a-dub-dub! Checking the weather forecast before boarding my flight from Tampa to Philly last month, I knew it was going to be a soggy, quick trip. Yes, call me crazy because I had planned less than 24-hours with feet on the ground in Philadelphia the end of March. Why? My prime objective was to tour the 9th Street Italian Market with walking-tour operators Urban Adventures where I met a butcher, a baker, a candlestick seller and others who keep this historic market ticking.

Stepping Up My Culinary Game with USF St. Petersburg Florida Food Conference 2014 Preserving Kitchen Memories

“Food is control, it’s the most powerful force there is,” Nathalie Dupree, cookbook author, culinary instructor and Southern storyteller told attendees of the inaugural Florida Food Conference yesterday. The event was hosted by University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus and served up a heap of useful tips for making food writing and photography pop with vibrant flavor.

How Do I Love ME? Let Me Count the Ways with Wild Ophelia

How do I love ME? Let me count the ways with Wild Ophelia’s Valentine’s Day hearts filled with chocolate. Take an American road trip by checking out these flavors, New England Style Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Bites and Tart Cherry Caramel Milk Chocolate Bites.

Travel to Miami: It’s Apparently Good Luck to Have Bird Doo Doo Dropped on You

“Excuse me,” I said while stepping over the legs of three men who were each drinking from bottles covered in brown paper bags while sitting on a South Beach sidewalk. The warm sun was cooking the sidewalk which smelled like a combination beer, urine and sunscreen.

Stepping Up My Culinary Game with USF St. Petersburg Florida Food Conference 2014 Preserving Kitchen Memories

“Food is control, it’s the most powerful force there is,” Nathalie Dupree, cookbook author, culinary instructor and Southern storyteller told attendees of the inaugural Florida Food Conference yesterday. The event was hosted by University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus and served up a heap of useful tips for making food writing and photography pop with vibrant flavor.

USAF Thunderbirds Roar into Punta Gorda for 2014 Florida International Air Show

Six F-16C Fighting Falcons belonging to the United States Air Force Thunderbirds roared into Punta Gorda, Fla., skies Tuesday afternoon putting on a mini show before landing on the airport’s tarmac. “America’s Ambassador’s in Blue” are in town for the 34th Annual Florida International Air Show taking place March 29 & 30, 2014, at the Punta Gorda Airport.

Travel to France: Walking in the Paths of Romans and Artists in Arles

Walking through the dark cryptoporticus of Arles, France, I couldn’t help think how cool this was, both literally and figuratively.

Paddling the Florida Keys with Burnham Guides

White caps dotted the Atlantic Ocean side of Marathon Key and I didn’t think my kayaking trip in the Florida Keys was going to happen but Burnham Guides and had a Plan B.

Visiting Ireland’s Fahan Beehive Huts with Paddywagon Tours

The Paddywagon Tours bus parked just off the Slea Head Road (R 559) in the Dingle Peninsula. Gazing down the hillside through the fog I saw a pair of white sheep grazing in the green grass.

Find Inspiration during National Park Week April 19 – 27, 2014

Regular blog readers know how that summer vacation literally changed my life which is why I’m a big supporter of the national parks. Whether you have or have not been inspired by visiting a national park, I encourage you to visit one April 19 – 27, 2014 during National Park Week. Every American lives less than 100 miles from a national park experience so it should be relatively easy finding one near you.

Travel to the Dominican Republic: Horseback Riding to El Limón Waterfall in Samaná

There’s something to be said about walking a mile in someone else’s shoes but what about riding a few miles atop another man’s horse? Continuing on my journey in the beautiful ecotourism haven of Samaná, located in northeastern Dominican Republic, I found myself riding another man’s horse to the splendor of El Limón Waterfall.

Travel to the Dominican Republic: Samaná Had Me at First Splash in Los Haitises National Park

Wind kissed my cheeks and whipped my hair as the motorboat raced across teal-colored water of Samaná Bay. As we neared some of the 58 keys of Los Haitises National Park, the boat slowed down and I soaked up a beauty I never knew possible.

Meeting a Butcher, a Baker and a Candlestick Seller during Philadelphia Tour with Urban Adventures

Rub-a-dub-dub! Checking the weather forecast before boarding my flight from Tampa to Philly last month, I knew it was going to be a soggy, quick trip. Yes, call me crazy because I had planned less than 24-hours with feet on the ground in Philadelphia the end of March. Why? My prime objective was to tour the 9th Street Italian Market with walking-tour operators Urban Adventures where I met a butcher, a baker, a candlestick seller and others who keep this historic market ticking.

That Time I Met Sinbad the Sailor

The joy of travel is often accompanied by the adventure of meeting new people, especially those of other nationalities. When it comes to meeting non-American men, I relish their mysterious international intrigue while being roped into flirtatious games. It’s typically flattering receiving compliments and attention by these international players, unless it gets a little creepy.

Video: Cigar Rolling in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic

Meet Ramón, a cigar roller at La Leyenda del Cigarro, a Cigar Shop and Factory in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He rolls about 200 cigars a day!

Traveling to Guatemala with Clean the World, May 27 – 30, 2014

Does used hotel soap have a life beyond a one-night scrub? If it’s lucky, it’s sent off to Clean the World where it’s sanitized, processed and distributed to families and children in the U.S., Canada and more than 65 countries across the globe.

AARP 2014 Life@50+ National Event and Expo in Boston, May 8 – 10

Next month I’ll get a bigger taste of what’s in store for me in the next chapter of my life as I join thousands of others attending the AARP 2014 Life@50+ National Event and Expo in Boston, May 8 – 10.

Book Review: We’ll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Adventure by Jennifer Coburn

AAnyone can keep a travel journal but it takes a special talent for crafting an engaging travel story worthy of inviting others on the journey. We’ll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Memoir by Jennifer Coburn is not a flowery travel memoir about eating croissants, sipping coffee in Parisian cafes, and wearing matching berets in Paris. It’s a lesson in living life and well worth the read.

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Travel to Miami: It’s Apparently Good Luck to Have Bird Doo Doo Dropped on You

“Excuse me,” I said while stepping over the legs of three men who were each drinking from bottles covered in brown paper bags while sitting on a South Beach sidewalk. The warm sun was cooking the sidewalk which smelled like a combination beer, urine and sunscreen.

Find Inspiration during National Park Week April 19 – 27, 2014

Regular blog readers know how that summer vacation literally changed my life which is why I’m a big supporter of the national parks. Whether you have or have not been inspired by visiting a national park, I encourage you to visit one April 19 – 27, 2014 during National Park Week. Every American lives less than 100 miles from a national park experience so it should be relatively easy finding one near you.

A Letter from the Department of Homeland Security Lands in Your Mailbox, But It’s Not Addressed to You. Now What?

Here’s the scenario, a letter from the Department of Homeland Security lands in your mailbox. It’s not addressed to you BUT, it’s your address. Now what?

Travel Gear Review: High-Tech nio Tag Keeps Tabs on Luggage, Smartphones

Having my iPhone lost or stolen while traveling would be one of the worst things I could imagine. I’ve come to rely on it for mapping, travel itineraries, contact database and of course, as a form of communication. Losing my camera would be the second worst thing. Well, guess what? There’s an app, and a Bluetooth-powered security tag called the nio, to prevent these things from happening.

Meeting a Butcher, a Baker and a Candlestick Seller during Philadelphia Tour with Urban Adventures

Rub-a-dub-dub! Checking the weather forecast before boarding my flight from Tampa to Philly last month, I knew it was going to be a soggy, quick trip. Yes, call me crazy because I had planned less than 24-hours with feet on the ground in Philadelphia the end of March. Why? My prime objective was to tour the 9th Street Italian Market with walking-tour operators Urban Adventures where I met a butcher, a baker, a candlestick seller and others who keep this historic market ticking.