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Venice: The Grand Seduction

  The approach to Venice by train is seductive in itself…    Just seeing a city floating on water is astonishing. How did they do that? Why did they do that?   Apparently it wasn’t intentional. It happened sometime around the fall of the Roman Empire when the mainland was invaded and the residents escaped to the protected lagoon of Venice.    Venice is a maze of tiny cobbled streets and narrow alleys, ribbon-like canals, singing gondoliers, graceful little arched bridges, and thousands of masquarade-like art shops.    There is nothing more memorable than the golden sound of the gondolier’s song lilting through the … More…

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An Entire Exotic Island to Yourself

  We had rented a cabin and were about to spend a week on an uninhabited island, Uoleva, in the Haap’ai Group of Tonga, an island all to ourselves with absolutely breathtaking white powder beaches (perfect for skinny dipping) and crystal clear turquoise water! There were no roads, no cars, no shops on the island.       As we flew over the islands of Tonga, the clear, blue atolls were amazing! We flew over island after island, atoll after atoll, with miles of white sand and the most brilliant sparkling emerald water surrounding each one. It was pure, natural and almost heavenly.       … More…

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