Uzbekistan Photography Workshop

Uzbekistan Photography Workshop

Uzbekistan’s Silk Route: Crossroads of the ancient world A photography workshop in Uzbekistan May 10 – 30, 2019 Produced by Barbara Nelson Photography Editor’s Note: Barbara Nelson (PWP, ASMP, WICI ) is a photographer, journalist & event producer for visual arts. Her highly-regarded photography workshop in Uzbekistan in Central Asia offers participants the opportunity to…

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Christmas in Europe: Dazzling Markets and Rich Traditions

Christmas in Europe: Dazzling Markets and Rich Traditions

My favorite places in Europe to kick off the Christmas season My first time: England Christmas in London I’ll never forget our first European Christmas experience in London. We enthusiastically soaked up the festive decorations, lively pubs, busy shops, Evensong service at St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the traditional tree lighting…

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Top Things to Do in Cologne, Germany

Top Things to Do in Cologne, Germany

Fun and interesting things to do in Cologne, Germany As wonderful as it was to visit Cologne during our first visit several years ago, we were thrilled to get a second “sniff of Cologne” during our Viking Rhine Getaway cruise. Gliding along the Rhine on a sunny morning, we watched the…

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The Art of Living: Arte de Vivir at La Baguette

The Art of Living: Arte de Vivir at La Baguette

Ana Uribe, artist-in-residence for La Baguette restaurants in Lima, Peru agrees with Hubbard’s pragmatic and encompassing approach. By integrating her art in La Baguette –a commercial setting — Ana creates a total ambiance. And it is a permanent work in process as the pieces change from time to time.

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Flavors of Milwaukee’s Brady Street Neighborhood

Flavors of Milwaukee’s Brady Street Neighborhood

Taking a stroll with Milwaukee Food and City Tours on the “Brady Street Walking Lunch Tour” was like going back in time for me. I thought back to the days when Mr. TWS and I lived in Milwaukee and had an apartment on Prospect Avenue just a few blocks from where the tour began on Brady Street. I was glad that I had the chance to get a new look at this neighborhood near our old stomping grounds in Milwaukee and enjoy some delicious specialties of local eateries.

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4 Places for Family Fun in Scottsdale

4 Places for Family Fun in Scottsdale

It’s been so much fun for us to explore new places in and around Scottsdale, and it’s been especially fun when we have visitors to show around. There are many things to do for residents and visitors of all ages and abilities. Here are a few tips on places that will have something for the whole family to enjoy.

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First Impressions: Sanctuary on Camelback Resort and Spa

First Impressions: Sanctuary on Camelback Resort and Spa

As new residents of the Valley of the Sun with a home in Scottsdale, Arizona we are eager to learn about the great places and activities in our new community and surrounding area. We’ve been pleasantly surprised that there is so much to see and do! Recently, we got a glimpse of the beautiful Sanctuary on Camelback Resort and Spa in nearby Paradise Valley. Take a look.

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An Italian Dream at Villa La Collina

An Italian Dream at Villa La Collina

Since our first visit to Tredozio, Italy in June of 2013, I’ve dreamed of a return to this serene village of Emilia-Romagna in the Apennine mountains. During our April trip to Italy, my dream was fulfilled. We once again enjoyed the hospitality of our host at Torre Fantini (you may remember reading about our stay here in 2013) and were royally welcomed at another lovely estate in the EsteVillas portfolio of holiday rentals, Villa La Collina.

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Exploring Veneto: 5 Great Side Trips from Asolo

Exploring Veneto: 5 Great Side Trips from Asolo

From our romantic apartment in Asolo, we not only enjoyed the culture and lifestyle of the captivating town just beyond our doorstop, we had easy access to other wonders of the Veneto region of Italy on side trips during our four-day stay. With our expert guides and gracious hosts Mr. TWS and I explored highlights that included regional wine, art, and architecture. Here are five places that we recommend for your Veneto itinerary.

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The Musical Essence of Mantua

The Musical Essence of Mantua

Music is an essential part of Mantua’s culture, and the Mantova Chamber Orchestra is an important part of Mantua’s music. For over 30 years, through their concerts and special projects the organization has spread the enjoyment of all musical genres to families, young people, cultural tourists, and all music lovers.

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Picture Portugal Part Two: Instagram Favorites

Picture Portugal Part Two: Instagram Favorites

When you picture Portugal in your mind, what do you see — trams on steep streets, towering bridges, and historic sites such as Belém? I was excited to see these scenes in person and even happier to experience Portuguese culture expressed in art, architecture, and music as portrayed in the second part of my Portugal Instagram photos.

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Picture Portugal on Instagram

Picture Portugal on Instagram

Picture Portugal — the glittering lights of Lisbon, sweeping vistas of the stunning Douro Valley, Baroque architecture, colorful ceramic tiles, and delightful surprises. These are just a few of the facets of this wonderful country that we captured for our Instagram gallery during our first visit there on our Viking River “Portugal’s River of Gold” cruise.

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10 Glimpses of Maritime Québec on Instagram

10 Glimpses of Maritime Québec on Instagram

Colorful, delicious, fresh, charming, intriguing. These are some of the characteristics I tried to capture in photos during my three-day road trip in two of the maritime regions of Québec, Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie. I’ve written about my trip in other articles, but here I’ll give you a glimpse with ten of my favorite maritime Québec Instagram photos.

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On the Hilltops of Tuscany

On the Hilltops of Tuscany

Writers, artists, and pilgrims have for centuries been inspired by the villages and hilltops of Tuscany. And no wonder. During our visit, I was constantly in awe of the historic towns with their turrets and towers atop the hills. Certaldo Alta and San Gimignano, two of the region’s most notable hilltop towns, exemplified the Tuscany of medieval times and the beauty of modern-day Tuscany.

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Classic Tuscan Elegance at Villa Buonvisi

Classic Tuscan Elegance at Villa Buonvisi

Picture a stay in an elegant 16th-century Tuscan villa in the luxurious style of Renaissance nobility, but with all of today’s modern conveniences. Imagine a setting overlooking vineyards with views of majestic mountains. Sounds enticing, doesn’t it? To that picture, add convenient access to the fascinating medieval city of Lucca and many top sites in the region and you have Villa Buonvisi…

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Rome in a Day Part 2: The Power and the Glory

Rome in a Day Part 2: The Power and the Glory

Did you know that there are nine miles of culture and history with sculptures, paintings, other art, and religious and historical relics in the Vatican Museums, including their most famous attraction — the Sistine Chapel? It’s impossible to take it all in during one visit.

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Authentic Tuscany at La Novellina

Authentic Tuscany at La Novellina

When I think of Tuscany, I picture the wonderful food and wine of the region with a backdrop of a golden afternoon sun on beautiful vistas of vineyards, olive groves and green hills. Anticipating our trip there, I hoped to have an experience that this picture epitomized and from our first welcome to the day we said goodbye, my expectations were met.

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European Capital of Culture: Highlights of Marseille

European Capital of Culture: Highlights of Marseille

“Marseille is a way of life”. It’s the playing of pétanque (similar to bocce), the imbibing of pastis (an anise liqueur developed in Marseille as a substitute for the banned absinthe in 1915), the savoring of Bouillabaisse (for which Marseille is famous), and a certain “joie de vivre”. It is also a way of life that embraces the diversity of this melting pot on the Mediterranean and its rich culture, history, and art — giving an ample number of reasons for its designation as a 2013 European Capital of Culture.

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