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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Near & Far

A Country Christmas

A Country Christmas

Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Resort, described as ‘the most Christmassy hotel in the nation’ by the Travel Channel, is a destination all its own during the holidays. Photos courtesy of Gaylord Opryland Resort My first experience at the Gaylord Opryland Resort…
Near & Far: Panoramic Prague

Near & Far: Panoramic Prague

The 10th-century castle and towers in Prague, Czech Republic, have withstood the test of time and served as extraordinary backdrops for remarkable changes in the city. Photos: Tony and Mary Ann DeSantis In every direction, a postcard-like view reveals itself…
Waltzing along the Danube 

Waltzing along the Danube 

An extraordinary week on the Viking Vilhjalm proves why river cruising is quickly becoming one of the most popular vacation choices for Americans.  Photos: Tony & Mary Ann DeSantis The dream of visiting a different European city every day has appealed…
A place to stay and play

A place to stay and play

Gators are wild in Gainesville, especially during football season, but there are plenty of things to do when the Gators leave The Swamp. Though much in Gainesville revolves around the University of Florida, the good news is you can enjoy…
Wild West in St. Pete

Wild West in St. Pete

Move over, Sal (Dali); take a break, Dale (Chihuly). The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art is St. Petersburg’s new ‘sheriff’ in town. Photos: Courtesy of James Museum of Western and Wildlife The Tampa Bay area may seem like…
All aboard!

All aboard!

Amtrak’s passenger service through the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains provides a relaxing and picturesque ride into the historic railroad city of Roanoke.    Decades ago, I rode the train every summer to see my grandparents in Pennsylvania. The trip always…
Rockin’ and rollin’ down the Blues Highway

Rockin’ and rollin’ down the Blues Highway

The blues had a baby and they named it rock ’n’ roll.”  ­—Muddy Waters, American blues musician, 1913-1983   The flat, fertile land of the Mississippi Delta seems to roll on as far as the eye can see. The views…
Girlfriend getaways

Girlfriend getaways

Getting away with your gal pals is a chance to renew friendships and rejuvenate with fun and relaxation. These locations offer something different for a successful trip.  Story: Mary Ann DeSantis   Putting toes in the sand Clearwater Beach, Florida…
Islands you can drive to

Islands you can drive to

Almost everyone daydreams about vacationing on an island. However, expensive airfares have made flying a nightmare for families—not to mention the hassle of packing your favorite beach gear into suitcases. Luckily, Florida has many beautiful islands accessible by vehicle. So,…
If walls could talk

If walls could talk

New homes are wonderful, but the stories surrounding historical homes are priceless and worth preserving.  Many towns have beautiful, centuries-old homes, but none are as controversial as the ones labeled “antebellum,” especially in the South. Some people say the mansions…
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