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Immerse Yourself in World-Wide, Virtual Travel

By Kelli Drummer-Avendano

This summer is sure to be one we’ll never forget, but most likely not because of all the exciting trips we’ll be taking. Most of us will be making the best of our vacation time in our own backyards. Luckily, through the magic of virtual travel we have the world at our fingertips. By simply clicking a link, you can be transported thousands of miles away to different time zones without the jet lag! So while there’s no substitute for a real life voyage, here are some places you can travel while lounging on your patio.

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12 months to visit Italy

By- Claudia Quesito

Italy has a mix of long-standing and newer traditions, recurring events and unique happenings. Let’s travel up and down the Belpaese thought the year. At the beginning of January, Roma celebrates the Befana (an old woman riding on a broom who brings treats to kids) with lights, markets, sport races, and a traditional parade on the 6th. 

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City Guide #1: Bologna

By- Claudia Quesito

Most Italian cities have a nickname. Bologna has three of them: la rossa, la dotta, la grassa. Some facts to begin with: Bologna is the capital and largest city of Emilia-Romagna in Northern Italy. With its 391,620 residents, it’s the seventh most populous city in Italy, as well as one of the wealthiest.

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TRAVEL SERIES: Central America Part 2

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Colón, Panamá is one of the most important ports of the Caribbean Sea.  Colón, is of course, the Spanish name for Columbus.  Colón gained more significance with the completion of the Panamá Canal.  We did not take a tour in Colón as we wanted to explore the area near the port.  Here we met Embera native women who were selling jewelry and other crafts that they had made by hand.  We conversed with them and it was interesting to see that in addition to their native language, they spoke Spanish and enough English to sell their items.  Some of them knew enough Math to calculate to a certain quantity.  If the amount was beyond their comprehension, they would call on one lady that had a calculator.  It was remarkable to observe women who live the same as their ancestors have for hundreds of years coping with modern society.

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TRAVEL SERIES: Central America Part 1

Beach caribbean of Costa Rica close to Puerto Viejo

On three separate cruises, my husband and I have had the opportunity to visit beautiful locations in Central America.  On one cruise our ports of call included Isla Roatán, Honduras and Ciudad de Belice, Belice.  On a second cruise, our ports of call were Colón, Panamá and Limón, Costa Rica and on the third cruise, we crossed the Panamá Canal and docked at Puntarenas, Costa Rica.

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Pacific Coast of México

A couple of years ago, my husband and I had the fantastic opportunity to cruise from Miami with Ports of Call in Cartagena, Colombia; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; and four stops in Mexico: Puerto Chiapas, Huatulco, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas. What an amazing trip with lots of cultural and historical information. Needless to say, crossing the Panama Canal was quite an experience.   (Colombia and Costa Rica will be discussed in another Travel Series post.)

Landscape Montebello Lake, Chiapas

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TRAVEL SERIES: Riviera Maya

The Riviera Maya is in the eastern part of Mexico in the state of Quintano Roo facing the beautiful Caribbean Sea. The Riviera Maya begins in Cancun and stretches south towards the country of Belize. It is approximately 80 miles long, dotted with fantastic resorts, beautiful beaches, fabulous historical and cultural sites, and attractions with fun-filled activities. If you travel to this area, consider going to one of the resorts away from the city of Cancun.

Ancient Mayan ruins in Tulum, Mexico. Iconic image of the Riviera Maya and Caribbean sea

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