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A Scenic Driving Tour of Northern New Mexico

By Hope S. Philbrick
If you fight traffic as part of your daily commute, it may be difficult to imagine that a driving vacation could be stress-free, relaxing, and, yes, even fun. But New Mexico offers all that with its…

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Luscious Seville (Part 2)

Story and photos by Betsy Marvin
One of the great luxuries of an extended stay is the spontaneous nature of discovery. Limiting a big city visit to three or four days necessitates rigid scheduling, if we’re to “see everything,” including…

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Muscle Shoals, Alabama: Offers Everything for the Music Lover, Plus More

Story and photos by Bobby L. Hickman
Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers
And they’ve been known to pick a song or two
Lord they get me off so much
They pick me up when I’m feeling blue
Now…

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A Feast for the Senses in Southern Mexico

Story and photos by Betsy Marvin
Colorful and festive in all seasons, the southern Mexican city of Oaxaca delights the senses and tantalizes the mind. Infused with pre-Columbian flavor in the arts, the foods, the rituals and celebrations, Oaxaca provides…

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The Birthplace of Texas

Story and photos by Bobby L. Hickman
If you’ve ever wanted to get in touch with your inner cowboy or cowgirl, there’s no better place than Washington County, Texas. Picture yourself sitting around a blazing campfire under a full moon,…

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River Town, Music Town, Fun Town – That’s Memphis! Part 2

Story and photos by Betsy Marvin
We sit gazing at the opulent lobby of the Peabody, “the city’s living room,” waiting to grab a cab for the airport. Back in 1935, David Cohn in God Shakes Creation described the space:…

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River Town, Music Town, Fun Town – That’s Memphis! Part 1

Story and photos by Betsy Marvin
Big fans of the historic hotels of America, we’d long wanted to see the storied Hotel Peabody, and a winning bid for two nights there, in the annual (May) National Trust online auction fundraiser,…

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Mexico City – A Sightseer’s Delight

Story and photos by Betsy Marvin
A short week’s stay in Mexico City proved to be full of activity on a trip last December that preceded a longer stay in Oaxaca. We had never been before but will definitely be…

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As Winter Ends, the Capital Ushers in Spring

By Cindy Murphy-Tofig
Whether you’ve been slammed by snowstorm after snowstorm or you were lucky and only had to deal with a week or two of bitter cold, one of the best antidotes to winter is the annual National Cherry…

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Avoiding Comparisons Best Way to Visit Charleston

By Hope S. Philbrick
In one episode of Seinfeld, Elaine befriends three guys similar to Jerry, George and Kramer except they’re much nicer and well mannered. The eerie coincidences convince her she’s stepped into a “Bizzaro World.” At first she’s…

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