Month: May 2014

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Memorial Day 2014 at the Sarasota National Cemetery

As I drove to Orlando, I thought it was appropriate to mark Memorial Day with a stop at the Sarasota National Cemetery.

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Tulips in Bloom at the Boston Public Garden, May 2014
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May 2014: An Overdue Update to the Escapades of Solo Travel Girl

I’m not quite sure if I’ve ever written a post updating you on what’s been happening in my life but I feel to do so. Since the beginning of the year, it’s been a wild and wooly ride but with June in sight, I’m beginning to breathe.

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View of a Glacier, a Lake and Mountains from Flight into Anchorage International Airport
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Sizzling Websites and Apps for Planning Your 2014 Summer Vacation

If you’re like me, you can’t WAIT to get a jump start on planning your summer vacation. Following are sizzling websites and apps to make planning for your summer vacation fun and easier.

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Saturdays during SummerBlast! at the Hilton Bonnet Creek, Participate in Ducktona 500 - The Great Summer Blast! Duck Race
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Have a SummerBlast! at Hilton Bonnet Creek this Summer

Don’t just have a blast this summer, have a SummerBlast! There’s no disputing Central Florida is the theme park capital of the world but that doesn’t mean it’s the kids who have all the fun. In fact, this summer I’m looking forward to checking out the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in the Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland as well as Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley in Universal Orlando.

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Locally-Sourced Ingredients are Used at the Southern Bistro, The River and Rail in Roanoke, Virginia
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Adventures in Dining at The River and Rail in Roanoke, Virginia

There’s nothing I enjoy more than when a meal ends up being a dining adventure. I savored one of those foodie experiences last month in Virginia at The River and Rail, a southern Bistro in the historic South Roanoke neighborhood. It was one of those standout experiences where I witnessed the marrying of flavors and textures I didn’t know possible as they playfully danced on my taste buds.

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My Grandpa B. Served in WWII with the Coast Guard
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Research Family Heritage on Ancestry.com then Plan Your Vacation

I recently read an article about what’s on people’s travel bucket list and “researching family heritage” was one of the top activities. Rather than visiting a travel planning site during your first step in planning a family heritage trip, give Ancestry.com a try. You may be surprised by what you find.

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AARP Life@50+ Community Day of Service at the Greater Boston Food Bank, May 8, 2014
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Doing Good at the Greater Boston Food Bank during AARP’s Community Day of Service

Before attending Life@50+, I thought I knew what AARP was about. I thought it was an organization where members 50 years old or older flashed their AARP membership card at select businesses to receive AARP discounts. I read their informative magazine called AARP the Magazine and I know the organization looks after the interests of their membership.

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Feeling Mighty Small While Visiting the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland
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Travel to Ireland: Feeling Small at the Cliffs of Moher

Spend any amount of time in Ireland and you’ll discover the Irish are brilliant storytellers. Folklore and true tales have been passed through generations and if you have an open ear, hear these tales from your taxi driver, new pub mates, random folks on the street, and of course, your tour guide. I explored Southwest Ireland with Paddywagon Tours and discovered how they serve up a heaping bowl of fun storytelling to complement the Emerald Isle’s stunning scenery.

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Can You Picture Yourself Atop this Rooftop Pool at Sense Beach House in Miami Beach?
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Miami Beach Hotel Offering Solo Traveler Package through May 31, 2014

Not sure about you, but I could really use some downtime to chill and Sense Beach House in Miami Beach has just the fix – the Solo Traveler Package valid now through May 31, 2014. I haven’t stayed at this boutique property (yet) but I’ve been around the the Florida tourism industry long enough to Read More »

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