Where to eat is one of the first questions — if not the first question — travelers ask when they arrive at their destination. Yet, surprisingly, they spend relatively little time planning meals and, as a result, food can easily become one of the most disappointing parts of a vacation, with travelers falling back on “first available” choices wherever they go.
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Climbing up the wide circular stone staircase to our hotel room in the Chateau des Ducs de Joyeuse on the first night, I knew this would be a very different trip. I could just as easily be accessing a medieval castle as a lodging facility — and then I found out I was. Although I suspect our room was a lot less drafty than those of the lords and ladies who preceded us.
Which certainly set the tone for our Walking Through History Tour of Southern France—conducted, ironically, by a company called New England Hiking. As we hiked through, around, up and over one medieval village after another, traversing castles and countryside and learning about the Middle Ages of the 11th-14th centuries, we were immersed in their history. Continue reading
If you’ve ever tried to capture and edit your own vacation video you know how completely overwhelming the process is. Just doing the destination justice is daunting enough, but you’ll likely want to include family and friends, special moments and tell your own story.
Does that mean you should spend the entirety of your vacation behind the camera?
No, and here’s why – there are many simple tricks the professionals use to help tell compelling stories while being visually interesting and engaging.
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This friendly Lake Michigan destination originally went by the name Kalamazoo Village back in the 1830s. It started out as one of three lumber towns with its own port nestled in a protected area along the shores of Michigan.
As the surrounding area was briskly lumbered to rebuild Chicago after its great fires, winds off the great lakes formed massive dunes along the shoreline. In one case, wind and sand completely buried the neighboring city of Singapore sometimes called “Michigan’s Imaginary Pompeii.” Continue reading