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Anne Z. Cooke
Anne Z. Cooke, a travel and adventure writer, covers the world from digs in Los Angeles and Colorado. A regular contributor to the Tribune News Service, a wire service with more than 400 national and international print and online clients, her stories appear in travel and lifestyle sections everywhere. A magazine writer and columnist as well, she has been blogging for the Huffington Post since late 2010. She looks for the back story and with readers in mind, covers the good, the bad and the remarkable. The front-line is her preferred location; her interests range from wildlife conservation and environmental issues to cultural life, family travel, deluxe resorts, hidden wonders and everything offbeat.

An inveterate traveler thanks to world-hopping parents, she's been on the go since age four, city touring, museum-loitering, temple-climbing, spa-lingering, volcano-watching, river rafting, backpacking and float-plane fishing ever since. Her byline has appeared in print and on the internet in various publications including National Geographic Traveler, Westways, Backpacker, Motorhome, Travel 50 & Beyond, Miami Herald, Chicago Sun-Times, Dallas Morning News, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Entries by Anne Z. Cooke

Ruins in the Rhineland, Trier's Roman Ruins

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 12:37 AM

TRIER, Germany -- Arriving in Trier on a dark and moonless night, was never part of my plan. I rushed through the train station, misplaced my carry-on luggage, found it after a frantic search then missed the express train to Trier....
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Frozen! Journey to the real land of ice and snow

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 5:29 PM

LONGYEARBYEN, Svalbard- If it weren't for the red flags marking the tundra trail to the glacier, some of us -- passengers on the Hurtigruten cruise ship MS Fram, sailing out of Longyearbyen, on Spitsbergen...

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Top Five, Lowest Priced Airfares Today

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 11:20 AM

Blog by Anne Z. Cooke Photos courtesy of SteveHaggerty/ColorWorld

Have you seen some of the rock-bottom airfares posted on websites lately? If you list your email with one or more airlines, they'll send you members-only discounts, ticket fares so low they make your...

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Talking Ski Talk

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 11:18 AM

Ready for winter? If your ski instructor mentions carving and mashed potatoes, you can be sure it's not Thanksgiving dinner he means. So don't feel snowed when you head for the slopes. Keep your edge with the following ski-speak:

BLACK DIAMOND: Steepest, most difficult run on the mountain. A...

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Tikehau: Color It 26 Shades of Blue

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 2:41 PM


There's nothing quite so blue - vibrantly, blindingly, multi-hued blue - as the lagoon on the atoll Tikehau, an hour's flight from Tahiti in the tropical South Pacific. Unless you're where I am this morning, lying on the deck...

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Gold Key to Rome: Omnia Pass Opens City's Doors

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 9:47 PM


For first-timers in Rome, the eternal city today can seem as helter-skelter as it must have been when Roman centurions strolled the Forum and street vendors hawked everything from slaves...

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Spring Skiing Is Sheer Bliss: Snow Time in the Roaring Fork Valley

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 10:48 AM

The blizzard that began late Tuesday night, on March 23rd, was sheer bliss for skiers at Snowmass and Aspen ski resorts who awoke to the best of all possible worlds: feathery-soft powder snow blanketing mountain peaks, valley trails, forest glades and ski lifts....
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Chasing Chiloe: Going Where This Girl Has Gone

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 6:46 PM


Things are seldom what they seem here on the island of Chiloe, in Middle Earth, a cluster of emerald-green hills rising out of the Pacific Ocean. Skim milk doesn't masquerade as cream, exactly, and hobbits are thin on the ground. But...

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Mexico's No. 1 Baja Beach Resort: The Villa del Palmar, South of Loreto

(2) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 12:42 PM


If you're at your wits end, desperate to find a last-minute gift for your parents, your daughter or your club's long-serving president, treat him, her or them to a vacation at the Villa del Palmar resort, in Mexico, south of Loreto on the...

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At Home at Ballyfin: Ireland's Best in Show

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 11:34 AM


BALLYFIN, Ireland- As the carriage rounded the lake and headed uphill, Billy the Irish cob glanced back at Lionel Chadwick, the coachman at Ballyfin Manor, as if to say, "I'm ready, old son. What about you?"

"Chirrup," clucked Chadwick, twitching the reins,...

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Eat, Play, Live It: The Old Inn On The Green, in the Berkshires

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 9:59 AM


If you visit the Old Inn On The Green on a hot August afternoon, a glorious sight awaits, a restorative balm guaranteed to banish hot pavement and stifling humidity. Leafy oaks and maples shade the white clapboard Inn's peaked roof and...

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Alaska's Monster Salmon: Finding Kings on the Kenai

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 11:22 PM


Here's what it's like fishing the Kenai River: Since 4 a.m., you've been straddling a narrow path on the edge of a rushing current, your back against a steep slope of hard-packed mud. There's barely room to...

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Doing the Volcano Crawl: Getting High in Ecuador

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 4:41 PM


I'm embarrassed to admit it: I know more about the medieval history of England and France than I know about South America. Shameful, I know. These countries are our closest neighbors, but we rarely bother to stop by and say hello....

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The London Pass: Discovering Hidden Secrets

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2014 | 8:57 PM


Would you like to hear how I forgot to make a reservation to visit the Tower of London, where the entrance fee is £19.5, but skipped to the front of a two block-long line (avoiding a three-hour wait), and didn't have...

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Escape to the Costa Brava: A Traveler's Rite of Passage

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 5:40 PM

LLAFRANC, Spain- I happened to be looking up when they flew overhead, a flock of white storks heading south along the Costa Brava, on the northeast coast of Spain. Navigating by the rising sun they flew in shifting groups, black-tipped wings pumping air and red beaks pushing forward. I was...

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Hello, Dali! Spain's Bad Boy Is Back

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 3:56 PM

HELLO DALI! You're Still Going Strong


PORT LLIGAT, Spain -- What's old in Catalonia, but as new as tomorrow's headlines? Not the Greek ruins at Empuries or Girona's Roman road, the Via Augusta. Certainly not the vineyards, long cultivated...

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Bahn Voyage! Through Germany by Train

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 2:30 PM

Hey there, yes, you, the traveler with the phrase book. Are you touring Germany this summer? I'll bet you're planning to rent a car to get around. For Americans, driving is second nature, the right to go where we want, when we want, and damn the torpedoes.

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Santa Fe's One-time Treasure: See It Now!

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 7:29 PM


You have to ask yourself -- as did I: Why is the exhibit currently at the New Mexico Art Museum, in the art-mad capital city of Santa Fe, in multicultural New Mexico, attracting so many visiting artists,...

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My Best Last-Minute Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 5:04 PM


Has your Christmas Day (or Druid solstice, Kwanza, Hanukah, whatever) been torpedoed? Mine has. The happy, if chaotic, family gathering I proposed months ago is history, ruined by the lure of the open road. As of yesterday, the 22 aunts, uncles,...

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Airport Rip Off, Or Was It?

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 10:07 AM

Talk about a disappointing wind-up to an magical vacation in Ecuador! The two bottles of Bailey's Irish Cream I bought in a duty free shop in the Quito airport were confiscated by a "security" official when I changed planes in the San Salvador airport. Grabbed without a work of explanation....

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