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Barbara Barton Sloane
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Barbara Barton Sloane is the Travel Writer for The Westchester Guardian, The Westchester Herald and The Yonkers Tribune; a contributing Travel Writer for Bay Area Family Travel, Travel Savvy News, CEO Traveler, Travel World International Magazine, GlobalWrites and many other publications. She is a former Assistant Beauty & Fashion Editor for Ladies’ Home Journal, Associate Editor for McCall’s, and is presently the Beauty and Fashion Editor of Elegant Accents Magazine. In addition to travel writing, Barbara’s interests include running marathons, hiking and cycling. She is a volunteer for The Westchester Bereavement Center, The Lighthouse for the Blind and a member of North American Travel Journalists Association, International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association, Pacific Asia Travel Association, Cosmetic Executive Women and Fashion Group International. Favorite destinations are those that include family travel, light adventure, luxury/spas/resorts, incentive/business travel, wedding/honeymoon destinations and sites of historic and cultural importance both here and abroad. Barbara has a BA in Journalism from Ohio State University.

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Kauai, Hawaii -- The Garden Island

(1) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 3:08 PM

"We can never have enough of nature" -- Henry David Thoreau

Is it possible to be homesick for a place you've never been to? You might say I've done Hawaii. I've visited the Big Island, the largest in the Hawaiian chain, I've had a frenzied, fun time on Oahu, the...

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The Gulf Coast's Merry Mardi Gras Fest

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 11:51 AM

It's that time again -- Mardi Gras time, that is. The Carnival season of Fat Tuesday is widely and wildly celebrated around the world in places such as Rio de Janeiro, Trinidad and Tobago, Venice and of course New Orleans. None, however, can make the claim that their Mardi Gras...

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In St. Lucia, Giving Winter the Cold Shoulder

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 9:50 AM

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
So said John Ruskin back in the early 19th century. Know what I say? There is, for sure, such a thing as...
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Carnival Time in Rio

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 11:36 AM

Cidade Maravilhosa -- Wonderful City. This is the name the Cariocas (residents of Rio) fondly call their town -- and with good reason. A city of six million inhabitants, Rio de Janeiro has a special vibe all its own -- a Samba vibe, to be sure, and it all begins...

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Slow Boat to Moscow

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 1:44 PM

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.
--A.A. Milne (1882-1956)

I recently cruised the Viking Waterways of the Czars excursion from St. Petersburg, Russia to Moscow on this, the largest fleet of river vessels in the world. Our Ports of Call took in cultural and...

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Turkey and Its Dramatic Black Sea

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 3:54 PM

"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever" -Jacques Yves Cousteau

A world of wonder is what you find at Turkey's Black Sea. The region is rich in heritage, in sights, in culture -- from stunning landscapes and natural wonders to World Heritage...

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Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Maya: Eat, Sway, Love

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 11:58 AM

Emerging from a cool plunge in the deep blue sea of Banderas Bay, I settle back in our little motorboat, which gently rocks side to side as it glides towards densely forested cliffs and an intensely azure grotto. The sun is high overhead, its warmth lulling me into a dream-like...

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Liechtenstein: Good Thing, Small Package

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 2:35 PM

A hiker's paradise -- that's Liechtenstein. Nestled cozily between Austria and Switzerland, it's a principality that, in 2006, celebrated 200 years of sovereignty. It is one of the smallest countries in Europe, comprised of just 11 regions and 5,000 inhabitants. I have long harbored a desire to visit this tiny...

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The Czech Republic: Sites to Behold

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 6:32 PM

The Charles Bridge... a mansion designed by Mies van der Rohe... an ancient Jewish town center and synagogue. What do these and nine other equally diverse places have in common? They've all been designated UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Czech Republic.

When a site receives the highly prestigious...

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In Cyprus Merging Sea and Sky

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 11:55 AM

A Zen parable says:

When a fish swims, it swims on and on and there is no end to the water. When a bird flies, it flies on and on and there is no end to the sky.

Here on this ancient island one enters into a Blue Zone....

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Germany's Summer Festivals

(1) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 11:10 AM

August in Germany -- Frankfurt, Bad Nauheim and Kassel to be precise -- is a propitious, tourist-perfect time. I was lucky to be there last year in August and experienced engaging events in each of these cities. In Frankfurt, the city plays host to its annual arts and culture happening...

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San Francisco Highlights: Halfway to the Stars

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 4:50 PM

For 16 consecutive years, Conde Nast Traveler has voted the City by the Bay as the one of the best cities in the U.S.

Its golden sun seemed to be shining just for me as I landed at San Francisco's International Airport. I was eagerly awaiting my...

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Alluring Amsterdam Plays Host to Ships' Christening

(15) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 7:44 AM

Biking, busing, tramming or hoofing it, Amsterdam is an easy city to get around. It has beauty, charm, and hundreds of canals connected by 500 pretty bridges -- and flowers everywhere! These 17th century canals enjoy the honor of having been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2010...

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Oakland: The Sunny Side Of The Street

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 8:26 AM

Home to one of the busiest seaports in the world, Oakland, California is a major urban center. Just about 12 miles from San Francisco, it's also one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse cities in the country and -- unlike it's fog-shrouded sister across the bay -- it enjoys...

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Bonaire: Being There

(3) Comments | Posted March 24, 2013 | 10:54 AM

Calm, peaceful, laid-back. In the movie "Being There," Chance, the lead character, embodies all of these traits. There, in Bonaire, a sense of calm, peace and easy-living exists, as well. This island, along with Aruba and Curacao, is part of the ABC Islands of the Dutch Antilles. It's a stone's...

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The Seaside Charm Of Wales

(2) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 6:00 AM

"A weekend of warmth in store for all."

So stated a local Welsh newspaper, the article promising spring sunshine and the hottest temperatures of the year so far. Arriving in Wales in March when it can still be chilly and rainy, this was welcome news. I'm happy that the forecast...

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Viewing The New Face Of Ecuador's Old City

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 6:00 AM

The "Navel of the World" was the inauspicious and lackluster Quechua name old-time Quitenos called their city. I am delighted to report that Quito lacks luster no more! Today, this largest and best-preserved historic center of Latin America is a living museum with 2.2 million inhabitants and encompassing one million...

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A Ghost, Dolly Parton And The Charms Of Chattanooga

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 7:00 AM

Delta Queen, the renowned 1926 steamboat, bills itself as "Chattanooga's Most
Memorable Overnight Stay." It just might be.

The beloved boat, a fixture of America's rivers, was the last traditional vessel to carry overnight guests on inland waterways. It is now a historic landmark enshrined in the...

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Belgium: Beer, Chocolate And The Battle Of The Bulge

(1) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 6:00 AM

"This may be death by chocolate, but what a way to go!" Jenna, my travel companion said with a deep and lingering sigh. We were dining at Wittamer, the renowned chocolate establishment in Brussels, Belgium and our "lunch" consisted of countless samples of chocolate in every flavor and shape, light,...

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Negril, Jamaica: Capital Of Casual

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 6:00 AM

The Amazonian Giant Centipede, the six-foot Yellow Jamaican boa, the Hutia, a small, squat rodent once popular as a food source for the Taino people -- all are indigenous to Jamaica. Eeeuwww. But put that out of your mind right now. When you visit Jamaica, chances are you won't cross...

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