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Barbara Barton Sloane
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Barbara is a New York-based travel editor, writer and columnist. She hails from Ohio and has a Journalism degree from Ohio State University. She is a member of North American Travel Journalists Association, International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association and New York Travel Writers Society. A marathon runner, she also enjoys cycling, hiking, photography and snorkeling. Above all, she delights in sharing her global travel experiences and information with our readers.

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Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 8:00 AM

"We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch, we are going back from whence we came." -John F. Kennedy

Wild. Wild? Not a word you'd typically associate with Ireland. Pubs? Check. Shamrocks? Check. Guinness? Oh definitely,...

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A Texas State of Mind

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 10:02 AM

"Alright, alright, alright," as one famous and easy-on-the-eyes Texan drawled in the classic film Dazed and Confused. In fact, those were the first words the actor Matthew McConaughey said on screen. Visiting Austin, that phrase resounded often as I visited some of its iconic marvels. I am finally in the...

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A Visit to Kentucky's Horse Country

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 10:34 AM

Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.
-- W.C.Fields

I recently found myself thinking about horses -- a lot. Maybe it was the particular brouhaha that surrounded California Chrome, that lovely chestnut colt with four white feet who had, at best,...

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The Sea of Cortes: Acquarium of the World

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 2:42 AM

Ferocious with life,
is what John Steinbeck said of it; Jacques Cousteau called it the
Galapagos of North America.
Both were captivated by the Sea of Cotes and on a recent cruise through Baja, California, Mexico so was I. Just south of California lies this unrushed and uncrowded inland sea...
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Sailing the Grenadines -- By the Whim of the Wind

(2) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 1:50 PM

"Hark now, hear the sailors' cry. Smell the sea and feel the sky." -- Van Morrison

Friends had told me about an old, iconic ship that offered a most distinctive sailing voyage, one that would be memorable, one that had my name all over it. Irresistible.

Finally, the long-awaited moment:...

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In Aruba, Life's a Beach

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 12:35 PM

In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth. --Rachel Carson

Some people love a parade, some love a rainy night. I love a beach. After a long, hard winter, I was so ready for the beach. Aruba, here...

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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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