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Bonnie Kassel
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I have been an artist and traveler all my life. Sketches I drew in Mayan jungle temples and Ethiopian Coptic churches remain a source of inspiration. The blazing saffron silks of India and copper markets of Turkey influenced my palette and led me to work in metal. Kitchens in Belgium, Morocco, and Syria changed the way I cooked. Most of the milestones in my life played out in other countries. Only when I was older did I realize how deeply I was marked by my travels and how everything I am and do grows from them.

I reside in New York City with my partner Tony, one dog, and two cats.

Entries by Bonnie Kassel

Winter in a Manhattan Brownstone: A Pigeon's Tale

(10) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 5:10 PM

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It's a coup to find a piece of toasted sesame bagel not ruined by cream cheese, butter or jam, and I was so distracted I didn't hear the approaching car until it was too late. I don't know how many of you know...
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Something Old, Something New: Two Distinctly Different Food Stores in New York City

(2) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 11:57 AM

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Every person on the planet has a story, and I believe the same can be said for every small family business. Case in point: Fine & Schapiro on West 72nd Street. This kosher restaurant & delicatessen has been at the same location between Columbus...

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The Exceptional Traveler: Underrated Ushuaia, Argentina--Southernmost Town in the World.

(4) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 8:17 AM

   Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.— Miriam Beard

How To Do Exceptional Things Inexpensively

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Fishermen Ramón, Cristían, Antonio and Roberto welcome me to Ushuaia

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The Exceptional Traveler: Cool, Hip, Affordable Buenos Aires (and When It's Cold Here, It's Hot There!)

(4) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 4:17 PM

"Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. -- Miriam Beard

How To Do Exceptional Things Inexpensively

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The funky, colorful neighborhood of La Boca


This was a...

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The Exceptional Traveler: Saanenland -- Idyllic Pleasures in the Swiss Alps

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 8:17 PM

   Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.— Miriam Beard

How To Do Exceptional Things Inexpensively

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View from our chalet


My sister Kim telephoned out...

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The Exceptional Traveler: The Delights of Puerto Vallarta Off Season

(16) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 8:00 AM

"Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." -- Miriam Beard

How To Do Exceptional Things Inexpensively

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Tile mural on a quiet street

My partner Tony and I...

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The Exceptional Traveler: Exquisite, Affordable Vermont in the Fall (and Winter)

(10) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 6:01 PM

"Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." -- Miriam Beard


How To Do Exceptional Things Inexpensively


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A recent Huffington update in my...

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The Exceptional Traveler: Are You Sure You Want to Sign Up for That Tour?

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 5:03 PM

   Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.— Miriam Beard

How To Do Exceptional Things Inexpensively

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I was flattered when a cosmopolitan friend of a friend took...

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Maza's Story: A Mexican Street Dog Finds Refuge in Manhattan

(23) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 6:10 PM

   Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.— Miriam Beard

How to Do Exceptional Things Inexpensively

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Maza Transformed, in Central Park

The first time I saw...

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The Exceptional Traveler: My First Date with Airbnb

(4) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 2:28 PM

   Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.— Miriam Beard

How To Do Exceptional Things Inexpensively

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The first time I heard friends talking...

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The Exceptional Traveler: A Traveler's Alternative to Assisted Living

(1) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 2:59 PM

"Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." -- Miriam Beard

How To Do Exceptional Things Inexpensively

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My mother, Doris, at 83

My mother was a beautiful,...

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The Exceptional Traveler: One-Week No Hassle Getaways

(9) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 11:56 AM

Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.

-- Miriam Beard

How To Do Exceptional Things Inexpensively

I recently met someone who told me they were going on...

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The Exceptional Traveler: Adventure in the Caribbean

(16) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 6:36 PM

   Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.— Miriam Beard

How To Do Exceptional Things Inexpensively

Post #13 Adventure in the Caribbean

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Any...

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The Exceptional Traveler: Travel on $1200 a Month! Part II

(7) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 3:30 PM

"Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." -- Miriam Beard

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Palma, Mallorca

The response to my last post, "Travel On $1200 a Month!" was enthusiastic, but I received...

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The Exceptional Traveler: Travel on $1200 a Month!

(13) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 9:55 AM

"Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." -- Miriam Beard

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Artisinal dairy in Mérida


In a recent post, I described my experience of housesitting in Mérida,...

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The Exceptional Traveler: City and Country

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 10:43 AM

Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. -- Miriam Beard


How To Do Exceptional Things Inexpensively

Post #10 City and Country

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Champagne vineyards, France
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The Exceptional Traveler: The Currency Exchange Game

(4) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 6:55 AM

   Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.— Miriam Beard

How To Do Exceptional Things Inexpensively

Post #9   The Currency Exchange Game

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Exchanging U.S. dollars for a foreign...

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The Exceptional Traveler: The Mileage Game

(4) Comments | Posted October 19, 2013 | 11:41 PM

   Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.— Miriam Beard

How To Do Exceptional Things Inexpensively

Post #8  The Mileage Game

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Steel yourself. If you want to...

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The Exceptional Traveler: Travel and Volunteer

(6) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 4:20 PM

   Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.— Miriam Beard

How To Do Exceptional Things Inexpensively

Post #7  Travel and Volunteer

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Photos courtesy of Best Friends Animal...

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The Exceptional Traveler: Live a Good Life

(6) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 11:47 AM

   Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.— Miriam Beard

How To Do Exceptional Things Inexpensively

Post #6  Live a Good Life

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When our father died and...

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