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In Konya, Turkey Automobile Parts and Sufism Go Hand in Hand

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 12:07 AM

Since most of the time here I write about automobiles and travel, on a recent trip to Konya, Turkey I searched for the perfect auto angle since I was originally invited there to experience a Sufi festival. I didn't drive while in Turkey, not that I wouldn't have been fine...

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Driving the Audi S5 Cabriolet in Gaudi's Spain

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 4:59 PM

When I think of Barcelona, Spain the thought of Antoni Gaudi, the Catalonian architect born in 1852, always comes to mind. After all, the city is covered in the man's work. In fact, Gaudi's work over the years has irrevocably influenced the face of Barcelona architecture like none other before...

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Get Down to the Business of Owning the Road in the 2015 Dodge Challenger with a Visit to Kentucky's Maker's Mark

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2014 | 11:23 AM

Want to turn heads this holiday season, get yourself into a 2015 Dodge Challenger. Or if you want to be the most loved person on the planet, perhaps buy that special someone the 2015 Dodge Challenger. However you want to do it, just consider the uber sexy 2015 Dodge Challenger,...

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Italy's Tuscany and Marche Regions in the 2015 Acura ILX

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 10:25 AM

In my opinion the Acura brand offers a group of some of the easiest cars there are to drive, manual or automatic. And in Italy, you get some of the coolest roads and places to visit in Europe. It's not hard to put two and two together and think about...

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Wrap Up the Hyundai Sonata for a Holiday in New Orleans

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2014 | 1:22 PM

Photos by Guillaume de Vaudrey

Christmas New Orleans style is all about the food, the people and the atmosphere so why not take a break this holiday season in the Big Easy where there is something going on continuously during the month of December.

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All Good Vibes on Germany's Fairy Tale Road in the 2015 Volkswagen Beetle

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 10:25 AM

The cool vibe given off by the 2015 Volkswagen Beetle is love-bug-turned-uber-modern with a touch of masculine in 2015 too. While this car offers a certain persona and it's just the right oomph you might want to give out, the truth is the Beetle is great behind the wheel and...

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Summer in Fairbanks, Alaska, With the 2014 Toyota 4Runner and a Good Ending in Denali

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 9:06 PM

On most bucket lists and the kind of destination that not only gets you back to nature, but allows for a one-of-a-kind experience, Fairbanks, Alaska, paired with the 2014 Toyota 4Runner is a match made in heaven.

Add Denali National Park to the mix and you will have the "trip...

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2014 Ram 1500 Offers All Texas in San Antonio

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 1:30 PM

When thinking of a visit to Texas, one might easily conjure up a stop in Dallas or Austin, but one city that is not to be overlooked as well, San Antonio. It is a city that offers not only an easy weekend trip, but there is also enough to do...

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The 2014 Lexus CT 200h Takes Haunted New Orleans

(13) Comments | Posted October 25, 2014 | 9:32 PM

Everybody loves a good ghost story. Or, a vampire tale or a witches scare. Have any idea where the number one city in the United States is that you can find this all in one place? New Orleans of course!

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From local ghost...

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Party in the Ford Fiesta for Mexico's Day of the Dead

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 2:01 PM

As Halloween is right around the corner, that means that "Dia de Los Muertos" (Day of the Dead) is coming up too. Celebrated on November 1 and 2, Day of the Dead is one of the most popular and fascinating cultural holidays dating back thousands of years. The festival is...

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Visit Sacred Scottsdale in the 100 MPGe 2014 Ford C-Max Energi

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2014 | 1:41 AM

For the ride of your life in a destination that is both stunning and mystical, visit Scottsdale, Arizona and drive the ultra earth-friendly 2014 Ford C-Max Energi.
The perfect destination for a sacred weekend experiencing some of the best spas in the country and getting in touch with nature...

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Volvo Car Group Unveils the XC90 in Stockholm, Sweden

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Stockholm, Sweden was the reveal destination several weeks ago of the all-new Volvo XC90 with one of the big announcements being that a limited number, 1,927, First Edition cars would be available via digital commerce at www.volvocars.com/us.

Why the 1927, it's Volvo's nod to the fact that it...

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Ireland's Spirits and Spirits in the 2014 Ford Fusion Energi

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2014 | 7:26 AM

Russell Dandridge also contributed to this article
Photos by Russell Dandridge

Interested in a trip to the Emerald Island? The best way to do it is to drive and the best time to take the trip is right now. With a mission to capture a bit of the...

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A Pair of Skis and a Toyota Highlander Hybrid, That's Colorado

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 10:57 AM

As fall sets in snow season is just around the corner and everywhere the snow bunnies are turning their summer tan into a time to bask in the cold ala the perfect destination for a cold weather adventure. 2014-09-07-IMG_1397.JPG
Known for its clean...

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History in Scotland Meets Class in the 2014 Lexus IS 350

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2014 | 7:38 PM

As Scotland is one of my favorite destinations and part of my ancestry, when the Visit Scotland folks agreed to put an itinerary together for me themed "Homecoming Scotland" I was more than happy to take part beginning with a first stop in Edinburgh, one of my favorite cities in...

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Hyundai Elantra Takes a Ride in Bavaria

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 4:13 AM

Arriving in Frankfurt, Germany a few days before May 1st this year and my goal was to make my way to the Bavarian countryside. While other European countries might be a bit disconcerting when it comes to driving, Germany is a breeze. The roadways are easy to navigate and the...

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The 2014 Red Honda Civic Takes Louisiana's Lafayette

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 10:20 AM

Sometimes you want to head out on a vacation, but you just don't feel like getting on an airplane. Enter, the perfect opportunity to explore traveling in a road trip car that will put you right at ease. For the trip, consider the state of Louisiana offering a smorgasbord of...

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Home Away From Home in the Kia K900 in Red River, New Mexico

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 6:11 PM

It's a hidden gem and if you haven't been to Red River, New Mexico, lately then you definitely need to take the trip to discover all that Red River has to offer. A small town established in 1895 as a mining community, the town shines in summer and winter and...

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Time to Take the Chevrolet Silverado to Kalispell, Montana

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 6:21 PM

As I write this post it is hard to believe that it has been almost a year since I visited the wonderful little town of Kalispell, Montana. It was back when the National Parks and specifically, Glacier National Park, was closed for the day. Glacier National Park is definitely one...

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The 2015 Acura RXD Takes a Trip Across the Border

(1) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 12:11 PM

It's the third largest city in Baja California and one of Mexico's key Pacific ports. Visitors to the cool little town of Ensenada will find as well, the ideal coastal Mexican experience and it is also the gateway to Mexico's wine country.

Ensenada was first discovered in 1542 and over...

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