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Sharon Hoge

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Pristina Picks: In the Know in Kosovo's Capital

(5) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 10:43 AM

Modern malls and promenades have replaced rubble in the 15 years since war ended in Kosovo, and gateway capital city Pristina is a center of recovery projects and reconstruction. Grateful for United States support during the war, Kosovites welcome American visitors to their many cafes, boutiques, and monuments....

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How to Attend Art Basel Miami: Strategies and Logistics

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 11:46 AM

Since it first opened in 2002, Art Basel Miami has burgeoned into far more than a mere art fair. Besides booths of more than 200 galleries from over 31 countries in the main exhibit hall of the Convention Center, there are six additional sector exhibits, dozens of satellite...

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Machu Picchu: Planning a Trip to the Inca Ruins

(2) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 9:40 AM

No wonder the Spaniard colonists never found Machu Picchu -- five centuries later, getting there is still a challenge. If you don't want to hire a travel agency or wade through the backpacking options in popular guidebooks, considerable due diligence is required to get you to Peru then to Cusco...

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World's Top Spot for Sunbathing: Unique Feature That Scores Turtle Bay a "Perfect 10"

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 3:31 PM

For those of us who still like to lie soaking up Vitamin D and basking in the warmth of the rays on our skin, sun bathing requires the just the right combination of features. Lying there slathered in SPF 50, not just any place will do -- true aficionados hunt...

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France Without the Jetlag: Time Travel to Old Quebec

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 11:22 AM


A request for your personal measurements is hardly what you'd expect along with an invitation. But a diagram requiring the specs of my height, weight, waist, hat size was included in the message inviting me to join other journalists at Quebec City's

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Grand Spots in Grand Forks North Dakota's "Survival" City

(2) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 2:57 PM

It's been 14 years since the spring of "come hell and high water" when the city flooded and then caught fire, and Grand Forks, North Dakota is back to normal. Unlike the western part of the state where oil fracking has created controversy and mayhem, over on the eastern border...

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Don't Miss Malta: Eight Reasons to Visit a Mediterranean Gem

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 1:20 PM

The eight points on a Maltese cross stand for the eight original "langues" or foreign origins of the care-giving Knights Hospitaller of St. John who were gifted the islands of Malta in the early 1500s. They can also stand for eight good reasons to travel to...

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Destination San Diego and/or Miami: Plan Ahead -- to Plan Ahead!

(1) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 12:42 PM

"Be prepared."

"A stitch in time saves nine."

"There's no time like the present."

Taking those "do it now" proverbs to heart should prompt you to set about booking a trip to San Diego in September or Miami in May to attend one of AARP's "Life at 50+"...

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Reasons You Want to Visit Vigan -- Yes, Vigan

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 4:31 PM

Never mind that you've never heard of a city somewhere off in the Philippines with a name that evokes some meatless diet. Vigan should be a must destination for travelers in the Pacific islands. The Philippines' only UNESCO World Heritage City, the charming town north of Manila on...

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Quick! 10 Things to See in New York Before They Close

(6) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 6:22 PM

Some of New York's must-see sites are permanent: Lady Liberty, the Empire State Building, Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum and other popular sites are always here. But exhibitions come and go. These are some shows that will close within weeks. Here today, gone tomorrow -- hurry to town!

1) Elegance...

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Wrangling Words

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 1:04 PM

Thirtieth Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Elko, Nevada

Renowned as host of the annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Elko, Nevada, is a former railroad byway that has transformed itself into a "can do" town of casinos, covered wagons, Basque heritage...

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Maldive Islands: One by One

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 2:29 PM


While it may be the case that no man is an island, practically every resort in the Maldives is its own island, and they are exquisite destinations. Of the republic's 1,100 tiny tropical jewels stretching through the Indian Ocean southwest of...

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The Songs Of Nova Scotia (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 8:00 AM

The music is splendid and the setting is spectacular -- with a picturesque harbor and charming Victorian houses built with signature "bump" porches, Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, is a charming vacation destination any time of year. But the attractions of the UNESCO World Heritage fishing port proliferate every August...

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The Titanic Road Show Goes On

(2) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 8:00 AM

After a month of centennial ceremonies, voyages, 3-D movie re-releases and think pieces, you might feel overwhelmed -- or immersed, if you will -- by the anniversary of the Titanic's ill-fated voyage. There's no question that the lure of the ill-fated ship, like its musical theme, is bound to go...

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