Exhilaration of whitewater rafting on the Nile

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My impression of the Nile used to be a gentle, meandering river. All that changed Feb. 14, when I had the opportunity to go whitewater rafting on what many consider to be the longest river in the world. Yes, parts of the River Nile are flat and placid, but then there are the other parts—rapids […]

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Cojimar, Cuba: An idyllic coastal village far from the maddening crowds of Havana

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With lessened restrictions on travel between the US and Cuba, many Americans are flocking to what was once known as the Jewel of the Caribbean in record numbers. That jewel now shows many signs of neglect from 70-plus years of being shut out by America, but it still has its charm. From Atlanta, it’s now […]

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Africa’s Victoria Falls is awe inspiring

A staircase at Victoria Falls gives visitors a birds-eye view of the cascading water. Photos by Gale Horton Gay

Majestic. Magnificent. Awesome. These words come close to aptly describing Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world. Located on southern Africa’s Zambezi River, the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, the single-drop falls is a staggering 355 feet high.  The falls was named for England’s Queen Victoria after explorer and missionary David Livingstone came upon […]

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Music an organic part of life in Cuba

Jekyll Island Club Hotel Embodies Holiday Spirit

Jekyll Island Club Hotel Embodies Holiday Spirit

On any given day the grandeur of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel is something to behold, but during the Christmas holiday season it’s amplified. The large, majestic live oak trees draped in Spanish moss are even more splendid during the holidays as many are wrapped with brilliant white lights. A towering evergreen is outfitted in […]

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Beauty and relaxation while riding the rails

Beauty and relaxation while riding the rails

Life in Pennsylvania Dutch country is not as fast paced as life in the city and the rolling hills of its farmland invites visitors to slow their roll too. One of the best ways experience to this slower pace of life is aboard the trains of the Strasburg Rail Road. Located in Strasburg, Pa., (85 […]

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Augusta Canal reveals historic and natural wonders

Augusta Canal Reveals Historic and natural  wonders

Augusta is one of those places perfect for a quick fall getaway. It requires a bit of a drive—140 miles or so from metro Atlanta—just far enough to feel like one has escaped the everyday, yet not so far that an overnight stay is mandatory. A perfect day trip activity is a guided tour of […]

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Enjoying our national treasures

Enjoying our national treasures

  Those looking for inexpensive vacation ideas may want to consider perusing www.recreation.gov for more than 60,000 facilities and activities located in every area of our nation. Under the banner of recreation.gov are entities such as the National Park Service, Army Corps of Engineers, Fish and Wildlife Service, the Smithsonian Institute and the National Archives. […]

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