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No words … heartfelt prayers

#Pray for Nice

Boundaries divide – Travel unites

When I meet someone, whether from another city or another country, I have the opportunity to be a citizen ambassador. Interacting with another human being, looking into each other’s eyes has a lasting effect and perhaps it will counter anything negative that they might have heard about me, about my country. Traveling is a privilege to share who I am and to gain more insight into others. I believe with all my heart this helps foster peace.

We pray for Nice and for the world. Spread love. Help others. Live in peace.

Which country does the most good for the world?

I love TED Talks, talks no longer than 18 minutes in which the speaker shares ideas, designs and concepts that will help make our world better, encourage us to think and to work together, and to inspire. TED originally stood for Technology, Education, and Design. Today it stands for bite-sized nuggets of gold, of out-of-the-box thoughts, or simple common sense explained in an uncommon way.

So, putting aside national pride, do you know which country does the most good for the world? The answer may surprise you. Also, I encourage you to visit to learn more about the project. Enjoy the TED Talk.

Guess where I’m headed to?

the world is vast
Shopping’s never been more fun!

I’m excited to tell you that soon I’ll be heading to Virtuoso Travel Week, the world’s largest luxury travel show, held each August in Las Vegas. At this event, I’ll be meeting face-to-face with the top active and adventure travel providers, so that I can custom design your next fabulous journey.

Do you have a particular adventure you want me to seek out for you? Perhaps you’re thinking of an African safari? Maybe you’re dreaming of experiencing the thrill of a top sporting event? Or how about snorkeling with beluga whales in the arctic? This is the perfect time for me to ‘shop’ for your next vacation, so give me a call and let’s discuss your travel interests.

Contact me today to start creating your next memorable adventure! *protected email*

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When being a messy eater is a good thing!

food on fort

My dad used to belch loudly after eating dinner and quickly tell us belching is a sign of having enjoyed a meal in the Orient. We’d remind him we were in the US and suggested he leave his Far Eastern table manners in the Far East!

Different countries have different rules of dining etiquette and what appears rude to us might be de rigueuer somewhere else and vice versa. Here’s a fun and informative read about table manners around the world:

What have you experienced when dining in other locales? Any unintended faux pas? (wow, 2 French phrases in one post—I knew my years of studying French would come in handy 🙂  ).


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