culture

7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Oaxaca

by Guest Contributor on May 15, 2017

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Oaxaca has become my favorite town in . Almost unknown to travelers during my first visit in 2006, it now welcomes visitors from around the world, including many North American expats and snowbirds. Yet it still retains the feeling of an authentic Mexican town. If you want everyone to speak English, go to instead. Without […]

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The Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

by Jenni Ingersoll on April 12, 2017

The Smithsonian Institution is the collective name for the world’s largest research and museum complex. Of the 19 museums, galleries and zoological park that comprise the Institution, most are found in Washington, D.C. with the majority located on the National Mall. The National Mall is the area of D.C. between the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol Building with the Washington Monument right in between the two. […]

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San Francisco Celebates the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love

by Mary Jo Manzanares on January 30, 2017

2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, a yearlong celebration of San Francisco’s counter-culture with a 1960’s throwback including exhibitions, performances, literary events, tribute concerts and recognition of significant moments in time. The city of San Francisco served as a magnet for musicians, artists and social rebels in the mid-to-late Sixties. They […]

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Indianapolis Museum of Art: A Blend of Art and Nature

by Jenni Ingersoll on August 31, 2016

The Indianapolis Museum of Art is not your every day art museum. Yes, with four floors to explore, it does display a significant collection of art spanning 5,000 years of culture and history. And yes, with 54,000 cataloged pieces it showcases all forms of media from paintings to costumes. But what makes the IMA special is not what is inside the museum, but what […]

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Happy Ghost Month

by Mary Jo Manzanares on August 15, 2016

Taiwan’s “Ghost Month” falls between August 3rd and September 1st this year, and although it may sound terrifying, the ceremonies and cultural festivals that take place at this time make it a very special time to visit. Legend has it that, the gates of hell open on the first day of the Lunar month and close on […]

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Guide To The Best Jewish Museums in the United States

by Guest Contributor on May 7, 2014

Guide To The Best Jewish Museums in the United States (via Wicked Good Travel Tips) Although barely 3% of America’s total residents are Jewish, the Jewish community has contributed significantly to the American landscape and way of life since the 17th century. Throughout the country, museums both small and large have been established…  

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5 Places You Can Celebrate Carnival Besides Brazil

by Mary Jo Manzanares on January 13, 2014

Carnival in Martinique

Brazil is, and always will be, one of the most popular party destinations on the globe. Its Carnival celebration is a kaleidoscope of color and aroma, spectacular to behold. With 2014 now in full swing, Brazil is gearing up for the FIFA World Cup. If you’re looking to celebrate Carnival without the presence of football […]

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Exploring Museums, Art & Culture in the Lone Star State

by Mary Jo Manzanares on December 7, 2012

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For a getaway to enjoy magnificent museums, significant art influences and momentous history, head to the lone star state of  Texas.  Whether in the heart of one of Texas’ dynamic cities or in a quaint, authentic country or coastal town, travelers will be able to visit world-class exhibits, explore the soul of Texas and observe […]

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A Taste of British Culture Through the Arts

by Jenni Ingersoll on November 26, 2012

The British Isles have long been on my bucket list of travel destinations.  Not only the sights of Ireland, Scotland and Great Britian, but be immersed in the culture – I want to experience it all!  I recently had the opportunity to watch two productions that brought me one step closer. Watching Brave, the newest Disney/Pixar feature released on DVD, […]

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Granada: Echoes of the Moors

by Susan McKee on April 10, 2012

Like countless visitors to southern Spain before me, I stood next to the Alhambra, spread out on the plateau rising above the modern city of Granada, listening for whispers from the ghosts of centuries past.  Looking out over the rooftops of the town, I could see the Sierra Nevada mountains in the distance, still snowcapped […]

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