Author Archives: Elizabeth M. Collins

Whale Watching in Baja California

I had to share this article I came across in the United Kingdom’s Telegraph: “Baja California: Mexico’s playground for whales.” I had the opportunity to go whale watching last year while on vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and although … Continue reading

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The Streets of Florence

I was going through the pictures on my phone this weekend…you know, deleting the ones that I couldn’t figure out why I took to begin with…and came across these: The streets in Florence are super-narrow and parking is almost nonexistent: … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Danielle Klebanow's Blog:
I went to the Icebar, by Icehotel with my friend Thomas in Copenhagen the otherday.  I have to say, it is probably the coolest place I’ve ever been to.  You walk in and…

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The End of the World…According to the Mayans

It’s coming in less than 11 months…if you believe the 2012 movie and a lot of conspiracy theorists and Mayan enthusiasts, and apparently a lot of people do. Come Dec. 21, 2012, we’ll all be finished. Gone. Done. Finito. In … Continue reading

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Making Customs Easy. Easier?

I came across an interesting article in the Washington Post this morning: Going through Customs: How to make reentering the U.S. a lot more pleasant. It’s long (four pages) but a good read for anyone about to travel internationally, full … Continue reading

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Vacationing Alone

Have you ever done this? Traveled alone? I have not, but I saw a recent story on it from the Times of India, and it got me thinking. I almost went on vacation by myself once. Two summers after graduating … Continue reading

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A Maryland Wine Adventure

Yesterday, my husband, John, and I did one of our favorite things: We headed to a local winery. I had a Groupon for a holiday wine tasting at Linganore Winecellars, in Mt. Airy, Md., the state’s largest winery, and I … Continue reading

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Vicariously Exploring Malta

Awhile back (OK, like six months ago), one of my favorite websites, Slate.com, ran a series on the tiny island of Malta, and I found it fascinating. I just reread it. I love, love, love reading about little, out of … Continue reading

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Follow-up to When a Vacation Disappoints

I don’t have many followers (Yet. A girl can always dream!), so when I hear from one, I get excited and I sit up and take notice. One of my lovely readers, who has her own blog about Italy, mentioned … Continue reading

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Doing Nothing…And Not Feeling Guilty

Did you know that the first definition of the word vacation is a respite? (According to Merriam-Webster, anyway.) It’s something that I often have to remind myself, because I’m the type of traveller who tries to cram 101 activities into … Continue reading

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