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April 2017
Lawrenzi, Jr.

Poker, Cactus and Sagebrush

In recent years the Grand Canyon State has become famous for something else that is attracting people from all over the United States as well as many parts of the world. Poker. And it happens to be especially popular among retirees.

Compulsive Traveler

Exploring Watkins Glen: A Treasure Trove of Everything from Fast Racing to Slow Hikes and Lots More in Between

The purpose‑built Watkins Glen International is a mecca for racing enthusiasts hosting a variety of events from Can‑Am, Trans‑Am, INDYCAR Grand Prix, and even concerts. “Drive The Glen” allows people to drive their personal vehicle two laps around the 3.4‑mile Grand Prix circuit behind a pace vehicle.

March 2017
The Tenacious Traveler

Umbria – The Often Overlooked Tuscan Neighbor – Well Worth a Memorable Visit

Along with countless architectural and art treasures that abound throughout Umbria, being part of Italy it’s no surprise that the region clings proudly to a well-deserved culinary reputation.

Compulsive Traveler

Great Things to Do in Saigon

The immense network of underground tunnels was constructed as hiding spots for Viet Cong soldiers. They also served as communication and supply centers with hospitals, kitchens and living areas. It is a testament to the determination and ingenuity of the Vietnamese people. Some people were born and raised in the tunnels.

February 2017
The Tenacious Traveler

Enjoy the Warmth of St. Augustine: If Not Now, When? Well, Maybe for Another 450 Years if You’ve Got the Time

Last year, St. Augustine, Florida, which traces its roots to that 16th-century settlement, celebrated its 450th anniversary. That supports its claim to be the oldest continuously occupied European community in the country.

Compulsive Traveler

Historic Cemeteries

Architecture lovers will enjoy Buffalo’s Forest Lawn Cemetery. It claims to be one of the world’s finest outdoor museums with monuments, sculptures and mausoleums designed by great sculptors and architects including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Blue Sky Mausoleum.

January 2017
The Tenacious Traveler

Curacao – Colorful, Cultural and Difficult to Pronounce

But the relatively few Americans who go there are richly rewarded. Begin with the island’s intriguing history and cultural tapestry. Add some of the best diving and snorkeling anywhere. Throw in an architectural gem of a mini-city that combines tropical touches with European flair, along with an enticing choice of outdoor activities and extremely friendly people.


Dubai Desert Wish

We arrive at the desert and Qaddafi dutifully starts our high speed, terrifying sand dune dips and swerves. We beg him to stop but he thinks we are having fun. When we convince him we really want to forfeit this part of the trip, he relents and takes us to the campsite, where we forgo camels and henna and are seated on carpets for dinner under the stars.

Compulsive Traveler

Visiting Lisbon

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Europe – older than Rome and the second oldest European capital after Athens. Portugal’s neutrality during World War II saved Lisbon from the destruction suffered by so many other European cities so most of the historic buildings are original.


Living History in Cuba

Walking through Havana is like stepping back in time. There are old cars in a rainbow of colors everywhere, dating from 1927 to 1961. Seeing the sights from the back of a bright red 1958 Ford convertible was pure heaven.

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