europe travel blogs 2019

Strick’s Retirement: The Pilgrimage to SPAM – Retirement Travel Article

Strick’s Retirement: The Pilgrimage to SPAM SPAM Museum?? Really?? In a rural town in SE Minnesota also! But….in Austin, Minnesota, you’ll find the SPAM Museum.So….as we got out of our coach, the people next to us, getting out of their car, remarked, “Making the pilgrimage to SPAM eh?” We grinned, said “Yes” and went in. If you didn’t know….SPAM is made from pork, hence the pigs in the foreground. What a cool place! SPAM cans, history, exhibits, and someone walking…

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When Harry Met Sally & Auld Lang Syne – Retirement Travel Article

When Harry Met Sally & Auld Lang Syne I’m not a big fan of New Year’s Eve and all that it entails.  I’d much rather snuggle up for the evening with the one I love most, with a big bowl of popcorn, and watch a classic movie, such as the one I share every year at this time.  And, this year because I think we all need an extra hug, I’m including my absolute favorite version of Auld Lang Syne…

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The Year in Photos 2019 – Retirement Travel Article

The Year in Photos 2019 Backstreet Cultural Center in Treme, New OrleansWhether our trips are long or short, we all try to preserve our travel memories with photos. It’s not uncommon for us to search through our photo libraries just to figure out when we traveled where. No matter how much we take notes and post stories, it’s our photography that shows us, indisputably, where we were last February (Vietnam), or in February 2012 (Vietnam). This last week of December, we’re…

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Ambitious Travel Plans For 2020 – Retirement Travel Article

Ambitious Travel Plans For 2020 Twitter 0 Facebook 0 Pinterest0 Some Great Travel Plans Booked For 2020 When we entered 2019, we had no travel plans booked. Although it did not take us long before we filled the calendar! For our travel plans for 2020, several trips are already booked. And we have some thoughts for other travel plans for the year. We will hit our 100th country visited in 2020. It was a very busy travel year in 2019.…

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At the very start of the Mississippi River – Retirement Travel Article

At the very start of the Mississippi River Years ago, we went through Minnesota from the west on our way to Duluth/Superior but never got up north to see the Headwaters of the Mississippi so this time, we planned better.The river starts out as a stream leaving Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota then travels all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico. The yellow circles show where the Headwaters are and where we’re standing and where it exits into…

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17 Simple Professional Tips for Easy Travel Hair Care – Retirement Travel Article

17 Simple Professional Tips for Easy Travel Hair Care Traveling means self-discovery, sight-seeing and a break from reality, but your hair still needs some love! Read on to discover how the pros tackle easy travel hair care. Jet-setting to exotic locations is the perfect pick-me-up. Whether it’s sandy beaches, jaw-dropping mountain scenery or sightseeing in exciting cities, you deserve a break. With that in mind so does your hair, and going on vacation isn’t necessarily a break for your locks…

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Waterfalls, Taconite pebbles and morning pies – Retirement Travel Article

Waterfalls, Taconite pebbles and morning pies The North Shore drive in Minnesota is supposed to be one of the best drives to take soooo….we decided to try it out.The line in blue is the North Shore route we took…about 140 miles. We got up early in order to get to the Rustic Inn at 8am when they opened as it was a Saturday during Memorial Day weekend. Boy are we glad we did! We were first in the restaurant, followed…

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The Best of The Christmas Season – Retirement Travel Article

The Best of The Christmas Season Each year for the past several years I’ve published a list of Christmas quotes; a list of inspiration if you will. It’s no surprise that I think the past couple of years, in particular, have found many of us in need of a little extra dose of holiday inspiration; something to help us find joy in the moment while we hold on to hope for the future. Maybe some sort of Christmas miracle?  Or,…

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How To Prevent Illness While On Vacation – Retirement Travel Article

How To Prevent Illness While On Vacation 5 Specific Ways To Prevent Illness While On Vacation Vacations are great things for everyone. It’s good for you to get away with your loved ones (or even get away by yourself). If you are going to travel and if especially by air, considering 20 percent of plane passengers reported respiratory symptoms within a week of flying in one study, it’s especially important to take certain precautions to stay healthy. Below, are five…

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Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, Black and White – Retirement Travel Article

Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, Black and White Most homes in Taos Pueblo have ladders leaning on a front wall. The ladders were used to enter the homes in the days before they had doors. This home also sported a white door, in need of some paint, but festooned with an American flag.Taos Pueblo, New Mexico is a centuries-old Indian community. It’s amazingly preserved for buildings made, essentially, of mud. The descendants of the people who lived here 1000 years ago…

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