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Discover all that Makes Seattle Amazing in Just Two Days – Retirement Travel Article

Discover all that Makes Seattle Amazing in Just Two Days Adventure awaits you in the friendly and welcoming city of Seattle. Seattle is an exciting urban city surrounded by water and mountains. Seattle is an amazing city for urban adventures. Also, there are world-class restaurants, fine boutique hotels, and lots of one of a kind things to explore. The city is easy to explore on foot or by car share since driving and parking are a bit tough in many places. Seattle skylineSeattle is…

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Boot Sales, Hippie Markets and Chinese Stores – Retirement Travel Article

Boot Sales, Hippie Markets and Chinese Stores cliffs by Porto de Mos, Lagos It’s been a ‘staycation’ kind of summer for us here in Lagos, Portugal, with lots of friends stopping by and making use of our guest room (if you want your friends and family to visit, just move to Portugal!) and day trips here and there.  We’ve met several new friends who have contacted us through the blog and are checking out both Portugal and the Algarve to…

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The Viking Village of Birka, Sweden – Retirement Travel Article

The Viking Village of Birka, Sweden A model, in the museum, of what Birka looked like 1200 years ago. Calling Birka a Viking village requires a lot of imagination because, well, unless you’re an archeologist willing to do some digging, there’s not much to see in Birka. Although Birka was once the largest town on the Scandinavian Peninsula, it was made almost entirely of wood and mud. And those materials don’t stand up very well over about 1300 years, especially…

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Discover the Wonderful Oregon Columbia Gorge Wine Country – Retirement Travel Article

Discover the Wonderful Oregon Columbia Gorge Wine Country If you are a wine lover, foodie or historian you want to visit the Columbia Gorge Wine Country. In short, flanked by the Hood River, the Columbia Gorge Wine Country with its breathtaking views is diverse. Given these points, it is the perfect choice for a girls getaway, weekend wine tasting, or exploring. For a relativity small region, it has extremes in climate, scenery, and styles of wine, making it interesting and…

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A Castle in A Cave! Predjama Castle in Slovenia – Retirement Travel Article

A Castle in A Cave! Predjama Castle in Slovenia Predjama Castle in SloveniaIf you enjoy visiting caves and you like visiting castles, you will love Predjama Castle, the world’s largest cave castle.This incredible renaissance castle is more than 800 years old, although there’s evidence that humans actually inhabited this cave from as early as the Stone Age.The Slovenian name for Predjama Castle is Predjamski Grad, which means “the castle in front of the cave.” Sounds more romantic when said in…

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Playing Twenty Questions: Life as Expats, Life as Travelers, Life in Lagos, Portugal – Part One – Retirement Travel Article

Playing Twenty Questions: Life as Expats, Life as Travelers, Life in Lagos, Portugal – Part One   Life is full of milestones and dates that mark important events and this month, we celebrated a significant anniversary.  On September 11th, 2012, we locked the door to our house on Padre Island for the last time, turned over the keys to a property manager and set off in an entirely new direction.  With the exception of our house (which we sold a…

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Departure from Asia | Retirednomad’s Blog – Retirement Travel Article

Departure from Asia | Retirednomad’s Blog Dear Blog Followers,   As I was recently reminded by a stalwart blog follower, I have not posted since last March 27 when I was in Nepal. That’s more than 5 months! What’s happened since:   I have been just fine! Well, except for the same old same old pinched nerve which resulted in my indulging in painkillers while trekking in Nepal. However, treatments have occurred (successful at first, then unsuccessful) and more and…

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Halloween: Dia de Los Muertos – Retirement Travel Article

Halloween: Dia de Los Muertos Halloween.  Dia de Los Muertos. It’s not so much that I’m madly in love with the holiday, although I do think it’s crazy fun. I am, in fact, madly in love with all things fall. The trees are bursting with color and mother nature is gearing up for winter as we near the end of October. I love this time of year like no other. The air is cool and crisp, the humidity of summer…

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Cycling Across England and Scotland, Hadrian’s Wall to Edinburgh – Retirement Travel Article

Cycling Across England and Scotland, Hadrian’s Wall to Edinburgh Bring it on, said the unwitting cyclist as he sets out on the road east. Nice legs. I admit that I was a little wary of taking an unguided bike trip all the way across England and then along the coast of Britain north to Edinburgh. Especially because Kris and I had tried to hike along the 85 miles of Hadrian’s Wall a few years back–in late June–and were turned back…

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ST PETERSBURG CRUISE BEST EXCURSION – Retirement Travel Article

ST PETERSBURG CRUISE BEST EXCURSION St Petersburg Cruise  – Scandinavian Port of Call St Petersburg cruise is a crown jewel port of call of Scandinavian and Baltic cruises. Visiting the land of the Czars, Peter and Catherine the Great, Church of the Spilled Blood, Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral, City Highlights, and the Hermitage Museum. Visa Requirement A visa is required to enter Russia. We researched these requirements prior to our Scandinavian cruise. We discovered there are generally two…

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Hiking in Catalonia Spain: Coastal Trails, Castles, and Culture – Retirement Travel Article

Hiking in Catalonia Spain: Coastal Trails, Castles, and Culture Sunset over L’Empordà from Hotel Castell d’Empordà We love every corner of Spain and are fortunate to have the experience (read: age) to have returned to some of our favorite destinations for closer views and more adventures. Our recent return to Catalonia was orchestrated specifically to hike the trails of Costa Brava, the ‘wild’ rocky coast of northeast Spain. The scenic coast is broken by intimate coves, fishing villages and beaches,…

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