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The Gardens of Skylands Manor in the Fall

I spend long hours at the computer. When I’m not designing, I’m writing or tweeting or doing something computer related. Time spent hunched over the keys can quickly add up to burnout if I’m not cognizant of taking breaks. Working around the clock may seem important until you realize that you’re…

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52 Hours on a Train

The last five days have been nothing short of an extraordinary passage back in time. Four days ago I boarded the Amtrak Zephyr in Chicago’s Union Station, but not before taking a moment to pose in the grand stairway where that epic slow-mo shot in the Untouchables was filmed. Yes, I…

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A Trip to Bannerman Castle

Bannerman Castle is one of those off-the-beaten path attractions in New York that I’ve always wanted to visit but never got around to. After the July 4th celebrations were done, my husband and I met up with Marzio and Andrei at a local haunt for breakfast. We picked up the…

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A Picnic at Ringwood Manor

There are some days that are so perfect, they elude words. Last Saturday, my coauthor and I decided to pack a picnic and get out of the city. Our first stop was the supermarket where we picked up some Romano cheese, kalamata olives, roasted peppers, hummus and gluten-free crackers. Next,…

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Lessons Learned from Travel

Travel is an addictive drug. Much like sex, the more I do it, the more I want to do it. I’ve been on a lot of planes this year and it’s only April. Whereas most people loathe flying, I love it. I don’t particularly love being crammed into coach or…

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Castle Bouillon: A Journey Back in Time

Perched on a cliff overlooking the quaint, gabled houses that make up the tiny town of Bouillon, Castle Bouillon overshadows the pastoral landscape with its imposing facade. The fortress is a constant reminder of the area’s violent history and its feudal past. In the midst of a snow storm we drove south…

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Peace and Quiet in Provo

To say that I did much on this vacation to Provo would be a lie. As soon as we landed and got a whiff of that warm sea air we knew we were in for a treat. I’ve been to quite a few islands and can say that each island…

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