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American Friends of Versailles in Paris, Part 2

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On Friday, we recounted several exclusive events from the four-day trip to Paris with the American Friends of Versailles (AFV), including visits with the first lady of France, HRH Prince Charles de Bourbon des Deux Siciles, and the American Ambassador to France. But the trip’s high point was private time at Versailles Palace away from […]... READ MORE
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American Friends of Versailles in Paris, Part 1

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On a four-day visit to Paris, members of the American Friends of Versailles enjoyed several exclusive events, including roaming around the Élysée Palace with France’s vivacious first lady, Brigitte Macron; dining with HRH Prince Charles de Bourbon des Deux Siciles, Duke of Castro, head of the royal house of France; sipping cocktails with US Amb... READ MORE
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Southern Comfort: Central Park Conservancy to Charleston

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Recently, several members of the Central Park Conservancy Women’s Committee Benefactor board and their spouses joined together for a trip to “the belle of the south,” Charleston, South Carolina. Our previous group trip took us to Cartagena, Colombia, which was hard to beat! With so much to explore in Charleston, the CPC planned we... READ MORE
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Treasures of China’s Heritage, Part 6

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Treasures of China’s Heritage: Touring with the Global Heritage Fund (Sixth of a Seven-part Series) Taiyuan and Datong In anticipation of a return to China, I’ve been revisiting my past travels to the country. Some of my best memories of the “Middle Kingdom” include my nine-day tour of historically significant sites with the Palo Alto-based... READ MORE
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Paris When it Sizzles

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Those who think glamour is dead should visit Paris during fashion week, particularly during the couture shows.  I happened to be there – the first week of July – to visit a friend, Baroness Jacqueline von Hammerstein-Loxten, who was helping Ethan Koh, a designer, launch a handbag collection.  Another friend, Danielle Rossi Hirsch, also flew [... READ MORE
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Madain Saleh: One of Saudi Arabia’s Hidden Treasures

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When he was the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir gave me an extended visa. He had two good reasons for doing that. One was professional. I am the Executive Vice President of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, where one of my missions has been to build alliances with […]... READ MORE
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April in Paris (and Burgundy)

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When E.Y. “Yip” Harburg wrote the words to “April in Paris” he had never even been there. Poor “Yip” didn’t know what he was missing. Well, I was there in early May. The chestnuts were still in blossom; and not only white but pink! It was splendid, mostly brilliantly sunny, but even a few cool, […]... READ MORE
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A Tour of Portugal with the American Friends of Versailles

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Liberally sprinkled with Bourbons, Beauharnais, Orleans and other descendants of noble French families, Portugal was a fitting destination for the American Friends of Versailles annual tour. Raising funds to restore the peeling painted Baroque ceiling of the room where guards were stationed to keep watch on Marie Antoinette’s suite of Versailles ... READ MORE
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South African Safari, Part II: Londolozi and Johannesburg

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“I haven’t seen anything like this in seven years,” said our tracker, Innocent Ngwenya, as we all breathlessly stared at a leopard and her three cubs frolicking mere feet away from us. “A leopard usually has one cub, two at the most,” he explained. Our small group had been tracking this leopard throughout the morning. […]... READ MORE
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South Africa: Part I

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“This was probably the best trip we’ve ever taken,” said my husband, upon our return from safari in South Africa. And it’s true. It was highly memorable for so many reasons.  Our trip to Cape Town, Sabi Sands Game Reserve and Johannesburg consisted of:  a) stunning scenery; b) gorgeous food and wine; c) moving history; and […]... READ MORE
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Observing the Eclipse

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I met my son, Peter Cary, in Hailey, Idaho to watch the eclipse. Not from Hailey — there was better viewing to be had at altitude. Our plan was to meet my nephew, Blake Everson, and head up to the Sawtooth Mountains for the best possible experience. Blake was a veteran ranger for the U.S. Forest Service, so […]... READ MORE
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The biennial gala celebration of Save Venice

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A few weeks ago an enthusiastic crowd flocked to Venice to participate in the biennial gala celebration of Save Venice, Inc., a non profit organization, which, since 1971, has been raising money to preserve and protect the irreplaceable art and architecture of this unique city. A four-day feast for the senses, guests saw projects in […]... READ MORE