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Shanghai Social Diary: Treasures of China’s Heritage: Part 5, Fujian and Shanxi

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Treasures of China’s Heritage: Touring with the Global Heritage Fund — Fujian and Shanxi... 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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Art Happenings in Palm Springs, Coachella Valley

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I’m making travel plans now to leave Manhattan once winter arrives. One of the places that beckons is Southern California’s Coachella Valley, the desert resort area that lures international snow birds drawn by its natural beauty, year-round sun, golf courses, tennis facilities, spas, hiking, gambling, and vibrant nightlife. The Coachell... READ MORE
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Chatsworth: House of Style — A fashionable destination

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I took the opportunity on a recent trip to London to make my way to the English countryside in order to visit Chatsworth House, seat of the Duke of Devonshire and one of England’s most revered historic homes.  Current visitors to the manse are in for an additional treat, for not only will they gaze upon acres of […]... 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
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Charleston Social Diary : The Charms Of Charleston, South Carolina

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Charleston, South Carolina: The five days I recently spent here—my first visit to the “Palmetto City”—weren’t enough. There was so much more I wanted to see and do that I’m determined to return soon. Meanwhile, I’m sharing some highlights. CHARLESTON: CHARM, CULTURE, AND MORE March was ideal for me to leave New York and take […... READ MORE
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Central Park Conservancy to Cartagena

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A small group of Women’s Committee members and spouses joined together for a trip to the walled city of Cartagena … the Colonial jewel of the Caribbean. Our four-hour flight on JetBlue arrived at Rafael Nuñez Airport to blue skies and 80 degree temperatures. At one time Cartagena was the most important Spanish port in […]... READ MORE
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Safari, Part 2: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Haven

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Safari: Part 1 (click here) Rapa, one of the orphaned baby elephants at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) is a very cheeky boy. When he’s not butting in on the games of his peers, he’s getting his well-behaved companions into trouble or devising ways to snag extra milk bottles at feeding time. The keepers’ diaries are littered [&he... READ MORE

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