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April 2011

#6: Whine less, drink wine more

I’ve grown up in a wine-friendly family. My grandfather was a wine connoisseur who wrote an annual catalog of recommendations for colleagues, friends and family. My mom and grandma swear by one glass of wine a night—although my mom prefers white and...
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Postcard from Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is often billed as the most scenic drive in the world--and it certainly doesn't disappoint. The route winds alongside crushing waves, white sand beaches and quaint seaside towns with jaunts through dense, greener-than-green...
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Anzac spirit, unity and biscuits

Australia and New Zealand often tend to be lumped together in the upper hemisphere's mind: those two beautiful countries down under that rarely make the world news. They don't start wars, they don't have massive protests or reforms; basically, they...
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Share the Tongariro love

Today's photo was contributed by Simon of Ozawapi. Considered one of the best day treks in the world, the Tongariro Crossing lives up to its reputation. It's an outstanding hike across dramatic volcanoes on New Zealand’s North Island. Peter Jackson...
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Postcard from Coogee Beach

After discovering Coogee Beach on the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk, it quickly became my favorite sunny day destination. The wide, sandy beach and refreshing-but-not-too-scary waves are the perfect antidote after an invigorating walk along the beach...
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Share the Costa Rica love

Today's photo was contributed by my Aunt Katie. She's not only a huge supporter of my blog, regularly commenting on posts and replying by email, but a world traveler in her own right. She and my Uncle Jay travel regularly to tropical destinations to...
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As American as apple pie

It's pretty easy to blend in as an American in Australia. There isn't much culture shock, and it doesn't really feel like I'm half-the-world away from home. After I went on a hunt to find a pie tin to make an apple pie from scratch and got hit...
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Postcard from Hosier Lane

There are a lot of comparisons between Melbourne and Sydney, but one of my favorites is that Sydney is the hot girl while Melbourne is the one with a great personality. While Sydney has a striking harbour and gorgeous beaches--you know, that sort of...
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Surviving a solo trip to Ireland

Suzy Guese and I have a lot in common--that's why we decided to travel through Barcelona and Valencia together on our way to La Tomatina. But we quickly noticed where we differed: she can read a bus map, prefers the shade and has a sarcastic reply to...
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Share the busking love

Today's photo was contributed by Backpacking Matt. Queenstown, New Zealand, might possibly be one of the most beautiful spots you could ever imagine placing a town. Imagine the greens of Ireland, the snow-capped peaks of the Swiss Alps and the blues...
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