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Living room of the Llano cabin at the Cotton Gin Village

Rustic Comfort at the Cotton Gin Village

At the Cotton Gin Village in Fredericksburg, Texas, the combination of rustic details, modern amenities, and food worth writing home about makes for a perfect getaway.

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The Veste Coburg in Central Germany.

In The Footsteps of Cranach in Germany

On a recent trip to Central Germany, I encountered a man who played an important historical role, but has been relegated to a mere footnote: the painter known as Lucas Cranach the Elder. During the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago, he had a ring-side seat for one of Europe’s most transformative periods. I didn’t go looking for Lucas Cranach, but I’m glad I discovered him.

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Snorkeling at Buck Island St. Croix with Big Beards.

Finding Nemo at Buck Island in St. Croix

Buck Island is a national treasure and a great way to spend a day snorkeling while in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The island is the nesting home for green sea turtles and endangered Leatherback turtles. But the real treasure at Buck Island is the 4,500 acre underwater reef lying just off shore. It is one of only two underwater national monuments in the United States.

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The Buchenwald Concentration Camp above Weimar, Germany.

The Bleakness of Buchenwald

The place called Buchenwald was not just a location. It was a journey into the darkness of the human soul. For me, the Buchenwald Concentration Camp is where the Holocaust becomes most real. Buchenwald was not the first concentration camp built by the Nazi’s. Buchenwald was not the biggest camp in Germany’s World War II machine. But in many ways, Buchenwald is the most symbolic and most important.

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Krakow's Main Market Square and the Cloth Market at night.

Learning Life Lessons in Krakow

There are some days when you are traveling that you really don’t want to tour another church or visit another museum. There are some days when you travel that you just want to be in the moment. For us, Krakow was just such a place. Our goal for deep cultural immersion was abandoned in favor of a slower pace. What started out as sightseeing became a Krakow vodka tasting stroll – complete with several important life lessons.

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The skyline of Banska Stiavnica, Slovakia - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Serene Life of Banska Stiavnica

The town of Banska Stiavnica, Slovakia is a jewel in the Carpathian Mountains. This small-town is an amazing specimen of medieval life in the greater Hungarian Empire. These days, the town offers a slower pace of life that is downright serene. However, just beneath the surface, you see how the town of Banska Stiavnica changed the world.

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Wines from Becker Vineyards, one of the largest Texas wineries

Six Texas Hill Country Wineries Not to Miss

Texas may not be the first place you think of for high-quality wine from the US. But you’d be missing out. These six wineries in the Texas Hill Country offer remarkable scenery and award-winning wines.

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The outdoor pool deck on a Celebrity Summit cruise.

Cruising Paradise: A Celebrity Summit Review

We love to cruise. While some people say that cruising isn’t really traveling, we think there is a time and a place for it. Every year, we take a multi-generational trip during the holidays and cruising is perfect for this purpose. Everyone gets to do exactly what they want. For the first time, we chose Celebrity Cruises as we visited idyllic locations in the Southern Caribbean.

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