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Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

By on August 26, 2019 in Dubai Travel with 8 Comments
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

“Travel opens your heart, broadens your mind and fills your life with stories to tell.” – Paula Bendfeldt On Saturday, we headed to Al Ain, the Garden City, with our Gate 1 group via bus. On our way there, we spied Oman, another country I had never thought of visiting. Our guide encouraged us to […]

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Louie & Ernie’s Pizza, Bronx, New York

By on August 12, 2019 in Dining, New York Travel with 0 Comments
Louie & Ernie’s Pizza, Bronx, New York

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” – James Beard I love pizza. I wish I didn’t, but I do. As I have a gluten and wheat sensitivity, I avoid these ingredients. But, when John asked me if I wanted to stop at the best pizza place in New York, I had to give […]

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West Virginia: A New Day, A New State

By on July 14, 2019 in U.S. Travel with 0 Comments
West Virginia: A New Day, A New State

“A walk down a country road is good for body, heart and soul.” I recently acquired a few new states as part of my territory. Last week, I found myself in West Virginia, a place I had never visited before. After several hours of meetings and driving, I decided to wander off into nature for […]

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Red Dune Safari with Sand Boarding, UAE

By on June 29, 2019 in Dubai Travel with 10 Comments
Red Dune Safari with Sand Boarding, UAE

“Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventure.” – Lovelle Drachman When Elaine and I booked our trip to the UAE, we knew one thing we wanted to do was hang out in the desert. Gate 1 offered a safari tour, but Elaine found something better through Viator. Their day trip went to the […]

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Dubai City Tour

By on June 23, 2019 in Dubai Travel with 9 Comments
Dubai City Tour

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy One day, Elaine called me when she saw a great deal for Dubai and Abu Dhabi from Gate 1, a travel agency we have used in the past. Gate 1 was offering an 8 Day […]

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Plum Island Kitchen: Best Pizza Ever

By on June 2, 2019 in Dining, Massachusettes Travel with 0 Comments
Plum Island Kitchen: Best Pizza Ever

“Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or nothing at all.” – Julia Child Just like pizza, there is a certain comfort in childhood friends. When my high school friend, Bill, started posting pictures of mouth-watering pizzas on his Facebook page, the girls and I got curious. In high school, we […]

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Alexandra Dhow Cruise in the Dubai Marina

By on May 29, 2019 in Dubai Travel with 11 Comments
Alexandra Dhow Cruise in the Dubai Marina

“Take every chance you have in life, because some things only happen once.” – Karen Gibbs After an amazing day at the Jumeirah Mosque, Elaine and I headed to our hotel to get ready for our evening on the water. While in the States, Elaine found the Alexandra Dhow Boat Cruise in the Dubai Marina, […]

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Athens: Beach. Acropolis. Theater.

By on May 19, 2019 in Greece Travel with 3 Comments
Athens: Beach. Acropolis. Theater.

“It takes a lifetime for someone to discover Greece, but it only takes an instant to fall in love with her.” – Henry Miller Before I visited Greece, my sister, Dina and her daughter, Joanna asked me what I wanted to do during my visit. I told them my main focus was to spend time […]

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Greeks in Manhattan

By on May 15, 2019 in New York Travel with 0 Comments
Greeks in Manhattan

“I find the family the most mysterious and fascinating institution in the world.” – Amos Oz When one of my nieces, Elpida and her boyfriend, Ody, visited the United States from Athens, Greece, we hoped to connect while they were in New York City. Luckily, we happened to be there at the same time. We […]

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Jumeirah Grand Mosque, Dubai: Open Doors. Open Minds.

By on May 4, 2019 in Dubai Travel with 11 Comments
Jumeirah Grand Mosque, Dubai: Open Doors. Open Minds.

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” – Dalai Lama Jumeirah Grand Mosque hit my radar on my Emirates flight to Dubai. The beautiful structure promised a cultural experience. I was intrigued, and […]

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