Category: UNITED STATES

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And more hotel tales

Time froze, and from my upside-down view, I saw a guy staring at me with his key suspended in his hand and his mouth hanging open in total shock. Everyone has hotel stories to tell, and they all vary from funny to embarrassing to unforgettable. I was staying in a hotel at the heart of...

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Ghosts of New Orleans

Some years back, I had the chance to check one item off my bucket list- a ghost and vampire tour around the French Quarter in New Orleans. I was mesmerized by New Orleans, especially the French Quarter, at first sight with its quaint buildings, narrow streets and party atmosphere but exploring the dark side of...

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Taxiing around St. Thomas

  Getting around the scenic island of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands is best done by a taxi. Taxis offer the best unobstructed views of the island and it comes with the fresh scent of the sea. There are no standard taxi types in St. Thomas. Although there are the regular taxis like sedans and...

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Culebra: An island hopper’s get-away

ABOUT 17 miles east of Puerto Rico is a famous strip of an island with beaches so pristine and white and waters so clear that it has become an island hopper’s must-stop in these parts of the Caribbean. A few months ago my travel buddy and I hopped on a small plane from the Isla...

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Flamenco: A beach lover’s paradise

ABOUT 20 minutes or so onboard a small plane from Puerto Rico toward the east coast of is a small slice of idyllic paradise surrounded by the bluest waters of the Caribbean Ocean. The island is called Isla de Culebra. From the air, the first sight that attracts one’s attention to Culebra is a long...

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Experiencing Paris in Las Vegas

I SAW it the moment the taxi drove through the famous Las Vegas Strip from the McCarran International Airport that early morning—the towering 541-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower. It was not actually in my list but I knew I was not going to leave Las Vegas without going up to the Eiffel Tower. At...

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Postcards from Dallas: The X-Spot

WHEN one is heading to Dallas, Texas for a visit, the most recommended and must-never-miss place is the Dealey Plaza at Elm Street, considered as the Front Door of Dallas and one of the most historic districts in Texas. Stand on the curb of Elm Street and you can immediately identify visitors. They will all...

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Cruisin in the rain around Honolulu

WHEN you are visiting Honolulu, Hawaii briefly and the skies welcome you with torrential rains, don’t despair. Rain is not a hindrance to enjoy a scenic albeit wet drive around the best parts of Honolulu and count on leaving the island with hundreds of photos captured during a rainy drive. I was all set to...

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Road trip through the US ‘marshlands’

   I always love road trips especially when all I have to do is ride buses and enjoy the views from my window and get short town to town stopovers along the way, but driving for over 10 hours in the interstate in a compact car is a totally different experience. You can be in Orlando...