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Have weekend travels worthy of the Monday morning water cooler… without having to take a lot of time off of work.

Originally posted on GoGirlGuides.com on 2/28/11:I’ll never forget my hotel horror story…In 2009, my girlfriends and I spent a nearly perfect week in Italy, staying in a beautifully modern apartment on Florence’s artisanal Oltrarno. From there we flew to London to meet up with a few more friends for

Early morning at Milford Sound. On this particular morning, the sun was out. It was early enough that the dozens of tour operators coming from Queenstown hadn't yet set sail on the water, and all was still. I was lucky to capture this reflection, to have this private encounter with

Originally posted on GoGirlGuides.com on 3/9/11:They don’t call Manhattan the Big Apple for nothing! For first-timers and locals alike, it’s easy to get overwhelmed in such a vibrant city packed with world-class hotels, shopping, restaurants, museums and night life.Here are 5 top Go! Girl NYC hot spots that will keep

This week, I'm keeping it in the family. The Snapshot of the Week is generously provided by JoAnn Ricchiuti, my mother with a keen eye for beautiful places. Always with a camera in hand, I learned everything I know about photography from her. Sunrise, my favorite time of the day!

January 11, 2001. I coughed in the ancient Italian cathedral. Loudly. It was the kind of cough that goes on and on; the persistent itch you can't get rid of and if you try you just end up making it worse. Inside San Miniato’s stone walls, my coughs echoed throughout the

 I took this photo last week, on a late afternoon walk on the Palm Beach lake trail into West Palm Beach, Florida. This Giant Kapok Tree was planted in 1887 and is a landmark to walkers-by and boaters alike, and I was taken by its delicate silhouette against the urban

Random musings about the week's most interesting travel articles... -If you thought the "Haunted Mansion" ride at Disney was scary, a UK Theme Park boasts an honest to God headless monk that haunts the grounds and causes a ruckus. (Jaunted)-Darth Vader is finding an image boost this month. First, he made a

When planning a trip do you secretly yearn for exotic locales but always seem to end up on the same old vacation? This summer, don’t spend another week sprawled out on the beach. With a proliferation of options and the recent unveiling of National Geographic Adventures, there’s never been a

 Photo credit: serge de garcia With freezing temperatures and the weekly snowstorm dropping inches upon inches of snow, what’s a bored, depressed New Yorker to do? Thanks to the Openhouse Gallery and their “Park Here” exhibition, they can go to the park and get a glimpse of spring.Actually, it’s

 Somewhere along the winding roads of Tuscany, this photo was taken. I was on the back of a speeding vespa with one hand held firmly around the waist of an Italian boy and the other furiously snapping away, trying to get the perfect shot that represented the countryside in summer.After

Random musings about the week's most interesting travel articles... You always hear that blondes have more fun. Well, this so-called "fantasy resort" in the Maldives is switching things up a bit and putting the blondies to work. (Huffington Post) Instead of giving the kids a coloring book to keep them

With so much of the US under a blanket of snow I couldn't resist...     Somewhere on the Beagle Channel, all the way down at the southernmost tip of South America, are an outcropping of little islands filled with seals. On this day towards the end of October, snow