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Montréal & Quebec City: A Trip to France without Crossing the Atlantic

July 6th, 2022

By Carolee Duckworth, NABBW’s Independent Travel Associate OUR JULY ARMCHAIR TRIP: Montréal & Quebec City: A Trip to France without Crossing the Atlantic Are you ready for another Armchair Trip? It’s July, so this time let’s head off to the more moderate temperatures of Northern Canada to visit two historic cities with winding cobbled streets, flanked by seventeenth and eighteenth-century stone houses and churches, graceful parks and squares. Our destinations will be the French speaking cities of Montréal and Quebec City, rich in unsurpassable French cuisine, French culture... Read More

Carolina On My Mind: Blue Ridge to the Coast

May 23rd, 2022

OUR MAY ARMCHAIR TRIP: CAROLINA ON MY MIND: BLUE RIDGE TO THE COAST By Carolee Duckworth, NABBW’s Independent Travel Associate Ahhh. It’s May. And we’re back to all the green and bright colors of late Spring. So, for this next armchair trip, let’s head for Carolina blue skies and Mountain sunsets, followed by the sounds of surf and white sandy beaches. We can have it all in lovely North Carolina, from Blue Ridge peaks to the sparkling Atlantic coast. Traveling West, we’ll climb up and up into the Blue Ridge mountains for three days in eclectic Asheville. This arty and... Read More

Our April Armchair Trip: Napa Valley, San Francisco & The Pacific Highway

April 9th, 2022

OUR APRIL ARMCHAIR TRIP: NAPA VALLEY, SAN FRANCISCO & THE PACIFIC HIGHWAY By Carolee Duckworth, NABBW’s Independent Travel Associate We’re ready to take off again on our April Armchair Trip, traveling in our minds. So, sit back, set loose your imaginings, and let’s be off on our April trip. First, we’ll drive our rented convertible (fire red or royal blue) across the Golden Gate Bridge and up through California redwood country to Napa Valley, for three days of vineyard visits and wine-tastings, hearty pioneer eating and soul-soothing hot springs. Next, we’ll make the... Read More

Three Things You Need to Know Before You Travel in France

March 2nd, 2015

By Carolee Cameron NABBW’s Associate for Independent Travel   Before you travel to France, it is important, even essential, to know at least three things. First, be aware that French culture is different from American, but equally, if not more, genteel. French people are quintessentially polite and considerate. Before you interpret their behaviors, be fully aware of what these behaviors communicate in France. These meanings are not the same as they would be in the United States. For example, a delay in giving you your check at the end of a meal is certainly not indicative of poor service... Read More

Stunning Vistas: Your Great Trip to the Swiss & Italian Lakes & Alps

December 22nd, 2014

By Carolee Cameron NABBW’s Associate for Independent Travel   Are you ready for another “Trip of a Lifetime”? For now, sit back in your favorite chair and imagine yourself on this trip, breathing clean mountain air and taking local ferries back and forth across stunning lakes, with mountains as their backdrop. You will journey southward across the Alps from Switzerland into Italy on the William Tell Express, then northward back across the Alps into Switzerland on the Bernina Express, then westward through the Alps on the Glacier Express. Prepare yourself to gaze upon some of the most... Read More

The French Connection: Five Ways to Engage and Interact with the Locals

September 11th, 2014

By Carolee Cameron NABBW’s Associate for Independent Travel The adage holds. “To travel is to visit people.” Think about your trips as a child, traveling to Tarpon Springs to visit your Aunt Sadie and Uncle Bob. Then put yourself back in that frame of mind.As you pull up their driveway, you know what to expect. First everyone will greet each other happily. Then, before you even come inside to sit down, Uncle Bob will eagerly lead you out to his back shed to see and admire his dozens of multicolored parakeets. Next he will invite you out for a ride around the bay in his motor boat.... Read More