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A Welsh girl and her rabbit: Welsh Rarebit Recipe

This post was sponsored by Visit Wales. A Welsh girl and her rabbit: a recipe for Welsh Rarebit My grandfather said that his Welsh forebears were horse thieves, which is just about all I know about that branch of the family. I have no reason to doubt his story, except the twinkle in his eye more »

Rent a hacienda in the Yucatan for a great family getaway

The flowers! A blush of red above, a carpet below of the falling flowers of the flamboyán trees that bloom with not wild but distinguished abandon. They offer just a hint of the spectacular warmth that guests receive when they rent Hacienda Petac in Mexico’s Yucatán. Hacienda Petac is a vacation destination somewhere between a more »

How to Shop in Paris Department Stores

This post is brought to you by Galeries Lafayette. Freedom and Independence The white t-shirt with the breezy blue script reading “j’♥ Paris” was a staple in my wardrobe for many years, a souvenir of my very first trip abroad, the first time I tasted freedom and independence from my parents. (Ironically aided by the more »

Stylish Small Hotels in Paris

Stylish Small Hotels in Paris This post is brought to you by XL Airways. Do your summer plans include a trip to Paris? I wish mine did. If you’re going to the most stylish city in the world (according to an unscientific survey of just me), don’t just stay in a boring old hotel room. more »

Do You Know the Emergency Numbers in Brazil?

911-112-110-155-191-999-191-997-998-999-115-114-113-119-118-117-111-000-120-119-110-999-110-119-911-115-116-105-107-100-911-123-15-17-18 Wondering what sort of odd coding appears above? These are the emergency numbers for each of the countries I have visited in the past 5 years. If you’re planning to attend the Olympic games this summer, do you know the emergency numbers in Brazil? When we were traveling around the world for 11 months, more »


Best Western and AAA partner to offer great deals for winter road trips

This post brought to you by Best Western. The content and opinions expressed below are that of All Over the Map. “Mo-om,” came the two-syllable cry from the back seat of the station wagon, ”Shannon keeps putting her feet on my side!” Our boundary line was made from a box of tissues, a Pringles can more »

Hotels in Raleigh, NC

Rated America’s fastest growing city by Forbes, Raleigh increasingly is spreading out. Keeping in mind that Raleigh is part of the even bigger (and growing) Research Triangle that encompasses nearby Chapel Hill and Durham, the distances become even greater. To get a feel of what Raleigh has to offer, and enjoy some time outside of more »

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