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Autumn Delight- Verde Canyon Hot Springs

Verde Canyon

Finally, time to relax and enjoy the last days of Indian Summer.  Sliding into a rectangular basin full of clean, warm mineral water, my arms and legs titillate happily.  As I lay my head back against the lip of the concrete tub to inhale the fresh, cool autumn air and take in the view of golden leafed oak trees and the Verde river meandering below the canyon.  Undoubtedly, this is Nirvana. This is my first time visiting Verde Canyon and I … [Read more...]

Buy the Right Travel Insurance


With such a wide variety of insurance options available these days for travel, it can be a dizzying process just to think about coverage when planning a trip. Travel insurance can range from single trip, to yearly, to add-ons to age specific. For active and adventure travelers, especially for boomer travelers - having trip insurance is just one less thing to worry about while on a trip. Travel insurance for people over 65 is becoming more … [Read more...]

The 2015 Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine and Wine Celebrates Spain & Top Female Mexican Chefs


The Fourth Annual CRM Wine and Food Festival Takes Place March 12 – 15, 2015 Cancun, Mexico (November 24, 2014) – The Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is pleased to announce the fourth annual Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival, taking place March 12 – 15, 2015. The 2015 edition will honor Mexico’s leading female chefs and will be composed of 24 events featuring several stars of the culinary world who will showcase local … [Read more...]

The Arasan Baths, Almaty – Kazakhstan

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Always looking to find a local experience while on the road I hopped in the car with Isa, a likeable individual who has opened his home for me to stay during my time in Almaty. He is an ex military man who is now a boxing trainer. He definitely has the build and look of a boxer. During the ride over the theme song from the Titanic movie came on the radio and he started singing along. Almaty is a huge town - spread out for some distance. There … [Read more...]

A Visit to the Marconi Museum in Tustin California

Gold plated rims on Oscar de la Hoya's truck

When one meets founder Dick Marconi for the first time, one soon realizes just how passionate he is for both the thrill of racing and the vehicles that he has acquired over the years. But it is not only all about his personal interests - as some private car collections can become. His passion goes much deeper than that and ultimately his goal with the museum is to leverage it as a vehicle to give back to the community and help raise funds for a … [Read more...]

Hotel or Apartment? In Barcelona, the Barrios Have It


Barcelona is a city of barrios, sadly most visitors only get to know the famous ones. Because like most hugely popular cities, Barcelona’s become very good at corralling its tourists and keeping them in check. It’s not that it isn’t welcoming, it’s just a lot easier to enjoy life in the lesser known (and often lovelier) barrios when the crowds are elsewhere. The city’s hotels are totally complicit, of course. Selling themselves hard on proximity … [Read more...]

Outback Beyond: 6 Months in Australia

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PART I: QUEENSLAND I landed with a thump on a Quantus long-haul flight, back when smoking was allowed and drinking encouraged, like a character out of a Bruce Chatwin novel. I was ineffably in error while reading my Lonely Planet guidebook on the plane--thinking that “Cairns” was pronounced with an “r” in it, when to local “Aussie” cobbers (not “Ozzies,” a common mistake both of Septic Tank Yanks [Americans] and Bloody Pomes [Britishs]), it … [Read more...]

The Paua and the Glory


New Zealand’s Prized Sea Snails John M. Edwards voyages to remote Stewart Island to capture one of New Zealand’s most expensive endangered delicacies: paua. Finding no “paua” on the menus of New Zealand’s North or South Islands, a dirtbag backpacker and “stringer” correspondent was forced to go to way remote Stewart Island in order to find and forage some for his own in the wild. At this island outpost on Half Moon Bay, he thus discovered … [Read more...]

A Guide To California’s Top Natural Beauty Spots


California is pretty amazingly beautiful, so selecting the top 5 spots was pretty tough, but in the name of being succinct that's what I have done for this post. So here are my favourite few places in California - must see spots for any nature lover. 1. Redwood National Park I just love forests, so this was always going to be on my list. The national park is mostly made of dense forest and beautiful (and huge) redwood trees which are sure to … [Read more...]

Mad about Mad Magazine


A serious Interview with Bill Gaines John M. Edwards, as a snot-nosed enfant terrible, tries to get a job at his favorite magazine: MAD. A long time ago, when I was a young canny kid and a memorabilia collector, I was hellbent on getting the entire collection of valuable MAD Magazines back issues sheathed in plastic. (I already owned all the paperback collections which fit neatly into three wine boxes.) Unsurprisingly, I decided on a … [Read more...]