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Dyker Heights, Brooklyn: Christmas Lights Mecca

Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, is one place where you can have a very bright Christmas! Keeping up with the proverbial Joneses never required more electricity than it does in this Christmas lights wonderland. Subtlety is not rewarded here. Many of the houses go far beyond lights, with giant Nutcrackers, inflatable Santa Clauses and Nativity Scenes. Most […]

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Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Gardens: All Aboard for This New Family Tradition

I had heard about the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden for years, but I had always thought that it was something just for kids. Until I had my son (who just turned two), I didn’t get excited about trains unless I was planning a trip to Europe. But now that trains […]

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The Best Christmas Lights Around the World in 2012

Santa Claus’s round-the-world flight every Christmas Eve has long been the envy of the travel world. Circling the globe by private jet, er sleigh, and getting to see all the world’s best Christmas lights sounds like it would be the perfect winter holiday. For those who can’t figure out how to hitch a ride with […]

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What To Take On Holidays To Sa Coma

I’ve been to Mallorca but I didn’t make it to Sa Coma. When I get there one day, I’ll be sure to follow the packing list from this guest post. Although Sa Coma isn’t quite as popular as the neighbouring resort of Cala Millor it still attracts a fair number of travellers. Some choose to […]

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Canary Islands

Cruise to the Canaries This Winter

I’m a huge island fan, so I was very intrigued by this guest post by Ali Renn about the Canary Islands. I hope you’ll find it interesting too. A cruise to the Canary Islands has to be the perfect winter escape. In order to enjoy the best of the British weather, many people purposefully choose […]

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The Post-Modern Postcard: A Beachy E-Card From Card Lust

When I went to Florida at the end of October, I didn’t blog about it. I barely tweeted about it, although I did Instagram it. I certainly didn’t send any postcards, but then again I’m pretty sure that the last time I sent was a postcard was five years ago from Barcelona. So I’ve decided […]

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Jazz and Colors in Central Park

There are always musicians in Central Park, but today there many more than usual thanks to a brand new festival called Jazz and Colors. There were 30 jazz bands in 30 locations all playing the same set list from noon—4pm, with an hour-long intermission. I arrived shortly after the second set had started and after […]

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Sarasota Chalk Festival: Fleeting Masterpieces in Florida

The streets of Sarasota were covered in chalk masterpieces from October 28-Nov 6, thanks to the Sarasota Chalk Festival. The event is free for artists and free for voyeurs — it’s designed to draw customers to local businesses. There was no shortage of talent here as artists (including full-time professional street painters) and musicians flocked […]

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