Articles written by: Wendy VanHatten

French Carousels
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French Carousels

So many French towns and villages have a carousel somewhere in the town square or close to it. Even Paris has six. We encountered these colorful, smile-generating merry-go-rounds in several cities in Provence. I had never given any thought to how and why they became a popular ride. Apparently, they […]

Amboy Crater…Volcano Eruption
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Amboy Crater…Volcano Eruption

Take a Road Trip…to Amboy Crater By Wendy VanHatten Amboy Crater is an extinct North American cinder cone type of volcano that rises above a 27 square mile lava field in southern California. This 250-foot-high crater is 1,500 feet in diameter. Located in the Barstow-Bristol trough, a conspicuous west-northwest trending […]

The Cheeriest Little Island
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The Cheeriest Little Island

Burano by Wendy VanHatten Burano, an island in the northern Venetian Lagoon, has been referred to as one of the most colorful places on earth. Approaching Burano from Venice, it’s easy to see why. Brightly colored houses, every single one of them, pop against the water of the channels. At […]

Understanding Travel Alerts
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Understanding Travel Alerts

Understanding Travel Alerts by Wendy VanHatten The Department of State has launched new Travel Advisories and Alerts to make it easier for U.S. citizens to access clear, timely, and reliable safety and security information about every country in the world. You can find out more by visiting https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/about-our-new-products.html. I always […]

Passports and You
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Passports and You

I have posted something similar to this a while ago. Recently some people we know were not allowed to leave on a trip to Europe due to their passport expiration dates. This is a good reminder for all travelers. First, know when your passport expires. Many countries require the expiration […]