Reflect and Refresh in Harmony, California

Population 18

Population 18

The joys of the coastal small town along California’s coast cannot be overrated. Quaint inns, coffee houses, amazing restaurants, surf shops, herb stores, bakeries, and jewelry and art galleries abound along the entire ocean-line of the West Coast. Add lovely, mild summer weather and “coastal paradise” is not too strong a phrase.

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Cruising the Oxford Canal on a Narrowboat

Passing on the canal can be an adventure in itself

Passing on the canal can be an adventure in itself

I think most of you will agree there's something magical about spending time on the water—the peaceful atmosphere, beautiful surroundings, wildlife sightings, sparkling cool water, and admiration of passing boats. What place could there be to enjoy such a thing? How about the canals in England?

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Active Family Vacation in Japan

A building peeks out above the trees in Kyoto, Japan

A building peeks out above the trees in Kyoto, Japan

If you'd have told my sun-worshipping teenage self one day I'd willingly book a vacation that saw me walk for up to eight hours a day in the Far East with my family in tow, I'd have thought you were insane. Back then, my idea of a perfect vacation was sunning myself on a beach in Mexico covered in cooking oil and sipping swank cocktails.

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Visit the Paris of Your Dreams

A view of Paris from the Seine

A view of Paris from the Seine

How many of us have dreamed of Paris—the Paris of the movies, of sun-drenched lazy afternoons, of people-watching from street cafés and grassy parks, of Prêt-à-Porter models striding down the fashionable Champs-Élysées, of the spires of Notre Dame piercing the clouds as the bells peal out over the city? This is the Paris of Catherine Deneuve, of Audrey Hepburn, of Princess Grace, and, lately, of Woody Allen. It is these images that have made Paris—with its iconic Eiffel Tower and its famed glass-pyramid Louvre—the most popular tourist destination in the world.

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