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Five favorites: Hidden gems

Posted by Mac Lacy in Travel Thoughts on October 18, 2012

 
 

  Tenakee Springs, Alaska For our recent Group Travel Industry Buyers Guide, I was asked to compile a list of five favorite places I’ve been that could be considered hidden gems.  Here are four in the United States and one in Italy that certainly fit that description for me. Ground Zero, Clarksdale, Mississippi There are…

 
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Switzerland in sun

Posted by Mac Lacy in Switzerland on September 11, 2012

 
 

  On this day, I left the group and hiked for two hours from Holenstein down to Grindelwald   The last full day of our trip, the Swiss Alps were illuminated by a bright, clear sun.  I was thrilled for my Swiss hosts, for my comrades who had never seen this country so clearly, and…

 
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Switzerland in snow

Posted by Mac Lacy in Switzerland on September 11, 2012

 
 

  A couple prepares for a day in the mountains at the Wilderswil train station   Our group was treated to two very different Switzerland experiences in our five days on the ground.  The first few days we were there it was snowing in the Alps.  We were there in celebration of the Jungfrau Railways…

 
 

  Zurich’s Dolder Grand Hotel, built in 1899,  is home to a remarkable collection of original artwork, both indoors in its public spaces and out on its grounds   Zurich, the financial center of Switzerland, has been a gateway to this spectacular country for decades.  But this is a proud city that would like to…

 
 

Vintage WW II planes are the stars at Virginia Beach’s Military Aviation Museum   When Jim Coggin picked me up Monday morning at the airport for a couple of days of touring Virginia Beach, he nailed his colors to the wall early. ‘We want to make sure that bank travel directors across America are aware…

 
 

                  *The five photos in this blog from our cleanup project were provided courtesy of Terrapin Blue Local tourism leader Rogers Valencia Espinoza addresses the gathering.  Tourism Cares CEO Bruce Beckham is shown at right.   Our whirlwind adventure in Peru was wrapped up with a boisterous welcome back to Cusco for a cleanup project…

 
 

Terraced hillsides step downward from the city’s walls and courtyards   Understandably, Machu Picchu regularly rests atop the various bucket lists of worldwide travelers published by magazines and websites.  Its iconic images of a ‘lost world’ resting high in the Andean mountain range are immediately recognizeable to most of us, like the Taj Mahal or…

 
 

A young boy in Ollantaytambo peered down an alley as we passed On Saturday, we visited Ollantaytambo, where we caught our train to Machu Picchu. This village name means resting place for a warrior and high above us on the mountainsides were terraces and garrisons where Incan warriors tried to stop the advance of the…

 
 
 

This fountain honors an Incan king in a city square of Cusco near our meeting site I’m in Peru with Tourism Cares for a restoration project at Cusco’s Mercado Central de San Pedro park, where we’ll be removing grafitti, painting its walls and planting flowers in old flower beds long filled with trash. We’re also…

 
 
 

  The Masters is almost as much about traditions as it is about great golf.  Its champions are set apart forever, and, by tradition, select the menu for the champion’s dinner the following year.  Both its pimento cheese and egg salad sandwiches are traditions, as is the green jacket that Augusta National members wear on…