New Orleans day trip

In NOLA in January, we rented a car one day took a trip to visit the Barataria Preserve which is part of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, a US National Park. It’s a great place to take a walk through some of bayou and swamp country. The under-visited park gets a few […]

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Food in New Orleans

Last month my girlfriend and I spent a week in New Orleans (NOLA). It was my first visit and other than some unseasonably cold weather it lived up to my expectations of a fun city where both food and music play a huge role. Food is a dominating factor in NOLA, both for locals and […]

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Quick Hawaii visit

In June I had the chance to get back to Hawaii for a quick visit with family and friends. Unfortunately I had to work almost the entire time I was there, but due to time zone differences I was able to still squeeze in visits and a couple of afternoons in the sun. I fit […]

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Bermuda Get Away

As you may know I haven’t posted for a while, because I’ve been traveling extensively for work and haven’t had the time to catch up. Before starting this latest work project though, I had a chance to spend a nice long weekend in Bermuda. It was my first visit there and I enjoyed it. It […]

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Christmas in Hawaii

Many people think that the ideal Christmas is being inside by a roaring fireplace while snow falls outside. That’s nice, but if you grew up in the tropics the ideal Christmas is a warm sunny day with a light trade wind breeze. The weather wasn’t perfect this year, but it was still very nice when […]

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US Open

Over the US Labor Day holiday weekend I went to New York City to attend part of the US Open tennis tournament. I’ve been several times before and have always enjoyed myself. The weather this year was spectacular, sunny and warm every day, but not so hot as to be debilitating. It was a sold […]

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Cape Cod

Last weekend some friends invited me to spend the weekend with them on Cape Cod, which in some ways is to Boston as the Long Island is to New York – summer weekend get away beaches for all the busy city dwellers. Even though I’ve lived in greater Boston for more than 10 years, I think […]

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Canada – taxes vs. tourism

Last month Canada quietly revoked a long standing tax refund for visitors. As of April 1 (and this is no fool’s joke) visitors can no longer get a rebate on the 6% Goods and Services Tax (GST) or the 6% federal portion of the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) paid on lodging or goods exported from Canada. While […]

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