Category: Adventuring

It’s Pumpkin Season in North Salem and Vicinity

Pumpkins as big as dogs! Remember to check a destination's current rules before bringing along a furry friend for some pumpkin picking. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini.

Where to Get a Pumpkin near I684 Exit 8 Pumpkin-hunting season is in full swing, and the orange orbs abound in North Salem, N.Y. and vicinity. Locals as well as city-dwellers up for a full pumpkin experience can enjoy apple…

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Reading while Traveling: The Improbable Adventures of a Middle-Aged Woman

Learn how to take a break and travel gracefully with a youthful adventurer even when a journey doesn't proceed quite as planned.

A Book for the Road by Jennifer Lawler Right at the outset of her latest book, The Improbable Adventures of a Middle-Aged Woman, author, traveler, and single parent Jennifer Lawler tells her reader that everything she has ever done made…

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Where to Brush by the Revolution

I haven’t visited any places specifically to learn about the War of Independence, but I have stumbled upon little reminders at a few places. Seeing little bits of the past brings history alive for me. I know I learned about…

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Visiting the Revolution through Books

American history keeps coming to me as I travel in the northeastern United States. I realize that, as a political science major, I learned more about the French and the Russian revolutions than the one had here at home. French…

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How Would You Draw It?

Capture Notre Dame Cathedral--and possibly a spectral presence--in just the right light. Photo credit: V. Laino

Art Tourism at Notre Dame Cathedral As if anyone ever needed an excuse to linger on the Île de la Cité in Paris, sticking around and drawing, or painting, or photographing Notre Dame Cathedral would be a good reason. So…

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Shirley MacLaine’s Camino Adventure

Where will a walk on the way of Saint James take your mind, body, and soul?

A Journey of the Actor’s Mind, Body, and Spirit in One Volume Actress Shirley MacLaine—of Downton Abbey, Terms of Endearment, Steel Magnolias, and Postcards from the Edge fame—also has a bit of a New Age-bent. She takes quite an interesting…

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There Really Is a House of the Seven Gables

Author Nathaniel Hawthorne's cousin owned a house in Salem, Mass. that once had seven gables.

Surprises at the Salem, Mass. Building that Hawthorne Made Famous It has been a long time since I have read Nathaniel Hawthorne’s House of the Seven Gables, but I am still excited to learn that he based his book on…

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Destinations Worth a Second Look

Looking out at the world from Machu Picchu, Peru Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Deciding on Places to Visit in the Coming Year ’Tis the season for reflection. Here are some destinations worth considering in the coming year—along with some different ways to contemplate them. United States: Where We Should All Be on July…

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Bashfully Appreciated Places, 2016

Pisa beyond the Leaning Tower Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

What readers liked to visit over the last year Should it be any surprise that the bashful adventurers visiting these pages have eclectic taste? Their reading habits show their interest—in learning, in history, in practical matters. The most popular posts…

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Slacking the Saint James

When the going gets tough, the tough get going . . . after a cappuccino or two, anyway.

Doing the Camino de Santiago Your Way The little nagging fear about embarking on a pilgrimage is, at least in my case, that everyone else on the trail will be a whole lot more religious than I am. So it…

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