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Lisbon and Sintra, Portugal In Pictures

WHY GO: Lisbon Portugal is a hot destination right now - and should be. It's the closest Mainland Europe city to New York (a 6 1/2 hour flight), colorful, classic and innovative all at once. Mosaic sidewalks, cobblestone streets, terra cotta roofs, tiled buildings - Lisbon is eye-catching no matter which way you look. Here [...]

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Chinatown in the Year of the Monkey – a Photo Essay

Here is a new year’s celebration that lasts all year long. On February 8, 2016, New York City rang in the Year of the Monkey at Sara D. Roosevelt Park with the traditional Firecracker Ceremony, and on Sunday, the 17th annual Lunar New Year’s Parade will wind all through Chinatown. But that’s just the beginning–the Year of the Monkey goes on until January 27th, 2017.

Here is a new year's celebration that lasts all year long. On February 8, 2016, New York City rang in the Year of the Monkey at Sara D. Roosevelt Park with the traditional Firecracker Ceremony, and on Sunday, the 17th annual Lunar New Year’s Parade will wind all through Chinatown. But that's just the beginning--the Year of [...]

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2015 NATJA Awards - Gold Seal

We are delighted to announce that Getaway Mavens received two awards in the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) annual writing competition. Sandra Foyt earned Gold place in the 2015 NATJA Awards Competition in the Destination Travel, Online Publication category for The Historical Romance of Quebec City. She also placed as a Finalist in the Illustrated Story, Online Publication [...]

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Photo Safari at the Central Park Zoo

Sea Lion at Central Park Zoo, one of the first zoos in the USA

Opened in the 1860s, the Central Park Zoo was New York's first zoo and the nation's second (the Philadelphia Zoo preceded it in 1859.) Sometimes a source of controversy, the Great Central Park Zoo Escape hoax of 1874--polar bears and Bengal tires reported loose on city streets, oh my!--panicked and angered many New Yorkers. More [...]

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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Zambia

  Bungee Jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge - a stomach churning 350 foot plunge. Visit the Falls. The whole of the town of Victoria Falls is actually a National Park, which means that animals are given free reign on the streets. But go into the actual “Falls” park to view of this Wonder of [...]

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The difference is noted even before you arrive to camp. A “Sundowner” shelter, hard by the bumpy airstrip, welcomes newcomers to Linkwasha, and three other Wilderness Safari Camps in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, with bowls of hand-made potato chips, wine, beer, hard and soft-drinks. You haven’t even seen one animal yet, but you’re now aware [...]

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GETAWAY MAVENS TOP 20 MOST POPULAR TOWNS IN THE NORTHEAST USA 2015

GetawayMavens.com (“Bringing you the best offbeat escapes in the Northeast”) is just 2 ½ years old, but with over 250 destinations from Virginia to Maine, it’s garnering lots of attention. Proving that readers are a romantic bunch, the most searched and read post by far is “Most Romantic Destinations in the Northeast USA.” But what [...]

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New York City for the Holidays

Macys Santa Mailbox

New York City is simply magical during the holidays. Starting even before the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas tree in early December, and continuing into January, you can't stroll down a block without running into festive decorations. I try to visit NYC at this time every year to see my favorites--the Rockefeller angels and all the incredible [...]

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Pink Ladies and Mistletoe at Storm King Art Center

North South East West - bronze and steel sculpture fountain, part of the Lynda Benglis: Water Sources installation at the Storm Kink Art Center.

Over one hundred whimsically-named fountains and elephant-sized art installations dot the five hundred acres of rolling hills at the Storm King Arts Center in Mountainville, New York. The scale of this endeavor--one of the largest collections of contemporary outdoor sculptures in the United States--is almost impossible to comprehend, even when you see it in person. Here's [...]

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Photo Opp at the Newseum

View of the Federal Trade Commission on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC as seen from the Newseum Terrace.

One of the top vantage points for taking travel photos of America's most important street is at the Newseum's Hank Greenspun Terrace on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.  The National Gallery of Art, with the Smithsonian campus as its backdrop, rests directly in front, while the Federal Trade Commission sits to one side. Even more [...]

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