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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Since I’ve stopped taking lunch at work and am more inclined these days with distracting myself with music rather than reading on my commute home, I haven’t been consuming books…..

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Istanbul Sites: The “Weeping Columns”

While many go to the Ayasofya to take in its majesty, some go with the sole purpose of sticking their finger in the building’s “weeping column” in hopes that their…..

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Nic’s 2011 Birthday Challenge: SkyWheel [Video]

With Nicole’s birthday on the approach, I thought I’d get last year’s first – of what will hopefully be many – Birthday Challenges. Seeing her birthday as an opportunity to…..

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Services onboard the Vision of the Seas

I’m often asked why I cruise, and one of the top reasons I almost always give is the food. Pretty much anything you order in the main dinning room is…..

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The founding of Ephesus

While Ephesus’ history as a city is usually traced back to its founding as one of the twelve ancient Greek cities which comprised the Ionian League (circa 10th century BCE),…..

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza is in fact the first Heritage site Nicole and I visited together thanks to her parents, who organized a family trip down to Mexico for Christmas a few…..

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World’s oldest cities: Cadiz, Spain

The seventh port of call during our Mediterranean cruise with the Vision of the Seas was the Spanish city of Cadiz. Located on the southwestern coast of Spain, Cadiz is…..

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Abridged history of unmanned aerial vehicles

When most people think unmanned aerial vehicles, they are more than likely thinking of the CIA’s new weapon of choice the Predator drones. And because of that association, often think…..