And more hotel tales

Time froze, and from my upside-down view, I saw a guy staring at me with his key suspended in his hand and his mouth hanging open in total shock. Everyone has hotel stories to tell, and they all vary from funny to embarrassing to unforgettable. I was staying in a hotel…

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Ghosts of New Orleans

Some years back, I had the chance to check one item off my bucket list- a ghost and vampire tour around the French Quarter in New Orleans. I was mesmerized by New Orleans, especially the French Quarter, at first sight with its quaint buildings, narrow streets and party atmosphere but exploring…

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Taxi ride with grandma ‘Grumps’

WHEN you are trying to cut costs and share a cab with strangers, it's always like opening a surprise package. You won’t know who you’re riding with until you are there with them. One morning, I and my travel buddy were waiting for the cab that we contacted the night before…

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Taxiing around St. Thomas

  Getting around the scenic island of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands is best done by a taxi. Taxis offer the best unobstructed views of the island and it comes with the fresh scent of the sea. There are no standard taxi types in St. Thomas. Although there are the regular…

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Culebra: An island hopper’s get-away

ABOUT 17 miles east of Puerto Rico is a famous strip of an island with beaches so pristine and white and waters so clear that it has become an island hopper’s must-stop in these parts of the Caribbean.A few months ago my travel buddy and I hopped on a small plane…

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Flamenco: A beach lover’s paradise

ABOUT 20 minutes or so onboard a small plane from Puerto Rico toward the east coast of is a small slice of idyllic paradise surrounded by the bluest waters of the Caribbean Ocean. The island is called Isla de Culebra.From the air, the first sight that attracts one’s attention to Culebra…

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Experiencing Paris in Las Vegas

I SAW it the moment the taxi drove through the famous Las Vegas Strip from the McCarran International Airport that early morning—the towering 541-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower. It was not actually in my list but I knew I was not going to leave Las Vegas without going up to…

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