Category Archives: Spotlights

Pacific Coast Highway, USA, Segment 2 – Santa Barbara to Monterey

               Hearst Castle, in San Simeon, California, is the mansion of newspaper publisher, William Randolph Hearst. The estate is located at the top of a mountain, known as La Cuesta Incantada (The Enchanted Hill) and overlooks San Simeon and … Continue reading

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Spotlight on the Pacific Coast Highway, USA, Segment 1 San Diego to Santa Barbara

  The Pacific Coast Highway via Route 101 or Route 1 stretches from San Diego, California to the Olympic Peninsula of Washington.  Probably the most famous part of the route is the section from Los Angeles to San Francisco.  It … Continue reading

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Spotlight on the Hudson Valley, NY, USA

     New York’s Hudson Valley extends from Albany south to New York City. Because the river has always been navigable by large boats, it has spawned a plethora of communities tied to the river, both physically and culturally.  Among … Continue reading

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Spotlight on the Finger Lakes Region, NY, USA

               The Finger Lakes Region of New York has been a popular destination for people seeking recreational activities for many years. There are numerous state parks in the region, but one of the most popular is located in the … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Chengdu, China

               Chengdu, China, is best known for its Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, which can be visited. Here, there are a number of pandas in beautiful habitats and a breeding area for those special times. Because these creatures have … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Costa Rica

               Costa Rica’s National Parks are world-renowned because of the huge percentage of the country which is preserved by law. National parks, wildlife refuges, and reserves make up almost 30% of the country’s land area. Obviously then, these pristine … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Nara, Japan

                Nara, Japan, is another ancient Capital, founded in 710 A.D. Nara Park (Nara Koen) contains many of the city’s most significant sights. Among them are the Todaiji Temple Complex, with its Daibutsu-den (Hall of the Great Buddha), the … Continue reading

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Spotlight on the British Virgin Islands

              The British Virgin Islands are a cluster of some 40 islands which are part of the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, along the northeastern edge of the Caribbean Sea. The three main islands in the chain are … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Dubrovnik, Croatia

              Dubrovnik, Croatia, is a perfectly preserved medieval city on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea.  Dubrovnik has a special charm because its city walls — the marble-paved squares, cobbled streets and beautiful buildings of old town, Stari … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Orlando, Florida, USA

              Orlando, Florida is an important destination for any tourist because it has attracted some of the premier amusement parks in the world. Its initial success, with Disney World has created a spiraling type of growth, with new venues … Continue reading

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