Tag Archives: Travel

Travel: Exploring mysterious Turin, Italy

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By Debi Lander
mail@floridanewsline.com

Millions of tourists flock to Italy’s Rome, Venice, Florence and Milan — yet Turin, in northern Italy, stands underappreciated. The city is home to the famous Shroud and was once Italy’s first capital. More than 50 museums and monuments offer visitors intriguing options.

Travel: Vacation in Puerto Vallarta

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By Debi Lander
mail@floridanewsline.com

Puerto Vallarta puts Mexico in a different headspace. I’d visited the resorts of Cancun and Riviera Maya and was expecting Puerto Vallarta to show a similar face. But, I was wrong: Vallarta, as the locals call it, brings tourists something different  — authentic Mexico with a friendly flair.

Travel: Visit Ocala horse farms

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By Debi Lander
mail@floridanewsline.com

Ocala, in central Florida, bills itself as the “Horse Capital of the World.” I always figured that title belonged to Kentucky, but I discovered I was wrong. The Ocala/Marion region leads all other counties in total number of horses and ponies in residence, with more than 70,000 acres of thoroughbred breeding and training farms.

Travel — River Cruising in Portugal

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By Debi Lander
mail@floridanewsline.com

River cruising on ships smaller than ocean liners and with only 100 – 250 passengers have gained tremendous popularity, especially with the Boomer generation. The trend includes what is called “experiential travel” or connecting the visitor with the history and culture of a destination. I recently took a Viking River Cruise in Portugal that met those goals.

Travel: Visiting pandas in China

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By Debi Lander
mail@floridanewsline.com

“You’re going all the way to China and not seeing the Great Wall or the Terracotta Warriors?” asked my daughter.

“Well, yes,” I replied, “but I’m going to see pandas!” China is the only place where the endangered Giant Pandas live.