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Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Quote of the Week
Who Do You Travel With?
Three Weeks with Just a Carry-On

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!
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     I grew up in a typical Midwest American household. Although we were of Dutch ancestry, there was little evidence of the Dutchness in our home. Every so often, we would have pea soup, and sometimes, oliebollen (a type of doughnut) on New Year's Day, but I don't remember eating any other typical Dutch food.  
     I've always had a passion for anything international, so when my children were young, I tried to introduce them to international cuisine.
     We had (American style) tacos or fajitas on Cinco de Mayo, We had (American style) Chinese food on Chinese New Year. We had pea soup, even though the girls didn't like it. One of our favorites, though, has always been the Irish food I make for St. Patrick's Day.
     I'm not a fan of corned beef, but year's ago I found recipes for leek and potato soup and Irish soda bread. The whole family loved both of them when I first made them, so they have become a tradition in our family. All of my girls are grown and out of the house now, but they continue the tradition by making their own Irish soup and bread. 
     Do you share special meals for holidays? Have you tried making your own international cuisine?  Reply to this email if you'd like my recipes.

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Quote of the Week - 17 March 2017

"May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand."

– Old Irish Travel Blessing

This Week's Post:

Who Do You Travel With?

Do you prefer to travel alone or with someone else?  Would you rather travel with just one other person, with a small group, or on a large group tour?

I’ve traveled in each of these ways and they all have their advantages and disadvantages.  When I travel alone, I am able to do what I want to do and don’t need to take into consideration the wishes of others.  However, I find it more enjoyable to travel with others, so I can share the experiences and memories with them.

When you travel with an organized group tour, most of the planning is done for you.  There may be additional options and side trips available, but many of these are booked ahead of time...  

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From the Archives:
Three Weeks with Just a Carry-On

People often ask me how I can travel for three or more weeks in Europe using only a carry-on bag.  With a few little tricks, it’s not difficult.

Carry-on bag requirements for international flights vary by airlines, but for the big three – United, Delta, and American Airlines – bags must be no larger than 22″ x 14″ x 9″.  For some international airlines, the size is smaller, so be sure to check before you fly.  My bag is actually a little smaller than the domestic airlines’ requirements and therefore, more versatile. (You can find my carry-on bag and my backpack on the Travel Product Recommendations page).

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Tour of Paris - 2017

The dates have been chosen!  My next tour will be September 8 - 17, 2017.  Paris is my favorite city in Europe and I’d love to share it with you. Click on the link below for more information.  

10 Day Tour of Paris

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