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So many recipes can be found in cookbooks, which are some of the most popular-selling books, and we all have family recipes. However, when I’m looking for something different to make, I refer to recipes from the cooking classes that my husband, John, and I have taken in a variety of countries. 

I like the fact that we completed each recipe under supervision and have taste-tested the result. Also, we know the recipe is ethnically authentic because the class was taught by a...

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In October 2015 I was able to check off one of the adventures on my bucket list: to travel through the waterways and canals of the northeastern US and southeastern Canada.

Used by Native Americans, explorers, settlers and armies, the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes were key to the development of the Canadian provinces of Québec and Ontario as well as New York state and the interior of the United States. 

I was excited when I learned about the “Locks, Legends...

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While my husband, John, and I were on a tour in the Philippines in 2008, one of our stops was the island of Cebu, where we stayed overnight at Plantation Bay Resort & Spa (Marigondon Beach Road, Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines 6015; phone +63 [32] 505 9800, www.plantationbay.com). 

I was impressed with their pools — eight of them, four of which are saltwater lagoons and four, freshwater pools — covering a total of six acres. I never forgot about the...

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On a visit to Shanghai that my husband, John, and I made in January 2015, I checked one more thing off my bucket list when we had a drink at the Long Bar in the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund (No. 2 Zhongshan Dong Yi Road, Huang Pu District, Shanghai 200002, P.R. China; phone +86 [0] 21 6322 9988 or, in the US, 800/445-8667, www.waldorfastoriashanghai.com/english).

The Waldorf Astoria officially opened in 2011 in the restored, historic Baroque Revival building that once was...

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Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City as it’s been called since 1975 (though both names are used throughout Vietnam), is a bustling city. 

During our January 2015 trip, my husband, John, and I visited the War Remnants Museum (28 Vo Van Tan, Ward 6, District 3, HCMC; http://warremnantsmuseum.com), which chronicles the Vietnamese people’s struggles against invading forces.

While a visit to this museum can be distressing for Americans, we remembered a comment made by our...

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Situated just 18 miles north of Venezuela, Aruba is a Caribbean island only 20 miles long and six miles wide. The island is one of the safest Caribbean destinations, where even the water is safe to drink. 

When my husband, John, and I visited in November 2014, we stayed at Sunset Beach Studios (L.G. Smith Boulevard 486, Malmok, Aruba; phone, in Aruba, [297] 586 3940 or, toll free in the US, 800/813-6540, www.arubasunsetbeach.com). We paid $100 for a room with a porch that...

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One of the sources I check when I’m researching a destination is Global Greeter Network (www.globalgreeternetwork.info). 

Available in nearly two dozen countries, Greeters are volunteers who each give free 2-hour tours of their city, taking visitors to parks and lesser-known neighborhoods or shopping. Greeters are not professional guides, so they do not take their guests to museums. 

My husband, John, and I signed up several weeks in advance to take a Greeter...

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I love jungle waterfalls and have played in many a pool at the bottom of a cascade. For a visit my husband, John, and I made to Honduras in June 2014, there was one place I particularly wanted to stay because of its location at the foot of a fall on the Bejuco River. It was Las Cascadas Lodge (Km. 6 Carretera a Yaruca, La Ceiba, Honduras; phone [504] 9923 6237 or, the Florida office, 352/385-7555, www.lascascadaslodge.com). 

The 3-room, boutique lodge lies east of La Ceiba at...

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