Postings For 2018


Joy to the World - The Gift of Travel

I love the December holiday season when the year slows down heading into the winter solstice and the normal activities of the world pause to give recognition to certain values that seem to get lost during the year.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 12/20/2018
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel

Travel and the Joys of Aging

When I was in grade school I was often in the presence of gray-haired ladies, such as school teachers, guidance counselors, nurses, den mothers, etc., who often addressed children as “dear.” At that time I gave no thought to what the word meant. It was just the way they talked. It was almost like an expletive, a sound with no definition...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 12/6/2018
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Canada

Thanksgiving: Traveling with an Attitude of Gratitude

Thanksgiving weekend is considered to be the heaviest travel weekend of the year, but it’s different from most travel. For most people Thanksgiving is a special day once a year for spending time with family or close friends. It’s not necessarily a trip back home in the geographical sense, but it’s a journey back home for the ...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 11/15/2018
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Holiday, Thanksgiving

Exotic America

I grew up in the middle of America far from any ocean or mountains, far, I thought, from anything that mattered. It seemed like everything that happened happened somewhere besides the Midwest. I wanted to travel to places where things were happening. In my fantasies I traveled the world, to all the exotic places I had learned of in books or movies....
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People to People: Eisenhower's Vision of Peace

Since 2000 I have been aware of President Bill Clinton’s People to People program because it provided the opportunity for Americans to travel to Cuba for the first time in decades. It created a way for Americans to travel legally to Cuba even though our government has maintained an embargo on Cuba since the early ‘60s.
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From New Amsterdam to Amsterdam

Amsterdam is such a special city in so many ways, it would be hard to catalogue them. I feel a special connection to Amsterdam because New York, my home, was originally New Amsterdam. It was founded in 1625 by the Dutch West India Company. And even though it was later taken over by the British and eventually became part of the United States, the or...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 10/4/2018
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Tauck, Amsterdam

The Kindness of Strangers

It’s a recurring theme with me. It often seems that we live in troubled times. But perhaps the times are no more troubled than the times have always been throughout history. Maybe it just feels particularly rough when I see so many disturbing stories firing at me from all sides 24/7 through a variety of media channels in a news world that nev...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 9/20/2018
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Tauck, Nature

A Rhapsody to Autumn Travel

Ah … now, as we slip into September there has been a break in the weather in the Northeast. The temperature is in the 70s. The cool temperatures are startling, like a memory from the deep dark past. It is a reminder that the dog days of summer will soon be coming to an end. 
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Russia in Person: Beyond the News

Sometimes it seems travel and the news are diametric opposites, one canceling out the other. When I am traveling I don’t often catch the news, and I find I don’t miss it. In fact it’s a relief not to hear the incessant prattle, that tense tone of voice relating so many disturbing events. Unlike movies or literature, which often gl...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 8/16/2018
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Tauck, News, Royalty

The World Through a Gorilla’s Eyes

When someone asked recently which of the wilderness experiences of my life have had the most profound effect on me, the first thing that came to mind was gorilla trekking in Rwanda. It is really in a class by itself. Scientists say gorillas share 98 percent of human DNA. As close as we get to our pet dogs and cats, how amazing to encounter a fellow...
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Traveling Through Switzerland… By Film

Growing up in a small town in the bucolic Finger Lakes Region, of Upstate NY, I found that, despite the serene beauty of the hills and lakes that surrounded me, I had always yearned to experience something larger... be more adventurous somehow. 
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Posted by Kim Charles on 7/23/2018
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Film, Nature, Switzerland, Tauck

The Wilderness of the World

I just returned from some weeks in the wilderness, and I am still buzzing and glowing from the charge of being immersed in nature. I know that we’re always really immersed in nature, even in the city. But I think we city folk need to periodically get away from the artificial environments to remove our blinders and really look at the world we'...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 7/19/2018
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Tauck, history, Nature

2019 Animal Encounters

Polar Bear: The distinctly identifying white fur of polar bears is in fact an optical illusion. Beneath their thick coat, polar bears actually have black skin! Their hollow fur is translucent and only appears white because it reflects visible light, just like snow. Climate also plays a role in the coloration of polar bear fur. Where colder temperat...
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Posted by Ileana Lobkowicz on 7/17/2018
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Africa, Pandas, Polar Bears, Tauck, safari, Wild Life

Enlarging Your World at the Hermitage

A listing of the world's largest museums puts the Louvre in Paris on top with 782,910 square feet of floor place. St. Petersburg’s Hermitage comes in a close second with 719,480 square feet. But if you make the comparison based on the number of art pieces in each collection, you get a different picture. The collection at the Louvre conta...
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How Tourism Became a Protector

Ever since I first saw pictures of Machu Picchu and heard about the mysterious ancient city I had a powerful urge to see it for myself. It took a while, but I finally made it, and the spectacular terraced mountaintop ruin was even more magnificent than the pictures. 
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 6/14/2018
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Tauck, history

Traveling through America’s
Western National Parks… By Film

When my younger sister decided to leave the east coast behind and attend Colorado State as her college of choice and now permanent home, I knew exciting doors were about to open for my family and me. We now had a reason to break away from the east coast and venture west for the first time.  During my first trip to the Mile-High City of Denver,...
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Posted by Kim Charles on 6/5/2018
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Film, National Parks, Nature

Switzerland: Sharing the Natural Beauty

What do you think of when you think of Switzerland? The mountains no doubt, the Alps. My earliest memory of Switzerland is the story of Heidi, a young girl living in the mountains. After that I experienced a series of more or less random, unrelated associations. There was Swiss cheese, which I first experienced in cartoons as a comical image o...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 5/31/2018
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Europe, Switzerland, Nature

Following the Music

Sigmund Freud theorized that we have multi-track minds, and I’m pretty sure that one track of my mind is always dedicated to music. If there is no music in the environment, there is still always some melody playing in my head. I know many others share this condition. People talk about earworms, tunes that seem to lodge in your head and keep p...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 5/17/2018
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Europe, British, Music

Spain: Mystery and Romance

For me growing up in America, the cultural footprint of Spain was so broad and deep that it almost faded into invisibility. My first history lesson said that Columbus discovered America and claimed it for Spain. I learned to take that assertion with a grain of salt, but it is true that Spain kicked off the wave of exploration and colonization ...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 5/3/2018
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Europe, Spain

Travel to the Ends of the Earth

When I discovered that there are tour operators who will take you to Antarctica, I immediately decided I wanted to go. It seemed the closest to interplanetary travel that I would be able to experience in my lifetime.
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Vacation Planning with the Kids

The key to ensuring your family has a wonderful vacation? Make sure the kids do.  And the first step towards planning a happy family vacation is to get the family involved.  Older children, especially pre-teens, appreciate being asked and even helping research aspects of the trip. 
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Posted by Julia OBrien on 4/12/2018
Posted in: Travel Tips
Tags: How-To, Family Travel, Tauck

Finding Myself in the Animals

When I was growing up, there were always animals around. My parents had a Springer Spaniel named Debbie, who seemed enormous, and a grouchy orange cat named Rudolf, who was almost as big as the dog. At my grandfather’s farm I saw chickens, cows, horses, cats, dogs and wild animals too, birds, snakes, raccoons and deer.
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Visiting Italy – My Adopted Mother Country

As the first stop for most immigrants coming to America, New York always had its various ethnic neighborhoods based on the historical waves of immigration, retaining some of their former cultures. But in the Midwest where I grew up, culture was diffused. By the time immigrants settled there, they were assimilated.
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Contemplative Awareness

Contemplation is about seeing, but a kind of seeing that is much more than mere looking because it also includes recognizing and thus appreciating. The contemplative mind does not tell us what to see, but teaches us how to see what we behold.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 3/2/2018
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, China, Contemplation

The International King of Cheeseburgers

There is no doubt that the United States has undergone a wave of heightened culinary sophistication over the last 30 years. Americans are more knowledgeable about food, and cuisine is considered a more important part of the travel experience than ever before.
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 2/13/2018
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel, Food

Come Away with Me – The Romance of Travel

It’s no wonder so many people take romantic vacations. Travel is close to the very essence of romance. What better way to ignite passion, or to celebrate it, than to run away together? When a couple is swept away by wild romance, it follows naturally that they want to go off together to some romantic setting, such as Rio, Paris, Tahiti, Hawai...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 1/31/2018
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel

The Joy of Spring Travel

In spring, a man’s thoughts turn to… travel… at least mine do. How nice to hear that song this morning on the radio about the unforgettable experience of April in Paris! It tells of someone who never really experienced the full impact of spring before experiencing it in Paris. I think that’s a true story. There are many ti...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 1/16/2018
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel

Resolutions and Hopes for a New Year

At the end of the year, when the calendar turns over and it’s not just a new month but there is a new number on it, it’s hard to avoid taking a reckoning of the fact that another year has slipped into the past, never to return again. And there are only so many of them allotted to each of us. It’s always a reminder that whatever yo...
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Posted by A Colin Treadwell on 1/3/2018
Posted in: Musings From Colin Treadwell
Tags: Travel

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