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Christmas in Switzerland is a peak experience

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High in Switzerland, the mighty Alps seem to shout the glory of God. Up here, the Christmas season fills a winter wonderland with good cheer. I'll never forget the holiday I spent in the village of Gimmelwald in mountainous central Switzerland, where old traditions remain strong.

In Swiss villages like this, home windows serve as life-size ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Brian Dietzen

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Fans of the CBS crime procedural "NCIS" know Brian Dietzen as Dr. Jimmy Palmer. An avid fan of road trips, Dietzen says, "When we were growing up, my dad and mom wanted us to explore the United States. Our family went to Yellowstone and all these different national parks. We went out to California every now and again and we returned to the ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Making holiday lights a post-Thanksgiving tradition

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Let the gawking begin!

There's no better time to see who has the biggest and best holiday lights than as soon as the Thanksgiving dishes are done. In some cases, before Thanksgiving if you are looking for ways to get everyone out of the house.

Cities, towns and hotels, just like many families, are getting ...Read more

South Spain's big three: Granada, Cordoba, and Sevilla

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The quintessential image of Spain is the region of Andalucia, home of bullfights, flamenco, whitewashed hill towns and glamorous Mediterranean resorts. And while much of the region's appeal is in its hill and coastal retreats, at the heart of Andalucia are three great cities: Granada, Cordoba and Sevilla.

Granada is the famous last home of the ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Kimberly Hebert Gregory

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Kimberly Hebert Gregory's latest role is as Yvette on ABC's "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World." During her time off from filming, she enjoys heading off on trips with family and friends. "It's getting harder to find untapped destinations nowadays," says the Los Angeles-based actress. "One of my favorite places is Lake Retba (Senegal). It's a ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Debunking Thanksgiving myths

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There wasn't any pie, pumpkin or otherwise. No cranberry sauce or potatoes either. Nor was turkey the center of the feast.

More likely, culinary historians report, that first Thanksgiving in the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims and Native Americans from the Wampanoag tribe feasted on venison, shellfish, and while there might have been ...Read more

Sweden's Glass Country sparkles

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You can blame my Norwegian heritage, but I'm not so hot on the Swedish countryside. Even so, you can't say you've seen Sweden if you've only been to Stockholm. Rural Sweden -- especially the province of Smaland -- is a worthy addition to any Scandinavian itinerary.

Covering the entire southeast coast and running deep into the interior, Smaland'...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Paris Hilton

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Paris Hilton has been famous all her life, thanks to her lineage (her great-grandfather is Conrad Hilton). These days, the 36-year-old socialite spends most of the year traveling for her business, Paris Hilton Entertainment, which includes her line of clothing, accessories and cosmetics. The latest addition to her line of fragrances is RosΓ© ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Supporting Sonoma County

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If only we had more time. Should we spend more time soaking in the natural thermal pool (heated to more than 90 degrees) flowers all around us at the Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, one of the few in the country to feature natural thermal mineral waters (135 ...Read more

Celebrating Sicily: Italy at its most extreme

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It may lack the Botticellis, Guccis, and touristic icons of Venice, Florence or Rome, but Sicily still packs a punch. This island -- a little smaller than Massachusetts -- is home to some of Europe's most important ancient Greek sites, the most active volcano in Europe, and some of Italy's most intriguing architecture and tastiest food.

While ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Michael Strahan

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Before becoming a "Good Morning America" co-host, Michael Strahan was a Super Bowl champion during his years as a defensive end for the New York Giants. He would later be nominated for an Emmy for his work as a "Fox NFL Sunday" analyst. Also on his list of multitasking duties: hosting ABC's "100,...Read more

Taking the Kids: Gathering the gang when budget isn't a concern (and when it is!)

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No kids' table anywhere in sight! The huge table sits 32 and is set in the massive 8,500-square-foot main lodge. The huge stone fireplaces, accented by hand-hewn beads, dot the large building decorated with authentic memorabilia -- think Native American headdresses, clothing and western paintings.

Did I mention we're 9,200 feet above sea level ...Read more

Europe's incredible journeys

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Sometimes in travel, the journey is the reward. And that is particularly true in Europe, where travelers can enjoy special trains, buses, and boats that link destinations near and far, high and low, urban and rural, often through spectacular scenery.

One of my favorite journeys is called "Norway in a Nutshell," a series of coordinated bus, ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Ruby Modine

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Ruby Modine grew up watching her parents, actors Matthew Modine and Caridad Rivera, work in Hollywood. Modine, 27, is one of the stars of the Showtime series, "Shameless," as well as the film, "Happy Death Day." Based on West Coast, she says her favorite day trips are "close to Los Angeles for now, because of work. Claremont is my favorite city....Read more