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Apparently in much of Alaska, you don't need to go far to find a bear. We saw this mom with her cub just a few minutes' drive out of Ketchikan, the first port call on our cruise through the Inside Passage with @norwegiancruiseline. It was a warm day but they probably had not been out of the winter den long and we're hungry. Foraging for berries this day, most likely. A sight to see! . . . #tbin #alaska #insidepassage #cruisenorwegian #ketchikan #bns_america #loves_americas #northtoalaska #norwegianjoy #ketchikantrolleytour #best_nature_shots #travelandlife #departedoutdoors #travelingthroughtheworld #awesome_earthpix #letsgoeverywhere #beautifuldestinations #lovetheworld #postcardplaces #explore_earth_ #discover_pnw #fiftyvisuals #royalsnappingartists #tv_travel #ourplanetdaily #blackbear #femaletravelbloggers #worldnomads at Ketchikan, Alaska

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Our typical morning aboard the Norwegian Joy, the behemoth and beautiful @NorwegianCruiseLine ship. We sailed on her a couple of weeks ago from Seattle up through the breathtakingly beautiful Inside Passage of Southwest Alaska. We'd just leave our breakfast choices on a card hanging outside our stateroom door, along with what time we wanted it. Our charming cabin steward, Muhammad, would show up at the appointed time with laden trays. The balcony was the perfect spot to enjoy it. I loved it so much I wrote a story about it for the blog. It is actually the introductory story for a whole new section called "Morning Coffee." I'd love you to take a look. It's at bit.ly/m-coffee. Thanks! . . . . #tbin #ncl #cruisenorwegian #balcony #cruiselife #atsea #atseaday #ilovecruising #morningcoffee #norwegianjoy #northtoalaska #lovesamericas #seetheusa #breakfastonthebalcony #cruiseship #cruiseaddict #cruisetravel #cruisetime #cruisevacation #cruiseshiplife #alaska #juandefuca #oceanview #travelblogger #femaletravelbloggers #makemoments #fotocatchers #flashesofdelight #postcardplaces at Norwegian Joy Cruise Ship

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Have you ever done an apple cider tasting? I did one not long ago in the 1911 tasting room at Break & Skiff Apple Orchards in Lafayette, NY, not far from the happening University town f Syracuse. I had no idea there could be so much variety. We tasted six ciders and apple wines. My absolute favorite was the Maple-Bourbon-barrel aged cider. Deep apple flavor with a strong overlay of maple and the bourbon aged in those barrels. Yummy! The Apple cider donut wasn't bad either. 😁 #tbin #beakandskiff #natja #visitsyracuse #sharecuse #syrstories at Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards

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Down on the farm again with a tractor by a springtime field full of dandelions in full bloom. When I was in Syracuse, NY last month, I had a chance to visit Springside Farm in nearby town of Pompey. It's an object lesson in how to make a family farm financially viable. It's a Christmas tree farm, a summer day camp, an agritourism destination, a wedding venue, a country store. It's got mazes, a go-kart track, an obstacle course. They raise chickens, goats, sheep, alpacas and llamas. And peacocks! They also breed Akbash dogs as guard dogs for the alpaca and sheep farming community. It makes for a wonderful family visit for a look at real farming life. . . #tbin #springsidefarm #natja #sharecuse #visitsyracuse at Springside Farm LLC

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When you go Alaska, you get to see magnificent eagles... just sittin' on a rock staring back at you. We saw this beautiful one in Ketchikan, the first stop on our Southwest Alaska Inside Passage cruise with @norwegiancruiseline. Since the port stop was not long, we opted for one of the trolley tours around town followed by a stroll. We also saw a Mama bear with a cub roaming around looking for berries just on the edge of town. Alaska really is the Last Frontier. Our brief visit was just enough of a taste to let me know I want to go back for a lot more. @travelalaska . . . . #tbin #visitalaska #travelketchikan #americaneagle #bns_america #hello_worldpics #northtoalaska #postcardplaces #beautifuldestinations #splendid_earthpix #ig_worldclub #royalsnappingartists #thisworldexists #fiftyvisuals #pnw #365gifts #jj_nature #jj_birds #allwhatsbeautiful #tv_depthoffield #depthoffield #dof_addicts #dof #kings_alltags_ #travelblogger #abmtravelbug #loves_americas #awesome_earth #natureonly at Ketchikan, Alaska

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This shot of our cruise ship, the Norwegian Joy, of the @norwegiancruiseline , docked in Ketchikan, Alaska, gives you a slight taste of her massive scale. Picture a 100+ floor skyscraper laid on it's side and slid into the water. Picture that reclining building itself being 19 floors high. Picture more than 4000 guests and 1600+ crew members roaming her decks, corridors, gallies, etc. We're talking about a small floating city. Here in Ketchikan, as you walk off the gangway, you are just steps from downtown. This gorgeous eagle sculpture is a reminder that you are in a place that is both a natural paradise and the long-time home of Alaska's native peoples. I loved everything I saw in this beautiful state and clearly need to go back for more. . . #tbin #cruisenorwegian #ncl #ketchikan #alaska at Ketchikan, Alaska

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I fell in love with Victoria, BC, Canada on our recent @norwegiancruiseline trip to Alaska. It was our final port on the way back to Seattle. Such a pretty town! We loved wandering around the area near the Inner Harbor. This little spot stopped me in my tracks. I thought I could easily be in London, in one of the ancient mews full of law offices around the Inns of Court. But with nicer weather. Did you know Victoria summer temps average 50-75°F (12-24°C), and in winter it seldom drops below freezing? It's the garden of Canada. Traveling with my sister, we both agreed that one of our criteria for judging the quality of a place is how we answer the question "Could I live here?" And we both said yes. Add Victoria to your travel wish list. It's definitely worth it. . . . . #tbin #cruisenorwegian #britishcolumbia #victoriabc #theprettycities #kings_villages #loves_canada #travelandlife #followmefaraway #urbanjungle #thatsdarling #wandeleurspark #exploremore #explorevictoriabc #abmtravelbug #loves_americas #passportready #ig_canada #pnw #pacificnorthwest #pacificcoast #brickcollective #brick #beautifuldestinations #wonderfuldestinations #travelgram #streetphotos #alluring_world_ at Victoria, British Columbia

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I’ve been mostly off the grid the last week, housed in a giant floating city called the Norwegian Joy, of @norwegiancruiseline, sailing from Seattle and up through the drop-dead gorgeous Inside Passage of southeast Alaska. (My 49th state visited.) This pic is of the Mendenhall Glacier, just outside Juneau, Alaska’s state capital. The glacier has been receding for decades, but the rate has speeded up dramatically in the last 10-20 years. More than 40 years ago, my mom and dad visited this spot. My dad, an avid amateur photographer, took a beautiful shot of the glacier. It hung framed on their wall for decades, and I was eager to see how the sight might have changed from that old photo I knew so well. This week, it was immediately clear that the glacier I saw was very different from the one in that photo made by my dad. But it is still powerfully beautiful. If you want to see it, I suggest you plan your trip fairly soon. #tbin #cruisenorwegian #mendenhallglacier #juneaualaska at Mendenhall Glacier

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Home of a hero... The mother of us all. This is the house in Rochester, NY, where Susan B. Anthony lived. It was for years Command Central in the fight for women's suffrage in the United States. In the downstairs parlor, Miss Anthony greeted dozens of famous people who came to this house from all over the country to meet her and help in the struggle. In her attic work space, she kept two or three stenographers busy full time, taking down her dictation in Gregg shorthand and transcribing her work on typewriters. And in this house she died, urging people not to honor her memory but to continue her fight. Next year will see the 100th anniversary of the final passage of the amendment that gave women the right to vote in the US. We have come so far. Will we now start to move backwards? . . . . #tbin #visitroc #syrstories #flx #natja #susanbanthony #votesforwomen #womensliberation #susanbanthonyhouse #rochesterny #equalrightsforall #womenssuffrage #suffragist #archilovers_heritage #fingerlakes #cny #centralny #visitsyracuse #ourhistory #nogoingback #womensrights #oldhouses #chasingfacades #clapboardhouse #visitnewyork #historichouse at Susan B. Anthony Museum & House

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Down on the farm.... Springside Farm, in Pompey, NY. What a fun place. And an example in ingenuity, in how to diversify to make a small family farm viable. It's a Christmas tree farm, a children's summer day camp, a vegetable and fruit stand. They have bees and honey. They raise alpacas and sheep then shear and dye the wool. In their shop, they sell the yarn as well as hand-woven and hand-knit items made with it. And more. This view of one of the outbuildings and a fence lined with tulips and wild dandelions caught my eye as a quintessential farm image in spring. . . . . #tbin #sharecuse #springsidefarm #visitsyracuse #syrstories #natja #pompeyny #loves_rural #tv_leadinglines #chasinglight #alluring_world_ #fotocatchers #postcardplaces #picmotion #americathebeautiful #tv_rural #androidography #jj_mobilephotography #shotwithlove #transfer_visions #allwhatsbeautiful #nothingisordinary #abmlifeisbeautiful #howyouglow #flashesofdelight #ig_countryside #rsa_rural #country_features #countryside #instafarm at Springside Farm LLC

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This large sculpture by Mexican architectural sculptot @rodrigo_garagarza is well set off in a courtyard of the new Live Aqua Urban Resort in San Miguel de Allende. The hotel is the newest and largest luxury property in the city. Another hotel, in traditional colonial style, was begun on the site some years ago but was abandoned before it was finished. The architects of the new property did a masterful job of melding those colonial-style remains of columns and arcaded and arches with the sleeker, more modern style of the Live Aqua brand. My full review of this new luxury property was just put up on Luxury Latin America at bit.ly/live-a . I hope you'll take a look. . . . . . #tbin #aqualover #enroute_communications #turismosma #turismogto #mexicomagico #rodrigo_garagarza #escultura #artinstadaily #andamdomexico #sanmigueldeallende #fandelacultura #mexicomaravillosa #modernsculpture #mexicodesconocido #artesdemexico #liveaquaurbanresort #mimexico #doyoutravel #kings_buildings #globalcreator #mexico_fotos #foundinmexico #exploremexico #messico #alluring_mexico #alluring_details at Live Aqua Urban Resort San Miguel De Allende

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My office today.... I am chugging gently along on Skaneatles Lake, one of the gorgeous Finger Lakes of Central New York State. I am in this part of the world for a conference of Travel Journalists, and of course, they want to show off their local beauty for us. They are doing a great job of it. We've been visiting local craft breweries, tasting wines from grapes grown on these hills, eating ourselves silly. And networking like crazy. I love my job! . . . . #tbin #sharecuse #skaneateleslake #natja #onthewater #ipulledoverforthis #calmersharethelove #fingerlakes #visitfingerlakes #skaneateles #midlakesnavigation #skaneatelesny #skaneateleschamber #loves_fingerlakes #ilny #explorewaterways #waterways #travelinspiration #picmotion #explore_nature #bns_america #americathebeautiful #seetheusa #abmlifeisbeautiful #rural_love #love_transports #kings_transports at Skaneateles Lake

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View from my window today. I am in Syracuse, NY, and this is what I see out my 6th floor window at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel. This was the first building constructed on the Syracuse campus, begun in 1871. The two side towers were part on the original construction and the central tower was added in 1886. It's a dramatic sight. Looks a bit like an overgrown Addams Family mansion, doesn't it? . . . #tbin #sharecuse #visitsyracuse #syracuseuniversity #natja #archilovers_heritage #archilovers #tv_buildings #ptk_architecture #centralny #chasingfacades #kings_meteo #doyoutravel #ok_myworld #myofficetoday #viewfrommywindow #fodorsonthego #sharetravelpics #abmtravelbug #seetheusa #americana #postcardplaces # at Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center

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Had a lovely visit today to the Strong Museum of Play, in Rochester, NY. Call me impressed! It was not at all what I expected. They use a broad definition of the word "play," and my favorite part was the "Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden." At this time of year, it was filled with dozens of blooming orchid plants for the hundreds of free-flying butterflies to enjoy. I followed a gorgeous blue Morpho butterfly around for quite a while, hoping it would alight long enough to grab a shot. No luck. But then this pretty Lime Swallowtail swooped in for a feed. Got him! If you find yourself anywhere near Rochester, I seriously recommend a stop at the Strong Museum. It's not just for kids! . . #tbin #visitrochester #natja #butterfly #strongmuseumofplay #limeswallowtail #swallowtailbutterfly #cny #centralnewyork #newyorkstate #fingerlakes #rochesterny #insectlife #bns_world #bns_butterfly #explorerochester #rochesternewyork #allwhatsbeautiful #abmlifeisbeautiful at Butterfly Garden

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There is beauty everywhere. In an old rusty stove. In a worn wooden wagon wheel. In rocks. You just need to look. This tiny vignette was spotted in the amazing yard of my friend Sharon Gittings, in the “living ghost town” of Chloride, Arizona. For years, she has collected “stuff” in the mountains and old mine remains in this tiny town just north of Kingman, in NW Arizona. Her lot is an absolute riot of found art sculpture and installation art. I can almost promise it is unlike anything you have ever seen. If you find your way to Chloride (and you really should), stop at the Visitors’ Center in the Mineshaft Market and ask directions to Sharon’s place. (And tell them Donna sent you.) In the meantime, pay attention. Move in close. See the beauty that is everywhere if you just look. Share it with us. . . #tbin #chloridearizona #hiddenbeauty #tv_hiddenbeauty #moveincloser #rockart #arizonahighways #arizonahighwaysmagazine #northernarizona #transfer_visions #royalsnappingartists #postitfortheaesthetic #nothingisordinary #beautyinthemundane #chasinglight #alluring_details #indetail #jj_indetail #detalhes_em_foco #detailsoftheday #kings_details #ig_arizona #mohavedesert #mohavecounty #agameoftones #ig_represent #exploretocreate

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Paris in the spring.... Audrey Hepburn was clearly right when she said, “Paris is always a good idea.” But it is an even better one in spring. It’s May; why am I not in Paris? I would be wandering around Montmartre, gazing up at this beautiful view of the glowing white dome of Sacre Coeur. If a food festival was going on in the “place” in front of the church, as it was the last time I was there, I would buy another plate of mashed potatoes topped with two disks of goat cheese, then placed under a broiler to make the cheese all bubbly melted and browned. One of the best things I’ve ever eaten. After that, I would buy another bag of crystallized ginger as fortification for climbing the ~340 stairs up into the dome. After coming back to earth, I’d ride the funicular down to wander some more around Montmartre, buying fresh croissants and chocolates and stopping into a cafe for a cafe créme. That day in blessed memory was pretty much perfect and I’d be quite content to simply repeat it. . . . . #tbin #parisjetaime #visitfrance #sacrecoeur #fodorsonthego #traveleurope #loves_france_ #montmartre #thehub_church #tv_churchandgraves #parismonamour #monparis #parisphoto #parislovers #paris_tourisme #ig_paris #ig_france #theeuropeancollective #europeancity #europeanbestdestination #topparisphoto #postitfortheaesthetic #kings_through #jj_parisjetaime #wu_europe #bestcitiesofeurope #citywalk #iloveparis #igrepresent at Cité du Sacré-Cœur

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I love traditional Dutch architecture. Whenever I am in this city I love so well, I spend hour upon hour just walking the streets and canals, admiring the buildings, snapping photos, dreaming about living on a houseboat, stopping for a "koffie verkeerd" when my feet get tired. This beautiful canal house is almost 400 years old. It is so graceful and elegant. It would have been the home of a very wealthy person, proven by the width of the facade. Houses were taxed based on frontage, a clear explanation of why most Amsterdam houses are so narrow. Yes, the Dutch have long had a reputation for being thrifty. The legend you can see inscribed over the double windows just below the attic level says "Freedom is not sold for money." A nice thing to remember in today's perilous political environment. . . . #tbin #iamsterdam #visitholland #loves_holland #ilovethiscity #chasing_facades #tv_buildings #archilovers_facades #amsterdamn #amsterdamcity #amsterdamworld #amsterdamview #facadelovers #super_holland #dutch_connextion #windowsaroundtheworld #rsa_doorsandwindows #tv_doorsandwindows #kings_doorsandco #be_one_doorsandwindows #icu_doorsandwindows #traveleurope #fodorsonthego #theeuropeancollective #ig_europe #europe_vacations #amsterdamshots #thankyouamsterdam #awesomeamsterdam at Amsterdam, Netherlands

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I was on the fence about Stockholm when I visited a couple of years ago. Yes, it was nice, and very clean, very orderly. I loved the art in the subway stations. I enjoyed learning about the Swedish custom of "fika," a traditional Swedish coffee break, and indulged in it myself at every turn. But I wasn't in love with the city and had no feeling that I wanted to return some day. That is, not until I finally made my way to Gamla Stan, the Old Town, with it's cobbled pedestrian streets and brightly colored narrow buildings from the 17th-18th centuries. I loved wandering the narrow, twisty streets, discovering ancient rune stones set into building bases, and partaking of the vibrant terrace cafe culture. One thing I have learned about myself--perhaps because I grew up in young and sprawling and perpetually new Los Angeles. I like old cities. So yes, Stockholm, I will be back one day. . . . . #tbin #tbex #visitsweden #visitstockholm #gamlastan #stockholm #stockholmoldtown #loves_united_europe #theeuropeancollective #euro_shot #europe_vacations #europetravel #living_europe #kings_villages #kings_through #followmefaraway #igrepresent #welivetoexplore #patrimoniocultural #straatfotografie #letsgoeverywhere #alluring_world_ #traveleurope #shot_europe #besteuropepics #europeanbestdestination at Gamla Stan, Stockholms Län, Sweden

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