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A Birthday to Remember at Portugal’s Vila Joya

A Birthday to Remember at Portugal’s Vila Joya

What do you want to do when you turn 51? You could do worse than a lunch at Vila Joya, a small boutique resort that allows outsiders to dine in the restaurant as guests! That’s exactly what Russ and I did on my birthday this October 1st, since we were traveling in Portugal.   Vila…

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By Karen, November 27, 2018
Penha Longa Resort: A Tranquil Challenge for Golf Lovers

Penha Longa Resort: A Tranquil Challenge for Golf Lovers

You know you made the right vacation location choice when you extend your stay for another day. I’m happy to report that Russ and I definitely made the right choice when we traveled to Portugal’s Penha Longa Resort for our fall 2018 golf vacation. After playing this course, we just had to get another round…

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By Karen, November 13, 2018
Okanagan Wine Tour for Two: 4 Days of Feasting, Tasting, and Crazy Fun

Okanagan Wine Tour for Two: 4 Days of Feasting, Tasting, and Crazy Fun

    If there’s one thing my friend Tania and I can agree on, it’s the necessity of occasionally immersing ourselves in the pleasures of the Okanagan wine country. That’s exactly what the two of us did to celebrate Tania’s 50th Birthday. Nature and wine: there’s no better combination. Plus, Okanagan wine tasting pairs really…

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By Karen, September 12, 2018
The Best Golf Accessories to have on a Golf Vacation

The Best Golf Accessories to have on a Golf Vacation

I’ve already declared my love of golf (in this blog post.) Teeing off is a terrific way to turn off stress. (And most women need more of that.) So when you mix golf with vacationing—and top it all off with just the right women’s golf accessories, you’ve got just the right recipe for serious relaxation….

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By Karen, August 22, 2018
My 11 Favourite August Things

My 11 Favourite August Things

    I love travelling.  These are favourites of mine when getting on a plane and jetting off to see the world.  Russ and I are heading out on a European adventure soon and these things will be in my suitcase/carry-on.  There are many more to share and I will soon.   It’s great to…

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By Karen, August 1, 2018
Why I Started a Blog at 50!

Why I Started a Blog at 50!

  Women after 50…how are you using your hard-won wisdom and all the energy you have left for living? Are you exploring new settings, building something, taking time to rest, or all of the above? Me…when I turned 50, I decided to start a blog about seeking out experiences of life-enriching quality: traveling, wine, food,…

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By Karen, July 25, 2018
Best Airplane Snacks to Avoid Bloating After Flying

Best Airplane Snacks to Avoid Bloating After Flying

My top picks for foods that don’t cause bloating—and what you should avoid Why am I thinking about foods that don’t cause bloating? Well, I’ve been flying a lot lately. After a tough experience of relocating from one university to the next my daughter Delaney started playing lacrosse for the University of Indianapolis. (It’s a long…

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By Karen, May 23, 2018
Fine Dining Our Way Through Napa Valley – A Culinary Travelogue

Fine Dining Our Way Through Napa Valley – A Culinary Travelogue

A Culinary Travelogue I can officially check off a big bucket list item. I’ve now dined at ALL of Thomas Keller’s restaurants. Here are the quick highlights, which mostly occurred during my July 2017 trip through Napa Valley. The French Laundry The French Laundry (a Michelin 3 Star restaurant) was my first stop. I had…

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By Karen, May 22, 2018
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