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Sightseeing and Swimming in St. Gallen, Switzerland
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Sightseeing and Swimming in St. Gallen, Switzerland

By Greg Aragon Like a prop from Disneyland or a “Harry Potter” movie, the Abbey Library in St. Gallen is a magical, surreal place. But unlike fantasy lands, this historic bookroom is all real, down to the last 1,400-year-old handwritten manuscript and 2,000-year-old mummy. A couple summers ago I discovered St. Gallen, along with its famed library, as…

Honey Massages and Presidential Palaces in Rancho Mirage
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Honey Massages and Presidential Palaces in Rancho Mirage

By Greg Aragon Did you know there is a historic and lavish presidential retreat just outside of Palm Springs, in the small desert town of Rancho Mirage? If you didn’t know about this, then you are not alone. Until my visit to the area last year, I had never heard of it either. But this all changed when…

The Incredible Chinese Gardens at Huntington Library
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The Incredible Chinese Gardens at Huntington Library

By Greg Aragon If you are looking for a beautiful and relaxing outdoor getaway for the day, the new Chinese Gardens at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens are a spectacular sight to behold. Reopened to the public in July, the Liu Fang Yuan, or Garden of Flowing Fragrance, is one of the…

Sunsets, Wine and Fudge in Carmel-by-the-Sea
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Sunsets, Wine and Fudge in Carmel-by-the-Sea

By Greg Aragon There is nothing like being at the beach, watching the sun fall into the ocean. It is a beautiful, almost spiritual sight. And nowhere is this daily event more beautiful than in Carmel-by-the-Sea, where there is a built-in amphitheater of sand overlooking the water, with plenty of natural seats for visitors to watch the nightly spectacle. I recently returned to Carmel to visit the beach and relax…

Bristlecones, Bakeries and BBQs in Bishop, California
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Bristlecones, Bakeries and BBQs in Bishop, California

By Greg Aragon Bishop, Calif. may have a small-town feel, but because of its location in the Eastern Sierra region, the city is close to lots of big-time sights. Set about halfway between Yosemite and Death Valley National Parks, Bishop is on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada, along the banks of Bishop Creek. It sits at an elevation…

Exploring Mono Lake in Fall
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Exploring Mono Lake in Fall

By Greg Aragon California is replete with natural wonders and Mono Lake holds its own against them all. As one of the oldest lakes in the western hemisphere, it is eerily beautiful, with giant tufa structures jetting from its serene surface and the snow-capped Sierra Nevada reflecting in its shimmering blue waters. A friend and I began a recent fall getaway to Mono Lake at…

A Fall Journey to June Lake, California
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A Fall Journey to June Lake, California

By Greg Aragon California’s Eastern Sierra is packed with incredible scenic beauty and must-see locations. From Mono Lake and Bodie State Historic Park to Mammoth Mountain and Yosemite National Park, the region is wonderland of nature. But the area also boasts smaller, less known destinations that are equally beautiful and worthy of exploration. Such is…

Moseying Through Lone Pine and the Dow Villa Hotel
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Moseying Through Lone Pine and the Dow Villa Hotel

By Greg Aragon The 1930s was a great time for Hollywood westerns and for the city of Lone Pine, Calif. Film crews came looking for adventure in the nearby Alabama Hills, where giant granite boulders provided the perfect backdrop for hideouts, ambushes, stage coach rides, and gunfights. These movies brought big names like John Wayne,…

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