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Maureen Littlejohn - who has written 37 posts on Vagablond.


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Wheels Up: Rocking My World at Chateau Montebello, Quebec

Wheels Up: Rocking My World at Chateau Montebello, Quebec

Posted on 19 July 2006

Teeter-tottering on a boulder, I was encased in $80,000 worth of shiny new Land Rover and sweating. I hadn’t been behind the wheel of a vehicle for around 10 years and I sure didn’t want to flip this baby. I put my foot on the brakes. Did that scraping rock-against-metal sound mean the underbelly of […]

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Fantastic Music, Free Beaches: Surprise! This is Milwaukee

Fantastic Music, Free Beaches: Surprise! This is Milwaukee

Posted on 16 July 2006

Soft, sandy beaches, award-winning chefs and world-class concerts at 1970s prices: Milwaukee was not what I was expecting. My scant knowledge of the city was derived from Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley, and I didn’t even see one ringer for the Fonz. This cozy enclave of 600,000, snugged onto the western shore of Lake […]

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Snow Geese A Go-Go: Quebec A Pit Stop for Thousands on Their Way to the Arctic

Snow Geese A Go-Go: Quebec A Pit Stop for Thousands on Their Way to the Arctic

Posted on 16 May 2006

There’s a big flap going on in Cap-Tourmente National Wildlife Area, an hour’s drive east of Quebec City on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River. The 2,400 acre-wide wetland preserve is in the heart of the Atlantic Flyway and is a pit stop for up to 100,000 Snow Geese on their way to […]

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Sweet New Ride: Hershey Park, PA

Sweet New Ride: Hershey Park, PA

Posted on 15 May 2006

Hershey Park is going to draw more than the usual sugar-high thrill-seekers this coming Memorial Day weekend with the launch of the new $5.4 million Reese’s Xtreme Cup Challenge Ride. It’s a multi-sensory laser dark ride that’s suited to the whole family. One car, dubbed team peanut butter, is pitted against another car, dubbed team […]

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An Extreme Makeover: Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens

An Extreme Makeover: Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens

Posted on 22 April 2006

Athens used to be a rather scruffy, dirty place. But since the Olympic games two years ago, she’s blossomed with revitalized beauty. The city’s showiest facelift belongs to the reigning monarch of opulence, the five star Hotel Grande Bretagne, which went through a $100 million restoration. Last year, it was voted one of the best […]

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Dogs of Art:  The Brooklyn Museum of Art’s Varied Appeal

Dogs of Art: The Brooklyn Museum of Art’s Varied Appeal

Posted on 21 April 2006

Not only does it have a current canine appeal, the Brooklyn Museum of Art knows how to throw a terrific party. The William Wegman Funney/Strange exhibit runs until May 28th and features photography, painting, collage and video from a world-renowned artist obsessed with his Weimaraners. Plus, on the first Saturday of every month, between 5-11 […]

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Peace Offerings: The Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway

Peace Offerings: The Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway

Posted on 30 March 2006

A recent visit to Oslo’s inspiring Nobel Peace Center reminded me that conflict and yearning for stability are not unique to our times. The Center, which celebrates its first birthday in June, is alive with high-tech homages to the world’s greatest peacemakers. Formerly a 19th-century railway station, the protected building is ablaze with vibrant color, […]

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Cottage Chic: Old School Elegance, Bungalow Beach Resort, Anna Maria Island, FL

Cottage Chic: Old School Elegance, Bungalow Beach Resort, Anna Maria Island, FL

Posted on 15 February 2006

Warding off the hungry maw of development that threatens to eat every shred of old Florida, Anna Maria Island clings to her legacy like a barnacle to a boat. A bygone era of easy beach living still rules on this sandy, seven-mile sliver off the Gulf Coast, especially at Bungalow Beach Resort on Bradenton Beach. […]

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