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Lower Baja California: Vacationing with the saints

Lower Baja California: Vacationing with the saints

Maybe they were just very religious. Or perhaps they knew spies from the dreaded Inquisition were looking over their shoulders. Whatever their reasons, Hernan Cortes and his conquistadores named many of the spots they settled in Mexico after saints. By the time they got to the tip of western Mexico’s Baja Peninsula at Cabo San Lucas (Cape of St. Luke, shown above), the invaders were doling out holy tags like playing cards.

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Legends of the poinsettia

Legends of the poinsettia

The ancient Aztecs called the red and green plant cuetlaxochitl, meaning "mortal flower that perishes and withers like all that is pure." WatchBoom contributor Michelle da Silva Richmond tells us how the plant became Mexico’s traditional symbol of the Christmas season.

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TROOPING THE COLORS

TROOPING THE COLORS

Before wintery white snow flies, it’s color time in New England. The exact dates are variables season to season, so plan ahead for next fall to visit the Old Inn On The Green, a favorite stop of travel authorities Anne Z. Cook and Steve Haggerty.

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Around Northern Italy by Train

Around Northern Italy by Train

The Italians are many wonderful things – but slow, safe and sane drivers, they are not.  Italian highways resemble race tracks more than roads, and cars can be expensive and a hassle in the country’s ancient, pedestrian-oriented cities.

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Survey finds the world’s lowest, highest travel costs

Survey finds the world’s lowest, highest travel costs

Despite all that’s said about cheaper labor and more efficient travel systems overseas, the cost of travel in the U.S. comes in roughly mid-way on a list of 51 countries studied by a leading travel search website. What’s more, our prices look like a real bargain when you look at travel costs in Switzerland (the most expensive place to travel in the survey) and high-end runners up  Austria, Belgium, Israel, and Denmark.

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