Are Paper Maps Obsolete

asking for directions

Call me old fashioned, a dinosaur if you must, but I feel paper maps are useful as far as travel is concerned. My travel plans start with a paper map and when I’m visiting a foreign country, I carry paper maps of the regions my husband and I will travel through. We carry iPhones with access […]

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Before You Book A Trip To Disney World

Mickey Mouse At Epcot

It is summer vacation season and after being locked up for months, you might feel the need to get away but before you book a trip to Disney World or other crowded resort, there are many things to consider. If you’re not comfortable getting on a plane at the moment, do you pack everyone up in […]

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A Taste Of The Ligurian Coast Of Italy

The Ligurian Region Of Italy

“A small handful of Pignoli or pine nuts, fragrant rosemary, thyme, garlic and olive oil create a light sauce that is drizzled over simple sautéed chicken breasts to create a meal that will transport you to the Ligurian region of Italy.” Liguria is a narrow crescent shaped region, from the turquoise blue Mediterranean Sea to […]

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Writing A Blog, A Lifetime Adventure

narrow street in bruges, belgium

“Little treasures discovered while exploring the back roads of life” is the tag line that I created when I started my blog Back Road Journal nine years ago. The journal is where I share my passion for food, travel and the good things in life that I encounter with readers like youself. Much has changed […]

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International Travel Plans

planning a European holiday

As the long weeks of lockdown and social distancing restrictions start to slowly ease, you might start thinking once again about international travel plans to a destination that you have been dreaming about for months if not years. Before you book your international travel plans, make sure you check the current travel restrictions for the […]

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Will You Cruise Again

regent seven seas explorer

I know that many of you booked a cruise this year…some for a long weekend to the Caribbean and others to Alaska, Europe and Asia. When the no sail order is lifted, will you rebook as soon as possible or will you give pause to cruising for the foreseeable future? My husband and I loved […]

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A Pop Of Color

le chambard hotel

Today’s decorating trends lean towards rooms or even entire buildings being done in an understated palette of whites, taupes, or grays but even in the starkest of rooms, most decorators will add a pop of color to lend personality to an otherwise neutral space. It doesn’t matter if the overall design is conservative, traditional, contemporary […]

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Sunset On Longboat Key, Florida

sunset longboat key florida

Sunset on Longboat Key is spectacular but it isn’t the only reason to visit the lovely barrier island just minutes away from downtown Sarasota. If you are thinking of an island getaway, you don’t have to fly off to the Caribbean, just head to the west coast of Florida and visit Longboat Key. Longboat Key, with the […]

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Wellnesshotel Jagdhof, Where You Can Enjoy A Sense Of Peace

Hotel Jagdhof Röhrnbach

Wellnesshotel Jagdhof, a hotel where you can soak up the beauty of the nearby countryside, take life a little slower and enjoy a sense of real peace. On the far side of Germany from the famous Black Forest lies the lesser known Bavarian Forest (Bayerischer Wald in German). The sun dappled woodland in the Southeast corner of Germany […]

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Salzburg’s Best Spa Resort, Genussdorf Gmachl

Panorama Building Genussdorf Gmachl

Whether you plan to visit Salzburg or the nearby hills from the opening scenes in the Sound of Music, Hotel Genussdorf Gmachl, is the perfect base for exploring this storied region of Austria with its mountains, lakes and pristine small villages. Wellness Hotel Genussdorf Gmachl, located at the edge of Salzburg in the village of Bergheim, […]

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