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Austria’s Winter Wonderland is Made for Memories

Winter Wonderland. Though being home in Carmel Valley for the holidays can’t be beat, a close second is celebrating abroad.  Follow local resident and our travel editor Cynthia Dial and her family to Austria for Christmas in Salzburg and New Year’s in Vienna.   My arrival to Europe for our dream-come-true, first-ever family holiday abroad was […]

How to hit the world’s great destinations when the crowds aren’t there Though San Diego’s Carmel Valley is known for its year-around perfect weather, making every season “high season” in our locale of perfection, local resident and travel expert, Cynthia Dial shares why traveling to around-the-world spots at a time of the year when it’s […]

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Where Eagles Dare

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Living in a coastal environment, residents of San Diego are no strangers to spotting sea gulls; but to experience the world’s largest concentration of bald eagles, a trip to Canada is the ticket. To learn more, read details shared by local resident Cynthia Dial. The year 1994 was a banner one for Brackendale, B. C. […]

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It was with a bit of trepidation that Carmel Valley resident Cynthia Dial ventured half way around the world to visit Burma, a country where journalists are not exactly extended the welcome mat; but if given the opportunity it’s a country to which she’ll gladly return. I pride myself on being independent.  And I prefer […]

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Torrey Pines, An All-Time Local Favorite An eternal explorer, Carmel Valley resident and travel writer Cynthia Dial doesn’t have to travel far for a world-class hiking destination. In quest of travel articles I’ve hiked in some exceptional spots . . . from Maui’s Seven Sacred Pools to British Columbia’s Canadian Rockies to Wilder Kaiser in […]

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Can Music Enhance One’s Life? What are the benefits of music and taking private music lessons?  As Carmel Valley parents, this is a question we often ask ourselves.  We live in a community that can offer pretty much everything for our kids.  So many activities, so many sports, so many ways to improve our kids’ […]

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World’s Top 10 Best Shopping Cities Inside Scoop from a Globetrotting Pro  For many, a vacation translates to shopping – seeing the sights of the aisles.  To these travelers, urban adventures of the retail persuasion are more appealing than on-the-road lures including sightseeing, night life . . . even beach going. I am one of […]

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Can You Keep Your Kid’s Toys Organized? My husband and I spent the better part of our busy, child rearing years functioning out of a charming little 3 bedroom, 1 bath ranch house before hauling our family to Carmel Valley a few years ago. We did a ton of entertaining as well, so containing 4 […]

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Marie Raftery was announced as the Jewish Family Service 2017 Board Chair. A Boston native, Raftery came to San Diego in 1980 as director of the UCLA Dental Clinic, before opening her own Dental Practice Management Corp. in 1987. She went on to open and manage 10 offices throughout San Diego County. All of the […]

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“Get Outside San Diego is the first of its kind,” said Dan Rademacher of the nonprofit GreenInfo Network, the site’s creator. “While search engines and web maps can be useful for finding neighborhood parks, they don’t have accurate park details for the entire county. Get Outside San Diego allows users to search for all San […]

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Pop Theater is thrilled to present The Beautiful Machine – An original Sci-Fi Pop/Rock Musical- part of the 5th Annual San Diego International Fringe Festival with five performances at Centro Cultural de la Raza, Balboa Park, San Diego, June 24 – July 1, 2017.  The Beautiful Machine is set in a dystopian, futuristic enclosed city. The government […]

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With the opening of new eateries . . . from Burlap to Taverna Blu . . .one may return from an evening out with more than delicious memories. Solution: Follow in local travel journalist Cynthia Dial’s steps to hike off unwanted pounds. A little back-story. I visited British Columbia and its Mountain Trek Hiking Spa […]

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