Author Archives: Betsy Shequine

Williamstown | Williamstown, Mass

Once again the New York Times and I have the same idea. Only this time, they scooped me. That is, if you think an article in the Friday Real Estate section counts. We had already had one of our many yearly trips to Williamstown by the time the NYT article appeared, but I hadn’t written about it. In Read More…

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St. Martin, At Last | St. Martin

They say every cloud has a silver lining, and you really need one these days in air travel. Another wonderful saying is that old bromide about danger and opportunity being the same word in Chinese. At the end of last month’s fiasco story, we were back home after a failed attempt to fly to St. Martin Read More…

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Escaping JFK | New York City

Sometimes a reality check about the joys of travel is in order.  This is it. We became the victims of our own desire to escape the chills and blasts of winter by planning a week in St. Martin, in the Netherlands Antilles. We hoped and prayed that the blizzard-like snows of Friday March 16 would Read More…

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California Sojourn | California

I’ve heard a lot about the California highway system.  Some people think that ALL of California is an eight to twelve lane freeway.  We checked that out a couple of weeks ago, traveling several hundred miles of those superhighways, every bit of which was entertaining. We entered California on Read More…

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Gardens of Wales | Wales, UK

Many people start planning their spring and summer European trips at this time of year. It’s a great time to think of the out of doors: sun, fun, and gardens.  If you’re thinking of England, please remember that Wales is a part of England. (don’t say that too loudly in Wales, though) and that Read More…

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New York City | a Great Weekend Destination

We recently did a reverse “commute” to spend a few days in the big city.  We’ve lived in the country for so long that it’s a real treat to be in the Big Apple with time to spare.  I found it especially fun to spend these days in the Greenwich Village area, which is filled with all sorts of Read More…

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Venice | Italy

What is there left to say about Venice?  Perhaps that I never particularly wanted to go there, since I’m not a water person, and I pictured myself having to jump down in to a boat whenever I wanted to go anyplace. Now this is akin to withdrawing your projections about another person and finding Read More…

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New Preston | Connecticut

When I was a little girl (remember I’m the one with the ideal childhood in an intact family in central Connecticut.) I used to go to Lake Waramaug.  I still remember the route we took. (I also remember the route my parents took as they drove to Millerton, New York every other Thanksgiving, where we Read More…

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Salta, Argentina

If I’d written this column immediately upon my return, I’d have scooped the New York Times Travel section, which carried an article about Salta not long ago. Let me tell you a bit about what was NOT in that article. Salta, way up in the northwest corner of Argentina, was simply crammed with unusual Read More…

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Great Barrington | Massachusetts

It’s not very far to Great Barrington, as most of you know.  In the hot summer, I much prefer to go north for the appearance of possible coolness.  Great Barrington wasn’t cool temperature wise, but it sure is a “cool” spot these days. Like most people, I have favorite places in the Berkshires, Read More…

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