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Deborah Bernstein began her career as a journalist in upstate New York. She worked in the travel industry for more than two decades, representing airlines, international destinations and hotel companies. A former managing editor for Hotline and Hyatt’s Regency Magazine, her stories and photographs have appeared in newspapers and magazines throughout the U.S. Deborah, who has lived in London and New York, has traveled to more than 45 countries and the list keeps growing. She now calls Belgium home.

Frontier Airlines At ‘Tipping’ Point

I remember decades ago when a cocky young man on an international flight called flight attendants, or “air hostesses,” nothing more than waitresses in the air. I was appalled. As a public relations executive with British Airways, I saw how hard these young men and women worked — and the often rude customers with whom they had to play nice. I respected and admired the BA flight attendants and understood the complexities of their job. Flight attendants are professionals. Yes, they are educated on methods to deal with difficult customers. But more importantly, they are safety experts. If you...

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Hotel Review: Moxy London Excel

You don’t have to be a millennial to love one of London’s newer millennial hang-outs, the Moxy London Excel.  Okay, so it’s not in the center of London’s tourism zone. That is a big negative for those wanting to do the regular Tower of London, Big Ben and changing of the guards run. The Dockside Light Rail (DLR) is about a five-minute walk from the hotel’s front door, but the trek to Buckingham Palace will take you about 45-55 minutes.  Where Is It? Moxy Excel London is in the city’s Docklands area. So, what’s nearby? The ExCeL exhibitions and...

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Hotel Review: First Hotel Millennium, Oslo

Scandinavia is not cheap and Norway is no exception. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced hotel in central Oslo, try the First Hotel Millennium at Tollbugata 25. With a one-night stay on our way to Tromso, we found the three-star hotel comfortable and convenient. And all rooms are non-smoking, which is always on my personal wish list.  Location, Location, Location Since we arrived at night, we didn’t realize the proximity to everything until the next morning! The hotel is midway between Oslo S and Aker Brygge, minutes from Karl Johans gate and Stortinget. In December and early January,...

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Fighting Anti-Semitism with a Museum

The Jewish Museum of Belgium has been on my bucket list for a few years. Conceived about 30 years ago, the museum’s goal is to introduce Jewish culture, religion and history and encourage dialogue. When one of my photography groups scheduled a visit to the museum, I jumped at the opportunity. In addition to the main museum, there was a special exhibition: Leonard Freed, Worldview: Photographing the World Disorder exhibition, which runs through March 17, 2019. Tight Security Our group met outside the front entrance, and security was tight. That’s no surprise given the rise in anti-Semitism throughout the world. ...

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Nature Can Be Funny – A Trump Reminder in the Forest

    Travel is about discovery for me — new cultures, food and architecture…sights, sounds and colors. But who expected to find nature’s take on Donald Trump’s penis in a Belgian forest?  A splash of color from Mother Nature It all started on a walk through Tervuren Park in Flanders on a December morning. Out of the corner of her eye, my friend Sarah saw a splash of red in a green field.  At first glance, it looked like a piece of plastic, but closer examination revealed a small mushroom that looked like a Mario video game character. It...

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Lighting up the Holiday Nights in Brussels

Let There Be Lights When I was young, traveling around to see the best Christmas light displays was an annual pilgrimage. For travellers who are forever young, Brussels brings that memory back to life. The city, which has a reputation of being gray, lights up with color during the holidays. Brussels bursts to life with ornate lights strung across streets and entire buildings illuminate the skies. If your travels take you to Belgium this season, don’t miss the city’s crown jewel and prime tourist attraction: Grand-Place (or Grote Markt in Dutch). The UNESCO World Heritage site features an opulent Town Hall,...

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