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Stop over in a very cool country

If you're a "Game of Thrones" fan, Iceland calls to you. While you can do a self-guided tour of film locations, those all-too-familiar-to-Alaskans Gray Line buses will also take you there. Season two...

 

Alzheimer's chorus brings together music and the mind

Those with dementia find their world diminished, but they don't know that. It is their caretakers and loved ones who see the change and long for the time when they were present. It is a hard...

 

Traveling safely in an uncertain world

We live in troubling times and that's an understatement. The world reels with refugees: In the Middle East and North Africa there are 2.74 million; Africa has 4.41 million; in Europe, 4.39 million; and Asia and the Pacific, 3.83 million, according...

 

Rejoice Alaskans! Jet lag is strong eastbound, but returning is a dream

Alaskans travel for pleasure and often for the necessity of seeing far-flung family, and so jet lag is our constant companion. But a recent study from the Sleep Cycle Institute in Gothenburg, Sweden, looked at more than 1.5 million nights’ worth...

 

Accessible and overlooked Belgium

Coming in the year of the 100th anniversary of World War I, the "War to End All Wars," it is only fitting to consider a trip to this often overlooked European country. For those of us of a certain age...

 

Alaska Airlines upgrades, expands terminal in Seattle

In mid-July Alaska Airlines announced completion of the first phase of the Sea-Tac’s North Satellite Modernization Project. As part of the $658.3 million project, the Port and Alaska Airlines unveiled eight new gates, expanded locally-based...

 

On the trail of Japanese snow monkeys

We've all seen people who remind us of animals, like turtles or owls, but I once saw an elderly lady in a bank and she looked just like a snow monkey. I couldn't stop staring and decided that some...

 

See the world and improve your craft

We travel for many reasons-to see friends and family, relax and get a tan to escape winter, but why not improve your artwork with a trip to someplace you've never been for a workshop? Retirement can...

 

Head out across Alaska for summer fun

From north to south, Alaska has some great festivals for you to attend, so get out and meet the rest of your state. Fairbanks stays up late The 38th Midnight Sun festival in downtown Fairbanks brings...

 
 By Dimitra Lavrakas    Travel    May 1, 2019

Tips for photography while traveling

I was reading a travel article recently and noticed a photograph the writer took of a local in the country he was covering. They were not smiling. In fact, they were scowling. It reminded me of the...

 

Switzerland's beauty goes beyond chocolate and fondue

The first time I traveled to Switzerland I felt like I was in a postcard and any moment I'd step through it. I felt the same about Alaska. Places so mind-bogglingly beautiful cause one to go around wi...

 

African American Trailblazers cut a trail for us all

Editor's note: Some of the times and dates for the Black History Month events changed after our print deadline and have been updated in this online version of the story, below. This month, nine...

 

Vancouver is just a short hop away

Alaskans will find much familiar in Vancouver. On the shores of the Pacific Ocean, with a backdrop of the North Shore Mountains, the tail end of the Coast Mountains, it could almost be Anchorage or...

 

Rivers offer a different kind of cruise

If you live in an Alaska town that has a solid cruise ship economy, then you probably long for the quiet tourist shoulder season. Pity the people who see no down time. Rejoice that you have a break....

 

Pay a visit to the big man and his reindeer

You're never too old to sit in Santa's lap. It's true. One year I was in Nordstrom admiring their stunning Santa Claus when a woman next to me confessed she still visits Santa every year. There is...

 

Fairbanks has its own Aging and Disability Resource Center

In Fairbanks, the North Star Council on Aging’s new Aging and Disability Center (ADRC) is going “full blast,” said Beth Grey, program coordinator for senior services. “We just opened October 1,” Grey said. “We weren’t supposed to open u...

 

In the beginning: A visit to Plymouth

Thanksgiving is more than a family feast, it is the story of how we came to be here in this country and how we were helped by the indigenous population. Plimouth Plantation in Plymouth,...

 

Conference connects Elders and youth

One of the best things about Alaska is its ease with intergenerational relations. It's not unusual to see a 90-year-old walking along a beach with their 10-year-old friend, or generations still...

 

Alaska Native Brotherhood/ Sisterhood Grand Camp

This year Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood will hold its 106th Grand Camp in Ketchikan at the Ted Ferry Convention Center from Wednesday, October 17 through Saturday, October 20, 2018. Registration and an Alaska Native Sisterhood session...

 

Is Hawaii on fire or under water?

Alaskans love to go to Hawaii. As our kissing cousin on just about any map we've seen since childhood, we are close – a mere six hours on a direct fight from Anchorage. In winter the Hawaiian island...

 

Grandparents raising grandchildren is on the rise

A growing number of grandparents are taking care of grandchildren due to the opioid abuse crisis that has swept the nation, as well as other circumstances. Of the 65 million grandparents in the United States in 2012, 7 million, or 10 percent, lived w...

 

Back to your roots: Travel to reconnect

Note: With national attention on immigration now, this column is focusing on Alaskans visiting the homes of their ancestors. If you have an account of your trip, please contact dim...

 

Gulls and guillemots and what not

Last month, Senior Voice travel correspondent Dimitra Lavrakas wrote about various ways to appreciate historic lighthouses in Alaska and beyond. This month, she shares about her recent experience as...

 

Lovers of lighthouses, light up

If you watch public television's Rick Steve and his travel show, he always points out how travel helps him to understand people all over the world and that it broadens his mind. Good thoughts for...

 
 By Dimitra Lavrakas    Travel    May 1, 2018

Spring brings fish and fowl to Alaska

A safe haven for birds to breed There were times when I flew the milk run from Seattle to Juneau and stopped in at Yakutat - a place that always fascinated me. With its thick, deep green forests and...

 

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