Coastal Charm in the Outer Banks

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Duck, North Carolina

Spanning 200 miles along the coast of Virginia and North Carolina, a string of islands known as the Outer Banks attracts visitors from all over the world in search of expansive beaches, subtropical climate and American history.  Native Americans originally inhabited the area with English settlers first setting foot there in the 16th century.  In the late 17th and early 18th centuries, piracy became rampant in the Outer Banks as Spanish and British ships carrying gold, silver and other riches were often intercepted.  In response to numerous shipwrecks, both accidental and intentionally caused, the state built several lighthouses on the islands.  The Currituck Beach Light Station, completed in 1875, is among them.  It offers 365 degree views from 158 feet off the ground.  But first, you must climb the 220 steps of its spiral staircase to get to the top.

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Bohemian, bohemian or both?

Many people love bohemian style, but are they Bohemian?  When you think of the word “bohemian,” the first thoughts that come to mind might be bright colors, long flowing dresses, flowers and tribal themes.  However, “Bohemian” means something entirely different to people with ancestors from Bohemia.  For those who are unfamiliar, Bohemia was a country formerly located in the current-day Czech Republic, a place I was fortunate to visit in 2013.

Prague.jpgPrague, Czech Republic 2013

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