Author Archives: Sharon King Hoge

From FLO to Toe

Thursday, May 4, 2017 Conservancy guests arriving for the annual Hat Luncheon may be focused on their elegant, elaborate, inventive toppers but as they’re escorted down the stately stone staircase, the shoes they’re wearing also command attention. From glittery sandals … Continue reading

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Heading Straight Up Down Under

A Bus Trip Along Australia’s Stuart Hiway Two weeks after crossing Russia from Moscow to Vladivostok, I transversed Australia by bus, slicing the continent up the middle, south to north, from Adelaide to Darwin on the Stuart Highway, named for … Continue reading

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Crossing Siberia by Train

Story and photos by Sharon King Hoge Siberia may be notorious for hard labor in harsh winters, but traversing Russia by train is a pleasant fascinating trip.   The passing landscape outside may be swampy and mosquito infested in summer or … Continue reading

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Northwest Arkansas

Story and photos by Sharon King Hoge Northwest Arkansas certainly wasn’t on my bucket list.  I did want to see the acclaimed new Crystal Bridges Museum established by Walmart heiress Alice Walton in the company’s hometown Bentonville.  But I postponed … Continue reading

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American Friends of Versailles’ Visit to Sicily

Friday, January 6, 2017 Paint flaking from the ceiling of the Queen’s Guards Room in Versailles. by Sharon Hoge Photographs by Faith Coolidge & Sharon King HogeA new year’s resolution of the American Friends of Versailles is to raise funds … Continue reading

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Marriott Syracuse Hotel

Story and photos by Sharon King Hoge in Luxury Web While fancy contemporary resorts and spas are proliferating around the world, for an enjoyable return to the elegance and nostalgia of the good old days, check into the newly “rescued” … Continue reading

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A FLORIDA FOREST OF EVERGREENS

Palm Beach’s Festival of  Holiday Trees Customarily travelers to Florida expect beaches and palm trees, but at this time of year, it’s evergreen trees that are special.  For two weeks in December, visitors to Palm Beach can admire the Festival … Continue reading

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So Much to see in New York’s Fair City

Don’t Accuse Syracuse of Being Dull Whether you pronounce it Seer-accuse, Sarah-cuse, or Sir-Accuse, New York’s fourth largest city and home of the annual state fair is worth a visit.  Many traces remain of the city’s extraordinary legacy as pre-Civil … Continue reading

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“Weigh” To Go

Shunning Suitcase Fees with Lighter Luggage So far this year I’ve been to Turkey, China, Death Valley, Mongolia, Florida, Siberia, Kaliningrad, the Tyrol, Poland, Sicily, Ireland, the Gobi Desert — I’m on the road almost two to three weeks a … Continue reading

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88 REASONS TO BITE INTO “A TASTE OF WEST CORK

Sightseeing and Sampling at Ireland’s “Food Paradise” Festival With a temperate climate, fresh sea air and rich soil warmed by the Gulf Stream swerving nearby, West Cork at the southwestern tip of Ireland is an ideal location for agriculture to … Continue reading

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Suzhou Highlights

10 Irresistible Features of China’s “Garden City” China’s “Venice of the East,” has been a center of high culture and wealth throughout history attracting officials, scholars, wealthy merchants to its graceful greenery and waterways.  Now an emerging center of commerce … Continue reading

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Kent Presents

The Kent School campus was the setting for “Kent Presents.” Friday, September 2, 2016. Labor Day Weekend, end of Summer.Yesterday in New York we had some light showers intermittently throughout the day, and remaining overcast, with temps dropping into the … Continue reading

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Tanglewood Too

Adjunct Events at the BSO’s Great Music Festival in the Berkshires While picnics on the lawn outside the big Koussevitsky Music Shed are the principle attraction for those who journey to Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s iconic summer music festival in … Continue reading

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Destination Kent: Scenery and Study in Litchfield County

An Ideas Festival in Northwest Connecticut Which panel discussion to choose? For one particular session, the options were the pros and cons of a guaranteed income for every American, “Hamilton” and non-profit theater, and the 21st century challenges of feminism ― plus … Continue reading

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TOP TEN REASONS TO VISIT KALININGRAD

Woody Allen, German “Gold,” and Giveaway Prices in Russia’s Pocket Enclave A theater complex in the center of Kaliningrad may seem like an unlikely place to find a pair of bronze eyeglasses mounted in tribute to Woody Allen, but “Woody” was … Continue reading

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