Hanami in Spring

Mt. Fuji Cherry Blossoms.ed

Nothing kicks off the spring season quite like the sight of blooming cherry blossom trees. That first splash of pink after months of dreary winter days always lifts my spirits and gets me ready for picnics, walks in the park, and warm-weather fun.

The traditional Japanese custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers, most often the native cherry blossom, is celebrated around the world in the spring. If you’re looking to take in the sights, enjoy Japanese culture and see the cherry blossoms in bloom, here are some great destinations and festivals to visit for hanami, or ‘flower viewing,’  in March and April:


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Memphis: Home of the Blues

The third stop in our History in Living Color series is the Home of the Blues: Memphis.


Ask anybody what they know about Memphis and the immediate response is blues, rock n’ roll, Elvis Presley and Beale Street. There’s also a great deal of African American history waiting to be explored. Don’t miss these historical attractions when you go:

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Welcome to the District

History in Living Color Part 2 of 4


The next stop in our History in Living Color series is our nation’s capital. I absolutely love Washington D.C. It has it all— from charming restaurants to historic monuments, D.C. has something for everyone.

Nestled between Maryland and Virginia along the Potomac River, D.C. has strong ties to black history. The National Mall is the perfect place to explore American history and the countless contributions of African Americans.

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Destination I Do: On Location at the Wedding of Your Dreams



Romance isn’t the only thing to think about when planning a destination wedding. Here are seven tips to assist you on the journey of a lifetime from Miss to Mrs.

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Take Your Love Around the World

From candle light dinners to long walks in the park — romance is essential to Valentine’s Day. With the holiday quickly approaching, many of us are buying cards, flowers, candy and gifts for that special someone, but do you know what would make your Valentine’s Day even more special? A trip to one of the most romantic places on Earth. Even if you’re unable to get away this Valentine’s Day, you should consider planning some time to celebrate love and enjoy our list of some of the most romantic places in the world. Read more »