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Long before her first published article, Los Angeles-based Athena Lucero shared with an office colleague “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heathrow Airport,” the title she gave to a humorous tale from her personal travel journals about all the things that went wrong on the last day of her first trip to London. “You should be publishing your stories,” the law firm partner chuckled. Eventually Athena followed that cue – and with unrelenting curiosity to discover the world, its people, their lore, traditions and cuisines – she left a rewarding position at an international law firm and turned her passion into a career of storytelling. From wine making on California’s Central Coast and the ancient vineyards of Lavaux in Switzerland; to tasting New Norwegian cuisine on a trek across Norway; from shushing down the slopes of Park City, Utah and snowshoeing, cross-country and alpine skiing through the Swiss Alps; to immersing her senses in the gaucho culture of Argentina; and discovering Monterrey, Mexico, the country’s most American-looking city whose inhabitants are among the happiest people in the world, Los Angeles-based Athena Lucero can always be found researching or scouting her next off-the-beaten path travel story.
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A day trip back in time

A day trip back in time

Contributor Athena Lucero hops aboard the Belmond Pullman for a day-trip back in time for a journey that replicates the days of the legendary Orient Express train.
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Bridging the Gulf in Greece

Bridging the Gulf in Greece

My professor friend had just returned from visiting the Greek islands, but didn’t have enough time to see Delphi as she had hoped. I was departing the next day for mainland Greece — the Corinthian Gulf, the Peloponnese Peninsula and central Greece — and made it to Delphi. I thought of Rita as I stood amongst the ruins on Mount Parnassus where ancient Greeks trekked to seek sacred counsel of the Oracle — a “Wow-I-can’t-believe-I’m-here” moment. This journey through a magical region of roa...
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Swiss Solve Travel Problems with 'Tunnel Vision'

Swiss Solve Travel Problems with 'Tunnel Vision'

Famous for innovation, precision and punctuality, the Swiss have again broken ground, in more ways than one.
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