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Argentina, Buenos Aires - Jan-Mar 2010
Argentina, Buenos Aires - Jan-Mar 2009
Argentina, Buenos Aires - Jan-Mar 2008
Austria - Fall 2005
Belgium, Brussels - Fall 2000
Canada - Summer 2002
Canada - Summer 2001
Canada - Summer 2000
Czech Republic - Spring 2000
France - Fall 2002
France, Paris - Fall 2000
France, Paris - Spring 1999
France, Lyon - Spring 1999
Germany, Berlin - Fall 2009
Germany - Fall 2002
Germany - Spring 2000
Germany - Fall 1999
Greece - Fall 2012
Greece - Fall 1999
Greece - Fall 1997
Hungary - Spring 2000
Israel - Fall 1999
Italy - Winter 2007
Italy - Winter 2006
Italy - Winter 2005
Italy - Winter 2004
Italy - Winter 2003
Italy - Winter 2001
Italy - Fall 1998
Italy - Fall 1996
Netherlands - Spring 2000
Portugal, Azores - 2016
Portugal, Azores - 2015
Portugal, Azores - 2014
Portugal, Azores - 2013
Portugal, Azores - 2012
Portugal, Azores - 2011
Portugal, Lisbon - 2011
Portugal - Fall 2006
Portugal - Fall 2004
Portugal - Fall 2003
Portugal - Fall 2001
Portugal - Spring 1999
Portugal - Spring 1997
Slovakia - Spring 2000
Slovenia - Spring 1999
Slovenia - Fall 1996
Spain, Barcelona - Winter 2006
Switzerland - Fall 2002
Switzerland - Spring 2000
Switzerland - Spring 1999
Switzerland - Fall 1998
Switzerland - Fall 1997
Switzerland - Spring 1996
U.S. Florida, Key West - Fall 2006
U.S. Florida - Spring 2001
U.S. Maine - Summer 2002
U.S. Massachusetts - Summer 2003
U.S. Massachusetts - Summer 2002
U.S. Massachusetts - Summer 2001
U.S. New York State - Fall 2005
U.S. New York State - Summer 2004
U.S. New York State - Summer 2003
U.S. New York State - Summer 2001
U.S. Washington,DC - Spring 2000


American* couple honeymooning in Canada for 50 years
* now with dual American/Canadian citizenship

When Don and Linda discovered that their birthdays were a day apart it seemed like a good sign, especially since Linda was nine years his junior and, as everyone knows, New York women are sophisticated beyond their years. ;-)

How they met
Linda's mother met Frances and her daughter Sandi in Florida when Linda was five years old. The summer of 1962 was a scorcher in New York and Linda jumped at the invitation to spend a week-end near the beach on Boston's North Shore. Blind dates would be arranged by Sandi, who had many old boyfriends who were still single. Don was the Saturday night guy.

The first date
Don could barely conceal his delight, and Linda her relief, when she opened the door. When seated in the car, he turned to her and said: "Instead of spending the evening wondering whether or not we'll kiss goodnight, let's just get it over with right now." Not a bad line for a conservative New Englander, but Linda didn't fall for it - she just laughed.

The courtship
It was a whirlwind courtship, which started at the beach on Sunday so he could check out the rest of the "package". Linda cancelled her Sunday evening date so Don could teach her how to eat baked stuffed lobster. Whether for Don or for another lobster, Linda was back two weeks later and that night, on their third date, they got engaged.

The wedding
On September 8th, six weeks to the day from their first blind date, their marriage, in Don's uncle's home, was witnessed by 35 friends and family. Ever the comedian, Linda's father toasted the bride and groom at the dinner following the ceremony: "And they said it wouldn't last!"

Family life
Shortly after their marriage, the retail company Don worked for transfered him to Peterborough, Ontario, which even today after so much growth and expansion is the polar opposite of New York and a far cry from their adorable apartment on Marblehead harbor. Luckily, Don was transfered to Toronto shortly afterwards and their two daughters and four amazing grandchildren grew up and still live in Toronto.

Work life
Don enjoyed success as a partner in Saffer, Cravit and Freedman Advertising and Padulo Advertising. Then after consulting for his own retail clients, he decided he'd rather spend 24 hours a day with Linda. With time to travel, they took off to explore Europe and it wasn't long before they began sharing their travelogues with the online community of travelers via their own non-commercial web site and TheTravelzine, which has been designated as the best of Yahoo Groups for travel discussion.

Secret to their success
A sense of humor, loving each other's company, putting one another first, never taking each other for granted and sharing responsibilities.

Relationship advice
A happy marriage is a priceless treasure; nurture each other with kindness, unqualified love and respect.

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