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Almost 97 years ago, Sgt. Alvin York crawled through the fog from a muddy World War I foxhole in France to take out two enemy machine gunners who threatened to slaughter his fellow American soldiers, and singly killed 25 Germans and helped capture 132 more.
I frantically flipped through pages of handwritten directions, unable to tell my designated driver the way to the next winery. The repeating scenery - rolling golden hills dotted with grapevines growing in straight rows - made it difficult to tell one dirt road from the next. With little to no cell reception, GPS was not an option.
The key to keeping upright during a day of spirit tastings is to stay hydrated and well fed. That's also the key to keeping your designated driver happy. It's easy to see - and taste - a lot in Paso Robles' compact downtown. And unlike upscale restaurants in Napa Valley, here they have white tablecloths - without the attitude. You can sit down to a meal at the fanciest eateries without having to change your walking shoes.
HAVANA - At a recent international conference on environmental protection, a Cuban official stressed that her nation's treasures would not be polluted, bulldozed or otherwise sacrificed by invading American tourists.
Walk the floor of the D23 Disney fan expo, which was held this month in Anaheim, and the biggest storyline was clear. Two of the largest exhibits were dedicated to the Disney parks - one a look back at 60 years of Disney history and one a look forward, a preview of the Shanghai Disneyland in development and an "Avatar"-inspired land coming to the Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Fla.
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