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Waterfront home: A Wright-inspired riverside home in Jacksonville, Florida

wf_jacksonvilleSuzanne Paul moved into her Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1977, and she has strived to maintain the house the way it was built 20 years earlier. She kept the open floor plan, exposed beams, natural wood and brickwork, and added stained-glass windows to brighten the great room.

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Quiet, beautiful, delicious: A bareboat charter on France’s Canal du Midi does not disappoint

french_canal_leadCruising France by canal boat reveals aspects of the French countryside that are unavailable to most tourists. Buy a fresh baguette in the morning so you can make delicious sandwiches for lunch, quietly motor through acres of rolling vineyards, stop in small towns without hordes of sightseers and relax at an outdoor café for an exquisite dinner accompanied by local wine. What’s not to like?

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Waterfront home: Creekside living in North Carolina

wf_carolinaSmith Creek and Green Creek merge in front of Marilyn Arnone’s home to flow past Oriental — North Carolina’s self-proclaimed “Sailing Capital” — into the Neuse River and Pamlico Sound. “While looking for a retirement home, we fell in love with this beautiful view across the water,” says Arnone.

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Seascapes: First light of day

demers_seascapesA coasting schooner glides on a changing tide past a set of fish weirs perched on seaweed-draped rocks. It’s morning in Maine in Don Demers’ oil-on-canvas work First Light of Day.

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Real life, not work: sailing Guildive

guildiveThere are two deeply evocative moments aboard the classic William Hand-designed motorsailer Guildive. One involves squatting down on the cabin sole to get an up-close-and-personal look at the original teak planks, redolent of sea salt, buffed by time — every scratch, pock and depression reflecting the wake of the ship’s nearly 80 years on the sea.

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