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Author: Penny Zibula

Penny Zibula is a freelance travel writer and blogger based in New Bern, NC. She has had a life-long passion for travel, and for learning as much as she can about cultures crafts, foods and wines through the people she meets in both nearby and far flung places.Along with her photographer husband, Simon Lock, and her guide dog, “Otto”, Penny has spent the last three years focused on making the most of what is supposed to be the couple’s retirement.Penny’s background is in public relations and community outreach, with nine years as a television talk-show host and producer. As her career progressed, she found herself writing a variety of copy: articles, newsletters, annual reports, press releases, etc.When Simon and Penny moved from Atlanta to New Bern in 2006 to start their business in auto repair, she began to cast about for opportunities to continue writing. Through her networking efforts, she  landed a part-time job as staff writer for The County Compass, a local weekly publication, where she learned that writing for a newspaper was a  niche unto itself.  When Simon and Penny decided to close up shop and retire early in 2013, they began taking online courses and live workshops in travel writing, web copy, blogging and, for Simon, photography, through Great Escape Travel (GEP) and American Writers and Artists Inc. (AWAI).Today, Penny writes regularly for her travel blog, http://sixlegswilltravel.com, and is continuously expanding her freelance travel writing for newspapers and both print and online magazines, with Simon taking all the spectacular photos. Both Penny and Simon are members of the International Travel Writers and Photographers Alliance ITWPA).

Stained glass window representing holiday banquet in chapel of Cowles Hall

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Clementines in the Nazareth Market

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Boathouse on Seneca Lake Watkins Glen NY

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As the noonday sun smiles down on the first official day of the Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival the band

Large flowers created from paper mache for Mardi Gras New Orleans

Mardi Gras World in New Orleans: Where the Good Times Roll One Float at a Time

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The Main Entrance to the Basilica Notre-Dame-du-Cap - Our Lady of the Cape

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Copper Tanks St. Augustine Distillery

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Statue of the Virgin Mary in the Original Church Our Lady of the

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Lloret de Mar’s Maritime Museum

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