Archive | October, 2012

Santa Barbara, Solvang and Hearst Castle Day Tour from Los Angeles

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The sunny SoCal climate, eclectic sites and tour stops, and our tour guide, Richard, who can entertain non-stop about every topic from early Spanish missions to William Randolph Hearst’s young Hollywood mistress – all while driving a large van (or minibus) up the Pacific Coast Highway – makes this 12-hour tour a must-do for visitors […]

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October 31, 2012 by | Comments Off on Santa Barbara, Solvang and Hearst Castle Day Tour from Los Angeles

[PHOTOS] Moscow Metro: The People’s Ballroom

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In a city as rich in monuments and history as Moscow, you may be surprised to find you have to head underground for what is arguably the best attraction of all. The metropolitan public transport system of the Russian capital is one of the busiest in the world, carrying nine million weary commuters between home […]

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October 30, 2012 by | Comments Off on [PHOTOS] Moscow Metro: The People’s Ballroom

How to Choose the Right Cruise for You

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The majority of people who go on a cruise and dislike it have fallen prey to the first mistake of booking a cruise: They chose the wrong cruise line and ship.

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October 29, 2012 by | 1 Comment

The Beer Lover’s Guide to Northern California Brewery Tours

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It comes as no surprise that wine country is often one of the first things to come to mind when you think of Northern California. With hundreds of wineries from Napa to Sonoma to Mendocino Counties, Northern California has established itself as the leader in winemaking in the U.S. However, there’s more to the food […]

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October 26, 2012 by | Comments Off on The Beer Lover’s Guide to Northern California Brewery Tours

Pomp and Politics: Washington DC Sites to See

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As a local resident I can attest to the fact that we Washingtonians live, eat and breathe politics on a daily basis, even if we don’t realize it. Not everyone who lives in Washington DC is a political junky, but it’s hard to walk around town and not be confronted with examples of the American […]

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October 25, 2012 by | Comments Off on Pomp and Politics: Washington DC Sites to See

48 Hours in Seoul: Past and Present

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Seoul’s bali bali (quickly, quickly or “hurry up”) culture is largely responsible for transforming the once war-torn city into a thriving metropolis within a matter of decades. With waves of skyscrapers, a world-class public transportation system and no shortage of locals setting fashion trends as they tap away on the world’s most cutting edge technology, […]

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October 25, 2012 by | Comments Off on 48 Hours in Seoul: Past and Present

Superhero Walking Tour of New York

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The Superhero Walking Tour of New York uses the scenery of the publishing capital of the world to show the progression of comics from paper to the silver screen – and shows a magnificent undertone of the capital that may otherwise be completely lost.

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October 24, 2012 by | 1 Comment

Kangaroo Island: South Australia’s Foodie Paradise and Wildlife Haven

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As the sky streaked orange and yellow, dusk found us in Grassdale National Park surrounded by hundreds of reddy-grey kangaroos in a feeding frenzy; they grazed unconcernedly as we moved among them, bouncing off across the tussocky grassland if we got too close. My husband and I had journeyed to Kangaroo Island, sitting off the […]

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October 23, 2012 by | 3 Comments

Walk on the Wild Side in Poland National Parks

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So we had a bizarre introduction to Podlaskie, the remote region of Poland marooned on the north-east border with Belarus – until the end of WWI this whole area was Russian. Within Podlaskie’s limits are two very special national parks; Bialowieza and Biebrza. The latter is a 150,000-acre patchwork of protected marshy flatlands, agricultural fields, […]

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October 23, 2012 by | Comments Off on Walk on the Wild Side in Poland National Parks

Suggested Itineraries for Vietnam

Editor’s Note: I originally posted this Vietnam itinerary to answer the questions I was fielding from friends about suggested itineraries for Vietnam. Over the past two years dozens of travelers have asked some great questions about what to see and do in Vietnam, which I wanted to share. If you have a question, just leave […]

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October 20, 2012 by | 208 Comments