Archive | September, 2013

13 Reasons to Be Excited Tokyo is Hosting the 2020 Olympics

Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Tokyo will host the summer Olympic Games in 2020, and it’s sure to be one of the most exciting and memorable in modern history. The vast majority of Japan’s population supports hosting the Games, the proposed budget comes in at a (relatively) reasonable $75 million, and the Opening Ceremony will be broadcast in a level […]

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September 27, 2013 by | 1 Comment

Out of Africa: Kenya Adventures Close to Nairobi

When Karen Blixen wrote the words, “I had a farm in Africa,” she probably had no idea how her words would inspire travelers and conjure up romantic images of the East African plains a century later. But as both a book and a film, “Out of Africa” continues to act as a siren song for […]

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September 27, 2013 by | Comments Off on Out of Africa: Kenya Adventures Close to Nairobi

Copenhagen Food Tour

In recent years, Scandinavian cuisine (due in large to Denmark’s celebrated Michelin-starred restaurants) has risen in popularity. Therefore, I was more than a little excited to spend a day sampling some of Copenhagen’s famous culinary delights. To my surprise, I ended up with a special bonus; a fascinating cultural exploration of how this city has […]

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September 26, 2013 by | Comments Off on Copenhagen Food Tour

Meet Sergio Grom, a Private Guide in Rome

An historian and certified guide who has been working in the tourism industry for more than 40 years, Sergio has led tours all over Italy and Europe. Over the last few years, however, his focus has been on his native city. Simply put, Sergio knows his territory and can help his clients design the perfect […]

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September 25, 2013 by | Comments Off on Meet Sergio Grom, a Private Guide in Rome

7 New Museums to Explore in Krakow, Poland

Krakow Pope John Paul II

A bunch of innovative museums have opened or reopened in Krakow over the last few years. Forward-looking and beautifully curated, they are a welcome addition to the manifold Renaissance charms of Wawel Hill and the fine decorative art displays in the National Museum. Several of these new venues are scattered around the historic Old Town […]

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September 25, 2013 by | Comments Off on 7 New Museums to Explore in Krakow, Poland

A View of the Summit on a Denali National Park Flightseeing Tour

Denali summits

Locals call Denali – or McKinley, you decide – The Mountain. When you’re lucky enough to see it you understand why. Though it’s flanked by several other great peaks, Denali towers above them all at 20,320 feet. My friend — a former resident of the mountain town where most expeditions to Denali start — envied […]

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September 23, 2013 by | Comments Off on A View of the Summit on a Denali National Park Flightseeing Tour

Funny Signs Spotted When Traveling

South Africa - Loo with a View

One of the favorite things I love about traveling is sign spotting – coming across the funny signs that don’t quite translate very well into English, or that have an interesting history or strange reason for being. I’ve put together a sample of some of the unusual signs I have feasted my eyes on over […]

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September 23, 2013 by | 1 Comment

Save 40% on a San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise

SF sunset cruise

HURRY! Book by September 26, 2013 to save 40% on a San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise. This exclusive offer applies to select departure times and dates through March 31, 2014. Please note that this offer is available for new transactions only and cannot be applied to any existing booking.

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September 20, 2013 by | Comments Off on Save 40% on a San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise

Faial: A Secret Island in the Middle of the Atlantic

Known as “The Blue Island” for its abundance of summer hydrangeas blooming along hedgerows, Faial is part mystery, part cosmopolitan mecca. It was integral for transatlantic telecommunications in the 19th and 20th centuries, became strategic during World War II, and has withstood tumultuous seismic and volcanic activity for millennia. Today, its rolling cow pastures, rich […]

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September 20, 2013 by | 1 Comment

Visiting North Holland and the Enclosing Dike

Constructed between 1927 and 1933, the Afsluitdijk connects the North-Holland province with the Friesland province and runs over a length of 32 kilometers. It’s a fundamental part of the larger Zuiderzee Works that dams off the Zuiderzee (a salt water inlet of the North Sea) and turns it into the fresh water lake of the […]

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September 19, 2013 by | 1 Comment