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New Orleans Jazz Fest: An Insider’s Guide

I’m a New Orleans native, and informing people of that fact, I can see that it carries with it a funny sort of weight. People think things about my city, and if they’ve been there most everyone will, to my face at least, tell me how much they love it. “Oh, so much culture,” they’ll say. Or, “Oh, simply the best time. Such nice people. Great food, too.” To which I smile and nod and say yes, it is all those things. I’m glad that you had a good time.

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March 2, 2010 by | 6 Comments

Exploring Mexico’s Pyramids of Teotihuacan

If you can’t get your tongue around pronouncing Teotihuacán (tee-oh-tee-wah-KAHN) while in Mexico City, then just say you want to visit “the pyramids.” Most of the other pyramids in this area are gone. Either they were dismantled (the stones used to build Spanish colonial churches) or they were used as a base for other colonial buildings built on top – religious or administrative.

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February 25, 2010 by | 1 Comment

Dearly Departed in Los Angeles

Why is the idea of a Dearly Departed tour in Los Angeles so popular? Partly it’s that fantastic mug shot of Hugh Grant. And partly it’s the concept of the tour itself: a 2-1/2 hour romp across Hollywood in a ‘Tomb Buggy’ tracking down gruesome, ghastly and notorious episodes in Tinsel Town history.

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February 23, 2010 by | 0 Comments

Mexico City: Top Boutique Hotels

Where to sleep in Mexico City? For a long time Mexico City was dominated by big business hotels and international chains. As crime has plummeted and more tourists have arrived, developers have felt more confident in opening the kind of intimate, stylish hotels found in other great capitals around the world. So if money is no obstacle for you, here are my picks for the best boutique hotel options in the Distrito Federal, or “DF” (pronounced day-effay) as it’s better known.

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February 16, 2010 by | 0 Comments

[contest] Walt Disney World Orlando – Win a Free Family Pass!

**Please note – the contest is now closed and we have a winner!** Let’s be honest – if you have kids, there is nothing more magical than a vacation to Walt Disney World in Orlando. We are giving away a free Walt Disney World Resort family pass (valid for 2 adults and 2 children), which includes admission to all four Disney theme parks in Orlando, the Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon water parks, plus park-hopper privileges for 4 full days. So enter now!

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February 12, 2010 by | 291 Comments

Off-Beat Holiday Destinations for 2010

They say half the fun of a holiday is in the planning, so in case you’re stuck for ideas and looking for your next grand adventure, consider these six destinations with an off-beat twist: a Mediterranean resort in Wales, a tropical beach in Germany, a nostalgic Baltic sea resort, a yurt in Sussex, the Von […]

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December 30, 2009 by | 2 Comments

Best of Brooklyn: Sightseeing & Food

I’m used to being a tourist. Perhaps this was why I decided to play tourist in my own city. Back in July, before leaving New York for a two-month stint, I signed up for Viator’s Best of Brooklyn Sightseeing, Food and Culture Tour. I’ve lived in Brooklyn for the last 10 years yet I wanted to experience my own borough as if I’m seeing it for the very first time.

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December 18, 2009 by | 0 Comments

Loving My Niagara Falls Helicopter Tour

I want to make something clear. My son loves helicopters. Really loves helicopters. He’s obsessed with helicopters. So when I wanted my family to see a once-in-a-lifetime view of Niagara Falls, I reckoned it was great opportunity to give him his very first helicopter flight – one that he’ll never forget.

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December 7, 2009 by | 0 Comments

Making the Most of a Toronto City Break

So you’re planning a Toronto city break. The flights and hotel are booked, you’ve bought a guidebook and you’ve even read a few pages. It’s a fine line though. You do want to make the most of your trip, but you do also want to leave time for relaxation and those all-important travel discoveries. Here’s how we tried to do it in on a recent tour to Toronto.

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December 3, 2009 by | 0 Comments

Matsuri in Las Vegas

What’s the latest in Las Vegas shows? It’s called Matsuri, at the Imperial Palace on the Strip. Matsuri means “Festival” in Japanese, and that’s exactly what this show feels like – a festival of Japanese dancers and acrobats, full of dazzling color and bravado. For a limited time we’re giving away 2 free tickets to Matsuri…

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November 10, 2009 by | 1 Comment

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