La Notte Bianca in Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy On the evening of September 8th, Rome will hold its fifth installment of the popular “La Notte Bianca” event. In essence, this event is one night when Rome puts all it has to offer on display. All across the city there are attractions showcasing the finest in the arts, dining, and culture. Personally […]

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September 5, 2007 by
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Oktoberfest 2007 – Munich, Germany

Oktoberfest is by a long way the largest beer festival – in fact, one of the largest festivals of any kind – in the world, attracting annually around six million visitors. For two weeks every year, the area of Munich known as the Wiesn (“the meadow”) is turned into a sparkling temporary city made of […]

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September 5, 2007 by
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Bon Voyage, Ian

I sent an email to Ian today. Here is what I received back: Thank you for your email. I am currently on annual leave, and will return to the office on 05 November 2007. Not bad. Today is September 4. November 5 is more than two months away! Viator’s intrepid rugby expert, Ian How did […]

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September 4, 2007 by
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Cool Job Title: Bridge Guard

One winter saw me taking up the fantastically esoteric position of “Bridge Guard,” for a recently reconstructed bridge over the Danube River on the border of Hungary and Slovakia. Destroyed at the end of the Second World War, the bridge was rebuilt in 2001, reconnecting the town of Stúrovo (pop 13,000) to Esztergom (pop 30,000). […]

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September 4, 2007 by
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Good Eats in the USA

In case you haven’t seen it, Matt Gross (a.k.a. the Frugal Traveler columnist for the New York Times) has been traveling across the USA in search of the best places to eat and drink. Matt has uncovered a few gems, and whetted my appetite for a USA road trip of my own. He’s also making […]

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September 2, 2007 by
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Where to Next?

It’s always a difficult question — “Where are you going on your next trip?” I’ve been thinking about this question recently, mainly because I don’t have a definite answer. For the first time in ages, I don’t have a trip planned. Sure I have a few weekend getaways up my sleeve, but there’s no mega-trip […]

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August 31, 2007 by
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Exploring Europe: Estonia and Russia

In April 2007 I hopped on a plane and headed to the Eastern European countries of Estonia and Russia. Here are some observations and thoughts on what I saw, heard, smelled, tasted, touched and experienced while traveling through these former Soviet Union countries. Tallinn, Estonia You can actually walk to and from the airport. About […]

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August 30, 2007 by
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Istanbul Rules

On a recent trip to Europe I had the pleasure of spending time in Istanbul, Turkey. The city is enchanting, bustling with people, and can intrigue any visitor. Istanbul has it all from ancient history to delicious food to phenomenal art and architecture to endless shopping…the list could go on forever. I want to share […]

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August 29, 2007 by
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My Barcelona Summer

I arrive in Barcelona only to be swept off to Mar Bella for the Sunday gay beach party, coinciding with the Loveball gay and lesbian festival. The first afternoon in Barcelona is a blur of mojitos, watching a drag queen in purple wig and silver platform shoes dance to the village people, and then plunging […]

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August 29, 2007 by
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Living La Dolce Vegas

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of posts from Jeff Gates, the New Media Lead Producer for the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Managing Editor for its blog, Eye Level. Jeff is on a family vacation, which sounded like a great excuse to publish his trials and tribulations from the road. You […]

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August 26, 2007 by
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