London’s Hyde Park, An Ode

There are times in London when the sun shines and – because it’s been pouring with rain and blowing with wind for what seems like an eternity – the quality of that sun shining is, well, it just makes you head for a park. Just drop everything you had planned, phone in sick, shut down […]

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July 25, 2008 by
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Why Lara loved her after-hours Vatican Tour

Let’s face it, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel – holding one of the world’s richest collections of art – is one of the unmissable sights in Rome. That you must visit it is without question. How you do it is another issue, depending on time and resources. As we stroll the 15-minute walk from St Peter’s Square, or Piazza St Pietro, along Viale Vaticano, around the colossal block that’s home to the St Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, to the museum entrance, we can’t help but think how incredibly lucky we are.

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July 22, 2008 by
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Hold My Hand, Miss Jane: Travels with Squiggle

Editor’s Note: If you miss Mr Squiggle as much as Jack clearly does, sign the petition to bring Mr Squiggle back! For those of you born without eyes and ears and a television in Australia, or you just don’t know, Mr Squiggle was one of the longest-running children’s television programs on national (non-commercial) television in […]

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July 18, 2008 by
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Guest Blogger: Jeff’s Post-Flight Recap

Editor’s Note: Jeff Gates’ is off and running again. Catch up on his posts from last summer or his first post from his most recent trip to Spain. This is his second post from Spain. Jeff is the New Media Lead Producer for the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Managing Editor for its blog, Eye […]

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July 17, 2008 by
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Musings on Technology & Travel

When my sister lived overseas, she used to call home maybe once a month. It cost her an arm and a leg and usually she had to huddle in a post office booth after waiting in line, then yell her news to us while we passed the phone between us. Occasionally postcards arrived giving us […]

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July 16, 2008 by
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Hamburg: Quietly Rocking the North

Here’s a quick quiz for the Eurocentric among you: Massive port? You’d probably think Rotterdam. Great galleries? You’d probably think Paris. Crazy red light district? Amsterdam perhaps? Plenty of space and shots of modern architecture amongst the works of old? Berlin. How about… Hamburg. Not what springs to mind for most perhaps and the locals […]

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July 13, 2008 by
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Pacific NW Travel Tip: Canoeing the Willamette River

Editor’s Note: John Chilson blogs about mid-century Portland history and lost Oregon hotels and eateries at Lost Oregon. His previous post was about finding a decent donut in Portland. The last time I stepped into any sort of boat with paddles was about 20 years ago at some private lake in San Diego that had […]

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July 12, 2008 by
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Joyeux Anniversaire Quebec!

Quebec City looks really good for just having turned 400 on July 3rd. If I had to guess I would say the city is not a day over 250. In celebration Quebec City has plans all summer and fall to make year 400 a memorable one, so even though the official day has past, there’s still plenty of party left (including a concert by Quebec’s own Celine Dion and a special show by Cirque du Soliel).

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July 11, 2008 by
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A Cure for Jet Lag in Melbourne

This is the second in a three-part series on beating jet lag after a long flight to Australia. If you’re touching down in Sydney, read our tips for overcoming jet lag in Sydney. This installment is all about beating jet lag after an arrival in Melbourne. The third post will focus on Brisbane arrivals. From […]

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July 8, 2008 by
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Guest Blogger: Jeff Hits the Road, Again

Editor’s Note: Loyal readers will remember Jeff Gates’ posts from last summer, when he took his family on an all-American vacation to Yosemite, Las Vegas and the Sierra Nevadas. Happily Jeff is hitting the road again this summer, first to Spain and then to the Pacific Northwest with his family. This is his first post […]

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July 7, 2008 by
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