Meet Sergio Grom, a Private Guide in Rome

Meet Sergio!

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 tour, one that meets their specific needs and preferences.

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September 25, 2013 by
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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 within walking distance of each other, others are an easy tram journey out of the city center. When planning your itinerary in Krakow, bear in mind that most museums in the city close on Mondays and some have free admission on Tuesdays.

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September 25, 2013 by
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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 my success in seeing the summit. Though that success had little do with me and everything to do with weather and an available seat on Talkeetna Air Taxi’s flight-seeing and glacier landing tour.

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September 23, 2013 by
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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 the years so you can have a few giggles yourself.

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September 23, 2013 by
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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
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Faial: A Secret Island in the Middle of the Atlantic

(Photo: Anne Banas)

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 sailing culture, and inviting people offer an authentic place to relax, let go, and truly get away. Best of all, it’s closer than you might think. Read on to discover secret Faial and one of the most memorable ways to see it: in a jeep—windows down—with a native islander as your guide.

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September 20, 2013 by
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Visiting North Holland and the Enclosing Dike

You can see the IJsselmeer on the left (lower part of the dike) and the Zuiderzee on the right.

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 IJsselmeer.

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September 19, 2013 by
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St. Barth: France in the Caribbean

St Jean

The island of St. Barth is like a miniature French Riviera that has split from its mother country and sailed off into the Caribbean. With its sumptuous duty-free boutiques, world-class hotels, and yacht-lined harbor, it’s no wonder that the island has become the playground to the rich and famous. But ordinary travelers can enjoy St. Barth, too, and for those North American-based Francophiles and romantics who dream of a quick getaway to Paris, there is a taste of France much closer to home.

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September 18, 2013 by
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Exploring Guatemala City

Most travelers to Guatemala don’t spend much time in Guatemala City. Yet this metropolis of about three million people, known as the “Cultural Capital of Guatemala,” is both cosmopolitan and colonial, and a good place to indulge in modern luxury after traveling in the provinces. It’s also a great place to experience the country’s culture, with outstanding architecture, textile markets, and Maya artifacts on display in three superb museums.

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September 18, 2013 by
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Meet Mickey Yakasam, a Private Guide in Bangkok, Thailand

Meet Mickey!

With a penchant for creative tourism, Mickey loves his career as a guide and derives a special satisfaction when he sees his clients having a wonderful time. His tours focus on the history, culture, food of Thailand, and aim to immerse his clients in Thai life in a way that is entertaining and leaves them intellectually satisfied. His tours include walking tours of Bangkok, Canal Cruises, tours to the Floating Market, educational excursions that focus on the way of Thai life and much more.

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September 17, 2013 by
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