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Read Lou Reed's European Travel Diary

Read Lou Reed's European Travel Diary LouReed.com Rock icon Lou Reed died yesterday. The former frontman for the Velvet Underground was 71. He'd undergone a liver transplant earlier this year. Upon news of Reed's death, The New Yorker unlocked access to "Diary by Lou Reed: The Aches and Pains of Touring,"...

Adventures By Disney Announces New Options For Europe And Beyond

Adventures By Disney Announces New Options For Europe And Beyond Adventures by Disney Adventures by Disney has announced that it is expanding its catalog of travel itineraries for 2014 with new options to Europe and several tours specifically created for the teen traveler. These new additions to the line-up will expand on the company's...

Prague Will Introduce 'Singles Only' Dating Cars On Subway

Prague Will Introduce 'Singles Only' Dating Cars On Subway Premshree Pillai, Flickr Riding the rails through Europe is an often-romanticized journey - unless, of course, you're referring to a subway system. In that case, the only time people bump into each other tends to cause annoyance, with most choosing to sit alone and stare at...

Powerful Explosion Rips Through Prague's Tourist District

Powerful Explosion Rips Through Prague's Tourist District Anyone familiar with Prague's postcard-perfect Old Town will be saddened to hear a powerful blast tore through the tourist district this morning, reducing one building to rubble, shattering windows and – worst of all – injuring up to 40 people. AP is reporting...

Prague: A City With Claws

Prague: A City With Claws I was at a laundromat in Santa Cruz, California, reading the New York Times travel section. It was the spring semester of my senior year of college, a period of complete uncertainty for me. I was about to graduate. I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life. I only...

Controversy In Czech Republic Over Making Water Cheaper Than Beer

Controversy In Czech Republic Over Making Water Cheaper Than Beer If water is cheaper than beer, what do you choose? Beer. No wait, water. No, beer. Water? It's not an option most of us are presented with - a free glass of water is easy to come by. But in bars and taverns across the Czech Republic, the birthplace of pilsner, opting for...

Scientists Develop Tractor Beam (On A Microscopic Scale)

Scientists Develop Tractor Beam (On A Microscopic Scale) A research team in Scotland and the Czech Republic has developed a tractor beam. A press release from St. Andrews University reveals that scientists at that university and at the Institute of Scientific Instruments in the Czech Republic have for the first time been able...

Discovery Adventures Announces New Tours For 2013

Discovery Adventures Announces New Tours For 2013 The calendar may still say 2012, and I know we all have a busy holiday season to navigate yet, but it is never too early to start planning our trips for the new year ahead. To help us out with that process, Discovery Adventures has announced a host of new tours and...

A Traveler In The Foreign Service: Europe's 'Most Beautiful' Women And Other Reasons To Love Bulgaria

A Traveler In The Foreign Service: Europe's 'Most Beautiful' Women And Other Reasons To Love Bulgaria I had to go to Bulgaria just to see if Bill Bryson was full of crap. In his book, "Neither Here Nor There," published in 1991, Bryson wrote, "Sofia has, without any doubt, the most beautiful women in Europe." I was in college when I read the book, and at the tail end of the...

How To Get Drunk In The Czech Republic

How To Get Drunk In The Czech Republic I was blind drunk in a town most non-locals can't pronounce. I'm blaming the waitress for this. Pronounced "Slav-oh-neetzay," this town of 2,500 is too small to occupy the visitor for more than a day, which is one of the reasons I was spending the afternoon in a pub. ...

The Travel Conundrum: Does Misery Make the Best Travel Companion?

The Travel Conundrum: Does Misery Make the Best Travel Companion? Ask almost any seasoned traveler (or travel writer) about their most memorable journeys and you'll likely get a tale of pain and suffering. "The best trips are the worst trips," is a quip I constantly hear coming from travel writers' mouths. And they're right. Not only...

The World's 10 Scariest Haunted Castles

The World's 10 Scariest Haunted Castles From a Czech forest castle reported to house the gates of hell to a gargantuan castle right here in the United States, the world's most haunted castles boast histories rich with frightening details. Specters haunt the halls of these old castles and travelers visit to...

Climbing and trekking your way through Czechia

Climbing and trekking your way through Czechia Czechia, also known as the Czech Republic, is a country located in Central Europe that was formed in 1993. While most visitors go to explore the architecture, history, and nightlife of the capital city of Prague, there are actually many outdoor and natural experiences to be...

Prague's astronomical clock gets a makeover

The famous astronomical clock that is Prague's most popular tourist attraction has lost some star players for the next two months. The four outside figures, including a skeletal Death, have been removed and are being repainted to protect them from the elements. The...

A (not-very) special Czech Christmas

A (not-very) special Czech Christmas As the last tiny fireballs shot into the tree, marking the end of this bizarrely belated Christmas celebration, my Czech friend's father, Ladia, looked at me and giggled nervously. Was he happy we didn't burn down this bone-dry pine tree in their living room? Or was...

Where they ate: chefs' and food/travel writers' best meals of 2011, part II

Where they ate: chefs' and food/travel writers' best meals of 2011, part II I ate well this year. Maybe better than any other year. I spent a week in Hoi An, Vietnam eating cau lau--an obscure noodle dish that technically can only be made in the small coastal town. I ate my way through Barcelona, dining at restaurants whose chefs had a...

Where they ate: chefs' and food writers' best meals of 2011, part I

Where they ate: chefs' and food writers' best meals of 2011, part I For an increasingly large sector of humanity, eating has become more than just stabbing at something with a fork, putting it in our mouths and masticating. Chefs are perceived as rockstars, the food blog-o-sphere is inhaling Miracle Grow, and eating has been given a kind...

Japan wins World Rafting Championship

Japan wins World Rafting Championship As we mentioned last week, the World Rafting Championship took place in Costa Rica over the weekend, with 48 teams (29 men, 19 women) competing against one another on a wild stretch of the Pacuare River. The competition, which began on Friday and finished on Monday,...

Holy Water and Wafers in the Czech Republic's Karlovy Vary

Holy Water and Wafers in the Czech Republic's Karlovy Vary I had walked for an hour in the northern Bohemian spa town Karlovy Vary looking for a place to eat. I have a general rule when I'm in these tourist-crammed towns: no hotel restaurants and no obvious tourist trap eateries, of which this town formerly known as Carlsbad has...

The Most Dangerous Beverage in Prague

The Most Dangerous Beverage in Prague There's a specter haunting Central Europe. A very quaffable, sweet-tasting specter, that is. And no, it's not absinthe. This bibulously inspired drink is only around for a few weeks in September. Which means there's much debauchery happening right now in the center of...

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