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Fireworks Ban? Try These Fourth Of July Alternatives

Fireworks Ban? Try These Fourth Of July Alternatives Ming Xia, Flickr With fireworks bans in place across parts of the Western U.S., it's going to be another Fourth of July calling for alternative celebratory activities. In Colorado, where I live, we've learned to accept this fact, and it doesn't stop the outdoor revelry. ...

Gifts From Slovenia And Italy

Gifts From Slovenia And Italy Sean McLachlan When a trip is over, it's always nice to open your suitcase and have a little bit of it still with you. I enjoy bringing gifts back to my wife and son so they can share my experiences. While on a recent trip to Slovenia and Italy, I kept an eye out for things...

A Beginner's Guide To Swedish Midsommar

A Beginner's Guide To Swedish Midsommar Bengt Nyman, Flickr Pickled herring, drinking songs, a pole covered in flowers, boiled potatoes, dancing like frogs. Yes, that's Swedish Midsommar (otherwise known as "Midsummer" in English). Thanks to Swedish roots around the world and a general love of Scandinavian...

Need Some Fudge? Visit The Wisconsin Dells, The Midwest's Most Delightfully Tacky Resort Town

Need Some Fudge? Visit The Wisconsin Dells, The Midwest's Most Delightfully Tacky Resort Town You don't have to leave the Midwest to catch a glimpse of the Roman Coliseum, the White House, the Kalahari Desert and the fabled windmills of Mykonos. Nope, all you have to do is take a road trip to the Wisconsin Dells, one of America's delightfully tacky resort towns,...

Got Granita? Savoring A Summertime Sweet In Italy

Got Granita? Savoring A Summertime Sweet In Italy Chris, Flickr It will officially be summer in just a few days, and who doesn't associate long, hot days with ice cream? Or, depending upon your preferences, lactose-digesting capabilities, and what part of the world you're in, gelato, sorbet, paletas, kulfi, faloodeh, bur...

Horseburgers: Slovenia's Unusual Delicacy

Horseburgers: Slovenia's Unusual Delicacy Sean McLachlan The horse has been with us for thousands of years. A loyal steed that has pulled plows, helped us migrate to new lands and carried us into battle, there is no more noble animal. We've honored the horse in myth, art and song, so what more fitting end to this...

Eating And Drinking In Slovenia

Eating And Drinking In Slovenia Sean McLachlan Historic sights, art galleries, beautiful countryside – all these are important in a vacation, but one thing you absolutely can't go without is the food. You have to eat, after all, and a country with poor local cuisine just isn't going to get many...

Spirit Airlines Cuts Corners With Canned Wine

Spirit Airlines Cuts Corners With Canned Wine Jelson25, Wikimedia Commons Spirit Airlines will soon begin pouring wine out of aluminum cans, one again lowering the bar for in-flight beverages. Associated Press broke the story about the airline's new cost-saving move, which will have flight attendants serving white...

Massive Vegas Mall, Hotel, Casino Project To Be World's Largest

Massive Vegas Mall, Hotel, Casino Project To Be World's Largest Roger Schultz / Flickr Las Vegas is no stranger to over-the-top attractions, hosting a variety of them over the years. In a single day, travelers can see a volcano explode, ride a roller coaster in "New York," race cars, jump off the top of a hotel and more – in the...

Photo Of The Day: Guatemalan Ice Cream Truck

Photo Of The Day: Guatemalan Ice Cream Truck Adam Baker, Flickr I'm traveling in Sicily this week, and was reminded how crummy the aptly named Continental breakfast can be in this part of Europe: a cup of coffee (the only time of day it is socially acceptable to have a cappuccino, incidentally) and a roll or small...

The Best Cup Of Coffee In Uganda

The Best Cup Of Coffee In Uganda David Farley, AOL Knowledge, as they saying goes, is power. True. It also leads people to become annoying know-it-alls, Nobel Prize winners, dictators and/or plumbers. For me, though, it just made me a coffee snob. Let me explain. I've always appreciated good coffee but I...

Cycling The Niagara River Recreation Trail: Ice Wine, War of 1812 History And A Back Door To Niagara Falls (Part 1)

Cycling The Niagara River Recreation Trail: Ice Wine, War of 1812 History And A Back Door To Niagara Falls (Part 1) I must have been absent from school the day we learned about the War of 1812. Growing up, history was my favorite subject, but as I sat in an office interviewing Paul Dyster, the mayor of Niagara Falls, New York, who mentioned upcoming events to commemorate the bicentennial...

Bundling, Unbundling Travel Services For Convenience, Savings

Bundling, Unbundling Travel Services For Convenience, Savings stevendepolo/Flickr Bundling travel services can often be the best value when compared to buying individual services in an a la carte sort of way. Buying airfare then adding on a rental car and/or hotel package is a good example of saving travel funds via bundling. ...

Planning The Perfect Picnic (Food Poisoning Not Included)

Planning The Perfect Picnic (Food Poisoning Not Included) Trey Ratcliff, Flickr The solstice may be a few weeks off yet, but let's not kid ourselves: summer has begun. A favorite warm weather pastime the world over is dining al fresco. I first discovered the joys of the picnic, in particular, when I was 10, and my family spent the...

My (Failed) Attempt At Conquering The Bend Ale Trail

My (Failed) Attempt At Conquering The Bend Ale Trail There must be someone in Bend, Oregon, who drinks Coors or Bud Light. But I imagine that this mythical, mass produced beer loving android keeps a very low profile so as not to be shunned, like an alcoholic Amish swinger, in what must be America's best craft beer town. Bend...

An Interview With Romy Natalia Goldberg, Author Of 'Other Places Travel Guide, Paraguay'

An Interview With Romy Natalia Goldberg, Author Of 'Other Places Travel Guide, Paraguay' Courtesy of Romy Natalia Goldberg Since April, I've been writing about my adventures in Paraguay. Gadling sent me there for the exact reason most of you are reading this post: because few people, especially Norte Americanos, know anything about this mysterious country. The...

A Culinary Pilgrimage From Paris To The San Francisco Bay

A Culinary Pilgrimage From Paris To The San Francisco Bay Bluehour No, the dinner on our Air France flight from Paris was not remarkable. The good news started in Washington, DC. Friends took us to a reconverted firehouse in a formerly edgy neighborhood on Massachusetts Avenue where by magic succulent fresh scallops the size of...

Gorizia: Italy's Overlooked Historic Border City

Gorizia: Italy's Overlooked Historic Border City Sean McLachlan Visitors to Italy tend to skip Gorizia. Tucked away at the northeast edge of the country on the border with Slovenia, this small city tends to get bypassed on the way to Trieste or Slovenia. I would have never gone there myself except that I was a guest...

El Paso's Best Mexican Food: Of Car Washes And Cemeteries

El Paso's Best Mexican Food: Of Car Washes And Cemeteries Laurel Miller, Gadling Confession: With the exception of far too many layovers at DFW, I'd never been to Texas prior to two weeks ago. Despite having traveled all over the rest of the Southwest, as well as being possessed of a near-clinical addition to Mexican food, I just...

Mesilla, New Mexico: Discovering A Different Side Of The Southwest

Mesilla, New Mexico: Discovering A Different Side Of The Southwest Alex Briseño, Flickr A couple of weeks ago, I traveled to El Paso on short notice for a magazine assignment. I found it enjoyable, but on my final day, I was itching to get out of the city limits and explore before my evening flight. Every local I talked to gave me...

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