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Climbing The Col d'Eze, Hiking Down Ancient Footpaths

Climbing The Col d'Eze, Hiking Down Ancient Footpaths Rob Annis Located just outside of Nice, the Col d'Eze is a misnomer; there is very little easy about this climb. Even some professional riders have trouble with the climb, the showcase peak of the famous early season Paris-Nice race and a favorite training ground for...

Budget Travel In The Midst Of Luxury: Exploring Monaco In One Afternoon

Budget Travel In The Midst Of Luxury: Exploring Monaco In One Afternoon "I have a crazy idea ... lunch in Monaco?" It was the end of a two-week documentary film production in France and we were spending the last night in Nice, so our director deemed it only fitting to grab lunch in the world of casinos and Formula One racing. When in...

Other Countries A US President Has Never Visited

Other Countries A US President Has Never Visited President Barack Obama will land in Myanmar (aka Burma) this week, a first-time visit for any President of the United States. Never mind that Myanmar is best known as a brutal dictatorship, not exactly in line with U.S. foreign policy. Disregard any political or...

Grand Prix Package A Special Event At Sea

Grand Prix Package A Special Event At Sea Monaco's Grand Prix has brought out the best of Formula One auto racing each year, and to race fans waiting for that starting flag to drop, there's nothing better. In 1929, the first winner was a sleek Bugatti, completing the difficult course in just under four hours....

Stunning Photos Of The Alps

Stunning Photos Of The Alps The Alps is a beautiful mountain range. Spanning through Austria and Slovenia all the way through Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, France and Monaco, the Alps are a go-to spot for mountain-loving folks living in or passing through these areas in Europe. Taken from...

The 10 smallest countries in the world

The 10 smallest countries in the world The world's ten smallest countries in terms of area fall into two general categories: European microstates (Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican) and small island nations of the Indian Ocean, Pacific, and Caribbean (Maldives, Marshall Islands, Nauru,...

Flags without countries

Flags without countries Do you recognize this flag? Neither did I. It's the flag of Lapland. Lapland isn't a country, but a region in northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia where the Sámi (Lapps) live. Only Norway recognizes this flag, and it's flown throughout the country on...

A day in Naples, Italy

A day in Naples, Italy Naples, Italy is the place to be if you want to see the ruins of Pompeii, one of the best examples of a Roman town. It's the fourth stop on our tour of the Mediterranean where we see 8 different places in 9 days, each for just one day. Of all the places we would visit,...

Dubrovnik in a day

Dubrovnik in a day We had just a few hours in Dubrovnik, Croatia and wanted to make the best of it. Arriving via cruise ship, time was limited. This was the first port of call on a 9-night Mediterranean cruise which looked to be a good sampling of the area. The plan is to hit each...

Need more royal wedding buzz? Visit Monaco.

Need more royal wedding buzz? Visit Monaco. Come April 30, legions of devoted Royal Wedding Watchers will suffer the disease known as RWW, or Royal Wedding Withdrawal*. Never fear, RWW sufferers - help has arrived, in the form of one of the world's richest countries, Monaco. On July 1 2011, the principality will...

Carnival Magic completes sea trials on way to May 1 launch

Carnival Magic completes sea trials on way to May 1 launch On track to debut in Venice, Italy May 1st, new Carnival Magic has completed sea trials in the Adriatic Sea. Currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, the 3,690-passenger vessel had a full contingent of officers, technicians and...

Top 20 countries for life expectancy

Top 20 countries for life expectancy "Old people" - we all hope to live long enough to earn this distinction. In some countries, the probability of living well into your eighties is much better than in others. The worldwide average for life expectancy is just a smidge over 67, with the highest and lowest...

Schengen and the disappearance of European passport stamps

Schengen and the disappearance of European passport stamps Creative new use for border crossing posts at German/Austrian border. In the late 1980s, an American spending a summer traveling across Europe with a Eurailpass would see his or her passport stamped possibly dozens of times. With a few exceptions, every time a border...

Kensington Tours announces dream trips for sports fans

Kensington Tours announces dream trips for sports fans Kensington Tours, a travel company that specializes in private-guided adventure travel, has announced a series of tours that are guaranteed to be a hit with sports fans. These trips include VIP treatment for travelers, offering up luxury accommodations, access to glamorous...

Why Luxembourg matters

Why Luxembourg matters Europe has lots of tiny countries. The rest of the world reminds itself of this fact periodically, almost as a running joke. How Vatican City is the smallest "independent" state, but (come on people), is it really a country? Andorra sounds charming, too, until you go there...

Trade Mocked

Trade Mocked You were a cheerleader, you dated a cheerleader, or you hated the cheerleaders. As I recall, that's how high school worked. Thanks to travel PR, that same primeval paradigm lives on long after graduation. That miniskirts-shouting-slogans thing still works, whether you're...

Daily Pampering: Hit the Monte Carlo Grand Prix in style

Daily Pampering: Hit the Monte Carlo Grand Prix in style There is no place in the world that oozes conspicuous wealth quite like Monte Carlo. And, when the drivers start their engines for the Monaco Grand Prix,this tiny country is electrified, with the wealthy coming to play during one of the most popular events of the year. Want...

White Collar Travel: Three perspectives on business travelers and their miles

White Collar Travel: Three perspectives on business travelers and their miles What would you do with 300,000 frequent flier miles in your account – not to mention enough hotel points to get you 10 days in the blissful destination of your choice? Your imagination is probably running wild, as mine did when I got my first travel-intensive gig a...

Five steps to a better Valentine's Day from Fairmont

Five steps to a better Valentine's Day from Fairmont After the toll that 2009 took on your spirit and your body, it's time for you to commit to a relaxed and steady 2010. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in on board with this and is kicking in some amazing deals through its Willow Stream spa brand, which is available around the...

Five reasons to visit Monaco next year

Five reasons to visit Monaco next year Surrounded by France, except for a stretch along the Mediterranean, Monaco is a destination for the wealthy, as well as those with a penchant for auto racing or roulette. The only other ostensible reason to visit this tiny principality is curiosity -- especially for...

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