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Photo Of The Day: A Plus Cathedral

Photo Of The Day: A Plus Cathedral Mar 14th, 2013 at 6:00PM: Today is March 14, also known as Pi Day (in case it's been awhile since you took math, pi is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, 3.14), a day to celebrate mathematics, or just eat some pie. If you are in Cambridge, Massachusetts, today and can remember a good portion of the many digits of pi, you might get to eat some free pie. Today's Photo of the Day by Flickr user...

Flight To Comet Sold Out But There Are Other Options

Flight To Comet Sold Out But There Are Other Options Mar 8th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Astronomers are calling 2013 "the year of the comet" as the first of two comets set to swing by Earth comes within view of the naked eye. Some avid sky watchers may be viewing with binoculars. Others may get an even closer view, thanks to a German travel agency. On March 16, Eclipse Travel of Bonn, Germany, will have Air Berlin's flight 1000 full of stargazers, giving them two hours closer...

London Day Trip: Cambridge

London Day Trip: Cambridge Jun 30th, 2012 at 10:00AM: London is an amazing city for art, culture, dining and nightlife. It can get a bit overbearing at times, though. If you want to get away from it all you're in luck. There are plenty of day trips you can do. One of the best destinations is the university town of Cambridge 60 miles to the north and easily accessible by train or bus. With its Gothic towers, verdant gardens and storied history,...

Travel safety: are swans dangerous?

Mar 5th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Mr. Asbo is not a nice swan. He's attacked numerous boaters on the River Cam at Cambridge, England, hissing and pecking at anyone who comes close. Back in 2009, he even attacked the Cambridge Rowing Team during their historic May Bumps race. The race had to appoint a special marshal to keep an eye on the naughty bird. Swans are very territorial, especially when they have a nest full of...

Chinese tourists chart a new European Grand Tour

Chinese tourists chart a new European Grand Tour Dec 24th, 2011 at 11:00AM: According to BBC Travel and the China Daily, approximately 70 million Chinese nationals traveled abroad in 2011, up from 10 million in 1999. A chunk of this new crop of Chinese tourists is traveling to Europe, but their itinerary veers a little off the trodden path. BBC Travel outlined some of the historical highlights of the "new" European Grand Tour: cities like Trier, Germany, the birthplace...

London day trip: Anglesey Abbey

London day trip: Anglesey Abbey Dec 20th, 2011 at 11:00AM: London is one of the great cities of the world and you can spend weeks, even years, exploring it. Sometimes, though, it's good to get out. The towns and countryside near London make for fun day trips and one especially pleasant destination is Anglesey Abbey, six miles northeast of Cambridge. The Abbey got its start in 1236 when Master Lawrence of St Nicholas sold 600 sheep to pay for the...

Best ice cream in America not just from a shop

Best ice cream in America not just from a shop May 30th, 2011 at 4:30PM: Since Memorial Day is past, I think it's safe to say we've officially entered ice cream season (National Ice Cream Day is July 17) Unless you live in Seattle, in which case, it's still winter, but never mind. We still have great ice cream. What makes for acclaim-worthy ice cream? Food writers like me tend to look for an emphasis on local/seasonal ingredients, including dairy. I love high...

Cambridge named UK's most boring place to shop

Cambridge named UK's most boring place to shop Sep 15th, 2010 at 4:00PM: Cambridge is high on many visitors' lists of places to go in England. The historic colleges of Cambridge University are almost as impressive as those of Oxford, and punting on the River Cam rivals a boat journey on the River Isis. Oxford and Cambridge have always been rivals, but now Oxonians can sit back, smug in the knowledge that the "other" university is in a town deemed the blandest place...

Cambridge Hyatt lures Facebook fans with free internet access

Cambridge Hyatt lures Facebook fans with free internet access Jun 22nd, 2010 at 1:30PM: Do you like Hyatt? Wait, let me rephrase that: do you "like" Hyatt? Not in that way ... in the Facebook way. Here's the deal: if you like the Hyatt Regency on Cambridge on Facebook (in the manner that used to be called becoming a fan), you'll score a night of free internet access. When you figure the $12.95 that the hotel is sacrificing, according to AllFacebook, the cost per lead is pretty...

White Collar Travel Extra: Charles Hotel, Skype and the Business Traveler

White Collar Travel Extra: Charles Hotel, Skype and the Business Traveler Mar 14th, 2010 at 2:00PM: The Charles Hotel's recent small gesture may actually be a bold move. The hotel, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has decided to add Skype and video cameras to the free computer station that occupy rooms once dedicated to ice machines. It doesn't look like much more than a small concession to weary travelers who want to stay in touch with their loved ones, but it's actually a fairly hefty...

Roman "Swiss Army knife" goes on display

Roman Jan 30th, 2010 at 3:00PM: The Romans were an inventive bunch. They had running water, flush toilets, and mass media two thousand years ago. They also had their own version of the Swiss Army knife. The curious artifact pictured here is part of the newly remodeled displays at The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England. "Discovering Greece and Rome" reopened today after a £950,000 ($1.5 million) refurbishment that...

Cambridge, England honors fallen American soldiers

Cambridge, England honors fallen American soldiers Jul 1st, 2009 at 8:00AM: Arlington National Cemetery has no parallel, yet for some families, it's not enough. If yours is not resting in Arlington, then the national treasure takes a back seat to the bit of earth that matters more to you. As many people as Arlington serves, there are large U.S. cemeteries elsewhere that are profound in the numbers they protect. This becomes clear when the enormity of the Cambridge...

Hotel du Vin smokin' consistency

Hotel du Vin smokin' consistency Jun 22nd, 2009 at 8:00AM: I had a great cigar-smoking at the Bothy at the Hotel du Vin in smoke-phobic Glasgow. Well, the Hotel du Vin in Cambridge, England, I was pleased to learn, offers the same environment! Behind the hotel is a small, covered, and heated outdoor smoking lounge where guests are invited to light up and relax. Its name, the "Cigar Shack," is only half accurate – fortunately, it's the first half....

Five ways to enjoy "Suicide Sunday"

Five ways to enjoy Jun 17th, 2009 at 8:00AM: I stumbled into Cambridge, England on "Suicide Sunday," a joyous occasion in which the local university students cut loose and get wasted blow off steam following the completion of final exams. The streets are packed with tourists and students, the former gawking, the latter playing. To witness the events is figuratively intoxicating, while to participate offers a more literal experience. The...

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