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Valencia: Spain's Third City Offers Culture And Cuisine

Valencia: Spain's Third City Offers Culture And Cuisine Jul 18th, 2013 at 5:30PM: Sean McLachlan There's a well-worn tourist trail in Spain: Madrid for the art, Barcelona for the nightlife and the Costa del Sol for the beaches. All of these are great, but there are plenty of other spots that often slip under the radar. Valencia, for example, gets plenty of tourists from Europe yet seems to not get so many Americans. I hardly saw any in the past three days....

Interactive Website Shows Cleanest, Dirtiest European Beaches

Interactive Website Shows Cleanest, Dirtiest European Beaches May 22nd, 2013 at 3:00PM: Wikimedia Commons It's getting to be that time of year again. People are heading to the beaches, especially around the Mediterranean. Now choosing one has been made easier by a new interactive website by the European Environment Agency. The agency has released its 2012 figures for water quality of 23,511 "bathing waters." The website has them broken down by country and region. While most are...

The Great Italian Island Caper

The Great Italian Island Caper Sep 21st, 2012 at 10:00AM: The island of Pantelleria sits 58 miles southwest of Sicily, which doesn't seem very significant until you realize it also sits 45 miles from Tunisia, making this Italian island closer to North Africa than to Italy. The island has been shaped by many occupiers and visitors; the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Normans, Bourbons, and Genovese have all stopped here and somehow left their...

The Mediterranean Island Of Pantelleria: Where Italy Meets North Africa

The Mediterranean Island Of Pantelleria: Where Italy Meets North Africa Sep 19th, 2012 at 10:00AM: Despite a small handful of attempts, I've never had any luck hitchhiking. But when I recently found myself on a desolate stretch of road on an Italian island in the middle of the Mediterranean, I decided to give it a go again. On the second attempt, a clunky greenish-blue Fiat Panda slowed to a crawl. I never did get the driver's name – a bald, gold-chain-clad guy in his 30s, wearing, of...

A Few Mediterranean Sidewalk Cafés Can Make Travel Personal

A Few Mediterranean Sidewalk Cafés Can Make Travel Personal Jun 26th, 2012 at 4:00PM: In popular cities of the Mediterranean, mobs of tourists come by bus, train, air and cruise ship. Looking to see famous destinations with their own eyes, perhaps fulfilling lifelong dreams, they clamber for the best view. During the summer, many visitors point and shoot only the top of iconic destinations to avoid photos that include the herd. But on a recent trip to the Mediterranean, we found...

Delos Diary

Delos Diary Mar 23rd, 2012 at 9:00AM: As reported earlier this week on Gadling, the Greek government recently announced that it has earmarked $2 million for the restoration of an ancient theater on the sacred island of Delos. That welcome announcement -- some rare good news emanating from that beleaguered country I love -- had special import for me, because one of the magical experiences of my early traveling life took place on Delos....

Volvo Ocean Race kicks off from Alicante, Spain

Volvo Ocean Race kicks off from Alicante, Spain Nov 2nd, 2011 at 9:00AM: It's dark when I wake up in Alicane, with heavy, blue-grey storm clouds twisting upwards through the Mediterranean sky. Somewhere, 10,000 feet above this small Spanish city the gods are fighting over weather patterns; there's a dash of clear blue sky here and a seam of storm clouds there, a maelstrom of wind, cloud, rain and energy hashed up atmosphere. In my view, it's the perfect condition...

Photo of the Day - Boats in Croatia

Photo of the Day - Boats in Croatia Jan 16th, 2011 at 6:00PM: As a kid, I spent lots of summer vacations staring at boats in the harbor. I never had a good reason for it but today, Flickr user nicocrisafulli's photo brought all those boat memories rushing back. There's something childlike and wonderful about their motion, sound and colors: the way they chaotically bob up and down, the soft thwapping of the covers whipping in the breeze and their colorful...

Letter from Genoa: Savoring the atmospheric alleys of Italy's great insider city

Letter from Genoa: Savoring the atmospheric alleys of Italy's great insider city Oct 14th, 2010 at 9:01AM: In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue. In 1493 he sailed the deep blue sea. Half a millennium later Genoa's ship has come in -- again. Columbus was a native of Genoa, or so it's claimed. Though he sailed for Spain, he hailed from the capital of the Italian Riviera. The boomerang-shaped region's official name is Liguria. Stretching from Tuscany to Provence, Liguria includes the well-known...

Stonehenge burial may be prehistoric tourist

Stonehenge burial may be prehistoric tourist Sep 29th, 2010 at 11:30AM: Archaeologists call him the "Boy with the Amber Necklace", and ever since he was discovered in 2005 they've known he was special. Not only would his jewelry have been rare and expensive back when he was buried 3,550 years ago, but the choice of his grave site was significant too--just three miles from Stonehenge. Now chemical analysis on his teeth has revealed something else special about...

Daily Pampering: 'Suite' ride on the Seabourn Sojourn world cruise

Daily Pampering: 'Suite' ride on the Seabourn Sojourn world cruise Aug 10th, 2010 at 4:00PM: If you're going to see the world, you might as well do it in style. The Yachts of Seabourn just unveiled its Seabourn Sojourn in London and is preparing the ship for a 2011 sail around the world. The 110-day World Cruise from Los Angeles to London via the South Pacific, New Zealand, around Western Australia, Indonesia and Southeast Asia, India, Arabia and the Mediterranean will be beautiful...

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

White Collar Travel: Three perspectives on business travelers and their miles Mar 18th, 2010 at 2:00PM: 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 decade ago. I had visions of southern France: soaking in the Mediterranean sun, roulette in Monte Carlo and smoking Cuban cigars...

Pylon from Cleopatra's temple raised from the sea

Pylon from Cleopatra's temple raised from the sea Dec 20th, 2009 at 3:30PM: Archaeologists have pulled a massive pylon from the bay of Alexandria, Egypt, that was once a part Cleopatra's royal complex. The pylon, a pillar of red granite measuring 2.2 meters long and weighing nine tons, formed part of the temple of Isis and stood right next to Cleopatra's mausoleum in the year 30 BC. These and other building sank into the harbor during a series of earthquakes more than a...

Five reasons to visit Monaco next year

Five reasons to visit Monaco next year Dec 16th, 2009 at 3:00PM: 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 Americans, it's hard to believe that a plot of land that small could actually be its own country! Well, good things tend to come in...

Photo of the Day (8.9.09)

Photo of the Day (8.9.09) Aug 9th, 2009 at 6:00PM: Imagine renting a seaside studio in the South of France. Each morning, you throw open the windows of your balcony to a jaw-dropping view of the seaside village below, punctuated by tiny sailboats and the luminous yellow-orange glow of the early morning sun. If this was your vision, it's been fulfilled by Flickr user Michael Joseph Goldst ...etc. My favorite element of this image is the sunlight -...

History's Most Famous Travel Adventures

History's Most Famous Travel Adventures Feb 20th, 2009 at 8:32AM: There is no doubt that history has a level of influence on the places that many of us visit. We read about far off places and exotic adventures, and it fires our own imaginations, sometimes compelling us to take a journey of our own, and experience the things that we've dreamed about. Forbes Traveler has put together an excellent list of the greatest travel adventures from history, not only...

Send your friends and loved ones away

Send your friends and loved ones away Dec 28th, 2008 at 3:00PM: Travel is a tough gift to give. You need to know the recipient pretty well to make sure your well-intentioned effort doesn't turn into a disaster. Could you imagine sending a wealthy friend through budget hotels in Romania? Or, putting a cities-only person on a beach for two weeks? The possibility for disaster is infinite. But, if you put some thought into it, your gift of a trip can be a big hit....

Group vacations - French villas are hot!

Group vacations - French villas are hot! Nov 7th, 2008 at 1:30PM: Want to make all your friends swoon? Rent out a villa in the south of France for an affordable, peaceful vacation. Want to make all your friends love you? Take them along! French villas have become one of the top destinations in the great tradition of group vacations. I love group vacations; it's like an extended party. Get everyone you like together and watch them interact for a week. It's...

Libya: A new place to head in your travels

Libya: A new place to head in your travels Oct 21st, 2007 at 1:01PM: When I was in the Peace Corps one of my Gambian friends moved to Libya for some reason. This was back when the U.S. and Libya weren't on the best of terms. I wasn't ever sure why he went to Libya--all I know is that, once he went there, his wife and kids moved back to live with her mother and I didn't see him again. I only saw his family one other time. Brett mentioned in a September post that...

Cannes Cam 2007

Cannes Cam 2007 May 18th, 2007 at 1:46PM: Can't make it to Cannes this year? Me either. But that's okay -- The IFC's website is streaming a live video feed from a camera hovering over the red carpet at Grand Théâtre Lumière at the Palais. According to IFC, "Most film premieres take place around 7pm and 10pm local time, or 1pm/4pm ET," but action on the carpet is dead right now (save for a few birds and honking...

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