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Finding My Inner Foodie In Sicily

Finding My Inner Foodie In Sicily Jun 26th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Meg Nesterov I really hate the F-word. I think it's overused, lazy and borderline offensive. I'm talking about the word "foodie," a concept we have rallied against here before, yet the movement seems to stay strong and keep evolving with the advent of the latest bacon Frankenstein dish or artisanal ketchup. I do love food, and sometimes a meal (or more often for me, a really good peach) can be...

Photo Of The Day: Skulls For Sale

Photo Of The Day: Skulls For Sale May 5th, 2013 at 6:00PM: You can find many things at local markets: organic vegetables, artisan cheese, perfumes, wine, textiles, souvenirs ... the list goes on. A look into the tastes and smells of a place, markets are a traveler's jackpot. But market souvenirs come in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes you find the kind of things you might just get pulled over for in customs on the way home. Like this selection...

VIDEO: Nima Market In Accra, Ghana

Apr 26th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Accra, the capital of Ghana, is an established point on the African tourism trail thanks to its good flight and cruise connections, its Anglophone accessibility, its beautiful beaches and the stability of the nation. Less often seen, however, is Nima Market. Located in one of the poorest areas of the city and home to many migrants from rural Ghana and nearby countries coming to the big city...

Sunday At The Market In Tlacolula

Sunday At The Market In Tlacolula Mar 10th, 2013 at 10:00AM: "Donde esta el autobus por Tlocolula?" The question was met with a quizzical look. Where was this gringa trying to go? Perhaps I wasn't pronouncing it correctly. "Tloco... Toco... Tlaca..." I stammered. "Ah, Tlacolula." Si. There. I don't suppose the makeshift bus stops on the highways of Oaxaca state see many tourists. But somehow, through a series of bumpy bus rides and...

Book Review: 'The Food Traveler's Handbook'

Book Review: 'The Food Traveler's Handbook' Feb 22nd, 2013 at 2:00PM: Full disclosure: I know Jodi Ettenberg, author of "The Food Traveler's Handbook." I've eaten with Jodi and explored cities with her; she's even inspected the spices in my Istanbul sublet apartment. Rather than let my friendship with her just guarantee a great review of her book, I will use it to vouch for the fact that she's the perfect person to write a food guide for travelers: intrepid,...

Photo Of The Day: Venice Of The East

Photo Of The Day: Venice Of The East Jan 31st, 2013 at 6:00PM: In travel media, we hear a lot of city comparisons: Ljubljana is the new Prague. Shanghai aims to be the Paris of the East. Looking at today's Photo of the Day, you'll think, "Wow, that looks like Venice. But in the East!" Taken by Flickr user Ver Argulla in western Thailand, the photo shows the floating market of Damnoen Saduak. Its proximity to Bangkok has made it a big tourist attraction, and...

Video Of The Day: Rummaging Through Singapore's Thieves' Market

Nov 19th, 2012 at 6:00PM: This short documentary film about making personal connections at Singapore's Thieves' Market is a little different from Gadling's usual Video of the Day, when we often feature time lapses and quick glimpses of cities or neighborhoods. Filmmakers John Clayton Lee and Jaspas Deck capture a place often avoided by tourists: Sungei Road, the largest and oldest flea market in Singapore. People...

Roadside America: St. Joseph, Michigan

Roadside America: St. Joseph, Michigan Oct 17th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Growing up in Boston and later Tucson, I grew up going on beach vacations in New England and California. It wasn't until I started dating my husband a decade ago that I discovered America's "Third Coast" (the Great Lakes, for our purposes, though some call the Gulf states the Third Coast) in the Midwest. Visiting my in-laws in St. Joseph, Michigan, I was amazed to see that you don't need to go...

Kiwi Cool: Shopping For New Zealand-Made Souvenirs

Kiwi Cool: Shopping For New Zealand-Made Souvenirs Sep 20th, 2012 at 9:00AM: When you go to the other side of the world, you want to bring back a few things to show for your trouble. Visiting New Zealand with my 1-year-old daughter, and with nephews at home in America, I became obsessed with finding them something actually made in the country. A stuffed kiwi bird or lamb toy, a merino wool baby blanket, or a fun T-shirt would do nicely, and I wouldn't mind some jewelry...

Photo Of The Day: Delhi Spice Market

Photo Of The Day: Delhi Spice Market Sep 6th, 2012 at 6:00PM: You can probably tell without any caption that this photo was taken in India, in Old Delhi's Khari Baoli spice market. The combination of bright colors and southeast Asian architecture is uniquely Indian, just hinting at the history and bustle contained within the walls, as the market is the largest in Asia and has been in operation since the 17th century. Flickr user The Delhi Way gives us a...

Video: Witches' Market, La Paz, Bolivia

Mar 24th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Bolivia is an exciting adventure travel destination offering challenging mountain treks, interesting dishes like roast guinea pig and mysterious ancient ruins. One of the most popular, and certainly the strangest, attraction is the Witches' Market in the capital La Paz. Here you can find mummified llama fetuses, aphrodisiacs and herbal remedies. Many of the spells are based on the ancient...

Photo of the Day: Pomegranates in Jerusalem

Photo of the Day: Pomegranates in Jerusalem Feb 10th, 2012 at 5:30PM: Sometimes, the most hidden corners of a city are its most interesting. Take this sliver of Jerusalem's Muslim Quarter, where a small pomegranate stand, a chair, a door, a mirror, some electrical wires, and graffiti compose one of the most visually striking images in the Gadling Group Pool on Flickr. Plus, this Photo of the Day was taken with an iPhone! Flickr user Better Nothing Than...

Photo of the day - Lunchtime in Vietnam

Photo of the day - Lunchtime in Vietnam Oct 6th, 2011 at 7:00PM: If it weren't for the modern water bottles on the tables, this photo could have been taken in any year. Flickr user American Jon captured a beautiful lunchtime scene at the Bac Ha Sunday market in Vietnam, with great color from the traditional costumes and perfect lighting. Bac Ha is known for the many ethnic minorities who are found only in the region, serving up unusual food like thang co, a...

Photo of the day - Don't look a gift buffalo in the mouth

Photo of the day - Don't look a gift buffalo in the mouth May 12th, 2011 at 5:00PM: Shopping at a local market can be a highlight of any trip. You might find antiques in Paris, produce and food in Ethiopia, or just tube socks and funnel cake in America. Today's Photo of the Day was taken by Flickr user American Jon at the Bac Ha Market in Vietnam, known for colorful hill tribes, livestock of all kinds (some good advice on transporting your new chicken can be found here),...

A visit to an African market

A visit to an African market Mar 28th, 2011 at 8:30AM: One of Africa's best attractions are its markets. Full of vibrant life and color, an African market always makes for a fascinating visit. Harar has one big and several smaller markets. There used to be one at each of its five gates, but some have dwindled to barely half a dozen women selling tomatoes and potatoes. The only big gate markets now are at Assum Gate, where there's a busy market...

Retail therapy: Istanbul ShoppingFest begins March 18

Retail therapy: Istanbul ShoppingFest begins March 18 Mar 16th, 2011 at 3:30PM: Every year, many people visit Istanbul to shop in the historic Grand Bazaar to haggle over carpets, Turkish tea glasses, and souvenir t-shirts. But most locals do their shopping in Istanbul's many malls, markets, high streets like Istiklal near Taksim Square and Bağdat on the Asian side, and neighborhoods such as posh Nişantaşı and funky Çukurcuma. This year, from March 18 to April 26,...

Harar tour: a walk around one of Africa's most unique cities

Harar tour: a walk around one of Africa's most unique cities Mar 11th, 2011 at 8:30AM: After a few days in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa and a long Ethiopian bus trip, I've made it to Harar, my home for the next two months. I'll be exploring the culture and history of this unique city and making road trips to nearby points of interest. Harar is a medieval walled city in eastern Ethiopia between the central highlands to the west and the Somali desert to the east. It's been a...

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Thailand Part 5: Morning Shopping

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Thailand Part 5: Morning Shopping Feb 7th, 2011 at 10:00AM: Gadling TV's Travel Talk, episode 35 – Click above to watch video after the jump Travel Talk is back! After our fall hiatus we are excited to bring you our greatest adventure yet: Thailand. From the vibrant heart of Bangkok to the remote countryside, we traveled by foot, car, boat, motorbike, ox cart and elephant to savor the the splendor of ancient temples, the...

Istanbul's Grand Bazaar to undergo $100 million renovation

Istanbul's Grand Bazaar to undergo $100 million renovation Oct 25th, 2010 at 3:30PM: One of Istanbul's most popular tourist destinations is getting a long-overdue makeover. The 550-year old Grand Bazaar is about to be infused with 140 million Turkish Lira (about $100 million USD) to renovate and update the covered market. Once plans are approved next month, work will begin at night to avoid disrupting day trade. The Grand Bazaar is over 45,000 square meters with nearly 3,600...

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Torontonian Exploration!

GadlingTV's Travel Talk - Torontonian Exploration! Sep 23rd, 2010 at 9:00AM: GadlingTV's Travel Talk, episode 30 – Click above to watch video after the jump For those of you that attended this year's Toronto International Film Festival, you may already know just how cosmopolitan Canada's largest city is. Upon arriving, it's safe to say that we completely underestimated the fifth most populous municipality in North America, but quickly realized its vast...

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