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Adventure Meets Cruise Ship On Extreme Shore Excursions

Adventure Meets Cruise Ship On Extreme Shore Excursions Dec 7th, 2012 at 5:00PM: It's not often that we write about adventure travel and cruises in the same story. It's more like kayaking and Costa Rica, or cruises and buffets. But some extreme shore excursion offerings by a few cruise lines have raised the bar so high, others may not catch up for a good long while. Forget the stuffy tour bus and all the challenges of moving 50 or 60 people at a time around an iconic...

Photo Of The Day: Pigeons Of Jaipur

Photo Of The Day: Pigeons Of Jaipur Nov 15th, 2012 at 5:00PM: Pigeons are odd birds. Common all over the world, especially in cities, they can be considered tourist attractions like in Venice's St. Marks Square, or considered a nuisance to city dwellers (myself included) who see them as flying rats. Still, any large flight of birds can make for a spectacular photo, such as today's Photo of the Day from Jaipur, Rajasthan in India. The added pops of color...

10 Tips For International Business Travel

10 Tips For International Business Travel Sep 17th, 2012 at 1:00PM: International business travel is a different animal when compared to a quick domestic trip. Flying for extended periods of time alone presents its own unique challenges for those who have not done it before. Still, international business travel does not have to be the grueling sort of ordeal that first-timers anticipate by following a few simple guidelines. For our purposes here, we assume...

Question In Venice: What Would You Cook When You're Looking To Score?

Aug 28th, 2012 at 11:00AM: "I'm on a boat!" I kept singing to myself. "Everybody look at me because I'm sailing on a boat." I was referencing the "Saturday Night Live" skit in which Andy Samberg and T-Pain sail the seas making this one simple proclamation. But this was no ordinary sea and I was on no ordinary boat. I was on a yacht owned by the Missoni family sailing around the Venice lagoon. I wasn't, though,...

7 Tips For Touring Europe By Train

7 Tips For Touring Europe By Train Aug 13th, 2012 at 1:00PM: Hitting the open road might be the most iconic way to see the United States, but riding the rails is certainly the most romanticized way to journey across Europe. And who wouldn't enjoy taking in the views as you sweep past rolling vineyards in Spain or ride the rails across water to reach Venice? As you plan your travels across Europe, here are some tips and tricks that will make sure your...

Photo Of The Day: Early Fall In Italy

Photo Of The Day: Early Fall In Italy Jul 31st, 2012 at 6:30PM: This summer's weather patterns continue to astound me, between heat waves, hailstorms and the mighty Derecho, which was said to be the storm to end all storms before it narrowly missed New York City last week. Today's Photo of the Day is proof of even more global weirding: leaves changing color in Italy ... IN JULY. As Flickr user Aviv reports from Venice, "One day it's too hot to be...

Knocked Up Abroad: Lessons Learned From Traveling With A Baby

Knocked Up Abroad: Lessons Learned From Traveling With A Baby Jul 12th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Long before I became a mother, people told me that the first six months is the easiest time to travel with a baby – before they walk, talk or require children's activities. Others told me to travel as much as possible before you have children, as it's too difficult to go places for the first few years. I can confirm that you don't have to turn in your passport when you have a baby, as my...

Inside The S. Pellegrino Cooking Cup In Venice, Italy

Inside The S. Pellegrino Cooking Cup In Venice, Italy Jun 29th, 2012 at 12:00PM: VENICE, Italy – Ink-black clouds gather over the iconic Floating City, poised to roll across the lagoon. From our aquatic position, somewhere between the Lido and Giudecca islands, we can see the approaching wall of water. "Everyone, below decks. Get below decks...Now!" I'm aboard the Timoteo, a traditional Venetian burchio, a medieval wooden barge owned by fashion...

Video Of The Day: Human Towers In Tarragona, Spain

Jun 4th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Spain has a multitude of novel traditions. While bullfighting and tomato throwing festivals are known worldwide, there's another custom that isn't as widely recognized. Throughout Catalonia, people who create human towers – also known as castellers – compete to see who can create the tallest human pyramids. Only these flesh-and-muscle structures aren't really pyramids at all;...

From Sunrise To Sunset By Boat In Venice, Italy

May 4th, 2012 at 4:00PM: Created by Swiss filmmaker Joerg Niggli during two separate trips to Italy, "Venice in a Day" shows a day in Venice from sunrise to sunset. The time-lapse video shows viewers the beautiful city of Venice, or "The Floating City," with a ride up the Grand Canal and a tour from Rialto Bridge to Piazza San Marco. There are also some unique shots being taken from the moving boat, which...

Six Of The Most Scenic Train Trips In Europe

Six Of The Most Scenic Train Trips In Europe Apr 11th, 2012 at 10:30AM: Forget flying around Europe. At 30,000 feet it's impossible to truly experience the continent's remarkable landscapes. Rather than being shuttled around in a plane that only allows a birds-eye view, train trips immerse travelers in the terrain. There's a reason why trains are often thought of as the most romantic mode of transportation: riding the rails makes you feel more connected and in...

Visiting Synagogues Around The World

Visiting Synagogues Around The World Apr 6th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Places of worship have long been points of interest for travelers. Solemn and usually quite ornate, these buildings provide a window onto a community's history and values and often give visitors a much-needed pause while pounding the sightseeing pavement. Cathedrals are typical for this kind of touring. But have you ever thought to pay a visit to a synagogue? My fascination with exploring...

Venice to cruise ships: Get out please

Venice to cruise ships: Get out please Feb 14th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Venice is proud of its heritage. Home to beautiful architecture, canals, bridges, gondolas, the annual Venice Film Festival, the Basilica and many other churches along with museums like the Guggenheim, its probably no surprise that cruise ships are not on the top of their list of things to add to the mix. In the wake of the Concordia grounding, considering the threat of accidents, air and water...

10 reasons to travel to Ljubljana

10 reasons to travel to Ljubljana Dec 13th, 2011 at 9:00AM: When I found cheap airfare from Istanbul to Ljubljana, I didn't find many other travelers who'd been there or even say for sure which country it's in. The tiny of country of Slovenia is slightly smaller than New Jersey and its capital city isn't known for much other than being difficult to spell and pronounce (say "lyoob-lyAH-nah"). After spending a few days there last month, I quickly fell...

Knocked up abroad: planning travel with a baby

Knocked up abroad: planning travel with a baby Oct 25th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Let's get this out of the way: you can travel with a baby. Many new parents feel that once they have a child, their travel days are over, but many parents will tell you that the first six months are the easiest time to travel with a baby. Is it easy? Not exactly, but with enough planning and the right attitude, it's not as hard as you might think. Is it selfish? Probably, but so is most travel....

Castles in Greece in danger

Castles in Greece in danger Oct 8th, 2011 at 9:00AM: When people think of castles, they usually think of those in Western Europe such as Spain, France, and Germany. Eastern Europe, however, has just as many if not more. Greece has some of the best, like the castle of Methoni photographed here by Wolfram Sinapius. Having been fought over by the Byzantines, Venetians, Crusaders, Ottomans, and many others, it seems every island and hilltop has its...

Top 5 MTV music videos that inspire travel

Aug 1st, 2011 at 12:01PM: If you're as old as or younger than MTV, which turns 30 today, then you probably can't recall when MTV (short for "Music Television") played music videos and nothing but. MTV launched on August 1, 1981, with a handful of videos filmed mostly on stages or sets tricked out with some lighting and a few props. As MTV grew in popularity, more and more musicians went on location to shoot miniature films...

Venice's Island of the Dead, Isola San Michele

Venice's Island of the Dead, Isola San Michele Jul 26th, 2011 at 11:00AM: Half an hour away by vaporetto, Venice's waterbus, from the chaos of Saint Mark's square, is the Isola San Michele, a stopping point between the city of Venice and the island of Murano. Circling the city of Venice by boat towards the north, the lagoon is paved with small islands, but Isola San Michele turns heads. It is a small island surrounded by terracotta brick wall punctuated by arched...

National Geographic iPad app offers 50 Places of a Lifetime

National Geographic iPad app offers 50 Places of a Lifetime May 13th, 2011 at 8:00AM: There is no doubt about it, the iPad has changed the way we consume media and altered how we define what a magazine is. Those of us who use Apple's insanely popular gadget have gotten use to the idea that our "magazine's" now include audio, video, and interactive elements that just aren't possible in the print versions. This is demonstrated perfectly in a new app from National Geographic, which...

Love in Venice: how a grumpy gondolier helped show me the heart of his city

Love in Venice:  how a grumpy gondolier helped show me the heart of his city May 3rd, 2011 at 11:00AM: It's April and the light is pale but warm, the color of Prosecco. My sister and I have been gleefully playing in the maze all morning, meandering over bridges and around beckoning corners, rolling our eyes at the rookie tourists huddled over wrinkled maps in every campo. They haven't yet reached our level of enlightenment. They don't realize that to find one's self one must lose one's self, an...

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