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NORTH AMERICA

See a patial list of our travel blog articles featuring places in North America below. For the complete blog archives list please visit our Archives page.

Alaska Cruise
Alaska: Musk Ox
Alaskan Interior
Alaska Marine Highway
Alaska Railway
Alaska Small Ship Cruise
Alaska Whale Watching
Aleutians
Amelia Island, FL
Arizona Cowboy College
Aruba
Atlanta, Idaho
Austin, Texas
Avila Beach, CA
Banff
Baja California Sur
Baja Wine Country, Mexico
Belize
Big Bear Lake, CA
British Columbia Tea
Calgary
California Coast
Cambria & Paso Robles
Canadian Cities
Canadian Rockies
Canadian Winter
Catalina Island
Central Coast, California
Charlevoix, Quebec
Cherokee Nation
Chincoteague & Assateague
Claremont, CA
Columbia River
Costa Rica
Costa Rica Cloud Forest
Cozumel, Mexico
Death Valley Pupfish
Denali National Park
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Douglas Complex Fire, OR
Eastern Washington
Edmonton
Fairbanks, Alaska
French Canada Cruise
Glacier Peak, WA
Grand del Mar
Guadalajara, Mexico
Hana Highway, Hawaii
Hawaii
Hawaii Big Island
Honolulu, Hawaii
Inland Northwest
Juneau, Alaska
Kaua'i 1; Kaua'i 2
Key West
Kona, Hawaii
La Cantera, San Antonio, TX
Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach Images
Lahaina, Hawaii
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Lanai. Hawaii
La Paz, Mexico
Las Alamandas, Mexico
Las Vegas
Lewis & Clark Expedition
Lexington, Kentucky
Maine
Mammoth Mountain
Maui, Hawaii
Mohonk Mountain House
Molokai, Hawaii
Monterey Bay
Montreal
Montreal Tea
Morongo Resort
Myrtle Beach
Napa Valley
New Brunswick
New Hampshire
New Mexico
New Orleans
New York
North Cascades, WA
Northern Washington State
Nova Scotia
Oahu
Oceanside, CA
Orange County
Oregon Coast
Olympia, WA
Olympic Peninsula, WA
Oxnard, CA
Palm Springs Aerial Tram
Palouse Scenic Byway
Panama
Pasadena, CA
Paso Robles, CA
Pismo Beach, CA
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Prince Rupert/Digby Island
Prudhoe Bay, Canadian Arctic
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Queen Charlotte Islands
Redondo Beach
Rhode Island
Richmond, BC
Riverside, CA
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Route 66
Samish Island, WA
San Diego
San Francisco
San Luis Obispo, CA
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Monica, CA
Seattle
Sedona, Arizona
Seward Highway, Alaska
Sitka, Alaska
Skagway, Alaska
Sonoma, CA
South Texas
St. Lawrence River, Canada
St. Louis, MO
Sun Valley, ID
Taos, New Mexico
Texas Bull Riding
Texas Wine Country
Tongass, Alaska
Toronto
Utah
Vancouver
Ventura, CA
Victoria, BC
Virginia Skydiving
Waco, Texas
Washington D.C: Newseum
Western Canada
Whistler, B.C.

TRAVEL BLOGS,
EUROPE

Alcala, Spain
Amsterdam
Aran Islands, Ireland
Arnhem, Holland
Assisi, Italy
Athens
Augsburg, Germany
Baltic Sea Nations
Basel. Switzerland
Bavaria
Beira, Portugal
Belgium
Berlin
Bertha Benz Route, Germany
Bled, Slovenia
Brno, Czech Republic
Bruges, Leiden and Dijon
Burgundy, France
Castelluccio di Norcia, Italy
Champagne and Lorraine
Champagne Country, France
Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy
Consuegra, Spain
Copenhagen
Cotswolds, England
County Cork, Ireland
Crete, Greece
Czech Republic
Czech Republic Slideshow
Dolomites, Italy
Eastern Mediterranean
Erfurt, Germany
Europe by Train
Europe's Churches
Europe's Statues
Fairytale Road, Germany
Flanders, Belgium
Galicia, Spain
German Wine Tours
Germany (Bach)
Germany (small towns)
Germany (4 big cities)
Germany's Great Cities Giverny, France
Graubunden, Switzerland
Graz, Austria
Hamburg
Heroes of Britain
Heroes of Europe
Holland River Cruise
Iceland 1
Iceland 2
Iceland 3
Innsbruck, Austria
Ireland Return
Ireland Tour 1
Ireland Tour 2
Ireland Vacation
Ischia Island, Italy
Kos Island, Greece
Lake Como, Italy
La Mancha, Spain
Lisbon, Portugal
Libourne, SW France
Liverpool, England
Loch Ness, Scotland
London Tea
London Tour Part 1
London Tour Part 2
London Tour Part 3
London Tour Part 4
Lorraine, France
Lucerne, Switzerland
Madrid
Madrid Tapas
Mediterranean Cruise
Meuse-Argonne, France
Montagne, SW France
Montenegro
Montpellier, France
Moscow & St, Petersburg
Munich
Nidwalden, Switzerland
Norcia, Umbria, Italy
Normandy Beaches, France
Normandy, France
Northern Italy
North Wales Railway
Norway
Norwegian Arctic
Norwegian Fjords
Offbeat Germany
Off the Beaten Path Europe
Orvieto, Italy
Oslo, Bergen & Trondheim
Paris
Perugia, Italy
Piovene Rocchette, Italy
Pittormie Castle, Scotland
Pointe du Hoc, Normandy
Poland
Port Meirion, North Wales
Portugal
Prague, Czech Republic
Provence, France
Pyla-sur-Mer, SW France
Pyrenees
Rail Europe
Rhodes Island, Greece
Riviera di Ulisse, Italy
Romania
Rome 1
Rome 2
Rouen, France
Saint-Émilion, SW France
Salzburg, Austria
Saxony, Germany
Scotland 1
Scotland 2
Slovenia
Southern England
Southern France
Southern Italy
Spain (Edible Books)
Spello, Italy
Stockholm, Sweden
St. Petersburg
Sutri, Lazio, Italy
Switzerland
The Ritz, London
Toledo, Spain
Turkey
Tuscany
Tuscany and Umbria
Valencia, Spain
Vatican Museums
Vicenza, Italy
Vienna 1
Vienna 2
Wales
Wimbledon
Yaroslavl, Russia
Yorkminster, England
Zurich

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...we didn't know about
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What are some of the “things” or activities that people in Norway do for fun?

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Ruth J. Katz's travel article
Telling Tales through Travel

Chatsworth House

As I ambled through the verdant and sometimes wild, untamed off-road "savannahs " of Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, England, I was glad that Robin Hood was my trailblazing Sherpa. Robin, known outside of the forest as Ezekial Bone, is an actor/interpreter of history, an extraordinary story teller, and font of information, much of which will supply me with fascinating cocktail-party persiflage for years to come. During this stroll, his merry band consisted of me and a few other Sherwood Forest interlopers, there to learn from a man who calls these woodlands home.

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Tim Mattox's travel article
John January and Linda Berry Have Chemistry

Nemeth and Deanna Bogart performing at Rosarito Beach, Baja, Mexico

Chemistry by its very definition is the spontaneous reaction of two people to each other, especially that sense of mutual attraction and understanding. This month John January and Linda Berry release their new project, Chemistry 101 and together they explore a range and depth of musical styles on both organic and physical levels. As a joint labor of love, January says Chemistry 101 is pretty straight-forward.

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Masada Siegel's travel blog
California Road Trip

sunset and San Diego skyline
You would never guess that you didn’t have to leave the mainland USA to find an Island with lush gardens, oceanside views and fabulous food all minutes away from downtown San Diego. I wondered what exactly we were heading towards, an Island in the middle of a city? It sounded slightly absurd, never-the-less, we drove onto the property of Paradise Point Resort and Spa and were pleasantly surprised.

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Skip Kaltenheuser's travel article
At the Intersection of Stiglitz and Art

Donald Trump caricature by Nancy Ohanian

Recently, an audience of political art fans were treated to a lively combination of Joe Stiglitz speaking off the cuff and two thought-provoking artists. The Charles Krause Reporting Fine Art Gallery, snagged Nobel Laureate Stiglitz who was doing a DC drive-by for the World Bank. One of the artists, sculptress Kathleen Ramich, bases some of her creations on Stiglitz perspectives on state capture and the wealth gap. Ramich and caricaturist Nancy Ohanian are both wizards at satire, one with clever sculpture and one with gatling gun ink

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Bev Cohn's travel blog
Tim Robbins On His Road To Stardom

Tim Robbins

Award-winning Tim Robbins began his career on episodic television. Robbins' film work, however, is what catapulted him into becoming a major movie star including "Bull Durham" and "Mystic River" for which he won multiple awards. Equally at home behind the camera, he directed the riveting "Dead Man Walking." He is Founder and Artistic Director of The Actors' Gang, which he formed thirty-five years ago and has directed multiple provocative productions. Robbins recently sat down for an exclusive two-part interview, which has been edited for content and continuity for print purposes.

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Fyllis Hockman's travel blog/review
Puerto Vallarta: Magic and Mayhem on the Malecon

Cedar Hill, Washington DC
So I heard that you could spend from dawn to dusk on the Malecon in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and never get bored and I thought, "Okay, I'm up for that challenge." Well, maybe not the dawn part – I'm not a morning person – so I had no problem leaving those early hours to the joggers and those seeking an early start to catch their red snapper for dinner.

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Tom Weber's travel blog/review
Treasures of Ireland: A Pint of the Black Stuff (Dispatch #19)

sunset at Galway Bay

The Palladian Traveler attempts the perfect pour as he files his latest dispatch from inside Europe's most popular tourist attraction. Sláinte!

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Bev Cohn's travel blog
Tim Robbins Gives a Brief Primer on Theatre: Parallels on Indentured Servants & Student Debt

Tim Robbins

One of America's acting treasures, the award-winning Tim Robbins excels in any medium in which he works. He began his career on episodic television. Robbins' film work, however, is what catapulted him into becoming a major movie star beginning with his role as Ebby Calvin 'Nuke' LaLoosh in "Bull Durham." One of his most memorable roles was in "Mystic River" for which he won multiple awards. Equally at home behind the camera, he directed the riveting "Dead Man Walking."

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Masada Siegel's travel blog
Happiness in Hawaii

sailboat at sunset, Hawaii
In 2014, according to a Gallup poll the hypothetical happiest American was described as a tall, Asian-American man over 65 years old, who lives in Hawaii, is married with children, owns a business, earns a household income of more than $120,000 a year – and is an observant Jew. While I don't fit most of the criteria, I thought why not investigate on my own. Hawaii was a mere plane ride away. And if you are seeking a mecca for happiness, and, in my case, taking a first trip with my baby, Hawaii offered the ultimate for a relaxing holiday.

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Tom Weber's travel blog/review
Treasures of Ireland: Food, Fun and Falconry at Ashford Castle (Dispatch #18)

sunset at Galway Bay

The Palladian Traveler soars above the crowd with a gal named Lima, cruises across a lake dotted with hundreds of islands, and feasts like a king in a regal dining room.

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Greg Aragon's travel blog/review
Hanging Out in Huntington Beach, California

Greg at Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach is legendary around the world as one of the best surfing spots. Its waves and beaches are so great, it is also officially known as "Surf City." But as I learned on a recent getaway, the town is more than just tasty swells and beautiful white sand; it also boasts gourmet restaurants, luxury, ocean-front hotels, great shopping, and tons of California coastal charm.

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Richard Carroll's travel blog/review
Costa Rica's Green

Costa Rican volcano

Sitting at an umbrella table in downtown San Jose overlooking the Plaza de la Cultura is like a page out of Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises." The plaza is laid out in a maze of stalls where passive vendors sell sparkling silver jewelry by the trayfull, hand-carved clay masks, colorful Guatemalan belts, area rugs, and hammocks perfect for a midday siesta. Three men play an old wood marimba over the buzz of the crowd while a steaming plate of Gallo Pinto (rice and beans) is served to an elegant lady who was performing with her guitar...

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Bev Cohn's travel blog
Richard Gere and Joseph Cedar Discuss "The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer"

a scene from the documentary 'My Hero Brother'

Richard Gere is one of America's acting treasures. He has an uncanny knack for selecting scripts with the most interesting characters. Included in some of his vast body of films are "American Gigolo, "An Officer and a Gentleman," "The Cotton Club," "Internal Affairs," "Pretty Woman," "Primal Fear," "Unfaithful," and "Chicago." Joseph Cedar, writer and director of the critically acclaimed "The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer," was born in New York City but when he was five, his family moved to Israel where he was raised.

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Tom Weber's travel blog/review
Treasures of Ireland: The Quiet Man (Dispatch #17)

sunset at Galway Bay

The Palladian Traveler follows in the footsteps of some Hollywood icons as he goes "on location" in Cong to pay his respects to his all-time fave movie.

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John Clayton's travel blog/review
Would You Believe She Can Carry 800 (Yes, 800!) People!

Emirates Airbus A-380
As she came around the corner we could not believe how big she was. Massive, and yet incredibly beautiful – almost elegant in fact. Her lines were so symmetrical she seemed to blend into a classic example of astonishing good looks. The other fact that amazed all of us was how quiet she was. We felt sure that with the obvious overwhelming power she evidenced, she'd be extra loud. It's a cliché, but she was as quiet as a church mouse – or "as quiet as dreaming trees."

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Tim Mattox's travel article
John Nemeth Doubles Down

Nemeth and Deanna Bogart performing at Rosarito Beach, Baja, Mexico

John Nemeth is a busy guy. He and his band, the Blue Dreamers, tour constantly and rarely leave the road. But when they do it's just long enough to feed the heads of their rabid and enthusiastic fan base. Personally, I've witnessed multiple Nemeth shows in both intimate and festival settings and not once have I ever seen a patron stagger away without a face full of grin. So when word came down that a new recording was in the works, my grin got wider.

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Deb Roskamp's travel photo blog
Tahiti and Her Islands

Tahiti

Just their names (pronounce each vowel!) conjure up romantic images: Tahiti Nui, Moorea, Bora Bora, Huahine, Ra'iatea, Taha'a. Her people are gentle; the air, tiare-perfumed. Warm lagoons, majestic peaks, tropical fruits from the land and bounty from the sea all tantalize the senses. Paradise! As near as can be found on planet earth. And, in my experience, the finest way to explore her is on a ship designed for that single purpose.

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Brom Wikstrom's travel blog/review
The Hill Towns of Tuscany and Umbria

a villa in the village of Bessano, Umbria, Italy
I sometimes wonder what I was thinking about taking a wheelchair to the Italian hill towns of Tuscany and Umbria. It was a given that the ancient cobblestones would punish my wheels mercilessly and that the transportation would be a challenge to put it mildly, not to mention the currency exchange. The language barrier however would not be a problem as my wife Anne lived in southern Switzerland for a few years and speaks Italian fluently.

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Fyllis Hockman's travel blog/review
Cedar Hill: Frederick Douglass' Home is as Imposing as the Man who Lived There

Cedar Hill, Washington DC
Having recently received a misguided shout-out from the president during Black History Month – Frederick Douglass has done an amazing job... – it seems a good time to revisit the cultural icon's legitimate place in history. And a visit to his home in Washington, DC – surely a place the current president might want to consider visiting himself – would be a good place to start.

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All large political doctrines are rich in difficult problems – problems that are quite above the average citizen's reach. And that is not strange, since they are also above the reach of the ablest minds in the country; after all the fuss and all the talk, not one of those doctrines has been conclusively proven to be the right one and the best.

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We have designated May as the month to think of those who suffer from great misfortune. Here are some of our favorite charities.

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Tipping Etiquette Around the Globe

As North Americans, tipping is a reality, and we are sensitive that the wait staff receives their due. We generally like to tip at the amount of 15% to 20%. After all, the wait staff in North America depends on it.

But if you are confused about tipping in other destinations, we determined what’s best to tip outside of North America.

  • Africa: 10% to 15%
  • Australia/New Zealand: None (the wait staff is well compensated in their hourly salary
  • Caribbean & Central America: 10%
  • China: None. (Tipping is against the law)
  • England: 10%
  • Germany: 10%
  • Ireland: 12%
  • Italy: None (except for great service, where you round out bill)
  • Japan: None. (tipping is considered rude, but you always offer your chef a beer)
  • Middle East: 15%
  • South America: 15%

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The Travel Guys take on Liverpool.

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Why Flights to Italy and Spain Are Historically Cheap This Summer
Courtesy Thrillest

You see the eye-popping prices in headlines all over social media. "Spring flights to Spain are $340." "Flights to Italy are on sale for $400."

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Suitcase GPS? Scented Bags? Collapsible Sunglasses? The Latest Travel Gadgets
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Courtesy At the International Travel Goods Show, held this month in Las Vegas, we saw the future of travel. We will always know the whereabouts of our checked luggage. We will sleep as comfortably on planes as kittens in a basket. And we will never again experience the horror of watching our gadgets power down with no outlets in sight.

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What to Do If Your Phone Is Lost or Stolen While Traveling
Courtesy Ashley Rossi, SmarterTravel

According to technology solutions company, Asurion, 19 million phones are lost or stolen each year, and traveling puts you at higher risk for theft. Don’t wait until it’s too late – know what to do if your phone is lost or stolen on a trip so you can recover faster, protect your identity, and not lose all those great vacation photos.

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BEATLE BEAT TRIVIA

Name the lad who was the lead singer on the following songs:

A. Taste of Honey
B. Do You Want to Know a Secret
C. Yellow Submarine
D. Help

The answers are revealed at the end of the column.


8 Ways to Live Hygge While Traveling

Even if you don’t know the word, you know hygge when you feel it
Courtesy Ashley Rossi, SmarterTravel

After all it’s a feeling of comfort and coziness, like a good conversation by the fire, a cup of steaming coffee in a warm cafe on a cold day, or a blissful moment of contentedness that holds you like a hug. And while travel is typically the opposite of hygge, there are plenty of ways you can bring the concept to your travels. Whether it’s the destination you pick or a hotel’s design, here are eight ways you can be a hygge-happy traveler. While you’re at it, check out T-Boy’s A 24 Hour Quest for Hygge.

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7 Signs You’re an ‘Ugly American’ Tourist (Video)

Bad news, America. The rest of the world thinks we’re terrible travelers
Courtesy SmarterTravel

It’s so bad, in fact, that the term “Ugly American” has become shorthand for any tourist that sticks out or misbehaves abroad.

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JetBlue Leads in Legroom for Coach Flyers

JetBlue leads the industry when it comes to legroom for passengers in coach, writes Avi Salzman. The airline has also committed to a policy of not overbooking flights.

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American Tourism Down
New Campaign Tries to Sell the U.S. to Foreigners
Courtesy: Lisa Hoehn, The Active Times

America has an abundance of foreign tourists (as anyone who has ever walked through Times Square can tell you), but apparently not as many as we used to – and it's costing us cash.

While 62 million international travelers graced us with their presence last year (spending $153 billion, at that), from 2000 to 2010, the U.S. share of global travel spending dropped from 17.2 percent to 11.6 percent, according to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar in a recent opinion piece for the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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The Best Airport Perk You’re Not Using
Courtesy Christine Sarkis, SmarterTravel

It’s cheap and it saves time. Why aren’t more people taking advantage of this perk?

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Ten Ways to Get a Better Airline Seat

1. Join a frequent flier program
2. Buy your tickets early
3. Consider purchasing a better seat
4. Select your seat when you book
5. Confirm your seat at check-in
6. Get to the airport early
7. When in doubt, ask
8. Be specific
9. Keep the agent informed if you have a medical condition
10. Kindness counts


The 10 Airlines Most (and Least) Likely to Bump You
Courtesy Tim Winship, SmarterTravel

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Everyone is a watchdog or whistleblower these days thanks to pervasive social media and deep searches on the internet. Companies can no longer hide their worst traits and habits – and this is a good thing. The more ethical big businesses are, the better off the world will be. At least that's the theory. Whether it's true or not is for time to judge.


10 European Airlines Rated on Value: Buy Low, Fly High

1. Norwegian Air
2. Wow Air
3. EasyJet
4. Ryanair
5. Wizz Air
6. FlyBe
7. airBaltic
8. airberlin
9. Vueling
10. Pegasus Airlines


The TSA Has Been Spying on You (And Worse)
Courtesy SmartTravel

An unsettling report from the ACLU details patterns of dubious tactics from the TSA. The report is based on the TSA’s own materials, obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request.

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The Best Cities in the World

Condé Nast Traveler readers cast more than 100,000 votes for their favorite cities in the world.

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Random Acts of Canine Kindness

Cedric

Cedric the Dog takes a well-earned break after organizing a protest at an Alabama puppy mill.

Dog Quotations


Deb's poetry break

At Tower Peak
By Gary Snyder, 1992

Every tan rolling meadow will turn into housing
Freeways are clogged all day
Academies packed with scholars writing papers
City people lean and dark
This land most real
As its western-tending golden slopes
And bird-entangled central valley swamps
Sea-lion, urchin coasts
Southerly salmon-probes
Into the aromatic almost-Mexican hills
Along a range of granite peaks
The names forgotten,
An eastward running river that ends out in desert
The chipping ground-squirrels in the tumbled blocks
The gloss of glacier ghost on slab
Where we wake refreshed from ten hours sleep
After a long day's walking
Packing burdens to the snow
Wake to the same old world of no names,
No things, new as ever, rock and water,
Cool dawn birdcalls, high jet contrails.
A day or two or million, breathing
A few steps back from what goes down
In the current realm.
A kind of ice age, spreading, filling valleys
Shaving soils, paving fields, you can walk in it
Live in it, drive through it then
It melts away
For whatever sprouts
After the age of
Frozen hearts. Flesh-carved rock
And gusts on the summit,
Smoke from forest fires is white,
The haze above the distant valley like a dusk.
It's just one world, this spine of rock and streams
And snow, and the wash of gravels, silts
Sands, bunchgrasses, saltbrush, bee-fields, twenty million human people, downstream, here below.

Send Deb your favorite travel poems. mail Deb



Dear Heather

We Are All Terminal – We Just Don’t Know Our Expiration Date

Addressing the elephant in the room about your own death is something most couples avoid doing together and it is a big mistake.

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10 Strange Laws from Around the World
Courtesy SmarterTraveler

From a stiletto ban in Greece to the pinball crackdown in South Carolina – give travel a unique flavor.

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Being on the ground in over 180 countries means you get the full story.


Top 25 Most Interesting Webcams

Selected from hundreds of nominees by a panel of EarthCam producers, EarthCam announces the most unique and compelling webcams of the year.

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Worldwide Vacation Rankings

U.S. News Travel's Best Vacations rankings identify the top destinations by region and vacation type.

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Operation Homefront

A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers with nationwide presence who provide emergency and other financial assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors.

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Together in Spirit – The Best Friends Animal Society

At the core of Best Friends Animal Society's work is the dream that one day animals will no longer be killed in America's shelters.

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The Best Place to Find Cheap Flights

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7 Frequent-Flyer Tricks Worth Learning

Master the art of earning miles, attaining elite status, and working the system to earn free flights and other perks.

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Beatle Beat Trivia Answers

A. Taste of Honey – Paul
B. Do You Want to Know a Secret – George
C. Yellow Submarine – Ringo
D. Help! – John


Travel recipe of the month

From Norway – Lutefisk

lutefisk

The Lofoten Islands consist of stunning mountain peaks that seem to come right out of the sea, and sheltered inlets populated with little fishing villages. For centuries, fishing has been the very foundation of life on the islands. While on the deck of a vessel outside a Lofoten fishing village, I overheard an American passenger ask a Norwegian what those things were hanging on stilts. The Norwegian replied that it was air-dried cod for making Lutefisk. The American exclaimed, "And the birds don't eat it?" The Norwegian shrugged, 'No, they don't seem to like It.'.

Everyone of Scandinavian heritage knows of Lutefisk (pronounced lou-tah-fisk), but for many it is more a source for jokes than actually eaten. Lutefisk is a traditional Nordic food of dried cod or stockfish – today mostly made with dried ling – prepared in lye. It is soaked in cold water for five to six days (changed daily). In some recipes the fish is also hammered with a wooden mallet to soften it before its first soaking.

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Uganda 1
Uganda 2
Uganda 3


AUSTRALIA/OCEANIA
Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Indian Pacific Railway
Marquesa Islands
New South Wales, Australia
New Zealand
Stewart Island, New Zealand
Tahiti
Tahiti Photos


ANTARCTICA
Antarctica
Antarctica Slideshow


CRUISES
Azamara Cruises
Azamara Baltic Sea Cruise
Allure of the Seas
Carnival Paradise Cruise
Oasis of the Seas
River Cruise
SS Lane Victory
Three Value Cruises


SPECIAL FEATURES
4 Historic Hotels
Aviation Legend: The B17
Favorite Travel Photos
Feasting on Bugs and Grubs
Great Escape
Interesting Travel Photos: Questions
Interesting Travel Photos: Answers
Islands Part 1
Islands Part 2
Islands Part 3
Islands Part 4
Learning English
Queen Mary
River Cruise vs. Ocean Cruise
Spirits of the World
Soft Adventures
Travel Photography


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Traveling Blues Features (partial list) – blues aficionado Tim Mattox writes about the blues:
Honeyboy Edwards
John Hammond
Eddie Vinson
Willie Dixon
Mark Hummel & the Blues Survivors
John Mayall
Lowell George (Little Feat)
BB King
Johnny Winter
Joe Bonamassa
Preston Smith
Rory Block
Mick Taylor
Dennis Jones
Rod Piazza
Buddy Guy
Pinetop Perkins
The Blues & Lives Well-Lived
Promise of the Real/Lukas Nelson
Jimmy Carl Black
Stephen Stills
Otis Rush
Little Walter
Johnny Otis
Kinsey, Perkins & Sumlin
Charlie Musselwhite
Phil Gates
JW Jones
Billy Watson
Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown)
'Iceman' Albert Collins
Lightnin' Malcolm
Nathan James
The 44's
Anthony Gomes

Travel Humor (partial list) – a collection of jokes (with bits of travel adventures) from graphics artist Raoul Pascual:
Can You Get Married in Heaven?
3 Men, 3 Women and 3 Bears
Dangerous Snake
The Truth About Reindeer
Health Warning
Do You Want to be a Mermaid or a Whale?
Irish Jokes
Outback Half-Wit
Irish Millionaire
Laundry Man
Moses and the Red Sea
Two Norwegians
How the War Between Ireland and France was Averted
Jewish Haikus
Italian Profiling
Paraprosdokians
The Middle Wife
Welsh Holiday
Alberta Snow
Complete and Finished
Alzheimer's Test
Agricultural Inspector
News from Libya
Chinese Food
Baby Polar Bear
Spanish Delicacy
Mexican Jews
British Humor
A Chicken Walks Into a Bar
First Child
Hello?
Irish Babes
Italian Golfer
Sleeping With Bob
The Crows of Massachusetts
Snow Parking
Hamburg Visits Los Angeles CA
Airplane Water Landing
Team Effort
Freeloaders
Leviticus 20:13


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