How to Cope with Spending the Holidays Away From Home

Many RTW travelers take a trip like this because they want to get away.  Whether it’s getting away from work, the real world, a relationship gone bad, or simply getting away to experience something new, RTW travelers adapt quickly to different surroundings. I know for me, change and uniqueness is part of what I love about travel.  I love nothing more than entering a foreign country, where people don’t speak my language, where customs and the culture is completely different.  It gets my juices fl...
Tags: Travel, Featured, Holidays, Argentina, Skype, Latin America, Buenos Aires, Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Vrbo, Adam Seper, Rtw, Rtw Travel, Round the World Wednesday

Flight to Phnom Phen from mandalay

Today we flew to Phnom Phen Cambodia. Typically it was a beautiful sunny day in Mandalay as we left. After packing and breakfast we checked out and ordered our grab taxi. Leaving at 9am the traffic was lighter than usual and our predicted hours
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Three Days in São Paulo, South America’s Largest City

At the airport, we stood by the same carousel that never delivered our backpacks three years ago. This time, they showed up almost right away and we breathed a sigh of relief. It was hot in the airport arrival hall and even hotter outside—35⁰C according to the many digital boards displaying the temperature and local time. I was surprised because São Paulo tends to be cooler than many other Brazilian cities and very unpredictable weather-wise. The first thing you’ll notice during the 40-minute ta...
Tags: Travel, Hong Kong, Canada, Paris, Brazil, Tokyo, Champs Elysees, Buenos Aires, Ottawa, Centro, Sao Paulo, Largest City, Avenida Paulista, Paulista, Rua Augusta, South America 2018-2019

The Story of Family

    The history of my family started back before any of us were born, back before history was recorded, before ink and pen, somewhere amongst a woman's arms and a man's kiss, somewhere in the middle of a heart and soul. My father's and my mother's parents came from the Azores, the islands off of Portugal.         The history of my family took place sailing across the ocean, traveling and working across the fields, buying farmland, and prayer. I never thought about it before, but the long row o...
Tags: Travel, Chelsea, living in France, Portugal, ANN, Craig, Azores, Judy, Martin, Mary, Patti, SHELLEY, Sacha, Alfonso, Memories from Back Home, Julie Sacha

Royal Cambodia Rail train to the coast

We arrived in Phnom Phen late last night. Heading to the visa on arrival desks we were disappointed to find a ridiculously long queue. We neednt have been the system is surprisingly quick and efficient. The customs form visa form and arrivals f
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Mandalay Hill and wanderings

Today has been a much more successful sightseeing day than yesterday. Whilst overcast it did not rain and we were able to get out and about without getting drenched.We initially got a grab tuk tuk to Mandalay Hill the furthest point from our hot
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Kaua`i `ohi`a infected most deadly form of Rapid `Ohi`a Death fungus

Dead `ohi`a in Kauai forest. Credit: DLNR photo. The "mother of the forest" on Kaua`i is under deadly attack. . The most aggressive form of Rapid `Ohi`a Death fungus has been identified in a stand of native forest on the island's east side, just months after the less aggressive type was found on the island. The latest form is a fast-killing disease to which few or no `ohi`a are resistant. `Ohi`a is perhaps the most significant tree of the Hawaiian forest...
Tags: Travel, Government, Birds, Botany, James, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Ars, Hawaiian, Mann, Hilo, Hawaiian Homes Commission, Department of Hawaiian Home, Hawai`i Island, Kalalea Mountain, Lihue Detection

India’s RACE TO THE BOTTOM – dismal performance in basic human liberties

I posted this extract widely on the internet a moment ago. The latest 2018 Human Freedom Index. Source. Surely India made a big mistake fighting for independence – only to hand over power to the socialists. It has been a RACE TO THE BOTTOM. The worst part is that most “educated” Indians simply don’t care. […]
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VIETNAM 3 vers la Baie d'Halong terrestre

Nous quittons aujourd'hui la montagne pour rejoindre la cte.... Nous avons pass une nuit pleine de souvenirs de ces beaux paysages vu Mai Chau petit village tellement sympa...Les premiers achats de souvenirs ou cadeaux sont faits.... Nous auron
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A Christmas Road Trip: Exploring the culinary delights of Lapland

The countdown to Christmas has already begun so it’s time to take the festive trip of your families dreams as Gousto has done all the hard work for you and mapped out the ultimate foodie road trip through Lapland. Last year Lapland broke its record for tourism and its expecting to be a hit again this Christmas. To create your own lifelong memories just hop in the car and take an adventure through Lapland, drive through remote Lappish villages and experience all the culinary delights of their ...
Tags: Travel, Lapland, Family Travel, Rovaniemi, Oulu, Gousto, Kemi, Lohiburgeri, Panorama Cafe, Santa Clause Nili Restaurant, Panorama Cafe Speciality, Hotel Santa Claus

Universal Studios Florida – The world Famous Theme Park

Universal Studios Florida is located in Orlando, Florida and attracts locals and tourists from all across the world. The theme park opened in 1990 and is based on the entertainment industry. It is a part of larger Universal Orlando Resort and is the sixth most popular theme park worldwide. Guests can enjoy different attractions and live shows based on particular movies and television. Browse Ocean-Florida who cater to holidaymakers, and their team is a Florida specialist. Get the perfect Florida...
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Did Bike Lanes Kill My Favorite Kosher Delicatessen?

After 73 years of serving such favorites as overstuffed pastrami sandwiches, sour pickles, matzo ball soup, potato salad, knishes, rugelach and latkes, the doors of Ben’s Best Kosher Delicatessen were permanently closed as of Saturday, June 30, 2018 — and all purportedly because of bike lanes. Bike lanes?!? The seemingly venerable establishment... The post Did Bike Lanes Kill My Favorite Kosher Delicatessen? appeared first on The Gate.
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Soaking in the Africa wonderland Lake Manyara Tanzania

When you go away... you don't always go on safari do you Just want to be away. Meryl Streep asked Robert Redford in the movie Out of Africa. Thats exactly what I felt when I returned to Africa only after a few months I came back from Kenya. Now
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Mexico Cancun and Playa del Carmen

Love the amazing cenotes and the good food. The the Caribbean blue of course.
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Three Days of Christmas Feasts in Italy

Le Tre Feste di Natale  The Three Christmas Feasts  Most families in Italy begin celebrating il Natale on the evening of December 24 (la vigilia di Natale) with a big dinner. Because Christmas Eve is a vigilia di magro (a day of abstinence on which the Catholic Church prohibits the consumption of meat), the centerpiece of the meal is fish.  The traditional choice is eel, a favorite of the ancient Romans that appears in the earliest known cookbook, written by a gourmand known as Apicius. This...
Tags: Travel, Books, Games, Religion, Rome, Culture, Web/Tech, Weblogs, Language, Italy, Virgin, Catholic Church, Food And Drink, Jesus, Stephen, Siena

Favorite Media of 2018

Yes, it’s finally that time of the year (see 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017) when I take a look back at my favorite media from the past 12 months. As always, this is not a “best” list, but instead a survey of some of my favorite media that released in 2018 that I consumed over the past year. I don’t take in everything, so there’s absolutely tons of things that I haven’t gotten to experience yet that I might like even more than what I have listed here (and I might even make s...
Tags: Travel, Japan, America, Stephen Malkmus, Nintendo, Giants, Yakuza, Conan O Brien, Kimmy Schmidt, Tahiti, Holly Golightly, Nanette, Kotaku Splitscreen, Kiwami, Yoiko, Noclip

France, Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle

16h Un avion Air France en attente Copyright Jacques Witt [Author: Jacques Witt]
Tags: Travel, France, Air France, Blogroll, Roissy Charles de Gaulle, Actualité, Non classé, Photographie, Photojournalisme, Voyages, Jacques Witt

Tchad, N’Djamena

16h La fanfare Tchadienne attend le Président Macron sur le tarmac Copyright Jacques Witt [Author: Jacques Witt]
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No Daily Housekeeping and Linen Changes Every 4th Day at the Brand New Hyatt Regency Seattle

Limited service hotels are a fast growing lodging segment. There's no room service, for instance. Don't expect a bellman or valet. Some ostensibly full service hotels are moving to become limited service, too. The brand new Hyatt Regency Seattle opened December 10th. It's across the street from the Hyatt Olive 8 and near the Grand Hyatt, and is the largest hotel in the Pacific Northwest with over 1200 rooms. And it does not provide daily housekeeping. Continue reading No Daily Housekeepin...
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Amazing & Easy Christmas Tree & Wreath Twist Bread!

One recipe - two amazing breads! Dear Reader, this is one of the most exciting and easiest things to make this Christmas! A delicious, soft bread shaped in both a Christmas tree and then a pretty wreath using the scraps! The bread mixture is based on a super simple pizza dough using just two ingredients and the whole thing is such a cinch it will be our secret about how simple this is!
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Government shutdown closes parts of Washington state national parks, cuts search and rescue staff

Many federal agencies are putting a majority of their employees on furlough during the shutdown reducing services, even if some facilities remain open.
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After another excellent breakfast we headed to Muizenberg Beach. Hugely popular even on this grey Friday. The colourful bathing boxes and white sand with long rolling waves are probably more impressive on a better day and to someone who hasn't always live
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A Sublime Experience at the New Dallas Fort-Worth Centurion Lounge

Five years ago American Express opened their second Centurion lounge at the Dallas Fort-Worth airport. I was impressed. It was stylish. The food and drinks were good. There was even a spa. It didn't stay a secret for long and quickly eligible travelers began flocking to it and spending more time than anyone would have imagined, even factoring in knowing that people will spend more time than you expect in a lounge that's actually nice. A year ago American Express announced they were building a...
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Starwood Guest Reservation Database Security Incident: I Finally Received My Letter From Marriott — Part 2

As the result of an investigation, officials at Marriott International, Incorporated discovered that “there had been unauthorized access to the Starwood network since 2014” and “believes it contains information on up to approximately 500 million guests who made a reservation at a Starwood property.” This is one of the largest database security incidents of all time — ever. The entire contents of that letter... The post Starwood Guest Reservation Database Security Incident: I Finally Received My ...
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In Search of the Origin of “Silent Night”

Silent nights are an uncommon occurrence in The Big Apple, but on a frosty evening in late November, a group of people are gathered at a Colonial-Era churchyard cemetery on the grounds of New York City’s Trinity Church. There’s a nip in the air, but it has zero effect on the feeling of warmth and fellowship amongst the crowd standing under the bright lights of the giant towers of the city’s Financial District. On this night, Lower Manhattan’s nocturnal cacophony of howling sirens, honking car h...
Tags: Travel, Europe, New York City, Toronto, Unesco, Austria, Vienna, Atlantic, Trinity, North America, World Trade Center, Yemen, Salzburg, Darfur, Gruber, Silent Night

Hiking the Y in Provo

Provo was an adventure. It didnt really start out that way but the possibility was there and we took it. The biggest thing or perhaps I should say the longest or highest thing was hiking to the Y on Y Mountain. I had seen that it was a thing t
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The Italy of Photographers - 24 Artists' Tales at the New M9 Museum in Mestre-Venezia

Italy of Photographers at M9 - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) The Italy of Photographers. 24 Artists' Tales is the first temporary exhibition specially developed for the new M9 Museum, a structural design masterpiece by Sauerbruch Hutton that has transformed the heart of Mestre. Curated by Denis Curti, the distinguished art director of Casa dei Tre Oci, the exhibition in the enormous space on the third floor of the museum examines the 20th century as seen through Italian photography.I w...
Tags: Travel, Italy, Palermo, Venice Italy, Mestre, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Casa dei Tre Oci, Marsilio, Sauerbruch Hutton, Letizia Battaglia, Denis Curti, Mario de Biasi, New Multimedia Museum, Mestre Venezia, Franco Basaglia, Gianni Berengo Gardi

How Many People Signed Up for Airline Credit Cards This Year? And 100 Years of Flying the Mail

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading How Many People Signed Up for Airline Credit Cards This Year? And 100 Years of Flying the Mail...
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Rare Beefeaters strike over pensions hits Tower of London

LONDON (AP) — London's famed Beefeaters and other workers at several Royal Palaces have gone on a rare strike in a dispute over pension payments.There were picket lines Friday at the Tower of London, a UNESCO World Heritage site... [Author: [email protected]]
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Winter Solstice Greetings

The Winter Solstice began yesterday at 5:23 PM Eastern Time. It was the shortest day of the year and the first day of winter in the northern hemisphere. Around here (Latitude: 39.68N Longitude: 75.75W) the length of the day was approximately 9 hours and 21 minutes. Happy Winter Solstice. Here’s a track from George Winston … Continue reading Winter Solstice Greetings
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