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The best coffee in Panama

Coffee is something most of us take for granted. It shows up in our cups every morning, whether we take the time to grind our own beans or simply order the usual from a local cafe. But when you see the effort and care that goes into growing, harvesting, drying, and roasting coffee, it opens your eyes to how precious a simple cup actually is. Making a pilgrimage to the source during harvest will deepen your respect for the drink that gets you up every morning, and there’s no better place to se...
Tags: Travel, Coffee, San Francisco, Best, World, Colombia, Brazil, Bristol, Costa Rica, Panama, Latin America, Luna, Panama City, All, Volcan, Boquete


Supreme Court won't hear B&B appeal denying gay couple, city council wants to evacuate Honolulu Hale, Southwest Airlines lands inaugural flight, taxpayers lose in failed Kauai dairy farm, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Honolulu Hale ©2019 All Hawaii News Supreme Court rejects Hawaii B&B owner who denied room to gay couple. The justices on Monday are leaving in place Hawaiian state court rulings that found the Aloha Bed & Breakfast in Honolulu violated Hawaii’s anti-discrimination law by turning the couple away. Associated Press.Buyer Beware: Oceanfront Homes Keep Going Up Despite Rising Seas. Now, Hawaii lawmakers are considering bills that force sellers to tell prospective owners about vulnerable coast...
Tags: Travel, Supreme Court, California, Senate, San Francisco, South Dakota, Hawaii, Associated Press, Southwest Airlines, Big Island, Hawaii Island, North Shore, Kauai, Honolulu, Legislature, West Hawaii


25 FREE Things to do in Vancouver in 2019

We’ve lived in Vancouver for over 15 years and, during this time, we’ve hosted many first time visitors to the city. We’re often asked the question, “what are the most popular things to do in Vancouver?”  Our responses tend to vary depending on the time of year, but there are several places in Vancouver that we always recommend to first time visitors. The must see attractions that make Vancouver an awesome city. Last summer, we wrote a detailed post that highlights 25 Awesome Day Trips from Van...
Tags: Travel, Asia, San Francisco, Canada, New Brunswick, Alaska, Adventures, Shanghai, Vancouver, North America, Whistler, British Columbia, Chinatown, North Shore, Travel Stories, Top Lists


Power distribution

When I was in college, I worked between semesters as an office temp. Several of my jobs were at the power company in San Francisco. The jobs weren't particularly challenging, which meant I was good at them with minimal effort. Along the way, I learned a few things (very few) about electric power generation and distribution. These look like transmission lines. There is a difference between power transmission and distribution. The big power lines we see held up high by large steel towers and spa...
Tags: Travel, San Francisco, WCS, Whatnot, Puy-en-velay


Cost of living around the world

Rent sucks everywhere . Half of the United States is rent-burdened, meaning they spend more than one-third of their income on rent. And when you hear a stat like that, sometimes you think moving to another country might help your situation. But the truth is, it’s tough around the world. To see exactly how tough it’s gotten, relatively, the furnished apartment experts at Nestpick examined 740 neighborhoods in 50 cities, then determined the annual salary a single person would need to live in ea...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, New York, London, California, France, China, Germany, Boston, Berlin, Singapore, New York City, US, Toronto


Bay Area gets more rain than Seattle

Seattle might be the US city most stereotypically associated with heavy amounts of rainfall, but this year, the San Francisco’s Bay Area is blowing it out of the water. According to Mike Nicco, ABC7 News meteorologist, “San Francisco, San Jose and Santa Rosa have each received more than 45 days of rain so far this year. Seattle has received 39 days of rain. Portland has received 42.” While you might think the rain has dampened the spirit of San Franciscans, that’s actually not entirely true. ...
Tags: Travel, California, US, San Francisco, Portland, Rain, Seattle, Bay Area, All, San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Rosa, San Francisco San Jose, Nicco, Mike Nicco


What's the Worst Tourist Trap in Your City?

In New York, skip the Statue of Liberty and take the Staten Island Ferry; walk the Manhattan Bridge instead of the Brooklyn Bridge. In Portland, don’t go to Voodoo Donuts, go to Blue Star. In San Francisco, don’t eat at the Stinking Rose; look at the smaller Italian restaurants nearby. Every city (and every state) …Read more...
Tags: Travel, New York, Tell US, San Francisco, Cities, Tourism, Portland, Lifehacks, Staten Island, Brooklyn Bridge, Your City, Manhattan Bridge, Voodoo Donuts


Niantic’s Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is a sorcerous smorgasbord for the Pokémon GO generation

Niantic’s follow-up to the absurdly popular Pokémon GO, the long-awaited Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, has one major drawback: unlike its predecessor, you can’t explain it in a single sentence. There’s so much to do in this game that it may repel some casual players — but while its depths of systems and collectibles may be nigh endless, don’t worry: you still basically just walk around doing wizard and witch stuff. I got to spend a short time playing the game at Niantic’s office in San Francis...
Tags: Travel, TC, Gadgets, Mobile, Gaming, San Francisco, Pokemon, Harry Potter, Augmented Reality, Warner Bros, Warner Brothers, Fortress, Hermione Granger, Golden Gate Park, Rowling, Hogwarts


Week 14: Relaxing at Stunning Lake Mead, Nevada

This week was all about taking it slow and enjoying the stunning lakeside views and desert landscape from our campsite. I was happy to hear the coyotes howl at night as we sat around the campfire – finally a place we can have one again. Lake Mead RV Village I had time to set up a new homeschooling routine for the girls, catch up on work and exercise. We were able to use this time also to run a few errands – put Kalyra’s broken camera into Best Buy for repair. Thankfully I bought the protecti...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Utah, Usa, Instagram, US, San Francisco, Facebook Messenger, Chromebook, Arizona, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Nevada, Hoover, Vegas, Family Travel


March News from Dianne

“Imagine a world without Italy: Painting without Leonardo. Sculpture without Michelangelo. Literature without Dante. No Verdi choruses or Puccini arias. No Fellini films or Ferrari roar. Heavens uncharted, vines unplanted, tables bereft of pasta, pizza, and a Sicilian cake so divine that its bakers swore it could make the dead breathe again.”, This is how LA PASSIONE: How Italy Seduced the World begins. Western culture is indeed unimaginable without Italy. Its borders contain more  of ...
Tags: Travel, California, San Francisco, Unesco, Italy, Houston, Florence, Dianne, Dianne Hales, Castiglion Fiorentino, La Passione, Frances Mayes Libreria Pino, Lisa Engelken Il Cenacolo, East Bay Stanford Women 's Book Club, Orinda Books, Rita Richardson


Equity transcribed: Y Combinator, Airbnb and HotelTonight

We’re starting an experiment for Extra Crunch members that puts the words of our wildly popular venture capital podcast, Equity, in your eyes instead of your ears. This week, the team discussed Y Combinator moving to San Francisco, Airbnb acquiring HotelTonight and an infusion of cash into the ride-hailing industry. But maybe you don’t like podcasts. Or maybe you don’t subscribe to Equity yet (why not?). Below is the transcription of this week’s episode so you can read what you’ve been missin...
Tags: Travel, TC, Oregon, San Francisco, Munchery, Silicon Valley, Kate, Seattle, Alex, Nea, New Enterprise Associates, Alex Wilhelm, Bay, SUNNYVALE, San Francisco Airbnb, Charles Hudson


Startups Weekly: What’s up with YC? Plus, mobility layoffs and Airbnb’s grand plans

Where to begin… Netflix darling Marie Kondo is hitting up Sand Hill Road in search of $40 million to fund an ecommerce platform, Y Combinator is giving $150,000 to a startup building a $380,000 flying motorcycle (because why not) and Jibo, the social robot, is calling it quits, speaking to owners directly of its imminent shutdown. It was a hectic week in unicorn land so, I’m just going to get right to the good stuff. Changes at Y Combinator Where to begin! Not only did the prolific accele...
Tags: Travel, Startups, Lyft, Y Combinator, Japan, Texas, Money, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Softbank, Funding, San Francisco, Chief executive officer, Ceo, Economy, Austin


What Are The Top Challenges Facing the Travel Industry In 2019?

Previously, here at SiteVisibility, we’ve made predictions for some of the major challenges we expected retailers and hotels to face in the year ahead. We had a great response to each of these blog posts with both proving extremely popular and as such, we thought we’d follow up with similar posts for 2019. The travel industry is one that is going through major disruption and so this time round, I’m going to be investigating the top challenges facing the travel industry in 2019. In this blog post...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, New York, Microsoft, Wikipedia, New York City, San Francisco, Social Media, Sem, Chicago, Ryanair, Heathrow, Vr, Airbnb, Airlines


San Francisco USA 'Let's go let's go to San Francisco ...'

I wasnt looking forward to this journey a it was overnight and Im hopeless with those as I cant sleep on planes b we had to transit to another plane somewhere in the middle and our experiences with plane swaps had not been good so far and c
Tags: Travel, San Francisco, San Francisco USA


Tunnels found beneath Alcatraz

Tunnels were just discovered under the infamous high-security penitentiary of Alcatraz, but, surprisingly, they aren’t relics of prisoners’ attempts to escape. Archaeologists have long suspected that the prison was built over a Civil War-era military fortification, and these findings confirm it. Experts used ground-penetrating radar and terrestrial laser scans (to avoid disturbing the land while digging), as well as historical maps and photographs to find a series of tunnels, fully buried str...
Tags: Travel, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Pbs, San Francisco Bay, All, Alcatraz Island, Alcatraz, Timothy de Smet


Alaska Airlines has huge Hawaii sale

Southwest Airlines is now flying to Hawaii, but Alaska Airlines isn’t letting it have all the fun. It’s doing its best to keep up by offering its own low fares to Hawaii. The Further Faster Sale includes incredibly cheap one-way fares between various major US cities and a range of destinations in Hawaii, including Honolulu, Kauai, Kona, and Maui. Here are some of the best fares available right now: Oakland to Kona for $169 Sacramento to Kona for $179 San Francisco to Honolulu for $179 San Di...
Tags: Travel, US, Sacramento, San Francisco, Hawaii, San Diego, Oakland, Seattle, Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Maui, All, Honolulu, Kona, Flight Deals, Honolulu Kauai Kona


The Best Wineries a Short Drive from San Francisco

The Best Wineries a Short Drive from San Francisco The wine country in San Francisco’s backyard is a place that’s ideal for group travel. The very famous Napa and Sonoma Valley are practically made to be experienced with friends, especially once you count the amazing wine in the equation. A lot of these wineries offer the full visitor’s experience, so you’ll get to taste […] The post The Best Wineries a Short Drive from San Francisco appeared first on As We Travel - The World - Travel, Traveling...
Tags: Travel, San Francisco, Napa, North America, Sonoma Valley


U.S. mobile bank Chime raises $200 million, valuing its business at $1.5 billion

San Francisco-based mobile banking startup Chime announced this morning it has raised an additional $200 million in Series D financing led by DST Global, valuing its business at $1.5 billion. The oversubscribed round also included participation from new investors Coatue, General Atlantic, ICONIQ Capital and Dragoneer Investment Group, along with existing investors Menlo Ventures, Forerunner Ventures, Cathay Innovation and others. To date, Chime has raised approximately $300 million, including...
Tags: Travel, San Francisco, Comcast, Square, DST Global, SoFi, Dragoneer Investment Group, Cto, FDIC, American Banker, Plaxo, Chime, Ryan King, Moven, Brian Mullins, Chris Britt


6 American Cities I Think You Should Visit This Spring

Somehow it’s already March; a fact that still puzzles me to be honest. However, this is when people are planning their trips for the year or that quick getaway this spring. Since I’ve done a lot of US exploring in recent years, I thought I’d share some of my favorite places around the country that are fantastic to visit, no matter the time of year really. Washington, DC I have to start with my hometown for a variety of reasons. This is one of the few seasons when the temperatures aren’t too ext...
Tags: Travel, New York, Mexico, US, America, San Francisco, Washington Dc, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Starbucks, Seattle, Detroit, Santa Fe, Denver, Pacific Northwest, Destinations


The best Little Italys in America

If you’re on the keto diet, don’t even bother reading this story. Because no human even hears the words “Little Italy” without smelling garlic, tasting red wine, and reflexively slipping into a carb-induced food coma. Typically, the Italian food in any neighborhood called “Little Italy” is worth the calories. You can certainly go to Little Italys in New York, Chicago, Philly, and San Francisco and be guaranteed a great meal, but Italian enclaves aren’t limited to huge cities, and the widespr...
Tags: Travel, New York, Milan, California, Boston, America, San Francisco, Italy, San Diego, Philadelphia, Santa, Cleveland, St Louis, Baltimore, Rhode Island, New England


Why You May Want to Retire to Living in Hotels (It’s Cheaper)

Back when Priceline was at it's most useful, in the early 2000s, there were deals ot be had in major cities for nice hotels in the $30s and $40s per night. There was a frequent flyer living at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. Back then you'd earn stay credit as long as you charged something to your room, like a phone call and you would receive elite benefits even on Priceline stays. For about $32 a night he had a San Francisco apartment complete with daily housekeeping and club lounge access f...
Tags: Travel, Advice, San Francisco, Priceline, Hyatt Regency San Francisco


Delta Pushes to End Its Narita Hub, But Others Have a Different Plan

Next year, another round of slots at Tokyo’s close-in Haneda airport opens up, and the battle to procure them has begun. American, Delta, Hawaiian, and United have all staked their claims with some looking to gain more than others. This isn’t a transformative change for any of the airlines except for Delta. If Delta gets what it wants, it should mean the end of its Narita operation entirely. I’m sure I don’t need to remind you why Haneda is so much more desirable than Narita, but, well, of...
Tags: Travel, Japan, La, Singapore, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Delta, Dallas, Tokyo, Las Vegas, United, American, Japan Airlines, Ana, Honolulu


Best things to do in Columbus, Ohio

Cities on the coasts like San Francisco and New York City offer a cultured vibe that’s hard to match. But with the astronomical cost of living and ultra-competitive housing markets, simply surviving in a trendy urban center is increasingly difficult to afford. People looking for an innovative and entertaining place to live that won’t empty your bank account shouldn’t pigeonhole themselves along the Atlantic or Pacific, though. They should instead be looking toward the Midwest. More specifical...
Tags: Travel, Etsy, New York City, US, America, San Francisco, Fox, Atlantic, Portland, Ohio, Bob, Fast Company, Columbus, Grant, Louvre, All


Weekly Roundup, Friday 22 February 2019

Enjoy the good life in the beautiful towns and villages of France’s Loire Valley this September. See details below. Good morningThere’s more craziness this week than I can remember for a long while, and much of it gleefully commented on in the last couple of items below.I prepared a review of a fun little gadget that I’d got prior to Christmas, and was going to present it to you this morning.  But I checked and could no longer find the gadget on Amazon, or on the official supplier website either...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Europe, England, London, California, France, Scotland, Trains, Miscellaneous, US, Samsung, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Newsletter


Best weed dispensaries in the US

Recreational cannabis is legal in 10 states, and a number of states like New York and New Jersey are in the process of legalizing. And it’s not just for the locals — cannabis tourism has shifted from something you did once while in Amsterdam to something you can do without leaving the US. For people new to the idea of legal weed, the novelty of being able to stroll into a business and walk out with a bag of marijuana will be cool the first couple of times you do it no matter which shop you go...
Tags: Travel, Apple, New York, Colorado, California, Washington, Oregon, La, Massachusetts, US, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Best, Alaska, Iowa


An Appreciation for the A380, an Airplane That Never Should Have Been Built

Less than 20 years after the aircraft program was launched, Airbus announced last week that it would begin winding down production on the A380. I’ve always thought this was an airplane that never should have been built. If Airbus breaks even on this program, then that would be the best possible outcome. If that doesn’t scream “not successful,” I don’t know what does. But that doesn’t mean it was all bad. In fact, as a passenger, the airplane was — and is — a delight to fly. So, consider th...
Tags: Travel, China, Singapore, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Qatar, Chicago, Frankfurt, Malaysia, Paris, Emirates, Dubai, Qantas, Miami, Airbus


Air Italy’s Strangely Fickle Network Strategy

Since it’s a holiday here in the US, I thought I’d post something from abroad since I have a backlog of posts. And what market is more fun than the Italian market? So, let’s talk about Air Italy. When Qatar poured money into Meridiana, rebranded it as Air Italy, and decided to completely shake up the network, you would have thought it would have been striving for stability for awhile to help build its customer base. If so, then you thought wrong. Air Italy has been all over the map, adding...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Milan, India, US, Toronto, San Francisco, Qatar, Earth, Chicago, Italy, Miami, Mumbai, Bangkok, Naples, Catania


ETW #2 Travel to Italy | Interview with Stephen Oddo

From to Naples to Milan and everywhere in-between, learn how to plan the perfect trip to Italy with top travel tips provided by Stephen Oddo, co-founder of Walks of Italy. Episode #2 is all about how to plan the best trip to Italy, whether it’s your first time or one of many. Italy is one of those rare destinations around the world that has captured the imaginations of almost every tourist. Either you want to visit or you have already visited, Italy is one of the most popular countries in th...
Tags: Travel, Milan, San Francisco, Rome, Italy, Venice, Florence, Stephen, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, Twitter Facebook, ETW, Explore the World Travel Podcast, Stephen Oddo, Venice Milan


February News from Dianne

Cari amici, While many people in northern climes are eagerly awaiting the first signs of Spring, I'm also counting the days to publication of LA PASSIONE on April 16. Here's the final proof of the front cover--and some pre-pub reviews that warmed my heart: "In this inquisitive celebration of the Italian spirit, Hales traverses the country, exploring its history and culture...The chapters on food will delight readers with descriptions of artisan foods... Sure to inspire many vacations, this vol...
Tags: Travel, San Francisco, United States, Italy, Florence, Hales, Tuscany, Bay, Rita, Cortona, Dianne, Cari, Frances Mayes, Dianne Hales, Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, Rita Morgan Richardson


Great Business Class Award Availability to Tahiti

French Polynesia is one of the toughest awards to book, because service is limited. There aren't a lot of options for getting there, even if you're willing to connect. The major carrier is Air Tahiti Nui, which serves Los Angeles - Papeete. Air France also operates that route three times a week. United flies three days a week from San Francisco and has good award space in coach. Hawaiian flies Saturday service from Honolulu. Whether or not business class awards are possible is a yes/no propo...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Delta, United, American Airlines, Honolulu, Tahiti, Polynesia, Air Tahiti Nui, Papeete Tahiti, Los Angeles Papeete Air France



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