Sunday Stories for December 27th, 2015

It’s the last Sunday of 2015 and that means this is the last roundup of Sunday Stories for the year. I have a good time sharing interesting articles, blog posts, and bit and pieces of news that I’ve found throughout the week. The stories usually focus on the themes you’ll find me writing about – travel and tourism, blogging and social media, Seattle, and food, with the random quirky bit thrown in for good measure.

I hear from readers that food related stories are a big hit, so in 2016 you can expect to see more of that type of content. I’m also working on some formatting changes and other tweaks that will make it easier for me to share, and easier for you to read. Till the new year, let’s jump right in with what’s up this week.

Outdoor exhibits at Topography of Terror, Berlin

Outdoor exhibits at Topography of Terror, Berlin

Berlin: 15 Free and affordable museums under €10

A good round up of free and modestly priced museums in Berlin. I wouldn’t try to get all of these done in one visit (some of them were pretty heavy and I needed some recovery time to avoid total depression),though. One of my favorites – and one I’d highly recommend – is the Topography of Terror.

That said, there are still plenty of free or relatively cheap museums in Berlin. We’ve put together a list below, and included some additional tips for how to get more cultural bang for your buck.

Read original article here: Berlin: 15 Free and affordable museums under €10

How to Find the Best Airfare on Short Notice: The Extra Mile

I’m often asked about best pricing for flights. I have no clue, but my friend Ramsey does. He’s my go-to go for all things flights and points related.

Buying airline tickets is a lot like gambling or day-trading stocks. Fares go up and down unpredictably. As you get closer to your date of travel, it’s mostly up. But buying a ticket far in advance is not always the answer.

Read original article here: How to Find the Best Airfare on Short Notice: The Extra Mile

The One Place to Visit in each of Pennsylvania’s 67 Counties

There is so much of Pennsylvania that I’ve haven’t seen (like most of the state except for Philly), and I’ll be using this list as a guide on future trips.

Earlier this year, I completed my goal of visiting at least one tourist attraction in all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.

Read original article here: The One Place to Visit in each of Pennsylvania’s 67 Counties

Heidelberg

Heidelberg, Germany

A Food Lover’s Guide to Heidelberg, Germany

We stopped in Heidelberg on our Viking River cruise. We loved so many of the food items we found that we brought some home with us. Shhhh, they’re Christmas gifts for some of you. This is a nice wrap up of some of our favorites, as well as some of the things we missed.

At this time of year I’m looking for dishes that are comforting against the winter cold and the traditional German food we ate in Heidelberg was just what was needed to fuel our weekend break.

Read original article here: A Food Lover’s Guide to Heidelberg, Germany

Best Red Wines Under $20

I’m heading off to buy every single one of these bottles!

France and California make strong showings in this year’s edition of the best red wines under $20, but we cover everything from Argentina to Washington, with stops in Australia, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Washington and even Turkey along the way!

Read original article here: Best Red Wines Under $20

Hilton Testing Additional $50 Cancellation Fee

I can understand fees for last minute cancellations. After all, the room has been taken out of inventory, preventing it from being booked to someone else. But, a fee for ANY TIME after booking strikes me as a greedy money grab, especially when there’s time and it could be booked. What do you think of this move by Hilton?

Hilton is testing a new $50 cancellation fee applied to reservations canceled any time after a guest books a room. . . .

Paris Chocolate Shops: Do’s and Don’ts of Buying French Chocolate

After wine and macarons, chocolate is one of my favorite things in Paris. This article came with some great recommendations about the shopping and selection experience.

The French have elevated the chocolate craft to an art form, and although there are spectacularly talented artisans all around the country, it is in Paris that you’ll find the highest concentration.

Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

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