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Editorial: When are these fees going to end?

As I’ve written many times before, and most recently at the announcement that an airline would charge for a checked bag, the basic economics of flying vs. the price of a ticket are seriously out of whack!  Although the cost of doing business has risen substantially, the cost of flying has not.  In fact, even […]

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Back to Basics: Check Your Hotel Bill

The morning of checking out of your hotel can be a hectic time, getting dressed and ready to leave and making sure all of your things are packed.  If you’re traveling with kids the list of things that you are responsible for is even longer! Some of the stuff cannot be done till the last […]

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Back to Basics: Stand Right, Walk Left

There is etiquette to be considered on escalators and moving sidewalks.  It’s really very simple — STAND RIGHT — WALK LEFT! What does this mean?  If you are going to remain stationary while riding the escalator or the people-mover (moving sidewalk), stand single file on the right side, allowing people who are walking to pass […]

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Gondola Rides on Lake Merritt

While it may not be the Grand Canal in Venice, you can experience an authentic Venetian Gondola ride on Lake Merritt in Oakland, California. Operating year round, Gondola Servizio offers private tours (meaning you are not thrown together with strangers) on a reservation only basis.  Come as a couple for a romantic sunset rid, or […]

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Walking the Ruins at Pompeii

I’m still traveling, and wanted to share another photo from the road.  This one is of the ruins at Pompeii.  It was a warm day, and I spent hours wandering the ruins and marveling at this ancient civilization.  There’ll be more about this fascinating place in a later post. _______________________________________________

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A Look at the Duomo in Florence

I spent a day in Florence getting just a taste of the Renaissance Art of the region.  This photo is of the Duomo, one of many must-see attractions in the city.  (I’ll have lots more details about various parts of my trip to Italy over the next several months, so be sure to keep reading!) […]

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A Sunny Day at the Vatican

I’m bringing you another photo from my trip to Italy, this one of Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. I’m in Tuscany now, and hope to share some additional photos from my week here at a farmhouse.

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My First View of Rome

Rome has been wonderful so far, and I regret that my time here was so short.  Everywhere you turn there is such a sense of history and wonder.  My first real impression of the city was coming up from the subway (Colosseo stop) and finding this in front of you.  It literally took my breath […]

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Slurp Up a Tuba!

I discovered a drink called “tuba” that I haven’t been able to find anywhere else.  At first I was a little hesitant to give it a try. It’s typically found on the the streets and beaches, not necessarily the best places to give new food a try.  But try it I did, and it was […]

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You’ll Never Want to Leave: Hilton Union Square, San Francisco

It seems like everyone thinks about romance in February, but once Valentine’s Day passes, romance gets short shrift. One way […]

You’ll Never Want to Leave: Pantai Inn, La Jolla

For much of the northern hemisphere, January is winter and with it, the cold – often brutally cold – rain, […]

Introducing the Travel Reading List Challenge

Today I’m excited to announce the first of a couple of new projects that I’m launching for 2018 – the […]

2017: A Year of Travel in Review

While 2016 was a big year for international travel, 2017 represented a year spent enjoying destinations and activities closer to […]