Summer along California’s Big Sur Coast.

Lots of gray clouds hanging over a gray-green ocean.

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Lots of tourists snapping photos with their camera and cell phones.

Lots of traffic.

For a picture-perfect day trip along California Highway 1 south of Carmel and Monterey, skip driving the cliff-hugging route during summer and come in the fall when the weather will likely be better, the scenery spectacular, and the road less traveled.

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First Take: Apple’s New Mobile Devices

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Much hoopla surrounded this past Tuesday’s announcement of new products by Apple. We’ll take a quick look at the latest offerings from the Cupertino, California company. But first, let’s review what Apple didn’t talk about this week.

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Tales Told From The Road Weekly Travel News Update

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(This edition of the Tales Told From The Road Weekly newspaper features a wide-range of travel-related stories.) Get more travel news! Subscribe to our e-mail updates! Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2014 Dick Jordan

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Images of “Mystery Women”

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The subject of a straightforward, “realistic” painting will temporarily hold the viewer’s attention. But the viewer won’t be able to stop staring at one whose subject is enveloped in an air of mystery. The woman in Leonardo da Vinci ‘s painting,”The Mona Lisa,” is just such a subject. Who is she, and is she actually […]

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Falling in Love (With Venice) All Over Again

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Falling in love with a place once is something many travelers have experienced. But falling in love with the same place twice? Is it possible? After an absence of over two decades, online journalism professor Mindy McAdams of the University of Florida comes back to Venice, Italy, and writes about finding true love of place […]

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Nashville: It’s More Than “Country”

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“Nashville, Tennessee.” See that dot on the map of the U.S. and all you’ll think of is “Country Music.” Well, the city’s Grand Ole Opry does remain a top country music venue. But as this video from The New York Times shows, Nashville has come a long way, baby, from the days when that genre […]

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HISY: Remote Control for “Selfies” and Group Photos

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I recently learned that an Apple earbud will act like a shutter release on a DSLR if the Camera app on an iPhone or iPad is turned on. If you prop up your iPhone or iPad, you can stand or sit back up a few feet away and press the “+” button on the earbud […]

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Riding Into Inner Mongolia

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“Travel Photo Thursday” usually feature my own photographic images. But occasionally I encounter the work of others that is so profoundly good that I feel compelled to share it with you, particularly if it documents an aspect of a place I’ve never visited myself. Inner Mongolia is such a place.

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This TV Program Will Make You Hate Air Travel Even More

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The Smithsonian Channel is going to do something that will so put you off air travel that you may never willingly board a commercial flight again. How? By showing you what the golden age of passenger air travel was like back in the last century when it airs “I Was a Jet Set Stewardess” tonight […]

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Taking in Glasgow

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(Join Last week Tales Told From The Road has completed on a month-long virtual European journey. Here’s a stop we wish we could have made along the way.) Whiskey. Weather. Food (but not haggis). Shopping until we’re dropping. “Vinyl.” Music to our ears. Go out. Hang out. Dancing our shoes off. Whiskey, so much to […]

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Tips for Traveling to Europe

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(Tales Told From The Road just completed a virtual month-long trip across Europe visiting France’s Alsace and Austria’s Tirol regions, and the cities of Berlin, Dresden and Munich in Germany, Prague in the Czech Republic, plus Amsterdam and London. Here are some tips for planning your next European journey.) Here are some things to know […]

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London “Shopping Spree”

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(Join Tales Told From The Road for the final day of its month-long virtual European journey.) Today, after a month long, east-to-west jaunt across the European Continent, we’ll return to where our journey began: London. While we could fly over the English Channel to get there. But instead, we’ll take the fast, just under two […]

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“Marketing” Amsterdam

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(Join Tales Told From The Road as it continues a month-long virtual European journey.) Yesterday as we walked around Amsterdam we saw how bicycles and boats shape life in the city. Today we’ll visit two markedly different markets, one well-known to tourists, the other frequented mainly by “locals.” Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2014 Dick Jordan

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Seeing Amsterdam Without A Car

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(Join Tales Told From The Road resumes its month-long virtual European journey.) Our next stop is Amsterdam. We could drive there from the Alsace, and plenty of cars roll along the city streets, but we won’t need a car to tour the place. We could leave our rental car less than an hour up the […]

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Colmar: “Big City” Alsace

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(Join Tales Told From The Road as it continues its month-long virtual European journey.) While yesterday’s stroll through the vineyards between Ribeauville and Hunawihr tempts us to take a jug of wine, a loaf of bread, and spend the day sitting a picnic table at the edge of those vineyards, as travelers we don’t live […]

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Alsace: The Other Side of the River

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(Tales Told From The Road continues its month-long virtual European journey.) Although we had a lot of fun watching the cows come home yesterday at the Almabtrieb festival, it’s time for us to pack our bags, jump in our rental car, and move on to the next stop on the itinerary: Ribeauville in France’s Alsace […]

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When The Cows Come Home

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(Join Tales Told From The Road as it continues on a month-long virtual European journey.) Skipping out of Munich just before Oktoberfest kicked off has proved a double-bonus. We’ve missed being caught up in hordes of beer-swilling visitors overrunning the city, and stumbled upon a “county fair” version of the homage to that hoppy beverage. […]

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Cross-Country Days in Germany and Austria

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(Join Tales Told From The Road continues on its month-long virtual European journey.) After picking up a rental car at the Munich train station, we’ll drive south and in less than two hours arrive in Reutte, a small town just across the Germany-Austria border that will serve as our base for exploring far southern Bavaria […]

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Oktoberfest (Almost) Time in Munich

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(Tales Told From The Road has been taking its readers on a month-long virtual European journey.) Oktoberfest in Munich is a festival honoring beer, but the name is misleading: It actually begins in late September (this year, on Saturday, the 20th) and extends into October. In order to avoid being swept away in a sea […]

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Battery Can “Swell” and Crack iPhone Screen

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Yesterday I pulled out my iPhone to answer a call, and noticed that the left-hand side of the screen appeared to have pulled away from the case, allowing light to “leak” out from inside of the phone. This puzzled me since I hadn’t dropped the phone recently, and in fact, it was inside of a […]

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South to Bavaria

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(Tales Told From The Road continues its month-long virtual European journey.) Yesterday we finished touring Berlin. The question we now face: What’s the best way to reach the next stop on our itinerary, Munich, the capital of the German state of Bavaria? Since we already know that we’ll be driving a rental car when we […]

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Berlin: In The West

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(Join Tales Told From The Road as its month-long virtual European journey continues.) After yesterday’s excursion into what was once the Communist East Berlin, we’ll tour the western side of the German capital. Heading down Kurfürstendamm (aka “Ku’damm”) brings us to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Unlike the Frauenkirche in Dresden whose World War II […]

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