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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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Armchair Travel: City Of Thieves

Armchair Travel

David Benioff’s novel City of Thieves has it all:  The frozen winter landscape of Russia, death, betrayal, friendship, thievery, destruction, evil, and lust.  Lust for women, lust for men, lust for survival, and lust for food. Set during the siege of Leningrad in World Word II, it is the story of two incongruous companions: Young […]

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Blast From The Past: The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of Tourists

Trip Blog Posts

It was very warm day in Salzburg this morning before we departed on our “Sound of Music” tour with Bruno, our local Austrian guide. Although the tour focuses on locations in and near town where scenes for the famous Julie Andrews movie were filmed, we drove along several narrow roads through the foothills of the […]

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Travel Tech: Paperless Boarding Passes

Travel Tech

My sister-in-law, who is visiting from Phoenix over the July Fourth weekend, asked me to use my desktop computer to check-in and print out a boarding pass for her flight home on Southwest Airlines on Monday.  Unfortunately, we’ll be at friends’ Independence Day party today so I wouldn’t be able to do so until we […]

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Travel Essay: By The Rockets’ Red Glare

Travel Essays

For the past three nights I’ve heard the explosions from miles away.  I’m not in Afghanistan or Iraq; I live near San Francisco.  It’s just fireworks, bombs bursting in air, going off in the sky over the nearby County Fairgrounds. When I was growing up as a kid in Seattle, the Fourth of July was […]

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Destination Update (7/1/10)

Destination Updates

Here are this week’s travel destination stories on the Web: There Is (Food) “There” In Oakland (The New York Times) Money-Saving London Lodgings (GoNOMAD.com) “Off-Road” In Yosemite (San Francisco Chronicle) Henry James’ Assisi (The New York Times) Tying The Knot In Aloha Land (SFGate.com) London Restaurant Revolution (The Wall Street Journal) How To Order Ramen […]

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Travel News Update (6/30/10)

Travel News Updates

Here are this week’s travel and travel technology stories on the Web: High In The Sky Wi-Fi (The New York Times) Connect With BootsnAll Facebook App (The Seattle Times) On The (July 4th) Road Again! (AAA Travel Views) Favorite iPhone Travel Apps (BootsnAll.com) Gadgets To Go (The New York Times) Surf’s Up! (On Your Smartphone) […]

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Blast From The Past: Come On Home, Mozart!

Trip Blog Posts

It was another sunny and warm day (80′s) in Austria as we rolled down the railway from Vienna to Mozart’s hometown of Salzburg, passing through the bucolic Danube Valley to the foot of the Alps. While Vienna is a major city like San Francisco, Salzburg is definitely a tourist-only destination. Like Italian towns, its narrow, […]

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Travel Essay: On the Value of Photos

Travel Essays

What is the value of a picture? One thousand words? Ten thousand words?  And who came up with the concept of assigning a numerical value to pictures in the first place? As a travel writer I know that photographs have value.  The one shown at the left helped me sell a story about Sitka, Alaska […]

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Tech Tip: Electronic vs. Print Guidebooks

Travel Tech

I took my iPhone 3Gs with me to Europe last September and downloaded the Kindle version of Rick Steve’s London guidebook to it.  I also took along the print version of Rick’s book so I could determine the benefits of using each. Since the Wimbledon tennis tournament is going on as I type this post, […]

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Destination Update (6/24/10)

Destination Updates

Here are this week’s travel destination stories on the Web: High Sierra Summer (San Francisco Chronicle) Upscale U.S. Rail Travel (The Los Angeles Times) Driving The Blue Ridge Parkway (AP via The Seattle Times) Big Apple Boutique Hotels (The New York Times) Amtraking America (The Los Angeles Times) An Alaskan Summer Solstice (The Oregonian) Lerici?  […]

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