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What I Tweet About and Why

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If you follow me (talestold) on Twitter, you won’t learn when I last trimmed my toenails, what I (or my cat, Scout) had for breakfast, lunch and dinner (unless I’m On The Road), or much else of a “personal” nature. (Okay, so I did “tweet” about my car’s battery going dead on December 16th, but […]

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Derailed: The Eurostar “Chunnel” Train

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In my December 15th post, “Riding the Rails Through The Snow to Grandmother’s House (In Chicago)”, I said “we still don’t have a national passenger train system that comes anywhere near that I found throughout Europe in September of 2009 when I rode the rails in comfort and style from Prague to Dresden, Dresden to […]

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Other Travelers' Tales As Holiday Gifts

Christmas

Still shopping until you’re dropping with less than a week to go before Christmas?  Wrapping up some good books and putting them under the tree will be sure to please.The Travelers’ Tales Web site offers up many gift-giving suggestions, like Rolf Potts‘ Marco Polo Didn’t Go There (see my October 15th “Hitting the Books Again” […]

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Tales Told From The Road Opens a Store on Amazon.com

Amazon.com

Tales Told From The Road has opened a store on Amazon.com.  The store lists books (you will find most, if not all of these, in the “What To Read On The Road” section of this blog) and movies I recommend for travelers, in geographic arrangement.  Look for the store to have more listings in the […]

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Riding the Rails Through The Snow To Grandmother’s House (In Chicago)

Amtrak

It’s been nearly 40 years since private railroads threw in the towel and stopped transporting passengers from place to place in America and Amtrak took over that task.  Alas, we still don’t have a national passenger train system that comes anywhere near that I found throughout Europe in September of 2009 when I rode the […]

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Time Travel: New York, Before It Was New York

Armchair Travel

Human migration, voyages of exploration, moving from a hunter-gather to an agrarian-civilized lifestyle, and even leisure travel, has changed the face of the planet.  Often what once was now lies beneath layers of asphalt and concrete, or the weight of both low and high-rise buildings. In “Before New York“, National Geographic senior editor Peter Miller […]

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Wilderness – Closed For the Season?

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“Hello, Wilderness Mecca, how can I help you?” “Oh, I’m so, sorry, but just everything is booked everywhere.“ “No, walk-ins aren’t permitted. We are not into spontaneity. One must plan, plan, plan ahead.” San Francisco Chronicle outdoor writer Tom Stienstra begins his Sunday, December 13, 2009 story “Parks step up permit game, so be ready” […]

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"Extreme Travel": Living on A Razor's Edge

Armchair Travel

For me, living on a razor’s edge when I’m traveling means making sure I can get a close shave in the morning.  For writer Neil Shea and photographer Stephen Alvarez, it meant risking life and limb navigating their way through the maze of spiky stone towers in Madagascar‘s Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park and Reserve.  […]

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Tales Told From The Road Now Automatically Posts to Twitter and Facebook!

Blog

New posts to the Tales Told From The Road blogsite now post automatically to Twitter and Facebook.

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A Narrow Escape in London

Arts and Entertainment

Here’s a lede (opening paragraph) for a travel story I’m working on: “If Samson, club held high, had connected with my skull, I would have been as dead as the people whose names grace the building where we encountered each other one September afternoon. Lucky for me, his menacing arm was frozen in time. And […]

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Toilet Training

British Airways

(September 3, 2009) As our British Airways flight from London climbed to cruising altitude on the way to Prague, head flight attendant announced that drink service would begin once the captain turned off the seatbelt sign.  A few minutes later, he announced that there was a problem with the fresh water system on the aircraft […]

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