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Defining The Big Apple: “New York 101″

Book Reviews
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Last week in “Central Park: The Big Apple’s Backyard” we looked at how that big green open space defines New Yorkers’ “play space.” But what objects define the city itself?

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Finding Florence

Destination Updates
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Rome, Venice, Florence. Venice, Rome, Florence, Florence, Venice, Rome. In any order you choose to place them, this triumvirate of Italian cities beckons travelers to come and “Mangia, mangia!” by taking in glorious food, art, architecture and history, gastronomically and visually. During our month-long virtual trip across Europe in August, we didn’t make it to […]

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Tales Told From The Road Weekly Travel News Update

Travel News Updates
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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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Apps To Show Off Your New iPhone 6 Model

App Reviews
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For the last two weeks, I’ve been covering the wonders and woes of Apple’s two new iPhone 6 models. This week I got a chance to take a quick peek at two of the smaller, iPhone 6s, one recently purchased by one of my hiking buddies, the other by a fellow TV producer at the […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: “Reader Photos”

Travel Photo Thursday
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Many U.S. newspapers publish trip photos submitted by readers after they’ve returned from vacation. In fact, my career as travel writer was launched when a story in the San Francisco Chronicle about glacier touring in Southeast Alaska was published a few months after this photos of two dogs eye-balling tourists in Ketchikan ran in the […]

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Space Tourism: Which Ship To Pick For Your Flights?

Travel Essays
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Four and a half years ago when President Obama predicted that Americans would fly through space to Mars within 20 to 30 years my long-held dream of landing on the Red Planet seemed unlikely to be fulfilled in my lifetime. And two months ago, I mulled over the possibility of getting there even if I […]

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Central Park: The Big Apple’s Backyard

Destination Updates
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Arches, Bryce, Canyonlands, Canyon Crater Lake, Capitol Reef, Carlsbad Caverns, Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Guadalupe Mountains, Kings Canyon, Lassen, Mount Rainer, Natural Bridges, Olympic, Point Reyes, Redwood, Sequoia, Yellowstone, Yosemite. Whenever I needed a break far from the madding crowd near my home in the San Francisco Bay Area, those national parks are […]

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Using “Tech” for a “Smoother” Flight

Travel Tech
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Ah, flying. The one thing all travelers have come to hate! But here’s some advice from tech guru, David Pogue (formerly with The New York Times, now a “Yahoo” guy) on how technology can make life “up in the air” (or before you get to the airport) “more better.” Get more travel news! Subscribe to […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Is Black & White “The New Color”?

Travel Photo Thursday
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Orange Is The New Black is a popular TV series. But except for the phrasing of its name and the title of this story, the show has nothing to do with photography. When photographers used film cameras they had to make an important decision before going on a “shoot”: Load the camera with color or […]

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Breaking Up (Your Country) Is Hard To Do

Travel Essays
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Back in the 1962, American pop singer Neil Sedaka’s single, “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” was a hit not only in the U.S. but around the world. But what’s that got to do with “Travel”? Plenty.

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A Perfect Fall Day Along the Big Sur Coast

Destination Updates
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Summer along California’s Big Sur Coast. Lots of gray clouds hanging over a gray-green ocean. 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 […]

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First Take: Apple’s New Mobile Devices

Travel Tech
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(Originally published on September 12, 2014. Last updated on September 27, 2014.) Apple’s new iPhone 6 models will go on sale tomorrow, Friday, September 8th, in Apple and other retail stores, including those of cellular carriers. To help you decide which, if either, phone to buy, read this story which we ran last Friday and […]

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Images of “Mystery Women”

Travel Photo Thursday
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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

Travel Essays
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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”

Destination Updates
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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

Travel Tech
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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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