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Great Summer “Reads”

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Summer. It’s a great time to kick back and read all of those books that have been sitting, untouched, in big piles around your house or apartment. Although summer arrived over a week ago, like all procrastinating writers, I’m just getting around to publishing this year’s list of suggested summer “reads,” compiled with the help […]

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The “Golden Age” of Air Travel Has Flown Away

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Air travel. Today we love to hate it. But there was a time, still clear in the memory of living Americans, when flying was fun, glamorous, and the the way to travel. The plane that changed the travel game for all of us, even those of quite modest means, was envisioned and constructed by a […]

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“Lately Lily: The Adventures of a Travelling Girl”

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By SHERI RADFORDWhether around the world or around the corner to Grandma’s house, travel can be both scary and exciting for kids. The protagonist in Lately Lily: The Adventures of a Travelling Girl by Micah Player has been everywhere on the globe,…

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2013 Holiday Book Giving Guide

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If you’re having trouble deciding what “stuff” to give as gifts this holiday season, consider not giving “stuff” to anyone. After all, they probably already have too much “stuff” that they really don’t need or use stuffed in closets, drawers, and a three-car garage so overstuffed with “stuff” that they can’t even park a single […]

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Living in Space, Living on Earth

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Seattle-based travel writer and blogger, Pam Mandel, has traveled to Hawaii and plays the ukulele. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has traveled to the International Space Station and plays the guitar. This past weekend they came to Earth with their string instruments at the legendary San Francisco Bay Area bookstore, Book Passage in Corte Madera. They […]

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“The Telling Room”: Spanish Caves and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese

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(This story has been made available to Tales Told From The Road by the news syndication service Repost.us.) The Telling Room (via The Christian Science Monitor) The Telling Room, by Michael Paterniti, Random House, 368 pp. In rural Spain there exist caves dug in the hillsides called bodegas. Each bodega has an entry room, a threshold […]

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Bad Air: Is the Air Travel Experience Getting Worse?

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Is it just me, or is it getting more crowded in here? That’s what I think when I fly in the “Coach” or “Economy” cabin of an airliner these days. As it turns out, I’m not wrong. The “pitch” (which most passengers think of as “legroom”) between the seats in those cabins has decreased by […]

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“Lights, Camera…Travel!”

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 “Lights, Camera…Action!” That’s what the director tells the crew at the beginning of a film “take.” In a play on this phrase, legendary travel writer and editor, Don George, and actor (Pretty in Pink) and top travel writer in his own right, Andrew McCarthy, have assembled a series of short travel stories from a “star-studded […]

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Amsterdam: “In the City of Bikes”

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(This story has been made available to Tales Told From The Road by the news syndication service Repost.us.) In the City of Bikes (via The Christian Science Monitor) In The City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist by Pete Jordan Harper Perennial 448 pages When Princess Wilhelmina of the Netherlands was 16, she […]

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Here, There, Elsewhere: Stories from the Road

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(This story has been made available to Tales Told From The Road by the news syndication service Repost.us.) Here, There, Elsewhere: Stories from the Road (via The Christian Science Monitor) Here, There, Elsewhere: Stories from the Road By William Least Heat-Moon Little, Brown and Company 416 pp. William Least Heat-Moon is an ambitious traveler, as […]

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Miami: Dave Barry’s “Insane City”

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(This story has been made available to Tales Told From The Road by the news syndication service Repost.us.) Insane City (via The Christian Science Monitor) Insane City by Dave Barry Penguin Group 352 pp. I think Dave Barry uses Miami as the setting for so much of his writing because he feels it’s easier for […]

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“Shadow on the Crown”: An 11th Century Thriller

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It’s November, 1001 A.D., and the recent death of his wife has left the King of England between a hard place and rock. He won’t be lacking “female companionship.” After all, he is the king. No woman of his realm would dare decline an invitation to come into his bedchamber for a nightcap. While he’d […]

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10 Books for Travelers on Your Christmas Gift List

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Every writer’s bookcase is crammed with works by other writers. And every travel writer’s bookcase is chock-a-block with tales of people and places. Here are ten books from my own library of travel writing that you can be happy giving as gifts this holiday season. Road Fever (Tim Cahill). Legendary travel writer Tim Cahill takes […]

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“American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon”

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American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon (via http://riflings.com) A hunt for the American buffalo—an adventurous, fascinating examination of an animal that has haunted the American imagination. In 2005, Steven Rinella won a lottery permit to hunt for a wild buffalo, or American bison, in the Alaskan wilderness. Despite the odds—there’s only a 2 percent chance… […]

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Holiday Gift Shopping Solved: The Aunt Lydia Book Club

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OMG! “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving shopping “feeding frenzy,” is just a month away! After stuffing your face with a turkey dinner and all of the trimmings, you could camp out at the shopping mall or in front of your favorite big-box store, or set your alarm to get up at 3 am, in […]

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Retracing Your Travels With Books

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Guidebooks are great for planning a trip and helping you decide what to see and do, and where to eat, when you’re traveling. But reading a book in which places play an important role in telling the story is a great way to retrace your travels once your trip is over. Republish This Article

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Le Crime: Death in France, Double-Dealing in D.C.

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What would be worse? Having to step over a dead body lying just outside your kitchen door as you carried a breakfast tray out to a table on the terrace? Knowing where and when you were going to be murdered, and the identity of the person planning your inevitable assassination? If you were as unlucky […]

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Intrigue in The 11th Century: Shadow On The Crown

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England, A.D. 1002 In a world lit by fire and ruled by the sword, a fifteen-year-old girl kneels to receive an English crown – an act that will echo down the ages. Within that circlet of gold the ambitions of four powerful men are about to collide, for this young queen is the key to […]

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Life and Death in Venice: “The Rossetti Letter”

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Venice. Not the one in Southern California. The one in Italy. There’s no other place on earth like it. California’s Venice is a drive-through town situated on the Pacific Ocean. Bring you car. Italy’s is a drive-to city on the Adriatic Sea. Park your car at its edge, see it on foot or by boat. […]

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Our “Serious” and “Trashy” Summer Reading List

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Summer arrives and one is supposed to sit on the beach, lounge around the pool, or laze in a hammock and read “trashy” literature, putting aside all of the “serious” works of poetry and prose that we were condemned to read while imprisoned in the dark, damp days of winter. Regardless of whether you want […]

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A Traveller’s Wine Guide to California

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With this opening sentence in the introduction to A Traveller’s Wine Guide to California, Robert Holmes starts his readers off on a journey through the Golden State’s American Viticulture Areas: “If California were an independent nation it would be the fourth leading wine-producing country in the world after Italy, France and Spain.” By the time […]

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Heather Poole: Come Fly with Her

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On my wife’s birthday, I took flight attendant Heather Poole with me to Las Vegas. Five days later, I brought her home for a brief stay. And my wife didn’t mind at all. But Heather and I are finished.  You can have her.  And odds are, soon or later, you’ll find her at the newsstand […]

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