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San Francisco’s “Hidden” Public Places, Public Art

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Like any large city, San Francisco has a myriad of government owned parks and plazas that are open to the public. But unknown to many “locals” as well as visitors, are “Privately-Owned Public Open Space” (also know by the acronym, “POPOS”). The city’s Planning Department says that they are “publicly accessible spaces in forms of […]

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Go Climb A Rock: In Yosemite

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Back in November of 1970, living on an Air Force Base in central Indiana that was flat earth surrounded by cornfields, I watched on TV as two men did something that had never been accomplished before: They scaled the sheer rock face of El Capitan’s “Wall of Early Morning Light” in Yosemite National Park. (Click […]

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“Passing” at U.S. National Parks

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My first visit to s U.S. National Park was over 50 years ago, maybe even as many as 60. Since then, I’ve been to nearly every one in the Western U.S., and met the woman I’d marry (we’re still together) in Yosemite in 1968. (We’ll run another story about Yosemite tomorrow.) Way back then, I’d […]

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Visiting National Parks of The West in Summer

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If you’re in the New York-New England area today you definitely aren’t experiencing summer. But once you’ve dug yourself and your car out the drifting snow, the power is back on, and you’ve got an Internet connection once again, there’s something you should be planning right now: Your summer trip to any one or more […]

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Etihad Airways Shows Passengers San Francisco Attractions

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United Arab Emirates national airline, Etihad Airways, doesn’t just let its passengers book flights to San Francisco online. It enlisted the air of top travel bloggers (including Tales Told From The Road editor, Dick Jordan) to point out their favorite San Francisco area tourist attractions on this interactive map on the airline’s Website. Etihad also […]

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Riding The Rails to Reno

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In winter, you can leave the San Francisco Bay Area, cross over the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and arrive in Reno, Nevada the easy way or the hard way. The hard way: In car, white knuckles gripping the steering wheel, for over 200 miles with heavy traffic for at least half or more of the […]

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Home (to Seattle) For The Holidays

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Seattle was a bit of a culinary and cultural backwater when I was growing up there in the middle of the last century. There was plenty of fresh seafood at downtown restaurants like Von’s where I’d lunch on sole with my grandmother before we went grocery shopping at the Pike Place Market, many years before […]

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Off-Season in Sonoma Valley Wine Country

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From late spring through early fall when the weather is likely to be warm and sunny sounds like the ideal time to visit “Wine Country” north of San Francisco. Weather-wise, it is, and that’s why during that time of year you’ll find lodgings fully-booked, restaurant reservations hard to come by, roads clogged with cars, and […]

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Three Days Loving Long Beach

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Southern California isn’t my favorite region of my adopted home state. But after a trip there earlier this year, I’m loving Long Beach. It’s a bit like Hawaii, Venice (Italy) and San Diego (one part of So Cal that I also fancy) rolled up into one easy to reach destination. And it’s so not L.A.! […]

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Berlin: The Walled City Remembered

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On August 13, 1961, when as a teenager I was making an epic cross-country trip by train from Seattle to Miami Beach and back, the East Germans began building what became known as the Berlin Wall, dividing the city into West and East. That wall remained in place for nearly thirty years. On November 9, […]

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Finding Fine Art in San Francisco

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I’m not an “Art Museum Kind of Guy.” That doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate “fine art” or “artsy-craftsy” art. I’d just rather see it in place, someplace, rather than in a stuffy old museum. But now and again, I make an exception to my general disinterest in visiting art museums, and in San Francisco, […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: All Hail The Queen!

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The Queen Mary made her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York in May of 1936. Her final summer of service was in 1967. The days of sailing the seas aboard this majestic ocean liner may have come and gone, but you can still enjoy the elegance of those long-past days of transoceanic travel, […]

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Faroe Islands: Far From The Madding Crowds

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In August, I took you on a month-long virtual journey across Europe, stopping at major cities such as Amsterdam, Berlin, London and Prague. You can experience European urban life in wondrous ways in each of them. But they are densely populated, and the physical and emotional stimulation of being out and about in them can […]

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Athens: It’s All Greek to Me

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I should be in Athens now. But I’m not. A half-century ago I was history major in college and the history that I found most fascinating was that of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Why, I can’t say. My high school Latin teacher, who sometimes wore his U.S. Army Reserve officer’s uniform to class, was […]

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Doing It In Denmark

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“To be or not to be (a place that offers up more than pickled herring to tourists)?” In Copenhagen, that is the question. And the answer is that while food is involved, there’s a lot more to that Scandinavian city than that famous fish-in-a-jar. See this related article from The New York Times for more […]

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Defining The Big Apple: “New York 101″

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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

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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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Central Park: The Big Apple’s Backyard

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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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A Perfect Fall Day Along the Big Sur Coast

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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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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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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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