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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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London “Shopping Spree”

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(Join Tales Told From The Road for the final day of its month-long virtual European journey.) Today, after a month long, east-to-west jaunt across the European Continent, we’ll return to where our journey began: London. While we could fly over the English Channel to get there. But instead, we’ll take the fast, just under two […]

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“Marketing” Amsterdam

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(Join Tales Told From The Road as it continues a month-long virtual European journey.) Yesterday as we walked around Amsterdam we saw how bicycles and boats shape life in the city. Today we’ll visit two markedly different markets, one well-known to tourists, the other frequented mainly by “locals.” Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2014 Dick Jordan

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Seeing Amsterdam Without A Car

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(Join Tales Told From The Road resumes its month-long virtual European journey.) Our next stop is Amsterdam. We could drive there from the Alsace, and plenty of cars roll along the city streets, but we won’t need a car to tour the place. We could leave our rental car less than an hour up the […]

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Colmar: “Big City” Alsace

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(Join Tales Told From The Road as it continues its month-long virtual European journey.) While yesterday’s stroll through the vineyards between Ribeauville and Hunawihr tempts us to take a jug of wine, a loaf of bread, and spend the day sitting a picnic table at the edge of those vineyards, as travelers we don’t live […]

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Alsace: The Other Side of the River

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(Tales Told From The Road continues its month-long virtual European journey.) Although we had a lot of fun watching the cows come home yesterday at the Almabtrieb festival, it’s time for us to pack our bags, jump in our rental car, and move on to the next stop on the itinerary: Ribeauville in France’s Alsace […]

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