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Travel Photo Thursday: Surviving Thanksgiving.

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Sometimes just surviving the annual family Thanksgiving fete is a monumental feat in itself. Too much wine, too much food, too little Alka-Seltzer! Ben Franklin is wrongly thought to have said that the humble turkey, not the regal bald eagle, should be our national bird. At least he didn’t want it to be the crow. […]

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Dance out the Old Year, Dance in the New Year

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It’s New Year’s Eve, 2012. Contrary to the Mayan Calendar, the World Did Not Come to An End! So put on your dancing shoes, and dance around the world with Matt Harding! Happy New Year from Tales Told From The Road! Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2013 Dick Jordan

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It’s “Super Moon Night” Tonight!

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No, the Moon isn’t going to crash into the Earth tonight at 8:35 pm PDT (11:35 pm EDT). But when the “Super Moon” rises in the sky 32 minutes earlier, and keeps growing bigger and bigger as it ascends, you might think you’re living through an event as scary as that in the sci-fi movie […]

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Tales Told From The Road “Top Rated” by Gogobot

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Dick Jordan and Tales Told From The Road have been “Top Rated” by the social travel Website Gogobot. Dick is a Gogobot “Featured Blogger” and Gogobot lists Tales Told From The Road as one of its “Blogs We Love.” Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2012 Dick Jordan

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Harry Potter Arrives, Electronically

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J.K. Rowling’s magical character, Harry Potter,  lives in two worlds: The one inhabited by ordinary folk and the one where his school, Hogwarts is situated. After a journey that seems to have taken many years, Harry now resides somewhere else: On Kindle e-books available (in a round-about way) through Amazon.com Finding Harry Potter at Amazon.com […]

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Safety in Numbers: “Group Travel”

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While I travel independently rather than going on group tours, having a passel of friends along can be beneficial, as this ad for bus travel shows: (Thanks to my friend, Bob Smith, for bringing this one to my attention.) Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2012 Dick Jordan

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Group Travel: Safety in Numbers

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This little tongue in cheek video demonstrates one benefit of group travel:

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Keep “Downton Abbey” All to Yourself!

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During “Downton Abbey Week” on Tales Told From The Road, you could watch every episode of the second season of that popular PBS “Masterpiece” series right on this blog.   But you can still “tune into” the previews of Season 2 on our “Downton Abbey” page. But you can still own “Downton Abbey” on DVD, […]

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Flying in High Style: Pan Am

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Today you can find Pan American World Airways on TV, but, except for an exhibit like the one at San Francisco International, not at any airport anywhere in the world. But as this hour-long documentary “Come Fly with Me” shows, for over sixty years, from October of 1927 until December of 1991, Pan Am flew […]

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Meandering Through The Four Seasons

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Tales Told From The Road concludes 2011 with a photographic reprise of the jaunts over hill and dale Dick Jordan took near his California home as a member of the hiking group Meandering in Marin on Tuesdays during all four seasons of 2009.  Drink a toast to the New Year as you watch this video. […]

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Holiday Gifts for Travelers

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With less than three weeks left to shop ‘til you drop for holiday gifts, the San Francisco Chronicle has come up with some nifty gift ideas for the travelers on your shopping list. Travel Editor Spud Hilton, contributing travel writers Jill K. Robinson, John Flinn, and Jennifer Blot, and Chronicle “Outdoors” writer Tom Stienstra, pass […]

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“Flying” in Style on TV

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PAN AM (via LAX Magazine)

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Travel Photo Thursday Redux: The One That Got Away

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Spotting a flock of wild turkeys in the rural areas surrounding San Francisco Bay is so common that I am almost certain to see them in a field just ten minutes’ drive to the west of my home. But I never expected to find one at the condominium complex in El Cerrito where I had […]

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The Future of Thanksgiving Air Travel?

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If you are cooling your heels at an airport waiting for your flight to the city where Grandma lives, or just stepped off a crowded airliner and are headed to her house, here’s what Thanksgiving air travel might look like in the future:

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Travel Photo Thursday: Barbie “Does” Munich

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Barbie Dolls.  Lots of Barbie Dolls.  And Ken was there, too.  But not in California. It’s only fitting that this week’s Travel Photo Thursday should be of American’s Favorite Southern California Beach-Life Couple, Barbie and Ken (I always thought them Very L.A.), since last week’s Travel Photo Thursday shot was of a surfer-dude, and since […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Surf’s Up!

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Surfing (the kind you do on the water, not on the World Wide Web) spilled all over the “Sporting Green” section of the San Francisco Chronicle during the last few days.  But you would be all wet if you thought that the photo a left was taken at the Rip Curl Pro Search contest off […]

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A Fun Ride: Bob’s Excellent Travel Adventure

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If you are a wage-slave, you probably feel like a hamster spinning endlessly in a wheel, going nowhere fast.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t break out of your caged-in daily routine and travel the world, pursuing your dreams, as this short animated film shows.  Just make sure to watch the film to the very […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Flying High

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My first flight from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport was aboard a propeller-driven United Airlines DC-6 bound for Vancouver, British Columbia.  I wore a suit and a tie.  I was seven years old. Fourteen years would pass before an airplane would next carry me away from home.  Sometime during an overnight Braniff International Airways flight from Sea-Tac […]

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Travel Trivia: Quirky Animal Events Quiz

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It is time to see how bright a traveler you are:  Can you  correctly identify the locale of ten animal-related events?  Using anything but your noggin is impermissible, so forget about using search engines, encyclopedias, guidebooks, or texting, phoning, or e-mailing friends or other “sources”, including Twitter or Facebook, either. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2011 Dick Jordan

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When Flying Makes You Want to Boogie

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Let’s face it:  For we passengers, travel by air is often a stressful and unpleasant experience.  And cabin crew members who have to put up with bad behavior from unruly customers, work hard, and get paid less than they did in the past, must hate it when the alarm clock goes off and they have […]

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“Flying” Pan Am at SFO

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A week ago, I used a YouTube video to give you a taste of what it was like to fly on a Pan Am 707 from New York to Paris in 1958. On Sunday evenings, ABC TV will let you take a virtual trip to Europe in the friendlier-than-today skies of 1963 from the comfort […]

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