Becoming a Beer Nerd in Poznan

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Yes, it’s me again, the German lady who doesn’t like beer, and I am going to talk to you about… beer! No, I still don’t like beer, but I gained a whole lotta respect for beer culture, and I thought I’d spread the word. Okay, I’m saying that…

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Taking the “Paper” or “Flipboarding” When Traveling

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Keeping up with the news while you’re traveling can be a challenge. Perhaps your hotel will leave a copy of USA Today or a local newspaper outside of your room each morning. Or maybe you can buy a copy at a newsstand or store. If you are toting a laptop with you, you can access […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: How Now, Moo Cow?

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Two weeks ago, “Travel Photo Thursday” featured “Seeing Seals by The Seashore.” Last week it was “Seagulls by The Seashore.” The week it’s “Moo Cows in The Meadow.” Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2014 Dick Jordan Republish This Article

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“Non-Stop”: Thank God I’m Not On It!

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Do any of we passengers really enjoy flying on a commercial airliner today? Cramped seats, no food, no frills, no fun! But absent a flight cancellation, at least we are likely to reach our final destination. Eventually. That is, unless we’re on-board this non-stop New York-to-London flight during which someone, including a federal air marshal, […]

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Where to Escape in the Middle East and Indian Ocean Now

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By Sophia Khan Have you ever returned from a busy holiday abroad, only to find that you needed yet another vacation to recuperate from hours of hectic sightseeing?  These eco-luxe resorts allow for the art of vacationing in its most quintessential…

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Taking and Editing Photos with the “Fotor” App

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How may photography-related apps exist for computers and mobile devices? Beats me. But there are probably tens of thousands out of the million-plus apps that have been developed for Apple and Android gadgets alone. Recently the developer of the free “Fotor Photo Editor” app asked me to test and review it. It works on the […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Seagulls by The Seashore

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1,473,981. That’s probably the number of “seagulls” that I’ve seen during my lifetime. What’s the easiest way to lure one into range for a “photo op”? Put human food within their reach. Gulls will calmly wait for a chance to pounce on your victuals. So don’t leave your picnic table unattended, and bring a baseball […]

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Only in L.A.: “The Soloist”

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Los Angeles. El Pueblo de la Reyna de los Angeles. “The town of the Queen of Angels.” Aka “City of Angels.” Call it what you will—and what the Spanish called it is in dispute—to tens of thousands of homeless people who live and die there, it’s the “City of Lost Angels.” Except for one of […]

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Tiny and Trendy, World’s Smallest Vacation Rentals That Deliver Big Memories

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Pint-Sized Retreats:  A Guide to ‘Tiny’ Vacation Rentals That Leave Big Impressions When I yearn to get away from the stress and break-neck pace of everyday life, I prefer to head somewhere snug and comfortable. Sure, you can find those adjectives…

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“TalkTo” Businesses When You Travel

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The “TalkTo” mobile app (free for Apple iOS devices and for Android mobile devices) is designed to allow you to quickly get answers from nearby businesses without phoning them. “TalkTo” seemed like an ideal app to use when traveling to an place that I wasn’t familiar with, but before going on a long “road trip” […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Seeing Seals by The Seashore

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Point Reyes juts out into the Pacific Ocean along the west coast of the United States about thirty nautical miles north of San Francisco. (Wikipedia map.) Since 1962, the Point has been within the boundaries of Point Reyes National Seashore, a federal reserve under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. In late winter and […]

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Road Kill: Death of the Family Summer Car Trip?

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Lately there’s been a lot of talk about raising the minimum wage. Back in 1964 when I was a college freshman, I was paid the federal minimum wage of $1.25/hour to deliver pizzas, and chicken, fish and rib dinners. Adjust that wage for inflation, and someone performing the same job in 2012 should have been […]

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The huge differences in Italy’s regions

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Today’s featured post was provided by Paul, and is all about the big differences in Italy’s regions. Regular readers will know that I’m a big fan of Italy, having visited many of it’s regions, and I can attest to the need to visit them all.…

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Use “Tech” to Plan Valentine’s Day Dinner and a Movie

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Uh-oh. It’s Valentines Day and you’ve forgotten to plan an evening out with your special someone. Not to worry. Technology can help you set up a dinner and movie night out. Republish This Article

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Travel Photo Thursday: I “Heart” San Francisco

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Tony Bennett isn’t the only one who left his heart in San Francisco. Countless millions have done so, especially on Valentine’s Day. Republish This Article

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Love in “Earthquake Country”

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Those, like myself, who live in the San Francisco Bay Area might rightly claim it to be the “epicenter” of “Earthquake Country.” After all, the 1906 quake shook San Francisco to its foundations and started a fire that destroyed vast numbers of that city’s buildings, forcing residents to relocate to the East Bay, North Bay, […]

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Riding to Reno on the “Motown Snow Train”

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Elvis had left the building. Followed by Martha Reeves of “Martha and The Vandellas” of Motown music fame. Then me. Over the next seven hours we sang and danced two-hundred odd miles from Emeryville, California on eastern shore of San Francisco Bay, across California’s Central Valley, past Sacramento, over the Sierra Nevada mountains, and into […]

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Trip Planning with the Nativoo App

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Nativoo (free app for iPhone/iPad) is the latest entrant I’ve discovered in the never-ending quest to invent a technology that will plan an entire trip for you. The idea is that you select options from various menus, and the Website (or in this case, the smartphone/tablet app) books your room and plans your sightseeing activities. […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Signs of Kids at Play

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“Children should be seen and not heard” was something my mother would say to me when I was misbehaving as a child. When you’re traveling away from home it’s not unusual to encounter children playing. But when I walked the streets of Ribeauville and Hunawirh in France’s Alsace during mid-week afternoons in September, I only […]

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The Birth and Future of the Travel Blog

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Tales Told From The Road was born in the summer of 2009. It wasn’t by any means the first travel blog. Nor was I the first travel blogger. But I’ve met the person who gets credit for writing the first travel blog post way back on January 6, 1994, even though, technically speaking, at that […]

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Traveler’s Guide to Coorg, The Scotland of India

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(This story has been made available to Tales Told From The Road by the news syndication service Repost.us.) Travelers’ Guide to Coorg, The Scotland of India (via Wicked Good Travel Tips) The State of Karnataka is the home of Coorg, one of the most happening tourist spots in south western India. Here is a brief […]

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How to Cut Travel Costs by Taking a Group Tour

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I’m not a die-hard travel bargain hunter. And I travel “independently” rather than taking group tours. But last week at a nearby high school I took an “adult-ed” evening class entitled “Travel Bargain Secrets” and learned about a novel way to use a group tour to save on travel expenses, even if you don’t want […]

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