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Offbeat Venice

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Posted in Accommodations, Arts and Culture, Historical travel, History Tours, Italy, Jewish Heritage, Romance

If you come away from Venice thinking, “It’s too crowded and it smells,” you’re doing it wrong. Sure, the labyrinthine city’s glory days are long gone, and many of the palazzos along the Grand Canal have been converted to restaurants or left to rot, their first floors already reclaimed by
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Exploring Whidbey Island’s Natural Charm

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Posted in Arts and Culture, Beer and Pub Tours, Culinary, Nature-Wildlife, North America, Photography, Shopping, Sightseeing, Soft Adventure, Spectator Sports, United States of America, Walking, Washington, Wine Tours

Visitors in the Seattle area looking for a quick getaway might want to check out Whidbey Island, one of the most scenic and accessible destinations in the Pacific Northwest. Within an hour of leaving North Seattle, travelers can arrive on this island via a 20-minute ride from the Mukilteo ferry
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Mumbai’s Fast Food

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Posted in Arts and Culture, Culinary, India, Sightseeing, Uncategorized

Dozens of dabbawallas congregate under a tall Banyan tree; more arrive every minute. I watched these tiffin carrying deliverymen sort out the lunch boxes at a frantic pace, then load the steel tiffins onto their bicycles and push carts. Soon groups of three or four dabbawalas push carts laden with
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Venice 101: Hit the Highlights in One Day

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Posted in Arts and Culture, Cruise, Cruises, Destinations, Europe, Italy, Romance

I was lucky enough to take my first trip to Venice at 14 but that early exposure to world travel came with an early exposure to budget travel accommodations as well. We stayed on a campground on the mainland and had to leave the lagoon before sunset to make sure
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9 Reasons to Head to Memphis

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Posted in 18-35 Youth, Accommodations, Activities, Arts and Culture, Destinations, Family Travel, Historical travel, Lodging, Luxury, North America, Tennessee, United States of America

Nashville may have been getting all the attention with a television show, but it’s not the only place you want to go to for the history of southern music and family fun. Memphis offers a look into the birthplace of the Blues, civil rights, and major attractions. Allow a full
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Miami Arts and Culture: More than Sun and Sand

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Posted in Activities, Archeology, Architectural, Arts and Culture, Beach Vacations, Destinations, Florida, History Tours, Sightseeing, United States of America

Modern skyscrapers on the Miami River in downtown Miami (Credit: Jerome Levine) Miami is probably best known to tourists as a popular cruise port and gateway to the sandy beaches of greater Miami Beach. But over the last decade, the downtown area of the city has been transformed into a
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A City of Politics and Playfulness

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Posted in Arts and Culture, Canada, Ontario, Sightseeing

Parliament Hill in Ottawa After visiting Canada’s party city of Montreal and its astonishingly beautiful neighbor, old Quebec, I was expecting to find Ottawa a little dull. I imagined the capital city to be dour and intellectual – a place with museums on every corner where you nod wisely at
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