Saturday March 8, 2014
One of the Italian big three, The Serene Republic of Venice is a mere skeleton of what it once was. Still, its sinking bones glimmer brightly for the tourist to this unique island treasure.
Over the years we've poked into the nooks and crannies to come up with our favorite places to visit, nibble, quibble, quaff wine, and learn about the rise of Venice to a world power--and now we'd like to share them with you. Like any work of this nature, the story never ends, but gets added to and revised, painted over and rearranged, but this is our start of a "Complete" guide to the things we treasure about La Serenissima: Venice Travel Guide.
Monday March 3, 2014
Lots of people search this site looking for tips on travel safety. Well, here's one: how 'bout a slipping a SLAB magic RFID travel wallet into one of your more out-of-the-way pockets? The SLAB is a thin, three-plate metal wallet that's made of your choice of titanium or aluminum. You can stuff it anywhere, even in unlikely places. You can put your big bills in one space and the little ones in another, so when you buy an ice cream you're not flashing the big stuff you were going to use on that Bistecca Fiorentina.
You can't buy one quite yet. But you can invest in the concept. You see, this is a Kickstarter project that ends on March 5th. Check it out. Invest if you're so inclined. Seems they need quite a few more dollars to start making something artisanal to put in your pocket.
You know what I like? It's the metal and the little, precisely driven screws that hold the whole deal together. It's like a fine camera, workmanship you don't see much of anymore. In a wallet. Think about that.
I want one.
Photo of the SLAB Travel Wallet used by permission
Monday March 3, 2014
Reader Kathy Love, who spends part of her time at her home in southwest France, has come through with a great recommendation on where to stay when visiting Bruges. It's been incorporated into our Recommended Bruges Lodging page.
Kathy has also recommended a newly discovered underground cavern called Grottes de Maxanges, which we will soon incorporate into our Dordogne Maps and Travel Planner page.
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Friday February 28, 2014
So you're thinking about heading off to Europe for the first time. You're young, or at least young at heart. School is over, and now is the time to get a real education.
I've been thinking of what interested me as a first time traveler to Europe. It was a long time ago and Europe was relatively cheap for Americans, but the thrill of the great art cities was a tremendous force, pulling me toward Paris, London and Rome. Today there are new cities many of us didn't--or couldn't-- consider, like Berlin, for example.
So I've put together an article of ideas on where to go and what to do for twenty-somethings: European Destinations for Young Travelers.