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  • As close as you can get to sai As close as you can get to sailing and be ashore!

    • From: karengale
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      In Port Townsend, September is when the most intense gathering of Wooden Boats in the USA occurs.  250 boats converge on Point Hudson Marina for Wooden Boat Festival participants to examine.  On the third day a "Sail By" brings hundreds of wooden sailing vessels within reach of those who line the observation docks over the water.  Here you can see the 107 foot long, 1922 built, gaff-rigged schooner "Merrie Ellen" sailing by, "close enough to touch", in full splendor.  The weather is usually still fine in September, and a good breeze for sailing is predictably available.  This is a great weekend for gathering with boating enthusiasts to enjoy the vessels, sailors, entertaining music and productions, classes and demonstrations, world-class views of the Cascade and Olympic Mountains, and the waters surrounding the Quimper Peninsula, upon which Port Townsend is situated.  And you just can't beat the food choices within the festival grounds, with three restaurants and a dozen food vendor booths.  There are dozens of marine specialty vendor booths onsite, also, plus several blocks cordonned off for an arts and crafts fair just off-site.  All of downtown Port Townsend is located within walking distance, and the other neighborhoods are easily accessible via transit buses.

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  • GOUCHO GEAR AT THE MARKET IN B GOUCHO GEAR AT THE MARKET IN BUENOS AIRES

    • From: sssnancysss
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      SAN TELMO, ONE OF THE NEIGHBORHOODS OF BUENOS AIRES, IS A GREAT PLACE TO SHOP ON THE WEEKENDS.

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  • The Venice of My Dreams The Venice of My Dreams

    • From: jhogle
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      The recent article (November 2011), "The Venice of Your Dreams," showed the Venice that most people see, but the photographs did not reveal the Venice of my and my wife's dreams.  Our Venice was without us, without the thousands of tourists crowding every main thorougfare and museum and palace and church.  Our Venice was the neighborhoods, the day-to-day life of the residents, but also the weight of history and beauty on this barely floating work of art.  So, we have stayed in Venice for a total of about 20 days in the last two trips. and taken hundreds of pictures.  But, it was not until the very last day of the last trip, when the fog finally settled on the city, that I got what I think is one of my very best pictures.  We had just lugged our bags up the steps of the Santa Lucia station when I turned around to view an image that I think combines a sense of the beauty, the history, the mystery, and the prosaic (the man walking his dog) that I feel is essential to appreciating this wonderful city.

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  • Seeing Red at the Watermelon C Seeing Red at the Watermelon Carnival

    • From: plonde
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      The Watermelon Carnival is Water Valley, Mississippi’s most prized annual celebration (that’s what the website says). Bless their hearts. The site also asserts that an estimated 20,000 people attend the various events. Perhaps over the carnival’s history since 1931, but absolutely not in a single weekend. If that’s how they count then we have further evidence of how they achieve their standings in U.S. Education rankings.

      Politicians were in full evangelizing force. And despite the carnival being held between white and black neighborhoods, this festival was not integrated. Perhaps the politicians should add that to their agenda?

      I went full force for the festival experience. Pancake breakfast at the Lions Club. Overheated and relaxed at the EMT tent where they said my hat used to be a sombrero and also overheated so it shrunk. Went to the starlight street dance. Saw the fireworks. Was presumed by everyone as the event photographer. Basically, I blended.

      Fun Facts: It takes 90 days to grow a watermelon from seed to harvest.

      One farmer pulled 4,000 melons for the festival. Why? Because he had them and  he could.

      Stay tuned for posts about the nail-biting seed-spitting contest AND the watermelon eating contest. you’ll never guess what happened! If you had 4,000 watermelons would sell them all at one place? Put all your eggs in a basket, so to speak.

      Click here to see the slideshow.

      www.americanathebeautiful.org

      @AmericanaBtiful

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  • New York - A Place with Wonder New York - A Place with Wonderful Tourist Attractions

    • From: steveven
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      New York is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York metropolitan area, which is one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. New York City exerts a significant impact upon global commerce, finance, media, culture, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment.

       

      Statue of Liberty

      For the many immigrants that flocked from Europe to New York, the Statue of Liberty was the first image they saw of the USA. The statue was a gift from the French government for the 100th birthday of America's Independence.

      The Statue of Liberty is 46,5 meter (151ft) high and together with the pedestal it reaches 93 meter (305ft). You can take the staircase inside the statue and walk all the way up the 354 steps to the crown from where you have a nice view over New York City.

      Empire State Building

      More than any other building in the world, the Empire State Building represents the ambition of humans to build towers that reach for the skies. It probably is New York's best known building and is prominent on many postcards. Even today, though the building has been stripped from its title of the world's tallest building, it is a symbol of New York itself visited by 2 million people each year.

      Times Square

      Times Square, the most bustling square of New York is known for its many Broadway theatres, cinemas and super signs. It is one of those places that make New York a city that never sleeps.

       

      Chinatown

      One of the North America's largest Chinatowns, New York City's unique ethnic neighborhood was founded in the 1870s by the Chinese immigrants who decided to call the burgeoning city their new home.

      Located in the lower portion of Manhattan, not far from other famous neighborhoods like Tribeca, Soho, and the Lower East Side, Chinatown is both quirky and charming, boasting all sorts of ethnic delights from authentic Chinese restaurants to unique art and handicrafts to peddlers selling ancient Chinese herbs.

      A holiday to New York and the city of New York will be a special vacation for the entire family. The tours available are something everyone can enjoy. You need to take some time for your <a href="http://www.mynewyork.co.uk"> New York Holidays </a> to include a few of the museums and other historical sites. Between the tours and other attractions, you will find something new and exciting to do every day that you are in the exciting city of New York.

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  • Sydney,One of Australia’s prem Sydney,One of Australia’s premier Holiday Destinat

    • From: gauravks
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      There’s no place in the world like Sydney. Sydney, the world’s best travel city! it offers unique experiences to visitors, such as the unique Sydney Opera House, the fantastic Bondi Beach for surfing, the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains and much more. Like a psychedelic supermodel, the city curves and sways through this glamorous maze of sandstone headlands, lazy bays and legendary surf beaches.

      At the heart of Sydney – Australia’s oldest, largest and most diverse city – is the outrageously good-looking Sydney Harbour. Like a psychedelic supermodel, the city curves and sways through this glamorous maze of sandstone headlands, lazy bays and legendary surf beaches.

      There are also several fantastic places to snorkel or scuba dive with so many reefs teeming with a variety of colorful fish. There are scuba diving courses that are easily accessible for travelers that allow you to get your diving certificate.

      As a tourist, you will never have a hard time finding something to entertain you. For one, there is usually an ongoing festival or sale in Sydney. If you are a tourist traveling alone, you are usually safe. However, it would still be a good idea to have a travel buddy who will keep a watchful eye on you and him on you.

      Everybody seems to be outside – the beaches are swarming, street cafés buzz and the harbour blooms with sails. The best thing about Sydney is that its wealth of public spaces, interesting markets, and character-rich neighborhoods allow you to leave your room without any plan at all, sure to stay sportively occupied until long after dark.

       

      For Travel to Sydney,You can take any Flights to Sydney or you can also visit http://www.ticketstoworld.co.uk/Flights/Sydney.aspx for your travelling details about Sydney.

      Australia

      The extensive wildlife of Sydney can be seen in the different parks and zoos in Sydney. There is more to Sydney than a kangaroo. Hopefully you have a better idea of Sydney now.

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  • As close as you can get to sai As close as you can get to sailing and be ashore!

    • From: karengale
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      In Port Townsend, September is when the most intense gathering of Wooden Boats in the USA occurs.  250 boats converge on Point Hudson Marina for Wooden Boat Festival participants to examine.  On the third day a "Sail By" brings hundreds of wooden sailing vessels within reach of those who line the observation docks over the water.  Here you can see the 107 foot long, 1922 built, gaff-rigged schooner "Merrie Ellen" sailing by, "close enough to touch", in full splendor.  The weather is usually still fine in September, and a good breeze for sailing is predictably available.  This is a great weekend for gathering with boating enthusiasts to enjoy the vessels, sailors, entertaining music and productions, classes and demonstrations, world-class views of the Cascade and Olympic Mountains, and the waters surrounding the Quimper Peninsula, upon which Port Townsend is situated.  And you just can't beat the food choices within the festival grounds, with three restaurants and a dozen food vendor booths.  There are dozens of marine specialty vendor booths onsite, also, plus several blocks cordonned off for an arts and crafts fair just off-site.  All of downtown Port Townsend is located within walking distance, and the other neighborhoods are easily accessible via transit buses. 

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  • Purple Hearts (Boston, MA) Purple Hearts (Boston, MA)

    • From: nbsears
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      This was taken while we were strolling through the old neighborhoods in Boston.  We were admiring the architecture and what caught my eye was the original purple window pane.  But then saw the unusual fence railing. 

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  • Doorway to a neighborhood Doorway to a neighborhood

    • From: mirelisp
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      This door is in Toledo, Spain. Today we may not find much sense in the existence of this door. However, in centuries past these doors divided neighborhoods determining who got to visit what areas of the city. Or should we say...doorway to discrimination?

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  • Just a Snowy Street in Old Tow Just a Snowy Street in Old Towne

    • From: rooneycat
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      We were finally able to dig out of the snow and go riding around.

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  • PLANNING AN INDEPENDENT TOUR O PLANNING AN INDEPENDENT TOUR OF EUROPE

    • From: bobcat812
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      Some folks prefer organized tours, some prefer cruises and some, like us, prefer total freedom and independence as our travel style.  It doesn’t matter what your style is, a trip to Europe deserves to be matched to that style.

      My wife and I are retired and one of our main interests is travel.  We prefer to travel independently but nonetheless, as we began the first steps of planning a European vacation for September – October, 2010, we seriously considered a group tour.  The tour we thought about is offered by a large, reputable company and seems very well planned.  The European cities and sights included matched our ideal preferences by about 70%.  We crunched the numbers and arrived at our total cost for that tour, which, while not cheap, was reasonable.

       Before booking with the tour agency, we took the time to very quickly sketch our own independent tour to establish a close estimate in order to compare total costs.  We figured our round trip airfare, preferred lodging in the same cities the tour visits, meals, admissions to the same sights and ground transportation costs.  The raw estimate showed that travelling independently to the same places the tour visited would save us nearly 50% for the same number of days.

      Whether you are retired or a working family, your budget is important to you (unless you are financially fortunate enough that money is no object).  But money isn’t everything.  In the end, the decision is guided by the travel style you prefer.  For us, it was a no-brainer.  We wanted to both save money and travel on our own if at all possible.

      Our next step was to get on the internet and plan the whole thing based upon the places we want to go and our own scheduling preferences rather than the tour schedule.  This is easy enough to do as long as you are comfortable with the internet and willing to do the research.  We quickly found the best deals on airfare.  We discussed the cities and sights we really want to see.  We wanted to visit France, Italy and Germany.  Specifically we would visit Paris, Nice, Florence, Rome, Naples, Venice and finish visiting relatives in a small mountaintop village near Stuttgart, Germany.  These are places we have never visited, except for the village in Germany.  We planned the number of days in each location to assure that we could see what we wanted at a leisurely pace.  On the internet it is relatively easy to find the admission prices to points of interest as well as restaurant prices.  The places we chose to stay are not the four-star hotels but rather bed & breakfasts and apartment rentals.  Our travel experiences have taught us that the most remarkable memories we bring home are of the local people we meet.  Bed and breakfasts provide situations where you can meet and become friends with the local people and learn about their customs.

      The internet enables you to virtually visit the neighborhoods and often even see the buildings you will stay in.  Google Maps or Google Earth are wonderful for that.  Go to your location and then select “Satellite View.”  If the street where you will stay is lined with little camera icons, you double click and can virtually walk up and down the street and check out both the neighborhood and the inn or apartment building.  These views helped us immensely in approving or disapproving certain locations.  Bed and breakfasts usually have websites with interior photos and detailed descriptions of amenities.  The same is true with apartment rentals.  Google something like “Paris bed and breakfasts” or “Rome apartment rentals” and you will come up with a number of listings to explore.  An example of how this form of research can be helpful is an apartment rental we considered in Rome.  The interior photos and description were beautiful.  The price was very attractive.  It is located one block from the railroad station.  When I “walked the street” via Google Maps Satellite View I found it to be right in the middle of Rome’s worst slum – a forbidding looking place with gang-style graffiti on all the walls and a place where you would not want to take a leisurely stroll.  Without that little virtual tour, we might have booked this place and been scared to death when we arrived.  Instead, we found and booked a nice bed and breakfast in a much safer neighborhood which is closer to the central attractions of Rome.  Research pays off.

      In choosing the modes of transportation to get from place to place, we decided we would prefer not to drive.  Driving in continental Europe is no different than driving at home.  However, a train ride allows you to relax, sit back and gawk out the window.  We chose on the longer trips to take the little local airlines which are almost the same price as the train but get you to your destination faster.  Our two longer trips will be from Rome to Nice and from Venice to Stuttgart.  EasyJet and Air Berlin are two such small, inexpensive airlines.

      Most travelers we talk with prefer not eating at restaurants for every meal.  We are of the same opinion.  The richness and calories of restaurant food are too much for our bodies to tolerate as a three-meal-a-day regimen.  Of course, with bed and breakfasts as well as many hotels, you get healthy breakfast choices in the morning.  We have discovered the joy of finding lunch at local markets or bakeries and meat shops.  Our favorite way of having lunch is to find some good, freshly baked bread, something delicious to put into it to make a sandwich and a bottle of mineral water.  Then we find a bench located in a prime spot for people-watching and we are in lunch heaven at a fraction of the price of even a modest restaurant or pub lunch.  This works wonders on the budget, you gain less weight on your trip and your stomach is less likely to mount a revolution against too much rich restaurant food.  The other benefit is that you may choose to have a fine dinner at a restaurant of your liking and still come out ahead on the food budget for the day.  Another epicurean advantage lies in booking an apartment rental.  Even the small apartments have some kind of kitchen.  If you choose, you could pick up dinner while you’re at the market and prepare it at the apartment and avoid the restaurant scene all day.

      THE BOTTOM LINE

      The bottom line for us is not so much about money but about how much fun we have exploring cities, sights and nature.  Of course, saving money adds to the fun so I guess it is part of the equation.  The style of travel I’ve described fits us to a tee but may not be your cup of tea at all.  For us, the end result of our research efforts and matching to our travel style, is allowing us to have an additional 7 days over the 14 day tour time and still come in at 67% of the tour cost.  So we are saving money and adding days.


       

      REFERENCES:

      1.        My favorite travel books are written by Rick Steves.  If you are familiar with his television travel programs, then you know he promotes the advantages of independent travel.  His book “Europe Through the Back Door” is definitely required reading if you prefer to travel Europe independently.  He updates this book every year.  He also has books on individual countries.

      2.       Websites:

      ·         www.homeaway.com lists apartment rentals in locations all over the world.

      ·         www.onlyapartments.com is another good site for apartments

      ·         Do a Google search entering “bed and breakfast” and you will come up with many sites which list multiple B&Bs by location.  Visit at least a few of these sites before making a decision since they do vary in the quality of their descriptions as well as the variety of locations.

      Now go and plan your trip of a lifetime! 

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  • Beyond the Beach Beyond the Beach

    • From: whimsyj
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      Head away from the beach and up the hills in Old Town, Puerto Vallarta, and you can find charming neighborhoods and an ambiance that are antidotes to the whole touristy "hotel/condo/package deal vacation" enchilada.  In "Gringo Gulch" (so-called because of a fair number of ex-pat residents), it's not uncommon to see sights such as this one, with burros clopping along the narrow cobblestoned roads.  Most of these casas have wonderful views of at least some of these features:  The ocean, the beach, the pictuesque town, the Cuale River, the gorgeous Sierra Madre mountains.  Some have all.

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  • Lunch Break Lunch Break

    • From: horbinsr
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      "Old" China was filled with small walled villages, or large neighborhoods, called hutongs. Unfortunately most of them are falling victim to progress, being demolished for high rises. Fortunately, tourism is allowing some to remain.They are filled with private courtyards, public areas and alley ways. While shopping in one quaint area I wandered into one of the alleys where I caught this delivery boy taking a lunch break and his bike waiting patiently for his return.

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  • Burano, Venice Burano, Venice

    • From: allaffordtravel
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      The island of Burano, is easily accessible by the water taxis from Venice. It maybe lesser known than the island of Murano, but it is no less spectacular. Its multi-colored buildings make this small town very inviting. You will find some of the finest lace articles made anywhere in the world. Be sure to step in to a local resturante for a pint of cold Peroni beer and a classic thin crust pizza. There is nothing better. Enjoy the water taxi back to Venice.

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  • Chinatown Color Chinatown Color

    • From: atlpilot36
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      Chinatown in Singapore is one of the most colorful neighborhoods in the city.

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  • Brick Lane Brick Lane

    • From: jhodgso1
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      Brick Lane in London has the most amazing Curry houses.  You will not be disappointed.  We certainly weren't.  We chose Aladin, but there are many options to choose from.

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  • Adventures in cheap NYC travel Adventures in cheap NYC travel

    • From: fridaymine
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      One August day, on a whim, I decided to check the Megabus website to see if there were any cheap bus trips to NYC in the future, as I had had a great experience with that once before. While checking the few dates that I had open in my schedule, I noticed a tiny little box at the top of the screen with a deal promotion. Lo and behold, a few minutes later I had rountrip tickets for myself and my husband from Syracuse to NYC for the bargain price of $4.50. Total, including the reservation fee. At that price, I figured we'd sort out the details later and if we couldn't go, I'd just give the tickets away.

      The husband said yes, and got the necessary vacation days, as we were scheduled to leave on a Friday and return Monday night. Next mission - cheap accomodations in Manhattan. In October. Not a problem, I thought. I quickly found out that there are not a lot of screaming hotel deals in October. Then I remembered that some people in NYC rent out their apartments for short vacation stays. if we could get a place with a kitchen, we'd save a bundle over eating out all meals. A bit of time cuddled up to internet search engines, and I had several websites that show the listings for these vacation rentals. Sublet.com looked promising, until I realized I had to pay a $59 subscription fee just to make inquiries for most of their listings. Moving on, I found some interesting places on VRBO.com and homeway.com, but the posted rates tended to show the off-season costs and the fine print at the bottom of most listings showed a much higher cost for dates in October, which was double or even triple the rates advertised, as well as all sorts of added cleaning fees and deposits. AirBnB.com and roomarama.com seemed the best, as far as their search abilities, variety of affordable listings and information given for each listing.

      So I spent a lot of time looking at the various listings, eliminating the ones that were too expensive and trying to pick a neghborhood we liked. Both Roomorama and Airbnb let you search by your dates, and airbnb has a calendar you can look at for each listing to see whether it is available or not. So I picked a few of places that were lovely and in neighborhoods I liked and within my budget and sent formal inquiries to the hosts.  Some hosts did not respond at all and the ones that did simply said the place was not available after all. Uhoh. This was going to be much harder than it looked. A lot more looking, a lot more inquiries and with each unsuccessful round increased the amount I was willing to spend and included more parts of Manhattan in my search. Finally, after about two weeks, I found a place on Roomorama that I liked, that I could afford, and, miraculously, was even available. I booked the apartment and started looking for fun things to do while we were in town.

      Of course, that was too simple. I sent several emails  to the host after the booking was confirmed to find out how I went about checking in to the apartment once I got to NYC. Two weeks later, I finally got a response, but no information, just a request for my flight information and arrival time. I responded with my arrival time, stated I was arriving by bus, and again inquired as to the procedure. No response. A few days later, I was looking at the listing and noticed that this host, who has multiple listings, had some recent "feedback" left by another guest. I read the feedback, and was horrified. This person had arrived in NYC, the booked apartment was not available, the host had found another place for them, but they had to pay the new host even more money and were kicked out in the morning as the rental was only good for one night. They ended up staying with friends for the rest of their trip, but were out the money they had paid and were seeking reimbursement (and perhaps an apology). They had left this tale of woe as feedback, as the host had refused to speak to them about these issues. Yikes!I emailed the host, explaining that I understood there are two sides to every story, but I was seeking reassurance that I would indeed have a place to stay when I arrived in NYC, three days from now. No response. After waiting 24 hours, I looked up the host's telephone number, and discovered that there were numerous complaints about this host, who has operated under various business names, all telling similar stories of being stranded in NYC without a place to stay and not being able to get their money back. Now I was truly scared.

      I immediately contacted Roomorama with this information and asked to cancel the booking. They were very accomodating and immediately refunded my money, including their service charge, and assured me that they were going to look into the matter and offered to assist me in finding another place to stay. While I understand that they simply provide a listing service and do not represent any of the hosts, I was a bit skittish. On the other hand, I cannot say enough good things about how promptly they responded and I was very pleased with their service level. I looked at the listing on Airbnb, but with the short period of time, I had much less to choose from. And even though each listing has an availability calendar, those calendars don't seem to have any bearing on whether a property is actually available. I was able to find a place, after a few inquiries and a few hours of panic. A bit more than I had hoped to spend, but still within my budget. The new host was responsive, and as I write this, the day before I leave on the trip, I am all set. The apartment is a lovely little studio just north of Times Square. Still cheaper than most hotel rooms at this time, and we can cook meals and save a bit of money to spend on fun stuff.

      I will say that I found the experience of finding and securing a place to stay using this method to be very frustrating and time consuming. I learned a little bit of how they work, and would be willing to try it again, however. I'm not sure if the apartments I inquired about were truly unavailable and the hosts simply never bothered to update their listing calendars, or if my profile turned them off. My husband and I are in our early 40s and, while we have good jobs, they are not glamorous. We are not globetrotting 20-somethings coming in to the Big Apple from far-off lands. I would be more inclined to rent someone's personal apartment, than deal with a host who had multiple listings, after this experience. I suspect that there is a lot more what-you-see-is-what-you-get that way.

      So far the total for two people is:  Roundtrip bus tickets $4.50  (yes, really!), Three nights in a studio apartment $637.00, plus $60 cleaning fee (I found out about after booking, only complaint) = $703.50.

      We haven't planned a lot of activities, preferring to have a pretty unstructured vacation. We are going to see a comedy show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Friday night ($5/each), and attend the Medieval Fair at the Cloisters Museum on Sunday (free). I'll let you know what we discovered on our trip next week.

       

       

       

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  • Little Square, Near La Rambla, Little Square, Near La Rambla, Barcelona

    • From: steve778
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      A typical little square, not far from the crowded tourist drag of La Rambla.  Barcelona seems like a very social city (and it wasn't dark until 9:30 when I was there in late spring)-- if you wander around the neighborhoods, you pass these busy squares all over the place.  I can't remember exactly where I took this shot, but I think it was shading into the neighborhood of Raval, which felt a little gritty to me (in a good way).  By comparison, the Barri Gotic (on the other side of La Rambla) felt far more touristy, though it had its moments of fun too.

      I liked the overall feel of this particular square-- the (feline) artwork on the wall, the statue that seems to be looking on, and the relative intimacy of the place. Certainy not a great photo, as photos  go, but if you can find it when you're in Barcelona, and I helped, that's good enough I suppose.

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  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Ba Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona

    • From: steve778
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      This photo helps explain why you can sneak up on amazing buildings and bustling little squares unexpectedly in Barcelona.  In neighborhoods like the Barri Gotic and El Raval, you're walking in these tight little alleyways-- and turning down one cloistered street after another-- and then it all opens suddenly into squares (often dominated by ancient churches).  Here the contrast between the dark of the alleyway and the shocking white  (and modern architecture) of the Museum of Contemporary Art might help you understand how I came across this massive structure without any idea I was nearing it. 

      Just another reason I walk constantly in foreign cities, and don't mind being lost...

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  • Nashville Like a Local Nashville Like a Local

    • From: lprice
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      Nashville Bridges

       I live in Nashville and love it. Sure you can hit the main attractions, like the Grand Old Opry, Lower Broadway and Music Row, but this journal isn't going to cover that. So for you visitors who like to explore off the beaten path, listen up. I am going to let you know where the locals hang out and relax...

      How to Get Around - Nashville is not known for its public transportation, so as much as I hate to say it, you are going to need to rent a car to get around town. Be warned, Nashville is very well marked with signs but there are three main interstates that meet in town causing confusion even for the most seasoned locals. Make sure you know what lanes you need to be in as there are some very short merging lanes as you move from interstate to interstate in the city. Oh, and one ...maybe two more things. Nashville roads tend to change names several times (i.e. Briley Parkway is a loop around town and is known as White Bridge, Woodmont, and Briley) so make sure you get all the names and Old Hickory Boulevard is NOT a circle, not matter what someone tells you. There are four and none of them connect...at least not yet, so make sure that the side of town matches whichever Old Hickory Blvd. you are looking for.

       

      Where to Stay - There is only one way to experience real Southern hospitality and that is the bed and breakfast route, so here are a few of my pics all situated within the neighborhoods below.

      Mulberry House, Clifton Lane (Belmont Blvd.) is located on Clifton Lane, right off of Belmont Blvd. You are sandwiched between two streets that are being revitalized as we speak and are some of the hippest young hang-outs in town. 

      Daisy Hill Bed and Breakfast (Hillsboro Village) is right off of Hillsboro Village and the Vanderbilt campus. There are plenty of art galleries, restaurants and shops to keep you entertained. You could even leave your car and take the buses in and out of town, since you are on a main bus route. 

      The Big Bungalow (Edgefield) is a quaint little house in part of the historic East Nashville district. There are parks, local shops and eateries and nightly entertainment close by.If you like to walk you are also within 2 miles of downtown. For you gym rats that can't escape the gym even on vacation, the community center is just a couple of blocks away.

      Top O' Woodland (East Nashville) is located in the quiet Lockland Spring neighborhood of East Nashville but don't let that scare you. It is only three blocks from the night scene at 5 Points. Best of all, you are two blocks from the best bakery in town!

      Custom's HouseWhere the Locals Hide -

      12th South/Belmont Blvd. has been going through a revitalization within the past few years bringing some new and quirky restaurants to fill in with the old staples. Belmont Boulevard is a great place to wander. There are shops along the way and some of Nashville's oldest residences. If your looking for a caffiene jolt, join the rest of the Belmont University crowd at Bongo Java. This area also loves local and nothing says that better than the Myint family. Patty opened up International Market (authentic Thai) a few years back and her son Arnold followed in her footsteps. He and his business partner opened up two new restaurants across the street, PM and ChaChah. ChaChah is a tapas bar with a great vibe. Many of Nashville young professionals hang out here. Pm is an Asian fusion that has Nashville's best burger. For the vegetarians among us, Tabouli's has been serving up great Greek food and is a staple of the Boulevard. 

        One block over is the 12th South area. I have to say this is one of my favorite areas. There is a large park, Seiver Park, at one end of the district that has soccer firlds, basketball courts, a community center and a playground. Make sure to read all the music posters as there are summer concerts in the park sometimes (see picnic fare below). As you head towards the downtown area you have to make sure you hit up Paletas, the gourmet popsicle shop. Trust me you don't want to miss this folks! Where else can you get and avocado and cream popsicle (yes, there is chocolate too). 12th and Paris is coming along and will have some great restaurants and shops on the ground floor by January of 2010. If your headed out to a concert in the park, or just want to enjoy the sunshine with a picnic, make sure you stop at Vinea and Corerri's for some wine and cheese. Maffioza's is your place for happy hour cocktails and 12 South Taproom has gourmet everything. Make sure to check the specials board for their grilled pimento and bacon sandwich, yum! And of course, our all important caffeine fixes - Frothy Monkey and Portland Brew. You can't go wrong with either, both are great. Of the coffee fiends in my office, Brad would go with Frothy every time and Laura goes with Portland so I say try em' both. As far as shopping, you have to stop by Katy's Western World, seriously you can't tell me you didn't bring your cowboy hat to the music city. Two Elle is also another local boutique that has some hot fashion. 

      East Nashville/Edgefield/ 5 Points area tends to be the quarky, arsty side of town. Here we pride ourselves on being different. There are tons of local bars to hit up in 5 Points that are crowded any day of the week. If you are a trivia buff, your in luck. Try Beyond the Edges (BTE) two for one Yazoo (Nashville local brewery) and trivia on Tuesdays  or 3 Crow on Thursday's for your weekly fix. If smoke gets to you, try BTE's sister restaurant, Battered and Fried for some Boston-inspired seafood and laid-back atmosphere. Make sure you try their fried scallops. If your looking for a quieter place to imbibe or an older crowd head down the street to Red Door East. 

       If your looking for breakfast, head over to tenth and Main for some amazing brunch. Marche has some amazing food, but make sure you check out the Omelet du Jour. But, the one place you MUST go if you are in the area is Sweet 16th bakery. It is consistently voted the best bakery in town by the people of this great city. They open at 8 and if you aren't there by 9 kiss your options good-bye. It is first come first serve and it makes getting up early worth it. Dan and Ellen are the local sugar-dealers so go check em' out.

       When that omelet from Marche finally burns off, check out I Dream of Weenie, East Nashville's first weenery. Don't worry you didn't miss it. It is the old beetle van up on stilts. Because of health code and the fact that they are considered a 'mobile' eatery there aren't any permanent tables so grab a blanket out of the bucket, find a good piece of grass and enjoy. Beware, the rebel yelp chili really will make you yelp. After lunch, meander through the Art and Invention gallery next door and say hello to Meg. If your lucky, maybe you can take part in one of the art workshops going on. If your coming with your family, make sure to check their website to see if they are doing a fort-building class. You know you want to, so grab a refrigerator box and get going. If you are looking for lighter fare, head up the street to Turnip Truck Grocery, East Nashville's organic market. IF your there during the week, check out the Farmer's Market of all local produce in the field next door. 

      Pied-Piper Creamery is also a not to miss staple of the neighborhood. The ice cream is homemade on-site and comes in all kinds of flavors. I mean all kinds, like Red Velvet Cake, Minty Python, Love is a Butterfield and It's Nutellin'. Why would you ever skip a place with names like that?!? A little pocket park, the East End UMC park is just down the street on Holly and offers a shaded place to enjoy.

      For more of that upscale taste, or a romantic night out, make reservations at Margot's. The cozy restaurant uses local products to produce gourmet food. If that is a little too classy, head down the hill to her sister restaurant Marche's both delivering a lot of bang for the buck. Holland House just opened at the corner of McFerrin and W Eastland and has become a favorite or mine quick! It is cozy, it is romantic and has a ton of character AND awesome food! Of course, this is the music city, and if you are looking for some music with your dinner of some evening entertainment check out the Nashville Scene to see who is playing at Family Wash. For a hole-in-the-wall that only the locals hit up, check out Italia on Woodland. These are my go to pizza guys. 

      For us active folks, there are some great free options. The East Nashville Community Center is situated in East park. It includes a pool, indoor track, basketball court, yoga classes and a weight room ($2 fee). Or for the outdoorsman in all of us hit the Greenway. There is a parking lot in Shelby Park where you can park and walk from. The immediate section has a 6 mile loop but you can add on and cross the river for a total of 26 miles. You should check and see if the bike shop located in 5 points or the skate shop, Asphalt Beach, rents equipment to use on the trail.

      Festivals of Note:

      Tomato Art Festival - the first or second weekend in August. There is a children's villages with water slides and face-painting along with local artwork and live music in 5 Points.

      Hot Chicken Festival - located in East Park this is the newest Fourth of July tradition - beer, blot's chicken wings and good old fun.

      Hillsboro Village is an urban area next to Vanderbilt's campus. Fido's is a great place to wake up and a great option for vegetarians. Check out their radio bombs (sesame bagel, tomato slices, swiss cheese and dijon mustard). Next walk it off by checking out Dragon Park, okay so technically it is Fannie Mae Dees Park, but no one knows it by that name. We always play soccer at Centennial and then head to Jackson's for an after workout beer. It is a great place to grab some beer,an appetizer and people watch. For a more contemporary twist on southern food, try Cabana's. it is also a hot night spot for drinks in the younger crowds. 

      For some culture, try checking out Zeitgeist Art Gallery. If your lucky, maybe you will even catch an art opening. Next door, is also a great place for a fun date at Fired Up, a pottery making and painting store. For a quieter option, check out what is playing at Belcourt Theater. It shows independent films and documentaries. Make sure to check it out and get tickets in advance if you can. it tends to have lines wrapping the block. 

      The Gulch/Demonbreun (de-mun-brie-un) If you call it demon-brewin we will probably look at you like you are speaking a different language. There are several bars here, but none to write home about unless you are looking for a bar to watch soccer in. That place would be Dan McGuiness. Sushiyobi is about 5 spaces down and is one of the better sushi restaurants in town. Ru Sans in the Gulch is always recommended to me, but after waiting 30 minutes to get our drink orders taken before we walked out, I wouldn't recommend it. Sambuca is another place for live jazz and dinner. It is also a great place for girls night out for cocktails. 

      For those of us who have to shop head next door to Urban Outfitters. Even though I am still in mourning for City Hall who once occupied the space, I have to say it is one cool space.

      Midtown is kind the college hangout at night, so I recommend eating at Samurai for lunch or during the summer when classes are out. It is a little hole-in-the-wall tucked next to Obie's pizza. Pay attention because I even walk by it sometimes and i know where it is. This is hands down the best and most affordable sushi in town. With options of over 40 varieties of rolls and nigiri, everyone can find something they will like here. If you like to live on the wild side, try their Happy Roll. 

      For a late night haunt or just the fourth meal hit up Cafe Coco, the all-night coffee bar. With a laid-back vibe and the ecclectic mix of people it is a fun place to chill, especially after getting out of a show at the End or Exit/In. Believe it or not, Nashville has a great indie music scene and many of our local boys might surprise you (i.e. Kings of Leon, Mat Kearney, etc.)

      Note: for a free night of entertainment, head to Centennial Park's bandshell every Wednesday in June for a movie in the park. Check out the Nashville Scene for the movie that is playing.

      Germantown is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Nashville and sits just down the hill from the Capital. The area has really come into its own in the last few years. The Farmer's Market is always a good bet, rain or shine. There are some great ethnic restaurants and shops. The New Orleans kitchen with the authentic muffletta sandwiches is my food of choice when I head that way.

      Zackie's sits in the Summer Street Loft complex on 5th Avenue South. Mike is a a native Jersey boy and his hot dogs show it. He even has authentic peirogies and Tasty Kakes, you can't get more Yankee than that. Now vegetarians, don't let the hot dog place scare you. Mike has the best veggies hot dogs I've ever put in my mouth. I've even seen people come back in and swear that Mike gave them a real hot dog. Now that is good folks!

      Drinkhaus is just around the corner and is a great place to grab coffee before or after dinner. The small restaurant is great and Kat did a great job maximizing the space and creating a cozy atmosphere. 

      And of course, if you are one of the unlucky ones that visits us in the heat of summer, the fountains in Bicentennial Mall or the Public Square are great for cooling off. Young or young at heart this is one of the Nashvillians favorite urban ways to cool off!

      For those of s over 21 and that enjoy some good home brewing, head over to Yazoo for the Brewery tour,...or just skip the tour and head to the tasting room. The brewery is housed in the Gulch area (12th Ave. South). After you get done imbibing, grab a seat on Sambucca's patio for some great food. 

      Nashville grafittiDowntown is kind of tourist central so we native try to avoid it if we can, but there are a few things worth mentioning that fall off the beaten path. There is a free monthly art crawl in the Arcade the first Saturday evening of every month. Mike's Choppers and Beignets is a delightful mix of bar and New Orleans and a perfect place for Sunday morning brunch. Hint: there is free parking on the Gateway Boulevard off of 4th Avenue S. It is a quick walk down the hill to the restaurant. Mercifully there is also a piano bar located on the second floor above the honky-tonks and congestion of Lower Broadway called Big Bang. The cover can be steep, so if your going to go you will probably want to stay for a while. As you head away from the river, things start to thin out and you have to hunt for the places a little harder. Flying Saucer is tucked in the old Baggage building behind Union Station and next to the Frist Art Museum. Two blocks over off of 10th Ave. S is another old warehouse that has been turned into Mercy Lounge and Cannery Ballroom. If your in town on a Monday, go check out the free music at Mercy Lounge's 8 of 8th. It features eight local rock bands every Monday and is my weekly pilgrimage. If your in town in September and you like indie rock, check out the Next Big Nashville Festival. 

      Last tip for you music lovers: next time your headed for Bonaroo stay in Nashville the night before the fun starts and head to Grimey's. I am not saying this is a given but seeing how Metallica played on their way to Bonaroo and then the Beastie Boys played this year on their way (are you seeing a pattern here...) It is a pretty good bet that you will see a headliner band in an amazingly initmate setting. Don't say I didn't warn you :)

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