San Francisco Muni

Streetcars lost favor with the American commuting public, but they are making a comeback—slowly. Cincinnati and Detroit will be launching new streetcar lines soon, and the 2000s saw a slow build up in the popularity of this mode of transport, starting with the launch of Portland’s successful line ...

Absinthe

Forget everything you think you know about absinthe: You’re not going to experience grand hallucinations, no matter what you learned from reading Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway, and Arthur Rimbaud. “Absinthe leaves your head clear. You don’t get tired like you do with alcohol,” said Hermann Plöckl...

James Beard Foundation Taste America Tour

Foodies hunting a memorable meal in an unfamiliar town know the drill: Schedule a highly sought-after reservation at a restaurant with a James Beard Award-winning chef. This fall, however, even dedicated foodie travelers can step up their game as the James Beard Foundation's takes its "Taste...

California coastline as feature in Sean Slobodan's "The Color of California"

There's no real need to hype California. The state already has Yosemite, San Francisco, Big Sur, Los Angeles, San Diego, redwood forests, both Apple and Google headquarters, hundreds of miles of spectacular coastline and more wine regions than we can count.  But we have to admit that Cali is one...

MIR Space tour Soyuz liftoff

Looking for an out-of-this world vacation? MIR Corporation wants you to spend nine days on a tour of the once-classified Russian space program while staying in first-class accommodations. The tour—Sept. 17-25—starts at $14,495 per person, based on double occupancy. Things you might brag about upon...

Coastal Maine

With pristine nature, scenic beaches, amazing seafood, quaint New England small towns and beautiful fall foliage, there are plenty of good reasons to visit the state of Maine, but the possibility of getting paid back for your vacation might just top the list. Here's how it works: Tourism officials...

Anitkabir Mausoleum oi Ataturk Turkey

Istanbul is returning to business as usual and many airlines are resuming operations after an attempted coup. As of Monday morning (July 18), Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, had arrested 6,000 soldiers, military leaders and judges suspected of being involved with the coup attempt. “The...

Puglia, Italy

Need an add-on to the sightseeing of Rome which will take you off the well-beaten tourist path? Look no further than the region of Puglia in the southeastern "heel" portion of Italy. This rustic district is well known for being one of the most beautiful places in Europe—highlighted by the...

Pokemon Go app

Augmented reality hit an all-time high with the launch of the Pokemon Go app, almost immediately getting more daily users than Twitter and more "engagement" than Facebook. The app was created by Niantic, a company that was spun out of Google and that had previously created the highly successful...

Singapore video of skyline at night

A variety of nuanced cultures can be found in the world-class city of Singapore. If you're ever there, one thing you have to do is to mount yourself on a high perch to get a good view of the skyline (we like the Skypark atop the Marina Bay Sands, preferably at dusk or at night). Frankly, it's one...

Passport

You’ve just spent a week enjoying the Eiffel Tower, the Seine and the local cafés of Paris. Before you can get back to your hotel to pack for home, your passport gets lost or stolen. Do you need to learn French and look for a home in Paris? Only if you want to. The U.S. Department of State has...

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