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Walking Tour of Iconic Movie Locations in Venice Beach California

Walking Tour of Iconic Movie Locations in Venice Beach California

Re-Discover the Forgotten Movie Locations of Venice Beach California

Picture Venice Beach… Are you seeing surfers, hippies, lifeguards and skateboarders? How about Muscle Beach, the basketball courts, tattoo parlors and world-famous Ocean Front Walk?

But what if you could see it as it was in its hay-day in the early 1900’s when dozens of movies and later hundreds of TV shows chose Venice Beach as their ideal location? Don’t worry if you left your time machine at home, because it just so happens that Venice has been one of the world’s most filmed movie locations for over a century and you can tour to discover its most iconic film locations.

April 3, 2015 | By More
Getting To Know The Culture and Traditions of Turkey

Getting To Know The Culture and Traditions of Turkey

Go Beyond The Tourist Sites and Find A Traditional Experience in Turkey

There’s plenty to see and do in Turkey. We all know about the famous Blue Mosque, the gorgeous cascading Pammaluke terraces, and incredible views of Cappadocia. These are on your list, but what about getting to know the traditional things of the country a bit more? Here are a few extra things to add to your travel list so you’re experiencing more than just the mainstream sites of Turkey.

December 3, 2014 | By More
Best Kept Sightseeing Secrets of Atlanta – Don’t Miss Them

Best Kept Sightseeing Secrets of Atlanta – Don’t Miss Them

Discovering The Best Kept Secret Activities of Atlanta

If you live in or have ever traveled to Atlanta, you likely know about attractions such as the Atlanta Braves’ Turner Field, the High Museum of Art, the CNN Center, the Atlanta Zoo, and Piedmont Park. You probably don’t know, however, about the vast array of other activities that are home to this charming southern city. Atlanta has a hidden collection of activities for those who are sick of seeing the same tourist traps time and time again.

August 15, 2014 | By More
Guide To The Best Jewish Museums in America

Guide To The Best Jewish Museums in America

Although barely 3% of America’s total residents are Jewish, the Jewish community has contributed significantly to the American landscape and way of life since the 17th century. Throughout the country, museums both small and large have been established attesting to the unique role that American Jews have played in influencing both their heritage and life in America for all citizens.

April 23, 2014 | By More
How To Plan a Vegetarian Vacation With Ease

How To Plan a Vegetarian Vacation With Ease

When travelers who prefer a vegetarian lifestyle go on vacation, it’s often challenging to locate nearby restaurants that offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten free menus. With the whole country seemingly focused on obesity and healthy living, the trend toward vegetarian and vegan lifestyles have skyrocketed. Food items that were once relegated to small dark corners of grocery stores, now occupy prominent and expansive displays. New diet programs encourage us to eat raw, eat local, eat green, eat organic, and to embrace plant-based menus.

April 10, 2014 | By More
British Columbia Shines Even In The Rain – 10 Vancouver Rainy Day Activities

British Columbia Shines Even In The Rain – 10 Vancouver Rainy Day Activities

10 Rainy Day Activities to Enjoy in Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver is a city known for its rain as much as it is for its natural beauty. You may luck out and have beautiful weather, but it’s best to plan ahead for rainy day activities so that you aren’t stuck in your hotel praying for sun. Here are some of the 10 best activities to keep you and your family fascinated and entertained even when the weather lets you down.

October 22, 2013 | By More
An Introduction To London’s Cool Caribbean Scene

An Introduction To London’s Cool Caribbean Scene

If you love Caribbean culture – the music, the festivals, the food and drink – simply head to London. Apart from the sun, nearly every area in London has something Caribbean to help spice the locale up. Whether you’re looking for a plate full of jerk chicken, a glass of rum punch or a summer festival, our guide will help you navigate London and find the coolest Caribbean vibes.

Two of the trendiest places in London right now are Brixton and Harlesden. Unsurprisingly, both areas have an affluent Caribbean community. Brixton early in the morning is a great place to visit cafes; there’s an abundance to choose from. Negril serves Caribbean toast (spiced toast served with cinnamon and vanilla and toasted coconut), traditional cornmeal porridge and smoothies (the Caribbean Queen drink with papaya, pineapple, mango and a splash of dairy milk) will transport you from the busy streets of London to a tranquil beach in Jamaica.

July 29, 2013 | By More
Villa Vacations Complete With Local Excursions Just Got Easier To Book

Villa Vacations Complete With Local Excursions Just Got Easier To Book

It seems the world has fallen in love with the idea of renting a beautiful villa and bringing the whole family along on vacation. The number of villa rental sites has expanded dramatically in recent years as have popular home rental sites like VRBO. But one big obstacle to a fabulous rental vacation has always been how to tap into local experiences, events and sightseeing options.

Villas of Distinction To The Rescue. Recently Villas of Distinction, a well respected villa rental company with inventory around the world, has solved this age-old problem by partnering with Excursionist.com a provider of experiential travel and sightseeing excursions. Adding tailor-made travel experiences to your villa rental vacation is now a cinch.

July 25, 2013 | By More
Before They Were “Inn” These Five B&B’s Had Fascinating Former Lives

Before They Were “Inn” These Five B&B’s Had Fascinating Former Lives

What do you envision when you hear ‘bed and breakfast?’ If you’re like most people, you probably think about an historic Victorian or Queen Anne draped in lace and tucked away in a quaint corner of town. While it’s true that many inns were grand, former homes of the town’s well-to-do, some were not even used as homes at all.

From schoolhouses and churches, to working lighthouses and sail boats, some B&Bs lived completely different lives before opening their doors to travelers and serving up delicious breakfasts. So, next time you fall asleep in class, don’t be too hard on yourself. In fact, you may be onto something!

July 24, 2013 | By More
5 Adventure Highlights of Kangaroo Island – The Galapagos of Australia

5 Adventure Highlights of Kangaroo Island – The Galapagos of Australia

When considering Australia’s tourist hotspots, Kangaroo Island is a unique and precious gem that should not be missed. Located off the southern coast, a short distance from Adelaide, Australia’s third largest island offers captivating beauty and a complete wilderness experience. Kangaroos are just the beginning of the many animal species found here living in the wild. Many consider Kangaroo Island to be the Galapagos of Australia.

It would not be an overstatement to address this island as a little heaven which presents the opportunity to experience Mother Nature at her best. The island is dotted with numerous splendid attractions and offers ample of recreational activities. Here is an attempt to give you an overview of the peerless beauty of this little paradise on earth by classifying its adventures into five categories.

July 17, 2013 | By More
Popular Literary Tours Through London

Popular Literary Tours Through London

London has provided the inspiration for some of the world’s great novels, and has been home to many acclaimed writers. Throughout much of the last two centuries, London served as a major cultural hub, where writers of all genres and nationalities met and exchanged ideas and stories. Literary buffs can get their fix by exploring the many places that favourite writers loved.

When planning a trip to London, why not visit the locations frequented and enjoyed by legendary writers? Experiencing London the way they saw it will give you a great connection to their work, and you can see most of the sites for free – perfect if you are a ‘struggling artist’ like your literary heroes.

July 10, 2013 | By More
Travel Book Review – Lonely Planet’s Cooks, Clowns, and Cowboys is a Winner!

Travel Book Review – Lonely Planet’s Cooks, Clowns, and Cowboys is a Winner!

Today it is my great pleasure to write a travel book review for Lonely Planet’s newly published, Cooks, Clowns and Cowboys – 101 Skills and Experiences to Discover on Your Travels. A travel book review can sometimes be a chore trying to put a new spin on a typical compilation of ‘must-see’ sites and reviews […]

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Guide To Most-Loved London Antiques Markets

Guide To Most-Loved London Antiques Markets

A Guide To The Most Loved London Antiques and Collectable Markets I have always found the history that is connected to everyday objects to be quite fascinating. I love a good story and knowing the history behind the ornaments that I choose to decorate my home with. Since my fascination with antiques and collectables began […]

August 9, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Berlin’s Extraordinary, Ever-Changing Art Scene

Berlin’s Extraordinary, Ever-Changing Art Scene

The Berlin Art Scene has been a revelation in recent years as the place to be to find the most ground-breaking artists and galleries exhibiting their work in many of the city’s districts. Things are changing slowly but surely however, with the once funkier, run-down districts being gentrified and forcing the galleries that made them […]

May 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
Civil War 150th Anniversary – Take The Whole Family On A Living History Getaway

Civil War 150th Anniversary – Take The Whole Family On A Living History Getaway

This is the  Sesquicentennial anniversary – 150 years since the the Civil War in the United States.  Commemorations are taking place all across our country.  Don’t miss the opportunity to relive our nation’s history by visiting the prominent locations that shaped so much of our nation’s history and character. If a unique getaway is what […]

May 11, 2012 | By | Reply More
Tours Inspired By Your Favorite TV Shows

Tours Inspired By Your Favorite TV Shows

Have you ever watched an episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and wished you were sitting in that red Camaro riding along with Guy Fieri, nibbling and chatting your way down the road?  Or perhaps you’ve  watched a PBS special and fantasized about exploring a wilderness region with the host.  Well perk up….  there’s a […]

April 25, 2012 | By | Reply More
Best of Bali – 4 Unexpected Delights

Best of Bali – 4 Unexpected Delights

Bali is very well known as a vacation spot for spending time with family, blowing off the heat from a stressful job, and just relaxing and unwinding. Located in Indonesia, Bali has 33 provinces and is known throughout the world for unique and diverse landscapes. It has many coral reefs and absolutely stunning white sand […]

October 13, 2011 | By | Reply More
A Look At Broadway’s Family Friendly Shows for Fall 2011

A Look At Broadway’s Family Friendly Shows for Fall 2011

New York, New York.  One of the first things that people think of when they think of New York (other than the Statue Of Liberty and Times Square) is Broadway, and your name in lights. There have been long running plays like Les Miserables and Cats, Phantom of the Opera and so many more.  But […]

September 1, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
Friday Night Parties With Van Gogh

Friday Night Parties With Van Gogh

Vacationing in Amsterdam is always exciting, and in fact, they often  set new trends for social venues.  Such is the case with a new tradition…. Friday night parties at the Van Gogh Museum.   Just after dark the museum dims their lights, sets up the bar and brings in the DJs.  From 6 to 10 pm […]

January 13, 2011 | By | Reply More
Celebrate Chinese New Year With Great Deals In San Francisco

Celebrate Chinese New Year With Great Deals In San Francisco

No city outside of Asia celebrates Chinese New Year with such exuberance and fan fare as San Francisco.  (Over 600,000 firecrackers make quite an impression!)  The entire month of February is dotted with celebrations that culminate with the grand parade and community fair on February 27th.  2010 is the Year of the Tiger with New […]

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