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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 17, 2015: Shakespeare Books, Avignon

PortMoresby ·
  I didn’t really need more books, but how could I not visit the English bookstore, Shakespeare Books, in Avignon.  I was staying in this great medieval town on the Rhône,  on the south side just inside the wall near...
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Indian Culture: Traditions and Customs of India

Pratima ·
An incredible country offering magical travel experiences to travelers from all over the world, India is unique. It is the same for its customs and traditions. India's rich cultural heritage is famous around the world and has fascinated many poets, writers and other personalities. The writer-traveler Mark Twain told us: " India is the cradle of humanity, the birthplace of the word, the mother of history, the grandmother of legends and the great-great -mother traditions. The country has a...
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Re: Hotels.com: Most mobile bookings are last-minute

DrFumblefinger ·
That actually makes a lot of sense. The beauty of smartphones and the like is their ability to let you get things done at the last minute -- complete with price comparisons, etc. I know that a lot of hotels offer deep discounts the last day if they have a lot of spare inventory, but you're taking a risk at a busy time in a busy place. I tend to be more of a planner and to save my travel time for traveling and not looking for hotels. But to each his own.
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Hotels.com: Most mobile bookings are last-minute

PHeymont ·
Hotels.com, one of the leading on-line bookers, reports that over 60% of its mobile app users are booking same-day. It also reports that mobile app users tend to shorter stays than traditional customers. CLICK HERE for more.  
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Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences

Marilyn Jones ·
  It may seem unusual for a travel writer to be interested in the abandoned, derelict and forgotten. I am usually telling my readers where to travel and what to visit when they get there. But Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences is such a...
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Germany says Booking.com must eliminate 'best price' clauses

Travel Rob ·
Germany rules Booking.com changes to their 'best price' clauses aren't good enough.
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Re: Waived Booking Fees on AA Award Travel

PHeymont ·
Really good news, because some of those partner flights are hard to book online even when you know they exist. This should make it easier to make connection to a number of areas in Europe without having to do Heathrow...
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Waived Booking Fees on AA Award Travel

PortMoresby ·
This may not be news to some of you, but it is new to me. Heading to the AAdvantage webpage to see what flights might be available, I discovered a notice informing us that American now waives fees when booking by phone, starting today, when reserving...
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Airbnb has Cuba news, too: Open to all visitors

PHeymont ·
Airbnb, previously limited to Cuba rentals for U.S. residents, can now begin booking anyone into its network of 'casas particulares' in Cuba.
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TripAdvisor adds Instant Booking in 9 countries

PHeymont ·
TripAdvisor is expanding its Instant Booking feature to 9 more counties with English-language websites, and plans to extend it worldwide.
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Proven Tips that Guarantee Unforgettable Train Travel during Winter

rohitthakur ·
Trains are the best mode of travel when going on a holiday during winter or any other season. It is fun to travel on a train since you do not need to put on your seatbelt throughout your journey. If you want to stand up, lie down or walk inside the train, you are allowed to do it as you travel. Train travel eliminates the limit on the amount of luggage that you carry. When travelling by train, you enjoy limitless storage spaces so there is no maximum weight limit on luggage. Don’t you just...
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Re: What changes in European hotel booking could mean to you...

Travel Rob ·
I think that's a positive thing . I believe the vast majority of hotels will still give Booking.com the lowest price but the added competition now should be good for consumers
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Re: Dublin, Ireland's Trinity College: Where Gumbo Was #29

Andre Pur ·
Amazing Library, very inspiring, if i would go to college there i will be at library every day ( at my college i go to library only at the end of the semester )
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Re: Dublin, Ireland's Trinity College: Where Gumbo Was #29

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the note, Andre. It is a great library, but like many college students those at Trinity College like to party as much as study, so you'll likely not see them there much before the end of the semester either. What you might find even more amazing is that every student has the right to sign out any of those books (with the exception of the ancient ones like the Book of Kells). Despite how historic it looks, it is still a university library for students.
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Re: Books That Sent You Packing (your bag, that is)

PHeymont ·
Detectives and espionage thrillers. George Simenon in France, Eric Ambler all over and especially in Istanbul, an expanding list of Scandinavians going back to Maj Sjovall/Per Wahloo and including Mankell, Nesbo and Larsson; Arnaldur Indridadsen and others in Iceland, Brunetti and Montalbano in Italy...the list is endless and appears to be a real driver of our travel. I've tried to think why, and I think it is in part because detective and spy novels, when well done, are of their time and...
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Re: Books That Sent You Packing (your bag, that is)

DrFumblefinger ·
People always laugh when I tell them this but the book that most inspired me to travel was Arthur C Clarke's "2001 a Space Odyssey". It made me want to see the universe -- or at least Clavius Base on the moon. It wasn't until later that I learned I'd have to settle for staying on the planet. Little did I know those journeys would one day lead me to the home and friendship of the man who wrote the book that so inspired me.
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Re: Books That Sent You Packing (your bag, that is)

PortMoresby ·
I get booksellers' e-newsletters and paper catalogs and run across interesting travel-related items from time to time. Many are on remainder sites so "quantities are limited" but when a post is fresh here, you'll likely get it if you want it. Spotted today in the Daedalus Books catalog is one by Ian Buruma, Bad Elements: Chinese Rebels from Los Angeles to Beijing , " a dissident's eye-view of the world's most secretive superpower, observing, "Strange things happen when Chinese dynasties near...
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Re: Kirsten Hines' new book just released!

GarryRF ·
The web address for sales will not open for me and requires an additional program installing. Any alternate location for info ?
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Re: Kirsten Hines' new book just released!

DrFumblefinger ·
Hi Garry, Try the link to Kirsten's website. Hopefully that will work for you: http://www.kirstennaturetravel...cayne-national-park/ You can also by the book and kindle version from amazon. Use the link for amazon in your country and insert Kirsten's name. Should come up.
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Re: Kirsten Hines' new book just released!

Kirsten Hines ·
Thank you for sharing this!!! I appreciate it. It's a wonderful park to visit if you're in South Florida!
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Dublin, Ireland's Trinity College: Where Gumbo Was #29

DrFumblefinger ·
  Gumbo was visiting historic Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.  Through the trees (top photo) he saw the college's bell-tower (Campanile), better seen in the second photo.   The  Campanile  is one of Dublin's iconic...
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Holy Cannoli! Italian town builds 3-ton Tiramisu!

PHeymont ·
The northern Italian town of Gemona has gotten its just desserts: a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records, and over 3 tons (3015 kg) of tiramisu. The coffee-flavored treat beat a months-old record by over 1000 kilos.   I know what you're...
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What changes in European hotel booking could mean to you...

PHeymont ·
You may soon have a real reason to use a "metasearch" site such as Kayak or Travago to find your European hotel room, rather than an actual booking site such as Booking.com or Expedia. Up to now, almost all prices have been the same; that may be about...
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Booking.com celebrates one-billionth guest

PHeymont ·
Booking.com's Amsterdam headquarters   Booking.com has just passed a milestone: It booked its one-billionth guest since its start nearly 20 years ago.   The site was founded in 1996 in Entschiede in the Netherlands, and is now one of the key...
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Books That Sent You Packing (your bag, that is)

PortMoresby ·
The book I always think of in this regard is ‘The Sheltering Sky’, by Paul Bowles. And the subsequent movie, with the devilish John Malkovich as, guess who, Port Moresby. It inspired me to take the plunge and travel outside Europe, to Morocco, a place I’ve returned again and again, sure that would be so as soon as I read the book. But there have been others - ‘The River’s Tale: A Year on the Mekong’, by Edward Gargan, added Yunnan Province in China to my first round-the-world destination...
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Now it's Booking.com with a Cuba deal

PHeymont ·
The Cuba deals continue to roll out; yesterday Starwood signed up to manage hotels in Cuba; now Booking.com will be able to book rooms.
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Kirsten Hines' new book just released!

DrFumblefinger ·
Frequent contributor, Kirsten Hines, has a new book on beautiful Biscayne National Park. Kirsten did all the photography and co-wrote much of it.
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Travel Agents Not Happy With Marriotts Direct Booking Campaign

Travel Rob ·
The President of the American Society of Travel Agents, Zane Kirby, released this statement about Marriott's Direct Booking Campaign.   "Suppliers have the right to market their product however they choose, as long as the advertisements are legal...
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Re: Expedia lifts the veil on airline fees

DrFumblefinger ·
I like transparency and think this is welcome news for travel consumers. Also a smart move on the part of Expedia, I think.
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Re: Money Saving Tips, for your Big Trip – Part 2

Travel Rob ·
Another great set of ideas!
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Booking.com's new venture: services for hotels

PHeymont ·
Booking.com's new plan: work both sides of the front desk at hotels.     Photo: Wikimedia / opera cadet   Booking.com, possibly the biggest busiest on-line hotel booking site, is trying out a venture on the other side: Their...
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How big is the hotel booking business? Now you know!

PHeymont ·
  Sometimes numbers get so big they're hard to visualize or believe, and here's one of those numbers:   During the first three months of 2015, booking.com handled  106,400,000   hotel room nights. That's right...over 100 million....
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Lyon sets comic-strip record at 1.6km

PHeymont ·
Art students in a friendly competition spin a tale of time travel in a mile-long comic story.
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TripAdvisor, Booking.com book a deal

PHeymont ·
TripAdvisor just took one giant step forward in its plans to be a one-stop review and booking site by a deal with booking.com which will  allow TripAdvisor to directly book customers into booking.com's 436,000 rooms.   It's part of a series...
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Expedia lifts the veil on airline fees

PHeymont ·
In a move possibly intended to show a little difference from its rivals, Expedia will now display typical airline fees, including baggage charges and change fees before the final purchase of the ticket.   Typically, up to now, those charges are...
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Money Saving Tips, for your Big Trip – Part 2

Samantha ·
Part 2 of Samantha's series on how you can save BEFORE you travel!
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Where they're going: NY, Paris top Airbnb New Year list

PHeymont ·
The recent terror attacks in Paris apparently haven't put off its lure for visitors; Airbnb reports it's the top New Year holiday booking in Europe, and second only to New York world-wide. The vacation rental company says it has 45,000 people booked in Paris for the holiday, and 47,000 in New York. The rest of the top 5 are London with 35,000, Sydney with 25,000 and Barcelona with 24,000. The figures indicate a quick and solid comeback for Paris's tourism industry; immediately after the...
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Re: Expedia buys Orbitz; now it's down to 3

Travel Rob ·
I am going to miss an independent Orbitz. I really like Priceline and Expedia but occasionally i found a flight that was cheaper to book on Orbitz.
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Re: London: a Few of My Favorite Things

DrFumblefinger ·
Nothing quite like Chinese dumplings, a fine house tour, and the smell of English books to round out a gooooood travel day!
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Re: London: a Few of My Favorite Things

PHeymont ·
Thanks for the memories, and the reminder of how much of London's best bits are hidden away in odd corners! And thanks also for the prompt to stop skipping the Portrait Gallery...
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Re: More hotels push for direct booking

Travel Rob ·
I still don't know if it's any cheaper booking direct. For instance, on Hyatt site , It's 10% off is off standard rates. I often see higher % discounts on booking.com for Hyatt hotels.
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Amazon Edges Closer to Hotel Booking

PHeymont ·
Amazon has repeatedly denied it wants to move into the world of online travel agencies such as Expedia and Travelocity or booking sites like booking.com, but they keep making moves that look like that's in their future.   The latest move is...
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Oct. 25, 2017: Harvard Square, Cambridge

Samantha ·
Take a walk with Samantha through the famed neighborhood that is a center to both the university and the city of Cambridge.
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Expedia buys Orbitz; now it's down to 3

PHeymont ·
Or maybe 2.   Expedia has snapped up Orbitz and its subsidiary brands, including ebookers.com and CheapTickets.com. In the past year it has also acquired former main rival Travelocity.   Its remaining big rival is Priceline, which owns...
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London: a Few of My Favorite Things

PortMoresby ·
PortMoresby ends the tale of her trip to England with the things she cannot do without - art, food, books and a visit to a beautiful house.
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More hotels push for direct booking

PHeymont ·
A growing number of hotels are offering discounts and free Wi-Fi when customers book direct.
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Re: London: a Few of My Favorite Things

PortMoresby ·
Daunt's Books, one of my favorite things, made The Guardian's list of favorite independent bookshops . . . yay!
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Mississippi State Capitol: The Magnolia State

Samantha ·
Samantha shares her visit to the Capitol of the Magnolia State - Jackson, Mississippi. it was one the first buildings in the state to have electric elevators.
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6 THINGS TO REMEMBER BEFORE YOU BOOK A TAXI!

Udaipur Rides ·
Taxi services or Car Rental Services in udaipur have become an integral part our day to day lives! They facilitate you with travel options on the go and make your journey calculations little less traumatic! But before you pack your bags and hop in, make sure you remember these 6 rules of hiring a taxi! 1. Have A Price Check Before finalising your taxi service in udaipur, have a proper analysis of their fare criteria per kilometer. Check whether the overall bill fits in your budget. In order...
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