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Six Things to Know about River Cruising in Russia Right Now — September 2, 2015 | By Laura Bly | No Comments We'd already tossed back several varieties of Russian vodka, each accompanied by pastrami, pickles and expert commentary from Yulia, our maitre'd on Viking Truvor. But the best, a smooth blend of chili pepper and honey, had been saved for last.
Sep 14, 2015

Six things to know about river cruising Russia now - including "ditch the Cold War stereotypes" #cruise…

Travel in the age of “Fearbola” — While U.S. headlines were trumpeting the growing hysteria over the country's first Ebola diagnosis in Dallas, I was kicking back at a resort in southern Ethiopia - where my only medical concern was a nasty crop of chigger bites, courtesy of a bush walk to view zebras in spectacular Nechasar National Park.

Windjamming on the Mary Day — Maine windjammer cruises, launched in 1936 to breathe new life into a faltering commercial cargo fleet, have become as synonymous with the state as "lobstah" bakes, blueberries and the insistent bleat of a fog horn.
Aug 14, 2014

Sailing #Maine on the windjammer Mary Day: My first photo essay on @exposure. Thx for the tip, @EverywhereTrip!…

Lessons, highlights from a month on the road — It's been one month since we sold our home and most of our belongings and hit the road. Fifteen states, 10 hotels, five friends' houses, two Airbnb rentals and nearly 4,000 miles later, we're still happily married (thanks, Siri!) and looking forward to more adventures. A few highlights: -Priceline and Hotwire rock.

The spirit of Mayberry lives on in Mount Airy — MOUNT AIRY, N.C. - In "The Class Reunion" episode of The Andy Griffith Show , the perpetually popular sitcom that made its debut 50 years ago this fall and taped its final episode in 1968, Sheriff Andy Taylor takes a stroll down memory lane with a high school squeeze who has moved from Mayberry to Chicago.

Fogo Island Inn: The hotel at the edge of the earth — According to the Flat Earth Society, ragged, wind-battered Fogo Island, Newfoundland is one of the four corners of the planet. If this isolated offshoot of an already remote destination - an hour's drive from the closest commercial airport in Gander, followed by a 45-minute ferry ride from Farewell into the North Atlantic - isn't the edge of the world, it might as well be.

51 Great Burger Joints — 51 Great Burger Joints Alabama Recommended by the Southern Living magazine travel staff Alaska At the two Arctic Roadrunner locations in Anchorage, tuck into the Kodiak Islander. It's a quarter-pound patty with green chile pepper and half slices of bologna, salami, ham, melted American and mozzarella cheese.

Santa Cruz Island, a piece of 'unhurried California' — You can't go home again, novelist Thomas Wolfe famously wrote. But as my husband and I discovered on a recent sail to largely uninhabited Santa Cruz Island, the biggest of California's eight Channel Islands conjures even more magic than it did during our visits nearly two decades earlier.
Sep 17, 2013

Thx! MT @lisasungpark: @laurably's sailing trip to Santa Cruz Island made me fall in love w/ it all over again:…

Sep 25, 2013

Thx! RT @GAC_Inc: weekend escape to California's Santa Cruz island, lovingly described by @laurably in @latimestravel…

A sentimental journey to Wisconsin’s Door County — According to Celtic legend, the ravens that nest among the limestone cliffs in northeastern Wisconsin's Door County are messengers of death, able to bridge the unseen world that separates the living and the departed.
Sep 11, 2013

Making a sentimental - and surprising - pilgrimage to Wisconsin's Door County…

Aug 16, 2014

Yes, thedailydish and @EverywhereTrip I dismissed Door County as an over-rated tourist trap. Now I know better:…

Tips for surviving Europe's priciest capital — USA TODAY Travel recently spotlighted Sofia, Bulgaria, Europe's most affordable capital, according to several indexes. Here, former staffer Laura Bly reports on her visit to the continent's most expensive capital, Oslo, and offers some money-saving tips. Among the first images to greet arriving passengers at Oslo's airport is a giant reproduction of "The Scream," Edvard Munch's iconic expression of terror and angst.
Sep 03, 2013

Last week we visited Europe's cheapest capital; now for the most expensive:

Sep 03, 2013

RT @JayneEClark: @laurably suggests ways to stretch a Norwegian krone in Oslo, land of $14 glasses of beer and $7 cups of coffee. http://t.…

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Sep 24, 2015

Thx, @gwenmccauley, for giving us such a magical tour of #NovaScotia. Hope to see you in Lisbon next spring!

Sep 18, 2015

Drama at sea: Today's medevac of #regalprincess passenger. Wishing her the best as she flies back to Cork, Ireland

Sep 15, 2015

Nothing says #Scotland like a red-bearded bagpiper...including this one at Edinburgh's Riding of the…

Sep 14, 2015

Six things to know about river cruising Russia now - including "ditch the Cold War stereotypes" #cruise…

Sep 04, 2015

Handsome fellow! RT@ramblingstump: I have this #country thing covered. Meet my neighbor across the street. #FriFotos

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