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Czech Cool Beyond Prague in Brno, the Country's 2nd City

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The magnificent Czech capital…

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Posted on November 27, 2017 at 10:35am

Le Beaujolais Nouveau Est Arrivé! A Lovely Wine Region of France

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Throughout the year, the calendars of wine lovers are filled with all manner of momentous dates, of harvests, vintage releases, festivals, and more. And since the 1980s, few…

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Posted on November 16, 2017 at 6:30am

In South Florida, a Tale of Two Science Museums

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When my husband was just a little fella, he was also a little nerd (an adorable little nerd, it goes without saying!) who was always dragging his folks to the Miami Science…

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Posted on November 10, 2017 at 3:01am — 1 Comment

Sardinia, the Emerald Isle of Italy

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The Mediterranean’s second largest island after its neighbour SicilySardinia has become known among holidaymakers internationally for its beaches and the upmarket, jet-settish vibe of areas like its Costa Smeralda, along its northeastern coast. But the other side of this island is an ancient and multifaceted geology and history – as well as a distinctive local culture and not one but two local languages that set it apart…

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Posted on November 1, 2017 at 10:12am

San Francisco, California Is an American Original

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There are excellent reasons northern California‘s “City by the Bay” is one of America’s most storied cities (if far from its most typical). Born as a colonial Spanish mission and fort on the tip of a peninsula, San Francisco was…

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Posted on October 25, 2017 at 6:16pm

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Widely published/traveled freelance journalist: most recently, NY Post, LA Times, MSNBC.com, National Geographic Traveler, Imbibe, etc. Former Executive Editor, Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel, Caribbean Travel & Life. Director, Tripatini.com.

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On which destinations & travel topics can you advise members especially well?
South Florida, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Czech Republic, Cuba, Costa Rica, New York
What destinations are you most interested in learning about?
Thailand, Indonesia, India, Ethiopia, Paraguay
Other travel / language expertise?
Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, Czech, Portuguese

A Bit About Me

Hi, everyone! The founder of Tripatini.com, I'm a longtime travel writer and editor, an alum of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. I've edited travel for HarperCollins' guidebook division, Hearst Magazines' Diversion, and ShermansTravel.com, and served as Executive Editor of Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel and Caribbean Travel & Life.

In addition to all that, I've written for a fairly respectable chunk of the travel media, as well as general interest newspapers, magazines, and Web sites. Just a sampling: Boston Herald, Brides.com, GQ, HuffingtonPost.com, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Men's Fitness, MSNBC.com, Miami Herald, National Geographic Traveler, New York Post, Travel+Leisure, and the Iberostar Resorts blog. I've also written travel guides, most recently Pauline Frommer's Costa Rica, and co-founded CubaEnLinea.net, a social network for Cubans both in Cuba and around the world.

I speak six languages, and now live in Miami, Florida. But I lived for years in New York City, and among the more than 50 countries I've visited, I've also lived in Spain, Russia, and the Czech Republic. Travel is my overriding passion -- I get tired of many things in this life, but never, ever of travel!

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At 8:31am on March 3, 2017, BANAS MELALA said…

Hey David!!! Just writing to send you and big hug, it s been a great year, and hope to connect in another great travel event. cheers!!!
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At 5:17pm on July 7, 2016, Harvey frommer said…

hI dAVID,

This is Harvey Frommer, my wife Myrna Katz Frommer and I have just begun to post on your fabulous site. I have a draft of a new piece on the SAYBROOK INN AND SPA but have 4 photos that I would to include but cannot do the job. Can someone from your site call or write to lead me thru . . .

HArvey.frommer@dartmouthedu

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You can see I have about 13 pieces up from our archives but this is a new one.     

At 11:18am on March 6, 2014, Jools Stone said…

Hey David, great to be back in touch!

That's good to hear about Iberia. I'm sure there's lots of things I could potentially blog about for them, in the UK and beyond.

I'll dig out a list of their destinations to start with and drop you a line with some topics soon.

Very happy to post here too, just a little worried about potential duplicate content penalties from Google, so any advice on getting round that will be greatly welcomed. :)

All the best

Jools

At 9:30am on October 16, 2012, Cessy Meacham said…

Hey David!!! Just writing to send you and big hug, it s been a great year, and hope to connect in another great travel event. cheers!!!

At 2:11pm on July 18, 2012, Joe Haedrich said…

Hi David,

We run until mid-October.  
You are welcome any time.
I also have tours in Burlington, VT, a great food town
You are welcome on that one too.
Joe
At 1:49pm on July 13, 2012, Joe Haedrich said…

Hi David,

Thanks for your email.
If you and your friends would like to join Saturday's tour as my guests I would love to have you.  Right now the tour has plenty of openings.  We start at the Farmer's Market at 1230 for a few tastings then to the Old Bryan Inn for an appetizer then on to Broadway for several stops.  You are welcome to join just for part of the tour too.  There is plenty of food along the way.
If you are looking for a good ethnic place for lunch your best bet is Boca Bistro, a tapas place that just opened a few weeks ago--right on Broadway--you will like it.  I've been there twice already. http://www.bocabistro.com/
Of course there are many others--Ravenous for crepes and a more informal menu, http://www.maestrosatthevandam.com/ which is not exactly ethnic but does have an innovative menu and Leon's for Mexican food--near the racetrack.
Let me know if you need more suggestions--there are plenty!
Joe
At 1:03pm on July 10, 2012, Vy Truong said…

Dave,

Thanks for the warm welcome!  I'm excited to connect on Tripatini and have more people learn about Contiki.

Unfortunately, I won't be attending the ASTA conference but it is possible members of our parent company, The Travel Corporation, will have some presence! 

At 1:01pm on July 9, 2012, William J. McGee said…

Thanks very much, David! Looking forward to learning more.

At 11:16am on June 26, 2012, Ari Bendersky said…

Hey Dave -- thanks for the note. Are you just coming to Chicago to visit or business? It's going to be HOT this weekend - high 90s so be prepared. I'm pretty tied up (event thurs, friends in Friday, gone Sat/Sun) so I likely wouldn't be able to connect. Where are you staying?

At 6:59pm on June 25, 2012, Margaret and John said…

Hey David! I have a bunch of different tours Thurs-Sun, so if there's something you like, I'd love to see you. If those times don't work, I'd still love to meet up for a coffee or something!

 
 
 

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