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Having a Ball in the Baltics: A Visit to Riga



Latvia
 has quite the roller-coaster history, controlled by powers including Lithuania, Sweden, and Russia,  until the birth of a new republic in 1918. Then of course it fell back under Soviet Russian subjugation until the rebirth of a new independent republic in 1991.



I first visited…

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Posted on March 19, 2017 at 4:30pm

Safely Experiencing the Favelas (Slums) of Rio de Janeiro





Rio de Janeiro
 famously boasts one of the most spectacular natural settings of any major world city, a charismatic interplay of ocean with dramatic plunging hills (the most dramatic and reknowned, of course, being Sugarloaf and Corcovado). And though much of Rio has a prosperous…

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Posted on March 9, 2017 at 3:00pm

A Fungus Among Us! Truffles Rising in Northeast Spain



Highly coveted as far back as ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, the mushrooms known as black truffles remain a major object of desire of foodies and gourmets across the globe. But while many think of them as typical of Italy and France, most of the world’s supply of the…

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Posted on February 27, 2017 at 12:18pm

An Astonishing Egyptian Temple in...Madrid??



During my first visit to Madrid way back in 1978, strolling out near my family’s hotel near Plaza de España, I was gobsmacked to suddenly spy, of all things, an ancient Egyptian temple – right on downtown Calle Ferraz, on a platform in a reflecting pool of…

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Posted on February 22, 2017 at 8:08pm

A Fez in Morocco That Fits Beautifully



As a Westerner, this country at the western end of North Africa remains one of the most memorable I have ever visited, due in no small part to its “Imperial Cities” – …

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Posted on February 22, 2017 at 12:58pm

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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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