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Featured Member Blog Posts – July 2015 Archive (31)

Beyond Cecil the Lion - A Corner of Africa's Trophy-Animal Industry in Namibia



The current global uproar over the brutal slaughter of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe brought back vivid memories of my visit to a Namibia taxidermist several years ago. Cecil's killing is far from an isolated case... 



The last thing one expects to see…

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Added by Zenaida des Aubris on July 31, 2015 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Playa Guiones a Top Costa Rica Surf Spot



Long-favored as a site for the Costa Rica national surfing competitions, the white sandy beach of Playa Guiones at Nosara hosted the sixth tournament of the …

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Added by Shannon Farley on July 30, 2015 at 7:49am — No Comments

Independent Travelers – Spoleto, Italy: More Than a Festival

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We selected Spoleto as our base camp for the exploration of the Umbria region because of its central location, short drive from Rome, and easy access to surrounding major cities such as Perugia, Orvieto, and Assisi. But as we discovered during our one week stay that there is a lot more to Spoleto…

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Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on July 29, 2015 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Silvercar Delivers No-Hassle Luxury Car Rental in USA

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When it comes to renting a car, you're not settling for a minivan or subcompact economy special. You want reliability, comfort, and some zing under the hood to make those S curves extra exhilarating along with the views. After sitting on a plane for hours with your legs folded up like pretzels and a debilitating case of jet lag, the last thing you want is to wait in line for a sales…

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Added by Steve Mirsky on July 28, 2015 at 11:25am — No Comments

5 Mobile Apps That Help You Travel Smarter





In this day and age it´s crucial to utilize technology in almost every aspect of our lives.Traveling is no exception since there are hundreds of thousands of helpful travel apps out there and more coming out every day. These programs make our vacation planning less stressful, our payments and transactions seamless and our quests…

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Added by Sophie Andersen on July 27, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Christmas in July in Australia’s Blue Mountains

                                             Winter in the Country (photo: Katoomba-nsw.com)

                                                Mountain Heritage Hotel during snowfall…

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Added by Jason Hall on July 26, 2015 at 4:18pm — No Comments

A Summer Getaway at the Saratoga Arms in Upstate New York



Historic Saratoga Springs in upstate New York is a fun place to visit any time of year. However, there’s a special excitement in the air with the approach of another annual opening day at the historic Saratoga Race Course – the oldest thoroughbred racetrack in America.

Health, History, Horses

That’s Saratoga’s slogan.…

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Added by The2Writers.com Page on July 25, 2015 at 3:23pm — No Comments

A Visit to Tequila's Mexico Hometown



by Diana Rowe





Tequila — the liquor, not the town — continues to grow more and more popular beyond Mexico, even as along the way it's also pick up a bit of a bad rap (as in, margaritas and shooters, a cheap and surefire way to get — how can I put this — majorly wasted).…

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Added by Tripatini on July 24, 2015 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Spectacular Kapsia Cave in Arkadia, Greece

Cave Kapsia is located in the Peloponnese peninsula region of Arcadia, near the villages of Kapsia and Levidi. Experts have ranked it among the ten most remarkable caves of Greece. Remains of human bones have been found in the cave, and also lamps thought to date back to the 4th and 5th century AD. …

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Added by Maria Athanassopoulou on July 23, 2015 at 9:48am — No Comments

Cuenca, Spain a Charismatic Cliffhanger

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Added by David Paul Appell on July 22, 2015 at 2:02pm — No Comments

How Do Airline Pilots Keep From Getting Lost?

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Added by Iberia Airlines on July 21, 2015 at 11:59am — No Comments

Stand-up Paddleboarding in Malpaís, Costa Rica

The clear Pacific Coast waters of Malpaís and Santa Teresa, Costa Rica are excellent for stand-up paddleboarding.…

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Added by Shannon Farley on July 20, 2015 at 3:36pm — No Comments

Ontario's Quaint, Victorian Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara-on-the-Lake is a serendipitous Victorian village/ town on south side of Lake Ontario which attracts romantics and nature lovers from both across Canada and beyond its borders.  



It was a clear day in early March - though still cold - and our friend insisted we take a detour on our way from Toronto to Niagara Falls. A Toronto native he is a frequent weekend visitor to this lakeside vineyard country town (insisting that this was gaining miles, not losing them).…

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Added by Indra Chopra on July 19, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

César Manrique, the Canary Islands' Iconic Artist/Architect



César Manrique (1919-1992)  left his mark throughout all of the Canary Islands with his architecture, painting and sculptures. A prolific artist, in this article we present a beautiful tour of these islands analyzing his work.



Here are some of his most important works.…



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Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on July 18, 2015 at 5:04pm — No Comments

More Than a Worn-out Piece of Luggage - a Bag Full of Memories (Part 1)

When I returned my worn out Osprey backpack to the place where I bought it to get it repaired, it never occurred to me that I wouldn't see it again. I casually handed my inanimate traveling companion over the counter to the sales clerk, signed the papers and meandered off to look at more stuff. Little did I know how the Osprey lifetime guarantee would affect…

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Added by Jacquie Whitt on July 17, 2015 at 10:58pm — No Comments

Samba and Wasabi in São Paulo's Little Tokyo



by Cristobal Ramirez



Brazil
’s exciting, vibrant commercial capital isn’t just Latin America’s most populous metro area (not to mention the world’s sixth largest): …

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Added by Iberia Airlines on July 16, 2015 at 10:48am — No Comments

Vietnam Fried Bánh Xèo Crepes Recipe



Bánh Xèo With Prawns and Pork



½ (one-half) cup rice flour pancake mix

2 tsp turmeric powder

2 eggs

½ (one-half) tsp salt

2¼ cups water

1 cup coconut milk

3 stalks spring onion, diced

2 prawns, cooked and peeled (or 4 large shrimp)

2 oz cooked pork, thinly sliced

Salt and pepper as desired for…

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Added by Sandra & John Scott on July 15, 2015 at 9:29pm — No Comments

Sofitel New York City Connects Guests to French Culture



Did you ever notice how many Manhattan hotel exteriors are often buried in the jumble of surrounding architecture and obfuscated by the frenetic street activity? Without signage, you'd walk right past many of their entrances without noticing.



An exception to this scenario, Sofitel…

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Added by Steve Mirsky on July 14, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

12 Best Travel Destinations of a Lifetime!

After more than 45 years of traveling the globe, we have finally put together a list of our favorite travel destinations of a lifetime.  This is not an exhaustive list by any means, as we can think of additional wonderful places which could be considered for such a list. We have to draw the line somewhere, and so we selected twelve of our favorites.



After reading several similar lists available on the internet, from well known publications as well as from other bloggers, we felt…

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Added by Denis C Gagnon on July 13, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The Lodge at Woodloch, a Top Resort in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains



If you were lucky, you went to a terrific summer camp when you were a kid. Well, now you are all grown up, and your luck is holding up – because we have found the adult luxury equivalent of your bygone summers. So come with us and relive those halcyon days of yesteryear at the Lodge at Woodloch in Hawley, Pennsylvania.



A Region of Kids' Camps…

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Added by The2Writers.com Page on July 12, 2015 at 5:07pm — No Comments

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