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The Ancient Majesty of Mexico's Teotihuacán

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Added by David Appell on December 29, 2018 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Exploring Costa Rica's Pacific-Coast Beaches

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Costa Rica has cannily and famously leveraged its ecotourism riches into bank-account riches over the past several…

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Added by David Appell on December 19, 2018 at 7:08am — 1 Comment

The Cultural Allure of Guatemala City

I confess, I do especially love Guatemala. In many ways, it’s the country of Central America which more than any other truly “has it all”. That includes breathtaking Mayan archaeological sites (Exhibit A: Tikal), lovely…

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Added by David Appell on November 29, 2018 at 1:48am — No Comments

Marching to Pretoria, South Africa

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Quick, what’s the capital of the…

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Added by David Appell on November 2, 2018 at 6:33pm — No Comments

The 7 Spookiest Spots of Mysterious Prague

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Added by David Appell on October 31, 2018 at 7:36pm — No Comments

One of the USA's Most Historic Cities, San Antonio, Texas Marks 300 Years

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One fine May day back in 1718, an Andalusian Franciscan friar, Antonio de Olivares, established the Misión San Antonio de Valero in an area first explored in the late 17th-century by Spaniards out…

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Added by David Appell on October 12, 2018 at 9:27am — No Comments

Puerto Plata Is a Dominican Classic

Kyle Simourd





Many people these days think of the Dominican Republic in terms of its gorgeous beaches – well, maybe with a couple of key exceptions, most notably bustling…

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Added by David Appell on September 14, 2018 at 1:48am — No Comments

Panama Jack's Resort Is a Cancún Phoenix



all photos: David Paul Appell





When I was a teenager visiting Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula with my folks in 1973, as we were flying from Cozumel to…

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Added by David Appell on August 25, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

New Airlift/Newish Resort Open Bimini Further to the World

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The Bahamas’ westernmost island group (made up of North Bimini, South Bimini, and several even tinier island such as…

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Added by David Appell on August 12, 2018 at 1:30pm — 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…

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Added by David Appell on August 4, 2018 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Airbus' Nifty New A330neo, First Being Flown by TAP Air Portugal

This past weekend I had the honor of being one of the select few media invitees to TAP Air Portugal’s presentation of its first Airbus A330neo – and not only its first, but the first of any airline. In just 18 years since its founding, the…

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Added by David Appell on July 11, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

How Sweet It Is: 5 Premier Chocolate Destinations

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Happy World Chocolate Day! Fewer foodstuffs in the world today seem to have more fans than xocolātl, the cacao-based infusion the Spanish conquistadors found quaffed by the elites…

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Added by David Appell on July 7, 2018 at 10:06am — No Comments

New York City's Top 6 Revolutionary War Sites

            Daniel Schwen



Allow me to mark the USA's Independence Day to note that when it comes to Revolutionary War tourism, many people automatically think of Boston and Philadelphia. But back before, during, and after…

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Added by David Appell on July 4, 2018 at 1:54pm — No Comments

Central America's Top 10 Sea-Turtle Spots

            Eder Omar Campos González





Today is World Turtle Day again, and for me that brings to mind how, in a world chock full of…

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Added by David Appell on May 23, 2018 at 11:11am — No Comments

Why Travel to El Salvador Is on the Upswing

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Added by David Appell on May 12, 2018 at 11:45am — No Comments

In Costa Rica, Arenal = Adventure

            Robert Cicchetti



Since the 1980s, Costa Rica has of course…

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Added by David Appell on May 3, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

A Beijing 'Snack Street' Not for the Faint of Stomach

            David Paul Appell

When I travel, when at all possible I like to try unusual foods -…

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Added by David Appell on April 11, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Meissen, Germany a Gem for Porcelain, Wine & More

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Originating as a Slavic settlement in the Dark Ages, for more than three centuries, the town, the small city…

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Added by David Appell on April 4, 2018 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Northern Ireland: Good Things Come in Wee Packages

            Northern Ireland Tourism

On St. Patrick's Day, many of our…

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Added by David Appell on March 17, 2018 at 1:01pm — No Comments

8 Extraordinary 'Water Towns' Near Shanghai

             David Paul Appell



China
’s largest city is unquestionably an amazing, fun, and fascinating place to visit – a mix of ancient and cutting-edge culture/architecture, along with fabulous dining, shopping, and…

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Added by David Appell on February 27, 2018 at 8:31am — No Comments

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