Spencer Wilson

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The 10 Best Restaurants In San Francisco's Castro Neighborhood

Our friends at Yelp helped us compile a list of the best restaurants in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood.<p>Although the neighborhood is home to several fine dining establishments, Yelp users voted a simple sandwich shop, Ike's, as the best restaurant in the area. A sushi bar, casual fish shack, …

San Francisco

How Was Your Flight?

Never ask anyone "How was your flight?" The answer is that it was bad.<p>I flew with United Airlines recently and they sent me an email survey that was the corporate version of "How was your flight?" The letter from Martin Hand, Senior Vice president for Customer Experience said, "Your opinion is …

Emirates Has Turned A 124-Seat Commercial Plane Into A Luxurious Private Jet

It is using the narrowbody jet to launch a luxury private jet service for clients who want to go "beyond first class."<p>That means flying around the world in a jet that typically holds 124 passengers, but is customized to fit only 19.<p>According to Emirates, the aircraft can be booked at short notice, …

Gulf Stream

See a Natural Phenomenon in Lake Murray Country, SC

When I first got the call about covering a unique travel story in the Capital City Lake Murray Country region of South Carolina I admit at first it was hard to wrap my head around what was going on here.<p>The tourism folks called it a "Purple Martin Phenomenon" where every night hundreds of thousands …

South Carolina

Land of the Frequently Naive -- Things About America You Won't Hear in America

About a year ago, I moved from my upper middle class Long Island home to London for a year to get my master's degree. I'd worked in New York City for nearly two years and was ready for a change. I'd only been to Europe one other time before when I visited my sister studying abroad in Barcelona for …

United Kingdom

Classical Chinese Shoes

Cool Camera Clip? Yes!<p>I saw this Kickstarter for this Capture Camera Clip v2. Man, that thing looks pretty slick! I’ve seen many versions… and this …

Mystery Glacier

Name the Glacier<p>Who’s the first to come up with the name of this glacier? In some ways, this is a very lame trick for you to tell me the name of the …

#TravelQuote

Who doesn’t love an inspiring travel quote? (As if we need any more reason to hit the road.) Like what you see here? There are plenty more travel …

5 Reasons to Go to Minneapolis Now

Earlier this summer, The Trust for Public Land named Minneapolis the No. 1 city in the US for parks—besting New York City for the honor. Bolstering …

The Worst Food in the World

On the way to the headwaters of the Bio-Bio River in Chile, where we hoped to make the first descent, we stopped at a Mapuche Indian farm house and asked if we might camp in an untilled field.<p>Yes, Yaco, the owner, replied, but only if we joined for dinner.<p>Of course! We would be delighted.<p>As we sat …

Farmhouses

Endless Sunset in Alaska

Arrested Development<p>Anyone watching the new season of Arrested Development? I’ve started re-watching the first few seasons to get ready for the new …

Where to eat in Paris if you only have 48 hours

For traditional French croissants or other pâtisserie, try Boulangerie Eric Kayser, which produces their own yeast in-house. Breakfast in America, …

France

8 Awe-inspiring Waterfalls

This summer has seen a lot of flops on the big screen, but luckily Mother Nature is still directing some of the best shows around. Nothing but water tumbling from a vertical drop, waterfalls have a transcendent beauty that's almost difficult to explain -- there's the rush of the flowing water, the …

National Parks

Carnivals the Chicago Way: Boogie's Spinning Century

<b>The Dumbos are ready to set up at "The Fountain of Time" and "Father Time" at the head of Midway Plaisance in Chicago, the site of the original "midway." The site of the former Chicago World's Fair is still alive as Washington Park neighborhood kids jumped in the reflecting pool after riding rides</b> …

America's best craft breweries

It wasn't long ago when the American beer market was dominated by a handful of acrid, factory-produced brews that bore only a passing resemblance to what those in other climes called 'beer'. Thankfully, those days of choking down foul-tasting swill are long gone, with an explosion of microbreweries …

Seattle

World’s Highest Airport to Open in Tibet

Plans to construct the world’s highest altitude airport near Tibet were recently announced by the Chinese government. The new Daocheng Yading …

Cartwheeling Around the World

For the past decade, I've been wandering like a dervish around the globe -- trying to see things from a different perspective -- specifically, upside down.<p>While some people fly or sail around the world, I'm trying to cartwheel across this great Earth. On occasion, I'll throw in a headstand or …

Time I

Discovering Wit and Wisdom in Historic Deerfield MA

<b>"Have a doughnut and coffee for breakfast, never worry about the weather, never open a window in summer and winter, and you will live to a ripe old age."</b> These secrets of longevity were shared by 98-year-old George Sheldon, farmer and esteemed historian who resided in Deerfield in the 1800s. Mr. …

New England

The Coolest Places To Eat, Drink, And Play In Paris

No, we're not talking about Bognor Regis — we're talking about Paris, duh! And, now is the time to steal a weekend away from your social calendar, for we've planned your mini city break, and it's got youshopping, sipping, and dining like a local — with not a tourist in sight, we promise.First stop …

France