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Portland’s Undergound Tunnels Are Relics of a Seedy Past

Portland was once the most dangerous port city in America. Nina Strochlic on the underground tunnels that live to tell the tale.<p>The Portland, Oregon, …

5 Fascinating Former DDR Locales

For Germans, October 3 marks the Day of German Unity (Tag der Deutschen Einheit), a national holiday commemorating Reunification in 1990. The country's five eastern German states -- previously their own country under Soviet rule -- merged with West Germany to form one nation shortly after the fall …

Germany

Bled Island In Slovenia Is Your New Happy Place

This is Bled Island. It's the only naturally-occurring island in Slovenia, which is that country between Italy and Croatia.<p>Bled Island is sometimes called Fairytale Island, and it's probably going to be one of your new favorite places.<p>As you can see, there is a Baroque church on Bled Island.<p>People …

The Exceptional Traveler: Travel and Volunteer

Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.— Miriam Beard<p><b>How To Do Exceptional Things Inexpensively</b><p><b>Post #7 Travel and Volunteer</b><p>Photos courtesy of Best Friends Animal Society<p>Depending upon what you enjoy doing, <b>you can combine</b> …

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Cruising Northern Europe: Our Day in Oslo

Continuing on our Northern European cruise, we enjoyed a classic cruise day in Oslo. Our cruise ship docked right in Oslo's harbor, and we popped off the ship to see the city before "all aboard" at the port.<p>Photos by Trish Feaster, see her blog at The Travelphile.com.<p>When I was a 14-year-old kid, …

European Travel
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Five over-the-top treehouse hotels

Special, secluded and surprisingly luxurious, these five wooden creations prove that treehouses are no longer just for kids.<p>Special, secluded and surprisingly luxurious, treehouses are no longer just for kids. Here are five wooden creations for grown-ups to lay claim to.<p><b>Châteaux dans les Arbes,</b> …

Christmas Trees

Top things to do in Rome

Few cities evoke the sheer wonder and amazement of Rome. Ancient history, outstanding art and religious icons are around every corner and when it all gets too much you can just join the locals in sipping espresso in one of the city's many squares. With so much to see and do, the real test will be …

Italy

Gorgeous Aerial Photos Show Paris Like You've Never Seen It Before

France

Your Weekly Travel Zen: Amsterdam

This week's <i>Moment of Travel Zen</i> comes to us from Jessica Lacey of Ireland.<p>I used to live near Amsterdam so it is one of my favourite cities to revisit. Once you get off the beaten path a little bit, it is one of the most elegant and serene cities in Europe, with fantastic museums, and lovely little …

Seven startling sights of Eastern Europe

Forget the evocative skylines and merry nightlife: beyond Eastern Europe's classic sights you can walk with witches, hear the ocean sing and step straight back in time. Prepare to smile - or shudder - at some of Eastern Europe's startling sights.<p>Racławice Panorama in Wrocław, Poland<p>Nothing combats …

European Travel

Ek Balam Mayan Ruins - City of the Black Jaguar, Mexico

Yucatan, Mexico<p><i>This is part 2 of my Ek Balam Mayan Ruins & Rio Lagartos day tour – view part 1 here.</i><p>After what had already been a great day out to …

Budapest - Ready for Its Close-up

Its river has inspired composers, guarded empires and nurtured a culture of romantics, revolutionaries and refinement. Having outlived the imperial fantasies of Hapsburgs, fascists and Soviets just in the last hundred years, Budapest now finds itself an object of fascination for the mightiest power …

Brad Pitt

6 Great Spots in Europe to Visit During Shoulder Season

Imagine... traveling to Europe when the crowds are thin, the weather is pleasant, and the costs are slashed. Don't think it exists? It does. Europe's shoulder seasons -- that beautiful time of year when the temperatures begin their climb upwards or slow descent down, the water is that perfect …

European Travel

Exploring the best of Croatia's islands

Croatia’s coast is speckled with dozens of magnificent islands that range from tiny, verdant and unpopulated to massive, arid and sporting ancient towns and villages. One of the chief delights on any visit to Croatia is hopping between the islands on the numerous ferries, catamarans and taxi boats, …

European Travel

Across and Through Milford

Camping in Milford<p>I remember sleeping outside one night in Milford. I was pretty cold, but I had a great sleeping bag. There was a tiny little hold …

Exploring the Fjords of Norway

To visit the Norwegian fjords, long arms of the sea formed by glacial erosion, begin in Bergen, a cheerful port city surrounded by seven mountains. The city's historic center wraps around a bay crowded with sailboats. Old wooden houses in reds and yellows line the water. At the market, local …

European Travel

Florence, Tuscany, and Umbria, Italy Travel Guide: Pisa, Siena, Assisi, Gubbio, Orvieto, Perugia, Arezzo, Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca. Illustrated Guide, Phrasebook, Maps. (Mobi Travel)

• <b>Author:</b> MobileReference<p>This guide is designed for optimal navigation on eReaders, smartphones, and other mobile electronic devices. It is indexed alphabetically and by category, making it easier to access individual articles. Articles feature information about attractions, landmarks, districts, …

The Most Extreme Staircases In The World Could Finally Squash Your Fear Of Heights

(Photo: Getty Images)<p>When you want to sightsee and exercise at the same time, there's only one thing to do: climb a really, really big staircase. And if any are beautiful enough to tame your fear of heights, there are some pretty spectacular ones to check out.<p>We're counting down some of our …

Living in: Brussels

Drawing a diverse international population, the often-called Capital of Europe is a multinational gem where bureaucracy and culture live side by side.<p>Brussels is many cities in one. It is the bilingual capital of Belgium, where the official languages are French and Dutch; it calls itself the …

France
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Where Everybody In Europe Is Hanging Out Right Now

We've long been jealous of the fact that many European employees get at least 30 days of paid vacation per year.<p>This August, while we wallow in our cubicles, those lucky ducks will pack their chic, European purses and jet off to enjoy a break from being chic and European. But when hubs like Paris …

Top 5 Tools for Travel Writers

I can be convinced to part with my hair dryer, but there are a few things I won't leave home without.<p><b>Olloclip:</b> I'm horribly lazy when it comes to toting around my camera, but I'm as attached to my iPhone as anyone. It'll shoot a decent picture in a pinch, but 8 megapixels or not, naturally, it has …

Motherhood

Letter From Croatia: Ston Walled

Modern man's full of inner defenses. The world of Franz Kafka is one in which inner states of mind take the form of impenetrable fortresses like <i>The Castle</i>. But these are merely projections. Ston a city whose name mirrors its function is an example of how man fortified himself in medieval times. …

Sea Level

Wet and Wild: Whitewater Rafting and Canyoning in Bled, Slovenia

<i>“Ready? Paddle paddle paddle!”</i><p>I rowed as hard as I could and suddenly I was catapulted into the air and tumbling into the cold emerald water of Sava …

PHOTOS: Belgium's Vintage WWII Vehicle Cemetery

In a narrow woodland clearing near the village of Chatillon, in southern Belgium, was arguably one of Europe's most intriguing vehicle cemeteries.<p>(All images by Theo van Vliet)<p>The majority of vintage cars that lay corroding into the earth had belonged to US service personnel stationed in Belgium …

Classic Cars