Teresa Grandon Garcia

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Flix Premiere: The 'NetFlix' for Forgotten Films

Indie moviegoers are in for a treat.<p>A new online streaming service called Flix Premiere has just launched in the United States, but unlike other video-on-demands services, this one will only release independent, “never before seen” movies.<p>“The truth is that you have the blockbusters in the …

7 Things Americans Can Learn From Italians

If you've spent time in Italy you know that life in Italy and life in America are very different. While both cultures have their pros and cons, we think Americans can learn a lot from the way Italians live.<p>Traditionally, Italians have an easy-going and positive outlook on how to go about daily …

Funny animals of 2013 - in pictures

A selection of amusing images from the animal kingdom captured by photographers over the past 12 months

Adorably Cute Hedgehog Earns Quite the Following on Instagram

Everyone please meet Darcy. Attention on the photo collection by Shota Tsukamoto of his hedgehog perhaps considered the world’s cutest has …

Ten Things I Love About Portland

I thought I should write a blog post on 10 things I love about Portland, since I've lived here for almost two decades. Here it goes:<p>10. There are two seasons in Portland: Rain and August.<p>9. Yes, there is a kernel of truth about Portland in <i>Portlandia</i> (TV show).<p>8. Portlanders are genuinely nice, …

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Secret O’ahu: sights only the locals know about

Most people think of O’ahu strictly as a beach vacation interspersed with hiking and awash with cocktails. But what they don't realise is that there is a lot going on that has nothing to do with the island’s sandy beaches, flip-flopped feet, or the big, sugary, impossibly coloured drinks of …

Live Music

A Perfect Fall Weekend in Nantucket (PHOTOS)

It's always been a dream of mine to visit Nantucket, the tiny, crescent-shaped island off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The mere mention of the place conjured up nautical images in my mind: sailboats, lighthouses, and weatherworn fishing cottages, oysters and lobsters and seafood (oh my!), …

New England

Barcelona's top museums and galleries

<i>This highlighted list of museums and galleries is taken from Lonely Planet's city guide to</i> <i>Barcelona</i><i>.</i><p>GALLERIES<p>CaixaForum<p><i>Image of CaixaForum by</i> <i>montuno</i><br>Housed in a former Modernista factory, an outstanding brick caprice by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, this extensive private collection of contemporary art is …

Barcelona

A guide to the eateries of Spain

Restaurants have been a part of Spanish culture for centuries. Indeed Spain is home to the oldest surviving restaurant in the world. According to the Guinness book that would be Sobrino de Botín (established 1725) just off Plaza Mayor in Madrid. Botín is merely the oldest and you’ll find many other …

Barcelona

9 Reasons Train Travel Is The Best

Train travel is easily the most underrated form of long-distance travel out there.<p>Air travel certainly has its ups and downs, and long car trips can easily go awry. But train travel? Under most circumstances, is stress-free.<p>Of course, trains can't get you everywhere -- they can't cross oceans, and …

What Las Vegas casinos won’t tell you about gambling

Sin City’s motto might be “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”, but a few savvy Quora.com users broke the code, revealing a few key insights into why the house typically wins.<p>With a motto like “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”, it is no surprise that Sin City has it fair share of secrets, …

Casinos

How to House-Sit Your Way Around the World

Photo Courtesy of Bart Speelman/Flickr. Article by Kaeli Conforti of Budget Travel.<p>You've heard about pet-sitting, but what about house-sitting to save money while traveling? Dalene and Peter Heck are one Canadian couple who did just that: four years ago, they sold everything for the sake of …

Budget Travel

Explore Italy’s art masterpieces

Italy hosts such a rich variety of historical art pieces it is almost overwhelming to the novice art-appreciator.<p>You can see many of Italian art’s greatest hits in a single day if you want to shuffle along behind everyone else at the Vatican, but this is a recipe for Stendhal syndrome: an arguably …

Italy

Notre Dame (Explored)

Medieval Meets Modern in Catalonia

Medieval meets modern in Alemanys 5, a project in Girona’s historical quarter by architect Anna Noguera. Noguera and her husband originally purchased …

Barcelona

Countless Pens Used to Draw Detailed Animals Portraits

New Jersey-based illustrator Tim Jeffs has spent the past year trying to draw intricately detailed animal portraits with nothing more than pens and ink. Originally completing the spectacular sketchbook drawings as a pastime, Jeffs' son Harrison decided to share his dad's meticulous craft on reddit. …

Drawing

First, listen to my story of being drugged on an Airbnb stay, then learn from it

I keep thinking we should have left the minute he opened the door.<p>He anticipated our confusion. “Oh, I like to play with my profile pictures,” he …

7 Tips on Getting Free Hotel Upgrades

One of the most common questions Travelzoo Deal Experts are asked by friends and family is "How can I get a free upgrade at a hotel when I'm on vacation?" We've found there's no exact science to the art of asking, but here is some advice to consider:<p>1. <b>First and foremost, use your manners:</b> For all …

Hospitality

5 Midwestern Small Towns to Visit Now

Native Midwesterners often joke about "the six weeks of summer," but the season of warmth actually stretches much longer than this, and one thing is …

The Neighborhood: Georgetown, Seattle

Even as downtown Seattle goes increasingly sleek, bohemia lives on in Georgetown.<p>Wedged between railroad tracks and Boeing Field, where 737 jets get painted and tested for flight, this blue-collar manufacturing hub dates to 1851 (the city’s oldest residential zone).<p>In recent years, its old …

The Friendliest & Unfriendliest Cities in the U.S.

We sure do like our clichés in the States. In our annual Readers' Choice Survey, we ask readers to rate cities on a number of factors, including "friendliness." Southern hospitality shines on that front -- in the Top 10, all but three of the cities are in the South -- while a total of five towns in …

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10 Iconic Train Journeys That Are Trips Unto Themselves

One of the best ways to experience the travel style of yesteryear's rich and famous is to spend some time on a luxury train.<p>Typically, these trains provide private two-person overnight compartments, some with built-in showers, along with lavish service, onboard guides, and elaborate meals.<p>Many also …

Trains

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

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

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 …