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Road Test: Trying Travel Apps in Real Time

SMARTPHONE applications for travelers promise to organize your trip and to help you find attractions with a tap of the touchscreen. But do they deliver while you’re on the road, or stuck at the gate? Reviews of four apps, below, detail whether they worked for me en route. RoadAhead Where are you? What’s near you? […]

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Amadeus Qatar educates travel agents to promote travel insurance

About Amadeus: Amadeus is a leading transaction processor and provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel and tourism industry. Customer groups include travel providers (e.g airlines, hotels, rail, ferries, etc.), travel sellers (travel agencies and websites), and travel buyers (corporations and individual travellers). The group operates a transaction-based business model and processed 850 […]

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Rick Steves: What’s new in Italy in 2012

In Rome, the Colosseum is being cleaned from top to bottom and given permanent lighting. For the first time, tours are being offered to previously restricted areas — underground passageways and the third-floor parapet. This behind-the-scenes tour is available only by booking a 90-minute tour at least a day in advance with Pierrici, a private […]

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Surfacing: In Santa Barbara, A Grungy District Cleans Up

Wedged between the Pacific Ocean and Interstate 101 and split by train tracks where the homeless tend to gather, the Funk Zone — so named for its scruffy origins, rather than anything musical — is the gritty side of manicured Santa Barbara, Calif.  — ELAINE GLUSAC Municipal Winemakers   22 Anacapa Street  (805) 931-6864   municipalwinemakers.com This […]

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‘Fringe’ recap: Unpleasantville

“Welcome to Westfield” starts off with a little sexy dream time. Normally it is Peter filling his R.E.M. time with fantasies of his own timeline, but this was Olivia’s subconscious playing out its fantasies. Seems that Olivia, no matter what timeline or universe, has a hard time resisting Peter Bishop. And why would she want […]

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Wichita motel: A ‘farmers market’ for drugs?

If TripAdvisor were still compiling its amusing “Dirtiest Hotels in the USA” list, I suspect that this one could have made it… Wichita’s Mark 8 Inn made local headlines last week after police raided it, saying it was essentially a “farmers market” for drugs, according to local NBC-affiliate KSN-TV. Police charge that Mark 8 guests […]

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The best stargazing spots on Earth

Big Bend National Park in Texas is the latest venue to get the “International Dark Sky Park” seal of approval. It’s the darkest in the lower 48 states and the largest in the world among the 10 areas that have earned the title since 2006. The designation is given by the International Dark Sky Association, […]

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In Santa Barbara, A Grungy District Cleans Up

Wedged between the Pacific Ocean and Interstate 101 and split by train tracks where the homeless tend to gather, the Funk Zone — so named for its scruffy origins, rather than anything musical — is the gritty side of manicured Santa Barbara, Calif.  — ELAINE GLUSAC Municipal Winemakers   22 Anacapa Street  (805) 931-6864   municipalwinemakers.com This […]

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5 out of the box Valentine’s Day ideas

Lark After Julia Hu’s fiancé hit snooze for the umpteenth time, she was struck with an idea to save their relationship: a silent alarm clock. She used that idea to create Lark, a device you wear on your wrist when sleeping. When it comes time to get started with your day, Lark sends vibrations to […]

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Trump to open luxury hotel in Washington, D.C.

Mogul Donald Trump’s hotel organization beat out Hyatt and other hotel developers to convert a historic Washington, D.C. building into a luxury hotel, the Associated Press says. The property is the Old Post Office Pavilion at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and the Capitol. It will take $200 million to create the hotel, […]

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