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I had heard Panama had great bird-watching, eco-lodges and indigenous cultures, but until recently, I had never heard of the country’s Bocas del Toro islands – or that this archipelago excelled in bird-watching, eco-lodges and indigenous peoples’ culture. With nine...read more
Carnival in Venice is an elegant costume party in the streets, along the canals and in private villas. Locals and visitors spend a fortune on costumes and entry to the 600 Euro Private Balls. Five thousand revelers crowded into St. Mark's Square and chased away all...read more
The pension where we students live provides breakfast and lunch, but not dinner, so most nights we eat at typical three course Italian meal at a restaurant; pasta, meat and a dessert. After inhaling such a large meal, we usually stroll around Florence. Last week we...read more
Last weekend I fell in love with a new city, Paris. For three euphoric days I ran around the City of Lights and, like most first time visitors, I tried to see all the tourist attractions. We climbed the Eiffel Tower in the teeth-chattering winter weather, fell into a...read more
London has no shortage of attractions. Whether you’re into food (best Indian food, hands down), shopping (Harrods…need I say more?), sports (nothing better than a pint of ale and some footie in the pub), or art (Tate modern, V & A, the British Museum, to name a...read more
I was in Ecuador when it happened to me. Many seasoned travelers had warned me about it, but I, with my buoyant wanderlust, had always haughtily considered myself above the adverse effects of foreign travel. No, I was certain. It couldn’t happen to me. But it did. And...read more
The Three Ps of Engaging Your Kids in Your Family Vacation Every year, I’d take my kids on a family vacation—the Grand Canyon, the Monterey Aquarium, Yosemite. When they were little, it was easy to keep them engaged and happy. Then they hit their teenage years and it...read more
Dream on Marybeth.Who offers a romantic getaway that begins on a flight? Turkish Airlines, recently voted Europe’s Best Airline for the third consecutive year, that's who delivers. I had the pleasure of flying Turkish Airlines to Istanbul a few months ago and I was...read more
From sex change to cannibalism, the natural world is filled with wild mating strategies. In a new aquarium gallery titled Animal Attraction, the California Academy of Sciences delves into the science of sex, exploring the remarkable and often surprising techniques...read more
Wine tasting in the Tuscan hills is a "must" while visiting Italy. Three other students and I rented a car in Florence and took off for a 12- hour tour of the Chianti Region, home of the famous Chianti Classico wine. We began with a three-hour hike through the...read more
By: Annalyse, College Correspondent in Italy Studying (Sometimes) For my second weekend in Firenze, my friends and I decided we wanted to have a truly Italian experience, so we rented a car. We rented a mini compact car from Eurocar, for 70 Euro for a day full of...read more
I went to Paris, thinking I'd visit museums and historic sites. Jazz in St. German des Pres. Instead I happened upon the summer solstice on June 21st, the "Fete de la Musique" - one of the best free, street-music festivals in Europe. The mood was electric and I got a...read more