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Etiquette guide for Paris Metro users — will it work?

Will the newly published on-line Paris Metro Etiquette guide make riders more polite? Or, is it simply a way of generating positive PR for the City of Light? For that matter, are subway riders in most be cities rude? Please post what you think.
By |December 10th, 2013|Today|11 Comments|

New high speed train connecting France and Spain

Do you plan to travel between Paris and Barcelona? If so, there’s a newly launched option for people who want to take the train rather than sitting in airports and in planes. Beginning December 15th, 2013, you’ll be able to travel by a double-decker high speed TGV train between the two cities in just under six-and-a-half hours.
By |December 6th, 2013|Today|7 Comments|

Do you book train and plane travel based on gourmet meals?

Some people live to travel while others travel by their stomachs. If you fall into this category, perhaps the Eurostar’s announcement will cause you to book the high-speed UK, French and Belgium rail.

Chef Raymond Blanc, of television fame, has devised new menus to (hopefully) persuade passengers that train food can be gourmet. He’s not the first chef to try to alter public opinion about travel fare and probably won’t be the last. Blanc’s new menus include dishes inspired by the rail network’s French, British and Belgian destinations.

Are trains and planes with gourmet food the answer for you? Or would you prefer to bring your own? Gourmands differ in their druthers.

By |November 7th, 2012|Today|1 Comment|

Should there be a dress code when flying?

Because airlines don't publish dress codes, what's appropriate is subjective. Not only is freedom of dress at stake, but First Amendment rights come into play. Who should have the final word as to what you (and others) wear?
By |August 31st, 2012|Today|26 Comments|

What’s yours and what’s not? Confess to what you have taken from hotels and restaurants

Remember the days when people used to have matchbooks as souvenirs from hotels and restaurants? Perhaps, that is out of date because in this non-smoking era, it’s increasingly hard to do. So, what’s appropriate to take? What’s not? What have you taken?
By |March 20th, 2012|Today|14 Comments|

Vietnam: two different ways of seeing a world

Karen Fawcett reports on her recent trip to Vietnam. Her focus this week is about how two people can take the same trip, but see the country so differently, from two different and unique perspectives.
By |March 9th, 2012|Today|6 Comments|

6 tips on how to score a short-term apartment or house rental

You’ve reached the conclusion that it makes sense to rent an apartment or a home for your upcoming business trip or vacation. You’ll have more space than a hotel room and can eat meals without having to stash the drinks on the window sill or in the closet. You also won’t end up sleeping smelling like your dinner because it’s still in the room. Let’s face it, even if the kitchen is tiny, it can be a savior.

There are many ways to find rentals. If you’re looking for a specific area and have friends with houses there, they may be happy to rent theirs, refer you to a friend who rents their house or give you names of some property agents.

How to avoid being mugged or robbed while traveling

You're traveling and think you've taken all the precautions. But, what happens if you're caught off guard, mugged or had your possessions disappear faster than you can say, "One, two, three?" Even the most savvy travelers may have been confronted by this situation.

Vietnam bound: Planning itineraries and redeeming points and miles for a trip to remember

Vietnam was my destination of choice and my plans were to do and see all — as much as I could squeeze in. Asia presented me with a new set of problems both with planning and with moving around once I landed.
By |February 25th, 2012|Today|3 Comments|

8 suggestions for spending time while stuck in an airport

Who wants to be stuck in an airport for hour after hour? But, stuff happens. “How do you make the best of it?”

Whether in transit or dealing with a plane that has been delayed, what do you do if you’re forced to spend more than a few hours in an airport?

By |February 21st, 2012|Today|9 Comments|