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As often as possible, traveling the world, one cup of coffee at a time.
When I fly from the USA to Europe, I frequently use "open jaw" flight scheduling, i.e., fly into one city and return from another. The price is seldom more than a few dollars more than flying in and out of the same city and always less than a train t... See More
I would include a few days in Venice. There's no better city for photography, and in December, the sun will lie lower in the sky during the entire day, lengthening the shadows. Just be certain that the seas are not flooding Piazza San Marco, unless y... See More
I spent 7 days in Florence a couple of years ago. It's entirely doable without renting a car or scooters. The bus to Siena is easy to navigate (and by the way, the cathedral there is one of the most beautiful buildings I've ever encountered). There i... See More
When I toured the Uffizi Gallery, I pulled up Rick Steves' audio tour on my iPhone. (It's also available on Android or any device that can play a podcast.) On its own, it takes 48 minutes, but you stop and start as you move from one room to the next.... See More
About a year ago, I landed in Chiang Mai and was surprised to learn that the annual Flower Festival parade was scheduled for that very afternoon. The parade was spectacular, with floats decorated with nothing other than flower parts, similar to the R... See More
Get a discount-priced Broadway ticket at the TKTS Times Square booth, and take in a matinee or evening performance. After that, take the Number 1 train from Times Square to Sheridan Square and find the piano bar Marie's Crisis Cafe (59 Grove St., Gre... See More
...of more time in Myanmar.) Here are my notes for Myanmar: In Yangon , the highlight of the city is the Shwedagon Pagoda complex. It is beautiful at any time of the day but stands out best in the hours before and... See More
I usually travel alone, because I like to find inexpensive hotels, and I don't want my more luxury-dependent friends complaining that the shower is down the hall. I've had some luxuriously large accommodations whose only downside was plumbing as far ... See More
Bring an iPhone with minutes, texting, and data purchased from your cellular provider before you go and loaded with (a) electronic copies of your guide books and other reading material, (b) travel podcasts and other audio walking tours, (c) maps of e... See More