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May, What Do You Say? New Adventures!

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New adventures for May! Check them out:

Old San Juan City and Shopping Tour

Old San Juan City Bacardi Distillery Tour

El Yunque Rainforest Safari (with Luquillo Beach option)

Farjardo Bioluminescent Tour, Kayaking on Laguna Grande

Camuy Caves and Ionospheric Arecibo Observatory Tour

Farjardo Catamaran Trip with Snorkeling

A Fishing Adventure in the Arabian Sea continue reading

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Festival Season, Here We Come!

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The sun is out, and that means festival season is just around the corner! Luckily for me, Europe is home to the BEST summer festival line-up in the world. Though I’m sad to be wrapping up my study abroad time in London, there’s no bigger or better way to exit Europe than a few festival trips. This year’s line-up has music for every taste (and budget).

Fusion Festival 2008 - phogel

Fusion Festival 2008 - phogel

Here are a few I’m most excited about for 2009 continue reading

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Summer Fun on the Tour de France Racetrack

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The most famous three weeks in cycling are back for the summertime! As the 96th Tour de France kicks off this July, hundreds of thousands of people will flock to this year’s twenty-one race route cities. The race departs Saturday, July 4th in Monaco, and after three weeks of winding around the French countryside (and even a little bit of Switzerland, Italy, and Spain) will finish at the Champs-Élysées on July 26th.

Tour de France 2008 - Lüfkens

Tour de France 2008 - Lüfkens

The New York Times has called the race like “running a marathon several days a week for nearly three weeks,” comparing the climbs of the race to “climbing three [Mount] Everests,” and yet, every year twenty teams line up for the gruelling race. continue reading

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A to Z of Places to See (Cities T-Z)!

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York Manor - Indigo Goat

York Manor - Indigo Goat

T is for Tallinn, Estonia: Though it’s got one of the smallest populations of the EU nations, there’s still plenty to see in this Baltic city. Tour the area’s two well-preserved old towns, Toompea, and, well, Old Town. Estonia is also home to beautiful marshlands, forests, and hiking trails, visit Lahemaa National Park, and talk a walk around.

U is for Utrecht, Netherlands: Utrecht serves as the religious centre of the Netherlands, and home of the Archbishop of Utrecht. It is also the home of the Netherlands largest university (Utrecht University), and has a huge variety of museums for its tourists to choose from.

V is for Vienna, Austria: Though Vienna is Austria’s largest city, things here still move at a relaxed pace. Once you’ve toured the city’s highlights, visit a Viennese café for some of the city’s famous coffee. The city is also home to the Vienna Boys’ Choir, one of the most well-renowned in the world. continue reading

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A to Z of Places to See (Cities N-S)!

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Orlando Fireworks - d4rr3ll

Orlando Fireworks - d4rr3ll

N is for Nice, France: Ideally situated between vineyards, hills, and the hotspots of the French Riviera, Nice is, well, quite nice. With shopping, museums, Roman ruins, warm beaches, and plenty of nightlife, the city is a tourist’s paradise, without all of the crowds.

O is for Orlando, Florida: The ultimate family destination, Orlando is easy to navigate, and full of child-friendly destinations. Take the kids to Sea World or Universal Studios. Spend a day at the beach, and swim with the dolphins, or dine with a NASA astronaut. And, for kids of all ages, Walt Disney World is located just south of the city!

P is for Pamplona, Spain: In need of a little adrenaline boost? Come to Pamplona for the San Fermín festival. Running each summer from July 6-14, this festival hosts the “running of the bulls”. Though you can catch a bullfight almost anywhere in Spain, only in Pamplona do you actually get the chance to hop the fence and run along with them. Think you can handle it? continue reading

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A to Z of Places to See (Cities G-M)!

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Red Square, Moscow - yeowatzup

Red Square, Moscow - yeowatzup

G is for Galway, Ireland: If you’re looking for great tourism, go to Dublin, but for a real look at Irish culture, try the smaller, more Northern town of Galway. The city has been nicknamed “Croí Cultúrtha na hÉireann”, Ireland’s Cultural Heart, and is known best for throwing the Galway Arts Festival and Macnas Parade every July.

H is for Helsinki, Finland: Located on the shores of the Baltic Sea and is the Finish capital, and transportation hub of the country. Helsinki is an ideal place for walkers, bikers, and even paddlers, plus once you’ve spent a day out in the sun, you can relax in a traditional Baltic sauna.

I is for Istanbul, Turkey: As the second largest metropolitan area in Europe, there is no shortage of things to do in Istanbul. From belly dancing to St. Sophia’s Church, the Blue Mosque to the Topkapi Palace, there are plenty of reasons why Istanbul has been named as one of the EU’s “Capital of Culture” for 2010. continue reading

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A-to-Z of Places to See!

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Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland - conner395

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland - conner395

A is for Athens, Greece: Not only is Athens the largest city in Greece, but it’s one of the oldest in the world, with plenty of ancient monuments to show for it. An afternoon of sightseeing will undoubtedly take you to the Parthenon on the Acropolis; just don’t forget that there are canals, tombs, sanctuaries, and beaches to explore too!

B is for Berlin, Germany: Though once thought to be home to little more than war ruins, Berlin has become a thriving cultural city. Festivals take place throughout the year, and the city is home to the original technicolour Love Parade. Visit one of the many art museums or galleries around the city, take a historical tour, or see the famous Blue Man Group.

C is for Cádiz, Spain: Located at the very southernmost tip of Spain, Cádiz is home to some of Spain’s most beautiful beaches. Come for the Carnival of Cádiz, one of the world’s most famous fiestas, and once you’ve had enough song, music, and dance, it’s easy to take a day trip to Morocco via ferry or bus! continue reading

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Walking Cities Part 6: Paris

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If you’ve missed the introduction to this series, click here. For part 2, click here. For part 3, click here. For part 4, click here. For part 5, here!
City of Lights, indeed - Serge Melki

City of Lights, indeed - Serge Melki

You know a city is great when it’s hard to write an article about. Paris is packed with such a variety of museums, historical sites, restaurants, clubs, bars, activities and parks that it’s hard (near impossible!) to contain them all within a single article. Sometimes guided tours can be the only way to actually absorb all of the history and information going on around you and sometimes even those can be overwhelming.

No proper French film (er…American film set in France) ends without a scene of its main character strolling through the Champs-Élysées. And this, I suggest, is what you do too. Of course, when I go (which is quite soon, yay!) I’ll be spending plenty of my time in museums, shops, and cafés, but a trip to Paris would hardly be complete without this well-captured stroll along the promenade. How often do you get the chance to wander through a 17th century garden-turned-walkway in the “city of light”? I am still a tourist after all. continue reading

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Walking Cities Part 5: New Orleans

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If you’ve missed the introduction to this series, click here. For part 2, click here. For part 3, click here. For part 4, click here.

Jackson Square, the French Quarter - paparutzi

Jackson Square, the French Quarter - paparutzi

New Orleans may not be one of the typical “Top 5” tourist destinations, but its status as one of the states’ most underrated vacation spots makes it all the more interesting to visit. Don’t expect to find the star maps, tourist crowds, and “authentic” souvenir shops of other popular destinations, this city has a cool, cozy vibe all its own (which, to be honest, can sometimes be a bit hard to find in the states!).

Famous for its music scene, Mardi Gras celebration (February 7th-24th), fantastic nighttime scene, and great flea markets and antique shopping, New Orleans is a vibrant city with loads to explore. Due to a difficult history, and most recently, of course, to the plague of catastrophic hurricanes, New Orleans is also a city that is constantly changing. Repairing, reworking, and rebuilding has become the a part of the fiber of the city, and the city’s ability to recover is a thing to behold (or, even, get involved with). continue reading

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Walking Cities Part 4: Rome

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If you’ve missed the introduction to this series, click here. For part 2, click here. For part 3, click here.

Colosseum - David Paul Ohmer

Colosseum - David Paul Ohmer

The Times calls Rome a destination that “revolves around activities not passivities”, which makes it the perfect destination for one intent on perambulation. “The Italian spirit makes dining round-table, rough n tumble sport, hugging and kissing in the piazza, all as natural as laughing”, essentially, if you’re going to go to Rome, embrace it, the Italian way. continue reading

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