Elegant tea in a historic setting at the Grand Cafe
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Where to find the best afternoon tea, Edinburgh

From extravagant high teas to cosy cafes with scones and jam, we explored them all in search of the the best afternoon tea in Edinburgh. Read on for our recommendations. It's no secret that baked goods put us in our "happy place." And if there…
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Where to find the best scones in Edinburgh

We went on a quest to find the best scones in Edinburgh, and found them at a charming cafe in the New Town. When you think of a food that defines Edinburgh, scones top the list. Well, some people may think of haggis, but really, the less said…
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The Secret to Visiting the Petronas Towers: best way to get tickets

The Petronas Towers Getting Petronas Towers tickets requires a bit of strategy. Tickets are limited, so if you want to go to the observation deck—at the best time to visit for great photos, or simply a time that works for your travel schedule—it's…
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Visiting Yellowstone in September and October

It was the summer of 1969 and, as Old Faithful was about to send its regular timed flume of scalding hot water about 140 feet into the air for a spectacular sunset performance, the crowds gathered in hushed anticipation. The geyser had been…

Communist Statues at Memento Park in Budapest

From the end of World War II through 1989, when freedom spread throughout the Iron Curtain countries, the people of Hungary were under the thumb of a communist dictatorship. One way for the totalitarian regime to keep control was through propaganda…
painted cars at Cadillac Ranch
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Cadillac Ranch & the quirky car sculptures of Texas

The windswept plains of Amarillo, Texas are world renowned for being the home of Cadillac Ranch, a series of tail-finned Cadillacs set into the earth like they crashed from outer space. But there are several more car sculptures of Texas nearby…
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7 unique places to stay in the world

From a kitschy throwback hotel in North Korea to a nudist B&B in Portugal, we found a few unique places to stay in the world. Here are some of our favorites: 1) Little Petra Bedouin Camp, Jordan   The Little Petra Bedouin Camp…
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The Berlin WelcomeCard: An easy way to visit Berlin

Berlin's transit system is easy to navigate with the Berlin WelcomeCard. Because it is valid on all forms of transportation, the Berlin WelcomeCard is very convenient. Use it on the U-Bahn (underground trains), S-Bahn (surface…
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Larissa’s skirmish with a German toilet

We were waiting at the Berlin railroad station for our train to Frankfurt. With only about 20 minutes before departure I decided to make use of a land-based toilet. I’ve been a bit wary of train toilets ever since I was "toilet trained"…
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Video Taste Test: A fistful of haggis

Scotland is more than a wee land of kilts and bagpipers. It's also the home of the most manly of foods---haggis. In our haggis taste test we try this food, which is basically a sheep's stomach stuffed with sheep lungs, offal, oatmeal and spices.…
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Climbing an historic lighthouse in Scotland

The image of a lighthouse keeper is often a romantic notion: solitary men who keep the lights burning on storm-lashed coasts as they send their signal out to ships at sea. The reality is slightly different as it is a tough, often lonely,…
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Visiting the National Museum of Flight in Scotland

The National Museum of Flight in Scotland stands out even among other aviation museums. It sits on a former airfield used in both World War I and World War II. One hangar is devoted to a display of the Concorde, the record-breaking supersonic…

Larissa gets toilet “trained” in Malaysia

We were on the train from Singapore to Malaysia. Friends in Singapore had advised us that the toilets on the train left something to be desired, but it was a five-hour journey so eventually nature called. The facilities were better than…
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Digging a hole to China

When we were kids and dug around in our backyards our parents would ask if we were digging a hole to China, so we always assumed China was directly opposite our little patch of Earth. As we got older we finally realized that China and the…

Surviving the air pollution in Beijing

Yesterday over two hundred flights were cancelled at Beijing’s airport due to smoggy skies from China air pollution. The air was so bad it wasn’t safe to fly. Like many things in China the truth behind the shutdown remains elusive. One news…

Free things to do in Sydney

We stood at the center of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on a breezy sunny day.  Down below us ferries cut through the turquoise water as they carried passengers to hidden coves shaded by palm trees. White sails of pleasure-craft swelled in…

We avoid getting deported from New Zealand

We were at the Brisbane, Australia airport checking in for our overseas flight to Auckland when the gate agent stopped us cold. “You can’t enter New Zealand on a one-way ticket so you can’t check in for this flight,” she said. This…

Sizing up the Shanghai skyline

The Shanghai skyline reveals the city's unrelenting growth. A taxi ride from the airport shows hundreds of bright yellow and red construction cranes whirling about its skyline. The parade of skyscrapers is measured not in blocks but in miles.…