Featured Member Blog Posts – January 2011 Archive (83)

New York Steps into the Limelight (Again)


By Denise Mattia

If you were in New York in the 80’s you’re likely to remember the Limelight nightclub, on Sixth Avenue and 20th Street. The 19th century Gothic Revival church formerly the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion, had undergone several metamorphoses, and now has become the chic Limelight…


Added by Denise Mattia on January 31, 2011 at 11:34pm — No Comments

New Innkeepers Use Social Media To Attract New Guests (Video)

From NMT Images

Please watch the 1- minute, Travel Video PostCard at…


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on January 31, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

"My Beautiful Drainpipe"

"Lauzun Hotel drainpipe"

This is one of the famous and most beautiful drainpipes in Paris. It can be seen at the  Hotel de Lauzun at 17 quai d'Anjou on Île Saint-Louis in the 4th arrondissement. (N.B. No, you can't book a room here).

The hotel…


Added by Michael Schuermann on January 31, 2011 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

A Dirt-Road Motorcycle Adventure in Brazil

Dirt road motorcycle adventure in Brazil

I came to Brazil to start organizing adventurous motorcycle tours, so I needed to get out there and explore. This is the story of how a casual afternoon ride turned into a two day adventure…

End of may 2009 I set out with my brand new Yamaha XT660R, and ended up entering a 4x4 trail that would take me from the BR155 (the road from Barra Mansa - Volta Redonda to Angra dos Reis) to Bananal crossing the Serra da Bocaina, which is part…


Added by Raf Kiss on January 31, 2011 at 1:36pm — No Comments

Nepal Trek Information

The best way to experience Nepal’s unbeatable combination of natural beauty and cultural riches is to walk through them. The immense contrasts in altitudes and climates found here support an equally spectacular mix of lifestyles, vegetation types and wildlife.

Trekking in the mountains of Nepal is more a cultural experience than a wilderness expedition. You will be passing through picturesque villages inhabited by diverse ethnic groups. You will see Chhetri farmers working in their…


Added by Lopsang Sherpa on January 29, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments

Public Golf Courses Near Yosemite - Make the Most of Your Family Vacation!

Do you have family members who love to Golf, while others dream of lying in the sun, and still others want a vigorous hike in the great outdoors, or maybe a trail ride on horseback? No problem, you can plan the perfect vacation for everyone near Yosemite National Park.


There are a number of public golf courses in the Yosemite area, most in the Gateway Communities to the park and one that is actually inside Yosemite itself.  There are many sunning and swimming opportunities,…


Added by Lynn Upthagrove on January 28, 2011 at 7:59pm — No Comments

Nicaragua: Now Open to Curious Travelers

Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on January 28, 2011 at 3:12pm — 2 Comments

A Woman's Travel Necessity

With the cost of checked baggage being outrageous, a pashmina is a must to bring with you on a trip, even if you're going someplace hot. A pashmina has numerous uses, yet weigh almost nothing.

  • They look great just tied around your neck and shoulders, dressing up a very simple outfit.
  • Avoid those nasty blankets on the plane and cover up with your pashmina.
  • Impromptu picnic or beach blanket
  • Emergency towel
  • Roll it up for a neck…

Added by Linda Batey on January 28, 2011 at 9:26am — No Comments

The Beautiful Desert State of India

Rajasthan History

The beautiful desert state of India and the home of the Rajputs- Rajasthan is an area of great physical beauty and contrast, massive forts and magnificent palaces are found in even the remotest part of the state. The most colourful region. Each Rajasthani city has a unique character, camel ride is possible only in the desert.

Capital : Jaipur, Area : 342000 Sq km, Tourist Season : winter/spring/autumn Population : 44006000 (1991 census)…


Added by Travel Tips on January 28, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments

Vietnamese Are Not Ugly

Beauty is said to be ‘in the eye of the beholder”.  Someone from the West may think Julia Roberts is charming.  She certainly may be, but some of the older generation in Vietnam may think differently.

I have a friend who broke up with his girl just because of a comment from his Mum about his girl’s high cheekbones.  The Vietnamese think that a girl like that will bring bad luck to her husband – and may even bring death to him!  The round face shape represents…


Added by tran minh chau on January 28, 2011 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

La Jolla Calendar of Upcoming Events

It's January, but the sun is shining and there's lots to do in San Diego's favorite seaside community.


Now through April 10 – Join the team from Birch Aquarium at Scripps…


Added by Elizabeth Hansen on January 27, 2011 at 10:23pm — No Comments

Mendoza's Gay Vendimia (Wine Festival) in March

                                                                         Mendoza Winery


Located in the Andes mountain range of Argentina, Mendoza is a year-round vacation destination. Renowned globally for being the capital of Argentina's wine making industry----especially the renowned Malbecs---Mendoza is also a center for skiing in the…


Added by Roy Heale on January 27, 2011 at 5:25pm — No Comments

Prague Nightlife: Marquis de Sade More Boho than Kinky

via Hg2

Marquis de Sade, Prague, Czech Republic Despite its provocative name — from, as you’ll recall, one of history’s more notorious sex fiends — the Marquis de Sade, o…


Added by EnLinea Media on January 27, 2011 at 2:15pm — No Comments

A Vacation in Egypt Has It All

by Jimmy Dunn


Spending your vacation in Egypt is a great value for money and you have a chance to experience and see 7,000 years of history and civilization.


Taking a moment to realize that Egypt is more than 7,000 years old and was home to one of the best documented civilizations of the world is breathtaking on its own. Across the centuries and millennia there have been…


Added by Tour Egypt on January 27, 2011 at 10:21am — No Comments

South India Wildlife Sanctuaries

Wildlife Vacations in South India are dwelling place for more than 500 species of mammals, 1225 bird species, 1600 types of reptiles and amphibians and about 57,000 varieties of insects.

Periyar National Park, Kerala

Periyar wildlife sanctuary attracts visitors all over the world…


Added by Travel Tips on January 27, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments

Free Travel Medical Assistance

From NMT Images

Free Travel Medical Assistance

One of the best kept secrets of medical assistance programs for travelers may be the…


Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on January 26, 2011 at 11:23pm — No Comments

Thank You Tripatini and Athenaeum Hotel for a "Jolly Good Time" in London Town

Every year in November for the past 15 years, I head to London for the annual World Travel Market.

For those of you who do not know of the WTM. The World Travel Market is the second largest convergence of travel & tourism professionals in the world. Held the second week of November at Excel, I attend this travel show to gain knowledge and meet new vendors to join my World Travel List.

Have you heard the saying, "I never win anything." The way I see it, successful guys like myself… Continue

Added by Nicholas Kontis on January 26, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Egypt's Climate and Weather

 Most of the time, Egypt's weather is very pleasant, if hot.


by Jimmy Dunn

Throughout Egypt, days are commonly warm or hot, and nights are cool. Egypt has only two seasons: a mild winter from November to April and a hot summer from May to October. The only differences between the seasons are variations in daytime temperatures and changes in prevailing winds. In the coastal regions, temperatures range between an average minimum of 14° C in winter and an average maximum of 30° C in…


Added by Tour Egypt on January 26, 2011 at 4:43pm — No Comments

TripAdvisor Names The World’s Dirtiest Hotels


TripAdvisor Names The World’s Dirtiest Hotels

It made the news at CNN a few hours ago.

Then Time NewsFeed picked up and amplified the story: TripAdvisor has just come out with its list of the top dirtiest hotels in the world.

And some of them are pretty… Continue

Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on January 26, 2011 at 4:35pm — No Comments

The Nile River

by Marie Parsons

The Nile is the longest river in the world, stretching north for approximately 4,000 miles from East Africa to the Mediterranean. Studies have shown that the River (Iteru, meaning, simply, River, as the Egyptians called it) gradually changed its location and size over millions of years. The Nile…


Added by Tour Egypt on January 26, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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