Author’s Note: This post includes a giveaway; details in the final paragraph.
Can you really enjoy something if you’re utterly ignorant about it?
I think you can. I like playoff hockey even though I don’t know what icing is. I often go to museums with only one Intro to Art History class in my arsenal. And I enjoy wine. I know for sure that I prefer red to white and don’t like ones that cause you to smack your tongue against your lips. That’s the extent of my oenology.
Arthur and Pauline Frommer (Photo credit: americanlibraries)
…and Arthur Frommer listened. The Washington Post reports that the 83-year old travel guru reacquired the rights to his guidebooks from Google after reports indicated Google would cease publication of print copies. Frommer intends to continue both online and print versions. Breathe easier, my friends. For now.
This post was originally intended as a reminder that my giveaway for the 3-piece packing cube set ends on Wednesday.
But then I read that Google, after acquiring the Frommer’s series of travel guides seven months ago, is reportedly halting production of the printed books. Although I wholeheartedly embrace every internet tool available to enable and enrich my travel experience, I am sad to see the beginning of the end of packable travel guide books.
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Fact of Life #74: People who travel take photographs. Too many, usually. Back in the day, these photos returned from the processing lab and landed in drawers, shoeboxes and shopping bags waiting for the big day when they would “go into the album.” Today, they sit in limbo on your camera phone or SanDisk, one errant finger swipe away from deletion. I recently decided to take a few baby steps towards organizing my photos and turned to the source for all good things, Martha Stewart, for advice. Continue reading →
Approach the corner. Open the map. Consult street signs. Look east. Look west. Stride confidently 3 blocks north. Meekly retreat 2 blocks south.
Arrival in a new place = discombobulation. In big cities I orient myself by taking a hop-on, hop-off bus tour. Colorful double-decker buses cruise around town. The almost-always friendly tour guides offer information about the sights and you can hop off and hop on (clever) to your heart’s content for one, low daily price. It’s a can’t-miss travel bargain.