What's Was New in 2009 - Archives

The latest travel guide articles are listed.

December 2009

General

November 2009

General

October 2009

Spain

General

September 2009

France

  • Palais Royal: Nestled between some of Paris' most famous monuments, hidden gems, covered passageways and some of the best hole-in-the-wall Japanese restaurants and shops the city has to offer fill the Palais Royal neighborhood.

Italy

  • On the Land in Umbria, Torta di Pasqua and Other Easter Blessings: Driving through the Umbrian countryside during the week prior to Easter, you'd note whiffs of smoke drifting up from the outdoor stone bread ovens fired up by the farmwomen.
  • Living Slow, Just What the Doctore Ordered: Our Farewell Tour wound down with two weeks spent in the Motherland, where we holed up in a small apartment at a wonderful agriturismo and wandered to all the sights around Basilicata we had not yet had the opportunity to see.
  • Monica Pileggi's Italy Restaurant List: Monica shares with us highlights of the restaurants she's visited on her travels to Italy. We've also developed a corresponding map, to view the restaurant locations.

Israel

  • Israeli Café Culture: Maybe I just wasn’t paying attention during my last trip to Israel, in 2000, but it seems to me that coffee and cafés have a newly major role in the street life of Israelis.

UK & Ireland

  • Stonehenge Rocks: Anyone who knows me knows I am into piles of old rocks. Say the words "The Grange in Ireland, Anasazi ruins, Colosseo" and I am so there!! My friend suggested visiting Stonehenge and I immediately thought, "Goody more rocks!"

General

August 2009

Italy

  • Italy Budget 2009: Independent travel to Europe continues to be popular with American tourists, and it seems that Italy has become everyone's favorite destination. This phenomenon is certainly not difficult to understand for those of us who have learned to savor BELLA ITALIA. Call it supply and demand, but we had seen a cost escalation of perhaps 18% in 2007/2008. That has changed in 2009.

France

  • Monica's Paris Restaurant List: Monica has traveled to Paris many times and enjoys having the opportunity to try so many great restaurants. Here she shares her experiences with us.

General

July 2009

Italy

  • On the Land in Umbria, Abruzzo Strong and Gentile: My husband, Pino, now and again asks, "When can we go back to Abruzzo?" Our Roman friend, Silvana, has a tiny apartment in the medieval town of Tagliacozzo in the Abruzzo mountains. We've spent many a happy weekend there with Silvana and her husband Mauro and Silvana's invitation to meet them there last October brought an immediate "Si!" from Pino.

France

  • Movies Under the Stars: The annual Open Air Cinema festival at Paris’ Park de la Villette provides Parisians (and visiting film lovers) with the perfect opportunity to spend their evenings lounging beneath the glow of the silver screen.
  • Shopping in Paris with Teens: It is easy to hit the Champs-Élysées or find the large department stores like Galeries Lafayette and Bon Marché but where else can you go to do some shopping with a teen daughter who likes smaller stores, trendy places, shoes and accessories?

General

June 2009

France

  • Recommended Books Set in Paris: Reading a book set in your favorite travel destination is always a great way to prepare for a trip or escape on a rainy day. PaulaVA wanted to know what were our members favorite books (fiction or non-fiction) set in Paris. Here is the varied set of books they recommended to transport you to Paris.

General

Italy

May 2009

General

Italy

  • Living Slow, The End is Nigh: All through the piazza echoed an old-fashioned preaching-to, with words ebbing and flowing that were mostly incomprehensible to me, except for the repeated refrain of the Italian equivalent of “The end is nigh.” I couldn’t help thinking, don’t I know it. Not the end of the world but the end of our Italian adventure...

April 2009

General

Italy

  • Bus Travel in Rome and Florence: You can save quite a bit of money getting around in Italian cities by using the bus instead of taxis, whose minimum fare is often as much as three bus tickets.

England

  • Northumberland - God's Own Country: One of England's hidden secrets- full of rich history, empty beaches, beautiful walking paths, castles, churchs, and quaint villages.

March 2009

General

Italy

  • Living Slow, Predictable Unpredictability: Once we settled in, find our way around, explored a little, and figure out the local customs, we quickly found that the driving is crazier, the accent is thicker, and the coffee is something to swoon over.
  • Best People Places in Room: Savoring the best people places, the piazzas and fountains, to experience the essence of Rome.
  • Acqui Terme: The nicest city in Italy.

USA

  • Vermont: Mad River Valley: Wintertime in the area, especially Warren and Waitsfield where you will find Sugarbush and Mad River Glen Ski areas.

Rest of Europe

February 2009

Newsletter

Italy

January 2009

General

  • Happy New Year! We have a great blank slate to work with so grab your notepads (and empty calendars) as we bring you more helpful travel information as you plan your next (or first) trip to Europe. As always, slow traveling is the best way to go! Savor your surroundings and cherish your experience!
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Italy

  • If the holidays have just felt a little more like pomp and circumstance this year, and even lackluster at that, Valerie reminds us of what this time truly means in La Vita e` Meravigliosa
  • On the Land in Umbria: La Cucina Genuina: La cucina genuina is genuine cuisine using fresh ingredients grown regionally and transformed without sophistication of methods or implements.
  • Ginda's Umbria and Beyond: The Springs of the River Clitunno: The Springs of Clitunno satisfy our longing for a stroll in a peaceful, idyllic setting and Le Casaline is a local restaurant known for its creative interpretations of wild game dishes and other regional specialties.
  • Living Slow: New Year, New Adventure: Valerie says tearful goodbyes to friends in Ascoli Piceno but she and Bryan plan to take advantage of a stay in a villa of a friend on the Costa del Cilento and practice faster 'slow travel'.

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