Paper Trails Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:27:31 -0600 PhotoPost Pro 6.02 Denver Broncos in London VS. the 49ers <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="1047.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="1047.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: abmadjac<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Kayla Jensen, Alison Abrams, Christine Abrams, &amp; Jacque Abrams Where photo taken: Wembley Stadium in London, England Best meal: Piccalo's in Mayfair Best deal: Free Museums Best time to go: Fall, especially if there is an NFL game in an English Football stadium! (The British really like America's NFL and follow it pretty closely!!) Best travel tip: Good walking shoes and layers for the weather. The British are fairly friendly and helpful!<br /><br />12 comments abmadjac Wed, 29 Dec 2010 12:52:43 -0700 Susan Roser visits Hong Kong <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="DSC00309.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSC00309.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: billroser<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Susan Roser Where photo taken: at the foot of the Big Buddah in Hong Kong Best meal: At the top of Victoria Peak Best deal: The Subway! Best time to go: it was foggy in December - suggest Spring as a better time Best travel tip: wear a surgical mask on the long flight over<br /><br />12 comments billroser Thu, 23 Dec 2010 08:56:42 -0700 DSCN2074 <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="DSCN2074.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN2074.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: krimbill<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right):Norm and Chris Krimbill of Highlands Ranch Where photo taken:Budapest Hungary at the Chain Bridge over the Danube that links the cities of Buda and Pest. Best meal:At the Augustiner in Regensburg Germany, all of the very traditional Bavarian meals Best deal:The eight day Viking Romantic Danube river curise from Nuremberg to Budapest. Best time to go:April - May or September - October, We traveled in December to visit the Christmas Markets. Best travel tip: For the best currency exchange, use ATM machines.<br /><br />13 comments krimbill Mon, 20 Dec 2010 11:27:23 -0700 Thailand <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="DSC05421.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSC05421.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: Joey<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Joey &amp; Gor Mizufuka Where photo taken: Chang Lom Temple Best meal: Cha Gung Row Noodle. It's a noodle soup with minced pork and vegetables. Best deal: Hire a private driver with a mini van to drive you around. We hired one for 4 days and 3 nights. It cost us about $50 a day. Some temples are very big. Rent a bicycle for less then $1 per day and its a fun way to see the temples. Best time to go: November/December Best travel tip: Bring mosquito repellent, good walking shoes and be prepared for hot humid weather.<br /><br />11 comments Joey Sun, 19 Dec 2010 11:47:17 -0700 Sonoita Wine Trail <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="IMG_4213.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="IMG_4213.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: Charles_Bayley<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right):Jim and Barbara Duff of Pueblo, Susan and Charles Bayley of Bennett Where photo taken: Charron Vineyard Best meal: The food is good at the Sonoita Cafe but the wait staff were great entertainment and made for an enjoyable meal. Best deal: Don't miss touring the Kartchner Caverns. The Caverns are managed by the Arizona State Parks with goal of protecting a beautiful and unique natural resource. The Caverns feature living and growing stalactites and stalagmites. Reservation information is available on the Arizona State Parks website. Best time to go: Between Thankgiving and Christmas. The weather is mild. The hotel, rental car and airfare rates are very reasonable. The Sonoita Wine Trail is made up of 10 winerys about an hour south of Tuscon. The small number of fellow travelers at this time of year allow you to talk one on one with the knowledgeable and friendly winery owners and employees that run the tasting rooms. Best travel tip: If you are planning on visiting several winerys eat a good breakfast and either share wine samples with someone or don't drink all your sample. You can sample as many as 10 wines at some some winerys.<br /><br />12 comments Charles_Bayley Sun, 19 Dec 2010 10:38:18 -0700 Soakin' our bones in Mt. Princeton Hot Springs <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="IMG_8293.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="IMG_8293.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: Mamafli<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Lynne, Maya and Alan Falick (Centennial, CO) Where photo taken: In a creek side pool at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs. The Resort is located close to Buena Vista, Colorado. They also have a number of other swimming pools and the recent renovations are wonderful. Best meal: Breakfast at the Evergreen Cafe in Buena Vista. Friendly service, good food, and they serve locally brewed coffee. Best deal: Bring a cooler with snacks and picnic items and eat on a lounge chair by the hot springs pool. Also, 2 hours by car from Denver. Best time to go: Any time of year is great but each season offers a different experience. During spring, the snow melt runoff overflows into the creek side pools and they are cold. Water slide pool is open in the summer. Best travel tip: Bring water shoes to climb the rocks and if it's cold bring a warm robe. Mamafli Sat, 11 Dec 2010 02:45:10 -0700 Plesko Family in Barcelona <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="sagrada_familia.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="sagrada_familia.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: lanceko<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right):Forrest Plesko, Susie Plesko, Meghan Plesko &amp; Forrest V. Plesko Where photo taken: Forrest and Susie Plesko, from Federal Heights, with son Forrest V. and Meghan Plesko from Broomfield, celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary in Barcelona, Spain Nov. 28, 2010. The family photo was taken at the La Sagrada Familia Basilica designed by Antoni Gaudi in the late 1800's. It is still under construction and projected for completion in 2026. Best meal: Tapas at the pub Best deal: Spanish wine Best time to go: Oct. Nov. or April May Best travel tip: Learn some Spanish!<br /><br />10 comments lanceko Fri, 10 Dec 2010 16:50:34 -0700 Kisumu, Kenya <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="DSC02252.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSC02252.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: baroch<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Steve Baroch and Ana Ximenes of Castle Rock with their friend Elizabeth Where photo taken: In Kisumu, Kenya on the shores of Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa. Steve and Ana were involved in a volunteer trip with Transafrika, a Colorado based non-profit organization, delivering books to schools and medical supplies to clinics and surveying sites to build and improve schools. Castle Rock High Noon Rotary Club and &quot;Crutches4Africa&quot; are also co-supporters of projects that Steve and Ana are working on. Best meal: The best meal is always the one which is most authentic. Kenyans prefer &quot;Ugali&quot; nicknamed &quot;African Cake&quot; which is made from maize or other starch into a doughy ball. One uses their hands to dip the Ugali into a stew of beef or goat and a sauce. Best deal: Becoming friends with someone in the area and staying with them in a traditional Kenyan home. Best time to go: Because it is right on the equator, the temperature if very consistent. Check ahead to avoid the 2 rainy seasons. Jan - Mar are typically driest and best for those who want to trek or climb Mt Kenya or Mt Kilimanjaro. Best travel tip: Do a safari tour! It is unforgettable to see lions, cheetah, leopards, baby elephants or rhino in their own free environment.<br /><br />11 comments baroch Tue, 07 Dec 2010 07:04:08 -0700 La Pedrera, Barcelona, Spain <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="DSC03233.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="DSC03233.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: MileHighTraveler<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Kathryn Keefer and Sarah deLiefde – mother &amp; daughter from Denver Where photo taken: On the rooftop of La Pedrera, in Barcelona – experiencing Antoni Gaudi’s moderniste architecture is like walking around an open air m art sculpture museum. From this view you can see Gaudi’s most famous building on the horizon: the Sagrada Familia. Best meal: After a tired day of sightseeing, have lunch right next door to La Pedrera at Farggi’s for delicious sandwiches, salads, pastries, premium ice cream and coffee. Best deal: Treat your hunger to an exploration of the most famous market in Barcelona, La Boqueria. You’ll find some seriously delicious ready-to-eat foods and tempting fresh produce and meats for cooking up supper back at your apartment. Best time to go: We traveled to Barcelona in October since some of the best Autumn weather is in September and October when average temperatures hover around 64º, with plenty of sunshine. Best travel tip: No rental car needed for exploring Barcelona – instead use your feet around Old Town, and the Metro (subway) covers the territory quite well, so buy a multi-day or multi-trip pass and you’re all set. We steered clear of hotels and found the perfect short-stay apartment in the Barceloneta neighborhood - right on the beach!<br /><br />14 comments MileHighTraveler Fri, 26 Nov 2010 14:17:21 -0700 IMGP3905 <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="IMGP3905.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="IMGP3905.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: mnwoolley<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right):Abby Woolley, Ryan Woolley, Allyson Woolley, Julia Woolley and Katherine Woolley Where photo taken: World Expo 2010, Shanghai Best meal: Hangzhou Best Western Mei Yuan Hotel Restaurant. The restaurant had an amazing dinner buffet with fresh seafood - sushi, wonderful regional chinese specialties and an amazing array of desserts from mango ice cream to chocolate mousse and my kids' favorite - limitless Haagan-Dazs ice cream. Best deal: The Ladies Bazaar - a very fun street shopping experience in Hong Kong. Shops open in the evening after dark and remain open until midnight. This is a chance to see if your bargaining skills are up to snuff! Best time to go: Fall season, September to October. The hot weather will have passed and the turning of the seasons will be spectacular Best travel tip: Take a walk in the city in the early morning hours and watch the city come to life - visit the local fruit markets for some wonderful fresh exotic fruits! We loved the dragon fruit and all the different varieties of bananas - all picked fresh of the trees!<br /><br />14 comments mnwoolley Sun, 14 Nov 2010 14:06:19 -0700 Mt. Blanc/Chamonix <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="Mt_Blanc_-_Chamonix.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Mt_Blanc_-_Chamonix.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Bobbin<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right):Eddie and Bobbin Holtvluwer Where photo taken: Chamonix, France - at the top of Aiguille du Midi with Mt. Blanc (Europe's highest mountain) in the background Best meal: Raclette cheese dinner in Chamonix. Served with an assortment meats, potatoes, pickles, bread and or course wine and beer! Best deal: Euro debit card from Travelex saved US bank transaction fees and locked in a low exchange rate saving approximately 12% overall. Best time to go: We have always liked going to Eurpope in the early fall. Fewer tourists and nice weather. Best travel tip: Make sure you take the gondola ride up to the Aiguille du Midi. The views are spectacular and the mountains are &quot;in your face&quot;. Pack a warm jacket! Aiguille means needle in French.<br /><br />12 comments Bobbin Sun, 14 Nov 2010 09:33:29 -0700 Tabacon Hot Springs Spa <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="costa_rica_for_PAPER.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="costa_rica_for_PAPER.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: maynards2ul<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Darrell Warner &amp; Brenda Mondeau Where photo taken: Hot Springs Waterfalls. Tabacon Grand Spa, La Fortuna De San Carlos, Costa Rica. It is at the foot of the always active Arenal Volcano. Best meal:The buffet breakfast is served in the eco/contemporary open air restaraunt. Fresh fruits, local favorites &amp; traditional offerings, combine with GREAT coffee, for a envigorating start to the day. Special Treat: A troop of Howler Monkeys were also breakfasting in the canopy above. Sublime! Best deal: Lava Lounge Bar n Grill. Inventive local favorites. Generous spirits. Good people watching. Great view of Arenal Volcano. Best time to go: We did October, the rainy season. Fewer tourists, lower rates, and we love a warm rain. Best travel tip: GPS. Don't begin to think you can do Costa Rica without it! There are few road signs, and even fewer road names.<br /><br />12 comments maynards2ul Fri, 12 Nov 2010 20:38:47 -0700 Overlooking Machu Picchu! <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="Macchu_Pichu_1059.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Macchu_Pichu_1059.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: mbebee<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right):Michael &amp; Melissa Bebee and Joel &amp; Candace Brown Where photo taken:Machu Picchu, Peru Best meal:The Inka Grill in the Plaza de Armas, Cusco. And every meal on our REI 7 Day Trek! Best deal:The REI Adventures Machu Picchu 7 Day Lodge Trek. It is an amazing hike to Machu Picchu. You will love it! Every aspect of it is top notch. Each night you stay in a private lodge that is like a 5 star hotel. 3 course, delicious meals. Excellent guides. Beautiful scenery. We really want to go back! Best time to go:September. It seems to have the least amount of tourists and the weather is really nice. Best travel tip:If you go with the REI trek, get in shape. It's seven days of hiking and one of the passes you hike over is 15,253 feet high! But the scenery is just...WOW! As well as the accomodations, food and guides. All incredible!<br /><br />13 comments mbebee Thu, 11 Nov 2010 21:35:07 -0700 Tanzania <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="Ken-Jim_in_Tanzania_9-2010.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Ken-Jim_in_Tanzania_9-2010.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Golf72<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Jim Phillipe of Centenial and Ken Harris of Westminster Where photo taken: Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Crater, Serengeti National Park, Maasai Villages, Kilimanjaro Mountain. Best meal: Last day of safari at Tloma Lodge, Arusha, Tanzania. Best deal: Gift shops, ebony carvings of animals of Maasai. Bargaining is accepted practice. Best time to go: August and September for the dry, cool season. Best travel tip: Travel light and select a good tour operator.<br /><br />12 comments Golf72 Thu, 11 Nov 2010 16:51:51 -0700 Heroes 'Square Budapest Hungary <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="CIMG3920.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="CIMG3920.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: flyw389x<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Carol Liebscher Milwaukee, Susan Buchholz Milwaukee, Carol Woerfel Centennial , Marilyn Hauswirth, Milwaukee Where photo taken: Heroes' Square Budapest Hungary Best meal: Dinner cruise on the Danube in Budapest with chicken paprika, goulash, stuffed cabbage, and delightful cakes and pastries. Best deal: The four of us booked with Trafalgar because it offered an all inclusive package deal in Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia. The guides were very knowledgeable and local guides were used whenever possible. Our hassle free tour enabled us to stay in 3 and 4 star hotels right in the center of town. Best time to go: The middle of September offers great weather and schools were just beginning so it was less crowded. Best travel tip: Booking with a tour was great for admissions to tourist attractions. Our guide bought the tickets earlier and we did not have to wait in any lines. flyw389x Thu, 11 Nov 2010 16:06:21 -0700 Castle on the Sea <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="IMG_1636a.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="IMG_1636a.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Poland<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Ardelle and Larry Koperski Where photo taken: Rapollo, Italy on Italian Riviera Best meal: Pansotti - small ravioli - with walnut cream sauce at Gran Cafee Rapollo on the promenade. Many celebrities over the years have eaten here. Best deal: Promenade along the seafront dotted by palm trees and benches. One can visit Castle on the Sea and many shops and restaurants here. Best time to go: Early fall when the weather is cooler and tourists are not so numerous. Best travel tip: Rapollo is a small town convenient for travel by boat to Cinque Terre and Portofino.<br /><br />13 comments Poland Thu, 11 Nov 2010 14:04:04 -0700 Millennium Bridge, London <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="DSCN1038.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN1038.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: kreekisan<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): My nieces Kiera Benson and Samantha Patterson, and my daughter Aleah Escobedo Where photo taken: On the Millennium Bridge in London, England, June 2010 Best meal: Hands down, the girls all agreed it was Vrisaki's, a Greek restaurant in London, located at 73 Myddleton Road (&quot;BEST FOOD EVER&quot;, they said in unison), and a small ice cream shop near the London Eye. Best deal: The girls went with my parents, so they have no idea on deals. However, my mom said that it would have to be the Glenlyn Hotel. They rented a roomy and comfy apartment that slept 5 people for 100 pounds per night. Best time to go: It depends on what you're after - anytime is a good time to visit London. But the spring and autumn are nice - it's not so busy with tourists. Best travel tip: Pack light and have a pair of comfy shoes. Also, keep your mind open as plans can change anytime!<br /><br />13 comments kreekisan Mon, 08 Nov 2010 20:01:01 -0700 Temple of Dendur - Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="Temple_of_Dendur.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Temple_of_Dendur.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: reynoldstj<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Madison Reynolds, Tim Reynolds Where photo taken: Temple of Dendur in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Best meal: Papaya King hot dogs, NW corner of 86th and 3rd Ave Best deal: Subway metro card. $4.50 per person round trip from Grand Central Station to Coney Island. Best time to go: Spring or Fall to avoid heat/cold. We went mid-October and it was perfect. Sunny, light jacket weather. Best travel tip: Plan your daily itinerary ahead of time. There is so much to do in New York that it can be overwhelming. We dedicated each day to a different section of the city.<br /><br />13 comments reynoldstj Sun, 07 Nov 2010 20:05:39 -0700 Grand Cayman <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="DSCN2266.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN2266.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: FPMB<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right):Frank Buczkowski, Brian Middleton, Heidi Middleton &amp; Jane Donovan Where photo taken: Old Man Bay Best meal: We went to several restaurants, all were great. Our favorite overall is Tukka on the NE end of the island. Best deal: Laying on the beach at Rum Point enjoying a few Caybrews. Best time to go: We have been there twice in October. Dodged hurricane weather both times, but the temp was great, in the hi 80's. Best travel tip: If you rent a car ask for a right hand drive vehicle. It makes negotiating the &quot;round-a-bouts&quot; easier. The SCUBA diving is fabulous. We dove with Ocean Frontiers on the east end and will go back to them next trip.<br /><br />14 comments FPMB Sun, 07 Nov 2010 16:53:52 -0700 Venice, Italy <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="IMG_0781.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="IMG_0781.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: pagex2<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right):Patrick Milligan, Linda Page, Connie Milligan, Rich Page Where photo taken: Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy Best meal: Tavasino near the Accademia Try their belini cocktail and some of the best tiramisu in Italy! Seafood is abundant and not to be missed. Best deal: The audio tour of La Fenice (the opera house). Going later in the day (it's open til 6 PM) just might earn you a peek at a live rehearsal! Best time to go: October was terrific. Mild, sunny days and cool nights made our walks around the city more than comfortable. Best travel tip: The 72-hour vaporetto ticket for 32 Euro allowed unlimited rides. Expect some &quot;high water&quot; in low-lying areas of the city during certain times of the day. Most tourists don't carry rubber boots with them, so taking off your shoes and wading through can be a memorable adventure (and it's what the locals do when caught without their boots!).<br /><br />16 comments pagex2 Sun, 07 Nov 2010 14:14:58 -0700 Swayambhunath, Nepal <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="China_Nepal_Trip_card_1_632.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="China_Nepal_Trip_card_1_632.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: estesf0lkbus<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Kathy Squire, Rob Squire Where photo taken: Swayambhunath, Nepal Best meal: The best meal we had in all of Nepal was in a Nepali equivalent of a B&amp;B called the Krishna House in Bhaktapur. We arrived later in the day, and they prepared a delicious authentic Nepali dinner for us. Best deal: Guest House prices in Nepal are unbelievably low, ranging from $30 to $50 a night. Best time to go: Go in October or November. By that time, the monsoons are over, the sky is mostly clear and the weather is warm. Best travel tip: Pack light, especially if you are moving from city to city. Taxis are small and you don't have room for more than 1 bag per person.<br /><br />11 comments estesf0lkbus Sun, 07 Nov 2010 09:18:33 -0700 IMG_0323 <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="IMG_0323.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="IMG_0323.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: kms86<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right):Daniel, Erin, Kelly and Sarah Snader Where photo taken: Starfish Beach, Grand Cayman Island Best meal: Cimboco's, local restaurant that serves up local Caribbean fare Best deal: Boat tour to Stingray City to swim with the tame stingrays. Tour includes drops at several snorkel locations; it's fun to see other sea-life than what you might experience snorkeling near your hotel. Best time to go: Low season (summer and fall) are less expensive for travel and hotel, but you run the risk of tropical storms and hurricanes. Best travel tip: Book a room with a refrigerator and microwave. If you stay on Seven Mile Beach, there are a few grocery stores within walking or bus ride distance. Stock up on breakfast foods to save a bit on eating out. The cost of food, combined with the exchange rate makes eating out one of the more expensive items making up your travel budget. kms86 Sun, 07 Nov 2010 08:59:19 -0700 Uros Islands, the floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca, Peru <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="2009-2010-PERU_053.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="2009-2010-PERU_053.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: nasommer<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Barbara Rodrigues, Mick Sommer, Nancy Sommer, Diana Kline, and a local native from the Uros Islands with her embroidery Where photo taken: Uros Islands, the floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca, Peru Best meal: New Years Eve dinner in Puno at the Casa Andina Hotel on Lake Titicaca Best deal:Overnight with a family on Amantani Island, Lake Titicaca Best time to go: Any season Best travel tip: We traveled with Peru4Less on an amazing, well-organized trip with variety of experiences in 12 days including Lima, the Sacred Valley, Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca, Uros Islands of floating reeds, with an overnight with a family on Amantani Island and a visit to Tacquile Island, both islands with no roads or cars, and with limited electricity.<br /><br />12 comments nasommer Fri, 05 Nov 2010 23:12:16 -0600 DSC_1909 <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="DSC_1909.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSC_1909.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: spinnakr<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right):Barbara and Robert Hodge; Aurora, CO Where photo taken:Shinshu Honbyo Temple, Founders Hall Gate,one of Kyoto's largest temple entries. We visited Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, and some sites outside Nagoya, as well as others in Mie prefecture, and the Ise peninsula. Best meal:The ubiquitous noodle shops are fantastic, as well as the traditional Korean barbecue restaurants. Most of our meals were home cooked, as we mostly stayed with Japanese relatives in Mie prefecture. Best deal:JR Rail Pass. To best enjoy the benefits of one of the world's best transportation systems, especially if one plans to do much intercity traveling. Best time to go:Best times are spring and fall. We went in mid October, and the leaves were just beginning to turn in the mountains. Best travel tip: Give yourself plenty of time to truly enjoy the experience. Japanese cities can be very crowded. Also, bring a phrasebook. One can most often find someone who speaks English in major cities, but that may not be so in non-tourist, and rural areas.<br /><br />12 comments spinnakr Thu, 04 Nov 2010 16:07:24 -0600 Hot Springs, Arkansas <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="100_0263.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="100_0263.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: crlygrams<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right):Carol Grams and Margo Patinos Where photo taken: Hot Springs, Arkansas Best meal:Angels, which was originally a bank in the early 1900's, is funky and friendly with a street view of downtown. Known for wood-fired pizzas and ;delicius bruschettas at a delicious and reasonable price. Best deal:Tour of Bath houses along Central Avenue and the Walk of fame (which emoralizes dozens of famous Arkansans) are free, as is a monthly gallery walk. As of the early 1980's Hot Springs has emerged as a major attraction for the arts - art. music and film. Best time to go: Two week Music Festival in June, Documentary Film Festival in October Best travel tip: Take time to visit Hot Springs National Park, adjacent to Hot Springs and enjoy 10 miles of sightseeing by car and/or long walks on year-round trails. Admission is free<br /><br />13 comments crlygrams Thu, 04 Nov 2010 13:21:02 -0600 Pompeii, Italy <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="100_1208.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="100_1208.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: dalbrandt<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Alan &amp; Deb Albrandt Where photo taken: Ancient City of Pompeii Best meal: Italian Gelatto Best deal: Leathergoods Best time to go: October Best travel tip: Go early in the morning and allow plenty of time to see Pompeii; use guide because ruins can be overwhelming on your own<br /><br />15 comments dalbrandt Thu, 04 Nov 2010 09:57:00 -0600 Erice, Sicily <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="DSC011141.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSC011141.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: dalbrandt<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Alan &amp; Deb Albrandt Where photo taken: Originally temple of Aphrodite, then a Norman castle, now an upscale hotel Best meal: Every meal on Regent Cruise Line Mariner was exceptional Best deal: All inclusive tours offered (several per stop); excellent guides and small groups Best time to go: Best travel tip:<br /><br />15 comments dalbrandt Thu, 04 Nov 2010 09:10:25 -0600 Euriche, Sicily <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="DSC01114.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSC01114.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: dalbrandt<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Alan &amp; Deb Albrandt Where photo taken: Temple of Aphrodite, later was a Norman castle, now an upscale hotel Best meal: Best deal: Best time to go: October Best travel tip:<br /><br />12 comments dalbrandt Thu, 04 Nov 2010 08:56:52 -0600 The Great Wall - Best free workout! <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="newspaper1.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="newspaper1.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: VanessaChavez<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Vanessa Chavez Where photo taken: Beijing - Great Wall Best meal: Roasted Duck is the delicacy in the region. It was served with a peanut sauce and a crepe. And of course a beer! Best deal: Hand-made silk scarves!!! The softest fabric I've ever felt. Best time to go: Mid - October. The summer is full of tourist and really hot. October is the beginning of the off season. It is perfect because you have cooler weather, better deals and less tourists. Best travel tip: Always give exact change because you will get counterfeit dollars and yuans. Even as an American it is hard to spot the counterfeit dollars.<br /><br />12 comments VanessaChavez Thu, 04 Nov 2010 00:18:36 -0600 IMG_7128 <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="IMG_7128.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="IMG_7128.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: Barb Danford<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Chuck and Barb Danford - Marilyn and Jim Crockett Where photo taken: Amalfi Coast between Positano and Salerno, Italy Best meal: Traditional Italian lunch at the Grand Hotel Tritone    Best deal: Fruit and spices at roadside stands on the Coast Amalfi highway Best time to go: Early October is very comfortable with temperatures in mid 60’s low 70‘s.  It is also the end of the European tourist season so fewer crowds and less traffic.   Best travel tip: Pack lightly, especially clothes, and do laundry as required.<br /><br />12 comments Barb Danford Wed, 03 Nov 2010 19:50:07 -0600 Stonehenge <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="stonehenge_2.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="stonehenge_2.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: poldervaart<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Jill, Nathan and Chris Poldervaart of Highlands Ranch, CO Where photo taken: Stonehenge, England Best meal: Cornish Bakehouse, there are many locations throughout England. We ate at the location outside of the Victoria Underground station in London. The traditional Cornish pasty is filled with steak, potato, swede and onion and is encased in a short crust pasty ring. They come in 3 sizes, ranging from £2 to £4 which makes for a reasonable lunch on the go in London! Best deal: Covent Garden's market has an outdoor market on the weekends and they have items very unique to the region at reasonable prices. The energy at the market is vibrant! We were able to go during the markets annual 'Punch and Judy' festival and enjoyed a free puppet show as well as numerous street entertainers. Best time to go: We went at the beginning of October and it only drizzled the first 4 days and then not a drop more! Occasionally the sun broke through the clouds which was a brilliant sight! Best travel tip: If you see a lift at an underground station - take it! We saw a lift at the Covent Garden's station and decided that we would take the stairs instead since we were used to that. We descended down the spiral staircase and once we hit the bottom there was a sign indicating we had just taken 193 stairs! Also, we opted to stay in a flat run by the Georgian House Hotel located in Central London (an easy walk to Victoria Station). A full English breakfast was included every morning and there was a washer in the flat which meant we didn't have to bring as many changes of clothes - more room for souvenirs!<br /><br />87805 comments poldervaart Wed, 03 Nov 2010 09:49:15 -0600 Paris, France <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="Paris_Photo.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="Paris_Photo.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: McDermott<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Bryan Haugen, Janine Haugen, Libby McDermott, Mike McDermott Where photo taken:J ardin du Luxembourg on the Left Bank in Paris. This is a beautiful place to sit and people-watch or read a book, as many Parisians do during lunch and at the end of the day. Best meal: Lunch at L’As du Falafel in the Marais district. Excellent fresh falafels with great service. Best deal: Crepes made fresh in storefronts in St Germain area on the Left Bank, baguette sandwiches made fresh to order in any boulangarie crowded with locals at lunchtime, and delicious scoops of glace Berthillon on Ile St-Louis, connected by bridge to Ile de le Cite. Best time to go: Early spring or fall when the weather is moderate, but be prepared for occasional rain. Best travel tip: If you like to walk, put on some comfortable shoes and hit the sidewalks. You can easily see most of this fascinating city by foot. But a few euros will buy a Metro pass that’s good for multiple days and will get you anywhere in Paris you want to go.<br /><br />12 comments McDermott Mon, 01 Nov 2010 14:22:26 -0600 Sicily <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="Italy_Trip_Judy_225.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Italy_Trip_Judy_225.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: ee01165<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Clay &amp; Judy Speas, Sally &amp; Jim Kiekhaefer Where photo taken: Agrigento, Sicily, Valley of the Temples, Temple of Concord-5th century B.C. Best meal: Fresh, thick sliced mozzarella, prosciutto and tomato sandwiches. Plenty of Italian Wine and Pasta. Best deal: Three and four star hotels with exceptional views. Best time to go: Late September, early October. Avg. temp. 70-75 degrees. No rain and cool nights. Best travel tip: Pick up local information on local town highlights.<br /><br />14 comments ee01165 Mon, 01 Nov 2010 13:37:10 -0600 Prince Jonah Kalaniana'Ole statue with lei's <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="SANY0164.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="SANY0164.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: charfar<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right):Peter &amp; Charlotte Faris of Aurora, CO Where photo taken:Waikiki Beach Honolulu, HI Best meal :Edo Plate, at Menchanko-Tei restaurant on Kuhio Ave, Best deal:The one dollar round-trip bus fare with Medicare card for Senior Citizens Best time to go: October Best travel tip: Two for one fare to Pearl Harbor with entertainment book coupon, on Roberts Tour Bus which included tour of Punchbowl National Cemetary. The driver pointed out many local sites and was very well informed and entertaining.<br /><br />14 comments charfar Sun, 31 Oct 2010 22:41:04 -0600 Tuscany Travel <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="IMG_2389.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="IMG_2389.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: ttryke<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Ted and Loretta Tryke Where photo taken: Volpaia, Tuscany Italy Best meal: Wild Boar Stew with Tuscan vegtables at di Paola Barucci in Volpaia, Tuscany Best deal: Enormous selection of products and foods in the central market of Florence, Italy. Best time to go: Late September and early October offer mild temperatures, low humidity and very little rain. The peak tourist season has ended and you receive wonderful personal attention to learn the language. Best travel tip: Rent a car and get out into the countryside in the small towns with rolling hills covered in vineyards, olive trees and enjoy the wonderful people and of Italy.<br /><br />12 comments ttryke Sun, 31 Oct 2010 09:25:44 -0600 Mt Etna in background <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="100_1476.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="100_1476.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: jtgood<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right):Jim and Jan Good Where photo taken:Mt Etna, Sicily July 2010 Best meal:Sea Dream I Yacht Best deal: Internet Cafes Best time to go:September Best travel tip:Comfortable clothing<br /><br />14 comments jtgood Sat, 30 Oct 2010 15:25:30 -0600 Blue-footed Boobies, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="Galapagos_bfb_post3.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="Galapagos_bfb_post3.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: jonib<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right):Joni Burleson and Jim Mulligan Where photo taken: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador Best meal: Anything on Explorer II Best deal: hand woven bags Best time to go: October, although the ocean is cold. Best travel tip:<br /><br />2 comments jonib Sat, 30 Oct 2010 08:46:07 -0600 100_5252 <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="100_5252.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="100_5252.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: shadow<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right):Bryan &amp; Stephanie Burt Where photo taken:Trunk Bay: St.Thomas,USVI Best meal:Conch Creole at the Green House in downtown Charlotte Amallie Best deal: 2 for 1 snorkel sailboat trip around St.John Best time to go: We went in October,great weather &amp; great deals Best travel tip: duty free shopping ,really cheap liqour ,beautiful beaches &amp; snorkling at Sapphire Beach.<br /><br />12 comments shadow Fri, 29 Oct 2010 16:16:47 -0600 Ancient Remains of Carthage in Tunis (a Goulette), Tunesia, Africa <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="DSC01263.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSC01263.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: dalbrandt<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Alan &amp; Deb Albrandt Where photo taken: Ancient Remains of Carthage in Tunis (La Goulette), Tunesia Best meal: Every meal on Regent Cruise ship Mariner which offers a 4 star restaurant, French restaurant, and two others where every meal is amazing; evening meals are 7 courses including 2 dessert courses Best deal: Regent Cruise - All Inclusive cruise of Mediterannean including Rome, Pisa, Florence, Sardenia, Sicily, Tunesia, Malta, Mykonos, Kusadasi, and Istanbul; all meals, room service, twice daily maid service, drinks, laundry, gratuities, side trips, airfare, transportation, entertainment, and more are included; all rooms are suites with balconies; this cruise is perfect way to see amazing Mediterranean sites and still be able to relax and travel by ship Best time to go: Mid October when temperatures are cooler and tourist season is at its end Best travel tip: Be sure to visit the Bardo Museum with its collection of Phoenician and Roman era artifacts and its magnificent collection of Roman mosaics and one of the largest ancient mosaics in existence; also visit the ancient city of Carthage which was founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC<br /><br />18 comments dalbrandt Tue, 26 Oct 2010 18:27:34 -0600 Trakai Lithuania <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="DSC07034.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSC07034.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: mkacka<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right):Mike Kacka Where photo taken:Trakai Lithuania Best meal: Any resturant in the country. All food was inexpensive and very good quality. Best deal: Travel still afforable. Local adult beverages cheap. Hire a car and driver for the day for about $120 guide is extra. Best time to go:late spring to early fall Best travel tip: Languge is not a problem. Talk to the young people most know enough English to help and are very gracious.<br /><br />14 comments mkacka Mon, 25 Oct 2010 14:25:49 -0600 Paris, France <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="DSC_0059.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="DSC_0059.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: darby oneill<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Nancy O'Neill Where photo taken: Palace of Versailles Best meal: Tribeca in Rue Cler neighborhood. An Italian restaurant about 8 blocks from Eiffel tower. it is located on a cute, quiet pedestrian street on the corner of Rue Cler and Rue de Grenelle. Best deal: Sunset cruise on the Seine for 10 Euros.We used the Bateau-Marches about three blocks from the Eiffel Tower. If you board about 30 minutes before sunset going East then you come back into a setting sun on the river and the lights of Paris coming on. Best time to go: We were there in September and it was perfect weather, between 75 and 80 degrees and not too crowded. Best travel tip: Don't be afraid of the Metro(subway). We walked about about 16 miles in the first two days. The third day we took the Metro and had no problems For Versailles you need the RER-C train rather than metro.<br /><br />12 comments darby oneill Sun, 24 Oct 2010 19:04:49 -0600 Las Palmas <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="DSCN0415.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN0415.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: Star533<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Carolyn Roberts, Otilia Curitima, Lori Hagar Where photo taken: Las Palmas village, Upper Amazon River, Peru Best meal: Tiger catfish with spices wrapped in maranta leaves, yuca, boiled peccary, and lemongrass tea. Best deal: For just a few soles, purchasing supplies in a shanty town to give to the local soup kitchen to help feed the rural poor. Best time to go: February-March, when not quite as hot. Best travel tip: On a night boat ride, our naturalist guide Segundo stripped down to his skivvies and dove into the black water to temporarily capture a caiman to show us. He told me, if you're ever bitten by a caiman, take him underwater, and he'll release you!<br /><br />15 comments Star533 Sun, 24 Oct 2010 18:20:13 -0600 Pursley_W_Hotel <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="Pursley.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Pursley.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: shannonpursley<br /><br />Description: Names (l to r) Shannon and David Pursley of Denver Where: Vieques, a small Caribbean island just off the east coast of mainland Puerto Rico. This photo was taken on the beach at the new W Hotel. Best Meal: Cantina La Reina in Islabel Sugunda. They served the best fresh corn and flour tortilla tacos with fish, chicken and pork and cabbage – just the way we like them! Best deal: 2 drinks at the W for $26 – Just kidding. The Cuban Reuben and an ice-cold Medalla at The Duffy’s in Esperanza on the Malecon was a tasty, good deal! Best time to go: December – April. Although we went in October for a wedding and it was still quite lovely after tropical depression Otto moved out. Best travel trip: Don’t attempt to ride the wild horses, especially after a few beers! Beautiful Paso Fino horses run wild all over the island and locals ride them to and from many without saddles. shannonpursley Sat, 23 Oct 2010 15:01:57 -0600 Brad Snyder on Corsica <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="P1000079.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="P1000079.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: spindoc2010<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Bradley Snyder Where photo taken: In the midst of a 514 mile cycling trip at the top of the Col de Bavella on the island of Corsica, off the southern coast of France Best meal: My 70th Birthday dinner with four friends waterside at Le Marinuccia in St. Florent. Sea food so fresh I would have sworn it jumped out of the water and onto our table! Best deal: Unbelievably, the rental car from Hertz. Much less than expected (season end, maybe?) Never mind the long line at the rental counter. Best time to go: Off-season, but not off-off season. We went the first two weeks of September when most of the French had returned to work Best travel tip: watch out for the wild pigs in the road!<br /><br />14 comments spindoc2010 Thu, 21 Oct 2010 09:16:46 -0600 Hiking the GR20 in Corsica <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="DSC03343.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSC03343.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: SuzanneReed<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right):Lorraine Lund, Robert Maughan, Suzanne Reed, Jill Ozaki, Marilyn Eisele Where photo taken: GR20 trail in Corsica, Minuta Pass at 7,277 ft. overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Best meal: Wild boar stew served at several of the mountain village B&amp;B's. Best deal: Fresh fruit at the Saturday market in Bastia, our arrival and departure city in Corsica. Best time to go: Fall is great - uncrowded and cooler temperatures for hiking. Best travel tip: We used a guide service to hike the GR 20. They arranged all of our transport to and from the trailheads every day and booked us in charming B&amp;B's every night. Ability to speak a little French is appreciated by the locals.<br /><br />16 comments SuzanneReed Thu, 21 Oct 2010 08:21:32 -0600 World’s Largest Panama Hat <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="CIMG4105.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="CIMG4105.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: pmckeag<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Lynn Graff, Jordan Graff, Lois McKeag Where photo taken: Principal, Ecuador where Panama hats are handmade and hand finished Best meal: Trout fish ponds near Cuenca, Ecuador. The trout is fresh, from pond to plate in 20 minutes. They will prepare what you catch or will catch it for you. Best deal: Scarves, clothing and Panama Hats produced by the indigenous people. Prices are good and the quality is excellent. Best time to go: November through April as Ecuador is South of the Ecuador. However since it is close to the equator, any time is fine. Best travel tip: If you travel outside of the larger cities, bring cash as credit cards are not widely accepted in the country<br /><br />17 comments pmckeag Wed, 20 Oct 2010 16:24:40 -0600 Machu Pichu <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="Machu_Pichu_Gene_and_I_with_Post_Travel_Section.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="Machu_Pichu_Gene_and_I_with_Post_Travel_Section.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: Judi<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Gene Henderson, Judi Henderson Where photo taken: Machu Pichu Best meal: Hotel Presidente, Bolivia Best deal: Buffet at the Hotel Presidente only costs $10 and has wonderful pastries,and main dishes. Best time to go: We liked it in October Best travel tip: Layer your clothes. It is cold first thing in the morning and really hot later in the day. Don`t forget bug repellent and sun screen. It is close to the sun and there are a lot of bugs.<br /><br />14 comments Judi Wed, 20 Oct 2010 06:51:29 -0600 Machu_Pichu_Judi_Gene_and_Paper <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="Machu_Pichu_Judi_Gene_and_Paper.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="Machu_Pichu_Judi_Gene_and_Paper.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: Judi<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Judi and Gene Henderson Where photo taken: Machu Pichu Best meal: Hotel Presidente, Bolivia Best deal: Buffet at the Hotel Presidente, Good food, $10 a person Best time to go: October Best travel tip: Take sunscreen and Bug repellent. No matter what time of year. You will be close to the sun and there always seems to be mosquitoes.<br /><br />13 comments Judi Wed, 20 Oct 2010 06:46:56 -0600 Arles, France <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="French_River_Cruise_121.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="French_River_Cruise_121.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: Beatriz Telles<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Armando and Bebe Telles Where photo taken: Roman Amphitheatre in Arles, France Best meal: Any sidewalk cafe in Vieux Lyon (old Lyon) Best deal: Our river cruise from Paris to Nice Best time to go: September/October Best travel tip: River cruising eliminates packing and unpacking.<br /><br />15 comments Beatriz Telles Tue, 19 Oct 2010 22:58:02 -0600 Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="Cesky_Krumlov-Czech_Republic.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="Cesky_Krumlov-Czech_Republic.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: Lnelowet<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Lisa Nelowet Grice, Don and Beth Nelowet, Scott and Jennifer Nelowet Where photo taken: In front of Cesky Krumlov castle, the second largest in the Czech Republic. This fairy tale like 13th century town on the Vltava river is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Best meal: Roast duck, bread dumplings and red cabbage...a classic Czech dish. Best deal: Contact the local tourist information center for lodging, we got a great little pension for a great price. For shopping look for wonderful hand carved marionettes. Best time to go: Early fall is a great time to avoid the crowds while still enjoying comfortable weather. Best travel tip: Don't miss the revolving auditorium and 1766 Baroque court theatre on the castle grounds - one of only a few left in the world with its original stage machinery and props!<br /><br />18 comments Lnelowet Tue, 19 Oct 2010 21:58:33 -0600