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Global Chocolate Quiz

Want to test your chocolate geography skills? Try Traveler’s online WorldWise quiz for October, featuring our favorite sweet treat. Learn chocolate-related facts about Turkey, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, Ghana and Italy.  Here’s the first question: Thornton’s, a British chocolatier, created an 860-pound wall of chocolate for an Easter 2007 event. Dubbed the “World’s First…

Quirky Caravan of Life

If you happen to be in Brighton, England this weekend (Oct. 3-5) for the Photo Fringe Festival, you’ll have a chance to pop into the tiny, traveling Caravan Gallery, which has been trundling around the UK since 2001 displaying photos that emphasize, according to their website, “the reality, and surreality, of contemporary Britain.” The Caravan…

Cinnamon Bun Day

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Here’s a tip for you Minneapolis folks: The American Swedish Institute there will be celebrating Kanelbullens dag (Cinnamon Bun Day) on Wednesday, October 1 from noon to 7 p.m. Visit the Institute’s Kaffestuga to enjoy freshly baked cinnamon rolls for $3 each. Swedish coffee, lingonberry saft (a soft drink), pastries and cookies will also be…

Bullfighting en Francais

Friend of IT Amanda MacEvitt, a producer for National Geographic Digital Media, writes about an unexpected highlight of her vacation in France. During my recent trip to France, my historian brother and I had planned to visit the little town of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in Camargue in the south, right on the Mediterranean. It’s a sleepy little…

Sleep Well in San Francisco

Traveler invited HotelChatter senior editor Juliana Shallcross to share her favorite San Francisco hotels in September’s cover story, “Classic San Francisco.”  Juliana revealed some gems, including the Hotel Vitale, which she describes as a “small but elegant 199-room property on the Embarcadero, the city’s traditional waterfront.” When booking, she says, request a room overlooking the…

A Villa for One Euro?

You read that right. In the picturesque hilltop town of Salemi in western Sicily, the mayor is selling old stone villas in the historic town center for one euro (approximately $1.41) apiece. The catch? These villas were damaged in the 1968 earthquake, and have stood unoccupied and deteriorating for the past 40 years. Sound appealing?…

Smith Island Bake Sail

Tiny Smith Island in the Chesapeake Bay is Maryland’s last remaining offshore inhabited island, and the home of Maryland’s state dessert, the magnificently multi-layered Smith Island Cake. So I got it in my head to sail there on our friend’s boat and taste this baked extravaganza at the source. There are easier ways to do…

Underwater Legoland

Traveler Contributing Editor Chris Elliott and his young associates filed this report from SEA LIFE, the brand-new Legoland underwater theme park, where taking a theme park vacation no longer means leaving your conscience at home: When Legoland California opens its new underwater theme park, SEA LIFE, on Monday in Carlsbad, Calif., it may be closest…

Santa Barbara Fiesta

Intelligent Travel pal Megan Sneddon contributes a tip about annual Santa Barbara Fiesta, which starts today and continues throughout the week: Arriving with just as much folklórico dancing as fanfare, Santa Barbara, California’s Old Spanish Days Fiesta will be in full swing over the next few days, and kicks off today on the steps of…

Goodwill Through Good Food

National Geographic KIDS staffer Allie Carroll tells us about a culinary voluntourism organization called CulinaryCorps, which her sister, a chef, founded in 2007: On June 1st, volunteer cooks from around the country will travel to New Orleans, Louisiana, to promote good will through good food. The trip is spearheaded by CulinaryCorps, a non-profit organization that…

Pizza Pilgrimage: Al Forno in Providence

Hunter Walker gets us seriously hungry for some grilled pizza in Providence. Al Forno means “from the stove” in Italian, a style of cooking from northern Italy that uses a wood-fired brick oven. So it’s a fitting name for Providence, Rhode Island’s Al Forno’s restaurant, an elegant eatery whose grilled pizza is legendary. When they…

Backstage at the Café Orlin

Friend of IT Julia Obermiller, a beauty intern and blogger for CosmoGirl in New York, moonlights at the Café Orlin on St. Marks Place in the East Village.  Do you think New Yorkers are unfriendly, we asked this young transplant from genteel Virginia?  Julia finds the opposite is true: Working in a New York City…