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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

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…

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…

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…

Subway Art

GrrlScientist is a brainy blog I like, and the author, an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist, has recently completed a photo series of all the tile mosaics on walls of the New York City subway station at 81st Street and Central Park West, which is right outside the American Museum of Natural History. She’s identified most…

Funky Brunch in Pittsburgh

I finally got a chance to eat brunch in an antiques shop. My daughter Lucy, who’s an engineering student at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, had been trying to arrange it, but each time I visited I had to leave before this once-a-week event occurred. The antiques shop is called The Zenith, and it’s located at…

Manhattan’s Secret Burger

It’s about the last place you’d expect to find a greasy spoon. After you enter the swanky, hushed lobby of the $400/night Le Parker Meridien hotel on West 56th St., immediately turn left and push aside the set of heavy floor-to-ceiling brown drapes. Then walk down a narrow hallway and follow this neon cheeseburger sign…

Going Dutch

Cathy Healy’s post on her favorite Amsterdam hotel reminded me of my favorite Dutch photographer, Jurjen Drenth, whose work has appeared in the Dutch edition of Traveler. I discovered him while fact-checking a story about Delft a while back. When he’s not doing his commercial photography, Drenth hunts down the locations of famous paintings of…

Marilyn’s Miscellany

If you aren’t already familiar, please give us the chance to introduce Marilyn Terrell, Traveler Chief Researcher, whom we like to call our “human blog.” Since it’s almost physically impossible for us to get all of Marilyn’s suggestions up online, we’ve asked her to pen a new column, highlighting some fun stuff found on the…

Microbrew Pilgrimage

And now a word from Traveler‘s production manager and resident beer connoisseur, David Burneston, who’s just back from the 16th annual Great Eastern Invitational Microbrewery Festival, hosted by Stoudts Brewing Company in Adamstown, Pennsylvania: “Every year Stoudts invites a dozen or so other microbreweries to come together and show off their craft beers to a…

Only about 2,000 people live on the Isles of Scilly, a group of small, rocky islands that lie off Land’s End in Cornwall, England. Despite being 28 miles out in the Atlantic Ocean, the islands enjoy a mild climate in which palm trees flourish, and the Scillonians raise flowers and vegetables for the London market.…

Turning On Toronto

As you know, IT loves its lights. So we proudly introduce you to Toronto’s CN Tower, which now lights up in many colors and uses LED technology (Light Emitting Diodes), creating these lighting effects that use 10% less energy than the old lighting system. The new display was inaugurated on June 28 and has been…

Parisian Markets

While checking out travel blogs on the Blog Carnival, IT came across this list of ten recommended street markets in Paris. The writer of The Paris Traveler blog, expat Lynn Rodriguez, picks a street market to suit almost every taste, from organic produce to flea markets to flowers to art; markets that specialize in fresh…

World Hum’s Seven Wonders

IT reported on the New Seven Wonders of the World contest months ago—at least that’s our excuse for not covering the announcement of the winners on their clever declaration date: 07/07/07. We were a bit disappointed the Acropolis didn’t win a spot among the seven, but cheered a little on the inside when we saw…

Free Sail in Seattle

If you happen to be in Seattle on a Sunday afternoon, you can take a free ride in a historic wooden boat like the Puffin, a tiny steam-powered launch built in 1906. The Center for Wooden Boats restored this antique craft, along with several traditional wooden sailboats, rowboats, pedal boats and canoes that you can rent…

Amtrak to the Rescue

We love it when chief researcher Marilyn Terrell shares her family’s travel tales and tips. This week, she gives the scoop on unaccompanied minors on Amtrak: Have you ever had a week when your friends abandon you and refuse to sit with you at lunch? Well, our sixth-grader James recently had a week like that,…

Snap, Crackle, Croatia!

Last week, chief researcher Marilyn Terrell tantalized us with her stories of swimming in the Adriatic Sea and wandering down the narrow streets of Zadar. We wanted more, and so did our readers—one e-mail in IT’s inbox (which may have been from Marilyn’s brother) read, “What a wonderful description. I was transported. Give me more!”…