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There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims
Tea time in London: 3 modern teahouses
Forget staid scones. Go to the right London spot, and you’re more likely to be served green-tea-infused scones or tea-smoked salmon squares with Japanese yuzu mayonnaise… CNN
Tea Culture in Los Angeles: 5 Tea Houses To Try
Jun 12, 2011 – Celebrate National Iced Tea Day on June 10 with a visit to a Los Angeles tea house. These venues offer exotic teas of the hot and cold varieties…Huffington Post
Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary. ~Chinese Proverb
Chinese Tea Culture, Tea Drinking Custom, Tea Tasting, Yum Cha
For the Chinese, tea drinking and tasting are not the same. The former is for refreshment and tonic effect. The latter has cultural meaning…Travel China Guide
Tea cultures around the world | Matador Network
Chinese green tea is as famous in the East as Earl Grey is in the West. For the best in Chinese teahouse culture, head to Chengdu.
Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. ~Thich Nat Hahn
When people ask me about the scariest situation I’ve ever been in, I think back to a taxi ride I took to the Moscow airport in the early ’90s. A no-neck guy who looked like a classic Russian mafia thug picked me up in a beat-up old car and drove for an hour down puddle-filled alleys and past derelict apartments buildings. All I could think about were those movie scenes where the good guy is taken down to the river bank to be shot. Instead, the no-neck pulled up to the airport, shook my hand, and said, “Have a good fly.”
Many Americans are wired to assume that taxi drivers in other countries are up to no good. And I’ve always said that if you’re going to get ripped off in Europe, it’ll probably be by a cabbie. But I’ve also found that most drivers are honest. Sure, scams happen. But with the right tips and a watchful eye, you’ll get where you want to go without being taken for a ride.
Dishonest cabbies often lurk at airports, train stations and tourist spots ready to take advantage of tired travelers. At Prague’s main train station, cabbies at the “official” stand are a gang of no-good thieves who charge arriving tourists five times the regular rate.
If you don’t want to worry about getting conned the minute you arrive at a new destination, hop on public transportation. At Prague, opt for the Metro instead of a taxi. Recently, I took a speedy train from Rome’s airport to the train station downtown, then caught a bus to my hotel. It took me less than an hour to get from the airport to my hotel and cost 31 euros for the train fare and a handy week-long transit pass. A taxi alone would have cost 50 euros.
Location, Location, Location – what more can I say about Hotel Lloret on La Rambla in Barcelona Spain! The rooms may be cosy, but the personality of this hotel is huge! I have to say – it was a terrific find, and I am so pleased that one of my travel friends suggested I stay there over Easter. I fell in love with Barcelona – I know I will be back – and I hope to call Hotel Lloret home once again!
Let’s start with the basics – free WiFi – in this day and age, I find it tough to believe this service is not available in some hotels. Happy to say – Hotel Lloret provided internet access for their guests, which worked in the guest rooms and in the breakfast room! Breakfast was included – a selection of cereals, yogurt, breads, fruits, ham & cheese and the essential…
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Twenty reasons to visit Hanoi
From art to food, history and spas, Lance Richardson’s 20 reasons to visit Hanoi… Sydney Morning Herald
Angry Birds activity parks to open in Europe
Watch out little, green pigs everywhere. Angry Birds theme parks are soon opening in Europ… Fox Travel News
101 best sports bars in the U.S.
There are bars that play sports and then there are sports bars … CNN
Disruptive fliers may be charged for plane delays
New York-area airports may charge disruptive fliers for delays… MSN.com
Lawmakers call TSA screeners ineffective, rude
The Transportation Security Administration defended itself against pointed criticism Monday at a Congressional hearing on Capitol Hill… USA Today
More national parks curb plastic bottle sales
More national parks curb sales of disposable water bottles… USA Today
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Halfway down La Rambla, stimulating the senses – Barcelona’s Mercat de la Boqueria is a see to believe market. The volume of people is out of this world – literally wall to wall. I found it a challenge to photograph the food stalls and get a sense of the place as people, crammed in like sardines, shuffled past the stalls selling amazing produce, hand crafted chocolates and a myriad of other flavours. For a lover of fresh food – my senses went into overdrive! The colours, the smells and the hub of activity enough to make me want to come back for more. To hear the vendors calling above the crowds to the locals who were out to buy their produce – the sounds were like a song, the calls wafting above the sounds of the crowds.
Originally a travelling market, the open air la Boqueria in Rambla de…
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