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Swiss Postcards from the Train

If you’ve been following along, you know that we’ve been moving around France and Switzerland on some very nice trains, thanks to the very nice folks at Eurail. Today, at the suggestion of the Swiss Travel Pass folks, we took the Goldenpass Classic train from Zweisimmen to Montreux. It’s a replica of an old train […]

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Forget it Jake, It’s France

At the end of the movie Chinatown, when things have deteriorated into yet another confusing mess, Jack Nicholson’s partner offers the following explanation, “Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown.” Which means, of course, that there is no explanation for why things don’t turn out as you expect. That’s how one should approach France, especially if you’re […]

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Odeion of Herodes Atticus, one of two theaters on the south hill of the Acropolis

Ancient Greek Theater for Modern Athens

England has Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon, the great theater tradition of the RSC and National Theaters, of John Gielgud and Judi Dench. But of course Shakespeare didn’t invent tragedies or theatrical performances. The Greeks were describing their world through theater long before. You can barely stumble up to the Parthenon in Athens’ Acropolis without first seeing a […]

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The Two Best Reasons to Go to London

We’ve said it before, but one of our very favorite landing places is London. There’s (obviously) a lot to London. But you can pretty much keep the Tower and London Bridge and the Tate Modern as far as I’m concerned. For me, there are two reasons to come to London: the British Museum and the […]

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Eurail Pass Where to?

Crowd Source: Have Eurail Pass. Where To?

As part of the TBEX (Travel Bloggers’ Exchange) conference in Athens, Greece, this month, Eurail decided to select a few travel writers to ride the rails with a Eurail Pass. Travel Past 50 wins! Yes, Tom and I were selected to start a rail trip now and make our way around Europe however we’d like. […]

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