Food

Train of Taste

Train of Taste

Treno dei Sapori — or “Train of Taste” — travels on Italy’s Brescia-Edolo railways from Iseo through the Franciacorta region and through Valle Camonica along the picturesque Lake Iseo. As it travels, tourists on its two renovated cars can not only enjoy the scenery, but they can also taste typical products and dishes of the regions they see, accompanied by local wines.

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Hotels

Hotel services for plastic surgery patients

The Pierre

Situated on New York City’s Fifth Avenue overlooking Central Park, Taj Hotels’ The Pierre recently underwent a renovation that updated 189 guestrooms and suites as well as the hotel’s public spaces. Now, through a partnership with New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University and Weill Cornell Medical Center plastic surgeon-in-chief Dr. Robert Grant, the hotel houses cosmetic surgery post-op patients.

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Attractions

Corruption guided tours

Corruption guided tours

Corruption flourishes in many parts of the world though its level of penetration into the society differs from country to country. And inhabitants are curious of corruption facts as they are often kept secret. Some Czech adventurous people decided tourists and locals will willingly spend a couple of hours and some hundred korunas to have a look at Czech less noble alleged activities. That was the start of CorruptTour guided tours.

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Travel Services

Reading based on delay time

Reading based on delay time

Flight delays are quite common but nevertheless unpleasant. Frequent flyers usualy know how to kill some time: they have books, crosswords, a long list in Google Reader etc. But for travelers who weren’t planning to stuck in the airport, the Netherland’s VertragingsApp offers a new reading experience – stories organized by the time it takes to read them.

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Travel Accessories

Scratch Map of the World

Scratch Map of the World

If you are looking for a gift idea for a well-traveled person the Scratch Map of the World may be what you need. Based on the idea of a scratch off lottery ticket, you simply scratch of the places you have visited so you can see where you’ve been and where you’ve still left to go.

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Hotels

Aircraft carrier hotel

Aircraft carrier hotel

International expensive hotels are popping up in China faster than ever, but wealthy Chinese and foreign travelers have indicated a new desire for accommodation — somewhere more historic, alternative and unusual… like a former Soviet aircraft carrier converted into a luxury hotel by its owners. A restaurant was added too.

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Miscellaneous

Swedish citizens promote their country via Twitter

Swedish lion

Who knows a country better then its government bodies and travel agencies? Of course it’s common citizens. On December 10th the Stockholm agency Volontaire and the tourism group Visit Sweden backed up by the government started a new project called Curators of Sweden that allowed different Swedish citizens to control the @sweden handle.

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Attractions

Blue Smurfs village in Spain

Blue Smurfs village

Júzcar used to be a traditional white village situated near Malaga in Andalucía bu last summer it has been chosen by Sony Pictures as the setting for the premiere of their new film “The Smurfs 3D”. To gain more publicity Sony’s experts have come up with an innovative idea to paint the whole village blue! Now traveling in Spain you may visit almost real Smurfs settlement.

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Miscellaneous

Traveling with luggage

Traveling with luggage

Do you wonder what happens with your luggage after checking in? The US airline company Delta answered an oft-pondered question by releasing a video of a case with 6 built-in cameras that traveled from Atlanta to New York City. The video is part of a campaign to encourage travelers to use a new free mobile application that among other useful things lets users track their baggage.

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Sports and Adventure

The South Pole for tourists

The South Pole for tourists

There are a lot of tourists everywhere except Antarctica. But soon even the South Pole may become overcrowded by people with cameras and backpacks. This year about 300 tourists are expected to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the race to the Pole on the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station over the course of the short summer season.

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