are some of the things or activities that residents of LA
PAZ do for fun?
This installment of
THREE THINGS is courtesy of Kelsey Magnusen - Media Relations, Paolucci
Communication Arts for La Paz Tourism Board (www.GoLaPaz.com).
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SEASONíS GREETING from the staff at TravelingBoy
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Earhart: NOT About Her Airplane But the Home Where She Grew
If you disappeared, how much do you think the government
would spend trying to find you? $100? $750? Could you imagine half a million?
What if you were Amelia Earhart? She was the first woman to fly solo
across the Atlantic, in her 15 hour flight from Newfoundland to Ireland,
and Eleanor Roosevelt the president's wife was her friend, and wanted
Amelia to teach her how to fly. Amelia was the 16th woman to be issued
a pilot's license.
Doctor's Orders: Rango One Nutty Village
Sent packing by his physician to the Trentino region
of northern Italy for wellness R&R, "Our Man in Italy" files
his fourth dispatch, in between two-a-day thermal baths, from a tiny hamlet
tucked away in the Giudicarie Valley of the Brenta Dolomites where Father
Time hasn't moved a muscle for centuries.
A Remarkable Paradise Carved Out of the Desert
Usually when I'm invited on a press trip, my family
and friends are very excited for me. When my trip to Israel materialized,
I eagerly shared with everyone what for me what was great news. Their smiles
suddenly faded and were replaced with looks of deep concern. "Be careful."
"Be careful." "Be careful." I heard that over and over
again, with one email from a friend reading: Don't leave the group. Don't
eat in any outdoor cafes. Don't use the buses. Don't use any underground
A Magical Journey Back in Time, Part Two
We arrived at the Ben Gurion Airport at 4:55 am and
were promptly met by a friendly representative from the Israel Ministry
of Tourism, who brought the other journalist and myself over to the check-in
desk. A phone call was made and our driver immediately appeared, whisking
us away to the Mount Zion Hotel located in Jerusalem, the capital of the
State of Israel.
A Magical Journey Back in Time, Part Three
After a restful night's sleep, at the Leonardo Plaza
Hotel we were up bright and early and walked across the courtyard to the
building that housed an incredible breakfast buffet that literally was spread
out over several rooms. With our plates filled with an assortment of delights,
we seated ourselves on the deck overlooking the Sea of Galilee. One could
not help flashing back to biblical times during which this famous sea is
mentioned so often...
and Heine Andersen: Putting Rhythm Back in the Blues
Missy and Heine Andersen are literally
and figuratively, on the same sheet of music. Their new album, 'In the
Moment' was released in late summer and is currently climbing multiple
music charts. They have a break-neck performance and non-stop touring schedule
well into next year that would kill most normal people. And most recently,
in early December Missy received a 2015 Blues Music Award nomination in
the Soul Blues Female Artist category.
Royal and Tasty Time Aboard the Queen Mary
I came for the legendary Sunday brunch and ended up
staying for breakfast. I didn't originally plan it that way, but after filling
my gullet on an incredible assortment of seafood, salad, meat dishes and
some serious desserts, I needed a nap. And what better place to rest than
on a ship, gently rocking with the tides. And if the vessel you are relaxing
on happens to be one of the most famous in the history of ocean travel,
then it's icing on the cake.
Doctor's Orders: Fiume Sarca
In between two-a-day thermal baths, "Our Man
in Italy" dries off just long enough to file his fifth Under Doctor's
Orders dispatch along the banks of a river that runs alongside his temporary
digs up in the Trentino.
Blues from Big Jon Atkinson
Big Jon Atkinson is a bad man. Not
in the demented, hockey mask and chainsaw kind-of-way. No, Mr. Atkinson
is bad in a seriously mean old, low-down and nasty, bottle-neck slide guitar
blues... type of way. Oh sure, he appears innocent enough, with his harp
rack and fistful of capos. But when he sits down to play, you better keep
your hands up and your elbows in because he's taking you with him when he
Finding Peace in La Paz The World's Aquarium
on Mexico's Sea of Cortez
There was not a hint of litter on the street. Mexican
children frolicked on the beach. Los Pacenos (La Paz natives) offered gentle
smiles as they jogged past me along the Malecón La Pazs
bay-front boardwalk that stretches along the historic downtown. It was hard
to take it all in with the sun setting on the glimmering Sea of Cortez,
which Jacques Cousteau christened the worlds aquarium,
with one of the planets most abundant ecosystems.
31st Celebration Of The Old West
Way out in the misty west, rag-tag spirits of the past,
grasping at timeless threads of memory, swirl about Elko's sturdy and uncompromising
red brick buildings, touching the town's sparkling casino lights that passionately
blink out a silent refrain to those with Lady Luck riding on their shoulders.
These crusty old spirits, the rock-hard backbone of Elko, are the heartbeat
of Western Americana.
Lake District: Where Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter and Literary History Converge
What do William Wordsworth, William Yeats and Jemima
Puddle-Duck have in common? Well, they all lived in and around the fairy-tale
villages of England's Lake District, but only one of them actually is a
fairy tale. And possibly the most famous of the three at least among
the under-10 set. Ms. Puddle-Duck, along with her good friends and neighbors,
Peter Rabbit, Samuel Whiskers and Pickles among many others, were brought
to life by Beatrix Potter...
Dia delos Muertos: The Day of the Dead
The world we know, lets go of October with a celebration
of the spirit gone into another realm. In many western worlds, they call
it Halloween. But in the Philippines, there is the tradition of All
Saints Day which is a way of remembering dead loved ones by prayers,
bringing flowers, and lighting candles at their grave. This custom of going
to where loved ones are laid to rest, is a hold-over from the Philippine
history of being under Spanish rule hundreds of years ago.
Doctor's Orders: Deggia
Our "Man in Italy" continues his series
of photo shoots around the Trentino as his lens focuses in on an off-the-beaten
path hamlet where llamas roam free and a quaint little church stands in
homage to a Marian apparition of old.
Your Birthday Light The Candle!
For blues fans in Southern California
the annual Rod Piazza Birthday Bash is one of the most anticipated music
events staged in the Inland Empire. Hosted by the birthday boy himself along
with his lovely wife Honey, the blues will once again light up the American
Legion Hall, Post 79 in Riverside's scenic Fairmount Park. As is the tradition
just prior to the arrival of Santa, Rod and Honey invite all their friends
and fellow musicians out for a day-long, old fashioned harp-blowing, guitar-blazing,
West Coast Blues-dancing celebration.
Mirage is a Real Oasis in the Palm Springs Desert
If someone told me there was an historic presidential
retreat in a small desert oasis near Palm Springs, I would have told them
they were seeing things. But it is real and no mirage. It just happens to
be located in the city of Rancho Mirage, near Palm Springs. I saw this West
Coast "Camp David," along with a host of exciting locations, on
a recent trip to the small resort town.
Doctor's Orders: Terme di Comano
Sent packing by his physician, our "Man in Italy"
spent two weeks at a spa-wellness center surrounded by the Brenta Dolomites
up in the Trentino Alto Adige region. In between his two-a-day therapeutic
baths, he dried off and ventured out of his retreat to see what he could
see. This is the first in his series of ten dispatches, Under Doctor's
Crystal Bridges and Arkansas in Bloom
Arkansas has shed its undeserved Dogpatch reputation.
Northwest Arkansas has become prosperous, with a wealth of places of interest
for tourists, and offering some of America's most beautiful nature, along
with cultural events, and many craft and antique fairs.
Doing the Douro with Uniworld
We've taken a handful of river cruises in Europe, one
with Viking and half a dozen with Uniworld, over the last ten years. We've
seen this international enthusiasm for visiting those medieval towns of
Europe that lie along their legendary rivers swell until its very success
threatens the whole experience We tell our friends and our readers, "If
you haven't done European river cruising before, do it now! It will be too
crowded in ten years to be as much fun."
Mark Twain wrote a letter to his daughter Suzy,
which he sent as Santa Claus.
A Letter From Santa Claus
My Dear Susy Clemens,
I have received and read all the letters
which you and your little sister have written me... I can read your
and your baby sister's jagged and fantastic marks without any trouble
at all. But I had trouble with those letters which you dictated through
your mother and the nurses, for I am a foreigner and cannot read English
We have designated December as the month to give.
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"Waiting on Santa" A new musical
video by Travelingboys Greg Aragon and Will Bilton.
Random Acts of Canine Kindness
Cedric the Dog takes a well-deserved breather
after dragging an infant to safety from a burning apartment building.
CHRISTMAS QUOTATIONS from BrainyQuotes
I will honor Christmas in my heart, and
try to keep it all the year.
Will the U.S. Ban Carry-on Bags for Christmas
Counterterrorism officials are talking about banning
carry-on luggage on flights around Christmastime ahead of terrorism
concerns, NPR reports. U.S. and U.K. officials worried about a
terror plot aimed at commercial flights headed for Europe have
discussed heightened security measures during the upcoming holiday,
including a carry-on luggage ban or a ban on electronic devices
in plane cabins.
Christmas At Sea By Robert Louis Stevenson
The sheets were frozen hard, and they
cut the naked hand;
The decks were like a slide, where a seaman scarce could
The wind was a nor'wester, blowing squally off the sea;
And cliffs and spouting breakers were the only things
They heard the surf a-roaring before the
break of day;
But 'twas only with the peep of light we saw how ill we
We tumbled every hand on deck instanter, with a shout,
And we gave her the maintops'l, and stood by to go about.
All day we tacked and tacked between the
South Head and the North;
All day we hauled the frozen sheets, and got no further
All day as cold as charity, in bitter pain and dread,
For very life and nature we tacked from head to head.
We gave the South a wider berth, for there
the tide race roared;
But every tack we made we brought the North Head close
So's we saw the cliffs and houses, and the breakers running
And the coastguard in his garden, with his glass against
The frost was on the village roofs as
white as ocean foam;
The good red fires were burning bright in every 'long-shore
The windows sparkled clear, and the chimneys volleyed
And I vow we sniffed the victuals as the vessel went about.
The bells upon the church were rung with
a mighty jovial cheer;
For it's just that I should tell you how (of all days
in the year)
This day of our adversity was blessed Christmas morn,
And the house above the coastguard's was the house where
I was born.
O well I saw the pleasant room, the pleasant
My mother's silver spectacles, my father's silver hair;
And well I saw the firelight, like a flight of homely
Go dancing round the china plates that stand upon the
And well I knew the talk they had, the
talk that was of me,
Of the shadow on the household and the son that went to
And O the wicked fool I seemed, in every kind of way,
To be here and hauling frozen ropes on blessed Christmas
They lit the high sea-light, and the dark
began to fall.
'All hands to loose top gallant sails,' I heard the captain
'By the Lord, she'll never stand it,' our first mate,
. . . 'It's the one way or the other, Mr. Jackson,' he
She staggered to her bearings, but the
sails were new and good,
And the ship smelt up to windward just as though she understood.
As the winter's day was ending, in the entry of the night,
'We cleared the weary headland, and passed below the light.
And they heaved a mighty breath, every
soul on board but me,
As they saw her nose again pointing handsome out to sea;
But all that I could think of, in the darkness and the
Was just that I was leaving home and my folks were growing
Deb your favorite travel poems.
Natural Habitat Adventures Announces Exclusive
For Close Encounters with Alaskas Giant Brown Bears
The worlds premier nature travel company,
Adventures, announces the exclusive charter of a legendary
vessel it has rechristened the M/V Natural Habitat Ursus,
to take guests as close as possible in safety to the largest coastal
grizzlies in the world.
Is Why a River Cruise Is Better Than an Ocean One
Have you ever taken a cruise? I'd
predict you'll answer YES. But what if I said have
you ever experienced a RIVER cruise? One of the
most "IN Things" in travel today, IS a
It's Official: Richard Branson Is Launching
a Cruise Line
Since May of this year, rumors that billionaire
Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin, wants to expand his oeuvre
into the cruise business. Early reports indicated that a Virgin
cruise line would likely launch around 2019 in the Caribbean and
Mediterranean, but we haven't heard any specifics in a while.
The Society of Professional Journalists is
Accepting Submissions for Its 2014 Sigma Delta Chi Awards, Which
Recognize the Best in Professional Journalism
Submissions must be received by Friday, Feb.
6, 2015, and works must have been published, aired or broadcast
in 2014 to be considered. The contest is open to any U.S.
media outlet or international SPJ members, and you may enter online
Airports to Avoid This Holiday Season
With the holiday season upon us, millions of people
will be traveling to join their friends and families for that
special meal. They may have the foresight to buy their plane ticket
in advance to avoid price hikes, but the one thing they cannot
predict are the dreaded weather delays.
To compile the Worst Weather-Delayed Airports
examined weather-related arrival flight-delay data over a 12-month
period from the U.S. Department of Transportations Bureau
of Transportation Statistics. From August 2013 through July 2014,
nearly 23 percent of U.S. flights arrived at least 15 minutes
late, were cancelled, or diverted roughly 31 percent of
those were a result of weather.
Who is the worst offender? San Francisco International
Airport (SFO). SFO ranks #1 on the list. For an airport that clocked
nearly 168,000 arrivals, it had nearly 26,000 weather-related
delays over that 12-month period. That means more than half of
SFO arrivals experience a weather-related delay!
Other airports that will cause you to be tardy
for the party include: Chicago-OíHare International Airport (ORD),
LaGuardia Airport (LGA), and Denver International Airport (DEN).
Airbus: Worst Airplane Seat Ever
Airbus filed a patent for what will be the least
comfortable airplane seat in the sky. The new design features
saddle-like seats that can fold up when not in use. Gone are cushions,
padded armrests, tray tables and personal space: The new seating
plan, of course, would allow airlines to cram more passengers
into the limited space of the cabin.
Airlines with the Most Extra Fees Courtesy SmarterTravel
The airlines call them ancillary revenues. Travelers
call it nickel-and-diming. By whatever name, the dizzying array
of fees that airlines now impose for everything from checked bags
to carry-on bags to seat selection to ticket reissues is big business.
And it's getting bigger
Airlines Are Making Big Bucks!
5 Things Travel Has Taught Me
The staff at Twenty-Something Travel write about
5 things theyve learned from travel.
Travel Smarter with Brainscape!
In eight of the 13 cities listed as best
vacation destinations by U.S. News this year, English isnt
the official language. Add vast cultural differences and unfamiliar
terrain to the existing language barrier and suddenly a trip abroad
can become a daunting proposition. Fortunately, Brainscape can help travelers learn how to talk the
talk (quite literally) in no time before they venture off to a
An Inside Look At the Los Angeles International
Airport Control Tower By John Clayton
The Genesis of T-Boys Cartoons
Known for travel stories that immediately capture
the interest of the reader with their colorful creativity, clever
use of words and the talent to paint pictures with words about
destinations all over the world, TravelingBoy
is delighted to announce the riveting success of our hilarious
travel cartoons that highlight the foibles and quirks of mankind.
A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads
more than 4,500 volunteers with nationwide presence who provide
emergency and other financial assistance to the families of service
members and wounded warriors.
Together in Spirit The Best Friends Animal
At the core of Best Friends' work is the dream
that one day animals will no longer be killed in America's shelters.
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Traveling Boy Recipe
Biscotti alla Genovese
Italy is a young nation in an old land. Through much of
its post-Roman history, Italy was fragmented into numerous kingdoms and
city-states long before it became a unified republic in 1861. The Italy
of today consists of twenty different regions, each offering their own
customs and gastronomic holiday traditions. Today, the whole world seemingly
knows of biscotti. Pronounced in Italian as bee-SKOH-tee, it literally
means twice baked with the result of an absence of
any moisture in the biscuit.