Making the most of a city break in Paris

Making the most of a city break in Paris

The following is a guest post by Alex Sobota and Thomas Lukjaniec, oh-holidays.com. So you’re planning to take a short break to the ‘city of lights’ with your loved one, Europe’s most romantic city and a fairytale destination for couples. Although the prospect of taking romantic strolls down the banks of the Seine, sipping on…

Going Bad In South Dakota: Tourist Traps and the Badlands
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Going Bad In South Dakota: Tourist Traps and the Badlands

As we headed out to Yellowstone, I heard a slight grinding sound coming from the nether regions of my 2003 Chevy Suburban. It wasn’t particularly disturbing, but I casually asked Traveling Companion to keep an eye out for an auto repair shop as it couldn’t hurt to ask if this was a concerning sound. Just…

What’s Wright with Iowa? Magic Mountains, Czech Village, Cedar Rock, and Loose Meats
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What’s Wright with Iowa? Magic Mountains, Czech Village, Cedar Rock, and Loose Meats

This Foodie Adventures Road Trip has been plagued with instances of extreme bad luck, and moments of sheer fortune. Finding not one, but three street side parking spots in downtown Chicago right in front of the pizza parlor we planned on visiting was a stroke of good fortune. Waking up to find a tire flattened…

Chicago – Foodie Adventures and the Deep Dish Pizza
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Chicago – Foodie Adventures and the Deep Dish Pizza

As the second day of our Foodie Adventures Road Trip was also the second day of battling the scourge that is Giardia, the day was high on mileage but low on food consumption. Early in the day, another member of our tribe was felled by the virulent bug when my son started to complain of…

First Stop On Our Foodie Adventures Road Trip – Beef on Weck in Buffalo, NY
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First Stop On Our Foodie Adventures Road Trip – Beef on Weck in Buffalo, NY

Our Foodie Adventures Road Trip was not off to a good start. The night before we were to set off on the road, when I should have been packing the car, I was writhing in pain from stomach camps in the early stages of a bout of Giardia, a souvenir from the Caribbean. We headed…

Good Reasons Adults Stay at Youth Hostels – Just Don’t Bring the Kids!

Good Reasons Adults Stay at Youth Hostels – Just Don’t Bring the Kids!

At first glance, the SameSun Backpacker Lodge in Vancouver might seem like a great place to stay with kids. The youth hostel is cheap, even for the private rooms, and it provides free WiFi, inexpensive meals, and both laundry and kitchen privileges. But there are even more good reasons to not take the kids: Hotel…

A Family Adventure at High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid, NY

A Family Adventure at High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid, NY

Do you have a special place that you return to again, and again? For my family, that special place is Lake Placid, NY, a picturesque resort town nestled in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. We return at least once a year, and often more than that, to experience all that this magical setting has…

Romantic Getaway to Mont Tremblant Is a Treat
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Romantic Getaway to Mont Tremblant Is a Treat

A Parisian vacation was not in the budget for our 17th wedding anniversary, but we were not disappointed. Just a five hour drive from Albany, NY, Quebec’s Mont Tremblant is well-known for its challenging ski runs and European-style village. Less well-known is that it’s an ideal destination for couples seeking the romance of French culture…

Harpers Ferry – Scenic Route to Florida, Day 1
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Harpers Ferry – Scenic Route to Florida, Day 1

Like many Capital Region residents, our family makes an annual pilgrimage to Florida. Sometimes we fly in, but more often we drive to avoid the expense of multiple airline tickets and car rental. Even without the cost savings, I prefer to drive from Albany to Florida just to see what we can see along the…