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Sunday Travel Sections

Some of the best from Sunday's newspaper travel sections. TB

NY Times: Signature Blends at Tokyo Bars

NY Times: As Life Spins On, the Midway Beckons - State Fairs

NY Times: Hotel Review: The Shangri-La Hotel in Tokyo

LA Times: Coastal Maine: Etched in the heart

LA Times: New Orleans' French Quarter: A novel place, still

Chicago Tribune: A quick guide to the musts of London

Chicago Tribune: Lines reaching out to cruise newcomers

SFGate: New Orleans: Second life and second line

SFGate: Broken Internet promise makes for bad connections

Miami Herald: Villages and farms reflect the ironies of existence in today's Israel

Miami Herald: Overnight sailings return to the Mississippi

Baltimore Sun: Treasure hunters' vacations could pay off

Salt Lake Tribune: Follow the trail of the Donner Party - Hiking

Mercury News: New ways to explore Glacier National Park

USA Today: What you need to know about your airline fare code

Open Lighthouse Day - Maine Office of Tourism

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September 18th 2010 is Open Lighthouse Day in Maine. TB

The U.S. Coast Guard, the State of Maine and the American Lighthouse Foundation are pleased to announce the second annual Maine lighthouse open house.

Last year, hundreds of people visited lighthouses along the Maine coast in the largest effort of its kind in the nation.  This year we expect another fun family event.


Revenge of the hotel clerks: 5 things they’ll do to difficult guests

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If you think your hotel clerk is out to get you, you might be right.

Hotel employees are people, too — people under a lot of pressure. And although you might not have noticed it, there’s a price to be paid for the dirt-cheap hotel rates you’ve seen lately. The lodging industry is cutting staff, freezing salaries and eliminating perks for its workers.

Result: Hotel employees are grumpier than ever. It doesn’t take much to set them off, either.


Video: Rolf Potts Circles the Globe Without Luggage - ABC News


Rolf Potts won't be worrying about luggage fees or lost bags as he travels around the world over the next six weeks. That's because he isn't bringing any luggage, not even a carry-on.

"Not even a man-purse or a fanny pack," Potts told ABC News before heading out on his journey this weekend. "Just things in my pockets."

The 39-year-old travel writer from Kansas departs Saturday from New York, flies to London and then heads overland through Western Europe to Morocco. From there he will fly to Cairo, then South Africa and then Bangkok. From there he will travel overland again to Singapore, fly to New Zealand then Los Angeles and finish up on land in New York on Oct. 2.


Unknown Greece: Nine Places to Avoid the Crowds | BootsnAll

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The ancient cities of Thessaloniki and Athens, with their monuments and museums, along with the “sexy” islands like Mykonos and their white-washed buildings and pristine beaches, are classic stops on tours of Greece for their culture, history and beauty. However, some of Greece’s lesser-known natural wonders, authentic towns and archaeological sites are just as stunning – and have many fewer tourists, allowing for a more intimate experience.  Including any of the following nine places in your itinerary will make your trip even more memorable.


Grown Men Travel With a Stuffed Animals - ABC News

When Scott Hardy hits the road, he always makes sure to leave room in his suitcase for his stuffed animal.

That's right, the 34-year-old businessman always travels with Barkley, a stuffed beagle. No, it's not for his two daughters. No he doesn't sleep with a nightlight and no he isn't smuggling drugs.

Seven years ago Hardy's then girlfriend, now wife, gave him the doggie as a reminder of her.

"I travel enough that it's a nice reminder of home," said Hardy who runs an online legal notice company, Top Class Actions.

Housekeepers like to put it on top of his pillow or prop it up prominently on the night stand.