Podcast: Travel to Charlottesville, Virginia | The Amateur Traveler

Monticello, Charlottesville Virginia 
The Amateur Traveler talks again to Jason and Janie about their hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlottesville was has deep historic roots and the homes of Presidents Jefferson and Madison with the home of Monroe close by as well. Charlottesville is also the home of the University of Virginia and Thomas Jefferson was more proud of founding the institution than of being president. The area is now the home to numerous wineries and numerous restaurants and hosts a thriving food culture. Charlottesville is also a gateway to the Shenandoah Valley as well as other areas for hiking and outdoor activities.

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Texas Officials Warn Students Not to Travel to Mexico for Spring Break - FoxNews

Mexican Federal Police 
The Texas Department of Public Safety has issued a travel warning to college students on spring break, urging them not to travel to Mexico, MyFoxAustin.com reports.

Authorities are pointing to several recent incidents of drug-related violence in the country, including the murders of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent and two El Paso boys last month.

DPS Assistant Chief Tom Vinger said many American students feel invincible while vacationing in popular spring break destinations, like Cancun or Acapulco.

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Nazi salute gets tourist arrested - USATODAY

An unidentified 30-year-old Canadian tourist was arrested over the weekend in Berlin for giving the Nazi salute while a friend photographed him. The pair were outside the historic Reichstag parliament building, when police arrested the man and confiscated the memory card from his companion's camera, according to news reports

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Egypt landmarks mostly unharmed - Travel Weekly

Egypt pyramid 
As the world witnessed the passionate political demonstrations of recent weeks, frozen forever in televised images from Cairo’s Tahrir Square, it was often hard to keep it all in perspective: This historic fight for freedom amounted to little more than a blip in the more-than-5,000-year timeline of Egyptian civilization.

That perspective, however, was not lost on the Egyptian people, whose devotion to their heritage ensured that the antiquities marking one of the world’s oldest civilizations would remain intact long after the protests had faded from memory, guaranteeing both their heritage and the assets upon which Egypt has built its tourism industry.

There is no denying the negative impact the unrest has had on tourism to Egypt as travelers rushed to leave the country and tour operators all but shut down their Egypt operations for February and into March.

Yet there has been very little damage to the country’s antiquities, the historical and cultural treasures, the sites and artifacts that will help Egypt rebuild its tourism economy once the political crisis is resolved.

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Slideshow: Floating spa offers oasis of calm - CNN.com

City dwellers in search of an oasis of calm need look no further than the "Bota Bota" -- a former ferry turned floating health spa.

Docked at the Old Port of Montreal, the reinvented vessel offers luxury pampering spread across five ship decks -- including a cocktail bar-cum-pedicure lounge, a vast open air whirlpool and a sub-aquatic changing room.

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French cuisine named 'intangible' world heritage - Yahoo! News

Paris food unesco 
The UN cultural organisation on Tuesday added Spain's flamenco dance and French cuisine -- a first-ever listing for gastronomy -- to the world's intangible cultural treasures.

UNESCO experts, gathered this week in the Kenyan capital, singled out French gastronomy as a "social custom aimed at celebrating the most important moments in the lives of individuals and groups".

France's multi-course gastronomic meal, with its rites and its presentation, therefore fulfilled the conditions for featuring on the list.

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Mexico Violence: Seven Safer Places for Tourists to Visit - ABC News


"Safer"?? So are they saying they are "safe"?  No... just "safer". YIKES! TB

With drug wars escalating and daily reports of murders in Mexican border towns, many American tourists have been wary to visit the warm beaches to the south.

While there are some dangers to traveling to Mexico -- the State Department has issued a travel warning -- most resort areas have remained immune from the drug violence and make for an easy, and often affordable, vacation.

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