what i'm reading: solitary raven: the essential writings of bill reid

I'm supposed to be writing about the Jackie Robinson biography, which I finished weeks ago, but so far I haven't been motivated to do so. I finished another Wallander mystery -- my "in between" book -- but the next bio on my list, the new one about Frederick Douglass, hasn't come in yet. So I looked for something on my own bookshelf that I've been meaning to read, and found this: Solitary Raven: The Essential Writings of Bill Reid. It is fascinating, and by coincidence, feels very relevant.We v...
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Review: Hampton Inn & Suites Tarpon Springs

I happened to travel to the greater Tampa metropolitan area recently where I was going to stay — and one of the hotel properties at which I stayed was the Hampton Inn & Suites Tarpon Springs. The base rates for the two nights I stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites Tarpon Springs was... The post Review: Hampton Inn & Suites Tarpon Springs appeared first on The Gate.
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In November last year I wrote about the bad shape of the pavements on the lower part of the Champs-Elysées (see here). When I passed by a week or two later, I noticed that some repairs had taken place. Can this experience be renewed? I would like to report to the mayor of Paris that the pavements of “Cour-la-Reine” also are in a very bad shape!! “Cour-la-Reine” was originally a garden promenade along the Seine River, created by Marie de Medicis during the early 17th century. Today yo...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Belgium, Albert, Seine River, PeterParis, Marie de Medicis, Cour la Reine, Simon Bolivar Adam Mickiewicz Lafayette

A Luxury Train Journey Experience to Machu Picchu

One of the main reasons the citadel of Machu Picchu was never found by the Spanish conquistadors is its isolation. On a mountaintop above a raging river, the way there from Cusco becomes a narrow valley not wide enough for a road. It was hard enough just laying down train tracks to reach this spot, so it's still true that the only way to get there is by walking in (as on the Inca Trail like they did 500 years ago) or by rail. This truly makes getting there half the fun, especially if you use t...
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URUGUAY 2 Montevideo

La dcouverte continue... Nous voila installs dans notre voiture de location une VW Gol... pour aller jusqu' Montevideo plus ou moins 200 km.Montevideo la capitale de l'Uruguay est une ville importante bordant la baie portant son nom. Elle
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South America Day 50 Copacabana

We have a bus back to La Paz at 13.15. First we are going to visit Horca del Inca an ancient astronomical site on a hill just outside town.We try to check out but reception is empty. We soon discover why spitty llama is giving birth. Its an
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Supertree Grove at night and Universal Studios Minions...

4th visit here still finding lovely new things to doAfter Gill came through off her flight we got a taxi from the rank as we couldnt work out where the Grabs were allowed to pick up and didnt want to not be able to find the driver. The taxi we
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Blown away by the Magellan Straits

Lunes cerradoclosed Mondays What the . We had just driven 250km on dirt roads in our little rentacar to find that the only king penguin colony outside of the Antarctic was closed on Mondays and it was Monday Jane was turning crimson and I started to
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Rome Itinerary: Rome in 2 Days

What if you have only two days in Rome? You can certainly see the big highlights of Rome in two days albeit swiftly. Here are the must-sees, that frankly you can whizz though in a couple days, but I highly suggest slowing it down and spending at least five days in the Eternal City. Rome in 2 Days   I can remember my first visit to Italy now 22 years ago. I was captivated by the countryside flying by from the old, graffiti-covered trains and the centuries old buildings with their stucco, st...
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Why carry your suitcase when your suitcase could carry you?

Admitted it’ll take a while for ‘riding suitcases’ to become a norm of sorts, but the Quadra is ideal for people who can’t lug their luggage around with them. Whether it’s a traveler with fatigue, a flyer who’s running late for a flight, or perhaps the noblest scenario, an elderly traveler or a traveler with special needs, the Quadra could be just the thing to help you and your luggage get from point A to B.The Quadra, instead of being dragged or pulled, ends up driving you around the place. A s...
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Airlines forced to cancel or re-route flights due to airspace closure

Pakistan airspace closed as tensions with India rise
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Big Changes to Barclays American AAdvantage Credit Cards Coming May 1

Last summer Citi adjusted the benefit of their primary AAdvantage consumer card, adding two new bonus categories for spending and introducing the ability to earn a discount on American Airlines travel through card spend. So I've been waiting to see what sort of updates would be coming to the Barclays AAdvantage cards. There are several changes that go into effect May 1. Continue reading Big Changes to Barclays American AAdvantage Credit Cards Coming May 1...
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Neuseeland Ein kurzer Abstecher zu den Kiwis

Wenn es schon auf dem Weg liegt nimmt man es auch mit Neuseeland. Auch wenn ich bereits zum 2. Mal in Neuseeland war ist es immer wieder eine Reise wert. Und natrlich ist eine knappe Woche viel zu kurz aber es hat Spa gemacht auf meiner Reis
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Segeln in der Sdsee Weihnachten unter Palmen

Ein Traum von Vanuatu ber Neukaledonien und Rarotonga bis nach Tahiti und Bora BoraEndlich finde ich Ruhe und Zeit um ber einen der schnsten Teile meiner Reise zu berichten der Sdsee.Nein die Sdsee besteht nicht nur aus trkis
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Cheap spring break vacation ideas

Spring break vacation is an opportunity to get away with friends and let go, but it doesn’t necessarily mean wild drunken parties all night and recovering on a beach all day. You’re young and adventurous, so why not try a more unusual spring break vacation? Here are some underrated spring break ideas ranging from outdoor adventuring to blues festivals, none of which scrimp on the key requirement of having fun. 1. Great Dunes National Park — Colorado Photo: Margaret.W/Shutterstock With th...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Texas, America, Colombia, Hawaii, Harry Potter, Memphis, St Petersburg, Louisville, All, Snape, Amarillo, Maui Hawaii, Hogwarts Great Hall, Spring Break

Hawaii's best beaches, plastic ban advances, USS Arizona reopening delayed, Maui mayor hires rejected department heads, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Waikiki beach ©2019 All Hawaii News Seven locations in Hawaii are among the top 25 beaches in the United States, according to TripAdvisor’s 2019 Travelers’ Choice Awards, but Florida put 10 on the list and claimed the No. 1 spot. Star-Advertiser.Seven Hawaii beaches named 'Best in the U.S.' Travel website TripAdvisor came out with it's 2019 Travelers' Choice Awards for beaches. KITV.On Tuesday, the Senate Ways and Means committee passed SB522, which calls for an outright ban of single-us...
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Mona Lisa Had a Cleavage?

    A page in an eighteen-century book of an engraving of the Mona Lisa. History lessons then and now. I never noticed that the Mona Lisa had a cleavage as I do in this engraving. It strikes me funny that two people can look at the same thing and have two completely different impressions of it. The engraver back then seem to notice her cleavage more than her smile.       Why is the Mona Lisa so Famous via the "Louvre Museum and draws thousands of jostling spectators each day...
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Map of city-states in the US

State boundaries don’t always accurately encapsulate the cultures that reside within the borders. Cities, however, and the metropolitan areas that orbit them, operate far more cohesively as political and economic units. Although city-states aren’t as prevalent today as they were several hundred years ago, analyzing geographic “city-states” in the US today can help us understand larger trends and power dynamics within states. States are undoubtedly the dominant political entities in modern Ame...
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Brocanteur Friends Come Over for Lunch

  Two of my favorite brocante dealers came over for lunch. Before they arrived I looked around my house and declared that they were going to find the things I sold to them, I should play a game I thought like "Find fifteen things that you sold me?" Actually, they would find more than that without even trying. I made lunch and was so excited to see Christophe and Philippe. The market in Cassis is every Wednesday and Friday, this morning I walked to the market, filled my basket with fresh seasona...
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France, Paris

11h Pont Bir Hakeim, la Tour Eiffel vue du métro Copyright Jacques Witt [Author: Jacques Witt]
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Before Route 66, There Was the Historic National Road

I’ve long been an advocate for taking the scenic route and finding designated scenic byways when I travel, but there are also heritage highways and historic roads that are worth a detour. One of these is the U.S. Historic National Road, originally commissioned in 1806 by Thomas Jefferson as a road that would connect the East Coast with the wild frontier country way out to the Ohio River...Read the whole entry... »           Comments I am very familiar with Rt. 40 in Southwest PA, where I g...
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Boston bars for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular bar holidays in the US, even if we celebrate it a bit differently than how they do in Ireland. The biggest question most revelers have to ask themselves is where to go. Between pub crawls, drink discounts, and the virtual guarantee that anywhere you go will be a party, there are plenty of upsides to going out on St. Patrick’s Day. The problem is that nothing kills your celebratory buzz like waiting in line. In Boston, which is known worldwide for ...
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7 reasons to visit Lake Charles in Louisiana

Lake Charles, Louisiana sits on the confluence of the Gulf of Mexico, the lake of the same name, culture, unique cuisine, and attractions. This is Cajun country, full of historical French-inspired influence that extends from lodging to attractions to cuisine. The area is known for incredible fishing and hunting, yet the other aspects of Lake […] The post 7 reasons to visit Lake Charles in Louisiana appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
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Aldar to acquire Etihad properties for Dh1.2b

Aldar to acquire Etihad properties for Dh1.2b:Aldar Investments announced on Wednesday it will be acquiring full ownership of Etihad Plaza and Etihad Airways Centre from Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Group for Dh1.2 billion.The transaction is expected to complete in the second quarter of this year, and will come in exchange for transfer of full ownership of Etihad Headquarters to Etihad Airways. The three buildings were previously held in 50/50 joint ventures between Aldar and Etihad.As part of the transac...
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QCB’s foreign exchange reserves at $49.3bn - The Peninsula #Qatar

QCB’s foreign exchange reserves at $49.3bn - The Peninsula Qatar:Qatar Central Bank’s (QCB) foreign exchange reserves rose 1.8 percent month-on-month to reach $49.3bn in December 2018, equating to 8.8 months of import cover. Qatar’s bank asset growth was 1.8 percent y-o-y in January.QNB monthly report noted yesterday credit growth was 3.1 percent y/y in January. Bank deposit growth was down 1.7 percent y/y in January. Private sector, public sector and non-resident deposits declined respectively ...
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#Qatar banks' assets, credit grow in January: QNB

Qatar banks' assets, credit grow in January: QNB:Qatar’s banks have seen their assets and credit growing in January, at 1.8% and 3.1% year-on-year (y-o-y) respectively, QNB said in its latest "Qatar Monthly Monitor".However, local banks’ deposit growth was negative last month at -1.7% year-on-year. Private sector, public sector and non-resident deposits declined 0.3%, 4.3% and 4.4% month-on-month respectively in January, the report showed. Interbank rates remained stable in December.Qatar's sove...
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Using a Suggestion Box as a Tip Box at Breakfast

As I pored over photographs in preparation for an article pertaining to my recent experience at a hotel property which offered breakfast as part of the room rate, something caught my attention which I did not realize or notice while I was there... ...a small clear acrylic box was on the counter island in the middle of the breakfast area which... The post Using a Suggestion Box as a Tip Box at Breakfast appeared first on The Gate.
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The Future of Taxes on Miles and Woman Struggles With Luggage Cart, Video Goes Viral

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading The Future of Taxes on Miles and Woman Struggles With Luggage Cart, Video Goes Viral...
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#Bahrain bailout tied to "general assessment" of rebalancing, not specific numbers: FinMin | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Bahrain bailout tied to "general assessment" of rebalancing, not specific numbers: FinMin | ZAWYA MENA Edition:A $10 billion bailout pledged to Bahrain – one of the Gulf's weakest economies – from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates is tied to a "general assessment" of its progress in rebalancing its fiscal position rather than to specific numbers, its finance minister said.Bahrain in October was promised the $10 billion in assistance over five years from the three Gulf allies afte...
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