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  • Total eclipse of the heart (of America): where to see the 2017 solar eclipse

    Total eclipse of the heart (of America): where to see the 2017 solar eclipse

    November 24th, 2016AnneLise Sorensen
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    Most visitors who trek through the vast interior of the USA are in search of natural wonders on the ground. But on August 21, 2017, they’ll be in search of a natural wonder in the sky: a total solar eclipse. This is the first total eclipse in nearly one hundred years with a path that extends…

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  • The dos and don’ts of Thanksgiving travel

    The dos and don’ts of Thanksgiving travel

    November 11th, 2016AnneLise Sorensen
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    The only thing more challenging than an interminable turkey meal with a squabbling family? Getting there in the first place. Thanksgiving may kick off the most wonderful time of year, but it’s also the least wonderful time of year for travel. According to the AAA (American Automobile Association), around 47 million Americans travel for Thanksgiving,…

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  • Get on board: the 5 best European river cruises

    Get on board: the 5 best European river cruises

    March 29th, 2016AnneLise Sorensen
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    Among a certain segment of travellers, cruising is sometimes maligned: the dismal buffet and watered-down cocktails. Those kitschy lounge acts. The contrived shore excursions. But that, as they say, was then. Cruising today, and especially river cruising, offers an entirely different experience, from celebrity chef-driven cuisine to stargazing lounges to bike rides along leafy canals.…

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  • 18 things everyone should know before visiting the USA

    18 things everyone should know before visiting the USA

    September 2nd, 2015AnneLise Sorensen
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    If there’s one constant about the USA, it’s change. The country’s pioneer spirit is reflected in its bold outlook and ever-evolving nature, which extends to all corners of the land, from the gleaming skyscrapers of New York to star-saturated Hollywood – and even beyond, to the first human landing on the moon. Here are 18…

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  • A literary guide to New York City

    A literary guide to New York City

    January 7th, 2015AnneLise Sorensen
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    Herman Melville. Henry James. Edith Wharton. Washington Irving. Bernard Malamud. All these writers were born in New York City, and numerous others have adopted the city as home. Here are five spots where you can pay tribute to literary greats in New York City. The Algonquin Hotel Recreate the famous literary Algonquin Round Table –…

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  • How to talk the talk in New York City

    How to talk the talk in New York City

    November 11th, 2014AnneLise Sorensen
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    It used to be that you’d know a New Yorker the moment he or she began to talk. That has changed; the New York accent is dying out, as The New York Times reported. But, there are plenty of holdover phrases that point to the history of Noo Yawk tawk. Rough Guides author and native…

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  • A Rough Guide to NYC on a budget

    A Rough Guide to NYC on a budget

    September 19th, 2014AnneLise Sorensen
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    New York City is famous for its pricey lifestyle. This is the home, after all, to a $250 truffle burger at Beer & Buns Burger Bar, $4600 alligator Manolo Blahniks at Barney’s, and the $45,000 Ty Warner Penthouse at Four Seasons New York (hey – at least it comes with a personal butler). But it…

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  • Say cheese in Montréal, Québec

    Say cheese in Montréal, Québec

    September 17th, 2013AnneLise Sorensen
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     Charles de Gaulle once famously quipped, “How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?” (The answer is: with pleasure, of course.) De Gaulle was talking about France, but the same could be said about Québec, which has over 400 types of cheese. For maximum sampling, embark upon a cheese crawl through…

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  • 10 free things to do in Montréal, Canada

    10 free things to do in Montréal, Canada

    September 3rd, 2013AnneLise Sorensen
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    As the largest city in Québec province, there’s plenty to do in Montréal. Fill up on complimentary samples at the Jean-Talon food market and then take advantage of the city’s huge variety of free cultural and outdoor activities, from festivals to art exhibits to tango. Here’s our roundup of the best free things to do…

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  • Cocktails & wine: Montréal nightlife

    Cocktails & wine: Montréal nightlife

    August 30th, 2013AnneLise Sorensen
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    Montréal was called “Sin City” in the 1920s, when Americans streamed in to drink during the Prohibition. The name still applies, albeit in a tamer form. Nightlife in Montréal is booming: in one evening, you can dance to the setting sun at an outdoor rave, sip potent cocktails from mason jars, or practice your bilingual…

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  • A foodie’s guide to Montreal and Quebec

    A foodie’s guide to Montreal and Quebec

    August 12th, 2013AnneLise Sorensen
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    With so much on offer it can be hard to know where to start your hunt for the best food in Montréal and Québec City. There’s the French influence, of course, as well as an Irish heritage, but also Greek, Portuguese and Italian roots. Québec’s best-known dish is the fiercely loved poutine, which is food at…

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  • Montréal on film

    Montréal on film

    May 22nd, 2013AnneLise Sorensen
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    Montréal has played a starring role in so many films that it could practically apply for its own actor’s equity card. From the leafy banks of the St Lawrence River to gritty street corners with faded strip bars, Montréal can seem like a custom-built movie set. Here AnneLise Sorensen, co-author of The Rough Guide to…

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