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Thursday, January 24, 2008
Castello di Gargonza
VALENTINE'S DAY
These one-of-a-kind, affordable spots are perfect for a secluded getaway. Imagine yourself at a medieval castle in Tuscany, a cozy lodge with hammocks and porch swings overlooking a Sonoma vineyard, or a thatched cliff-side villa in Jamaica. Plus, check out our slide show of gorgeous hotel photos! read more
FROM OUR BLOG: THIS JUST IN
Columbia, Harvard, and Northwestern are among 15 schools whose officials have been subpoenaed by New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office. Authorities believe that the officials and study-abroad companies may have negotiated backroom deals that resulted in inflated rates for students. We have the analysis and a checklist of questions for kids (and their parents) contemplating studying abroad. College tuition is already sky high; what do you think of the emerging study-abroad scandal?
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Literary St. Petersburg
LITERARY TRAVEL
A new pocket-size book maps out sites associated with famous Russian writers, including Fyodor Dostoevsky, and their most memorable creations. read more
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
39 Affordable Chains Only Locals Know reveals a world of reliable hotel chains beyond Marriott and Motel 6…. Slide Show: 10 Best Bridges has photos of iconic bridges around the world, including ones in Brooklyn, Prague, and Sydney…. Expert Advice: Pet Travel offers tips on making travel easier for both pooches and owners.
Bab Boujeloud gate, Fes, Morocco
THE REAL DEALS
A guided two-week North African journey that includes tours of Fès and Marrakech, a hike up the Rif Mountains to Chefchaouen, visits to the Meski Oasis and the 1,000-foot Todra Gorge, camel treks in Merzouga, and camping under the Saharan sky, from $1,250.
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This guided trip has sightseeing tours of Quebec City and hikes in Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie and St. Lawrence parks, plus a sea-kayaking and whale-watching excursion, from $1,890. why it's a deal
View over Zurich, Switzerland Round-trip airfare to Zürich and a weeklong car rental for exploring beyond the picturesque lakeside city, from $629. why it's a deal
Ala Moana Center
CALLING ALL READERS
We're gearing up to publish our next issue of Girlfriend Getaways—our new magazine devoted to the biggest trend in travel—and we want to know all about you and your girlfriends' juiciest getaway secret. (You know, the one that you giggle over every time you see each other.) Tell us your story, and you could win a six-day, five-night trip to attend Ala Moana Center's
first-ever spring fashion festival, Shop a Le'a—Seven Blissful Days of Shopping Euphoria (March 3 to 9, 2008). Located at the gateway to Waikiki, Ala Moana Center is also the world's largest open-air shopping mall, offering 2.1 million square feet and four levels of shopping and dining options. This fantastic prize includes airfare, five nights in a deluxe ocean-view room at a Waikiki hotel, entrance to two fabulous Shop a Le'a VIP events, a $250 Ala Moana Center gift card, a five-day Waikiki Trolley pass, and more. read more
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