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Worth reading: A foodie rebirth for San Fran's Ferry Building

By JD Rinne
October 3, 2012
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Courtesy <a href="http://mybt.budgettravel.com/_Ferry-Building/photo/4371133/21864.html">Linda Nelson/myBudgetTravel</a>

A few of our favorite links from around the 'Net this week:

A busy Saturday at the San Francisco Ferry Building, now a foodie haven. [L.A. Times]

Are travel agents making a comeback? [CNN.com]

Israeli road signs: an ideological debate. [World Hum]

U.S. air travel is down almost 10 percent in the first half of 2009. [Jaunted]

Don't let Ryanair's "visa check" prevent you from flying. [Upgrade: Travel Better]

Crying babies welcome at the Whitney Museum—they even get their own tour. [NewYorkology]

Possibly the best hotel bathtub, ever, in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico (a Coolest Small Town!). [HotelChatter]

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This weekend: Show your ice cream love in Austin, Texas

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