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The top destinations of 2015: A new approach to listicles

Robert Reid is one of my favorite travel experts in print or in person, even if he rarelymanages to ever stay true to the titleof his 76-Second Travel Show. Last year he wrote a story for our big sister site Skift about the trends driving different publications‘ picks for their respective 2014 top destinations lists. It boiled down to three main angles: The most popular pick for editors is a place linked to a specific event, anniversary or

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Travel Links We Like for 12/12

We don‘t like to think that collecting links to stories we liked this week is lazy blogging, we like to think it helps justify all the online reading we did while we were meant to be working on something else. We also like to think it will help you discover something you‘ll like too. So here‘s our soon-to-beweekly roundup of Travel Links We Like. Notable Travel Books of 2014,by Andrew McCarthy McCarthy begins his roundup with th

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A holiday travel gift guide that doesn‘t stink

Ed. Note: This time of year we see lots of gift guides, almost always filled entirely with free products that companies sent editors so that they‘d be included in their gift guides. Sinceall the stuff people offered to send us was rather lousy, we turned to someone who knows how to pick a good gift, my wife. Her gifting has become legendary, and not just because she once kidnapped me for a Tokyo escape on my 30th birthday (but that‘s

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Austria in 6 Cakes: The Kaiser‘s Favorite Guglhupf

The Austrian town of Bad Ischl hit the spa scene in the early 19th century, but it became the Next Big Destination when Kaiser Franz Josef started using the location as his summer retreat. When Vienna‘s weather became too oppressive in the summer time, the Kaiser and all his hangers on would pull up stakes for the cooler alpine climes of Austria‘s Salzkammergut. The Kaiser‘s entourage included his companion, the actress Katharin

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Austria in 6 Cakes: Gingerbread Translated, Twice

Lebkuchen gets translated from German as gingerbread, but that‘s not quite right. The word gingerbread sets expectations for it being the kind of stuff you‘d build a house out of, though that variety does get used in edible architecture. There are also those ubiquitous gingerbread hearts, decorated in icing sugar with your sweetheart‘s name and a swooping script that says Ich liebe dich I love you or maybe just Greetings from

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Austria in 6 (or More) Cakes: The Pistachio Problem

For reasons that are hard to track down, the Mozart Kugel Austria‘s famous Mozart Ball chocolate is filled with pistachio marzipan. Theory: Mozart made several journeys to Italy as a young man and while there, he became fond of pistachios which were commonly used in Italian desserts. But. The pistachio has been in trade since biblical times; it was a highly valued crop. So it‘s also possible that pistachio is more random choice that

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Austria in 6 Cakes: The Sachertorte Saga

The Hotel Sacher is a grand old property in Vienna‘s first district. The ground floor caf has marble topped tables and red upholstery and the wait-staff are attired in black with white aprons. There‘s a conservatory that faces the street and in the summer time, it‘s transformed into open air seating. The neighborhood is amazing; the Hotel is right across the street from the Opera House. The Hotel opened in 1875 Grace Kelly stay

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Austria in 6 Cakes: What a Mess!

‘So ein Schmarrn!‘ is a handy of Austrian German slang for ‘What a mess!‘ Schmarrn is also the name of dessert that‘s not much more than a scrambled pancake. (Pancake is a kind of cake too, friends!) The Kaiserschmarrn got its ‘Kaiser‘ prefix because it was a favorite of Emperor Franz Josef he of the fondness for Bundt cake. A well made Kaiserschmarrn is dusted with powdered sugar and served warm with a

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Austria in 6 Cakes: Poppy Seeds are Popular

Pakistan is the world‘s largest producer of poppy seeds, but the Austrians are no slouches, they produce about 1,000 metric tons, annually. The technical term for that is a whole lotta poppy seeds. Poppy seeds show up all over Austria baking dusting the top of your bread rolls, sprinkled over butter smothered dumplings, and inside your cake. Recently, the EU passed new menu labeling guidelines, allowing diners to understand if their choice

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Vacation Time: Go On a Luxury Trip to Buenos Aires

You haven‘t been out of town enough lately.Take a trip on us. Skift is teaming up with DailySecret, Fathom, SheFinds, and Poncho to give away a Buenos Aires vacation prize package worth over 3,500.Enter to win a luxury trip to Buenos Aireswith 3 nights at The Master at The Clubhouse Buenos Aires, a VIP welcome basket with premium Argentine goods, a chef‘s tasting menu for 2, a custom itinerary from Fathom (worth 500), and 1,000 toward

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