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TRO Travelgram: Nov 12


Monday, November 12
The charms of Old Quito, Ecuador
The city's restored historic area is a lure for tourists and locals alike who pack churches, restaurants, nightclubs and art galleries. And then there's the equator nearby... LA Times

Germany: Back to where Christmas markets began 
For festive magic, the German-speaking world does it best... The Independent

Rick Steves: The best and worst of Europe
How to select the right destination? It ultimately depends on your interests and your tastes — and what your experienced travel writer tells you... USA Today

Tours and Activities
Richard Sandoval's Toro Toro restaurant opens in Miami
To accompany its extensive renovation, downtown's InterContinental hotel last month unveiled a splashy new restaurant by acclaimed chef Richard Sandoval... USA Today

A Chocolate Tour of the Caribbean
Along with sunny spa-filled days, cocoa tourism takes visitors island-hopping from bean to bonbon... New York Times

Engine Trouble Forces Saga Ship to Shorten Cruise
The soon-to-be-retired Saga Ruby limped into the port of Porto in Portugal on Friday (Nov. 9) with engine trouble serious enough to force the line to cancel the remainder of the cruise back to Southampton...

Carnival Reveals Food/Fun Details of Cruise Ship Transformation
When Carnival Destiny returns to the ocean as Carnival Sunshine in April 2013, after a 49-day, $155 million makeover, it will boast the line's longest water slide, a racing-themed slide and full-service Asian restaurant, among other new features...

Cruise ship review: Holland America's Zaandam
What's it like to sail on a Holland America ship? We offer a glimpse this week in an in-depth review of the line's Zaandam... USA Today

Emirates A380 jet returns to Sydney after engine fire
An A380 Emirates jet bound for Dubai was forced to return to Australia on Sunday night when one of its engines caught fire soon after takeoff...

American Airlines, pilots reach tentative deal
American Airlines and its pilots union have reached an agreement in principle over a new contract, which could ultimately pave the way for the airline to exit bankruptcy... USA Today

B&B and Beyond: Habanavista, Havana
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