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Wednesday, July 14
Riga, Latvia: The perfect break
Riga's celebratory summer feel is far removed from its stag-party image, says Claire Gervat... Telegraph (London)

Mompos, Colombia: A town the world forgot
A love of adventure and Garcia Marquez lead Michael Jacobs to Mompos, where he finds a mysterious vision of the past... Sydney Morning Herald 

Chilling in Chile
In Bellavista, explore a poet's secret hideaway, pick up exquisite lapus lazuli and lounge at Santiago's best (and only real) boutique hotel... Globe and Mail

Barefoot in the 'Bride of the Sea'
Rick Steves: When you know where to look, Venice has a lot to offer. The city offers beauty and history, but flooding makes her future uncertain...

Tours and Activities
Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Does It Live Up to the Hype?
Suddenly, young people, who wouldn't spend much vacation time with their folks, much less get out of bed this early if they didn't have to, think family vacations are fun again... Smarter Travel

The 10 Best Lobster Shacks in Maine
Tie on your bibs: Travel + Leisure tracks down the juiciest claws, the tenderest tails, and the most overstuffed lobster rolls Maine has to offer... Travel and Leisure

10 spots every kid should see
Spice up summer with a visit to one of these stateside attractions...

Austrian beer fest: Get your lederhosen on
Dirndls, lederhosen, an oom-pah-pah band and beer: It doesn't get more traditional than this when the sleepy Austrian village of Altaussee wakes up for a nonstop beer party, Sept. 4-6... Yahoo Travel News

Will Cruise Lines Pull Out of St. Thomas Due to Crime?
The tragic death of a teenaged cruise passenger, caught in gang crossfire while traveling on a safari taxi vehicle near Coki Beach on St. Thomas, has prompted Carnival to cancel tours in the area...

Greek Strikes Impact Shore Excursions in Athens
Three cruise lines made adjustments to Athens tour schedules yesterday due to ongoing strike action in Greece...

Bag Fees on the Agenda in D.C.
The House Subcommittee on Aviation is holding a hearing on airline fees today, which will feature testimony from a number of interested parties... Smarter Travel

Delayed? They’ll Put You Up
When flights are delayed or canceled, the European Union requires airlines to pay for passengers’ hotel rooms and meals...New York Times

Fitting rooms: world's most fashionable hotels
Jodie McLeod struts the couture hotel catwalk in search of a high-fashion getaway... Sydney Morning Herald 

InterContinental Times Square now open in New York City
InterContinental Hotels has opened its new flagship, the 36-story, luxury InterContinental Times Square at 44th Street and 8th Avenue... USA Today

Hotelier recalls working on Dublin hotel owned by U2's Bono yesterday ran an interview with Grace Leo, a Paris-based hotelier who develops, designs and markets luxury hotels. Between 1996 and 1998, she worked on creating Dublin's Clarence Hotel, whose owners include U2's Bono and the Edge...USA Today

Other and Odd
Passport Information 
Effective today, passport fees have increased by as much as $

How to turn customers into critics? It's in the fine print
Airlines, cruise lines and other travel providers sometimes creatively reinterpret their own terms and conditions to their benefit themselves rather than their customers... Seattle Times

365 Guide Tip for the Day
The Psychology of Travel Consulting – Staying Vital
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