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Wednesday, December 1
Quebec City: Europe without the carbon footprint
Cobblestone streets, sidewalk cafes and public art have helped Quebec City earn the moniker, "Paris without the jetlag"... CNN

Bolt from the blue 
Chaotic, dazzling and humming with life, the walled city of Jodhpur intoxicates like no other... Sydney Morning Herald 

See the modern face of Italy in Milan
Many travelers come to Italy because of its past. But Milan is today's Italy, and no trip here is complete without visiting this city... Seattle Times

New Year's Eve in Vegas
The Sin City has plenty of venues to choose from to ring in 2011, including Coldplay and Jay-Z at the Cosmopolitan, a Rio-style party at the Palazzo's Sushisamba and a five-course feast from Panevino Restaurant... LA Times

Tours and Activities
Bedding down with reindeer at a Berlin museum
It's rather stinky and kind of loud, but an exhibit that allows visitors to bed down with 24 golden canaries and a dozen reindeer is one of the most popular ever at a Berlin museum...

Guide to Tasmania's Gourmet Paradise
The cleanest air and water on the planet, miraculously varied landscapes, a highly sophisticated local food and wine culture: the Australian island of Tasmania, Stephen Metcalf finds, is a thriving gourmet paradise... Travel and Leisure

Tennessee's new 'Walking Tall' trail carries a big stick
The Walking Tall Trail is an almost 500-mile driving trail that takes visitors from Memphis on rural highways to points of interest in West Tennessee counties... USA Today

Cruise Critic Fans React to Allure of the Seas' Animated Godmother
After a week of rumors over who'd be the godmother of Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas, the honor went to Princess Fiona, an animated 3D character from the "Shrek"

After the Storms: How Much Did the 2010 Hurricane Season Affect Cruises?
It's finally over. The 2010 Atlantic hurricane season officially ended yesterday -- and, as predicted, the storm season was on the active side, impacting cruises and Caribbean destinations alike...

U.S., Mexico to launch trusted-flier program
The U.S. and Mexico are planning a pilot program that would allow trustworthy frequent fliers easier passage through immigration and customs... Seattle Times

TSA rules could make 2011 a flat year for travel 
With the economy slowly rebounding, 2011 was shaping up to be the best year for travel since the recession began. But now the 2011 outlook has changed, say travelers...

Amtrak lifts ban on guns
Amtrak will let passengers transport unloaded guns on trains, reversing a ban in place since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. The ban lifts on Dec. 15... USA Today

Marriott's Springhill Suites chain wants hotels to double as art galleries
Marriott's SpringHill Suites chain today will launch "ArtNight," an arts initiative designed to give local artists visibility in hotels while exposing guests to the local arts scene... USA Today

Conde Nast Traveler: Our Favorite Villas Worldwide
Sometimes you feel like staying in a villa with posh old-world charms—and sometimes you don't... Conde Nast Traveler

Other and Odd
London tips from cameraman's point of view
Todd Baxter says he learns something new every day about his adopted hometown. The chief cameraman in CNN's London, England, bureau gives his advice on where to go and what to see for a memorable visit... CNN

Pennekamp Park in Key Largo marks 50th anniversary
Fifty years after it was designated the first underwater park in the U.S., John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park looks much like it did when it was founded: Tropical fish swim through the coral reef and kayakers can still get lost in the maze of mangrove swamps...

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