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TRO Travelgram: Aug 13



Monday, August 13
5 easy getaways from London
After the Olympics hubbub, it's high time for an escape. Try these charming country getaways, all within a few hours' drive of London...

Los Alamos, California, features wine tastings and saloons
The small Santa Barbara County town is a breezy escape from the busy, touristy wine towns nearby... LA Times

The Other Siberian Railroad
Deep into its eastbound charge across Russia, the Trans-Siberian Railway sprouts an artery known as the BAM — a remote railroad with its own curious, complex story to tell... New York Times

Tours and Activities
The best new bars in 20 cities
What's a vacation without one amazing — perhaps even epic — evening out? Our global correspondents did some drinking and dancing to come back with their picks for the world's most happening new spots...

Hetch Hetchy reservoir debate swells with pending vote
This fall San Franciscans will vote on a local measure with national implications: It could return to the American people a flooded gorge described as the twin of breathtaking Yosemite Valley... USA Today

Restaurant Report: Long Grain in Camden, Me.
Superior Thai cuisine in a small Maine town? That's what you'll find at Long Grain, thanks to a mix of coastal Maine ingredients and the flavors of Bangkok... New York Times

Cruise Line Refutes Accusations of Dumping
Holland America is refuting claims that one of its ships is responsible for a sewage discovered Saturday along a Massachusetts beach...

Royal Caribbean Stops 'Bag Tag' Presses (Print Your Own!) and Other Noteworthy Cruise News
Every week we get so many news releases from the cruise lines, we sometimes don't know what to do with them all. Here are a few cruise developments we think you might like to know

Cruise ship in Maine to bring aboard 2,000 live lobsters
A Holland America cruise ship scheduled to visit Bar Harbor, Maine later this month has sent in a request for thousands of live lobsters to be delivered upon its arrival, a local news outlet says... USA Today

Airlines improve performance, but complaints persist 
The nation's major airlines -- lambasted for years because of canceled flights, long tarmac delays, late arrivals and lost luggage -- have significantly improved in all four of those key measurements of customer service, the federal government said Thursday... CNN

Lufthansa, United Express planes collide on Dulles taxiway
Two aircraft clipped each other this afternoon on a taxiway at Washington Dulles International Airport, W-USA Channel 9 of Washington reports... USA Today

Stranded jet skier thwarts JFK Airport's $100M security system
A jet-skier who became stranded in a New York City bay reached safety by swimming to shore near New York JFK Airport and then walking undetected past two runways and up to a terminal Friday night... USA Today

B&B and Beyond: Oriel Milgi, Pembrokeshire
This old sea-captain's home is a great coastal getaway, whether you have four legs or two... The Independent

Marriott: Top customers to get free upgrades in Asia hotel
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