* World Travel Tips : Hotels With Spectacular Views (PHOTOS)

Travel Tips - “A room with a view” isn’t always as advertised (and no, a peek at the Grand Canal in Venice or London’s Big Ben in the distance doesn’t qualify). The most memorable hotel rooms offer views you can’t find on the ground, and access to unique vantage points is the reason to check in.

From Tokyo to New York City and beyond, the stunning views from these hotels make them destinations in their own right. —Jessica Colley



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* World Travel Tips : Ukraine MH17 Wreckage Site Finally Accessed By Investigators

Travel Tips - ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) — As mortar fire landed nearby, an international team of investigators finally reached the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 wreckage site Thursday and got their first look at a scene experts fear has been badly compromised in the two weeks since the plane was blown out of the sky.

For the families of the 298 victims, it was an important start in locating and recovering bodies still out in the open and building a case against those who perpetrated the tragedy. Harun Calehr, the uncle of two young victims of the disaster, said by telephone from his home in the U.S. that he was happy investigators had reached the site. But Calehr said he remains concerned that dozens of bodies haven’t been retrieved.

“It’s been two weeks. I just hope they can get there now and do their job,” Calehr said from Houston. “The only thing keeping me sane is being religious, hoping for something positive.”

As the investigators — two each from the Netherlands and Australia — made an initial survey of the area shortly after lunchtime, fighting raged between government forces and pro-Russian separatist rebels, and mortar shells rained down on fields in a nearby village.

Despite the dangers, the team called the one-hour inspection a success.

“Today was more about an assessment of the site than it was of a search,” said Australian Federal Police commander Brian McDonald.

Up to 80 bodies are still at the site, said Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, speaking to the Australian Broadcasting Corp. from Ukraine.

Ukraine and the U.S. contend the plane was shot down by the rebels July 17 with a Russian-supplied missile. The rebels deny it.

For days, clashes along routes to the wreckage site had kept investigators from reaching the area to find and retrieve bodies that have been decaying in the 90-degree (32 C) midsummer heat. Independent observers warned that evidence was being tampered with.

But after negotiations, the investigators were allowed through the final rebel checkpoint at the village of Rozsypne on Thursday afternoon by a rifle-toting militiaman who then fired a warning shot to prevent reporters from accompanying the convoy.

The militiaman, who gave his name only as Sergei, said there was still fighting in Rozsypne as the Ukrainian army continues an offensive to take back territory from the rebels.

Ukrainian national security spokesman Andriy Lysenko said a “day of quiet” was declared Thursday in response to a call for a cease-fire from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

But clashes were still taking place in the immediate vicinity of where the Boeing 777 came down. Reporters who tried to reach the area by another route were warned by residents that some nearby roads had been mined.

And Associated Press reporters passing by Hrabove, another village around which fragments of the plane remain uncollected, saw one mortar shell fall on a spot about 150 meters (160 yards) from their car and heard two more hit nearby. It wasn’t immediately clear who was responsible for the mortar fire or what the intended target was, though Lysenko blamed the rebels.

The 100-kilometer (60-mile) drive took the investigators and eight officials of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe from the rebel-held city of Donetsk through the town of Debaltseve, which was retaken earlier this week by the government, and later back into rebel territory.

Armored personnel carriers and armored trucks bearing the blue-and-yellow Ukrainian national flag could be seen in and around Debaltseve, and residents at one entrance to the town walked along a pontoon erected over the remains of a blown-up bridge.

The OSCE said on Twitter that the team observed a moment of silence upon reaching the scene in remembrance of the victims.

Alexander Hug, deputy head of an OSCE monitoring mission to Ukraine, called the visit a success because the delegation “managed to access the site without any incident.”

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s office in a statement urged rebels to comply with a cease-fire 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) around the wreckage site.

The European Union and the U.S. have formed a united front in accusing Russia of fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine by supplying weapons to the rebels. Russia denies that accusation.

In Brussels, the EU formally adopted economic sanctions designed to pressure Russia to help bring about a peaceful solution to the Ukraine crisis. The measures will take effect Friday.

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Associated Press writers David McHugh and Peter Leonard in Kiev, John-Thor Dahlburg in Brussels, Yuras Karmanau in Donetsk, and Toby Sterling in Amsterdam, contributed to this report.

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* World Travel Tips : The Perfect Way To Keep A Sexy Bod And Still Enjoy Your Vacation

Travel Tips - So many of us focus our energy on getting to the gym in preparation for that beach bikini moment when we let the sarong fall and bare our abs, two piece and a sun hat. All of that work ethic goes out the door when we find ourselves overeating, drinking and indulging in rich local fare and tourist restaurant attractions.

When you’re on vacation there are a few things that will help you keep fit and diminish the stress on your joints: low impact exercise. Just because an exercise is low impact doesn’t mean it won’t torch the calories you’re putting on. Low impact activities are good for the whole family, so if you’ve traveled with your children and don’t have childcare, bring them along for the exercise.

Here are four of my favorite ways to blast the fat and get toned, no matter where you go on vacation:

Get your Walk on!

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This is the original workout offering so many advantages. Most hotel spas will offer a walking activity where you explore the local region. Walking minimizes the stress on your bones and muscles. If you keep a fast pace and cover some serious distance you will get the most out of this activity. Want to burn more? Explore the hilly areas of the region.

Walking accessory of choice: Fitness Tracker – Fitbit flex wireless activity and sleep wristband- tracks your daily activities and sleep quality.

Put a Spin on It!

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Cycling can provide an intense cardio workout that is easy on the joints and simple for anyone to do. Most hotels have a stationery bike in the gym, and spas will offer a spinning class option. The cycling motion is easy on the knees. To boost the burn, increase your incline and increase your speed in intervals. This is great for anyone at any fitness level — it doubles as a cardio workout as well as a strength training routine. Inclines will strengthen and tone the thighs and lift the bikini butt.

Inhale, Exhale, Repeat!

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Yoga is an ancient form of mind and body exercise that offers countless health benefits including peace of mind, stress reduction and physical flexibility. The focused breathing techniques and postures can be gentle on the body and the postures can be modified for your fitness level.

Want to boost the burn? Yoga can burn serious calories as your flexibility and strength improve. Poses like warrior, chaturanga and downward dog held for extended periods can rev up your metabolism while increasing your heart rate. Yoga is suitable for any age or physical condition and you can do it anywhere, even in your hotel room or on the beach with the kids. Many hotel spas will offer a group yoga class.

Jump to It!

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We’re always warning our kids to stop jumping on the bed at home and in hotels, but there might be something to their rambunctious activity that we can learn from. Jumping is generally not advisable in low impact workouts, but if you add a trampoline to the picture, it’s a whole different story. The benefits are twofold –- you get the cardio intensity of a high impact movement but it’s gentle on the body. The trampoline absorbs the impact of your jumps so it’s not hard on the ankles or knees. Not only is it fun, you will be smiling just like the kids while jumping up and down.

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* World Travel Tips : You’ll Never Ignore Another Flash Flood Warning After Watching This

Travel Tips - In recent weeks, parts of Switzerland have been struck by flash floods.

Some have taken the rain in stride, even weathering the elements to go out for a surf. In the Illgraben Valley, located in southwestern Switzerland, YouTube user PiperLambert captured incredible footage of flood waters breaking through the valley.

The way the water builds up momentum and drags debris is a frightening reminder of nature’s force. Hopefully this video will serve as motivation to take flash flood warnings seriously.

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* World Travel Tips : 10 Amazing Apps to Make Your Honeymoon Travels a Breeze

Travel Tips - Whether you need to find a reliable taxi within minutes or come up with a quick foreign translation, many of the latest travel apps have the ability to make your honeymoon a lot more convenient. Take a look at these useful tools below to see how a few quick downloads can ensure a smooth getaway from start to finish.

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Google Translate

Use Google Translate to interpret text between 80 languages. This simple and extremely useful app allows you to speak the text instead of typing it in 15 languages, though typing works just as well. You can then listen to your translations spoken aloud. Practical and convenient, this is a must-download app for newlyweds traveling abroad.

Cost: Free

Yelp

Get the local scoop through Yelp, particularly helpful when searching for that perfect restaurant, pub, or nearby attraction. Simply read the reviews and ratings for various listings to help narrow down your choices and then come up with a plan. On top of providing detailed contact information and maps to aid with your selections, Yelp works everywhere from major cities to small towns.

Cost: Free

Postagram

This modern postcard app enables you to send personalized photos and messages to your friends and family back home. Instead of an e-mail, your recipients will receive an actual card in the mail. Each postcard is typically $0.99 and postage is included. Not only is Postagram a unique alternative to a traditional postcard, but it also saves you the hassle of tracking down stamps and mailboxes while traveling.

Cost: Free to download, though delivery adds on $0.99 in the U.S. and $1.99 for other countries.

TripIt

When it comes to travel planning and organization, TripIt truly stands out from the pack. Use the app to access flight, hotel, restaurant, and vacation specifics so you can easily manage your honeymoon with one master itinerary. By keeping together confirmation numbers, reservations, maps, key links, and contact information, couples can streamline their entire trip.

Cost: Free.

XE Currency

Need to figure out the exchange rate while on the go? Traveling to a number of countries and could use updated currency information? Through the XE Currency App, users have the ability to get up-to-the-minute exchange rates for every world currency. The latest updated rates are also stored in your device for use at another time, even when you aren’t connected to the web.

Cost: Free

Wi-Fi Finder

Using the GPS function of your device, this handy app gives you mapped listings of the nearest free and paid Wi-Fi spots. Simply tap on an icon and you’ll be able to figure out how much the Wi-Fi costs and exactly how to get there. The online database updates frequently and contains more than 650,000 hotspots in 144 countries. Best of all, it even works offline.

Cost: Free

City Maps 2Go Pro

Worried about racking up roaming charges for accessing maps on your mobile device? Through City Maps 2Go Pro, you can view thousands of offline maps for cities all over the world. The Pro version even has in-depth travel content, providing up-to-date information on attractions, businesses, and other points of interest. Through the app, you’ll ultimately save money, reduce stress, and have no reason to carry around paper maps any longer.

Cost: $2.99

Uber

Thanks to Uber, you’ll never have to hail a cab in the rain or deal with a maniac driver ever again. Compatible in more than 40 countries, the service lets you request a ride and get picked up all within a few minutes. All the while, you can compare rates for different vehicles, view driver ratings, and even pay for your ride via PayPal or credit card. Ideal for honeymooners when traveling both domestically and abroad, this app will give you peace of mind no matter where the road takes you.

Cost: Free

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor is a great resource to consult before and during the honeymoon. Access thousands of user-generated reviews for hotels, restaurants, and must-see sights to find out which ones are best suited for you. It’s especially helpful during your trip if you’ve missed a flight or your travel plans have changed and need to find accommodations fast. The ability to sort results by price, rating, type of accommodation, and neighborhood is also a bonus.

Cost: Free

Photosynth

This panorama creation app is the perfect tool for creating unforgettable images from your trip. You can piece together panoramas not only by moving your device left to right, but also up and down, paving the way for amazing 360-degree pictures. No matter if you’re trying to capture a vast mountain valley, historic castle, or exotic beach, Photosynth can certainly help bring those incredible places to life.

Cost: Free

What’s your go-to travel app? Share your pick in the comments below.

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* World Travel Tips : Barcelona Journal V: Barceloneta

Travel Tips - 2014-07-31-photo2.JPG When you ask the concierge in your run of the mill upscale Barcelona hotel where to go for fish, he or she will generally point you to Barceloneta. It’s down by the waterfront, overlooking the harbor and it is, they assure you, really excellent, despite the fact of being a magnet for tourists.

The fact is that Barceloneta epitomizes all that is wrong with Barcelona, a proto-modernist mecca of architectural design which seems to have neatly circumvented the birth pangs of other European cities tittering precariously on the precipice between tradition and modernity before making their leap back to the future. Any rumor of innovation and invention you can wish for is to be found in Barcelona which is the epitome of spaceship earth. Design is everything in this city and a tourist in some redoubts might spend a day of his vacation trying to figure out how the advanced lighting system works in his or her room. But Barceloneta represents the dark side of progress. It has the efficiency of an emergency room where fish are brought in to triage. The kitchen is visible so you can see the chefs aka surgeons preparing to operate. Scientists working on a cure for a deadly virus in a sterile lab might be another appropriate comparison. Everything moves along seamlessly or rather spinelessly (along with the sole which is brought out on its gurney before being deboned). The waiters are just like interns and residents doing rounds. They evince a generalized concern with the feeding process, but have about much personal contact with the diner as say the pilot of an Airbus flying from Kennedy to Barcelona has with his passengers. And when you dig into your wallet to pay the bill, you are tempted to whip out your insurance rather than credit card. There is nothing particularly wrong with the food. It’s perfectly cooked according to textbook standards, lacking only one thing: taste. Oh yes, there is that picture postcard view of the harbor which is admittedly nice. But the popularity of Barceloneta, which on a recent Friday night was filling up to predictable capacity like say a tire which is being pumped full of air, can unleash a kind of Orwellian self doubt (there is a square commemorating the author of Homage to Catalonia and l984 in Barcelona).

What to do if everyone else is marching off like sheep to slaughter? What is the difference between good and bad? Who is right and who is wrong? And will the meek once again inherit the earth? Barceloneta is a metaphor for progress in cuisine as well as lots of other things and represents all that is awry with the exultation in newness that Barcelona represents. Simple indigenous cuisine at reasonable prices is what you begin to crave after paying the tab for your rubbery monkfish at Barceloneta. The servers at Barceloneta might also remind those who flew to Barcelona with Delta Rewards Points of their crew. Yes they got there and everything worked, but unfortunately all the romance had been taken out of flying. Yet Barceloneta and establishments like it raise an even more profound question. Why go anywhere?

On the low end you find a world populated by Dunkin’ Donuts, Burger King and McDonalds in virtually ever hamlet inhabited by more than a couple of thousand souls; on the high end you have the ubiquitous what we might call “cuisine mechanique” which turns historical memory into a footnote. Big Brother has now become the Style which treats globetrotters with a few bucks in their pockets to an elevated version of institutional food. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising if Barceloneta, which sits adjacent to one of Barcelona’s institutions of higher learning, had a future incarnation as a clinic or even elite hospital. Goodbye Barcelona! “Hasta la vista, baby!”








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* World Travel Tips : Cronut Guy To Sell Ice Cream Sundaes Out Of A Can, From A Truck

Travel Tips - It’s been more than a year since the debut of Chef Dominique Ansel’s coveted Cronut, and the hubbub shows no sign of dulling down any time soon. At the crack of dawn, well into this year, sugar-seeking patrons were still waiting in line for the chance to taste one of Ansel’s masterful pastries at his bakery in New York City’s SoHo area.

We can only imagine, then, what the hysteria will look like when Chef Ansel debuts his one-day, pop-up ice cream truck, called “Pop It,” this Saturday, August 2, in East Hampton.



The experimental culinary artist will be selling Warhol-inspired cans filled with sundaes of root beer and stracciatella ice cream, mascarpone semifreddo, macerated cherries, mini marshmallows and meringues.



According to the New York Post, each can serves two and can be purchased for $15. Twenty percent of the proceeds will go toward a New York charity called City Harvest, so even though you’ll be gastronomically indulging, at least you’ll also be doing some good.

H/T: Eater

P.S. If you can’t hitch a ride to Long Island’s swank beach city for a taste of the stuff, here are some recipes that will, hopefully, keep you satisfied:


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* World Travel Tips : Madame Vinegar: A Character From My Travels in Greece

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Madame Vinegar: A Character From My Travels in Greece



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* World Travel Tips : #TBT: Favorite Travel Destinations, Now and Then

Travel Tips - By Laura Carroll, CNTraveler.com

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    * World Travel Tips : Which Honeymoon Spot Is Your Perfect Match?

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    You’ve searched the world and managed to find the perfect person with whom to spend the rest of your life. But now you’re faced with searching for another ideal match — your ultimate honeymoon destination. Rather than compound any decision-making-induced stress, use what you already know about your travel preferences to select the quintessential postnuptial vacation.

    Each year, U.S. News relies on a methodology that uses reader votes and expert opinions to rank the Best Honeymoon Destinations across the world and in specific regions like Europe, the Caribbean and the U.S. These rankings are designed to compare top vacation spots based on factors like couple-friendly accommodations, activities and ambiance. To determine which honeymoon is ideal for you, reflect on what matters most to your newlywed self — and your spouse — then find your romance-infused dream trip below.

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    If you like to run with the pack, go to Santorini.

    Not everyone has patience for sifting through an abundance of travel guides and articles. Some of us prefer to rely on recommendations and flow by way of the crowd when it comes to choosing a honeymoon itinerary. If this sounds like you, consider Santorini, the 2014-15 winner of our Best Honeymoon Destinations ranking. Santorini’s memorable white-washed architecture, bright blue waters, flavorful Greek cuisine and upscale cliffside accommodations have been drawing newlyweds for years. In fact, Santorini earns the No. 1 spot on our list for the third year in a row, with an 83 percent approval rating among voters. Santorini is so treasured by lovebirds that it also tops our list of the Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe.

    If you prefer to travel without a passport, go to Maui.

    Often, traveling out of the country makes your journey a bit more challenging. When you head overseas you may be required to get vaccinations, apply for visas or — let’s face it — pack some recognizable snacks. Some couples appreciate a carefree honeymoon absent of currency or language differences. If you fall into this category, head to Maui, the No. 1 vacation spot on our Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA list. With an 85 percent approval rating, this Hawaiian island is popular for its breathtaking geography: Dormant volcanoes, craggy beaches and dense tropical forests cover the isle’s dynamic landscape.

    If you favor convenience and coastline, go to Anguilla.

    Honeymooners are consistently lured by the Caribbean's accessibility: Flights from the U.S. are short, there is a wide range of resorts and tour operators abound. This kind of convenience is appealing to brides-and-grooms-to-be who want to escape quickly and effortlessly. Anguilla claims the top spot on our Best Caribbean Honeymoons list this year. The island’s secluded beaches, high-end resorts and luxury spas are some of the most popular draws for newlyweds.

    See: Best Islands in the World

    If you want VIP treatment, go to the Maldives.

    Some couples view their honeymoon as a once-in-a-lifetime chance to splurge without inhibition. Those looking to experience over-the-top accommodations, dining, service and ambiance should take a peek at our ranking of the Most Luxurious Honeymoon Destinations. The Maldives, a remote group of islands sitting 500 miles west of Sri Lanka, earns the No. 1 spot this year — up from its third place position in last year’s ranking. What makes these islands so luxurious? Over-the-water bungalows and single-resort islands bring couples from all over the world to this exotic, sun-drenched spot.

    If you prioritize R&R and sunshine, go to Kauai.

    Months of planning (and stressing), leave many newlyweds ready to wind down, bask in the sun and take a dip in warm ocean waters by the time their honeymoon rolls around. With a 71 percent approval rating among our readers, Kauai surpasses popular oceanfront locales like Bora Bora, Fiji and St. Lucia on our Best Beach Honeymoons ranking. Venture to Kauai and you’ll have access to miles of coastline, world-class spas, hiking trails and all the tropical cocktails you want to maintain that wedding buzz.

    See: 3 Money Mistakes to Avoid on Your Honeymoon

    If you’re hoping to save money for a house (or anything else), go to Charleston.

    Love to take romantic vacations, but prefer not to spend all your newly gifted wedding money on just one trip? Consider Charleston, South Carolina, for your honeymoon. The city’s southern charm and moss-covered mansions tend to invoke “Gone with the Wind”-esque passion between lovebirds. Plus, the destination’s slow pace is the perfect remedy for newlyweds looking to unwind together. Best of all, accommodations and dining are reasonably priced compared to other post-wedding getaways — which is one reason why Charleston tops our Best Affordable Honeymoons in the USA list.

    Didn’t find your perfect match? Your honeymoon soul mate is still out there. Find the one and vote for your favorite spots on U.S. News’ honeymoon rankings here.

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