By Troy Petenbrink
On this day in 1899, a legendary writer (and traveler) was born.
While many cities around the world—from Paris to Cuba and Kenya to Idaho—can and do lay claim to Hemingway, the writer’s imprint is most prominent in Florida’s bohemian city of Key West.
On a friend’s recommendation, Hemingway and his second wife Pauline Pfeiffer (not to be confused with his first, third or fourth wife) visited Key West in 1928. He immediately fell in love with the island and the island with him. He would call Key West home for the next decade.
“It’s the best place I’ve ever been anytime, anywhere, flowers, tamarind trees, guava trees, coconut palms…Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks.” – Ernest Hemingway
As part of the travel blog community, we like to keep a weather eye on the horizon and bring things to our readers that happened to catch our attention this week on the blogroll. We found some tips on traveling to London for the Olympics, as well as gorgeous photos of Ecuador and the cenotes of Mexico.
Peter Greenberg offers suggestions for how to avoid hotels when traveling abroad for the Olympics.
A storm rolled through New York City yesterday afternoon with black skies and unexpected hail, but through the power of social media, NYC was able to see what was coming before they could even Google “weather.”
- Courtesy of @dhanijones / d0057 on Instagram
From the vantage point of an airplane window, former NFL linebacker and Travel Channel host, Dhani Jones, Instagram-ed the storm and posted it to his Twitter feed, starting a storm of his own. While our Travel Channel offices in New York and DC were pummeled by the thunder, we were too excited about our old friend’s social media frenzy to even notice.
Find some of Dhani’s Travel Channel videos here and follow him on Twitter to see what he’s up to now.
Discovery aired an Animal Planet documentary this past weekend called Mermaids: The Body Found. Unfortunately, a mermaid body has not been found, despite many internet crawlers’ assumptions. But cheer up, Ariel — here are some ways you can travel like a mermaid (and, no, it doesn’t involve growing a tail).
Eat Like a Mermaid
*Dine lakeside on fresh seafood at the Mermaid Café in Mississippi.
*Enjoy the eclectic atmosphere as you fill up on Floridian cuisine under the sea-green tin roof of the Sign of the Mermaid Restaurant on Anna Maria island in Florida.
Attention cubicle nomads and desk travelers: Google announced yesterday that their ever-popular street view now includes updated panoramic images of the Antarctic wilderness.
Google launched the first street view images of the Antarctic in September 2012, but the search giant added panoramic imagery of historic Antarctic locations as part of their World Wonders project, with which Google hopes to bring modern and ancient wonders to people’s desktops. You can find even more world wonders with our collection of World Heritage Sites photo galleries.
Summer Hull of the blog Mommy Points shows us how to take advantage of travel rewards points and miles to make the most of our vacation dollars with her new Travel Channel web series. By breaking down the often-complicated frequent-flyer programs out there, Summer makes it easy for anyone to redeem miles and points in exchange for memorable family vacations.
- Casa de Campo
Chances are, if you’ve been keeping up with the Kardashians, you know that the famous family stayed at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic. But Casa de Campo is more than a respite for the rich and famous – as one of the best sporting resorts in the world, it’s offering its guests the opportunity to get away with family and friends to create their own 2012 summer games in the Caribbean.
Enjoy their luxurious accommodations, world-class sports facilities and 5-star meals while following the actual games on big screens displayed throughout the resort. When you’re not following the official Olympic Games, Casa de Campo’s summer inclusive package includes sporting adventures such as tennis, horseback riding, skeet shooting, 63 holes of legendary golf on 3 Pete Dye-designed courses, and an array of water sports ranging from freshwater fishing and kayaking along the Chavon River (backdrop to 1979 film, Apocalypse Now!), to deep-sea fishing in the Caribbean Sea and sailing at the 370-slip Marina & Yacht Club. Guests work with preferred travel professionals or the resort’s concierge service to personalize their adventure itinerary.
Join Travel Channel as we head across the pond and back for special episodes of Ghost Adventures, Bizarre Foods America and more. Learn all about the episodes airing this week, as well as the locales that steal the show!
Tonight at 9, we stop in San Diego for Bizarre Foods America, where Andrew Zimmern gets a taste of the unexpected when he finds that this coastal city on the Mexican border offers some hidden delights. Get a sneak peek with our Bizarre Food of the Week! Learn more about San Diego with our gallery of the city’s top sights.
On Wednesday at 9, we’re cruising the Pacific coast, when Adam Richman gives LA, San Diego and San Francisco a shot at winning the title of Best Sandwich in America.
Thursday at 9, we’re back to San Diego with a new episode of Trip Flip where Bert takes 2 best friends on a trip of a lifetime with surf lessons at Mission Beach, cruising in a low-rider, a private jet charter to San Francisco and an all-access pass to a Train concert – where the ladies meet and dine with the Grammy award-winning rock band and sing on stage with them!
Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month in 1984. And lucky for us and the 90% of Americans who are ice cream lovers, today is National Ice Cream Day! We want to help you celebrate this most appetizing of summer holidays with tips on where to find the very best places for a bowl (or cone!) of the creamy stuff. Sure, you could have your own ice cream social, but there are a few events happening around the country that might spark your appetite for some chilled confections.
For today’s Daily Escape, we take you to Place de la Bastille, a square in the heart of Paris, in celebration of Bastille Day. But what is Bastille Day? Well, Place de la Bastille was where the notorious and oppressive Bastille fortress, which was used by many kings of France as a state prison, once stood. Then came the fateful day of July 14, 1789 – Bastille Day — when it was stormed by a crowd of workers, mutinous soldiers and traders, triggering a major flashpoint in the French Revolution. That single moment turned what was once a symbol of autocratic cruelty into a spirit of defiance.