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Experiencing Italy's caf├ęs, cuisine, and wines is a joy, and in the heart of Tuscany, Florence offers a particularly satisfying spread. Restaurant competition in Florence is fierce, so it's easy to find delicious Tuscan specialties at fair prices-- even in the tourist zone. The best is from the white Chianina breed of cattle you'll see grazing throughout Tuscany.

The "tax" or "duty" you avoid is the tax and import duty that applies to local retail sales in the area/country where the airport is located, not U.S. import duty. The United States is a low-duty import country, so items that are good buys for U.S. travelers are those few on which the U.S. assesses high excise taxes or on which manufacturers maintain high markups--...

Ask those at the historic Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs, where Roosevelt stayed on multiple bear hunts in the early years of the 20th century, and they'll tell you hotel maids created the first bear for Roosevelt after an unsuccessful day of hunting. The 130- room Hotel Colorado, now under new ownership, is undergoing a multi-phased renovation.

Ask those at the historic Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs, where Roosevelt stayed on multiple bear hunts in the early years of the 20th century, and they'll tell you hotel maids created the first bear for Roosevelt after an unsuccessful day of hunting. The 130- room Hotel Colorado, now under new ownership, is undergoing a multi-phased renovation.

On July 9, the District of Columbia attorney general asked for a court order requiring that Marriott Hotels post rates, including mandatory fees, in its own rate postings and on rates submitted to online travel agencies for rate searches. Side-by-side rate searches on Booking.com, Expedia, TripAdvisor, and other search systems show the phony $70 rate.

With the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings coming this June, most Americans visiting France's D-Day sites will focus on Omaha Beach-- where thousands died on June 6, 1944. But if you're planning to visit Normandy this year, don't miss the other American landing site-- Utah. The excellent Utah Beach Landing Museum is the best place to start a visit to the area.

Booking a hotel is easy these days, but finding your absolutely best deal can be a challenge. You face almost too much information, and you can spend days chasing down a minor discount. I don't see any data on the best times to arrange your hotel deal, but you have lots of outfits claiming to get you the best...

The royalty didn't wave, much less acknowledge us. That was probably a good thing as we're watching the queens, princes and princesses of the jungle-- two lionesses and two yearling cubs-- walking within a few feet of our vehicle without paying us the slightest attention. It seemed they had more important...