How to Stay Connected While Traveling with Project Fi

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Stay connected while traveling with Google's Project Fi!

Smartphones have made so many aspects of travel easier. In our pockets we hold a device with maps, transportation schedules, a way to call a taxi, order food, book a hotel room, pay for things — the list is seemingly endless. But as we depend more on our smartphones, we depend on having access to the internet. That could mean researching and buying a SIM card, a personal wifi device, or you could simply use Google’s wireless service: Project Fi.

I’ve been a Project Fi subscriber for several years and taken my Fi phone with me. While you can always seem to find free wifi when out and about at restaurants and hotels, I’ve depended solely on Project Fi on the rest of my adventures in Germany and Austria.

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Keokee Tote Bag Keeps Travel Organized

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Travel just got a little easier with Keokee Travel Gear. Review of the Keokee Tote Bag.

When is a tote bag more than just a tote bag? Until the folks at Keokee Travel Gear sent me their tote bag to try out, I thought all tote bags were the same. Wrong! While high tech travel luggage has lots of bells and whistles (that, after you spent all that money to buy them, may or may not be allowed on airplanes), Keokee Travel Gear are making an old stand-by a little more modern, a little more fun and a little easier to use.

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Post by . Originally published January 5, 2018. Last updated January 5, 2018.

Review: CabinZero Classic Ultra-Lightweight Backpack

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Traveling, hiking or dog walking, the CabinZero backpack is super light-weight.

While everything seems to be high tech and digital these days, CabinZero backpacks prove that nothing can beat simple ideas and high-quality products. A few months ago my well-loved backpack decided it had had enough of our journeys. As I unpacked in Munich, everything I removed was covered in a sawdust-like material. The lining had dry rot. It was time for a new backpack. That’s where CabinZero’s classic ultra-lightweight 36L backpack comes in. I gave the bag a spin!

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These Waldlaufer Boots Are Made For Walking

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Waldlaufer Dede Holma boots in red.

German shoe company Waldlaufer have solved my footwear travel problems. When I’m on the go, I love seeing as much as I can on foot. That means that sneakers are usually the right footwear. But they aren’t usually cute and you don’t look quite as polished if you want to go somewhere nice. It seemed my only solution was to wear sensible footwear and ignore vanity. It seemed that way until the folks at Waldlaufer sent me a pair of their Dede Holma ankle boots to try. These super cute shoes let me travel how I really want: in style and comfort.

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Checking In: Historic & Luxurious Hotel Du Pont

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Two double beds in a Hotel Du Pont room.

For over a century, HOTEL DU PONT in downtown Wilmington, Delaware, has been hosting guests. From presidents to kings and queens, HOTEL DU PONT has been THE place to stay, dine and be entertained. But it’s also the ideal place to stay if you’re discovering the region along the Pennsylvania-Delaware border that’s peppered with museums and history (Longwood Gardens, Nemours Mansion & Estate, Winterthur, Brandywine River Museum of Art). Recently my husband and I checked in at Hotel Du Pont for the night and it was the perfect place to unwind and relax.

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Post by . Originally published October 25, 2017. Last updated October 22, 2017.

Book Review: Mogavero’s Underground Culinary Tour

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Book review of Damian Mogavero's Underground Culinary Tour.

Sometimes you just don’t want to know how they make the sausage. Today’s restaurateurs aren’t being as driven by passion so much as by the bottom line? Choices and experiences are being carefully choreographed by intensive data analytics? Say it ain’t so! In The Underground Culinary Tour: How the New Metrics of Today’s Top Restaurants Are Transforming How America Eats entrepreneur Damian Mogavero and co-author Joseph D’Agnese pull back the curtain as to how data analytics are being used today. And you might not expect what they have to say.

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The Little Lion Brings Breakfast Weekdays to Old City

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Talk about delicious! The Little Lion's smoked salmon benny eggs benedict. Philadelphia's Old City neighborhood's growing fast: the new Museum of the American Revolution and now The Little Lion is serving breakfast.

Breakfast, so they say, is the most important meal of the day. This is especially true when you’re going to spend the day exploring Philadelphia‘s historic sites or, say, visiting the new Museum of the American Revolution. Really, it’s important even if you simply want to have a relaxing morning. And starting this week, Philly’s Old City neighborhood has a new option for a morning meal at The Little Lion.

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Lunch at Philadelphia’s City Tavern

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city tavern restaurant in Philadelphia

For a long time, I was reluctant to try Philadelphia’s City Tavern. I passed by it countless times as a teenager and during my college years. It was merely a landmark on my route to South Street or when I’d go to rock shows at the nearby Khyber Pass club (RIP). I thought of City Tavern as just another tourist trap. And while that is true to a certain extent, City Tavern has a lot more to offer than most give it credit for.

My husband and I somewhat spontaneously made reservations for lunch a few days before our visit to celebrate our anniversary. It seemed like a fun place to try.

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Post by . Originally published February 2, 2017. Last updated February 1, 2017.

Book Review: Greg Mitchell “The Tunnels”

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greg mitchell the tunnels berlin wall book

It is simply amazing the lengths that some people will go to to escape. To escape persecution, fascism, war — the list of reasons, sadly, seems to have no end. It is difficult to comprehend what one human will do to another. Author Greg Mitchell focuses on a very specific period of history that is well known for escape attempts: the Berlin Wall in his latest book, The Tunnels: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill.

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Post by . Originally published January 8, 2017. Last updated January 14, 2018.

Book Review: Luisa Weiss’ Classic German Baking

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classic german baking by luisa weiss

There is a bookshelf in my dining room that is home to cookbooks. I have bread cookbooks, pizza cookbooks, and more than a couple of German cookbooks. There is a German cookbook by a German celebrity chef. There’s a somewhat dated out of print German cookbook in English of traditional recipes. I’ve translated recipes from German language recipe sites and blogs. But the results are never to my satisfaction. Whatever I cook never seems to turn out quite like I hope. Then I got my hands on Classic German Baking by Luisa Weiss. Weiss is a noted baker, not a native German, and she lives in Germany. I had high hopes that she would understand my plight of trying to make a foreign recipes “work.”

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