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Brooklyn: A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour

IMG_1084A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tour has all the right ingredients: enthusiastic native Brooklyn tour guides, pizza, culture and history and loads of movie trivia.  Besides stopping at two Brooklyn pizzerias (2 slices, per stop, and soft drinks are included in the price- beer  and or wine is extra), the tour covers The Brooklyn Bridge, Coney Island, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and many others.  But, it’s not what you see on this tour but how you see it.  The in-bus video system is full of movie clips that are played when the bus is perfectly aligned with backdrops from movie scenes such as the opening scene of Saturday Night Fever, The French Connection car chase, Joe Pesci’s getting whacked in Goodfellas and the iconic Brooklyn Bridge scene from Once Upon a Time in America.  Our tour guide, Paula, who is in the owner’s family delivered just enough information, much of it an insider’s view without droning on and on as other tours so often do.

The tour meets weekdays at 11:00 and lasts 4.5 hours; advanced reservations are necessary.  At $75 for adults, $65 for children under 12 the price is in line with other NYC tours; however, when you consider the included pizza and the opportunity to get off the beaten path then the price is actually a bargain.

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France: It’s Groundhog Day? No, it’s Jour des crêpes!

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Naples, Italy in a minute

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iKangaroo’s iPhone apps

ikangaroo iPhone appiKangaroo has just released a series of iPhone apps.  Our first installment is a companion to Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons. 

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Bizarre Foods Paris Part 1: Foodie Walking Tour

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By Sarah– Paris, France

While back in the States I stumbled upon a travel show about Paris and its different foods. I thought, ummmm?  I live in Paris.  I like food.  I want to try different things.  I wonder how easy and expensive it would be to follow this itinerary?   So the seed was planted and a plan was made, we had decided to let a TV show be our guide.

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Paris: A local’s food picks

Salmon and mussels from L'ami Jean

Salmon and mussel starter from L'Amie Jean

By Sarah— Living in a great city like Paris we often receive the questions:  where do you recommend us going to eat?  which are your favorite places?  Looking back on the last two years and all the delicious meals we’ve eaten, sublime wine we’ve sipped and fantastic atmospheres we’ve enjoyed we have acquired quite a lengthy list of worthwhile places. So here we have our favorites, not necessarily the best in all of Paris, but definitely the locations we frequent.  This list is composed of  the places we have found to be the most interesting, most consistent and best value for the Euro that we have experienced… so far.

After no more ado, here are our Paris favorites arranged from most to least expensive.

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Rome: Pub Crawls Canceled as of May 2010

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New Orleans: 2012 Best boiled crawfish joints

crawfish.jpg2012 Update by Dylan O’Donnell- New Orleans

Every day is a festival in Louisiana.  Literally.  The soulful, sultry Bayou State in the southern U.S. boasts of more than 400 festivals annually.  And just as Carnival (January 6th-Ash Wednesday) winds down it’s time for another season: crawfish season!

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Cheese and Wine in “real deep France”

The 2010 Festival will take place on October 9 & 10

By– Chris

Paris, France

I knew I was in a place hardly touristed when a friendly group of French at Bar du Centre gently mocked me

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Vatican Museums: 15 Things to know

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By- Chris

The Vatican Museums can be a daunting and overwhelming experience so it is necessary to prepare both mentally and physically to get the most out of your visit.  Here are 15 tips to help you squeeze out every possible drop of enjoyment.

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The Vatican: 10 symbols to know

Pietro_Perugino_034_2The significance of many of the symbols that are found in churches and specifically St. Peter’s Basilica are not common knowledge; nevertheless, the meanings are very important and just fun to know if you want to get the most out of your visit to the Vatican.  At one time the masses knew what the hundreds of symbols meant as readily as a contemporary person recognizes the golden arches or swoosh.  So, to bring the richness of the Catholic symbolism back, here is a list of 10 symbols that every visitor to the Vatican should know.

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That’s right! iKangaroo is on Foursquare

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Going to Paris or Rome?  We have built up quite a list of places to try in both places and are adding more and more all the time.  We are finding the cheapest happy hours, most interesting and budget conscious restaurants and a lot more worthwhile tips that will save you time and money.  Don’t be afraid of crazy phone bills for using data roaming because we are tagging all the free WiFi spots we can find.  If you do not have the Foursquare app yet download it now and friend iKangaroo.

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Is the Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto) it worth it?

IMG_2295Capri, Italy–2010

The short answer: NO.

When visiting Naples and the rest of the South of Italy you can do better things with your time and money than traveling to Capri to see the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra), especially if  that is your sole intention for visiting Capri . 

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Is Stonehenge worth it?

IMG_3520There is no doubt Stonehenge is one of the most well known sites in the world.  But for all its fame it is one of the world’s most mysterious sites because nobody really has a clue what it was used for or how it was built.  Was it built by spacemen?  Was it a calendar?  Was it a Druid sacred site?  Did Merlin, of King Arthur fame, build it?  The theories are numerous, all contributing to the Mystery of Stonehenge

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What goat whips have to do with Valentine’s Day

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