Greenwich, England, and the pluses of getting off the beaten track — a bit
La Rosa at The Prince of Greenwich Pub with his collections

Greenwich, England, and the pluses of getting off the beaten track — a bit

Pietro La Rosa, with his flowing mane of gray hair, beard and lilting Italian accent, is not like any pub owner I’ve ever met nor is The Prince of Greenwich pub menu typical

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Disney Springs (nee Downtown Disney) rolls out fab family dining, shopping and entertainment
Portobello Restautant at Disney Springs in Orlando

Disney Springs (nee Downtown Disney) rolls out fab family dining, shopping and entertainment

What was once called Downtown Disney has just been renamed Disney Springs with new restaurants like the Boathouse, new shopping outlets (ready for some custom painted Tom’s sandals?) and new acts at Cirque du Soleil.

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Souvenir shopping rule #1: don’t buy something you can buy at home
Regent Street in London

Souvenir shopping rule #1: don’t buy something you can buy at home

Sure London has lots of sites to see but there is something to be said for spending a morning wandering along with local families. Come on a Sunday in July when Regent Street is closed to pedestrians.

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Taking the Kids? What’s your souvenir strategy?
World of Disney souvenir shop

Taking the Kids? What’s your souvenir strategy?

Just as you should plan your itinerary and have a “what if” talk if the kids (or you) get lost, you need to have a souvenir strategy before the trip even starts. You don’t want to bust the vacation budget on something like a $40 sweatshirt, or a toy that will be forgotten the next day.

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In Hong Kong at Christmas — it’s all about the shopping
Night shopping in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong at Christmas — it’s all about the shopping

Think Black Friday at the busiest mall — times 1,000 — combined with Times Square on New Year’s Eve. That only begins to describe Hong Kong on Christmas Eve when thousands take to the streets — no cars are permitted in the hotel district — to shop and shop some more until 2 a.m. (the subways run all night).

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