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  Some works of art take people’s breath away. They stick with you long past your short visit. Our staff relate pieces of art that spoke to them while on the road. ‘The Pieta by Michelangelo leaves me without words. Housed in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in Rome, this marble sculpture does not…

Saint Isaac's Cathedral in St Petersburg, Russia

 
 

We asked our staff, ‘What great international experiences have you had 
that aren’t available at home?’ Here is what they had to say! ‘One thing you just don’t find in America very often is a group of monkeys hanging out in the shade near a 400-year-old mausoleum. This incredible encounter happened to me in India,…

 
 

We asked the staff of The Group Travel Leader, ‘What’s a great local restaurant or watering hole that you’ve discovered on the road?’ Here are some wonderful places to keep in mind when you’re on the road. ‘Best dive bar hands down goes to Veets Bar in downtown Mobile, Alabama. It’s cold beer, live music…

 
 

The staff at The Group Travel Leader, Inc. relate their secrets to passing time on a long flight. ‘Fortunately, I have trained myself to sleep on long flights. As long as I have my travel pillow and don’t stare at any bright screens for too long, I drift off into a sort of half-slumber. Ideally,…

 

Five favorites: Museums

Posted by Eliza Myers in Travel Thoughts on November 20, 2012

 
 

Courtesy The Field Museum I found it very difficult to rank my five favorite museums, since I tend to be a fan of almost all museums. History museums especially intrigue me, since even a small, budget-conscious museum can have incredible stories to tell. So I tried to pick the ones I would happily get lost…

 
 

You never know how people are going to travel together until you hit the road with them, which is why I felt nervous about my husband’s first family vacation with my mom and brother to Yosemite National Park this spring. Although I had traveled with them individually, I was unsure if everyone’s travel styles would…

 
 

I looked and looked, but the view at McWay Cove in Julia Pfeiffer State Park did not feel real. The impossible beauty I beheld had to be part of some highly imaginative dream. Or I had been suddenly whisked up to heaven. Since neither of those seemed true, I had to accept the most likely…

 

Yosemite National Park

Posted by Eliza Myers in The West on May 31, 2012

 
 

While stopping a minute to look up the endless stone steps cut into the cliff’s side, I felt certain the upcoming Vernal and Nevada waterfalls would be worth the climb. I knew this not just because of the occasional glimpses of the powerful Vernal Falls, but also because I was standing in a rainbow. Wind…

 

Just go for it!

Posted by Eliza Myers in Travel Thoughts on February 17, 2012

 
 

“Drivers in India like to play the game of chicken,” said Anil Bahal, my India tour guide with Globus, as we watched cars weave through traffic. “They like to drive at you until the last second. Driving in India may not be half the fun, but it is half of the experience.” Watching the cars…

 

Sand and water

Posted by Eliza Myers in Middle East on September 19, 2011

 
 

I took a moment to catch my breath. The gigantic sand dune kept going straight up into the air and down below me the people were already looking like Polly Pocket dolls. But it was the challenge of the Wadi Rum desert that kept me climbing the sand dune. I figured Lawrence of Arabia hadn’t…