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Make 2016 the year you discover Charleston

Make 2016 the year you discover Charleston

  Looking to explore America this summer? Make this the year that you discover Charleston. A charming southern city that has stayed more or less the same since the Antebellum days, walking its streets are often an attraction in themselves. If you are looking for a bit more to do than that. Be sure to add the following points of interest to your itinerary…   1) Stroll the City Market With abundant fertile farmland surrounding Charleston, its no surprise that…

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Experience Christmas in a different land this year

Experience Christmas in a different land this year

  Want to experience Christmas in a different land this season? If you are looking to shake up your celebrations at the last minute, this post will give you some suggestions to make this dream happen for you and your family… 1) Germany Home to the rapidly spreading concept of the Christmas market in other parts of the world, Germany has a holiday charm that cuts to core of its original origins. The best market to visit is in Dresden, which first put…

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4 Reasons to Visit the Roman Catacombs

4 Reasons to Visit the Roman Catacombs

  by thehipmunk In ancient Rome, burial within the city walls was forbidden. The pagan culture of the second and third centuries preferred cremation, despite the objections of the Christian minority. As land for graveyards was scarce, the Christians of the day cultivated a sense of community away from the public eye by digging burial tunnels into the soft volcanic rock called tufo. These ancient sites can now be found on the outskirts of the city, along major roadways and close to many Roman…

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Carry On with SF Ballet Principal Dancer Luke Ingham

Carry On with SF Ballet Principal Dancer Luke Ingham

  By: Kelly Soderlund, Hipmunk Staff South Australia-born dancer Luke Ingham trained at the Australian Ballet School and performed with the Australian Ballet and the Houston Ballet before joining the San Francisco Ballet as a soloist in 2012. Ingham was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2014, and has danced many soloist and principal roles for SF Ballet, including Tomasson’s Nutcracker*. We asked the globe-trotting Ingham to take a quick break from dancing and and chat about his travel habits, tips, his favorite cities to visit, and the items he can’t travel without….

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Tourist to Traveler: 3 Essential Travel Etiquette Tips

Tourist to Traveler: 3 Essential Travel Etiquette Tips

  As much as we may or may not love our home and chosen career, the time inevitably comes when we just need a break from the everyday. When this occasion strikes, air tickets are purchased, suitcases are jam-packed like a butcher stuffs a sausage casing, and the tired masses eagerly board planes due for a destination where they anticipate a week or two of rejuvenation under a tropical sun.   However, all too many go through these motions with…

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