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Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon public recreation space, above, features an elevated pedestrian bridge.

Seoul, South Korea, is a study in contrasts. Having grown quickly, the city is a mix of old and new.

Using public transportation, visitors can travel from the 531-year-old Changgyeonggung Palace to the 10-year-old Cheonggyecheon public recreation space and stream in 20 minutes. The palace, a large pavilion surrounded by columns, is famous for its early Joseon architecture. Visitors can watch the changing of the guard. The stream, carved from a former highway, is in the center of town and boasts a busy pedestrian bridge above.

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The Maine course: Uncovering a Los Altos connection


Courtesy of Libra Foundation
After decades living in Los Altos, Betty Noyce, the ex-wife of Intel Corp. co-founder Bob Noyce, moved to Maine. Pioneering her brand of “catalytic philanthropy,” Betty invested in the 5,000-acre Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, above.

We recently returned from a trip to Maine, where we heard a compelling human-interest story with a Los Altos connection.

Our trip included a wonderful stopover at the distinctive and picturesque Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, which prompted us to research the following article.

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How accurate are online reviews posted by travelers?

Is it just me or are tour operators and hotel owners calling to change your rating on TripAdvisor, Yelp or Booking.com?

It’s been happening to me more and more.

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Taking the high road: Ethical Traveler offers mindful tips


Courtesy of Andrey Voronov
The island nation of Mauritius, designated among the World’s 10 Best Ethical Destinations, boasts a statue of Lord Shiva.

At the end of each year, Ethical Traveler reviews information from nearly 200 developing countries to report which have been naughty or nice.

Then the nonprofit organization posts its World’s 10 Best Ethical Destinations online, in the hope that travelers will “vote with their wings” and prioritize travel in countries they can feel good about supporting, its website states.

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Christmas gift recommendations for the traveler on your list


Courtesy of North FACE Collections
The North Face Dubs Insulated jacket boasts hand-warmer pockets. It retails for $199.

Whether you’re buying for the luxury traveler who wants the best of everything or for that adrenaline junkie that zip-lines from tree to tree on vacation, the following travel tools will light up their eyes.

For stormy weather

It’s no fun shivering while schussing down the slopes at Tahoe or hiking the backwoods. Consider giving your snow bunny a warm coat.

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