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Amsterdam, Holland: No More Tours Of Hooker ‘hood PDF Print E-mail


The Netherlands government no longer promotes the capital city as a tourist destination, while touting other Dutch cities and towns. This year, Amsterdam city tours are limited to 15 visitors.

Sadly, for eager male visitors, tours of the infamous Amsterdam Red Light neighborhood are forbidden entirely. Also, to earn the city more tax income, all hotel room tax charges have gone higher, as are extra taxes on museums, boat trips and other tourist attractions. In other words, as with Las Vegas and other rip-off travel destinations, the bargain prices you see for Amsterdam are just the beginning you’ll pay for your visit.

 
Yelp Yaps About Best 100 Restaurants In The USA PDF Print E-mail


The website clams its team of data scientists voted the top rankings based on customer ratings, foodie rantings and gourmand reviews. Hmmmm. Is it a coincidence that both the first and last on the list have Middle Eastern menus?

The 100 are too many to display here, so let’s just do two. No. 100 is Falafel Cafe in Birmingham AL, and  No. 1 Shawarma Guys in San Diego CA: And, of course, on any day you show up at one of those, you may be served the best or worst meal in America. However, note customer review snips.

Shawarma Guys: The falafels were very crispy on the outside and had a nice flavor.  Not dry at all.  The shawarma plate was delicious and the beef was very soft and tender.  It's what you'd expect from wagyu.  What stood out was the tabouli, hummus, and pita, which were all very flavorful.

Falafel Cafe: This place has the best Middle Eastern foods. Fantastic shawarma and rice snd the best falafel in town. Very reasonable prices, clean and well run. I highly recommend this for lunch or dinner. I'll be back very soon. If you get a regular pita sandwich or plate, make sure you get some falafel on the side. It’s great.

 
Viking Dropped The Word Cruise From Its Official Name PDF Print E-mail

cruisefredlgSo next time I want to cruise the ocean blue on that line, I’ll have to call it big ship sailing, ocean journey, sea excursion or water passage. Citing a desire to focus on destinations, as well as a reflection of its growth into different types of sailings, Viking has also dropped the word “cruise” from its official name.Viking founder and chairman Tor Hagen tucked the announcement into an event Jan. 15 in Los Angeles. After the remote christening of the line’s latest ocean ship, Viking Jupiter, and the long-anticipated [reveal of its expedition line], Hagen said that the company’s website URL had been changed from vikingcruises.com to viking.com.

 
Jackson Hole Wy: Park Service Kill Invading Mountain Goats PDF Print E-mail


They say the elimination is necessary, but many of we senior naturalists may disagree. Instead of murdering them, if the mountain goats are invading the territory of the approved bighorn sheep, why not just gather them up and take them where they can live out their lives?

An official kill of the mountain goats that have invaded Grand Teton National Park and threaten the existence of the park's struggling bighorn sheep herd, is going on. A High Tetons area, including the north and west slopes of the Cathedral Group, will be closed to the public. Flying goat killers are locating and shooting the evil invaders. Hey, senior naturalists: Doesn’t this slaughter really get your goat?

 
Las Vegas NV: Unadvertised Hotel Resort Fees Sneaking Up PDF Print E-mail


When planning your Sin City trip, you’re attracted by all those hotel and online travel guru ads offering rooms for $49.99, with some listed as low as $19.99. So, first get smart when you see they always take an entire penny off the ridiculous price to lure in the suckers.

Then, after several wild cheap Vegas days and nights, when you check out you get a bigger surprise. The bill has another $50 daily “resort fee” and other charges added to the cost. The innocent explanation at the front desk is that the legally added rip-off is for security, city taxes and/or other dire luxury necessities.

Big bad news! Now Caesars Palace and other Las Vegas hotels are raising their resort fees, and other city hotels will continue to do the same. For example, the new extra nightly fees at Caesars Palace and Nobu Las Vegas are kited to $51.02. So, along with all the family savings you’ll be bringing to Sin City to invest in never-win gambling, be sure you have enough to pay the hidden resort robberies.

 
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