Everybody has to pay and pay

Traveling on highways and having to struggle with toll booths is certainly one of the joys of driving – NOT. If you drive across the USA – especially when you’re a visitor – you will inevitably come upon a highway with toll booths.  But, if you have purchased a toll pass when you rented your car, you might be expecting…

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The Sylvia Path

We’re not sure if Sylvia Plath ever stayed at Sylvia’s Restaurant and Lounge in Vancouver, but we’re sure she would have felt at home. The Sylvia Hotel is a designated heritage building – there aren’t too many of those in Vancouver  – ideally located on English Bay, beside Stanley Park and just 5 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Built in 1912,…

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Epcot thoughts

Whether we want to admit it or not, almost all of us feel a little tingle when we think of Disney parks.  The company knows how to push our buttons, and even lead us to new places. But, one of those places – Epcot – in Florida is a bit of an enigma to many.  Why is it there? What…

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Every breath you take, every move you make

Those with tin foil hats, look away now. People are people and, therefore, unpredictable.  Sometimes that’s fine (and fun) but when it comes to wrangling millions of us at a time, that can be . . not fun. In the UK,  Transport for London is using aggregated and anonymised data from its wi-fi network to provide real-time data on how…

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When football is all

We suspect that there are some football fans in our audience:  in this instance we are talking about the football played around the world – you know, the round ball, black and white. Some football fans are beyond passionate:  they get tattoos of their team, name their children after star players, relocate to cities where their favourite teams are located…

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You’re a space cadet

This sounds like fun, but, most importantly, has a very good intent at its heart. You can win two seats on one of the first Virgin Galactic flights to space.  Sir Richard Branson is putting his money and his spaceship where his mouth is. Here’s what’s you can look forward to: Make history as you both live out your astronaut…

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Niihau know-how

It’s hard to believe that just seventeen miles from the seaside resorts of Kauai island, there is a tiny stretch of land that has remained as it was since the days of early Hawaii. For Kauai citizens, the image of Niihau island rising from the horizon is  a familiar one, though most will never set foot on its shores. For…

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If you’re goin’ to San Francisco…

…be sure to visit SFO.  The airport itself is a wonderland, especially since the team there have lovingly and carefully  been saving artefacts, toys and more.   And you can see them.  There are dozens of exhibitions happening at SFO. The San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library and Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum provides unique opportunities for learning about the development…

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See you in the blue yonder

As is often the case with Matouring.com, we tend to gravitate toward the more unusual aspects of our world.  Who wants “the same old same old“? And if you’re a regular here, you’ll know how much we love technology, especially planes, trains and hyperloops. So here is an article about people who have travelled to the great beyond, and are…

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That’s not all, folks

Covid, BE GONE! Who doesn’t love Warner Bros entertainment?  Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Harry Potter? The Studio Tour is finally open again, and WB are excited to welcome you back. Get even closer to the entertainment you love in their new Storytelling Showcase highlighting nearly 100 years of Warner Bros. history. And, the new grand finale will delight fans of…

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Blow your top

Geysers. Hot springs. Wildlife. A few words probably come to mind when you think about Yellowstone National Park. But there’s one word that might come as a surprise: supervolcano. Because, if you didn’t know it already, the land that makes up Yellowstone National Park is actually one of the world’s largest active (yes, we said active) volcanoes. Read more courtesy…

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A double-edged sword

War is always terrible –  we can agree on that.  But, some wars truly show the caliber of some countries and some individuals. As you may know, during the mid-1800’s the United States of America was torn apart by a divisive civil war.  There were a number of factors at play in that war, but a major rift was between…

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Pwn a piece of the Rock

New York, New York.  It might be the city that never sleeps, but it is also the city that never gets boring, either.  It is like a living organism that seems to regenerate at every turn. But, there are some perennial things that never change, such as the thrill of looking down from the Empire State Building or, in this…

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Take the last train to Wales

This is astounding.  It almost defies belief, but the Chinese are behind it, so it could very well happen.  Their abilities are legend. China wants to build a $200 billion underwater train to the United States. The China-Russia-Canada-America line would be the most expensive megaproject in history and take years to complete. The biggest engineering challenge would be building an…

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Lost bags? Soon, less snags.

The last thing you want when travelling is for your luggage to go missing or to even simply be late arriving.  And that’s especially when the airline compelled you to pay for the bags.  Airlines make a lot of money from baggage fees and they often count on this as a way to eke out a profit on flights where…

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Flying underground

Las Vegas is always an explosion of over-the-top showmanship, high technology and – well, more, more more! If you’re a business person, you might have visited for one of their legendary conventions.  And you may have had to traipse from one building to another in the scorching Nevada sun.  Well, they have come up with a fun – and free…

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I like my tortugas dry

The United States of America has its fingers in so many pies in the world.  And there are still remnants of the country’s founding that give us a glimmer what it must have been like those hundreds of years ago, as the country was taking shape. One of those remnants that often is undersung is the Dry Tortugas National Park…

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Kung Fu stewardess

Well, we never thought that we would be writing about this. The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc everywhere.  It has been a sad and horrible event in our lives.  But, as we write this article, instead of rejoicing in the fact that the world is slowly reopening, we see many individuals exhibiting their absolute worst behavior, especially on aircraft. There…

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Could I interest you in a scam sandwich?

Some hotels offer rates that include breakfast. You need to figure out how likely to buy breakfast you are – and how much you’ll save. Sometimes the ‘breakfast included’ price is really just the room rate plus the cost of breakfast. And if you skip breakfast even one day, for instance you leave too early in the morning on the…

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