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Travel Picks Friday

World’s Best Hotels, Riot Tourism & Travel Picnic

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Travelers’ Favorite Hotels

Visit TripAdvisor and get the 2009 Traveler’s Choice list.

Vecchio Asilo Hotel - San GeminianoThis year’s Best Hotel Bergain is the Hotel Vecchio Asilo. Located in San Geminiano, Italy, the charming Vecchio Asilo guest house is one the best rated Tuscany hotels on with a 9.7 user rating.

Other TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice categories are Best All-Inclusive Resorts, Best Family Accommodations, Best Inns and Bed & Breakfasts, Best Hidden Gems, Best Romantic Hotels, Best Hotels in the Top 25 World Cities, Best Service, Best Luxury Hotels and Best Hotel Brands.

A big surprise this year is that none of the many romantic Paris hotels is listed in the Top 10 Hotels for Romance.

Authentic Travel Experience

On Enduring Wanderlust, Gennaro Salamone gives four great tips on how to enjoy a travel picnic whether the setting is a small Italian village in the Tuscany countryside,  the banks of the River Seine in Paris or the Great Lawn of Central Park in New York.

Controversial Travel Trend

Vagabondish publishes an article by Jesse Cooper on 2009′s best travel destinations for riot tourism.

Amongst this year’s hot spots are several European countries: France and Italy for the violent demonstrations against government economic reforms,  Greece for the current clashes between youth and police, Denmark for the protests around Copenhagen‘s hippy enclave Christiania, Russia for the growing social tensions, and Iceland for the violent reactions to the country’s bankruptcy in the capital city of Reykjavik.

Luxury & Boutique Hotels Specialist

Travel Blissful publishes an interview with Tamara Heber-Percy, co-founder and manager of Mr & Mrs Smith boutique & luxury hotel guide.

New York Times Travel Reporters

Congratulations to the winners of the second annual New York Times contest Win a Trip With Nick: Leana Wen and Will Okun will travel with Pulitzer Prize Winning Nicholas Kristof on a reporting trip to Africa.

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