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“You must be joking” tourist site opens


I’m kind of losing the urge to travel. What’s there to see? Now we have a just-opened glass-bottom walkway perched 4,000 feet over the Grand Canyon

Excuse me? I’m supposed to pay you so I can walk out there and look below my shoes into eternal bottomless nothingness? That’s not how it works. You offer to pay me four million dollars to walk out there, and I still say no. Not even if you throw in a t-shirt that says, “Mom and Dad visited the Skywalk and aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!”

And I really don’t want to be the poor guy who runs the snack concession at this site. “Yessir, a nice chili dog before you go for your skywalk?” Tim Gaynor reports:

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Members of the media get a view from the Skywalk after dedication ceremonies at the Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai Indian Reservation in Arizona, March 20, 2007. REUTERS/Jeff Topping

Travel to Hannibal’s home! Lock up the fava beans, boys!


No, thanks.  No matter how many exclamation marks you put beside it, an invitation like this just isn’t too enticing.   

Some folks in Lithuania are offering a visit to Hannibal Lecter’s home as described in the novel and movie, Hannibal Rising. For $131 you get to tour the capital and visit a nearby estate for a “Hannibal feast” and a meeting with “Lecter.”

Here’s me at a former power station, here’s me at…


tour.jpgDear Blog Guy,
I plan to go to Europe, but I’d like to visit some places that aren’t wall-to-wall tourists. Any suggestions?
Traveling Gal

Well, Traveling Gal, two words for you: Crazy Guides. This Polish tour company shows visitors “the communist way of life,” which pretty much means you don’t have to worry about getting on a waiting list. 

Cheap travel deal: nothing dentured, nothing gained


This may end up being my favorite quote of the month: It is a perfect opportunity to combine holidays and dental care. 

The place is Croatia, which is already a popular vacation destination for sunseekers, and is now tempting tourists with the offer of cheap dental work. One promoter told us the dental services on offer are cheaper than those in England, while the quality is the same… I know what you’re thinking, but don’t say it. It’s too easy. dentists3001.jpg 

Paging Mr. Kafka…


We warned you here yesterday: the party’s over in Bangkok.  If you’re one of those decadent people who travel the world going from coup to coup looking for laughs, cross Thailand off your list.  The country’s new military rulers have said go-go dancers and other entertainers who are posing with tanks and entertaining the troops were no longer welcome.

Okay.  Probably a bad time for four actors dressed as Japanese superheroes to arive promoting an action-hero show movie opening next month. 

“Fawlty Towers” reopening: no riff-raff


 ”I’ll ruin you. You’ll never waitress in Torquay again.”

“Next contestant, Mrs. Sybil Fawlty from Torquay. Specialist subject – the bleeding obvious.”