Monthly Archives: January 2012

What’s in a Name? Vote Now!

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Photo credit: Flickr (Creative Commons) So I’ve had a couple of suggestions that I change the name of my blog to something a little easier to remember. I’ve also heard that the mismatch between my domain name (Traveling Liz) and my blog name (L’appel Du Vide) is confusing.   So, while I really like my blog name, I am now considering changing it to the simple “Traveling Liz.” But – before I make that update I thought I would ask my readers what they thought.  To that end, I have set up a poll on the right side bar to … Read More

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January in Review

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Welcome to the end of January – I hope you all had a great start to 2012!  As you know I like to wrap up each month by summarizing any blog news and highlighting my favorite posts from my blog as well as from other travel bloggers. L’appel Du Vide Highlights This month I didn’t get to post as much as I would have liked to due to all the technical issues I was having. Hopefully I’ll be back next month with a more frequent and reliable posting schedule. My main focus this month was on questioning how we travel. … Read More

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Lake Bled’s Summer Toboggan

Riding the Toboggan down to the bottom

View of Lake Bled In my opinion, Lake Bled, in Slovenia, is one of the most beautiful places in Europe. Already a naturally beautiful setting, a lake surrounded by mountains and greenery with a small island in the middle – Lake Bled also has some stunning architectural additions including a castle high up on the mountains and (most famously) a quaint church on its lake island. You could no doubt spend hours walking and biking the trails around the lake just enjoying the view.  However, if you get bored of just admiring the scenery, Bled is also home to a … Read More

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Oh the people you’ll meet: The three LCDs

New Friends at a Hostel - Can you spot the LCDs?

One of the best parts of traveling is all the amazing people you meet along the way. I have met wonderful new friends throughout the world in hostels, in restaurants, in churches and even in the Jordain Desert. Of course, one of the worst parts of travel can be dealing with the less pleasant people you also sometimes encounter. I like to refer to these people as the Lowest Common Denominators of Humanity - the LCDS. Often disguised as other travelers, locals or service industry professionals, the LCDs will try and ruin your trip just by existing. They might be in … Read More

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Throwing in the towel

Luxor Temple in Luxor, Egypt

  This is a story of how I gave up. This is a story of how I threw in the towel. This is a story of me being a bad budget backpacker. This is the story of how I pointlessly threw away money.   But its not a bad story.  This is not a story of an awful night in Egypt. This is not a story of getting robbed or harassed. This is not a caution story of being safe while traveling.  But it could have been.   This is a very boring story and sometimes that is a good thing. … Read More

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Today’s Photo: Little Petra in Jordan

A man rests near part of Little Petra in Wadi Musa, Jordan

A man rests near part of Little Petra

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Egypt’s Other Pyramids and the Evolution of the ‘Modern’ Pyramid

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 Most people have heard of Egypt’s Pyramids – However, when most people think of egyptian pyramids, they think of the Great Pyramids of Giza. These three giant monuments have stood as symbol of Egypt for as long as people have been traveling and they have attracted thousands upond thousands of tourists to the outskirts of Cairo for a camel ride through the small desert.  However, aside from these wonders of the world, there are actually about 130 OTHER  pyramids that have been discovered in Egypt – many of which predate the famous threesome. The most famous of these other Pyramids is the … Read More

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Guest Post: Visiting the Western Wall

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Today I’m Guest Posting about visiting the Western Wall in Israel over at yTravel Blog. You can check the post out here!

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The Murky Waters of Cultural Tourism: Visiting Kompong Phluk Floating Village

House boat near Siem Reap

When I went to Siem Reap to visit the famous Angkor Wat temples, I booked a guide for my two days at the temples. However, I had no plans for the afternoon before and when I arrived, my Hostel recommend an excursion to see the nearby Floating Village of Kompong Phluk. Thinking of my visit to the Floating Markets in Thailand I agreed – I assumed it would be touristy but fun.   Cultural Tourism can sometimes walk a fine line between the careful study of another country and a total invasion of privacy. If you were at home, eating your dinner, walking your dog, doing your … Read More

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Dinner at the Yemonite Food Bar

Ronan's food bar in Safeed, Israel

Safeed is an historic town in Northern Israel known for its orthodox religious tradition.  Narrow windy streets filled with men in traditional hasidic clothing. Men in the city of Safeed It felt like a very serious place. We walked through quiet synagogues and shopped at religious themed stores. Although there was no doubt a certain level of mysticism to the place, we felt a little let down. We were ready to head back to our hotel, the Safeed Inn. That is until we met Ronan. Ronan cooking dinner at the Yemonite Food Bar Ronan owns the Yemonite Food Bar located … Read More

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