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Slow Travel is a way of travel that lets you experience a place in depth. Spend longer in one place instead of spreading your vacation time over several places. A week in a place lets you settle in and get below the surface. Create your own list of “must sees”. Take time before your trip to research the area, finding the things that you want to do. Don’t let someone’s “Top 10” list determine your schedule. For example, spend a week on a farm in Tuscany. Settle in and experience small town...
 
Pauline Kenny and Steve Cohen own and run the Slow Europe website. Pauline was the founder of Slow Travel (slowtrav.com), a large online travel community, which she ran from 2000 to 2007. She sold the website to Internet Brands Inc. in 2007 and they ran it for ten years until they closed the website in 2017. Pauline started the Slow Europe website in 2009. The Travel Forums were added in 2014. Over the years the Slow Europe website has changed. It started as a list of resources for...
 
Memories – of the SlowTrav Contest 2004 Note: This is a memory of our first SlowTrav contest in 2004. The Slow Travel Contest - July 2004 Our 3rd Year Anniversary contest was held in July 2004 to celebrate the anniversary of the message board (started spring 2001). This was our first contest and it was a great success!! Many thanks to all those who generously donated such wonderful prizes and to those who worked hard to enter the contest. We received over 50 photo essays, 75 trip reports...
 
Memories – of the SlowTrav Contest 2006 Note: This is a memory of our second SlowTrav contest in 2006. The Contest Drawing Our friend Connie helped us with the drawing. Last time Valerie was our helper and she was going to be again this time, but she had to cancel at the last minute, so Connie came to our rescue! Steve and Connie drawing the contest winners It took us nearly 2 hours to draw the 100 winners. Steve drew the name (which was on a folded paper and taped closed), Connie...
 
I am sensitive to the synthetic fragrances that have become increasingly popular the world over. These are the chemicals used in personal body products, laundry products, cleaning products, scented candles, and air fresheners to give them a “smell”. These fragrances are not regulated by government agencies and research has shown that they can be harmful to humans, not just to those who notice them and feel sick around them. If a product has the ingredient “parfum”, “perfume” or “fragrance”...
 
Phone Number Basics A phone number consists three parts; the international direct dialing number, the country code and the local phone number. A phone number may show + at the start. This means "dial the international direct dialing number for the country you are calling from". In the US/Canada this is 011. In Europe it is 00. A phone number may have a number in brackets. This means you do not dial this number when calling it from outside the country. Let's look at an example UK phone...
 
What is Geocaching? Geocaching is an electronic treasure hunt. One finds caches at listed GPS co-ordinates. Why Geocache? Many geocaches are in interesting or picturesque places. I would have missed once in a lifetime views had I not hunted geocaches. Most memorable is the panoramic view I was treated to high above Ephesus. If one has children or grandchildren, it is a way to engage the whole family in an activity. Some geocaches are listed as “child friendly” and contain small toys...
The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) produces great dramas, comedies and news shows. Every household pays a TV license (around £150 per year) which pays for the BBC, so you have public ownership of the part of the media. There are three BBC channels - BBC One, BBC Two, and BBC Four. Recently BBC Three went to online only. BBC One has the best shows. BBC Four specializes in those Scandi murder shows. There are other channels that are not part of the BBC – ITV, Channel Four, etc. Use a...
Many TV networks allow only people in their country to watch their TV shows online. For example, if you live in the US, you cannot watch BBC shows online. Or if you live in Europe, you cannot watch Jon Stewart's The Daily Show online. Or can you? Yes you can. Use a VPN (virtual private network) to "fake" your IP address, so you look like you are in that country and then you can access their TV on the internet. The TV websites look at your IP address, the internet address where you logged...

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