There’s no shortage of superlatives to describe San Francisco, but the city’s chocolate tradition definitely deserves a spot at the top of the list. If your travel plans take you to the City by the Bay this Valentine’s Day, indulge yourself and your sweetie with a modern take on this 2,000-year-old treat. The Latin name for the cacao plant translates to the “food of the gods,” a fitting designation for such an ethereal flavor. Chocolate earned its place as a symbol of romance after Hernán Cortés brought it back to Spain following his conquest of the Aztec Empire, and with its reputation as an aphrodisiac, it remains one of the most popular Valentine’s Day gifts. read more »
We just love our department stores. Some of them have been around for so long that they are like part of our extended family. There is some comfort in knowing exactly the kind of service and quality you are going to get by shopping at your favorite department store. Then there is the issue of convenience, as I can find everything I might be looking for in just one place. And the variety is simply formidable. read more »
Due to habitat loss and human disturbance, only 1,600 giant pandas are believed to exist in the world. Wait. Make that one thousand, six hundred and one. And the latest is a very special “one.” On July 29, 2012, Bai Yun gave birth to her sixth offspring at the San Diego Zoo. Not only is Bai Yun one of the most prolific panda mamas in the world; now, with the arrival of her latest cub, that birth marks the San Diego Zoo as the site for the most giant pandas born at a breeding facility outside of China. read more »
Stay warm on these cold days by hitting up your favorite museums this winter. We've compiled a mini list of Special Exhibits we thought would interest a wide range of museum enthusiasts. From Picasso to Frida & Diego, there's something for every art lover out there! A warm welcome to beat the winter blues, many of these exhibits are included in your CityPASS. read more »
If you’re planning a trip to Boston, chances are you’ll find yourself pounding the pavement or, more likely, contending with scraggy cobblestones, along The Freedom Trail, a popular tourist attraction that may be familiar to you. Winding through the heart of the city, the 2.5-mile, self-guided trek connects 16 sites of historic importance—most centered on the Revolutionary War era—via a red-painted line on ground.
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