IHT Travel Blog

The International Herald Tribune began adding reporters’ blogs to its site in early 2006.  This past May, they added Globespotters, a travel guide billing itself as “Urban advice from reporters who live there.”  The blog only “officially” covers six cities: Bangkok, Hong Kong, London, Rome, Paris and, most importantly for this tour, Berlin.  (There is, however, one post about Amsterdam, as well as a post about Munich filed under the Berlin category.)

On the front page of Globespotters, you can find in the upper right corner a box featuring the six destinations.  You can click on either the main blog for a city, or the Travel Basics link.  For example, take a look at the Travel Basics for Berlin.  Since I will be traveling with my laptop, I was happy to see the following:

“TECHNOLOGY: As for being able to log on, slowly but surely, coffee bars are providing wi-fi. But if you want to browse without too much cigarette smoke, check out the smoking situation.”

Also, having just blogged about Kollwitzplatz, I was happy to see a restaurant recommendation for that neighborhood: Gugelhof, an Alsatian restaurant.  Of course, we have a day trip to Strasbourg on October 12, but if you’re like me and can’t get enough of Alsace, it might be worth a trip!

One last note about IHT: in today’s travel section, there is a report about strikes affecting the Deutsche Bahn rail system.  So far the strikes are affecting freight trains, but the driver’s union indicated that they will move to passenger trains next.  Pilots from the airline LTU are also striking.

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