After what seems an eternity, most restaurants in Italian cities are reopening for limited indoor dining, but there are some that still prefer to stick with take-away. Unfortunately for Americans who are dying to get back to travelling to Europe, the travel ban continues (now on both sides of the pond) and that means this encouraging news is of little use. We at Clued In Travel Books are trying to keep an optimistic outlook however, and have every intention of going ahead with a visit to London and Paris in October if it’s possible. Fingers crossed! In the meantime, our “City Extras” webpages will continue to receive monthly updates and featured things to do in each of our covered cities. Stay safe everyone!
All the best, Dean and Andie
It’s finally happening… after months of essentially being closed to visitors due to the pandemic, some of our “Clued In” cities are beginning to welcome people back. Venice, Rome, and Florence can now be visited by outsiders. Barcelona, London, and Edinburgh are also coming along, though the latter will not be enjoying its usual Fringe and International Performance Festivals this summer (for the first time ever since their inception.) Paris will announce its opening soon, meaning visitors arriving there will not have to be quarantined for fourteen days. And if you are one of the first to visit these places, you will undoubtedly enjoy the place without crowds -something unheard of in the warmer months. Progress.
The next big turning point will be when the U.S. lifts its ban on international travel. The Clued In Travel Books will celebrate that one for sure! For now, one can certainly venture to one of our three domestic cities without hassle, namely New York, San Francisco, and Miami Beach. In just a couple more weeks, all should have dine-in options inside their restaurants. In the meantime, picnic, anyone?
Venice’s beautiful Ponte delle Guglie – a bridge with gargoyles
Back in March (which seems a lifetime ago) we anticipated that by May great progress would have been made in regard to the health emergency around the world. While the data continues to improve in all of our Clued In cities, not one of them is able to reopen to visitors. While some have lifted restrictions on some workers, all are still on a shelter-in-place order as they continue to fight against the spread of the novel coronavirus. Stay safe! Dean and Andie
As Europe, the UK, and the Americas continue to grapple with the fast-spreading virus, we urge everyone to be safe and stay home as much as possible. Take care of yourself and your loved ones and know that we are all waiting for the world to open again. It’s surreal to be sure, but we will get through this. Our entire Clued In Travel Book team wishes you the very best in this incredibly difficult situation. With lots of love, Dean and Andie
Like many travelers around the world, our upcoming trip to London and Paris is no longer happening. While it is still possible for US citizens to fly back home from France, there are just too many variables and too many travel risks for us to proceed with it (not the least of which is that airline passengers in France showing any signs of a possible virus will not be allowed on board.) We love Paris, but we do not want to take the chance of being quarantined there. For our ardent readers who follow our travel plans with enthusiasm, we are posting this news and wait, along with the rest of the world’s travelers, for this terrible epidemic to be over. If you are traveling, we wish you all the best for your continued good health. Happy travels, Dean and Andie
By the way, we will continue our current winter sale prices for all of our Clued In travel books. Even though you may not be traveling in the next month or so, there’s certainly nothing wrong with exploring our opinions of the Clued In cities and planning out the perfect (future) trip.
For those on the go, especially in March 2020, a few tweaks to your normal traveling behavior may make all the difference. We’re off to London and Paris mid-month and will be taking more taxis and car services than usual. You should too. That’s why we’ve just updated all of our City-Extras pages (found through the menu bar of our website) with great taxi cab clues. Even for the avid traveler, our tips will be a good refresher so that you can hit the ground running, so to speak.
Happy travels, Dean and Andie
Every so often we like to add a Need-to-Know for our clued in cities. With a new year and new decade upon us, that’s precisely what we did on all of our fabulous City-Extras pages. By navigating through the menu bar of our website blog, you’ll get some current tips and info that will help make your travel plans more successful. From the unveiling of a tourist tax in Edinburgh to new laws affecting visitors to Italy, or fun “Bumper Cars on Ice” in New York, we’ve definitely got it covered. Check it out now because giving no-nonsense advice to travelers is what we do.
Happy travels, Dean and Andie
Beware of Miami’s $50 cocktails
Direct rail from London!
Don’t sit on those steps!
For travelers who dream of going beyond the main sights in our favorite cities, the new Bored In series of specialty travel guides are the perfect solution. Our painstakingly researched experiences are curated to give you the very best in each category. You’ll save hours of planning time and will have all the particular info and details at your fingertips! Available in both print and ebook versions. Today, Bored in Barcelona joins the series and can be found only on Amazon. From speed boat excursions on the Mediterranean Sea to making authentic tapas or getting a new tattoo, we’ve got you covered! More info can be found by clicking here.
Happy travels! Dean & Andie
As we start the new Roaring Twenties, a new decade of travel begins. Our Clued In cities are better than ever and offer today’s savvy travelers so many things to see and do that it can sometimes feel overwhelming. Never fear; our concise and opinionated travel guides are here to help you sort it all out. As always, we will use our monthly-updated City Extras pages to post featured places we know you’ll love, as well as any urgent changes to our current 2020 editions. The January posts are already up so check them out through the menu bar above. From our favorite spas in Miami Beach to the state of flood waters in Venice, we’ve got you covered. See you there, wherever you may be going!
Happy travels, Dean & Andie
Wishing all of you a safe and joyful Christmas and Hanukkah, and a Happy New Year filled with great travel. All the best, Dean and Andie and the entire Clued In team.