Postings By Rich Mancini


Travel as Inspiration... whatever your "Muse" may be...

Inspiration can be a funny thing. It seems to come to us in as many different ways as there are people to be inspired in the first place. Sometimes, it’s experiencing a great work of art – like, say, gazing transfixed at Rembrandt’s The Night Watch in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam – that does it. Or maybe it's standing in rou...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 10/13/2016
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, River Cruise, Museums, Art Travel

Where it’s Memorial Day…
365 Days a Year

With all the parades, barbecues, holiday sales and general hoopla that has come to characterize the Memorial Day weekend as the annual kickoff to the summer season throughout the U.S., it’s become easy to lose sight of the true purpose of the observance… to remember and honor those Americans who have given their lives in the service of...
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Ireland & The Yellow Roads of Europe - After 25 Years, A Look Back

In 1989-90, as Tauck approached its seventh decade as a travel leader specializing in North American tours and cruises, Arthur Tauck Jr. and tour architects Scott Supernaw and Herbert Wiese headed off to Europe for on-the-road, hands-on, in-depth crafting of Tauck's first European itineraries – checking out cities, towns, villages and destina...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 3/17/2016
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Europe, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland, Tauck, Travel

The Kentucky Derby: Tradition Reigns at the “Run for the Roses”

To me, from the wonderful “big hats” worn – and Mint Juleps sipped – by spectators at Louisville’s Churchill Downs to the garland of red roses adorning the winning horse, the Kentucky Derby is all about tradition. Some of the Derby’s many time-honored traditions date all the way back to the famous annual thorough...
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Hollywood Along the Danube

Exploring the Danube River on Tauck’s The Blue Danube river cruise a few years ago caused me to rapidly fall head-over-heels in love with some of the great cities I visited along the “River of Kings” – from Vienna to Budapest and beyond, as the Danube winds all the way to the Black Sea and Bucharest. And being the movie buff...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 12/3/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Austria, Europe, Tauck, Travel, Vienna

The National Parks and
the American Story

With only months away from the US National Park Service celebrating their Centennial year in 2016, I’ve been thinking a lot about America’s national parks and monuments, and what a treasure they are to we citizens of these United States. Because sometimes we might take them for granted, forgetting the often decades-long struggles that h...
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Coming Home to Italy...
For the First Time

Perhaps because I’m Italian-American (well, half, on my dad’s side) and in the travel field, friends and colleagues have always found it hard to believe that I had never visited Italy, the country that my grandfather Carlo left, on his own, at 17 to make a new life for himself in the United States. But I hadn’t… until just ...
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25 Places Around the World
With Jules Verne... and Tauck

Given the great speed at which we can routinely travel these days – by jet aircraft, high-speed rail, modern trans-oceanic cruise ships, etc. – the idea of circumnavigating the globe within 80 days may seem trite… and certainly not nearly as daunting as it did back in 1873, when the great science fiction pioneer Jules Verne's cl...
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Bringing “America’s Best Idea” to Life...

You don’t have to be a dyed-in-the-wool history buff like me to appreciate the work of filmmaker Ken Burns, whose acclaimed documentaries over the past 30+ years have transformed the way we look at American history, and at the nature of the American experience itself. Admittedly, I’ve been a fan of Ken’s work since his earliest do...
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7 Must-Visit Destinations
for Families Worldwide

Among the countless places that Tauck visits around the globe, there are certain must-see destinations / experiences that light up the imaginations of kids, parents and grandparents alike. We’ve chosen seven of these top must-do’s for families, all of which inspire multi-generational fun and learning on Tauck Bridges family travel adven...
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"Horsing Around"...
The Equestrian World of Tauck

I am certainly no expert on horses. I appreciate their power and beauty, and enjoy watching them at races, rodeos, equestrian events and in Westerns. But the fact is that I’ve only been atop or in close proximity with horses a handful of times in my life. And I recently realized that most of those moments have occurred on Tauck trips. So I th...
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Observing the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War: Meet noted Lincoln scholar and author Harold Holzer

If you were looking for expert insights on the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln, you’d need go no further than Harold Holzer. A leading scholar on the 16th U.S. president and the political culture of the Civil War, Mr. Holzer has written over 500 articles and reviews for various magazines and scholarly journals, and is the author, co-author...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 4/23/2015
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Civil War, Ken Burns, Tauck, Travel

The Ultimate Jazz Experience

Louis Armstrong once said, “Every time I close my eyes blowing that trumpet of mine – I look right in the heart of good old New Orleans... It has given me something to live for.” Although he hit it big in Chicago in the 1920s and later became a legend throughout the world, Armstrong was a New Orleans native. To me, “Satchmo&...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 11/21/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Food, Ken Burns, Museums, Tauck Events, Jazz, New Orleans

Discovering Cuba’s Lively “Second City” – Santiago de Cuba

After decades of staying largely “in the dark” about our Caribbean neighbor just 90 miles from the Florida coast, many Americans are finally getting to know Cuba through People-to-People cultural exchange trips licensed through the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) – like the one-week trip to...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 7/25/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Tauck, Cuba

Heading to Cooperstown: Tauck’s Baseball Hall of Fame Event

For Major League Baseball players and managers, “going to Cooperstown” – making it into the National Baseball Hall of Fame – is the absolute pinnacle of a career in our national pastime. Of approximately 17,000 ballplayers who’ve played in the major leagues since the 1870s, and thousands more from the Negro Leagues, fe...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 6/5/2014
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Ken Burns, Tauck Events, Museums

Create Your Masterpiece

Bringing local European culture to life – learning about it, understanding it, embracing it – is a big part of what Tauck’s luxury European river cruises are all about. That’s why your Tauck river cruise will have you experiencing great European art, music and more throughout your trip, whichever corner of the continent you ...
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In Cuba, music says it all...

It has always seemed to this traveler (and music lover) that music is about as close to a universal language as the world will ever get. Think about it: wherever you might be, and whatever language it might be sung in, a good song can get you moving and “into it” whether you understand its lyrics or not… it just reaches out and g...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 7/19/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Cuba, Travel

Where it’s Memorial Day… 365 Days a Year

With all the parades, barbecues, holiday sales and general hoopla that has come to characterize the Memorial Day weekend as the annual kickoff to the summer season throughout the U.S., it’s become easy to lose sight of the true purpose of the observance, first established a few years after the end of the Civil War… to remember and hono...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 5/24/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, USA

Where Is Your Favorite “Cobblestone” Street?

The name comes from “cob,” an Old English word that meant – among other things – “rounded lump.” But from the 15th century on, “cobblestone” has referred to the smooth, often rounded stones that were commonly used to pave roads centuries ago. Whether it’s tucked away in some out-of-the-way neigh...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 4/25/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Cuba, Europe, USA

Music in the Air: Great European Cities for Classical Music Lovers (Part 2)

Welcome back to our journey to some of Europe’s greatest destinations for lovers of classical music – places where many legendary composers lived and worked, and where some of the world’s finest orchestras and opera companies continue to feature their music today. Last time, we featured the Austrian cities of Vienna and Salzburg&h...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 3/21/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Europe

Music in the Air: Great European Cities for Classical Music Lovers (Part 1)

If you love classical music, there are many European cities to which a visit should absolutely be on your “bucket list”… but I’ve chosen a quartet of personal favorites where many of the world’s greatest composers of the last three centuries or so lived and worked at some point in their lives – and also happen t...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 3/14/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel, Europe

Visit America's Top Presidential Places

In honor of the recent observation of President’s Day, I thought I’d share some pretty cool Presidential places to visit inside, as well as outside, the U.S. They’ll take you into the lives of some of our nation’s Commanders in Chief, and really appeal to the history buff in me (and perhaps in you, too). Now, because it incl...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 2/21/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: USA, Travel

Action! The World's Must-See Movie Locations

I’ve been a movie buff for as long as I can remember… back to my earliest memories as a kid of the “extra added late-night feature” from the back seat of the family car at a drive-in theatre. Ever since, I’ve loved visiting filming locations where movies were actually created – and I’m not alone. So for al...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 2/8/2013
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Travel

Classic Cars in Cuba

Saying that Cuba travel is “all about the cars” may not be exactly accurate. After all, between the ever-present music, art and culture, the rich history, and the Cuban people themselves, there is so much to love about this enigmatic country next door that many Americans are just discovering for the first time on our People-to-People trips...
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Posted by Rich Mancini on 8/30/2012
Posted in: Tauck’s Travelogue
Tags: Cuba

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