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Edward Piegza
Edward Piegza is the president and founder of Classic Journeys, an award-winning adventure travel company offering upscale boutique tours in over 70 regions around the world. Since 1995, his La Jolla-based company has been providing travelers one-of-a-kind experiences that immerse them into the history and culture of regions in 33 countries on five continents.

Entries by Edward Piegza

5 Travel Trends for 2015

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 4:23 PM

5 Travel Trends for '15

Working in a travel company, I'm constantly talking to people who are planning trips up to 18 months in the future. What that yields is a terrific inside look at how people are thinking about travel, where they intend to go, how they are...

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Overpacked and Under Pressure

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 12:13 PM

I'm a tall guy. I'm the man your eyes plead to when you finally drag your oversized, overstuffed suitcase onto the train after you've huffed and puffed through the station, dragging it on one faulty wheel. I'm the fella who will absolutely stand up to help you hoist that 60-pound...

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A Portrait of Travel, from Kodak to Instagram

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 11:58 AM

For a perfect symbol of how travel has changed over the last 20 years, I vote for that little cheese-yellow box of Kodak film. Oh, the debates we had about how many rolls of 24 or 36 exposures to cram into our bags. How we crossed our fingers every time...

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70th Anniversary of D-Day: In Normandy, the Echoes Are Still Strong

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 2:40 PM

I imagine it is theoretically possible to visit Normandy without thinking about D-Day. Measured in hours, the invasion wasn't much more than a blip in the history of France's northwest coast. It's certainly easy to put the focus on sipping calvados with a gooey wedge of Camembert, or decoding the...

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From Cave Painters to Cassoulet: A Trip to Southwest France 100,000 Years in the Making

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 5:55 PM

"It's old, yes," conceded Bart. "But only 27,000 years old. Not as old as some." In fact, the cave etching we were facing, deep inside a hill in southwestern France on a walking tour in the Dordogne Valley, really didn't look so ancient. In a region where signs of human...

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Your Kids' Brains on Spring Break: 8 Is the New 12

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 2:13 PM

With spring break upon us and summer vacation just around the corner, parents are once again faced with the age-old debate: When it comes to international travel with kids in tow, how old is old enough for children to truly appreciate a trip abroad?

Early teens used to have the...

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A Landlubber's Galápagos Island Travel Journal

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 10:59 AM

Here's the first and maybe most important thing you need to know as you're deciding how to travel to the Galápagos Islands: They are wayyyy bigger than they look on a satellite map. Those 20 random dots, floating 600 miles out in the Pacific off the coast of Ecuador, actually...

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The Cuban Contradiction

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 1:49 PM

My hips are clearly not Cuban. Just ask Margo, my 80-something salsa partner in Havana's Muraleando district. Our group had been in Cuba for less than two hours when I met her. Already, we had roamed streets where surreal murals by local artists coat every wall. Our guide, Jorge Frank,...

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Morocco Hits All the Right Notes for Travelers

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 3:38 PM

The gentle, all-night hiss of the shifting Sahara sand subsided. Pinholes of pale pink light filtered into my Berber tent. Well-rested after yesterday's camel ride into camp and last night's banquet by the bonfire, I didn't even mind that I was awake earlier than usual. I threw back the flap....

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