After a busy day in Vienna, I like to retreat to a striped velvet couch at the renowned Cafe Hawelka. The decor here is circa-1900, with smoke-and-coffee-stained furniture, walls adorned in paintings by struggling artists (who couldn't pay for coffee), and a phone that rings for regulars. This creaky Viennese institution, where intellectuals ...Read more
Asked to pick a favorite destination, Joanna Going didn't hesitate: Newport (Rhode Island), where she grew up. "When I was 18, I took it for granted and was eager to move on to the bigger cities like Boston and then New York," says the Los Angeles-based actress. "But I've been to enough places to have gained a greater appreciation for the beauty...Read more
It’s a beautiful day for sailing. Blue skies and a good breeze.
As the bell rings and rope are cast off, the tall ship “Sloop Mystic Whaler ” slips away from her mooring at NYC’s 79th Street Boat Basin, angles into the flow of the Hudson River and begins to move downstream.
Almost immediately, the captain and crew, ...Read more
Alitalia loses Ellen Weiner's luggage. Then it gives it to another passenger named Weiner. Why can't the airline sort it out?
Q: I have been attempting to get reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses from Alitalia, and I'm hoping you can help.
The problem started when Alitalia checked me in as the wrong passenger on a flight from Miami to Rome to...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- When Walt Disney opened his famed Anaheim park in 1955, he turned to corporate sponsors to keep construction and operation costs under budget.
That helps explain why two of the original attractions were the less-than-thrilling Monsanto Hall of Chemistry, sponsored by the agrochemical giant, and the Aluminum Hall of Fame, ...Read more
I'd always wanted to go to a soccer ("football" to Europeans) game in Europe, and a few years ago I finally did it ... courtesy of local hotelier I knew in Rome. The game pitted the home team Roma against Fiorentina (Florence's team).
Converging on the stadium, Stefano parked on a curb (tipping a couple of thugs to watch -- or maybe just not ...Read more
Author Allison Amend took her first trip as a baby, studied for a year at a Barcelona high school and came home speaking Catalan and then -- after graduating from Stanford University -- moved to Lyon (France) on a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship. Now based out of New York City, Amend, 41, counts the Big Apple, Chicago and Barcelona as three of her...Read more
A thunderous crack off the starboard bow alerts us that a huge ice block, almost as large as our ship, is breaking off the glacier. The new iceberg crashes into the water, then bobs up and down in the sea and drifts toward the mouth of the aptly named bay.
We’re traversing the Inside Passage, that part of Alaska which ...Read more
Visions & Symbols: A Poetic Rendition of Dream Revelations (Volume 1)Mr J.P. Anakwue
In Visions & Symbols, J.P. ANAKWUE is purveyor of dream-reality. His exploratory and experimental style uses nature poetry to examine the human condition that has proven to be exploitative, corrupt and rotten. Man harms himself as well as nature that sustains him; even nature’s ability ...
Q: I am writing to you today regarding a damage claim I have received from Hertz. I rented a car from the Maui Airport Hertz location earlier this year. I did not do an initial walk-through with an agent to check for damage. Upon my return, I circled the car with a Hertz attendant and returned it in perfect form, and off I went.
Three weeks ...Read more
SAN ANTONIO -- It was, quite honestly, a bucket-list side trip.
That's why we detoured to San Antonio on our return from Austin to Houston, to see the home of the Alamo.
Yes, that Alamo, the historic one-time Catholic mission celebrated in Texas history, on television and in movies by Fess Parker, John Wayne and Billy Bob Thornton.
I'm glad ...Read more
CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Beech Mountain's historic Land of Oz park will reopen for four Fridays in June with guided tours down its famed Yellow Brick Road by Dorothy Gale of rural Kansas.
Land of Oz was an amusement park in the 1970s and is still rented out for weddings, parties and group picnics. For four Fridays in June, it entertains visitors and ...Read more
Don't want to haul umbrellas and chairs to the sand? Don't worry, a beach butler will do it for you.
Too much trouble to claim a fire ring and sit by it all day? If you're staying at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa in Southern California, you can have the hotel set up a personalized fire ring for you and your friends, complete ...Read more
When you consider Dutch culture, you can't help but think about dikes, windmills, wooden shoes and tulips. They seem cliche, but these classic icons intertwine with the region's geography and history.
Much of the country is below sea level, reclaimed with great effort over many generations from the North Sea. That's why the Dutch people like to...Read more
Raised in Georgia, Andi Dorfman worked as an assistant district attorney in Atlanta, before she was selected as one of the contestants on "The Bachelor." Later, she starred in a season of "The Bachelorette," where she became engaged to one of the men vying for her attention. Like most of the relationships on the series, theirs didn't last. In ...Read more
Whether you crave the respite of serene waters or the thrill of adventuring unknown expanses, a houseboating trip along the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta promises an enjoyable vacation.
Unlike many local, well-frequented houseboating alternatives – such as Lake Powell and Shasta Lake – the Delta offers more than 1,000 square miles of ...Read more
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- As Disneyland heads into the future with "Star Wars" land, the park is letting go of some of its past.
Disneyland officials have filed a permit with the city to demolish the Skyway Chalet in Fantasyland, once one of two endpoints for open-air gondolas that floated via cables over the park beginning in 1956.
Visitors hopped ...Read more
MONTEREY, Calif. -- "So imagine this filled with tables and people, there's mariachi music from the stage, the wine is flowing," explained Michael D. Green, a park ranger and enthusiastic tour guide, waving his arm across the flower-filled Memory Garden in the courtyard behind California's first Custom House.
Green is describing "La Merienda," ...Read more
GLEN ELLEN, Calif.--Rain fell. Nothing major, certainly not on the level of an Old Testament gully washer. Just a steady, spitting splatter of linked hydrogen and hydroxyl ions that turned the ground squishy and made you want to nominate the inventor of Gor-Tex for a Nobel.
This weather, however, apparently was inclement enough to call off a ...Read more
Why fly all the way to an airport when you can just get dropped off in your hotel's backyard?
Luxury travelers looking to stay at Key West's Casa Marina resort now have that option. The hotel is the first in Key West to offer the exclusive experience, which includes airfare for two guests on a seaplane from most Florida airports directly to the...Read more
In response, I pointed out that we were going to big modern cities in a country with an advanced medical system, and that I didn’t plan to get any shots, not even boosters.
But, since she seemed worried sick by the thought of hospitalization in a foreign land, I advised her to consult with her personal physician, or with a ...Read more
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