If you haven’t planned your Labor Day Weekend getaway yet, you’re likely to find that your options are limited. Labor Day Weekend, officially marking the end of the summer season, is one of the most heavily travelled holidays of the year. Many of the most appealing vacation options are already all booked up.
Flights to most ...Read more
I have an affinity for Bulgaria -- so overlooked and underappreciated ... and yet so charming in a Slavic way. In my student days I spent lots of time exploring Bulgaria and its capital city Sofia: playing chess in the park, watching paranoid people huddled on street corners talking sports (and wishing they could talk politics), seeing locals ...Read more
After spending much of her teenage years working on radio, La La Anthony, in her early 20s, became one of MTV's veejays, interviewing celebrities such as Brad Pitt, Will Smith and Angelina Jolie. She would go on to write a best-selling book ("The Power Playbook") and have roles in films ("Two Can Play That Game," "Baggage Claim," "You Got Served...Read more
Q: I need help fighting a case with Residence Inn by Marriott Phoenix, where I recently stayed. When I checked out, I saw a $250 charge on my credit card in addition to the $89 for the room.
No one ever said anything about the charge. I called the front desk and was told it was a "smoking charge." But I don't smoke.
I told the woman at the ...Read more
It's been a long time coming. Anyone who has flown with young kids in recent years knows it's not uncommon to find that your preschooler has been assigned a seat half a plane away. All too often, parents are told it is up to them to ask someone to switch seats.
In one case I wrote about, a mom with autistic twins was forced to go to her senator...Read more
A relentless icy wind swept in from San Francisco Bay, blowing away the fog to reveal the 19th century three-masted schooner C.A. Thayer anchored offshore. Farther out, Alcatraz Island was circled by seagulls and besieged by an armada of tour boats plowing through the chop.
The two attractions were in the sight line of another San Francisco ...Read more
We all know that Belgians are connoisseurs of fine chocolate, and Italy's gelato is an edible art form. In France, travelers look for tempting "patisseries" where they can indulge in eclairs, fruit tarts and macaroons. Americans in Germany expect to try the famous Black Forest cake, a mouthwatering concoction with alternating layers of schnapps-...Read more
George Foreman has many impressive achievements on his resume -- world heavyweight boxing champion, gold medalist at the 1968 Olympic Games and entrepreneur (more than 100 million units of his George Foreman grills have sold worldwide). Now the fan favorite is starring in NBC's new reality series, "Better Late Than Never," which is a remake of ...Read more
Fenton's DeathS. Elizabeth
Emm and Francine grew up with Fenton. He was their neighbor, best friend and big brother all in one. Fenton thought he loved both his friends equally but one day as a young man he realized he had to make a choice. But what would his choice do to the 3. And then...Fenton died. Fenton's Death ...
Any number of challenging circumstances can crop up to keep you from roaming far from home.
Sometimes there’s nothing you can do to get past the misfortunes that impede tourism. But, if illness, financial woes and/or current events stop you in your tracks and stall your plans to take off for travel adventures, don’t...Read more
Q: I have a question about a recent reservation I made for a hotel apartment in Barcelona, Spain, through Hotels.com.
In the fine print of my reservation, it instructed me to call 24 hours before I arrived to make arrangements to pick up the key. For me, that was an international call. The phone number was printed incorrectly on the form, so I ...Read more
How does New Mexico cope?
Water covers just 0.2 percent of the Land of Enchantment, Census Bureau statistics show, making it the driest state by percentage of land area. It's not that most of its 2.1 million residents can't get a drink from the tap; ground and surface water see to that.
But New Mexico, like 15 other states, is landlocked. The ...Read more
"You're kidding!" The river is beyond freezing, as if wheelbarrows full of ice cubes had been dumped into the water.
Even worse, slick rocks line the riverbed where my daughter Mel declares we have to cross -- barefoot -- to avoid soaking our boots and socks. She neglects to mention it, but this is the first of a dozen river crossings on this ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Knott's Soak City in Buena Park announced last week the addition of two new water slide attractions, including a thrill ride that drops guests through a trapdoor from a tower more than seven stories tall.
The two new water slides -- dubbed Shore Break and The Wedge -- will replace a raft ride called Pacific Spin and an adjoining ...Read more
The Iowa State Fair, which runs through Sunday, was described to me as "our Disneyland. Well, not really ... but it is". It's something people look forward to every year, and it's easy to see why.
I had never been, and if you, like me, don't live in Iowa, I suggest you make the pilgrimage at least once in your lifetime. You may have a state ...Read more
Westminster Abbey, the Eiffel Tower, the Sistine Chapel -- these are some of the reasons you came to Europe. They're also why millions of other tourists are here as well. Nothing kills a sightseeing buzz like waiting in line for hours to see a popular sight or being crammed shoulder to shoulder as you squint up at Michelangelo's masterpiece.
Lauren Weisberger's best-selling debut novel, "The Devil Wears Prada," was set in the not-always glamorous fashion industry. Her latest -- "The Singles Game" (Simon and Schuster) -- focuses on international tennis. After college, Weisberger backpacked around various parts of the world, including Europe, ...Read more
Every European capital has its must-see monumental landmarks. London has is famous Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, Paris boasts the Eiffel Tower and Arch de Triomphe, and Rome has the remarkable Colosseum and Vatican City.
But at the heart of the European Union, Brussels’ most celebrated landmark attraction is much ...Read more
Q: I am not happy with the car I rented through the Renault Eurodrive buy-back lease program. My wife and I recently rented a Dacia Duster in Milan, but the car only had GPS maps for Western Europe GPS. It had not been updated for Eastern Europe. We didn't discover this until we left Italy.
We were driving to Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Turkey, ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Parking at the happiest place on Earth should be easier to find in the future.
Disneyland has released details of a long-proposed parking structure, a transportation hub and a new pedestrian bridge on the eastern end of the Anaheim theme park resort.
The project, located east of the resort near the 5 Freeway, includes a 6,800-...Read more
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- When Joshua Schwandt stayed at the Queen Mary several years ago, he loved the Art Deco woodwork and the way the Observation Bar oozed an old-timey feel.
He wasn't as ecstatic about his aging hotel room. The shower only drizzled water, and the bed felt like "one of those dorm room beds that have been slept on for 50 years,"...Read more
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