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
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
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
Don’t wait for Independence Day to think about our forebears’ struggles to achieve self-determination. The freedoms they sought and won should be honored and celebrated every day, as the ongoing cause to sustain individual freedom becomes more difficult in our increasingly complex and interdependent society.
Looking ...Read more
In fact, visiting Washington DC and Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day is a sort of pilgrimage of patriotism.
It’s good to begin the tour with stops at the Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln Memorial monuments. These patriotic landmarks may not be integrated into the official Memorial Day ceremonies, but the spirit ...Read more
Regardless of destination and planned events, the rule of thumb for packing is ‘less is more’ or ‘less is better’ -- even if you’re travelling to business meetings that require you to dress for success or to personal events where you are obliged to posh it up.
Travel life becomes easier if you can embrace the ‘less...Read more
If you’re a Sherlock Holmes fan (and who isn’t?), you know that 221b Baker Street is the address at which the revered detective resided for much of his career -- from 1861 to 1904, to be exact -- along with his equally beloved colleague, sidekick and biographer, Dr. John H. Watson.
Today, 221b Baker Street serves as the Sherlock...Read more
Their South Dakota trip is over quickly. South Dakota -- and especially the scenic and historic area surrounding Sioux Falls in the southeastern South Dakota -- deserves more time!
I say go to South Dakota for Mount Rushmore, but stay for Sioux Falls and surroundings. This is a wonderful area for a four or five-day road trip ...Read more
Many tourists who want to view New York City’s magnificent skyline from the water take a two hour harbor tour aboard the Circle Line or hop aboard the Staten Island Ferry for the 30 minute commuter crossing between lower Manhattan’s Whitehall Terminal and Staten Island’s St. George Terminal -- and, to be quite honest, both of those local ...Read more
Spring break is a popular travel phenomenon, so flights and accommodations can be pricey. If you’re looking for bargain travel that won’t break your budget, look on the Internet to find and compare deals on destinations and packages.
On the East Coast, Florida is famously the first choice for college students for whom ‘...Read more
Actually it’s easy to stumble upon this fact, because Bauhaus architecture is one of Tel Aviv’s most popular tourist attractions, and one of modern-day Israel’s strongest cultural ties with Germany.
Actually, Bauhaus in Tel Aviv is more than just a style of architecture. The design and philosophy behind it played an ...Read more
If you’re thinking about going to Europe, use the lead time to customize your own version of the grand tour. Selecting several of your favorite cities or resort areas and designing a sweeping itinerary lets you garner greater value from your long distance transatlantic flights.
Most likely, if you have a week away and you ...Read more
AMSTERDAM-- One of this lovely old city's most compelling charms is that it is constantly reinventing itself.
While conserving its past glories – the historic canals, fabled gabled houses and cobblestone streets -- Amsterdam is truly trend-setting in its ultramodern architecture and cutting edge concepts for urban ...Read more