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Belgium's culinary highlights

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Whenever I think of Belgium, I recall digging into a dish of mussels while seated on a sunny square in Brussels, in the shadow of a lacy medieval spire. My waiter bragged, "In Belgium, we eat as hearty as the Germans and as fine as the French."

Wedged between Germany, France and the Netherlands, Belgium often gets lost in the mix. But this ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Michael Vlamis

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Vacationing in Argentina this past Christmas was special for Michael Vlamis because it was the first trip he paid for himself. "Up until then, the only time I traveled was because of work or on family vacations," he says. "As an actor starting out, you're a slave to the Hollywood system, but my (CW series) 'Roswell, New Mexico' gave me the ...Read more

First visitors to Disneyland's Star Wars land will get just four hours to see it all

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The first visitors to Disneyland's highly anticipated new Star Wars attraction will each be given a four-hour window to take in the $1 billion expansion -- but how that deadline will be enforced is still unclear.

With six weeks to go before the May 31 opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, Disneyland sent out emails over the weekend to fans who ...Read more

Denied boarding on EasyJet -- where's my wife's refund and apology?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I booked a ticket for my wife to visit me from Malaga, Spain, to London last spring on EasyJet. After clearing Spanish immigration, she proceeded to board her flight. However, an EasyJet representative, upon examining my wife's Moroccan passport, told my wife to stand down and to wait on one side.

An EasyJet representative then wrongfully ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Celebrating Earth Day

Travel / Taking The Kids /

How will you celebrate this year? April 22 is Earth Day -- the time to celebrate our beautiful planet, and lend a hand to keep it that way. Especially if you are traveling, there is no better time to teach the kids an environmental lesson while having fun.

Maybe join a community cleanup or take the kids to the zoo ...Read more

Historic hits in Italy's most mod city

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

While many tourists come to Italy only for the past, those who make time for Milan find that this powerful, no-nonsense city is a delightful mix of yesterday and today. Anchored by its historic cathedral, Milan is a modern, time-is-money metropolis of refined tastes. The window displays on its shopping streets are gorgeous, the well-dressed ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Sam Trammell

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In his latest film, "Breakthrough," Sam Trammell ("True Blood," "This Is Us," "The Reckoning") portrays a doctor who is trying to revive a child who no one believes can survive. The actor, 50, also is one of the stars of the Showtime series, "Homeland." Trammell resides in Encino, California. Fans may stay in touch with him via Instagram (...Read more

No room at the hotel, so why won't Priceline refund my stay?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I'm a professional photographer, and I was working in New York City recently. I had a double shift and was scheduled to work again in New York the next morning. Because I live a bit outside the city, I decided to book a hotel for the night. I did so through Priceline at a cost of $170. I went to check in at the Hotel Pennsylvania after my ...Read more

Around the World: The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Treasure Hunting Abroad

Travel / Around the World /

For many travelers, foreign adventure entails acquisition. Hunting for treasures and bringing home bounty is thrilling, whether it’s the result of a carefully planned safari through famous local emporia or from following an opportunity-inspired impulse.

Jewelry certainly counts as big game on the traveler’s trophy list. ...Read more

'The Secret Life of Pets' to become a Universal Studios Hollywood attraction

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A new attraction that takes riders on an adventure through a New York City street scene with a group of unleashed pets will open next year at Universal Studios Hollywood, the park announced last week.

The ride, based on the 2016 Universal Studios and Illumination Entertainment movie "The Secret Life of Pets," will put riders on a vehicle that ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Heading to a national park national park week (or any time)

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Got the backpacks ready? You'll need them -- and comfortable hiking shoes-- during National Park Week, the annual event offering different daily activities and celebrations at parks and monuments around the country. April 20 kicks it off with National ...Read more

London-based Big Bus makes push into LA tour service

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LOS ANGELES -- Starline Tours is one of the biggest players in a city where tourists spend billions of dollars a year to gawk at the Hollywood sign, take selfies on Hollywood Boulevard and buy overpriced souvenirs.

But the 50-year-old company that was born in the shadow of Grauman's Chinese Theatre is facing a new, out-of-town rival to ...Read more

Around the World: Best Bets for Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Travel / Around the World /

If you live in a city with a large Mexican-American population, you probably won't have to go far to immerse yourself in Cinco de Mayo celebrations. The festivals are usually held all weekend, culminating in the celebrations of the day itself –  May 5, which falls this year on a Sunday.
Cinco de Mayo celebrations held across the...Read more

Cobbles and castles in the Bavarian Alps

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Like so many travelers, my images of Germany -- cute villages, dirndls and lederhosen, and fairy-tale castles -- are from Bavaria, in the foothills of the Alps. You could easily spend a week here, soaking up culture as you bike along fragrant fields and tour the sights.

My favorite home bases for exploring the Bavarian Alps are Fussen and ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Marta Milans

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"I absolutely believe that moms are total superheroes," says Marta Milans, who portrays foster mom Rosa Vasquez in the feature film, "SHAZAM!" "My mom is definitely one of them, so it was easy for me to encapsulate her essence when playing the role of Mamma Rosa." A native of Spain, the actress has called New York City home for the past 16 years...Read more

A canceled Viator tour, but no refund?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I recently booked an "Eat like a Local" walking tour in Honolulu through Viator. I arrived early at the origination point and stayed there for 1/2 hour after the agreed-upon time. The tour guide never showed up.

I spoke with the restaurant where we were supposed to meet and the employees knew the guide but said he was not there. Now every ...Read more

On New Orleans' Royal Street, the music is sweet, history is deep

Travel / Travel News /

A city full of music

When I set out last year to write about great American music venues, the idea was to pick buildings whose histories are steeped in music, including familiar names such as Carnegie Hall in New York and half-hidden treasures such as Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, Okla. New Orleans reshaped my thinking.

This city's musical roots ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Hitting the spa, with (or without) the kids

Travel / Taking The Kids /

I can't decide -- Bourbon Cowboy, Brew and Renew or Alpine Quench.

No, they're not drinks at the popular Remedy Bar at the Four Seasons Resort Vail, they're treatments offered at the resort spa, a 17,000-square-feet facility offering 13 treatment rooms, separate indoor hot tubs, cool plunge pool and...Read more

Seaside sisters: Tranquil towns snuggle on the Franco-Spanish border

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Along the western Mediterranean coast, two easygoing -- and easy-to-enjoy -- beach towns stand like sister cities on each side of the border between France and Spain. Both Collioure, in France, and Cadaques, in Spain, are off the grid when it comes to glitzy resorts. And each has a delightful ambience, with welcoming beaches, quaint back streets...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Stephen Marley

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Grammy Award-winning musician Stephen Marley has many memories of performing with his family. But one of his favorites was when he traveled to Zimbabwe with his father, the late reggae icon, Bob Marley. "It was really eye opening," says Marley, whose latest EP is "One Take: Acoustic Jams." "I was probably about 9 years old. My brother, Ziggy, ...Read more