Q: My daughter and I traveled from Toronto to Paris in April 2017. Our return flight was with WOW Air. The night before our return to Canada, I received an email from the airline saying that the plane that was to return us to Canada had been in a mishap.
It was a plane that carried 350 people. WOW replaced the aircraft with one that could carry...Read more
AMSTERDAM: This wonderfully exciting trend-setting city boasts some 50 unique museums that give you an intimate glimpse at all sorts of different aspects of the Dutch lifestyle.
For anyone who is curious about what life is like aboard one of the many houseboats tied up along the city’s canals, there is the Houseboat Museum...Read more
Are you ready? You may barely be recovered from Thanksgiving but the entire country -- the entire world -- is ready for Christmas -- from the wonderful holiday markets in Europe to Orlando where holiday festivities at all of the theme parks and in the city have been going on since early November. No wonder Orlando, according to ...Read more
In my early days as a guidebook writer, Europe's undiscovered nooks and undeveloped crannies held the most appeal for me -- and they still do. But with ever more sophisticated travelers armed with enough time and money to see the Europe of their dreams, places I "discovered" a few decades ago are now suffering from Back Door congestion.
Given ...Read more
Actress Lindsay Price says that her first trip to Maui surprised her, because she felt so comfortable. "It was less the surrounding and more the people," she says. "Being mixed growing up, I never really felt like I fit in anywhere. But when I went there for the first time, I felt completely at home. The people are of all different Asian ...Read more
Q: I bought seven tickets on Aer Lingus to fly from Chicago to Dublin on Aer Lingus. I also purchased an extra seat for me, since I have hip and spinal issues. We had no problems on our outbound flight.
While we were seated on the plane to return to Chicago from Dublin, a flight attendant told my son he had to get out of the seat he was in ...Read more
At this time of year you can encounter Santa Claus in many shopping malls and department stores and, in some cities, on practically every well-trafficked street corner. Yes, they wear Santa suits and shout out Ho, ho, ho. But, no, they’re just seasonal Santas, put in place to collect money for charities or to encourage youngsters to ...Read more
I was recently scrolling through YouTube videos to get an idea of what would be the hot gift ideas for this holiday season. As expected, there were the usual suspects -- all manner of state-of-the-art electronic gadgets and gear, athletic shoes that cost almost as much as the down payment on a car in days gone by, and for the kids, larger and ...Read more
It seems fitting to quote lyrics from Leonard Bernstein's 1944 Broadway musical "On The Town," considering that this year is the centenary of his blessed birth: particularly so, since I just spent four days in New York. So here it goes: "New York, New York, a helluva town, The Bronx is up, but the Battery's down."
Although I've visited New York...Read more
As it is in so many places, Christmas in France is all about family, friends and food. While it's generally a low-key affair marked by gatherings of relatives and treats for children, it also has the culinary high point of the year: Le Reveillon de Noel (Christmas Eve dinner).
The season officially starts on December 6...Read more
Josh Duhamel won't deny that big cities can be glamorous and fun to explore. But when he isn't working, his haven is his cabin just outside of Fargo, North Dakota. "It is probably my favorite place to relax, clear my mind and get my hands dirty," says the actor, who was born and raised in Minot, N.D. "It's also a place where I can bring my boy ...Read more
Dean Klinkenberg stopped counting the miles he's cruised on the Great River Road when he hit 120,000. "I wore out one car, and I'm working on wearing out another," said the author of the recently released "Road Tripping Along the Great River Road."
For this former Minnesotan, every drive along the Mississippi feeds his love for the river -- and...Read more
Q: Earlier this year, my wife and I booked a vacation rental through TripAdvisor. A few weeks later, we paid a $1,254 deposit on a unit in a condo development on Marco Island, Florida. The total price for three weeks came to $4,284.
In August, more than six months before our stay, we received an email from TripAdvisor saying that the owner had ...Read more
If you’ve got the impression that Christmas in Mexico isn’t white, you’re absolutely right. It’s anything but.
The climate is too warm for snow, and Mexican Christmas celebrations are among the most colorful in the world. Actually, the Mexican people are famous for their love of ‘fiestas,’ and the more ...Read more
CLEVELAND -- Above, the ceiling was done up in silver, beige and blue like frosting on a wedding cake. Below, at the lip of the stage, a tall man in a black suit and white bow tie leaned forward with a tip.
"This is going to be something," said Mark Jackobs, one of the Cleveland Orchestra's viola players. "This is a freight train."
Jackobs, ...Read more
Classical music, bread and water are all some people need. But if your appetites range more widely, Cleveland stands ready with rock and polka, beer and pirogis.
First, the rock. Before you step into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, a plaque explains the city's claim on rock history: Alan Freed, a Cleveland disc jockey, popularized the phrase in ...Read more
No drama! Is that possible when the family is gathering for the holidays? It's hard enough when you are gathering at someone's home (or yours!) and you have the stress of keeping guests happy -- or being a guest. (Can the kids manage to not spill anything on the white couch?)
It can be worse when everyone has high expectations for the long-...Read more
Long popular as Midwest America's go-to place for country music, Branson, Mo., is staking its claim as home to the most spectacular and longest-running Christmas celebration of the 2018 holiday season.
At the center of all the excitement is Silver Dollar City, the Ozark Mountain town's omnipresent 100-acre 1880s-era theme park. On Nov. 3, it ...Read more
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