If you’re looking for a white Christmas, Mexico is not the place to be. Christmas celebrations south of the border are a blaze of colorful long-lasting fiestas known a ‘pastores’ and pastorelas.’ They combine spectacular religious processions and observances with secular satire – all of which adds up to a lot of fun.
You may be surprised, but there’s no need for you to be alarmed if the woman seated next to you on the plane pulls a small plastic container from her handbag, squeezes some gel on to a paper towel and begins to wipe down her seat, the armrests and the fold down table that’s fitted into the seat in front of hers.
The gel is...Read more
With Halloween fast approaching, celebrants who crave more than trick and treat are contemplating titillating adventures to haunted places for thrilling ghost encounters.
Although the presence of paranormal phenomena is not restricted to the period around Halloween, the bewitching holiday is the most popular time of year for...Read more
Whether you holiday agenda includes visiting family and friends or escaping from them, make your reservations as far in advance as possible to optimum schedules and routing -- and to score better prices.
But, if you’re traveling on a budget, beware of hidden charges for services and amenities that are not covered in your ...Read more
The Vegas Strip is so bedazzled with bright lights that you can actually see it from outer space.
Otherwise known as Las Vegas Boulevard, the Strip is a galactically alluring destination, a place of pure fantasy, glamour, and high concept real estate that suggests you can with a few steps transport yourself from an ancient ...Read more
Ongoing Portuguese environmental preservatiom projects that give tourists opportunities to sustain nature while enjoying it are prime examples of how conservation can support and sustain local economies.
Topping the list is Portugal’s Alentejo region, famous for its cork forests-yes, cork, that spongy natural product that‘...Read more
Massachusetts boasts some of America’s earliest colonial settlements, and the state is dotted with historic towns and quaint villages that certainly retain their charming and distinctive New England colonial atmosphere.
But the one quaint village that actually invites you to step back in time and experience life as it was ...Read more
Heidelberg’s marvelous old town – or Altstadt, in the vernacular – boasts an awesome collection of medieval and renaissance architecture that is showcased against the magnificent mountains of Germany’s southwestern region.
Nested on the south band of the Neckar River, Altstadt is a grid of narrow and ancient
Washington Irving’s beloved classic “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” certainly sets the scene for Halloween scares. Referring to the famously headless horseman who haunts the hood, this quote: “Indeed, certain of the most authentic historians of those parts, who have been careful in collecting and collating the floating facts ...Read more
San Francisco’s North Beach may not be as well-trafficked by tourists as Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square, Chinatown, or the Castro and Haight, but it’s blocks are chock full of historical sites, cultural attractions and cafes where coffee-loving artists and intellectuals gather to discuss whatever is on their minds. ‘’
If you’re road trip vacation through Georgia happens to take you through Plains, you’ll be welcomed to town by a 13-foot tall statue of a peanut with a grinning countenance that bears an unmistakable resemblance to Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States. Plains is Carter’s hometown, and the smiling statue was ...Read more
There was no way you could not notice the woman who was making her way down the aisle on the airplane. Her girth was such that she had to twist her body sideways to get past each row of seats. She struggled with each step, even though she was supporting herself with a walking stick.
I'm not an expert on guessing a person's ...Read more