CARLISLE, Ky. -- As the server set my main luncheon course before me, I had to resist the urge to wrinkle my nose in distaste. After all, I thought of goetta the same way I thought of haggis, Rocky Mountain oysters and eel pie -- all food items I would gladly pass on. I had tried goetta once before and didn't like it.
However, since I was here ...Read more
If you're a certain age, the word "Lego" immediately sparks fond memories and joy. The fun brick-building toy captured the hearts and minds of a generation.
But it's quite possible that no one in the world likes Legos as much as this German father and son, who were the first to travel to every Legoland park in the world.
In a span of 13 days, ...Read more
Boston’s Freedom Trail is designed to help travelers from across the US and around the world celebrate and contemplate our nation’s origins, as well as the freedoms we enjoy and our responsibilities for safeguarding and sustaining them.
Looking back at historic events that brought us to our current state of affairs is a...Read more
No need to fret! So what if it's pouring and you forgot the rain jackets. So what if you forgot the bag of beach towels for the beach ... the first aid kit ... the kids' flip-flops ... hiking socks ... bug spray.
Unless you are going to someplace like Outer Mongolia, you will be able to find what you need. Once, we forgot my middle daughter's ...Read more
Even if you’re a dedicated tourist, sometimes it’s just too difficult to get where you really want to go.
You may find that your favored destination is beyond your current budget, or that it doesn’t provide the kind of accessibility you may require, or that you’ve had to cancel a planned trip because you’ve been ...Read more
An endearing slice of Portugal is the Douro River Valley, the winding, terraced region that produces the country's beloved port wine. This is Portugal's answer to Germany's romantic Rhine River Valley. But unlike the Rhine, the Douro was never a strategic military location. So, rather than castles and stony ramparts, visitors encounter farms and...Read more
"Face the Nation" moderator and CBS News' chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Brennan has seen the world. She has reported stories from Havana, Kabul, Beijing, Tehran and throughout the United States. "A lot of the traveling that I have done is for work," says Brennan, 39. "I've been to spots in Afghanistan and Iraq that are lovely, too...Read more
What a birthday present! A 151-foot-tall, 225-ton statue that came disassembled from France in 214 crates.
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Lubbock is a long way from anywhere, and even in this West Texas town with a population of just over a quarter-million, because of its remoteness it still somehow feels uncrowded, maybe a little lonesome. Its closest neighbors of any size are a two- to three-hour drive away, give or take. Amarillo is to the north, Midland and Odessa to the south...Read more
Few cities can match Prague's over-the-top romance, evocative Old World charm ... and tourist crowds. To escape the masses and experience more of the real Czech Republic, take a bus or train ride outside of the city to see a rich medieval town, a sobering concentration camp memorial, or a grand Czech castle.
Kutna Hora, a beautifully preserved ...Read more
Nearly 20 years after their last No. 1 album, the Backstreet Boys' debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with their latest release, "DNA." As the group prepares to kick off their North American tour, Howie D (born Howard Dorough) is also celebrating the July 12 release of his debut children's album, "Which One Am I?" "Being in a ...Read more
Mike DeGrandchamp's boast is as big as his sprawling blueberry farm, about half a mile east of Lake Michigan.
"We were in the drive-thru business before McDonald's," he said.
In fact, in the late 1950s -- more than 15 years before Mickey D's sold its first burgers from a drive-up window -- DeGrandchamp's mom was selling blueberries to ...Read more
It was a monumental achievement that enthralled people around the world: On July 20, 1969, astronauts walked on the moon.
Fifty years later, that spellbinding milestone is being honored with events across the country. Central to the celebrations are places tied to the mission: Florida's "Space Coast," where the historic Apollo 11 expedition was...Read more
When it comes to the world's best travel experiences, an architecture cruise on the Chicago River is near the top of the list.
The kudos come from TripAdvisor's recently rolled out Travelers' Choice awards for the top experiences bookable on the world's largest travel site. That's a pool of more than 200,000 tours, attractions and experiences -...Read more
It’s always been a good idea to have a passport at the ready, and the best time to get one is before you actually need it. So, avoid last minute anxiety and rush. Apply for your new passport or you passport renewal now. At present, the same charges are applied for new and renewal applications. For adults, that’s $110 for the ...Read more
Get ready to thread the needle! In whitewater rafting parlance, that means aiming your raft between obstacles in a rushing river.
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MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. -- I was returning from a hike up Mount Vigil, the peak you can see from the Ranch at Emerald Valley, near Colorado Springs, when a leathery-faced cowboy walked by, humming a tune and leading a horse.
At the same moment, a car pulled up and the driver, eyes masked behind dark sunglasses, leaned out and asked for ...Read more
A clear sky stretched over Boston Harbor like a taut, blue canvas, the sea air warming under the midday sun. The water was a smooth highway through which our water taxi skimmed toward moored sailboats. A white schooner sailed in fine trim off our port bow. "That's what I want next," said George Morton as he pointed out the schooner. Gray-haired ...Read more
A few years ago, I was driving through a rural community in South Carolina named Denmark when I stopped at a nondescript red brick building called Jim Harrison Gallery. I knew of Jim Harrison, a well-known Southern artist and author, but had never met him. At the time, he was best known for painting rural landscapes and coastal scenes, often ...Read more
I'm often inspired by families on the road. Last summer, on a ferry between Oban and the Isle of Mull in Scotland, I met a family from Texas. The parents were taking their kids on a year-long adventure through Europe and told me how they've realized there's no better education or quality family time than traveling together -- and I ...Read more
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