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Go Rat Pack Retro in Swinging Palm Springs

The room is the essence of swinging '60s cool. A tuxedo-clad singer croons "One More for the Road" in the best sultry Frank Sinatra tradition. High-stem, frosty two-olive martinis are being served from the softly lit, gently curving bar. The swish of snare drum brushes contrasts with the clink of silverware. You'd almost expect the Rat Pack ...Read more

The Best Way To See Palm Springs Is on Foot

Every day, thousands of visitors stroll up and down Palm Springs' main street -- Palm Canyon Drive. They delve into and out of its succession of eateries, watering holes and eye-catching gift shops.

Sadly, for so many of them, Palm Canyon Drive will represent the entirety of their Palm Springs experience. They will never discover the ...Read more

Highlights of Croatia's Adriatic

By Candyce H. Stapen

Croatia's coast unfurls along the Adriatic Sea as a ribbon of coves and peninsulas that curve along the shore for more than 1,100 miles. Many of the nearly 20 million tourists (in 2018) soak up the sun and the scenic views in the historic and stunning coastal towns. Here are some highlights, tips and suggestions for ...Read more

Explore Croatia on a Cruise

By Candyce H. Stapen

Videos of waterfalls, woodlands and glistening lakes in Croatia's national parks filled the large screen, the landscape serving as background to master Croatian cellist Ana Rucner, who performed live in front of the tableaux. When she launched into an allegro movement of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," her bow dancing ...Read more

Flights of Fancy: A Lesson in Falconry

By Gay Courter

Is there anything more wondrous than launching a falcon from your wrist, watching him soar into the sky and land where he wishes -- and then having him return to you with a gentle pounce back on his perch and gobble a treat out of your gloved hand? Since childhood I've been fascinated by the ancient sport of falconry but ...Read more

Mauthausen Concentration Camp: Never Forget

By Fyllis Hockman

The four central European capitals we visited on our Danube River cruise -- Prague, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest -- overwhelmed with their impressive history, expansive promenades and architectural grandeur. But it was an experience in Linz in Upper Austria that made the most impact on me -- a visit to the Mauthausen...Read more

An Irresistible Stopover in Zurich

By Athena Lucero

Zurich, Switzerland, is the "Gateway to Europe," pulsating with one of the world's busiest rail stations and the densest transportation network on the continent. It's also the country's financial capital, the capital of German-speaking canton Zurich and Switzerland's capital of the world's favorite feel-good food.

Each ...Read more

Special Interest Trails Can Be Roadmaps to Fun

By Victor Block

For Elizabeth and Andy Beyer, a drive along California's Sonoma Valley Wine Trail was fulfilling a lifelong dream. They satisfied their love for the beverage during tastings at favorite vineyards. It was food that tempted Mary and Roger Nicholson to visit Louisiana's Cajun Bayou. They sampled traditional dishes that ...Read more

Learn About Laos in Luang Prabang

By Steve Bergsman

The alarm went off at 4:45 a.m., giving my wife and me about 15 minutes to get ready. The monks would be parading the streets of Luang Prabang, Laos, and we would be joining the local citizenry in the daily ritual of feeding the dedicated.

A spot near a local temple had been made ready for us with a small carpet (...Read more

In the Footsteps of First Ladies at Angkor Wat

By Steve Bergsman

The first time I ever heard of Angkor Wat, the huge Hindu-Buddhist temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia, was when I was a young man watching the news after dinner with my father. One night in 1967 the feature story was about Jacqueline Kennedy, the widow of President John Kennedy, visiting Angkor Wat, which I assumed had just ...Read more

Remember Favorite Movies by Visiting Where They Were Filmed

By Victor Block

Bob Burrus is channeling John Travolta. He enters Lenny's Pizza in Brooklyn and orders a slice. After devouring the snack, he emerges onto 86th Street and struts down several blocks as the song "Staying Alive" plays in his head. Bob is reliving the opening scene of the 1977 motion picture "Saturday Night Fever." And he's ...Read more

They Do It Right in Branson, Missouri

By Fyllis Hockman

OK, I know not everyone believes in the Loch Ness Monster, the Easter Bunny or even Santa Claus, but everyone believes in Bigfoot, right? Right? I know this because I've actually been to his very own park in Branson, Missouri, dedicated to all things related to the big hairy guy. It's hard to argue with that much ...Read more

Explore Southeast Asia on a Mekong River Cruise

By Steve Bergsman

When considering a cruise down the Mekong River in Southeast Asia, one is tempted to think back to the patrol boat in the movie "Apocalypse Now." But let me offer a far different cinematic reference, the 1939 Hedy Lamarr and Robert Taylor romance, "Lady of the Tropics," which begins with a cruise ship landing in Saigon before ...Read more

'The Lover's House' Lures Dumas Fans to Sa Dec, Vietnam

By Steve Bergsman

"He says he's just back from Paris where he was a student, that he lives in Sa Dec too, on this same river, the big house with the big terraces with the blue-tiled balustrades." -- Marguerite Duras

Ph-ung looked about 25 and stood 5 feet tall. In the town of Sa Dec, Vietnam, she boasted a good job, the English-speaking...Read more

Chocolate and Honey Heaven in Grenada

The Spice Isle of Grenada in the Caribbean West Indies is known for its tropical lushness, azure seas lapping white, palm-tree-sprinkled beaches and jagged coves -- and just that, the fragrant array of spices this island paradise has been providing the world dating back to the 1600s. Its natural-grown nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric, curry, cardamom,...Read more

River Cruising Offers Carefree European Travel

It was early morning as our Viking longship, Alruna, docked in the little town of Breisach, Germany. Day seven of our eight-day Rhine getaway was sunny and promised to be comfortably warm. The air was clean with sweet floral scents that tickled our nostrils. It was the perfect day for a 26-mile e-bike ride through the Black Forest.

Our guide, ...Read more

The Canal Is Just One of Panama's Treasures

By Fyllis Hockman

When I read about our upcoming visit to the Embera tribe of indigenous peoples as part of our Caravan tour to Panama and the fact that the women were naked from the waist up, I promised myself I wouldn't stare. I'm not sure whether I was disappointed or relieved to find them fully clothed - clearly dressing up for the ...Read more

Celebrate Nina Simone in Tryon, North Carolina

By Steve Bergsman

When I arrived in Tryon, North Carolina, populated by 1,700 souls and located on the South Carolina border, my GPS directed me along the hills and gullies that formed the outskirts of the hamlet. Here I encountered a work crew from the National Trust for Historic Preservation hard going on the stabilization and ...Read more

The U.S. Virgin Islands: Caribbean Sun, Sand and Savings

By Victor Block

One island resembles a U.S. city, with teeming streets and sidewalks and shops galore. Another is a tiny dot of mostly unspoiled wilderness. The third bridges the gap, with a something-for-everyone variety of ambience and activities. Adding to the appeal is that the three very different Caribbean atolls are close enough ...Read more

History, Horticulture and Hospitality in St. Croix

By Fyllis Hockman

The manor house, still in use today, was built in 1653 by the Knights of Malta. The sugar mill, constructed in 1733, now serves as a venue for weddings. Former slave quarters dating back 250 years provide lodging.

It's not often a visit to a destination hotel includes a history tour spanning several centuries. However,...Read more

 
 

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