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Visiting the Vatican on a Trip to Rome

By Lesley Sauls Frederikson

Crack! went the gavel as the auctioneer announced I had won the five-day trip to Rome for an audience with the pope and a tour of the Vatican -- completely by accident. Having always dreamed of a trip to Italy, I'd raised my hand for an opening bid far outside my budget, certain that one of the 200 ...Read more

Platinum Jubilee: London Calling!

By Sharon Whitley Larsen

The eyes of the world will be focused on Queen Elizabeth II's big celebration on June 2, marking 70 years on the British throne -- Britain's longest-reigning monarch.

A lifelong royal fan, I recently spent a week in London, my favorite city, which I have visited more than three dozen times. This was my first ...Read more

Prosecco Tasting on an Escape From Venice

By Lesley Sauls Frederikson

After a whirlwind tour of Italy's most famous cities and sites, my husband and I were ready to have a quiet day away from the bustle of tourists and crowds. So it was that our first day in Venice was spent driving north out of the city with tour guide Riccardo Rossano toward the Dolomites.

"I will tell you ...Read more

History Is Deeply Rooted in Cinque Terre Wine Country

By Lesley Sauls Frederikson

Standing with arms outstretched in the sun on his steeply terraced vineyard above the Ligurian Sea, Alessandro Crovara told us proudly, "This is my office."

My husband and I had come to Cinque Terre at our daughters' recommendation during a longer trip to Italy. We were ready to soak up the five seaside towns...Read more

Don't Skip Travel Insurance -- Especially During a Pandemic

By Gay Courter

Kristen Yaldor was not thinking about travel insurance when a hippo flipped her out of a boat and took a chunk out of her leg while she was on safari in Zimbabwe. In fact, it never occurred to her or her adventuresome husband, Ryan, that they would ever need it. Surviving the attack was only the beginning of a more than ...Read more

Libations and Learning at Historic New York Taverns

By Victor Block

A second-floor room in a New York City building is where, on Dec. 4, 1783, Gen. George Washington bade farewell to officers of the Continental Army that had defeated the British. Not far away a ghost named Mickey resides in a Federal-style townhouse, waiting for his clipper ship to return and whisk him away. Among claims ...Read more

Eat, Drink and Be Mellow in Temecula, California

At this point in its history Temecula (58 miles north of San Diego and 85 miles south of Los Angeles on Interstate 15) is a Southern California town with a decidedly split personality.

The city center, Old Town -- which until recently still had wooden sidewalks --celebrates the days when Temecula was surrounded by vast John Wayne-style cattle ...Read more

Ballooning in Temecula: Love is in the Air

They were 200 feet above the ground, gliding over the vineyards, ranchlands and rooftops of the Temecula Valley in a hot-air balloon, when he summoned up his nerve and proposed. An hour later the newly engaged couple were back on the ground, all smiles, sipping Champagne. "She said yes!" he announced. Everyone applauded.

Eight balloons were in ...Read more

Discover a Mountain Resort Town Close to Downtown Los Angeles

By Athena Lucero

"This looks like a resort," a friend said as we drove past the town square in Sierra Madre, California. It was lined with umbrellaed tables, coffee shops, restaurants, an ice cream shop, a pub, boutiques and on a side street a cozy microbrewery. At the base of the San Gabriel Mountains below Angeles National Forest, this...Read more

A Place to Learn and Play at the San Diego Zoo

By Christine Huard

With interactive play opportunities designed to help the next generation of explorers better understand their place in the natural world, the San Diego Zoo's newest exhibit is truly a place where kids can go wild.

Spanning 3.2 acres that feature four distinct habitat zones and the animals that live in those ...Read more

Float, Sail or Cruise Through History

By Victor Block

Using a paddle to guide my canoe through the rapids of the Allagash River in northern Maine, I thought of those who had passed through that area of unspoiled nature before me. The indigenous Penobscot tribe gave the 65-mile waterway its name, which means "bark stream." In the 1840s dams were built to facilitate shipping ...Read more

Moviegoers Will Love the Academy Award Museum

By Bonnie and Bill Neely

We were delighted to visit the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences not long after it opened on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. We parked for the day at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, next door to the new domed building, which allowed us to visit that museum, too, as well as the La Brea ...Read more

See Sea Turtle Art and Sandcastles on South Padre Island, Texas

By Fyllis Hockman

My 18-year-old granddaughter, Mollie, has loved turtles since she was little. So, when I travel, I send photos to her of turtles from around the world. But between the Turtle Rescue Center, the turtle conservation efforts and the expansive turtle art displayed throughout South Padre Island (SPI), Texas, my phone ran out...Read more

Party or Peaceful: South Padre Island Is for You

By Victor Block

"Fish. Party. Repeat." Those words, printed on a sign in a South Padre Island, Texas, restaurant, refer to two of the most popular pastimes there. SPI (as locals call it) and nearby Port Isabel also boast a long and inviting list of other things to see and do.

It didn't take long after my wife, Fyllis, and I arrived to ...Read more

Beachbound in Dog-Friendly Delaware's Off Season

By Candyce H. Stapen

Ella and I strolled the boardwalk, enjoying the wind-in-our-hair freedom of ocean breezes and the lack of crowds on a mild spring weekend at Rehoboth Beach in dog-friendly Delaware. Gulls called, waves lapped the shore and we could taste salt in the air. All was serene until my 90-pound, 1-year-old Newfoundland ...Read more

Intergenerational Travel Results in Lifelong Learning

By Victor Block

Barbara and Robert Kline kept their eyes peeled for elephants while their son, Tom, and his wife, Betty, scanned streams for glimpses of crocodiles. It was the antics of monkeys that made 12-year-old Nancy and John, 10, squeal with delight. Scenes like this are repeated around the world as family members of various ages ...Read more

Eastern California Museum Offers a Treasure-Trove of Surprises

The town of Independence, California, on historic U.S. Highway 395 in the Owens Valley -- bordered on the west by the Sierra Nevada and the east by the White Mountains -- is so small you could blink and miss it. Travelers heading north tend to zip through the town and past its historic courthouse to reach the ski slopes of Mammoth Mountain ...Read more

Do More Than Ride a Horse at Dude Ranches

By Victor Block

Bill and Barbara Murray were hoping to pay for their vacation as they panned for gold. For Phyllis and Daniel Cole, the goal was to improve their kitchen skills so they could take turns preparing meals at home. Friends Betty Price and Martha Taylor had a more relaxing experience in mind. They enjoyed soaking in a hot tub after ...Read more

Stay Where Movie Stars Have Slept

By Victor Block

A TV weather forecaster staying at a cozy bed-and-breakfast gets caught in a time warp. The head of a crime family and his wife overnight at one of New York City's most alluring luxury hotels. While gazing at the beach fronting an iconic resort hotel, another powerful crime boss mutters, "This is paradise, I'm tellin' ya....Read more

Take a Breather Without Breaking the Budget

By Henry Moore

You don't have to travel far to enjoy a break from your everyday life, but it is important to make time to get away. Taking some time for yourself reduces stress and helps you make memories that are more valuable than cash. Even the anticipation involved in the planning stages can elevate your mood. While expense can often...Read more



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