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A Day on Reykjavik's Old Harbor

By Lesley Frederikson

Icelandair has hatched a fantastic marketing scheme. Travelers passing through Iceland on their way to points afar can stop there for up to a week free of charge. On a recent trip to Sweden, my family opted to take advantage of the offer and see what there is to do in this northern nation. With time limited, we ...Read more

Stay Awake Day in Iceland

By Lesley Frederikson

It was meant to be a trip to Sweden to help my husband and his siblings trace their roots, but when my sister-in-law learned that we would connect through Iceland, she suggested we take a few days there to check it out. Why not? It turns out that Icelandair offers a layover in Reykjavik of up to a week without ...Read more

Kitzbuhel: A Tyrolean Alpine Gem

By Margot Black

On our journey to experience the best of the Alps and bucket-list hiking opportunities we visited Kitzbuhel for three glorious days. This stylish mountain resort is located 20 miles south of the German-Austrian border in the western Austrian province of Tyrol. As a member of the distinguished "Best of the Alps" collection...Read more

Activist Artists Brighten the Streets

By Victor Block

The stream of people who fled from Communist-controlled East Berlin during the post-World War II Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union were seeking refuge in the West. That being the case, in 1961 a wall of concrete slabs and hollow blocks was erected in an effort to stem the exodus. While the side of ...Read more

Experiencing Oregon's Adventure Coast

Imagine you're a raven soaring high above Oregon's Pacific Ocean coastline a century ago. Below you is the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America -- a natural wonder that would become known as the Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area.

To the east are the bustling seaport lumber towns of North Bend and Coos Bay, lined with ...Read more

The Dolomites: An Otherworldly Alpine Paradise

By Margot Black

We were looking to explore the best of the Alps on our European holiday, and we had heard about the Dolomites in the eastern section of the northern Italian Alps. The Dolomites are a highly distinctive mountain range with dramatic Alpine landscapes that are heralded for their exceptional natural beauty. This is where you'...Read more

Munich: A City of Modern and Traditional Wonder

By Margot Black

Munich seamlessly blends both the urban flair of a vibrant metropolis and the traditional charm of an outlying town. Situated on the Isar river to the north of the Bavarian Alps, Munich is the capital of Bavaria and the third-largest city in Germany. What started out as a market town in the 12th century has now ...Read more

Garmisch-Partenkirchen: A Natural Treasure

By Margot Black

On our quest to explore the best of the Alps we visited Garmisch-Partenkirchen, an appealing resort town nestled in the Bavarian Alps. Interestingly, this town is comprised of two separate side-by-side villages that united in 1935 to host the Winter Olympics. World-renowned for its alpine hiking, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is...Read more

The Whimsical, Wonderful, Unexpected Art of Davenport, Iowa

It is one of the most famous and easily recognizable paintings of the 19th century: Georges Seurat's "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte." Painted between 1884 and 1886, it depicts a panoramic portrait of Parisian life. What a surprise, then, to encounter Seurat's characters (along with their pets) enjoying a leisurely afternoon...Read more

Eat Your Way Through the Quad Cities

We are by nature a migratory species. We either go where food is plentiful, or when we get somewhere we bring our unique cuisines with us. It's the reason American cities tend to offer such a wide variety of food options.

The Quad Cities -- Davenport, Bettendorf and, by inclusion, LeClaire, Iowa, plus Rock Island and Moline, Illinois, offer an ...Read more

These Mississippi River Towns Offer Real Surprises

As the plane taking me home rose and banked to the west, it crossed the Mississippi River. Just a few days before, this striking landscape held little meaning. Now, looking down, I recognized the great span of bridges connecting the Illinois towns of Rock Island and Moline with Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa -- known collectively as the Quad ...Read more

Single Travelers Find Ways to Go It Alone

By Victor Block

Awakened by her alarm clock, Betty Price strolled to the window of the hotel room, enjoyed the view of the Eiffel Tower beneath a departing airplane and climbed back into bed. Alice Beers made a different early-morning decision. Because she was enjoying her stay in Hawaii so much, she opted to spend several more days ...Read more

San Francisco Is Calling

By Athena Lucero

When my husband, Louie, decided to hold off on competing in this year's Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim, the famous 1.5-mile race from Alcatraz Island to the San Francisco shore, I was relieved that he had decided to save the race for next year. He gifted this challenge to himself to celebrate his 70th birthday -- his first ...Read more

Reflections on 35 Years of Travel Writing

By Fyllis Hockman

When my 15-year-old granddaughter, Talya, asked me what my favorite destination was, I had to take a minute. After 35 years as a travel writer, my usual answer to that question is wherever I've been last, but I felt she deserved more than my usual flippant reply.

Of course, so many different places come up for ...Read more

Cayuga Lake Is a Great Girlfriends' Getaway

By Candyce H. Stapen

We knew we had booked the right girlfriends' getaway as soon as we pulled into the driveway of Rowland House in Aurora, New York. At 10,000 square feet and with 10 rooms, the Queen Anne-style home felt both impressive and friendly. Cayuga Lake glistened in the background, and 120-year-old ginkgo trees crowned the ...Read more

Lighthouses Beckon to Adventurous Travelers

By Victor Block

Sam and Barbara Dawson use binoculars to get close-up views of whales and seals as they swim by just offshore. Dick and Mary Beatty prefer to get up-close and personal with schools of multicolored fish while they snorkel and scuba dive. For Tom and Jean Coss, the big thrill is hobnobbing with a friendly ghost named Maggie...Read more

Celebrate the Mexican Renaissance at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

We tend to think of the Renaissance as a strictly Italian phenomenon. But in the 1920s and '30s Mexico experienced a renaissance that produced artistic and political shockwaves around the world. It was a celebration of culture and politics that brought together a remarkable group of artists, sculptors, composers, photographers and filmmakers.

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San Francisco Opera Is a Cultural Landmark

Hollywood has the Academy Awards. New York City has the Tonys. San Francisco has for more than a century had the opera. In the City by the Bay, opera stands as a cultural landmark to rival the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf and North Beach.

It was Sept. 26, 1923, when the curtain rose on Giacomo Puccini's then-contemporary opera, "La ...Read more

People and Places Bring Egypt to Life

By Victor Block

Egypt is a land of pyramids and pharaohs, a rich millennia-long history and present-day life with one foot planted firmly in the past. In ancient times, Greek and Roman explorers went there to gawk at the magnificent man-made monuments. Later, Napoleon showed up and looted treasured artifacts that were transported back to...Read more

The View From a Riverboat Window on the Nile River

By Victor Block

As I sat on the sun deck outside my riverboat cabin overlooking the surrounding scene, many of the most fabled attractions of Egypt came into view. The towering Pyramids of Giza were guarded by the world-famous Sphinx, whose face, believed to portray that of a pharaoh, sits on the body of a lion.

I spotted and marveled ...Read more

 

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