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Try Bird-Watching While You're Staying at Home

By Victor Block

Joann and Bill Jessen excitedly train their binoculars on a stretch of salt marsh that is alive with the sights and sounds of hawks and falcons that are resting after pursuing songbirds for their dinner. The 24 species of birds that John Beatty spots during the first few minutes of daylight may seem like a lot, but it's ...Read more

Discover South Carolina's Lowcountry Charm

By Bonnie and Bill Neely

When it's safe to travel again, we suggest a visit to the "Lowcountry" of the South. The most popular places to go here are Charleston, Beaufort, Hilton Head and Bluffton, and Savannah isn't far away in Georgia. But we narrowed our visit to Beaufort, where my ancestors once lived.

In fact, one of my grandfathers...Read more

Wilderness and Wildlife in Alaska's Denali National Park

By Fyllis Hockman

Forty pairs of eyes scanned the countryside, looking for movement, any movement. With binoculars and cameras at the ready, we hoped for a bear or a moose but were willing to settle for some Dall sheep high up the mountain. Not a passenger aboard the bus maintained a semblance of composure. We scurried like children from...Read more

Virtual Trains Keep You Traveling at Home

By Victor Block

You're enjoying an adventure for the senses as you journey through the soaring Alps in Switzerland. You immediately understand why the magnificent view that surrounds you in Colorado inspired the words of "America the Beautiful." You channel Harry Potter during a ride over the towering viaduct that the Hogwarts Express ...Read more

Time Well Spent in London's Clink Prison

By Sharon Whitley Larsen

"What did you do in London?" several friends inquired about my trip there.

"I went to jail!" I responded.

And I even had a photo of me behind bars to prove it.

While strolling in Southwark near the southern end of London Bridge, my husband Carl and I stumbled upon the Clink Prison Museum, claimed to be "one of...Read more

When Normalcy Returns, Celebrate in Boston

By Robert Selwitz

Whenever leisure travel again makes sense, Boston should be a prime destination choice. After the present dystopia passes -- taking with it the rampant fear of close contact -- a look at the city where the American Revolution began should be refreshing.

Take a taxi to Charlestown, one end of the Freedom Trail. Its 16 ...Read more

Explore Mystic Seaport's Ties to the Sea

By Steve Bergsman

Walter Cronkite, who was the dean of American television journalism and often referred to as the most trusted man in America, recorded his CBS news show in New York City, but at leisure times he would board his yacht and sail it north into the Long Island Sound, finally docking at the town of Mystic, Connecticut. ...Read more

Travel Virtually to Kitchens Around the World

By Victor Block

You'd like to sample some dishes from the places you had planned to visit this year. Or maybe you'd just like to have some new alternatives to the same old dinner recipes you prepare day after day. You dream of dazzling your friends with a choice of gourmet dishes during a party you're planning when things return to ...Read more

Visit These Museums Virtually

By Victor Block

It's not often that someone about to enter a museum first dons snorkel equipment or scuba gear. Or if they're a bit squeamish about going into or under the water opts to view the exhibits through a glass-bottom boat. If that seems unusual, so are collections at a number of museums around the world that go beyond the usual...Read more

Take a Tour Through History on London Walks

By Gay Courter

We were in London a few years ago when friends invited us to meet Judith, who was going to show them around -- and, as it turned out, about 20 others who were waiting in the same place. It turned out she was a guide for the city's not-so-secret London Walks. Although I had walked along the Victoria Embankment before, ...Read more

A Grand Cayman Wow

By Richard Carroll

The sea mutating from turquoise to deep blue to hues of green etched and sliced by the wind while drifting clouds cast indifferent shadows across the shoreline of Seven Mile Beach is where the mesmerizing rhythms of the sea mingle effortlessly with its ageless songs.

Though not quite seven miles long, this historic ...Read more

Visiting San Francisco's North Beach in the Era of Social Distancing

By Divina Infusino

How people will gather in person in the foreseeable future is unpredictable. But let's assume they won't be eager to rub shoulders with large numbers of strangers anytime very soon.

So how will visitors approach places like North Beach, that swath of idiosyncratic, locally owned restaurants, coffeehouses, shops, bars,...Read more

Savannah Is Something Special

By Robert Selwitz

Savannah is America's ultimate change-of-pace city. Decidedly laid-back and quirky, its unique mood is spiced by fabulous restaurants, intriguing history, magnificent homes and a laissez-faire attitude.

Founder James Oglethorpe wanted to keep his new colony of Georgia -- named for England's King George II -- free from ...Read more

Books to Transport You While You Can't Travel

By Victor Block

Hop aboard the fabled Orient Express train. Pedal the route of the famous Tour de France bicycle race. Explore the colorful canals and history-rich streets of Venice.

OK, so you can't make these inviting journeys right now. But you can take virtual trips that immerse you in the sights, sounds and other appeals of those ...Read more

Looking for Variety? Visit Vivacious Vancouver

by Victor Block

Strolling through the compact setting, I was mesmerized by the graceful pavilions and gazebos topped by intricately sculpted roofs and jade-green reflecting pools. The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden could be located in China, but it's not. It was created halfway around the world in Vancouver, British Columbia, ...Read more

See Southern California -- When You Can

by Kitty Morse

When it's possible to travel again, Los Angeles will once again offer its plethora of attractions. What people bent on visiting Disneyland and the beach might miss, however, are some equally worthy out-of-town destinations not all that far away. A city that my husband, Owen, and I visited recently was Santa Barbara, and we...Read more

See Europe on a Danube River Cruise

By Victor Block

"Now we're heading toward Durnstein, one of the loveliest towns in Austria," the ship's loudspeaker intoned. "So many artists have portrayed the beautiful setting that it came to be called the Painters' Corner."

The fact is, though, that on the way to Durnstein our vessel sailed past lovely town after lovely town. My ...Read more

What Happens on a Danube Cruise Stays on the Ship

By Fyllis Hockman

Of course the highlights of our Danube river cruise were the four European capitals we visited: Prague, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest -- all worth writing about, and I promise to do so.

But it was the many surprises surrounding the experiences on the ship that truly enhanced the trip. Because this was our first river...Read more

Philip Johnson: Man in a Glass House

By Steve Bergsman

In 1967 a large crowd of people gathered on the lawn of architect Philip Johnson's iconic residence, The Glass House, in New Canaan, Connecticut, for a fundraising event. Many of the attendee names are lost to history, but at the time they were heroes of American culture: choreographer Merce Cunningham, composer John ...Read more

A Long Day's Journey to Eugene O'Neill

By Steve Bergsman

My quest to visit with the ghost of American playwright Eugene O'Neill was almost a long day's journey into night, but in reality I was back at my hotel in Stamford, Connecticut, before the ebony curtain descended. You see, right there, I was trying to be poetic in the O'Neill kind of way. I always liked this line from ...Read more


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