Fashionista Iris Apfel hosts Queen Mary 2

By: Beth J. Harpaz

 The Queen Mary 2 ship is offering a fashion-themed trans-Atlantic crossing with a celebrity guest who’s practically fashion royalty herself: 95-year-old Iris Apfel.The inimitable Apfel is known for her irreverent style mixing haute couture with oversized costume jewelry and her trademark large round glasses. She’s been the subject of museum exhibits and a documentary... READ MORE

Sites to see in Stockholm (via Iceland)

By: Saul Schwartz

In Stockholm’s bustling square (Stortorget), the city’s oldest, the popular Kaffekoppen café sits across from the Nobel Museum. Eating outside at cafés like this offers an opportunity for people-watching and listening to live street music.Photo by CDRIM | shutterstock.comLast fall, Iceland-based Wow Airlines initiated its new route from BWI to Stockholm, Sweden, through... READ MORE

Visiting Guatemala’s grit and grandeur

By: Manuel Valdes

My childhood home is gone and so is the Chinese restaurant next to it. But my street in the urban center of Guatemala City remains its bustling old self.Buses growl and spit exhaust. Cars race down the narrow one-way street. Stores sell everything from wedding gowns to candy. But the paint is worn away from some of the buildings, a sign that the years have taken a toll.I left this street... READ MORE

Sublime wine, scenery in central Virginia

By: Glenda C. Booth

The masseuse’s golf balls gently rolling across my back in the dimly-lit spa put me into a Zen-like trance.So did the thick clumps of interrupted ferns carpeting the forest floor as I hiked, while the haunting, flute-like call of the wood thrush wafted through the trees.And a little while later, in a cider taproom, the sparkling hard cider gave me a slight buzz. This is Nelson... READ MORE

The last call for long-distance train trips?

By: Ed Perkins

Trump’s budget proposes to cut all funding for Amtrak long-distance trains. The administration isn’t happy with Amtrak’s ongoing losses, and long-distance trains face an uncertain future.So if you’re interested in a long rail trip, you don’t have to worry for this year, but the future will be much cloudier.Most scenic tripsFor most people, the main reason to... READ MORE

Cuba combines opposites in a time warp

By: Glenda C. Booth

Classic American cars abound in Cuba, where importing American-made goods was banned when Fidel Castro took power in 1959. Today, the meticulously maintained (though seat belt-free) Cadillacs, Fords and Buicks can be seen on streets in Havana and throughout the country. American tourists seem to enjoy taking a ride.Photo by JHVE PhotoWhen Columbus landed in Cuba in 1492, he proclaimed the... READ MORE