Eastern & Oriental Express defines glitzy

By: Charmaine Noronha

Beads of sweat trickle down my forehead on a muggy night in Bangkok when I realize I'm late for the Eastern & Oriental Express train. I've missed the shuttle from my hotel, and my baggage bounces over the unevenly paved streets as I run to the station in a panic.As I fly down the platform, my dress billows behind me. I feel like a character in an old movie as I sprint for the ... READ MORE

Laid-back living in eclectic Key West, Fla.

By: Victor Block

A sightseeing train chugs past Sloppy Joe’s Bar, where Ernest Hemmingway was a regular patron when he lived in Key West from 1931 to 1942.Photo by Victor BlockEven after several days luxuriating in the sun that bathes Key West in its glow, the essence of the Florida destination eluded me. I had immersed myself in the tiny island’s history, wandered narrow streets lined by... READ MORE

High-tech gambling at Maryland’s casinos

By: Glenda C. Booth

Patrons try their luck at some of Maryland Live!’s 3,200 slot machines. By October, the casino, located at Arundel Mills Mall in Hanover, Md., will grow to the size of three football fields with 4,750 machines, making it one of the largest casinos in the country.Photo courtesy of Maryland Live!The flashing lights of the cavernous compounds lure you in, then the promise of instant... READ MORE

Read nature’s cues for a better garden

By: Dean Fosdick

Phenology is the science of appearances, or knowing which plants can tell you when to start weeding, planting, fighting insects or tackling any other gardening priority.Once the forsythia begins to bloom, for instance, it’s time to renew your war against crabgrass. When to fertilize the lawn? Think apple blossoms falling. Time to set out tomatoes? Yes, if dogwood trees are in... READ MORE

For most travelers, blood clot risk is low

By: Lindsey Tanner

Good news for budget-minded travelers: There’s no proof that flying economy-class increases your chances of dangerous blood clots, according to new guidelines from medical specialists.Travelers’ blood clots have been nicknamed “economy class syndrome,” but the new advice suggests this is a misnomer.The real risk is not getting up and moving during long flights... READ MORE

Virginia’s hills are alive with country music

By: Glenda C. Booth

Way down in the southwest corner of Virginia, I returned for the night to the white-frame, century-old Nickelsville Hotel at 11 p.m. to find three musicians strumming and singing around the kitchen table. Trapped, I fell into bed three hours later with mountain tunes ringing in my head. When I stumbled out bleary-eyed the next morning, I was treated to a soothing bluegrass... READ MORE