Chicago helped give us national anthem

By: Don Babwin

Before every baseball game the crowd is asked to stand and “gentlemen” are reminded to remove their caps for the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Fans who can recite the words as easily as the alphabet will sing or listen to the story of a flag that continued to wave throughout one of the most famous battles in American history.What they may not know is that... READ MORE

Parking your car near an airport for less

By: Ed Perkins

If you have someone to drive you to the airport and pick you up, or if you live close enough to take a taxi or shuttle to the airport for your summer flight, you can forget about long-term airport parking.But if you don’t have a driver and aren’t close to your departure airport, driving and parking your car at the airport while you’re away can be cheaper than taking... READ MORE

Yosemite’s wonders of nature and light

By: Glenda C. Booth

Visitors can view (and sometimes even walk through) ancient giant sequoia trees in three groves at Yosemite National Park. Some trees are more than 2,500 years old and more than 40 feet in diameter.Photo by Yongyut KumsriThe sunlight creeps across Half Dome’s mammoth granite face, easing from steel gray to grayish-white to dull yellow-orange to a luminescent blaze orange. Sunrises,... READ MORE

Queens is king of Big Apple’s diversity

By: Victor Block

Not hungry enough for a sit-down breakfast, I munched on Tibetan dumplings purchased from a snack truck decorated with a sign that touted “Himalayan Fresh Food.” Lunch was a hurried affair at a five-table eatery where the menu special is yak meat washed down by salty yak milk tea.For dinner, I chose a small restaurant that gives new meaning to the word “eclectic.”... READ MORE

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