The friendly, beautiful towns of Provence

By Victor Block
Posted on January 20, 2022

Some places are more than a destination. Provence, nestled in the southeastern corner of France, immerses visitors in a placid, captivating lifestyle. Although the nearby Cote d’Azur and French Riviera have many advocates, visitors may encounter traffic and crowded, blanket-to-blanket beaches. By contrast, in the tiny towns and even smaller villages of Provence, a Maryland-sized... READ MORE

Tips for taming the most hostile airport

By Ed Perkins
Posted on December 23, 2021

In your day-to-day life, you seldom encounter an environment as hostile as that of a big airport. Even if your home airport is, like mine, small and friendly, you’ll likely encounter big-field hostility at your destination, connecting point, or both. Fortunately, you can help avoid some of the worst hostilities with a little forethought — and usually a few extra bucks. Parking. If ... READ MORE

Delaware’s beaches delight in wintertime

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on December 16, 2021

A trip to the beach in winter can combine both peace and play. For the peace, sit and watch the waves roll in, gulls glide by and clouds float over the sea. In the off-season, the sun-screened partying crowd is likely gone, and youngsters are in school. But there are also playful events that can spark the holiday spirits. Lewes, Delaware, puts on an outdoor light show between December ... READ MORE

Asheville, N. Carolina: Artsy and eclectic

By Barbara Ruben
Posted on December 08, 2021

Thomas Wolfe set his autobiographical novel Look Homeward, Angel in the sprawling Victorian boarding house he grew up in a century ago in Asheville. Today, legions of tourists look toward this small western North Carolina city for its thriving farm-to-table restaurant scene, dozens of art galleries and quirky vibe. Dubbed the Paris of the South, the city of 93,000 residents surrounded ... READ MORE

Europe, anyone? What you need to know

By Ed Perkins
Posted on November 16, 2021

“Europe is Opening.” So proclaim postings from travel mavens and destination advocates, and it probably is accurate. But “opening” is kind of a loose concept — and, in the case of European travel — a moving target. Chances are that many of you may want to visit Europe over the holidays, and probably even more are thinking about visiting in spring or summer of 2022. Right... READ MORE

Reminiscences of Paris’ Champs-Élysées

By Rick Steves
Posted on November 09, 2021

As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of my favorite memories from Paris — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis. I have a ritual when in Paris. I ask my cabbie to take me around the Arc de Triomphe two times, then drop me off to stroll down the... READ MORE

RiNo: Denver’s colorful, trendy arts district

By Tony Glaros
Posted on November 04, 2021

Just three minutes from downtown Denver, an industrial-warehouse-belt-turned-art-district bubbles with creativity. Nestled on the South Platte River, the part of town known as River North, or RiNo, is a rich mosaic of murals towering inside and outside trendy bars and coffee shops, in alleyways and on highway underpasses. RiNo offers a sensory romp anchored by rich shades of primary... READ MORE

Havre de Grace: a charming historic town

By Ashley Stimpson, Bay Journal News Service
Posted on October 22, 2021

Before it was a capital city contender (it lost by one vote to what would become Washington, D.C. at the First United States Congress), Havre de Grace, Maryland, was called Harmer’s Town. But when a visiting Marquis de Lafayette mentioned that the town reminded him of a charming French seaport called Le Havre-de-Grace, residents honored the Revolutionary War hero by incorporating... READ MORE

Travel insurance is costly but necessary

By Ed Perkins
Posted on October 06, 2021

If you’re thinking about an international trip this fall or next spring, adding travel insurance is not optional — it’s necessary. Before anyone ever heard of COVID-19, the question, “Do I need travel insurance?” called for a complicated answer. COVID has added another dimension of complications — new risks and new requirements. A quick refresher course in travel insurance ... READ MORE

Venice Beach is back and worth the trip

By Don Mankin
Posted on September 30, 2021

Frank Lloyd Wright once wrote, “Tip the world over on its side, and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.” I would add: Tip Los Angeles on its side, and everything loose will land in Venice Beach. I’ve lived in Venice Beach for almost 40 years (most recently in a house just two blocks from the ocean and boardwalk), and have witnessed many changes over the years — from... READ MORE