Rebuilding Notre Dame medieval-style

By: Elaine Ganley
Posted on: October 07, 2020

With precision and boundless energy, a team of carpenters used medieval techniques to raise up — by hand — a three-ton oak truss last month in front of Notre Dame Cathedral, a replica of the wooden structures that were consumed in the landmark’s devastating April 2019 fire that also toppled its spire. The demonstration to mark European Heritage Days gave hundreds of people a... READ MORE

Bird lovers will love Papua New Guinea

By: Don Mankin
Posted on: October 06, 2020

As the early morning clouds lifted, I aimed my binoculars at a branch about 30 yards away. Through the binoculars I spotted the iridescent aqua head and black tailfeathers of a bird-of-paradise — the Stephanie’s astrapia, according to Joseph, my birding guide. I’m not a birder, but for a few moments at least, I understood why serious birders wake up early to hike miles... READ MORE

Our region is filled with outdoor wonders

By: Glenda C. Booth
Posted on: September 08, 2020

During the coronavirus pandemic’s quarantine and era of social distancing, many of us are finding comfort in nature. Spending time outdoors can lower stress, boost the immune system and enhance our well-being. As Henry David Thoreau wrote, “We can never have enough of nature.” The D.C. region has many parks, gardens and other places to enjoy the area’s natural biodiversity... READ MORE

Put these adventures on your bucket list

By: Don Mankin
Posted on: September 08, 2020

When we get back on the road after COVID-19 subsides, we’ll be “lookin’ for adventure,” as the rock band Steppenwolf put it. In anticipation of this hopefully not-too-distant day, I’ve put together a list of my favorite adventure trips for active older adults. So, if you need something to look forward to in the months or years ahead, here are a few destinations to... READ MORE

Caribbean island has unique dual culture

By: Victor Block
Posted on: July 31, 2020

The tiny Caribbean island of French St. Martin and Dutch Sint Maarten offers tourists a chance for a traditional sun-and-sand getaway, but its unique dual culture keeps vacationers coming back year after year. The 36-square-mile island is the smallest land mass in the world that’s shared by two nationalities. Approximately 60% of the land is part of the French Republic, while the rest... READ MORE

Drawn to Monterey’s heritage, sea life

By: Glenda C. Booth
Posted on: July 31, 2020

[Editor’s Note: Given the worldwide reach of the coronavirus and the fact that COVID-19 cases in California and elsewhere are still rising, this is not the time to travel there (or possibly anywhere) for enjoyment. Statewide, many parks and beaches are temporarily closed or have very limited access. Please enjoy this article as armchair entertainment and for planning your future travel ... READ MORE