Italian cuisine reveres quality of ingredients

By Rick Steves
Posted on December 10, 2020

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 European memories. And, like so many, it involves eating in Italy — a reminder of the delicious experiences that await us at the other end of this crisis. Spending a month in Italy, the thought of eating anything other than... READ MORE

Smoky Louisiana sausage has its own trail

By Todd A. Price
Posted on December 04, 2020

A thick, spicy pork sausage called andouille links together Louisiana’s River Parishes. An essential ingredient in gumbo, jambalaya and even seafood boils, andouille adds smoky depth to dishes across Cajun country. Now the River Parishes, which straddle the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, have created an Andouille Trail, an online map showing where you can buy,... READ MORE

Ways to get more bang for your travel buck

By Don Mankin
Posted on December 03, 2020

What does a travel writer do while waiting for the world to return to normal? Reminisce about past trips? Fantasize about future trips? Reorganize the sock drawer for the umpteenth time? All of the above, plus reflect on what I’ve learned from my 14 years as a travel writer and almost 50 years as a professional psychologist. From this perspective, I have identified a few ways to... READ MORE

Is there a travel adviser in your future?

By Ed Perkins
Posted on November 18, 2020

For any upcoming trips, many of you will turn to a travel adviser to help with the arrangements — some for the first time. When internet travel agencies and search systems first blossomed, some observers predicted the “end” for conventional travel agents. And many such agencies did, in fact, disappear. But others survived, in part by morphing into travel advisers. Specifically,... READ MORE

D.C. sites that recall suffragists’ battles

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on November 10, 2020

On March 3, 1913, Inez Milholland, astride a white horse and dressed in a white Cossack suit and white boots, led an unusual parade down Washington, D.C.’s Pennsylvania Avenue. With “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” banners fluttering in the wind behind her, Milholland led between 6,000 and 8,000 women, along with 10 bands, 26 floats, and six golden chariots in the Woman Suffrage... READ MORE

Try Finger Lakes for hikes, food and laughs

By Victor Block
Posted on November 06, 2020

One afternoon during a recent trip to the Finger Lakes region of Western New York State, I was clocking 80 miles per hour (zooming around an automobile racetrack). On another day, I slowed down on the road to pass a horse-pulled Amish buggy. In between were hikes through other-worldly scenery, visits to intriguing museums, and opportunities to become acquainted with the opulent lifestyle ... READ MORE

Texas Hill Country offers a unique blend

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on October 08, 2020

In south-central Texas’ Hill Country, junipers and live oak trees punctuate the lush landscape. Streams run clear, and ranches sprawl across the horizon. In the spring, a multi-hued mosaic of wildflowers brightens fields and highways. “One could travel hundreds of miles on a bed of flowers,” Texas ranger James Gillett wrote in the late 1800s. Famous for its German heritage and... READ MORE

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