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

Explore Turks and Caicos Islands, reefs

By Diane York
Posted on September 16, 2021

In the Turks and Caicos Islands, the sun starts out mellow and low, but by mid-morning it’s a slashing bright blanket of heat. Everything on these Caribbean islands is intense: the bougainvillea blooms in vivid shades of purple, pink, red and orange, while the plumeria tree is covered in fragrant yellow blooms. The sky is a true blue you only see when the air is pure and... READ MORE

Beware low-fare airlines’ schedule cuts

By Ed Perkins
Posted on September 13, 2021

When you’re packing for a summer or fall air trip, don’t forget one item that might not be on your regular packing list: Plan B. That’s because for at least the rest of the year, some airlines are cutting recently restored or newly added schedules, often with little advance notice. If you’re flying on a heavily traveled route — Chicago to New York, for example or Los Angeles ... READ MORE

How to prepare and pack for COVID travel

By Sally French
Posted on September 03, 2021

Here are some key travel planning and packing tips to help you navigate the new normal ahead of your next — and maybe first — COVID-19-era trip. Bring proof of your vaccination status International travelers will almost certainly need proof of vaccination as more countries require it and/or a negative COVID-19 test result to enter or avoid quarantine restrictions. But... READ MORE

Three sites memorialize September 11th

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on September 01, 2021

Scuffed shoes, a crumpled purse, a charred flashlight. These are a few of the 70,000 artifacts at New York City’s 9/11 Memorial and Museum. A woman phoned her sister to say that her will was in the closet in a recorded conversation now preserved at the 9/11 Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. And the names of a 3-year-old and a 71-year-old are among those inscribed on a ... READ MORE

Some unique attractions close to home

By Victor Block
Posted on August 11, 2021

While the Statue of Liberty stands as America’s most famous symbol, our country’s character can also be found in its quirky roadside monuments: the world’s largest ball of twine, a corn palace, giant dinosaur statues, and buildings that resemble shoes, bugs or coffee pots. For your next day trip, consider a few overlooked destinations in our region: giant floats that have appeared... READ MORE