A family cruise when ‘the kids’ are adults

By Alice Shapin
Posted on March 12, 2012

During the years our two children were growing up, my husband Paul and I enjoyed vacationing with them — renting beach houses together, taking cruises and going on golf vacations.Now in their late 20s, they’ve been on their own for some time. But recently, we invited Amanda and Scott to join us again, this time on a family reunion cruise.It was made a bit more complex by the ... READ MORE

Live like a Greek on the island of Rhodes

By Victor Block
Posted on March 01, 2012

Whitewashed houses dot the picturesque coastal village of Lindos on the Greek island of Rhodes. Lindos has its own acropolis and Temple of Athena, along with other archaeological ruins and a popular beach.Photo by: Anders Lundstedt/dreamstime.com“You’ll lose your mind spending two weeks on Rhodes,” we were warned. “Sure, some of the beaches are lovely, and the... READ MORE

Modernism Week defines Palm Springs

By Connie George
Posted on February 13, 2012

Seven years into the promotion of its mid-20th century style and culture, Palm Springs Modernism Week has officially put the city on the map as a mecca for fans of the clean, simple lines and elegant informality that denote the modernistic mode. This year’s “week,” Thursday, Feb. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 26, will again provide an open-house invitation to visit and view... READ MORE

Taking a cruise with Hollywood legends

By Nick Thomas
Posted on February 06, 2012

The tragic Jan. 13 capsizing of the Costa Concordia cruise ship off the Tuscan island of Giglio in Italy probably has some potential passengers thinking twice about embarking on a future cruise. But these floating luxury “hotels” make thousands of trips each year without incident, and the cruise ship industry has an excellent safety record. This is one of the reasons why some 2,000... READ MORE

Las Vegas through the eyes of a first-timer

By Laura Stassi Jeffrey
Posted on February 06, 2012

It feels like I’ve walked out of an icebox and into an oven as I exit the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, but I won’t let the summertime heat derail my exploration of the Las Vegas Strip on foot.Adjacent to the golden-hued Mandalay Bay is the dark, imposing, pyramid-shaped Luxor hotel and casino, and beyond that stands the multi-turreted, castle-like property called Excalibur.I... READ MORE

Krakow, Poland: Historic and now trendy

By Caryn Rousseau
Posted on January 30, 2012

With crowds of tourists and a college-town atmosphere, Krakow — once the capital of Poland — has become a European hot spot.The center of it all is the centuries-old main square in the Old Town, or Stare Miasto, where brick streets are filled with restaurants, coffee shops, trendy boutiques and sidewalk cafes. Midnight feels like noon as crowds crawl late into the night, when... READ MORE

The euro: neither a windfall nor a worry

By Ed Perkins
Posted on January 16, 2012

Today’s media are full of reports on the “crisis” in the euro currency. The euro is the common currency among 17 European countries — including all the big ones other than the UK — and what happens to it influences almost all U.S. visitors to any of those countries.The upside for visitors is that European travel costs for U.S. and Canadian visitors are somewhat ... READ MORE

The Everglades: One watery wonderland

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on January 09, 2012

A sheet of water once flowed from the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes near Orlando to Lake Okeechobee and then across the southern tip of Florida through ponds, sloughs, wetlands, hummocks and forests. Once covering almost 3 million acres, the Everglades was perceived by many during Florida’s early boom years as a worthless swamp interfering with agriculture and other development. So,... READ MORE

Become an airport VIP at a sensible price

By Ed Perkins
Posted on December 26, 2011

For most of us, big airports are among the world’s most hostile environments. Crowds, noise, long lines, inadequate seating, and garbled announcements are the norm.Fortunately, even occasional travelers can avail themselves of the road warriors’ refuges: VIP airline lounges. Mostly, you’ll have to pay, but an oasis of calm can be worth a few bucks.Most large airlines... READ MORE

Reasons to go to — or revisit — China

By Victor Block
Posted on December 01, 2011

Throughout the city of Qufu (pronounced Chew-foo), China, numerous statues and posters depicting Confucius gaze out at the scene. If those portrayals were to come to life, they might frown at what is taking place in the birthplace of the venerated philosopher and teacher.Brought up in poverty some 2,500 years ago, Kong Fuzi — the Chinese name which from “Confucius” evolved ... READ MORE