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The panoramic view from Castillo San Guisto.
Tucked into a tiny pocket of land between the Adriatic Sea and Slovenia is the harbor town of Trieste, Italy, a bustling, year-round destination for travelers from Eastern Europe and beyond. In the summer, swimmers and boats fill the sea. In the winter, people shop, explore, and enjoy Trieste’s unique cultural heritage. Take a walk through town past exclusive boutiques, charming cafés, and...
There are many wonderful examples of medieval and Renaissance architecture in Verona, Italy.
Situated along the Adage River midway between Milan and Venice, Verona is the perfect destination for those looking to explore the cuisine and culture of Italy’s northern region. Its ancient city center is so packed with buildings and monuments dating back to medieval and Renaissance times, UNESCO named it a World Heritage Site. Like many Italian cities, Verona is home to a number of beautiful...
Main stage area at the Shack Up Inn, Clarksdale, Miss.
Much of today’s music has its roots in the blues. And one of the broadest and deepest roots you’ll find is in the South along the Mississippi Blues Trail. Whether you’re a fan wishing to pay homage to the greats or just want to learn more about the blues, following the trail will lead to many intellectual, auditory, and culinary discoveries. For this article, I’m going to focus on two cities...
Memphis nightlife.
There’s a story that Bob Dylan once interrupted a tour of the Sun Studio in Memphis, Tenn., went over to the very spot where Elvis grabbed his $1 guitar and played his heart out to land a record contract, and kissed the ground. You might not feel quite as moved as Dylan did when you visit the studio, but it’s one of the few historic sites that probably influenced your own personal history. Think...
Photo of a small wooden room propped among trees, reachable by a precarious swing bridge.
Thanks to cell phones, apps, and good old-fashioned ingenuity, the nation is moving from a service economy to a sharing or “gig” economy. That means instead of a taxi, people now take Uber—an app that connects riders with independent drivers. And when it comes to lodging, people are skipping the local Hilton in favor of staying in someone’s home thanks to Airbnb. Founded in 2007, Airbnb has...
KoKo Cabins in Bocas del Toro.
An isthmus uniquely positioned to connect continents and oceans, Panama is a lively and evolving passage for trade and tourists, and a biodiversity-rich destination. Six nights is enough for a taste of Panama City (old and new), a dip in the Caribbean waters of Bocas del Toro, and encounters with natural wonders throughout. Expanding canal, remaining biodiversity Essential for any trip to Panama...
The water garden at Giverny, France.
Best known for his unique vision and unconventional technique, painter Claude Monet gave the world a new way of seeing. Today his work adorns everything from coffee mugs to calendars to silk scarves, but success was not immediate for the father of Impressionism. In fact, the term “Impressionism” was first introduced in a scathing review of one of Monet’s early works, Impression, Sunrise (1872)...
The Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourviere overlooking Lyon.
Special to the Tribune Lyon isn’t Paris. Oddly, that sentence can be taken from both a positive and negative point of view. If you say you’re going to Paris, people immediately think: Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, Louvre. Tell them you’re going to Lyon in east-central France and, chances are, they’ll draw a blank. So if your goal is to impress your friends, then Lyon, France’s third-largest city...
Paris at night.
"Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing is more tragic. Nothing is more sublime.” Victor Hugo, author of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Misérables , used these words to describe Paris. In so many ways, Hugo’s nineteenth-century quote is as relevant today as ever. Now as then, the lights of Paris are bright, the gardens fantastic, and the croissants sublime. Now as then, the city is also tragic—...