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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—...
Playa Ancón, just outside of Trinidad.
Beneath the thinning veil of restrictions limiting American travel to Cuba, the allure of this vibrant Caribbean country cannot be contained. Visitors to Cuba are transported back in time to a place where roads are shared by well-maintained 1950s American cars, bicycle taxis, and horse-drawn carriages; where neighbors and friends congregate in the street and along the Malecón (seawall) to...
Budapest's famous Chain Bridge at night
You might not think of Budapest, capital of land-locked Hungary, as a cruise destination, but because the city is divided by the romantic Danube River, cruise ships ply those waters on a constant basis, with a stop in Budapest being one of the highlights. As with any major European city, Budapest has a long and storied history, beginning, surprisingly, with Celtic inhabitants. It, like all of...
Dubrovnik walls
After a long history of being a Communist regime, war with Serbia, and reconstruction, Croatia has become a hot destination, and it definitely deserves its moment in the spotlight. Croatia isn’t a large country, but its coastline is quite jagged so that it extends to over 1,000 miles. If you add in the coastlines of its over 1,200 islands, Croatia’s total coastline is over 5,000 miles...
Halema'uma'u Crater, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Pausing at an intersection on foot, I look left and then right, contemplating my next step down Alii Drive, the main street that passes through the ocean-front village town Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. A bearded man in a Harley-Davidson shirt takes notice. “Anywhere you go is okay,” he says knowingly. About the size of Connecticut, Hawaii’s “Big Island” truly has it all...