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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...
airline travel 1950s
A year ago, a surge of headlines about the “knee defender,” a $22 device, made the news. When air travelers attach the knee defender to their tray table, the seat in front of them can’t recline. While some view the device as a way to protect personal space, others see it as a misguided way to infringe on other people’s right to recline their seats. There were a few mid-air...
Uffizi Gallery
Nestled in the hills of Tuscany, Florence, or Firenze, as it’s known to Italians, was the birthplace of the Renaissance. Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Botticelli all lived in Florence, as did literary greats like Dante Alighieri and Giovanni Boccaccio. In the coming months, the city of Florence is sure to receive a lot of attention as Tom Hanks and Ron Howard roll out their next cinematic...
The Colosseum
Known as the eternal city, Rome has withstood invasions, civil wars, and plagues. In modern times, the euro has replaced the lira and technology threatens to rush a culture predicated on “la dolce vita” (the sweet life). Despite that, Rome is a place where remnants of ancient history and the Renaissance peacefully coexist within a very modern, vibrant city. With more monuments than...
Vancouver
When you hear the phrase “The Pacific Northwest,” the first thought this part of the world probably conjures up is rain. But while it does rain a lot in winter, it’s a great vacation destination when the rainy season is over. You’ll enjoy moderate weather, outstanding natural beauty, a laid-back atmosphere, and an incredible variety of cuisines. British Columbia’s...
Gordes village in Provence, France.
Provence contains a wide range of geography, everything from Alpine mountains to some of the chicest beaches in the world, like Cannes and St. Tropez. But for those who fall in love with Provence, it’s not the extremes that create the appeal but the center, the picturesque towns that dot the landscape so rich in culture, scenery, food, wine…well...life. These are places not made to...