• Cartagena: Conserving Cultural Heritage

    A 500-year-old Urban Jewel in the Caribbean

    By: Mark Favermann - Sep 03rd, 2018

    The author recently visited Cartagena, Colombia. The city is a 500-year old urban jewel in the Caribbean with a wonderful scaled and visually vibrant Old Town (el Centro Historico). It is a wonderful destination on the western edge of the Caribbean. Planning of Cartagena both in terms of preservation and new development is a challenge, but climate change and rising sea levels is threatening its cultural heritage.

  • Detroit's Underground Railroad

    Exploring City's Unique History

    By: Susan Cohn - Aug 21st, 2018

    Code named “Midnight” by Underground Railroad “conductors,” Detroit provided access to Windsor, Ontario, Canada just across the narrow Detroit River.

  • Detroit Is Open for Business

    The Once-Bankrupt City Blooms

    By: Anne Siegel - Aug 14th, 2018

    Here is only a small sampling of new places to eat and stay during a Detroit business trip – or any trip, for that matter. The city has dedicated itself to “coming alive” again, and there’s ample evidence that they’ve made a good start.

  • Enrichment At Hancock Shaker Village

    Food For Thought

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 22nd, 2018

    A great day trip that enlightens and enriches the soul is as close as Berkshire county, home of Hancock Shaker Village. Spending a day learning about the Shakers, sharing dinner and thought with Peter Jennings son, Chris Jennings, and attending a concert with members of WILCO and transplanted local troubadour, Johnny Irion, can turn any day into sunshine.

  • Eureka Springs, Arkansas

    Known as ‘The Stair Step Town’

    By: Susan Cohn - Jul 18th, 2018

    In the beginning, Eureka Springs, Arkansas, was all about the healing waters. In 1880, the area’s numerous naturally flowing springs were credited with restoring the sight of a woman who had been blind for years.

  • The 2017 TAP Wine Tour

    Visiting ,the Douro Region.

    By: Maria Reveley - Nov 29th, 2017

    The 2017 TAP Wine Tour culminated with visits to the regions of Portugal which produced the winning wines for TAP's 2018 flights. Choosing to promote Portugal through its fine cuisines, with five Michelin-starred chefs, and the best quality Portuguese wines as determined by a panel of wine experts, TAP hosted over 50 journalists to visit the winning areas.

  • Owens Pottery of North Carolina

    North Carolina's Route 705 Is the Pottery Highway

    By: Susan Cohn - Nov 11th, 2017

    The oldest, continuously operating pottery along the Pottery Highway is Owens Pottery of North Carolina, also known as Original Owens Pottery. The Owens family has been involved in pottery since the early 1800s.

  • I Left My Heart in San Francisco

    Theatre Critics Met by the Bay

    By: Jack Lyons - Jul 28th, 2017

    Coincidently, the 2017 ATCA conference took place at the same time that San Francisco is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the city’s now famous 1967 “Summer of Love” revolution of sexual freedom, psychedelic flower-power, pot, and tons of young people with raging hormones.

  • Richard Petty Museum in North Carolina

    Displaying Legendary NASCAR Winners

    By: Susan Cohn - Jul 18th, 2017

    San Frncisco based travel writer, Susan Cohn, is known for ferreting out unusual destinations in rural America. Her stories always have an off the beaten trail exotic, down home flavor. This time she reports on the Richard Petty Museum in North Carolina. Parked on the property are dozens of iconic vehicles that made three generations of the Petty family dominant winners in the popular NASCAR circuit. This is a must see destination for fans of the popular sport. Enjoy this tale of life in the fast lane.

  • Traveling Sandy Revisits Frisco

    Flashbacks to The Summer of Love

    By: Sandy and Gerry Katz - Jun 28th, 2017

    San Francisco is for lovers as our correspondents Traveling Sandy Katz and her husband Gerry rediscovered. After an absence of decades they were thrilled to be back at the City by the Bay. If you visit now some fifty years after The Summer of Love be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.

  • Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG

    Veneto's Best Appellation

    By: Philip S. Kampe & Maria Reveley - Jun 01st, 2017

    The Asolo region in Veneto is known for superior proseccos. The town is charming and the wines are amazing. Take a short journey to Asolo with us.

  • Authentic Bouillabaisse

    Visiting Villefranche-sur-Mer

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 20th, 2017

    Yet again my paella was a hit with our guests. We talked about the expensive key ingredient of saffron. The next time I want to make Bouillabaisse. But I doubt that I can match that first encounter decades ago in the charming cove of Villefranche-sur-Mer.

  • Arthur Mooney Art Print Collection

    Iowa's Charles City Public Library

    By: Susan Cohn - Feb 05th, 2017

    Through the generous bequest of Charles Mooney the Chares City Public Library in Iowa houses a super collection of old master prints. The 79-piece collection includes works by Rembrandt van Rijn, Pablo Picasso, Grant Wood, Marc Chagall, Paul Cezanne, James Whistler, Paul Gauguin, Edouard Manet, Salvador Dali, Thomas Hart Benton, Jan Van Eyck, Alexander Caulder and Henri Matisse.

  • Grant Wood's American Gothic

    Iowa's Most Famous Artist

    By: Susan Cohn - Dec 10th, 2016

    American Gothic, arguably the best known and most iconic painting by an American artist, was created by Grant Wood when he was on the dole from the WPA. Artists had to pass in work to get their monthly checks. This painting was part of the inventiry when the relief program was shut down. It was given to the Art Institute of Chicage where it has deliughted viewers ever since.

  • Need A Lounge While At The Airport?

    The No1 Lounge at London's Gatwick

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Oct 23rd, 2016

    If you travel overseas and are looking for a Lounge to spend downtime in, consider the No1 Lounge group. We used the Gatwick Lounge for nearly three hours between flights.

  • Bag-In-A-Box Wine Is Perfect For Travel

    The Airtight Pouch Keeps The Wine Fresh

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Sep 23rd, 2016

    Traveling with friends is fun. So is stopping along the way and having spontaneous picnics and impromptu meals together. Wine is always important for these events. How do you determine what wine to bring with you when you travel?

  • Celebrate the Constitution on September 17

    No Better Place Than Philadelphia

    By: Susan Cohn - Sep 09th, 2016

    Since 2004, September 17 has been officially recognized as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, a day on which to learn about the Constitution. And there’s no better place to celebrate and learn than the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, established by Congress to “disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a non-partisan basis in order to increase the awareness and understanding of the Constitution among the American people.”

  • Auction At Hancock Shaker Village

    Harvest Suppers Begin on September 9th

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Sep 06th, 2016

    Hancock Shaker Village is world renowned for its useful simplicity. A visit to this wonderful community, located in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is a rewarding experience. On September 9th, a Shaker auction will take place, as well as the first of a series of Shaker Harvest Suppers.

  • Exploring Richmond, British Colombia

    Incredible Asian Food

    By: Susan Cohn - Aug 05th, 2016

    In the late 1980s, the Canadian Pacific Coast city of Richmond, British Columbia, known to most as the location of Vancouver International Airport, welcomed a wave of new residents, mostly from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mainland China. By 2013, Richmond had an immigrant population of 60%, with 50% of residents identifying as Chinese.

  • Visiting Philadelphia

    Let Freedom Ring

    By: Sandy Katz - Jul 11th, 2016

    On the occasion of the national gathering of the American Theatre Critics Associaton our correspondent visited the City of Brotherly Love. In addition to theatre she allowed time to explore other attractions.

  • Boutique Winemakers of Catalonia

    Numerous, Small Wineries in Catalan Region

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jun 15th, 2016

    Catalonia is known for Barcelona, the Pyrenees mountains and now, wine that is world-class and made by boutique wineries.

  • Route of the Maya: Part Six


    By: Zeren Earls - Jun 12th, 2016

    Related to the Aztecs of Central Mexico, Nicarao people settled along the Pacific coast of what is now Nicaragua about 1250 AD. Covering a land mass from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean, Nicaragua suffered under years of dictatorship and civil war in its recent history. Ready to realize its potential, the beautiful country shines with its capital Managua, as well as Granada, the oldest colonial city of the American mainland, established in 1524.

  • Devinssi Winery in Priorat, Catalonia, Spain

    Hugging the Grapes

    By: Philip S. Kampe - May 30th, 2016

    Devinssi Vineyard in Priorat, Catalonia, Spain gives its customers a chance to adopt a grapevine. This adoption opens doors ot the winery and community in rural, Priorat, Spain (only two hours from Barcelona).

  • Route of the Maya: Part Four

    Antigua, Tikal and Yaxha

    By: Zeren Earls - May 25th, 2016

    Founded as the seat of Spain's colonial government in a valley towered over by Volcan de Agua, Antigua is a treasure trove of art and architecture of Colonial Guatemala. Tikal and Yaxha are national parks within a vast tropical jungle with a reserve area of magnificent ruins of ancient cities that pay tribute to the accomplishments of the great Mayan civilization of Central America.

  • Eastern State Penitentiary

    Built in 1820s Near Philadelphia

    By: Susan Cohn - May 18th, 2016

    Before Pennsylvania’s fortress-like Eastern State Penitentiary was built on the then-outskirts of Philadelphia in the early 1820s, jails had traditionally been dirty, overcrowded rooms where prisoners were subjected to brutal treatment by the guards.

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