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Published July 21st, 2014 - 5:10AM
Stepping quietly through the dimly lit 12th-century cathedral in the small Spanish town of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, I looked up to the ornate mausoleum in the rear and caught sight of something you don't usually - well, never - see in a church: two white chickens pecking around in a Plexiglas hen house.
Published July 21st, 2014 - 5:10AM
The cluster of fans crowding the stage on the Carnival Ecstasy didn't exactly constitute a mosh pit - well-behaved, with no body slamming, just clapping, shoulder-shimmying and a little restrained fist-pumping when Olivia-Newton John broke into "Physical."
Published July 20th, 2014 - 12:05AM
This is the same river route Lewis and Clark took more than 200 years ago, a 1,000-mile journey along the Columbia and Snake rivers and right up the musket of the American West.
Published July 16th, 2014 - 10:20AM
Summertime for many means piling into the family truckster for the family vacation, a chance to share lots of quality time, ooh and ahh (however briefly) over the sights on America's highways and byways and add to the scrapbook.
Published July 14th, 2014 - 5:14AM
"Where are you headed today?" the front desk manager asks as I check out of my hotel in London.
Published July 14th, 2014 - 5:14AM
Fall is a great time for cruise deals.
Published July 14th, 2014 - 5:09AM
Get ready to pay more when you fly.
Published July 14th, 2014 - 5:09AM
The deal: Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa in Branson, Mo., is offering the "Girls Spa Getaway Package."
Published July 14th, 2014 - 5:09AM
Q: I've been reading with interest and confusion about automated teller machine fees when traveling to Europe. So I went to Bank of America and asked how to avoid them. The branch manager said BofA has a relationship with BNP Paribas in France. But then he dropped a bomb. He told me that Europe doesn't recognize personal identification numbers that are longer than four digits. I would have to change my PIN for it to work. He said a business traveler recently had a horrible experience and finally got to a BofA customer service agent who told her that her too-long PIN was the problem. Is this true? And if so, why is it a secret?
Published July 14th, 2014 - 5:09AM
More than five years after one of the worst economic downturns in U.S. history, a lot of us have decided it's safe to take a vacation again.
Published July 14th, 2014 - 5:09AM
Tour Pearl S. Buck's home in Bucks County, Pa., and you'll feel as if you've discovered a treasure as prized as an oyster's pearl.
Published July 14th, 2014 - 5:09AM
GEOQUIZ: What is the official language of Lichtenstein?
Published July 14th, 2014 - 5:09AM
Different stretches of family life call for different destinations. Here are five options:
Published July 14th, 2014 - 5:09AM
Name: Pocket Poppet
Published July 14th, 2014 - 5:09AM
The new generation of commercial airplanes is so radically different from how we have flown for the past 20-plus years that stepping onto one can feel like flying for the first time.
Published July 14th, 2014 - 5:09AM
Our quest was emblazoned on the T-shirts we were given before we left for Alaska: "8 men, 4 highways, 5 days, 865 miles." On motorcycles.
Published July 14th, 2014 - 5:09AM
NEW YORK - Perhaps you've heard the complaints about the National September 11 Memorial & Museum: Some think it's too expensive (admission is $24); others decry the inclusion of a gift store.
Published July 14th, 2014 - 5:09AM
Name: Kamino
Published July 13th, 2014 - 8:17AM
Taking the kids to Mount Rainier National Park for their first hike is tradition for many families. It seems just as much of a tradition to pack the kids in the family vehicle, or hop on a plane, and make the trek to Disneyland.
Published July 13th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Ernest Hemingway spent a lifetime cultivating a masculine image and personas. War correspondent, cigar lover, big game hunter, deep sea fisherman, boxer, liberal with liquor, minimalist with words – all done to maximum effect.
Published July 6th, 2014 - 12:05AM
DURANGO, Colo. — Without railroads and mines, what would the American West be? Less populous, less prosperous, less polluted. And the town of Durango might not be anything at all.
Published June 29th, 2014 - 12:05AM
It was a fading Friday afternoon in the peaceful valley northwest of Los Angeles, and that meant Marion Leeman and friends were perched along the slow-moving downtown strip with their usual signs.
Published June 22nd, 2014 - 12:05AM
When visiting the famous City by the Bay, it’s easy to be overwhelmed with the variety of activities and dining options that you will be presented with. Everything looks fun, all the food smells amazing — so if you only have a few days or week, where are the best places to spend your time and money on your family vacation?
Published June 15th, 2014 - 12:05AM
There’s something about s’mores, ghost stories and olive-hued canvas tents that tap into our deepest collective subconscious. Your childhood camping adventures may have involved a ripstop nylon, instant pop-up — or a hotel — but there wasn’t a soul who saw Wes Anderson’s recent “Moonrise Kingdom” and didn’t sigh with nostalgic delight over the Khaki Scouts’ olive drab, plaid-lined tents.
Published June 8th, 2014 - 12:05AM
It’s that special time in the late afternoon when the light turns golden and life seems to move at the pace of a bygone era in the square that anchors this Amazon city’s opera house.
Published May 25th, 2014 - 12:05AM
On the North Shore of Hawaii’s northernmost island, the earth writhes like a topographer’s fever dream — 3,000-foot cliffs, plunging waterfalls, tangled green valleys and sharp, serrated ridgelines. That’s the Na Pali Coast.
Published May 23rd, 2014 - 12:05AM
ShellFest 2014 is coming to Belfair State Park on May 31.
Published May 18th, 2014 - 12:05AM
When the email proposing a business meeting in Charleston popped up, it took all of three seconds to say yes. I’d never been to South Carolina, but I’ve read glowing dispatches from friends and colleagues for years. Southern hospitality is not a myth, they insisted, as they extolled the beauty of the area and its vigorous dining and bar scene.
Published May 11th, 2014 - 12:05AM
When I set out for a trip to the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, I hardly thought I would find myself with a group of Kuwaitis in the back seat of a Lexus LX470 as it slipped and slid across the sandy terrain. As the sand became thicker, I knew it was inevitable we’d get stuck in the largest stretch of sand dunes in California.
Published May 4th, 2014 - 12:05AM
A pint-size dish of cevichocho, served on the street in Otavalo, sparked one of those ah-hah moments so unexpected it caught me unawares.
Published April 27th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Our adventure began at 7:37 a.m. on a Saturday. “Good morning, everyone!” said Capt. Alex, a fit, blue-eyed father of four who has made his career on the river.
Published April 20th, 2014 - 12:05AM
One afternoon in Bimini, I was out doing what people do in Bimini — fish — when I mentioned to my guide that I was in the mood for pizza.
Published April 13th, 2014 - 8:39AM
Oh, Santa Cruz, it's your betwixtness that defines you. Culture and counterculture. Forest and sea. Surfers and professors.
Published April 13th, 2014 - 12:05AM
The 2014 edition of the “Washington State Visitors’ Guide” is available online and at newstands. This year’s guide features three covers — Mount Rainier, downtown Seattle and the rolling hills of the Palouse.
Published April 6th, 2014 - 12:05AM
KILKEE, Ireland — Breda met me in front of the butcher shop and led my car down a road so narrow a moonbeam would need daylight to find it.
Published March 30th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Edwin was a businessman from The Netherlands on my expedition team and we had previously discussed fox, sheep and black bear tracks that we observed during our 40-mile hike on the Chadar. The word Chadar means sheet, and it refers to the sheet of snow and ice on the Zanskar River, a tributary of the Indus River in northern India.
Published March 25th, 2014 - 11:03AM
A 15-minute appointment at a nondescript storefront in a Fife strip mall could help you avoid the inconvenience and indignity of the full shoes- coat- and belt-off security screening at the airport.
Published March 16th, 2014 - 12:05AM
With my passport safely stuffed into a zipper pocket and the plane descending for an on-time arrival, there was nothing to be wound up about. But I couldn’t help checking my watch as I climbed into a taxi headed for Berlin’s train station, the Hauptbahnhof, literally “main railroad yard.”
Published March 9th, 2014 - 1:05AM
In the tiny, ramshackle Waikane Store, on Oahu’s east shore, a cheerful woman in an old-fashioned hair net offered up Hawaiian-style sushi. And that means Spam.
Published March 2nd, 2014 - 12:05AM
"George Whittell," the tour guide said, “was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.”
Published February 28th, 2014 - 10:28AM
NEW YORK — On flights from San Francisco to Hong Kong, first-class passengers can enjoy a Mesclun salad with king crab or a grilled USDA prime beef tenderloin, stretch out in a 3-foot-wide seat that converts to a bed and wash it all down with a pre-slumber Krug “Grande Cuvee” Brut Champagne.
Published January 19th, 2014 - 8:36AM
The language might be different and the clothing is probably more colorful.
Published January 9th, 2014 - 2:45PM
Patient and flexible bargain hunters will find extraordinary deals in flights from Sea-Tac this winter
Published January 5th, 2014 - 8:33AM
If it’s Tuesday, it must be Ua Pou,” said Keith, stretched out on the adjacent mattress. One of a half-dozen passengers still asleep on the upper deck of the Aranui 3, he pushed up on his elbows to watch the dawn skitter over the waves.
Published December 15th, 2013 - 9:16AM
The secret to happiness is perspective, and that’s particularly true when skiing.
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