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  • Journey to Hamburg, Germany: Part Two

    Not Just a Family Affair – in English and German

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    By: Astrid Hiemer - Apr 26th, 2016

    The second article begins with our Family Reunion on Easter Monday, which nearly 40 people from 11 families attended. What a festive affair and the three hour brunch just flew by. The meeting ended with a new official family photo. ~ For the remainder of our week we explored the city again, downtown Hamburg, where we kids grew up. Even then, the city was a wonderful playground.

  • ATCA in Philly

    2016 Theatre Conference

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    By: Aaron Krause - Apr 19th, 2016

    "In our time, theater here began to blossom about 25 years ago," wrote Howard Shapiro, a Philadelphia-based theater critic and ATCA's conference chairman in a welcome note to attendees. "And about 15 years ago the scene exploded. Of the 50-plus stage companies that pay their actors, designers and creative teams, about 35 hold Actors' Equity contracts at any given time. Metropolitan Philadelphia is now home to more than 1,000 Equity members, plus sizable communities of scenery, costume, lighting and sound designers; directors and playwrights. The theater community is a minor Philadelphia industry."

  • Route of the Maya: Part Two

    El Salvador to Honduras

    By: Zeren Earls - Apr 19th, 2016

    Joya de Ceren in El Salvador is a village preserved intact under layers of volcanic ash. Evacuated during eruption, what has been left behind reveal Mayan life from AD 600. Copan in Honduras is the most elaborate of all Mayan cities, as it was home to kings representing God on earth. Temple sculptures and portraits of kings carved in stone amidst a natural setting with birds and trees make the visit a wondrous experience.

  • Journey to Hamburg, Germany - Part One

    A Family Affair and Much More - English/German

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    By: Astrid Hiemer - Apr 17th, 2016

    We set off on a 10 day trip to Hamburg, Germany, from two airports: Albany and Washington, D.C. and arrived per schedules - what a relief. Our hosts came with two cars to transport us all to Ahrensburg, in southern Schleswig-Holstein, just outside of Hamburg, my home town. Nearly 40 family members met on Easter-Monday in Hamburg for a family reunion, which we orchestrated from North Adams, MA. What a wonderful experience! We ventured into Hamburg a few times per U-Bahn, subway transportation. The city always shows its best side to visitors, even sometimes in the rain. On our first trip into the city we were enthralled to see the 'Miniatur Wunderland,' the biggest railway system exhibition there is. Here an account of our adventures in English and German.

  • Route of the Maya: Part One

    El Salvador

    By: Zeren Earls - Apr 09th, 2016

    The Route of the Maya itinerary through Central America is an opportunity to see the archeological, cultural, and natural wonders of El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, and Nicaragua. El Salvador is home to an attractive Pacific coastline, imposing volcanoes, picturesque small towns, and the vast Cihuatan Archaeological Park.

  • The World's Best Pizza

    Gino Sorbillo In Naples Creates Sublime Pies

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Apr 03rd, 2016

    Since 1935, the Sorbillo family tradition of making Neapolitan pizza has followed the rules that guide pizza making for the pizza parlors in Naples. ‘Integrity to tradition’ is key.

  • Strega, Campania's Most Famous Digestive

    Combines Over Seventy Herbs and Spices

    Mr. Alberti, CEO of Strega
    By: Philip S. Kampe - Mar 31st, 2016

    With a 150 year old recipe, the Alberti family tradition of distilling Strega is in full gear in 2016. Over 70 herbs and spices are used to make this digestive beverage.

  • Gragnano in the Campania Region of Italy

    Home of the World's Best Dried Pasta

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Mar 31st, 2016

    Gragnano's wide street was laid out to catch the sea breeze from the Adriatic to dry pasta. Exploring the incredible food of Italy.

  • Visiting Hampton, Virginia

    History and Adventure

    By: Sandy Katz - Mar 30th, 2016

    We began our visit to Hampton, Virginia with a tour of the Hampton History Museum. This museum recounts the history of America’s oldest, continuous English-speaking settlement from its inhabitance by Kecoughtan Indians to its role as original home of NASA and the U.S. space program.

  • Lexington Kentucky

    Bluegrass Country

    By: Sandy Katz - Mar 30th, 2016

    Lexington is in the heart of the Bluegrass Region , the second largest city in Kentucky and Horse Capital of the World. It is famous for horses, bourbon, tobacco and Southern Hospitality. The Bluegrass region is renowned as the world’s largest equine “nursery”. Hundreds of horse farms surround Lexington , giving this modern city a park-like setting.

  • Campania, Business and Tourist Hub of Europe

    Think Italian Goods, Think Campania.

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Mar 28th, 2016

    Did you know that 40% of all Italian trains pass through Campania? It is the hub for overseas business, thanks to two ports, a large manufacturing community, numerous pasta factories and water buffalo mozzarella farms.

  • Dak'Art African Contemporary Art Biennale

    Dakar, Senegal from May 3 - June 2

    By: Dakar - Mar 16th, 2016

    Dak’Art 2016 is inspired by the theme “The City in the Blue (La Cité dans le jour bleu)” and will be curated by Simon Njami who was also named as the fair’s new artistic director. As inspiration from the theme, Njami selected the extract of Léopold Sédar Senghor’s poem: “Your voice cries out for the Republic - let us raise up that city in a blue daylight: Of equality for brotherly peoples. So we sing in our hearts. “We are here, Guélowar!”

  • Visiting Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Arts and Culture Attractions

    By: Sandy and Gerry Katz - Mar 10th, 2016

    Milwaukee’s theatre scene is one of the strongest, most vibrant of any city in the nation. Boasting two theatre districts, the city’s theatre offerings are varied and exciting.

  • An Irish Spring

    From Dublin to Derry

    By: Sandy Katz - Mar 06th, 2016

    Dublin is a modestly scaled, cozy, walkable city with a thousand pubs to hoist a pint of Guiness. You will want to explore the lush Irish landscape and rugged coast.

  • Visiting Virginia Beach

    A Seaside Vacation Destination

    By: Sandy Katz - Mar 04th, 2016

    The best way to see Virginia Beach is to stroll along the Boardwalk leisurely so as not to miss anything and to enjoy the oceanfront views. Along the way you will see statues, monuments and other photo ops while enjoying the sandy shore and exploring many shops.

  • Bonnie Bonnie Scotland

    You Take the High Road and I'll Take the Low Road

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    By: Sandy Katz - Feb 20th, 2016

    During our 7 day trip, we visited a selection of the country’s top sites of historical significance, including the battlefields of Culloden and Glencoe and Skara Brae, the best preserved prehistoric village in northern Europe dating back to 3,000 B.C.

  • The Arts in Cuba

    Music for Breakfast and Studio Visits

    Cuba
    By: Nancy Bishop - Nov 22nd, 2015

    While in Cienfuegos, we had some interesting musical entertainment. After walking around the square, we climbed several flights of stairs to hear a special concert by the Choir of Cienfuegos, a chorus of about 24 local men and women, who performed a concert of Cuban and international songs and show tunes. One of them, incongruously, was the American folk song, “Shenandoah.”

  • A Week in Cuba

    Have a Havana

    By: Nancy Bishop - Nov 19th, 2015

    I spent last week in Cuba with a group of about 30 charming and interesting travelers as part of a Smithsonian Journeys tour. The week was fascinating and intellectually invigorating while also being tiring and enervating.

  • Quinta Do Martelo, Terceira Islands, the Azores

    Visit a Village Restored to Old World Charm

    Gilberto Vieira
    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jan 25th, 2016

    Old world charm has been restored to Quinta Do Martelo by Gilberto Vieira and his staff of workers at this Terceira Island gem. A four star restaurant serving organic food, all grown on the farm, highlights dishes from a bygone era. The guesthouse rooms evoke a different era.

  • Chicago Southland

    Affordable and Fun Vacations

    Southland
    By: Sandy Katz - Jan 23rd, 2016

    If affordability and accessibility are what you’re looking for in a vacation, Chicago Southland fits the bill. With the Metro area’s quick connection to downtown Chicago, the Southland boasts plentiful commuter rail and interstate connections to make travel throughout the region quick and easy for big city proximity.

  • Terceira Island, the 'Gem' of the Azores

    Exploring the Azores

    The Atlantic Ocean encompasses Terceira Island
    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jan 20th, 2016

    Tereceira Island is one of nine islands that make up the archipelago of the Azorian islands. Located nine hundred miles west of Lisbon, the Azores are the closest European hamlet. Flying time from Boston is under five hours. This article introduces the islands and is the first of sever al reports.

  • Visiting Ogunquit Maine

    Number One Beach Town in New England

    Maine
    By: Sandy Katz - Jan 19th, 2016

    Yankee Magazine just named Ogunquit #1 of 25 Best Beach Towns in New England. It was tops in picturesque quality, shopping, accessibility, natural life and many more assets.

  • Sioux Falls, South Dakota

    A Great Vacation Destination

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    By: Sandy Katz - Jan 17th, 2016

    One of the most visited attraction in Sioux Falls is Falls Park, home to the Falls of the Big Sioux River located on the north end of downtown. Enjoy magnificent rock formations washed by water of the Big Sioux River. Here you can find rushing triple falls, visitor center, five-story viewing tower, historic ruins, horse barn, recreational trails, café, sculptures and more.

  • Sailing from Boston to Montreal

    Holland America's Luxury Cruise

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    By: Sandy and Gerry Katz - Jan 15th, 2016

    Much of a cruise is predictable and then there are those surprises that catch you off-guard. As I was literally running through the gift shop area to get to my next activity, a lovely young lady stopped me and encouraged me to put my name in the bowl for a watch prize that was about to happen. Lo and behold, my name was called and I won the men's watch

  • Visiting Exotic Andalusia

    The Moorish Heritage of Spain

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    By: Sandy Katz - Jan 04th, 2016

    Muslims and Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492. But their heritage strongly identifies unique architecture, culture and cuisine in Andalusia. During the winter season it is the warmest region in Europe for leisure, vacations and tourism.

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