• 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.

  • Visiting Poland with a Group of Educators

    Sobering Lessons of Nazi Death Camps

    By: Sandy Katz - Nov 25th, 2015

    Sandy and Gerry Katz joined a group of educators touring the death camps of Poland. The teachers were engaging in field research as a part of developing their curriculum for teaching WWII history.

  • Silversea Spirit Cruises the Meditteranian

    From Venice to Athens

    By: Sandy Katz - Nov 23rd, 2015

    During a luxury tour of the Mediterranean we were wined and dined with an array of themed restaurants aboard the Silversea Spirit. After days of exploring on land it was a pleasure to return to the ship for relaxation and entertainment.

  • The Arts in Cuba

    Music for Breakfast and Studio Visits

    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.

  • National Aviary in Pittsburgh

    Birds of a Feather

    By: Susan Cohn - Nov 08th, 2015

    The National Aviary is open daily except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas. Although some of the birds must be fed in private, almost all feedings (both vegetarian and carnivorous) are scheduled to be viewable by visitors. Since 1999, annual attendance has consistently topped 100,000.

  • Icelandic Portfolio

    Arni's Birthday Party 2015

    By: Pippy Giuliano - Oct 03rd, 2015

    Recently Pippy Giuliano and her family, husband Yuri Tuvim, and daughter Sarah traveled to Iceland. Yuri has family there and they have been frequent visitors over many years. The occasion was to celebrate Arni's birthday. Pippy, a gifted artist, created a stunning portfolio of images. They richly convey the rugged natural beauty of a spectacular landscape.

  • Brazil: Part One

    Salvador da Bahia

    By: Zeren Earls - Oct 02nd, 2015

    Renowned as the center of Afro-Brazilian culture with a mixture of black and white races descended from Africans, Europeans, and Native Americans, Salvador has a unique character shaped by exuberant colors, sounds, rhythms, and flavors. Its historic center has the largest collection of baroque buildings in the Americas.

  • Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

    Overview of a Week in the Sun: Literally and Culturally

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Oct 01st, 2015

    The 10th Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, occurred from September 24 to 27 with great success during a week of daily sunshine. The weather helped: there were outdoor performances on the beach and on a large deck of the Boat Slip. The town took part with venues including Town Hall, the former High School, a radio station and a Night Club. Of course, two major plays were smashingly performed at the Provincetown Theater. And the buzz was all about TW - Tenn at Ten!

  • Newport Wine and Food Festival

    Historical Newport Hosts New England's Finest Event

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Sep 24th, 2015

    Newport, Rhode Island and the Mansions of Newport host New England's premier wine and food festival this weekend. Celebrity hosts, Martha Stewart ,Jacques Pepin, as well as Jacques Torres are just a few of the star filled foodie lineup. Over 400 wines will be poured this weekend, as well as two dozen top restaurants that will serve their specialties.

  • World Tourism Day is Sunday, September 27th

    Visit wineries worldwide for free

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Sep 24th, 2015

    Why not take an impromptu vacation and visit a winery this Sunday. They will open their doors to you with free tours and tastings.

  • Chicago Critic Visits New York

    Covers Hamilton, The Flick and Desire

    By: Nancy Bishop - Sep 21st, 2015

    Our Chicago theatre correspondent, Nancy Bishop, recently checked in at the Edison Hotel in the heart of Times Square. She reports on several hot shows: Hamilton, The Flick and Desire.

  • Visiting Belgium

    From Beer to Waffles in Antwerp and Mechelen

    By: Sandy Katz - Nov 27th, 2015

    Belgium offers much to see in historical art and architecture. There are also delights to taste from the world's best beer to those paradigmatic waffles. Those familiar thick waffles were introduced to America at New York’s 1964 World’s Fair.

  • Sandy and Gerry on Broadway

    Overview of ATCA-NY Conference

    By: Sandy Katz - Nov 28th, 2015

    Waving her cane earned Sandy Katz and her husband Gerry some nice perks to Broadway shows. This included an autographed Playbill from ninty-year-old Cicely Tyson starring in The Gin Game. In addition to shows they offer tips on accommodations, tours and dining.

  • Charming Beaufort, South Carolina

    The Old South and Its Gracious Living

    By: Sandy Katz - Dec 01st, 2015

    The old south lives in the quaint seaside charm of Beaufort, South Carolina just 70 miles from Charleston. It indeed deserves her status as “Queen of the Carolina Sea island.”

  • Chicago Southland

    Affordable and Fun Vacations

    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

    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

    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

    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 Israel

    Food and Wine

    By: Sandy Katz - Dec 19th, 2015

    Israel, the Promised land of the Bible, is today a modern, thriving, bustling and vibrant country. In today’s Israel, cities, towns, villages, fertile farms, green forests, sophisticated industries and well-developed commercial enterprises have replaced barren hillsides, swamps and desert wilderness.

  • German Christmas Market

    Saint Blasien in the Black Forest

    German Christmas Market Saint Blqsien
    By: Frances Folsom - Dec 14th, 2015

    Saint Blasien is a lovely 750-year-old town deep in the valley of the Alb River. Unlike the large cities in Germany; Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt and Stuttgart the Weilnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market) in Saint Blasien is small with only local artisans displaying their works.

  • Curitiba

    The most European city of Brazil

    By: Zeren Earls - Dec 11th, 2015

    A bustling metropolis within easy reach of the Atlantic rain forest, Curitiba is an urban planner's dream with wide avenues, ample green space, and unique modern architecture. The cobblestoned historic center, along with the typical ethnic neighborhoods enhance the city's charm.

  • Visiting Kyoto Japan

    Exploring Ancient Samurai Culture

    By: Sandy Katz - Dec 10th, 2015

    Kyoto is one of the most beautiful cities in Japan and center for the appreciation of its ancient Samurai culture.

  • Visiting Hilton Head Island South Carolina

    A Top Family and Golf Destination

    By: Sandy Katz - Dec 03rd, 2015

    Noted as a golf-lovers paradise with opportunities to play on many different courses Hilton Head Island features spectacular natural scenery. There are fabulous restaurants, gracious homes surrounded by live oaks and Spanish moss, dozens of shopping venues from upscale to outlets. And fantastic resorts!

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