• 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.

  • The KUMU Art Museum

    Tallinn, Estonia

    By: Zeren Earls - Aug 01st, 2015

    The winner of the European Museum of the Year Award in 2008, the KUMU soars as the youthful face of independent Estonia. The museum's state-of-the-art galleries display selections from its 58,000-piece collection of Estonian art from the 18th century to the 1990s, including works from the Soviet era. The KUMU is a compelling destination in Tallinn, Estonia's charming capital.

  • Going Dutch Iron Pot Cooking

    Celebrating Nevada's Frontier Heritage

    By: Susan Cohn - Aug 05th, 2015

    Dutch oven cooking, popular since colonial times, came to Nevada with the early Mormon settlers of the area and remains a way of life even today. Nevada state parks regularly give demonstrations of how to cook with the short-legged, cast iron vessel with the rimmed lid.

  • Nevada Northern Railway Museum in Ely

    An Exciting Hands on Adventure

    The classroom is on the tracks during the Nevada Northern Railway Museum’s Railroad Reality Week in Ely.  PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy Nevada Northern Railway Museum.
    By: Susan Cohn - Aug 06th, 2015

    Railroad Reality Week takes place at the Nevada Northern Railway Complex, the best preserved, least altered and most complete main yard remaining from the steam railroad era.

  • Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix

    Saguaro Cactus Featured Among Exotic Species

    By: Susan Cohn - Aug 11th, 2015

    The Garden comprises 140 acres and has more than 50,000 plants in its collection, including 139 rare, threatened, or endangered species. It focuses on plants adapted to desert conditions, including an Australian collection, a Baja California collection and a South American collection.

  • Exploring Mexican Cuisine

    Vallarta Food Tours

    By: Susan Cohn - Aug 14th, 2015

    In addition to the Pitallal neighborhood tour, Vallarta Food Tours offers a day tour that explores Puerto Vallarta’s centro and old town neighborhoods, with sampling of mole enchiladas, traditional ceviche tostadas, tacos from an authentic taco stand, traditional drinks, and regional candies.

  • Tejo's Amazing Portuguese Wines

    Tejo Has 50,000 Acres of Vineyards

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 23rd, 2015

    Tejo with its temperate southern Mediterranean climate has 50,000 acres of vineyards, 2800 hours of sunlight a year and less than 30 inches of rainfall each year with temperatures that average 60°F

  • Econo Class

    Europe on the Cheap

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 31st, 2015

    The thrill is gone traveling to Europe cattle car class. Replicating the steerage passages of our immigrant ancestors. Quality of life dim on el cheapo airlines.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

    Tiffany Treasures in Winter Park, Florida

    By: Susan Cohn - Aug 01st, 2015

    Catherine Hinman, the Museum’s Director of Public Affairs and Publications, said “A highlight of a visit [to the Morse Museum] is always the Byzantine-Romanesque chapel interior Tiffany designed for exhibition at the 1893 world’s fair in Chicago, which literally brought fair-goers to their knees in 1893 and continues to mesmerize our visitors today.”

  • Dig This a Super Sized Sandbox Near Vegas

    Biggest Toys Imaginable

    By: Susan Cohn - Jul 31st, 2015

    Ed Mumm the owner of Dig This said, “Originally I thought only men would be into this. As soon as we opened our doors for business, it became very obvious that I was wrong. Half of our clients are woman who apparently have also craved the opportunity to play in bulldozers and excavators. I think it is very empowering for them and is fantastic therapy to take control of a 20 ton piece of machinery and tear up some earth and what ever else is in their way.”

  • St. Petersburg

    The Cultural Capital of Russia

    By: Zeren Earls - Jul 26th, 2015

    Founded by Peter the Great as the Venice of the North, St. Petersburg lives up to that image with inspired art and architecture. Opulent palaces, grand cathedrals, and ornate buildings line its canals connected with beautiful bridges. The fantastic art and cultural programs that fill the monumental buildings make the visit all the more compelling.

  • Wyatt Earp King of the Wild Frontier

    Encounter with Gunslinger in Virginia City, Nevada

    By: Susan Cohn - Jul 23rd, 2015

    By the time he took part in The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona Territory, Wyatt Earp was already famous; after that October afternoon in 1881, he was a legend.

  • Estonia

    Tallinn, the capital city

    By: Zeren Earls - Jul 20th, 2015

    The old part of Tallinn is a chronicle in stone of the city's history. Carefully conserved narrow little streets, cathedral spires, 15th- 16th- and 17th-century houses define the character of old Tallinn. The new glass and steel high-rise buildings add a youthful touch to a picture-book city.

  • Latvia

    Riga, Ligatne, Cesis

    By: Zeren Earls - Jul 15th, 2015

    At the crossroads of East and West on The Baltic Sea, Latvia offers a vast cultural heritage. Riga, the largest of the Baltic capitals, has a charming Old Town with medieval and baroque architecture and is also considered the capital of Europe's Art Nouveau style with over 800 buildings. Ligatne and Cesis are both small towns within Gauja National Park with historic and natural treasures of their own.

  • The Venetian in Vegas

    Lagoons in the Deserts of Nevada

    By: Susan Cohn - Jul 14th, 2015

    Amazingly you can take a gondola trip through the glorious Venetian an upscale resort hotel in Vegas. There is no need for an expensive trip to Italy when you can toss in gambling for a casino weekend here in the USA.

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