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  • Southern France

    Along the Foothills of the Pyrenees

    By: Zeren Earls - Jan 02nd, 2018

    The walled city of Carcassonne, the heritage site Albi with its Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, the Basque cities of Auch and Bayonne, and the Atlantic coastal cities of Biarritz and Saint-Jean-de-Luz are treasures that make this region of France unique for the visitor.

  • A Shot in the Armagnac

    Getting to Know Gascony's Treasure

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 20th, 2017

    Armagnac has finally been recognized as the up and coming brandy. Its only taken 700 years to be recognized in the 21st century. At one time it was Louis XIV's favorite.

  • The Roads of North America – Part 5

    Sketch: Cruising the Golden Gate Bridge

    All photographs by Astrid Hiemer
    By: Astrid Hiemer - Jul 19th, 2017

    Picking up this series after some time, we are continuing with reports about our travels in North America. We flew to San Francisco to attend a theater conference and to discover the city once again, followed by visits to Muir Woods and California’s wine country. There will be other sketches drawn from different locations and events. Here my personal photo-perspective of the Golden Gate Bridge, arguably the most famous bridge in the USA.

  • 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.

  • New Zealand's Urban Wonders

    Christ Church and Wellington

    By: Zeren Earls - Jun 26th, 2017

    Christ Church is a vibrant coastal city rebuilding itself following a major earthquake devastation of six years ago. Contemporary architecture is on the rise, while historic treasures are being restored. Wellington, the capital city, is an urban wonderland with a thriving movie industry, world-class museums, outdoor cafes, an attractive waterfront, and beautiful botanical gardens.

  • New Zealand: South Island

    A Wonderland of Natural Beauty

    By: Zeren Earls - Jun 04th, 2017

    Milford Sound with scenic fjords, national parks with spectacular mountain views and cascading waterfalls, and Dart River with thrilling jet-boat rides are the rewards of South Island. Traveling west across the Southern Alps, the rewards continue with the snow-capped Mount Cook region, Fox and San Josef Glaciers, a craggy coastline with "Pancake Rocks", and the artists' haven town of Hokitika.

  • 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.

  • New Zealand: North Island

    Auckland, Rotorua and Waimangu Volcanic Valley

    By: Zeren Earls - Apr 25th, 2017

    As New Zealand's largest city, Auckland offers a distinctive urban landscape with two harbors, modern high-rises, beautiful gardens, and impressive museums. Rotorua stands out with its geothermal activity and predominant Maori culture. Waimangu Volcanic Valley is a wonderland of crater lakes, hot springs, boiling mud pots, and an exuberant nature that has regenerated following the devastation of an eruption.

  • New Zealand: North Island

    Bay of Islands

    By: Zeren Earls - Apr 12th, 2017

    A subtropical archipelago, the Bay of Islands is a unique ecosystem of nearly 150 islands. Pristine natural environment with emerald hills and clear turquoise waters set the stage for picturesque historic towns, which mark the crossroads of English and Maori cultures, giving birth to the nation of New Zealand.

  • Iowa's Field of Dreams

    If Your Build It They Will Come

    By: Susan Cohn - Mar 06th, 2017

    The Ghost Players who emerge from the cornfield in the movie are re-enacted at the movie site by local residents in period White Sox uniforms.

  • 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.

  • Northern Greece: Part Two

    From the Ionian to the Aegean Sea

    By: Zeren Earls - Feb 08th, 2017

    The highlights of this itinerary range from rock formations with monasteries perched atop the cliffs at Meteora to ancient Macedonian cities of Philippi and Amphipolis, the former distinguished as the first place Apostle Paul visited in Europe. The modern cities of Kavala and Thessaloniki enhance the experience with museums, monuments, and antiquities in addition to a vibrant urban life.

  • Northern Greece: Part One

    From the Aegean to the Ionian Sea

    By: Zeren Earls - Feb 07th, 2017

    Traveling through Northern Greece is a wondrous journey across ancient Macedonia. The scenic land between the modern coastal cities of Thessaloniki on the east and Parga and Preveza on the west, is a treasure trove of antiquities from the time of King Philip II and his son Alexander the Great, along with those from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires. Biblical treasures along the route enhance the journey.

  • 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.

  • Lonshan Temple and Snake Alley

    Letters from Taipei

    By: Mark St. Germain - Jan 12th, 2017

    First a New Year visit to Lonshan Temple for prayer and offerings to the manmy Gods. From there it was on to Snake Alley to choose one's favorite kind of reptile for fine dining. For the adventurous there are side dishes of turtle testicles and deer penis wine.

  • Betel Nuts and Jade Cabbage

    letters from Taipei

    By: Mark St. Germain - Jan 11th, 2017

    During the holiday playwright Mark St. Germain visited his daughter Kate in Taipei. This is the second of three letters he sent to friends.They encounbtered a cab driver who "When he laughed revealed a black hole where his tongue and teeth would have been. All day he chews betel nuts."

  • Letters from Taipei

    A Spotless Crime Free City

    By: Mark St. Germain - Jan 09th, 2017

    Currently Mark St. Germain is finishing a screenplay of his widely produced "Freud's Last Sessions." Recenty, he spent the holidays with his daughter Kate. This is the first of three letters from Taipei that he sent to friends. For those who know Mark and have enjoyed his plays at Barrington Stage and other theatres you will enjoy and recognize his familiar wit and insight.

  • 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.

  • Iceland: Part One

    Westman Islands

    By: Zeren Earls - Aug 13th, 2017

    Heimaey is the only inhabited one of the fifteen volcanic Westman Islands on the southeast coast of Iceland. Rising from the cold sea, the island has a rugged appearance which belies its natural beauty and friendly people. Visiting Heimaey is a moving experience to learn about volcanic devastation and people's resilience to rebuild and to preserve the island's nature-made beauty.

  • Iceland: Part Two

    Reykjavik and Western Iceland

    By: Zeren Earls - Aug 27th, 2017

    Iceland is a destination for both the culture and nature enthusiast. Although Reykjavik is a small capital city, its cultural offerings are as varied as those of any major European capital. Snaefellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland is dotted with charming coastal villages and a feast of natural wonders. Snaefelsjokull, a glacier capped 700,000-year-old volcano, looms large over the western end of the peninsula.

  • Military Working Dog Teams National Monument

    Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

    By: Susan Cohn - Dec 29th, 2017

    In the center of a spacious plaza, a 9-foot modern day Military Working Dog Handler stands with larger-than-life bronze statues of four of the more common breeds of Military Working Dogs utilized by the United States Department of Defense since World War II: Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, and Belgian Malinois.

  • Pay Attention To Israeli Wines

    Quality, Not Quantity Is The Focus

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Dec 12th, 2017

    Since Biblical times, wine has been produced in Israel. Originally for religious observances, but, now for consumers, who compose 85% of the market, with the United States, as the leading importer. Kosher wines are produced the same way as non-kosher wines. For that reason, consumers are looking at the wine for what it s, not because its Kosher. Six wines were sampled for this article.

  • Judging Wine At 40,000 Feet

    Sampling 600 Wines For TAP Airlines

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Dec 11th, 2017

    The tedious work of sampling six-hundred plus Portuguese wines for TAP airlines in-flight wine service was an involved project. There were ten wine tasters, seven from Portugal, two from Brazil, and myself from America . Wines were first sampled on the ground and then the top fifty were sampled in the air on a round trip flight from Lisbon to Prague.

  • TAP Enhances the Portuguese Experience

    Michelin Star Chefs And Top Portuguese Wines on Flights

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Dec 01st, 2017

    TAP Airlines cares about their country and customers. Somewhat like a tourism company, TAP prepares you for a Portuguese experience starting 40,000 feet above the earth. Fine Portuguese wines are paired with dishes designed by Michelin Star Chefs. There are videos that educate the viewer about the Portuguese experience.

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