• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lithuania: Part One

    Vilnius and Trakai

    By: Zeren Earls - Jul 09th, 2015

    Having gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1993, Lithuania has bravely reclaimed its culture and recreated itself into a modern republic in a short time. In the capital city of Vilnius, the Old Town radiates with history while modern-day shops, cafes and restaurants animate the cobblestone lanes and courtyards. Trakai, the country's medieval capital, has a 15th-century castle, which sits on an island, reflecting like a jewel in the waters of Galve Lake.

  • Lithuania: Part Two

    Klaipeda and the Curonian Spit

    By: Zeren Earls - Jul 10th, 2015

    A harbor city on the Baltic Sea, Klaipeda is the gateway to the Curonian Spit, a picturesque strip of sand between the sea and the Curonian lagoon, lined with fishing villages and resorts. The beaches attract amber hunters; the hills beckon with folk sculptures. The strip is also home to a variety of birds such as the grey heron and cormorants.

  • Poland: Part two


    By: Zeren Earls - Jul 01st, 2015

    Poland's capital, Warsaw, is also its intellectual, creative, and business center. Hometown of Chopin, the composer's footprint punctuates the city. Although 85% of Warsaw had been destroyed during WW II, it has been rebuilt both to honor history, while also erecting a modern, dynamic metropolis.

  • Poland: Part One

    Krakow and Auschwitz

    By: Zeren Earls - Jun 26th, 2015

    Despite a rocky history of occupation, war and suppression, Poland, a country of 40 million people, has maintained its cultural vibrancy. Krakow has a wealth of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture that dot the city as churches, museums and theaters. Auschwitz-Birgenau camps provide on-site experience to learn about one of the darkest periods in human history.

  • De Leon Springs State Park

    Florida's Fountain of Youth

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    By: Susan Cohn - Jun 24th, 2015

    De Leon Springs was first occupied as early as 8000 BCE by local Native American tribes. In the 16th century, Spanish forces passed through (perhaps including Explorer Juan Ponce de León, whom history links to the fabled Fountain of Youth). The area came under American ownership after Florida became a territory in 1821.

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