August 2009

    When does it make sense to take Amtrak?     With airfares dropping on many routes, there are those who would shout "Never!" Granted, our national rail service has never been known for speed, on-time performance or gleaming rail cars. As for food, it makes the airline equivalent seem like

Reviewed by Bobbie Leigh Imagine that everything you might ordinarily throw away was kept in your house for a year. Then think 50 years. Unimaginable, except in China during the Cultural  Revolution (1966/67) where some householders squirreled away everything from

By Dalma Heyn "Club World London City" is the name of British Airways' first all-business-class flight between New York's JFK and London's London City Airport. Designed to appeal to the financial-world customer who has until now commuted the 30 to 40 minutes from Heathrow to Central London (and then 30

Anna Maria Island, courtesy of Tortuga Inn Beach Resort. THE DEAL: Free Nights in Florida's Gulf IslandsWHY IT'S A DEAL: This is a very affordable way to visit the sandy beaches of the Gulf and experience one of the last bastions of old Florida. The Gulf Islands of Anna Maria

One of my seven year old daughter's favorite books is "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" by Dr Seuss. And her favorite pages in the book are the “waiting pages,” which depict loads of perfectly placid folk in various getups who are         Waiting for a train to go    or

Club Med Ixtapa THE DEAL:. The Club Med 7-Day WeekendWHY IT'S A DEAL: Club Med is offering a rate for seven (all-inclusive) nights for the price of three nights. Prices start at $799 per person, based on double occupancy.

If you've tried to rent a car lately, you may well have encountered sticker shock. Despite the recession, prices for car rentals have skyrocketed.    The reason? Car rental demand is down from a year ago, but car rental companies have been cutting their fleets and holding onto cars longer than

Patagonia International Expeditions has long been the go-to company for nature travel. They’ve been in the forefront of environmentally responsible expeditions to places like Tikal, Brazil's Pantanal, Costa Rica, Egypt, India, Machu Picchu, Papua New Guinea and Patagonia. They offer small ship voyages to the Amazon and Galapagos Island. And

Reviewed by Richard West "I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse," imperially declared Charles V in Dianne Hales' La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair With Italian, The World's Most Enchanting Language, (Broadway Books,  301 pgs., $24.95). It's a delightful, informative tour

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur THE DEAL: Incredible Royal Escape from Taj Hotels. WHY IT'S A DEAL: These properties are the iconic Indian luxury palaces. Prices start at $2,190 and include accommodations for two, daily breakfast, daily dinner,a  20% discount on food and beverages, and a 15% discount on spa treatments.