September 2009

Bab Shrine and the Baha'i Gardens, Haifa by Ed Wetschler When last we stood on the slopes of Mount Carmel, which rises from the blue sea to give Haifa a humpback, Ziv Cohen and I were bantering about the slim odds of finding much kosher dining in this Israeli city.

By Mary Alice Kellogg SpaWatcher has been fond of Mohonk Mountain House for years, and she's not alone. This venerable National Historic Landmark hostelry a scant two hours from Manhattan has attracted guests since 1869 with Catskill Mountain views on one side and a glorious glacial lake framed by giant

By Ed Wetschler “Haifa is the most beautiful city in Israel,” says guide Ziv Cohen as we gaze at the Mediterranean from a high terrace. And he’s right. Looking around, I’m reminded not of Jerusalem, with its ancient golden stones, nor Tel Aviv, where town meets beach, but of San

Ken Grunski, Telestial A few months ago, I rented a satellite phone from Telestial, the leading provider of SIM cards, satellite phones and GSM phones, to bring on a trip to the Himalayas. In rural Nepal, with 20,000 foot peaks around me, it was touch and go at times. But

  Libreria Acqua Alta, Venice By Richard West Finally in our hotel room in Rome. Unpacking the luggage, all seems well –camera, return-flight valium, phone recharger. Wait! The books. No books. Good to learn early what’s been forgotton, the books we planned to guide and amuse us through Rome-Venice-Vienna-Lucerne-Paris. Luckily,

“…everything old is not only new again, but downright cutting-edge”

Maid of the Mist By Shari Hartford A multi-generational vacation is usually difficult to plan. Someone wants the beach, someone else craves culture and there's one in every crowd who pushes Disney World. But in our case the suggestion of Niagara Falls got a unanimous "Yes!"