June 2010

Mt. Katahdin, Maine Katahdin is a fitting end to the Appalachian Trail in the north. Reaching the mass of rock atop the 5,267 foot summit is a challenge to the most experienced climber, even the AT thru-hiker who spent the last six months racking up more than 2,100 miles. Yet,

  Philadelphia. Photo by B. Krist for GPTMC. By Shari Hartford I've seen the movies: The Philadelphia Story, Philadelphia and Rocky; watched the television shows: Cold Case and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia; admired native daughter, Grace Kelly; know the history; and can even hum the Elton John song, Philadelphia

Fred Plotkin. Fred Plotkin is a self-styled “pleasure activist.” But that playful term doesn’t begin to encapsulate his extraordinarily accomplished and diverse background. Fred is one of the world’s leading authorities on Italian food and cooking, the author of Italy for the Gourmet Traveler, which has just been released in

National Museum of Capodimonte in Naples. By Bobbie Leigh Add an extra day to your visit to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast and spend it in Naples at one of the most fascinating museums in Italy. Rivaling Florence's Uffizi, the National Museum of Capodimonte, located in a  park dotted with

Restaurant Frederic Simonin, photo by Francis Amiand By Alexander Lobrano After a very long train ride back to Paris from Munich, volcanic eruption oblige, it was a delight to go to dinner at the new Frederic Simonin restaurant near the Place des Ternes in 17th arrondissement the other night. Not

Hiking from the Steirlochjoch to the Spullersee. Story and photos by Ed Wetschler This town in Austria's Arlberg region feels like a Sound of Music set, and that isn't just my opinion. Hiking through alpine meadows with wildflowers and tame cows, I heard two other hikers — hip young women,

Those of you who read this blog regularly know that I like to promote small outfitters from each of their respective countries. After all, who knows their region of the world better than a local? That said, I just received an email from Jhonathan Rodrigues, owner of Adventure Kingdom on

Stonington, Maine. One of my earliest childhood memories is trout fishing with my grandfather at Acadia National Park. A few decades later, my wife Gayle and I honeymooned on Deer Isle. In the years between, I’ve driven the “reaches,” long, narrow peninsulas that stretch like fingers into a sea that

A fairway at Furnace Creek, Death Valley, missing only golfers when it's 115 degrees Fahrenheit. By John Grossmann I stepped to the first tee at Furnace Creek, absolutely certain I'd be in for a memorable round.  And (hold the Acme jokes) I wasn't even accounting for the coyote and roadrunner

  So there I was, at the Delta Airlines counter in the nicest of CDG’s international terminals, E, and trying desperately to get back to the US. Because I had excess baggage, I had called ahead to get the skinny. The I got to the counter with my four tiny