March 2013

By Julie Maris/Semel Gather your family to celebrate Irish heritage 2013 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Belfast is more than foam, froth, and bubbles. It’s a hip cultural city that boasts the new Titanic Belfast Museum, the Metropolitan Arts Center, and a constant stream of music festivals. Long past “The Troubles,”

I’ve been a fan of STM products for a while — they make rugged, hard shell cases to protect iPads of all iterations. But I recently came across their Grip for iPhone 5. It is indeed a hard shell (polycarbonate plastic) with just the slightest bit of flexibility, with a raised

By Platao Rocha If you are going on a business trip, why not do it in style? And with the recent signing of the Free Trade Agreement between the US and Colombia, chances are Bogota may be on your travel schedule some time in the future. The country has the

By Linda Hayes My visits to Napa Valley have always involved meticulous planning. Armed with an abundance of guides and maps, and fortified by touts from culinary cohorts, I’d tour state-of-the-art wineries (tasting as I went, of course), dine at top-notch restaurants whose chefs take their inspiration from the local

By Marc Kristal “Location, location, location,” that governing incantation of all real estate deals, isn’t quite as ironclad when it comes to choosing a hotel. For one, part of the pleasure of travel involves discovering unknown, out-of-the-way gems; for another, hostelries in the heart of the action tend to be

Fed a steady diet of bleak wildlife conservation news out of Africa, especially with regard to the increase in poaching elephants in Kenya and Tanzania, I was delighted to hear the latest news out of Uganda. The last census reports a 12% increase in the gorilla population. The survey found

By Emily Goldfischer Looking for a quintessential English countryside vacation that offers fun, interesting activities for the kids but also charm and romance for the adults?  The perfect balance of both can be found little more than an hour’s drive west of London in the Cotswolds. Officially designated as an

By Everett Potter Where do you go in the depths of winter on the East Coast when you need a quick getaway that will amuse you, your spouse and your 10 year old daughter, a getaway that doesn’t involve expensive air travel or a ski slope? A city, of course.