Discoveries

By Monique Burns Great capitals go in and out of fashion.  Take Nanjing.   For decades, the city has been eclipsed by Beijing,  China’s political capital, 600 miles north.   Shanghai, China’s ultramodern business capital, 200 miles east, has stolen the spotlight, too, with 21st-century skyscrapers and 19th-century European landmarks along its

By Everett Potter If you asked me to distill the essence of Switzerland into seven and a half hours, I would tell you to book a ticket on the Glacier Express. Starting in the ski town of Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn and ending in the legendary lair

By Cathie Arquilla Tivoli Avenida Liberdade, you’re trying to seduce me, aren’t you? Tivoli Avenida Liberdade is groovy. It could (and should have been) a great location for the episodic TV show Mad Men. If the Graduates’ Mrs. Robinson wanted to seduce a young man in Lisbon, this is the

Story and photo by Deborah Loeb Bohren Nestled in the Riff Mountains in northwest Morocco lies Chefchaouen, with it’s ancient gated medina where every day is a blue day. At first glance, everything just looks…well, blue.  But as you wander the labyrinth of streets, alleyways, and courtyards and your eyes

by Geri Bain and Jenny Keroack Travel writer Geri Bain and her daughter Jenny Keroack spent five days exploring Budapest. As with their other adventures, they recorded their impressions and favorite finds. Jenny’s are in italics;  Geri’s are in regular type. Riding into Budapest from the airport, we had the impression we’d landed

By Monique Burns Admittedly, it took me years to get to Berlin.  As a child growing up in the ’60s, whenever I thought of the city, I thought of the Holocaust and World War II on one hand and the Berlin Wall on the other. Scrambling under desks during school

By Marian Betancourt It was like being in a Thomas Cole painting, surrounded by the ancient mountains full of trees flaunting spectacular shades of yellow, orange and occasionally, a startling bright red, despite an overcast sky. As one of seven passengers seated comfortably in a large van less than 100

By Bart Beeson Looking at the manicured grounds and castle-like façade of the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie, Quebec, it’s not hard to imagine folks in 1900’s-era attire disembarking from a steamship and heading up the walkway, followed by porters lugging steamer trunks full of luggage. The hotel,

By Monique Burns I’m in Suzhou, the cultural heart of China, only a half-hour bullet-train ride west of high-tech  Shanghai.  Led by local tour company More Fun Asia, I and four other women, including two New Yorkers, a Canadian from Vancouver and an American living in London, are exploring Suzhou,

By Mary Anne Evans The Isle of Wight off the south coast of England is famous for Cowes Week when the cream of the international yachting world descend on the island to compete in races that take in forty different classes. It’s always held in August just after horse racing