Europe

By Richard West I am here to relieve your angst and ennui that often arises whence cometh that seasonal oxymoron, Summer Vacation.  Your concern that the undiscovered city doesn’t deserve even an imaginary airline ticket; staying in the slight-run-downiness of Hotel Earle in “Barton Fink” instead of the promised “new

by Geri Bain The 414-room Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel is an obvious choice for travelers attending conferences at the adjacent Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre, so my husband and I were happily surprised that the hotel wasn’t filled with badge-tagged business people. Instead, perhaps because of our more leisurely schedule, we

  By Monique Burns You’ll find Longyearbyen at the Arctic Ocean’s southern fringe, 600 miles from the North Pole and 600 miles from the Norwegian mainland.  The world’s northernmost settlement with a permanent population, it’s a quirky little place that tends to capture visitors’ imaginations in a big way.  Not

By Gary Walther True confession: Greece is a blank on The Hotel Detective’s map of the world, but he filled in a bit of it with a recent stay at the Danai Palace Resort, a member of Leading Hotels of the World. It lies in a coastal curl of the

  by Geri Bain From the moment we walked into Stockholm’s Nordic Light Hotel, my husband and I sensed an energetic, social vibe—and the appeal to Millennials was apparent. The lobby feels like a cross between a trendy bar and a spacious Starbucks. Stalactite-like lights hanging from the ceiling subtly

[SlideDeck2 id=17117] Article and photos by Julie Maris/Semel Twenty-five miles from Dresden, the Saxon-Bohemian Silver Mines Route meanders through the Erzgebirge, the Ore Mountains. Unique landscapes of peaks and valleys from silver mining in the early Middle Ages around 1100, since filled in with trees and ponds, and the cultural

[SlideDeck2 id=16902] Text and photographs by Deborah Loeb Bohren   The six grand train stations of Paris represent the best of design and architecture of their time boasting exquisite ironwork, intricate masonry, paintings and murals, and a myriad of clocks inside and out. Each station was designed to make the

Story & photos by Gerrie Summers On my recent Dalmatian Riviera trip with Insight Vacations, we explored Croatia.  We cruise past scenic coastline in a comfy and roomy coach with business class seating.  The windows are large and provide unobstructed views of the countryside. Our Insight escort/tour director Karin Kollarova

By Richard West Given that 2015 was the warmest year on record and my wife and I are experiencing our third consecutive wimpy winter in Amsterdam—no frozen canals, no Ice Station Zebra temps, no snow or ice—we decided to find the serious fourth season: winter you can wrap yourself in,

Story & photos by Marlene Fanta Shyer If Maximilian, the former King of Bavaria, declared Regensburg to be the most beautiful city in all of Germany, who are we to argue? Of course, he last visited the place some time in the nineteenth century and I arrived there last week,