Pursuits

By Bobbie Leigh How can an exceptionally charming Italian town have an inferiority complex? It seems odd, but that’s definitely the case for Lucca, a former ancient Roman  colony founded in 180 BC  that’s about a half hour’s drive from Pisa. “We have such a low profile,” complains one Lucchese. 

By Tom Passavant “It’s whale soup out there,” says the captain. It isn’t exactly “thar she blows!”, but it still neatly sums up what we’re about to encounter on a blazing blue-sky morning last week. It’s 8 a.m. and Trilogy Elua, a 50-foot catamaran, is about to head out of

By Dalma Heyn Had enough?  Wishing you could trade in this ice for, say, locusts? As I pour another 25 pound bag of ice melting chips along our driveway, I have a sudden brilliant insight into the true meaning of “value travel” that you won’t want to miss. Here it

By Everett Potter What did we do on our winter vacation? We went dog sledding, walked through the vast Quebec woods in snowshoes, and skated on a rink in the bracing air at Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello. My daughter and her cousin swam in a 1930’s era pool with a

By Tom Passavant In the 1960s, when I was in high school, my father had a tiki bar in the basement of our suburban Ohio home. It had a thatched roof, bamboo sides, and bottles of rum with colorful labels. Little did I know that the parties he and my

  By Tom Passavant Here’s a radical proposal for spending some quality time in Honolulu: head indoors. After all, it does occasionally rain in the islands (mostly in winter), and when it does, there are some very worthwhile alternatives to sitting in your hotel room watching reruns of Blue Hawaii.

By Shari Hartford Approach Independence Mall and the Liberty Bell and you will see Philadelphia’s new National Museum of American Jewish History (a Smithsonian affiliate) looming straight ahead. The museum tells another American independence story – this one through Jewish eyes. In a city rich with tales of quests for

By Tom Passavant A few weeks ago, Epicurious, the enormously popular food Web site, predicted that Korean cuisine would be one of the top ten food trends for 2011. “Evidence is mounting that smoky, piquant Korean is America’s next big cuisine,” wrote Epicurious editor in chief Tanya Steel. Well, if

By Tom Passavant Glimpses of authentic Hawaiian culture have a way of popping up in the most unlikely places here in the islands, none more so than smack in the heart of Tourist Central, aka Waikiki. For example, just a stone’s throw from a vast Cheesecake Factory on bustling Kalakaua