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The 80-mile stretch of roadway between Asheville and Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway is a joy anytime of year, but it’s hard to top springtime when fragrant mountain laurel and colorful rhododendrons line the route. Get into the spring spirit by roaming the magnificent grounds

  By Monique Burns It’s a gray day in West Flanders.  Cold and drizzly.   Not unusual for early spring in Belgium’s westernmost province.   The brooding weather seems particularly fitting for my visit to the Essex Farm military cemetery just outside Ypres, the Frenchified name for Flemish Ieper.  A once prosperous

By Shari Hartford I’m in a constant New York State of mind. Born and raised, thank you very much. I do, however, occasionally venture far afield to experience what the rest of the world has to offer. But I am embarrassed to report that what is contained between the two

by Ian Keown “Noel Coward patted me on the knee and said ’Dear boy, if only you’ll stop going on about your damned cottages, I’ll buy one of them‘.” The Honorable John Pringle, OJ, CBE, a courtly octogenarian with a properly plum-y English accent, was recalling his encounter with the

By Ian Keown “Love at first sight” – it’s a phrase you hear many times on a jaunt through the Samana Peninsula of the Dominican Republic.  On a recent week-long visit I heard it from expatriates hailing from France, Germany, Spain, the Azores, the Basque Country, Toronto and Colorado.  Travelers,

Stay at these under-$200-a-night hotels and you won’t have to run up a scary tab for taxi fares every time you head out to dine, drink, dive or shop  by Ian Keown Let’s say you’re on a tight budget but you’ve found a great deal on a hotel.  Whoopee!, you

A day of sun, sea and sand doesn’t mean giving up fine dining at these gourmet beachside restaurants

By Michaela S. Guzy Five days and counting until my two month solo journey across the second largest continent in the world!  This will be my first trip to eastern and southern Africa.  On Friday, South African Airways will fly me via Joberg, South Africa as the locals say and

  By Ian Keown I’m from Scotland, for heaven’s sake, the land of the dour and the disciplined, so what am I doing lolling around like a sybarite in a beach cabana with flat-screen TV, i-Pod dock, DVD player, Monopoly, room service, four loungers, a fridgeful of soft drinks, Schonwald