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In this May 14, 2014 photo, a plaster cast captures the horror of a victim of the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which in A.D. 79 destroyed the ancient town of Pompeii, near modern-day Naples, Italy. The plaster injection process was devised by 19th-century archaeologist Giuseppi Fiorelli to create casts of bodies encased by volcanic ash. An estimated 2.5 million people visit the ruins each year. (AP Photo/Michelle Locke)

Pompeii: Dead city lives in ruins, in imagination

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Pompeii, Italy, is the city of the long goodbye. In A.D. 62, a major earthquake toppled buildings, causing severe damage, harbinger of what was to come. Seventeen years later, in A.D. 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying Pompeii in a swift and terrible destruction. Today, Pompeii is under threat of a new extinction brought on partly by exposure to the elements … 0

Travel Talk: Some travel tips can be life-changing

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Readers and friends often email me about travel. Sometimes they ask specific questions and sometimes they offer links to interesting travel information. Last week, a friend sent me a link titled “40 Must-see Travel Tips That will Change Your life Forever” (pulptastic.com and distractify.com). A bit of an exaggeration, perhaps, but it was … 0

France’s camps offer family-friendly flexibility

Sunday, August 10, 2014

One son’s conquering a waterslide. The other’s at the soccer pitch leading French, British and Dutch teammates to victory. Mom’s getting a massage. Dad’s poolside chatting with his new European neighbors and plotting a barbeque. You might not recognize this as a typical holiday in France. But this is how French families celebrate … 0

The charms of Cape Cod: Making a bucket list

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Breathtaking beaches and classic seafood shacks. Quaint villages and postcard-perfect lighthouses. Whale watches and dune rides. Art galleries and summer theater. Cape Cod draws millions of tourists each year, and there’s no end to the area’s charms. But … 0

When traveling, use free Wi-Fi networks at your own risk

Sunday, August 3, 2014

I’ll admit it. I’ve been lackadaisical about internet security when Bud and I are traveling – be it to Burma or just down to Boston. In truth, I’ve been more concerned with paying extra data charges on my … 0

Finding elephants and fancy food on Namibia safari

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Before setting out on a game drive across ruggedly beautiful northwest Namibia, we told the safari camp managers we were happy to take sandwiches. We were intent on finding the notoriously elusive desert elephant, and we didn’t want … 0

Group tours: How to pick the right one for you

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Group tours sound easy: Choose a destination and the tour company plans your trip, delivering you to hotels, restaurants and attractions. You don’t have to Google or organize a thing. But how do you find the right tour … 0

Kittery, Maine, is no longer gritty, but a happening place these days

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The crowd waiting for a table at Black Birch restaurant in Kittery, Maine, spills out onto the street on a warm summer evening. Men in plaid shirts – the kind worn by hipsters, not lumberjacks – and artfully tattooed women mix with folks in more conventional garb, including … 0

Lake Escapes: Best time to visit Weirs Beach? Well, that depends.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The best time of day to visit Weirs Beach in Laconia is early in the morning. The boardwalk is almost empty and Lake Winnipesaukee, rimmed by purple mountains, serenely reflects the pink and orange of the sunrise back … 0

Travel Talk: How to travel on a budget

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Let me take a wild guess and say that lots of you readers out there have shrinking travel budgets. Gas prices are going up. Airfares were supposed to be easing a bit, but I sure as heck don’t … 0

Baltimore: Poe, painted screens, vintage treasures

Sunday, July 6, 2014

It’s not the TV shows Homicide and The Wire that come to mind when I think of Baltimore, though both offered an intense look at an American city’s poverty, drugs and gangs. Baltimore’s glitzy Inner Harbor didn’t draw … 0

Florida resort hotel also serves as military test site

Monday, June 23, 2014

To the tourists who frolic in the crystal-blue surf of this picturesque, white-sand beach, the Fort Walton Beach Holiday Inn Resort looks like, well, a Holiday Inn with a large beach ball statue on top. But to military … 0

New Harry Potter park: 5 first impressions

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Universal Orlando Resort opened its new, richly detailed Harry Potter-themed area to news media and other travel industry insiders Wednesday night. The new park zone, called The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, will delight fans … 0