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This October 2014 photo shows an owl at Fukuro no Mise, which means Shop of Owls, in Tokyo. The cafe allows visitors to hold and interact with owls. It’s one of a number of cafes in Japan where you can spend time with animals ranging from rabbits to goats. (AP Photo/Linda Lombardi)

It’s a hoot hanging out with owls at this Tokyo cafe

Saturday, January 24, 2015

In the U.S., hanging out in a cafe with animals is such an exotic concept that people can’t get enough of it. A pop-up cat cafe in New York last year had lines down the block. Online reservations for another Manhattan cat cafe are almost fully booked, more than two months ahead. But in Japan, cat cafes are just the start. You can hang out in rabbit cafes or have coffee in Tokyo with two goats. And you’re not limited to domestic animals. You can also spend an hour at a cafe holding a great horned owl. Judging by how complicated it was to get …

Travel Talk: Technology can help steer you in the right direction on a road trip

Saturday, January 24, 2015

With gas prices at an amazingly low level, I bet lots of you readers are planning road trips this year. And with technology advancing at warp speed and prices for tech gadgets dropping fast, I have no doubt that lots of you will rely on a GPS, whether it is a hand-held or in-dash version, to help you navigate the highways and byways. …

Explore 3 N.Y.C. Chinatowns: In Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Chinatown has long been a popular destination for tourists in Lower Manhattan. But visitors willing to explore the city’s outer boroughs might consider a subway ride to neighborhoods in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, or Flushing, Queens, which are also home to large Asian populations and bustling commercial strips dotted with restaurants and shops. All …

Travel Talk: Some tips so you can hit the road like a pro

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Bud and I just finished a 1,500-mile drive south to Florida. It’s our third year being snowbirds, and you’d think we’ve have the routine down pat . . . nary a problem the entire way to Cape Coral. But . . . not! Whether it was overconfidence, or …

Hotel hopes guests head home with a rescue dog

Sunday, January 4, 2015

At this hotel, guests get welcomed with a wagging tail or a warm lick to the face. A dog will bound out from behind the registration desk, clad in an “Adopt Me” vest, as visitors arrive at the …

Downtown: All aboard for a 30-day U.S. train tour

Monday, December 29, 2014

Mike Cashion planned to spend all 24 hours of Christmas Day on an Amtrak train. The owner of Villari’s Martial Arts on North State Street took 30 days off work in December and January, part of a goal …

Destinations for 2015

Sunday, December 28, 2014

See Cuba before it changes. Check out the Expo in Milan. And if you’re heading to New York City to see the view from 1 World Trade Center’s observatory (scheduled to open late spring), take the subway to …

Medellin’s Christmas lights dazzle

Monday, December 22, 2014

Medellin, the city once wracked by drug violence, has undergone massive social and economic transformation, and it’s now known in tourist circles for spectacular Christmas light displays that veil churches, buildings, parks and even the Medellin River with …

Berlin exhibition evokes final months of WWII

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The tense expression on Ilse Grassmann’s face belies the festive occasion. It’s Christmas 1944 and she is sitting at home with her three youngest children, the table bare of food or gifts. Her husband is due to be …

Travel Talk: Take a look at the travel trends for 2015

Sunday, December 14, 2014

I’m a research nut. I love delving into facts and figures and trying to mine nuggets that will help us be smarter about everything from grocery shopping to (of course!) travel. So when I found that Expedia, in …

Lincoln museum to mark anniversaries with exhibits

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum will mark the 150th anniversary of the 16th president’s death – and its own 10th anniversary – with a host of new exhibits and activities next year. New digital features will give visitors immediate access to photographs and documents with a …

Amsterdam lights up in dark winter

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Art festival lights up Amsterdam in dark winter …

Vermont resorts make big snowmaking upgrades

Monday, December 1, 2014

Northeast ski resorts continue to invest millions in leaner and meaner snowmaking guns, with Vermont making big inroads this year, thanks to an energy-efficiency program that helped resorts swap older model snow guns for nearly 2,300 new energy-efficient …