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In this Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 photo, shown is a Lego representation of the St. Peter’s basilica and square, at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The Rev. Bob Simon spent about 10 months building it with approximately half-a-million Legos. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Everything is awesome about Lego Vatican

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Philadelphia’s science museum already was hosting a blockbuster exhibit of Lego sculptures and preparing to unveil a huge display of Holy See treasures for the pope’s visit when administrators got a serendipitous inquiry. Would they like to see a model of the Vatican that a priest built entirely of Legos? “It’s amazing,” said Larry Dubinski, president and CEO of The …

Tourism, businesses find uneasy balance at New England ports

Saturday, September 12, 2015

From the cab of his seafood truck, Louis Giannola watches pedestrians wandering with their noses in their phones as shoppers, diners and frustrated motorists crowd Commercial Street on busy summer days in Portland, Maine. “It’s nuts down there!” he says. With the decline of New England’s groundfishing fleet and other related industries, Maine’s …

Washington: Scientists, tribe study shrinking glacier

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Mauri Pelto digs his crampons into the steep icy slope on Mount Baker in Washington state and watches as streams of water cascade off the thick mass of bare, bluish ice. Every 20 yards, the water carves vertical channels in the face of the glacier as it rushes downstream. What little snow from …

Essentials for visiting Warsaw from what’s new to classics

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Almost every month brings something new in Warsaw. With nearly 2 million people, Poland’s capital city has been developing fast ever since the once-communist nation joined the European Union in 2004. From skate parks and roof gardens to …

Kentucky: Wrecked cars rev up visits to Corvette museum

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The car-swallowing hole has been fixed but not forgotten at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky. Yellow tape now marks the boundaries of the cavity that became a sensation and put the museum on the map. And instead …

Paris: Quarry offers look at underground history

Saturday, August 8, 2015

The tunnels zigzagging through limestone were created to provide building materials for Paris. Then they became the damp home to vast subterranean mushroom farms. Now, deep beneath the city’s largest park, the quarry is usually off-limits, deemed too …

Minnesota: Tourists flock to huge bridge projects

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Jockeying for a rail spot on the third-floor deck of a St. Croix River paddlewheel boat starts an hour before departure. Up there are prime views of the towering piers, protruding concrete segments and barges full of heavy …

UTAH: Holidays celebrate pioneers, pie and beers

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Most people were gathering Friday in Utah to celebrate the state’s Mormon heritage at Pioneer Day parades featuring floats, carriages and women in prairie dresses. But many non-Mormons enjoyed an increasingly popular counter-holiday with a playful name: Pie …

GEORGIA: A junkyard of classic cars

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Nestled in a north Georgia forest, over 4,000 classic cars decorate 32 acres that have been turned into a junkyard museum. Owner Walter Dean Lewis’ parents started the business in 1931 as a general store that also sold …

Ready to renew that passport?

Saturday, July 11, 2015

If you’re curious about why I haven’t been dishing up great travel advice and compelling stories of faraway places, there’s a reason. Bud and I have deferred overseas travel during the past 18 months while we concentrated on …

San Francisco: $3 million restoration shines up Alcatraz

Sunday, July 5, 2015

More than a million people visit Alcatraz Island every year to see the shuttered prison sitting in the San Francisco Bay, made famous by Clint Eastwood in the movie about the great escape of three prisoners in the …

U.S. probing possible airline collusion that kept fares high

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by the Associated Press. The civil antitrust investigation by the Justice Department appears to focus …

Diver’s dream: Cuba’s pristine reefs

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The coral reefs and gin-clear waters off the coast of Cuba offer some of the best diving in the Caribbean and some of the best-preserved reefs on earth. And if travel restrictions on U.S. tourism to Cuba are …