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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

Travel Talk: How to pack, be prepared on the cheap

Sunday, June 15, 2014

When Bud and I pack for a trip – regardless of whether we’re headed to Florida in the car or jetting off to Burma – we try to incorporate items that are easily available around the house into … 0

Take the train to the Grand Canyon

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The drive to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim is easy enough. Get to Flagstaff and it’s only about 90 miles across Arizona’s high country. But why take a car when you can ride a train, especially one like … 0

Summer archaeology school looks at 2 sites

Sunday, June 15, 2014

A caribou hunting encampment and Mount Jasper are the sites two archaeological programs in New Hampshire this summer. Participants in the school will learn site documentation, artifact identification, data recovery skills and field mapping. They will investigate Mount Jasper, a site in Berlin that was used for more … 0

Chaucer’s tales still lure visitors to Canterbury

Sunday, June 8, 2014

After nearly 1,000 years, murder in the cathedral is still luring visitors to Canterbury. It was in the Canterbury Cathedral in 1107 that Archbishop Thomas Becket was killed, viciously, by four knights who believed they were doing the … 0

Budapest: 5 free things to see, fountains to parks

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Since the fall of communism in 1990, Budapest’s central districts, mainly those straddling the Danube River, have undergone several stages of renewal – raging from simple cosmetic improvements to full reconstructions. Development money from the European Union over … 0

Travel Talk: The scariest part of flying? The germs

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Lots of folks are afraid to fly. I get it. In fact, I had horrible fear of flying for several years. Specifically, I was afraid of tumbling out of the sky in an out-of-control spin that would end … 0

Hiking in the American Southwest

Sunday, May 18, 2014

‘Excuse me, coming through, sorry, thank you!” I kept repeating loudly and urgently as I hiked up Picacho Peak, which rises like a Western saddle from the endless desert just off Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz. … 0

Travel Talk: How to protect your money while traveling

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Ah spring! The daffodils are blooming, lawns are greening up . . . and readers, friends and colleagues are asking how to protect their money on upcoming trips. After all, you can survive without your luggage (at least … 0

New Mexico: 5 free things in Santa Fe

Sunday, May 11, 2014

There’s no doubt this capital city has truly earned its nickname as The City Different. Its skyline is not made of skyscrapers, but rather a collection of flat-topped adobe buildings that has taken more than four centuries to … 0

Street art and trendy cafes in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Sunday, May 4, 2014

For the last few years, a neighborhood called Williamsburg has been the epicenter of Brooklyn cool. But with prices for Williamsburg condos hitting $4 million and up, young creative types are migrating to trendier – and less expensive … 0