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This Oct. 17, 2014 photo provided by Linda Lombardi shows a variety of instant ramen soup packages on display at the Cup Noodle Museum in Yokohama, Japan. The museum honors the inventor of instant ramen with exhibits about the history and varieties of the soup. (AP Photo/Linda Lombardi)

Don’t just eat that ramen: Go to a museum and learn about it

Sunday, March 29, 2015

There are two kinds of ramen in this world. There’s the packaged staple of dorm-room cuisine, one of the most processed, industrialized foods ever invented. And then there’s the trendy, artisanal, handmade soup that fans line up for hours to try. But in Japan, ramen isn’t just for eating: There are entire museums devoted to it. Yokohama, a short train …

Airline world’s tiny secret: love of model planes

Sunday, March 22, 2015

In America, businessmen shake hands. In Japan, they bow. But all over the world airline executives engage in a greeting that is all their own: the exchange of model airplanes. When airlines start flying to new cities, make deals with other carriers or finance new jets, these high-quality models – typically one to …

Roughing it: Trekking in Nepal offers adventure

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Dawn’s golden light caught the tops of the snowcapped Himalayas and gradually crept downward as the rising sun lit up a sweeping arc of soaring peaks, at once forbidding and starkly beautiful. The stunning vista from the top of Poon Hill – at 10,475 feet, the highest point of our family’s six-day trek …

Travel Talk: It’s the perfect time to plan that road trip you’ve dreaming of

Sunday, November 23, 2014

If you haven’t noticed, gas prices are at their lowest in four years. Even better, industry wizards predict that the prices will stay low throughout 2015. At the same time, airfares are so high that Bud and I …

Project to highlight Native connection to Route 66

Sunday, November 23, 2014

More than two dozen American Indian tribes are teaming up with a tourism group and the National Park Service to tell a new story for travelers along historic Route 66, the famous byway that stretches from Chicago to …

Many Broadway shows offer kids-for-free program

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Forget paying for a baby sitter. Why not take the kids to Broadway? Theater-loving parents early next year will get a financial break with the annual program that lets children and teens aged 6-18 see a Broadway show for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. This year, …

Rockefeller Center’s tree is coming from Pa.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

An 85-foot Norway spruce that belonged to a central Pennsylvania family of “Christmas elves” will serve as Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree this year. Workers cut down the 13-ton tree and a crane hoisted it onto a trailer Wednesday …

Travel Talk: Ephemeral immersion abroad

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Friends recently emailed to say that they’re headed to Spain for three weeks. Fun – and not unusual for this globe-trotting couple. But the purpose of the trip piqued my interest. They’ll be scouting locations and planning details …

5 free things to do and see in Baltimore

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Baltimore on a budget? Easy as Edgar Allan Poe. His gravesite is one of several memorable places that can be visited around this historic city without spending a dime. Here are some details on paying your respects to …

Travel Talk: Avoid a potential nightmare scenario – always pack your ID

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A few days before I travel – international or domestic, it doesn’t matter – I have the same nightmare. It goes like so: I finally weave through a long line and arrive at airport security, and as I …

Tourists watch solar alignment in Egypt temple

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hundreds of visitors gathered in Egypt on Wednesday at the Great Temple of Ramses II to watch the sun illuminate colossal statues, a rare 3,200-year-old astronomical ceremony that happens twice a year. At dawn at Abu Simbel, local …

New England raking in millions from leaf peepers

Sunday, October 19, 2014

On Mount Monadnock, hikers file up the 3,165-foot peak in lockstep, protected from drizzling rain by a luminous golden canopy of leaves. They’re not just gazing at foliage – they’re looking at cold, hard cash. Money really does …

Dogs welcome at St. Louis museum about, well, dogs

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Exhibits include dog paintings, dog sculptures and displays about famous dogs. But what really makes this St. Louis museum unique is the visitors: Dogs are welcome, and curators aren’t worried about the canines knocking things over or making …