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In this Feb. 5, 2015 photo, Diocelina Barajas applies decals to a model plane at Pacific Miniatures in Fullerton, Calif. When airlines open new routes, make deals with other carriers or finance new jets, there is a gifting of high-quality models. They are used to break the ice at difficult meetings, are tremendous marketing tools and a favored way of saying thank you. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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 two feet long – provide the perfect …

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 …

Lights, camera, blossom! Disney films inspire floral fantasy

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Lights, camera . . . blossom! Floral and garden designers are paying homage to Disney and Pixar films at the Philadelphia Flower Show, which opened yesterday with the theme “Celebrate the Movies.” Meticulously landscaped exhibits have been inspired by more than a dozen features, from Frozen and Finding Nemo to Cars and Cinderella. …

Baggage Check: Talking through feelings hurt by a spouse and a good friend

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Q: My husband has become very involved in online message boards, to the point that it’s all he talks about. There is a woman on several of these boards with him. She lives across the country, but I know they Skype a lot. He doesn’t think he’s doing …

Ray Duckler: Leave the rest behind and come over here

Friday, October 10, 2014

‘I have to show you,” Deborah Ramsey said, with the enthusiasm of a child. “I have some in the trailer.” Ramsey rushed inside, dressed in khaki shorts, a pink top and sandals, as though she had something precious …

Family travel five: Let literary figures inspire your itinerary

Sunday, October 5, 2014

A good book can transport us to magical places and encourage exploration. Here are five places with stories to tell and the characters behind them: 1. A.A. Milne’s “Winnie the Pooh,” Winnipeg, Manitoba: A century ago, a Canadian soldier launched a literary legacy when he adopted a black …

Cycling France’s Loire Valley

Sunday, September 28, 2014

There are hundreds of miles of bike trails through the chateaux towns of France’s Loire Valley – and that’s what tripped us up. We’d been trying to cycle the 17 miles from Chenonceaux to Chaumont, but kept getting …

Travel Talk: Vacation and weather: can’t have one without the other

Saturday, September 27, 2014

In my mind, vacation and weather are inextricably intertwined. It’s really hard to think about one without thinking about the other. Everyone wants the weather on their vacation to be grand – whatever that might mean for your …

What to do along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Picture the Blue Ridge Parkway as a crooked spine running through the Appalachian Mountains. Government stewardship of public lands is splashed across the map in confusing variety – a national park at either end, national forests, historic sites, …

Travel Talk: When traveling abroad, prepare for the worst

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A successful trip depends on a lot of planning and a bit of luck – luck of the good variety. And when the other kind of luck happens, that nasty wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time type, planning can make all the difference in the world. Now suppose the person traveling is a …

Autumn in N.Y.’s Hudson Valley: History and scenery

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Exploring the region north of New York City isn’t just for locals, and autumn is one of the nicest times of year to do it. The Hudson Valley offers history, culture and outdoor attractions with Hudson River scenery …

Air rage a button push away as fliers fight over reclining seats

Saturday, September 6, 2014

With airlines packing more people onto every plane, frustration among U.S. passengers is boiling into rage over nuisances as minor as a reclining seat back taking some personal space. Stress among fliers “is not going to go away any time soon, and the amount of traffic we’re carrying …

It’s no longer safe to recline your airplane seat

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Squeezed into tighter and tighter spaces, airline passengers appear to be rebelling, taking their frustrations out on other fliers. Three U.S. flights made unscheduled landings in the past eight days after passengers got into fights over the ability …