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The photo provided by the Topographie des Terror museum in Berlin shows Ilse Grassmann, center, with her children, Martin, Renate and Justus-Guenther and her husband Kurt, from left, as they celebrate Christmas in 1944. The tense expression on Ilse Grassmann’s face belies the festive occasion. Her husband is due to be called up soon to join in Nazi Germany’s hopeless attempt to win the war. Their 18-year-old son is already stationed in Denmark awaiting the Allied advance. The picture is part of an exhibition in Berlin marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.  (AP Photo)

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 called up soon to join Nazi Germany’s hopeless attempt to win the war. Their 18-year-old son is already stationed in Denmark awaiting …

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 concert with the Airlines Reporting Corp., unveiled its report “Preparing for Take-off: Air Travel Trends …

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 touch of their smart phones as they tour the exhibits, the museum said Tuesday. There …

Finding elephants and fancy food on Namibia safari

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Before setting out on a game drive across ruggedly beautiful northwest Namibia, we told the safari camp managers we were happy to take sandwiches. We were intent on finding the notoriously elusive desert elephant, and we didn’t want …

Group tours: How to pick the right one for you

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Group tours sound easy: Choose a destination and the tour company plans your trip, delivering you to hotels, restaurants and attractions. You don’t have to Google or organize a thing. But how do you find the right tour …

Kittery, Maine, is no longer gritty, but a happening place these days

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The crowd waiting for a table at Black Birch restaurant in Kittery, Maine, spills out onto the street on a warm summer evening. Men in plaid shirts – the kind worn by hipsters, not lumberjacks – and artfully tattooed women mix with folks in more conventional garb, including …

Lake Escapes: Best time to visit Weirs Beach? Well, that depends.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The best time of day to visit Weirs Beach in Laconia is early in the morning. The boardwalk is almost empty and Lake Winnipesaukee, rimmed by purple mountains, serenely reflects the pink and orange of the sunrise back …

Travel Talk: How to travel on a budget

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Let me take a wild guess and say that lots of you readers out there have shrinking travel budgets. Gas prices are going up. Airfares were supposed to be easing a bit, but I sure as heck don’t …

Baltimore: Poe, painted screens, vintage treasures

Sunday, July 6, 2014

It’s not the TV shows Homicide and The Wire that come to mind when I think of Baltimore, though both offered an intense look at an American city’s poverty, drugs and gangs. Baltimore’s glitzy Inner Harbor didn’t draw …

Florida resort hotel also serves as military test site

Monday, June 23, 2014

To the tourists who frolic in the crystal-blue surf of this picturesque, white-sand beach, the Fort Walton Beach Holiday Inn Resort looks like, well, a Holiday Inn with a large beach ball statue on top. But to military …

New Harry Potter park: 5 first impressions

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Universal Orlando Resort opened its new, richly detailed Harry Potter-themed area to news media and other travel industry insiders Wednesday night. The new park zone, called The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, will delight fans …

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 …

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 …