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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

Not just St. Patrick: Ireland home to many saints

Sunday, February 23, 2014

St. Patrick may have banished snakes and brought Christianity to Ireland, but perhaps his greatest feat was one of sheer endurance. After all, there were hundreds of other future saints roaming Ireland at the time, but Patrick is … 0

Spring break in Asia? Consider Thailand’s beaches

Sunday, February 16, 2014

A trip sampling the diversity of Southeast Asian destinations can take you from the sleek modernity of Singapore to the ancient temples of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. And then there are the beaches of Thailand: relaxing, beautiful, and for … 0

White Mountain National Forest waives day fees

Saturday, February 15, 2014

In celebration of Presidents Day weekend, the White Mountain National Forest is joining other forests across the country in waiving fees at all day-use areas through Monday. Fees will remain in effect for overnight camping, cabin rentals, permits, reservations and activities offered by concessionaires. The other scheduled fee-free … 0

Austin: Live Music Capital of the World

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Texas Capital, the Live Music Capital of the World, the Velvet Crown, Bat City or simply River City. Residents of Austin claim many titles and are known for their slogan: “Keep Austin Weird.” Some locals pejoratively call … 0

Travel Talk: Come up with your upgrade strategy

Sunday, February 9, 2014

I’m grumpy about flying these days. Part of it is just the hassle of the process, but now there’s even more. Bud and I had a decades-long strategy of managing our US Airways frequent flier status to maximize … 0

5 free things in St. Louis as city marks 250 years

Sunday, February 2, 2014

St. Louis is turning 250 this year, and visitors who want to join in the celebration can find plenty to do without spending a dime. The Gateway City was founded by Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau on Feb. … 0

Cruise ship passengers recall days of misery

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Passengers aboard a cruise ship on which hundreds fell ill recalled days of misery holed up in their rooms as it returned to its home port yesterday from a Caribbean trip cut short by what is suspected to be among the largest such norovirus outbreaks in the last … 0

Take the Kids: There’s more than outlets awaiting you in Tilton

Sunday, January 26, 2014

For us, a visit to Tilton has always meant a few hours spent bargain hunting among the rows of outlet stores along Route 3. But a journey beyond the strip malls and stalled traffic reveals a quiet village … 0

Air, space artifacts make way to new home in Va.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Thousands of the nation’s historic air and space artifacts – including a Navy dive bomber from World War II and spacesuits from the Apollo era – are slowly being moved from a cramped site in Maryland to a … 0

Travel Talk: Finding balance as a snowbird

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Ah . . . snowbirding: driving down south to a warmer, sunnier climate for a couple of months in the winter to escape just the kind of weather New Hampshire is dishing up this year. Bud and I … 0