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Hundreds of balloons lift off to mark the official start of the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta during the first mass ascension in Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. The nine-day event attracts hundreds of balloonists and thousands of spectators from around the world. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

Mass ascension kicks off international balloon fiesta

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Tens of thousands of spectators swarmed the launch field Saturday for the first mass ascension of the 44th annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The nine-day event kicked off at dawn. More than 500 balloons representing dozens of states and nearly 20 different countries registered for the event this year. Among them were character balloons such as one depicting the head …

Everything is awesome about Lego Vatican

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Philadelphia’s science museum already was hosting a blockbuster exhibit of Lego sculptures and preparing to unveil a huge display of Holy See treasures for the pope’s visit when administrators got a serendipitous inquiry. Would they like to see a model of the Vatican that a priest built entirely of Legos? “It’s amazing,” said …

Tourism, businesses find uneasy balance at New England ports

Saturday, September 12, 2015

From the cab of his seafood truck, Louis Giannola watches pedestrians wandering with their noses in their phones as shoppers, diners and frustrated motorists crowd Commercial Street on busy summer days in Portland, Maine. “It’s nuts down there!” he says. With the decline of New England’s groundfishing fleet and other related industries, Maine’s …

It’s a hoot hanging out with owls at this Tokyo cafe

Saturday, January 24, 2015

In the U.S., hanging out in a cafe with animals is such an exotic concept that people can’t get enough of it. A pop-up cat cafe in New York last year had lines down the block. Online reservations …

Travel Talk: Technology can help steer you in the right direction on a road trip

Saturday, January 24, 2015

With gas prices at an amazingly low level, I bet lots of you readers are planning road trips this year. And with technology advancing at warp speed and prices for tech gadgets dropping fast, I have no doubt that lots of you will rely on a GPS, whether …

Explore 3 N.Y.C. Chinatowns: In Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Chinatown has long been a popular destination for tourists in Lower Manhattan. But visitors willing to explore the city’s outer boroughs might consider a subway ride to neighborhoods in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, or Flushing, Queens, which are also …

Travel Talk: Some tips so you can hit the road like a pro

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Bud and I just finished a 1,500-mile drive south to Florida. It’s our third year being snowbirds, and you’d think we’ve have the routine down pat . . . nary a problem the entire way to Cape Coral. But . . . not! Whether it was overconfidence, or …

Hotel hopes guests head home with a rescue dog

Sunday, January 4, 2015

At this hotel, guests get welcomed with a wagging tail or a warm lick to the face. A dog will bound out from behind the registration desk, clad in an “Adopt Me” vest, as visitors arrive at the …

Downtown: All aboard for a 30-day U.S. train tour

Monday, December 29, 2014

Mike Cashion planned to spend all 24 hours of Christmas Day on an Amtrak train. The owner of Villari’s Martial Arts on North State Street took 30 days off work in December and January, part of a goal …

Destinations for 2015

Sunday, December 28, 2014

See Cuba before it changes. Check out the Expo in Milan. And if you’re heading to New York City to see the view from 1 World Trade Center’s observatory (scheduled to open late spring), take the subway to …

Medellin’s Christmas lights dazzle

Monday, December 22, 2014

Medellin, the city once wracked by drug violence, has undergone massive social and economic transformation, and it’s now known in tourist circles for spectacular Christmas light displays that veil churches, buildings, parks and even the Medellin River with …

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 …

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 …