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In this June 19, 2014 photo, bikers ride on a road between between Amboise and Chenonceaux, in France. There are hundreds of miles of bike trails through the chateaux towns of the Loire Valley. (AP Photo/Karen Schwartz)

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 lost. We even asked directions from a passing motorist who was certain she knew which way the bike route went, then sent … 0

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 particular vacation. Snow for skiing, cool and sunny for touring the major capitals of Europe, … 0

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, monuments and state parks along its 469 miles. Most of us know it as the … 0

How to save money on your summer vacation hotels

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Summer vacationers looking for deals on hotel rooms are going to have to search a little harder. The average cost of a room now stands at $110, up 4 percent from last year and 8 percent from two … 1

Feline fans flock to London’s first cat cafe

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Would you like some kitten with your coffee? Feline company is exactly what one of London’s newest cafes is offering – and stressed-out city-dwellers are lapping it up. “People do want to have pets and in tiny flats, … 0

Pittsburgh: 5 free things for visitors to do

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Pittsburgh may have been built around the steel and coal industries, but the once-sooty city now features a beautiful downtown river walk, multicultural neighborhoods and restaurants, and even free subway rides. Point State Park One of the best … 0

Manaus, Brazil: Gateway to tours of the Amazon

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Amazon guide raised his hand in the steaming forest and looked at me at the end of a line of six hikers. “Do you want a machete, Jeremy?” asked the guide, Shane Zammette. “Jaguars always attack from … 0

In remote Scotland, take a walk on the mild side

Saturday, March 15, 2014

I don’t have much to tell you about Scotland, really. It’s true, they have whisky, and kilts, and some people speak with an accent so thick that you wonder whether you’re hearing English or Gaelic. All of that’s … 0

Mobile, Ala.: 5 free things for visitors

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Mobile is that “other” city on the northern Gulf Coast, the one that sometimes gets lost between the beaches of the Florida Panhandle and the nonstop party of New Orleans. Local promoters call it “secretly awesome.” No, Mobile … 0

Delta spells out miles needed to earn free flights

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Delta is providing more details about changes to its frequent-flier program after complaints about the overhaul from some travelers. Delta is changing its program so that starting in 2015, customers will earn miles based on how much they spend, not just miles flown. On Thursday, the airline released … 0

Loreto: Quiet gem on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Efforts to turn the seaside village of Loreto, Mexico, into a major destination have been going on for years. So far, though, the results have been limited, and that in itself makes it worth visiting. Loreto is already … 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