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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

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

NYC attractions beckon Super Bowl visitors

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Super Bowl will be played in New Jersey, but folks coming in for the big game Feb. 2 are likely to spend time across the Hudson River in New York City, if only to check out a … 0

Star-Spangled banner, song to be joined in DC

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The original, handwritten manuscript of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the flag that inspired the song’s lyrics will be displayed together at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., the first time the historic pieces are believed to have been shown … 0