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In this Feb. 5, 2015 photo, Diocelina Barajas applies decals to a model plane at Pacific Miniatures in Fullerton, Calif. When airlines open new routes, make deals with other carriers or finance new jets, there is a gifting of high-quality models. They are used to break the ice at difficult meetings, are tremendous marketing tools and a favored way of saying thank you. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Airline world’s tiny secret: love of model planes

Sunday, March 22, 2015

In America, businessmen shake hands. In Japan, they bow. But all over the world airline executives engage in a greeting that is all their own: the exchange of model airplanes. When airlines start flying to new cities, make deals with other carriers or finance new jets, these high-quality models – typically one to two feet long – provide the perfect …

Roughing it: Trekking in Nepal offers adventure

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Dawn’s golden light caught the tops of the snowcapped Himalayas and gradually crept downward as the rising sun lit up a sweeping arc of soaring peaks, at once forbidding and starkly beautiful. The stunning vista from the top of Poon Hill – at 10,475 feet, the highest point of our family’s six-day trek …

Lights, camera, blossom! Disney films inspire floral fantasy

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Lights, camera . . . blossom! Floral and garden designers are paying homage to Disney and Pixar films at the Philadelphia Flower Show, which opened yesterday with the theme “Celebrate the Movies.” Meticulously landscaped exhibits have been inspired by more than a dozen features, from Frozen and Finding Nemo to Cars and Cinderella. …

Go For the Food: Yes, you can do brunch in Rome

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Rome is a sightseer’s dream, and for many visitors, indulging in authentic Italian cuisine is one of the biggest draws. But for non-locals, the first meal of the day can be a bit of a letdown. Breakfast in …

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 …

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 …

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 …

The charms of Cape Cod: Making a bucket list

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Breathtaking beaches and classic seafood shacks. Quaint villages and postcard-perfect lighthouses. Whale watches and dune rides. Art galleries and summer theater. Cape Cod draws millions of tourists each year, and there’s no end to the area’s charms. But …

When traveling, use free Wi-Fi networks at your own risk

Sunday, August 3, 2014

I’ll admit it. I’ve been lackadaisical about internet security when Bud and I are traveling – be it to Burma or just down to Boston. In truth, I’ve been more concerned with paying extra data charges on my …

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 …