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In this Aug. 1, 2014 photo, a plate of pizzella and a half-baguetteare displayed at the Necci bar,  a bohemian outpost in Rome's edgy Pigneto neighborhood. Rome is a sightseer's dream, and for many visitors indulging in authentic Italian cuisine is one of the biggest draws. (AP Photo/Kavitha Surana)

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 Italy is a stand-up affair: You crowd at the bar, scarf down a stale pastry and a shot of espresso, and in … 0

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 … 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

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

Airlines go on a record new jet shopping spree

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Capt. Paul Wannberg glides an old Boeing 757 over the New Mexico desert, lining up with the runway. A computerized voice squawks elevation warnings. Forty feet. Thirty. Twenty. Ten. Touchdown. Outside the cockpit window sit nearly a hundred … 0

Seattle pinball museum part of silver ball revival

Sunday, January 5, 2014

For $13, you can play pinball until your arms fall off at Seattle’s working pinball museum. The two-story storefront in Seattle’s International District is filled with games from every era from the 1960s to today. The museum, which … 0

5 free things to do on your next trip to Atlanta

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Many people who visit Atlanta for the hundreds of conventions the city hosts each year never make it out of the few blocks around their hotels. But the city has much more to offer, and some attractions are … 0

Jimmy Stewart museum rebounds from adversity

Sunday, December 29, 2013

For a time it looked like the Jimmy Stewart Museum wasn’t going to make it. It’s in the actor’s hometown of Indiana, Penn. – an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh and off the radar of many fans who might … 0

Travel Talk: Your travel guide for 2014

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Here we are at the end of 2013, and pundits have started to share their predictions for what 2014 will bring to the world of travel. From mainstream Conde Nast to more obscure travel industry newsletters, opinions differ … 0

New culinary-themed hotel opens in Tampa

Saturday, December 21, 2013

In the past, the Tampa Bay, Fla., region hasn’t been high on a foodie’s travel bucket list. Sure, there are some tasty Cuban sandwiches in Tampa and fresh grouper in restaurants along the Gulf of Mexico. But cutting-edge … 0

Travel books: Food, inspiration and new Frommer’s

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Whether you’re planning a trip in the new year and need some practical advice, or you’d like to give a coffee-table book filled with inspirational photos to someone on your Christmas list, there’s a travel-themed book for you. … 0