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Surprise: You’re Getting Remarried

Surprise: You’re Getting Remarried

Just remarried. On a family trip to Yosemite recently, I thought my parents were celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary with a vow renewal. What I didn’t know was that all of us -- me and my... 

Visiting Tahiti’s Vanilla Island

Visiting Tahiti’s Vanilla Island

Food is definitely a focus for residents. Tahaa is known as Tahiti’s Vanilla Island for its prolific production of the vanilla bean and vanilla extract, and most locals are employed by the vanilla industry.

A River Cruise into the China Psyche

A River Cruise into the China Psyche

The Yangtze River is not what it once was, but neither are the ships that sail it — that was the gist of my review of Century Cruises’ new ships, the Century Paragon and its now-released sister ship, the Century Legend. What I didn’t get to discuss in length was the other portion of the equation — the Yangtze River.

Tasting Thai Street Food

Tasting Thai Street Food

One of the joys of Bangkok is its street food. From early in the morning until long after midnight, pots are simmering in makeshift kitchens and eateries on the streets and in the alleys.

The Sweet Taste of Colonial Costa Rica

The Sweet Taste of Colonial Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s El Viejo Wetlands set up a 5,000-acre sanctuary for native wildlife species in the tropical dry forest, where visitors can take tours of one of Costa Rica’s most unique ecosystems. On a morning riverboat tour of the area, I was lucky enough to see howler monkeys, crocodiles, giant iguanas and too many species of birds to try and recount.

Visiting Modern Myanmar

Visiting Modern Myanmar

As our cruise ship slowly entered the mouth of the Irrawaddy River, I wondered what it would be like to be in a country so cut off from the world. What I discovered was that, despite the fact that there were some societal differences, it was still easy to navigate life in Myanmar

Kimpton Makes Yoga an Amenity

Kimpton Makes Yoga an Amenity

Not every trip, however, can be a full-blown health and wellness vacation — that doesn’t mean it’s not easy to squeeze in some well-being time if you know where to look.

Loews Regency Update

Loews Regency Update

Last summer, while on vacation in New York, I stayed at the Loews Regency Hotel. This Loews, on Park Avenue in Manhattan, is an iconic property and was at the center of the glamorous 1950’s and ’60s New York social scene. Staying there felt like I was in an episode of “Mad Men” — I halfway expected to see Don Draper sneaking upstairs for a clandestine rendezvous.

Dinosaurs Live in California

Dinosaurs Live in California

The World’s Biggest Dinosaurs-Cabazon Dinosaurs, as they are now called by their owners, are an appealing roadside stop for all kinds of people: families, art fans, dinosaur enthusiasts, lovers of weird things and, as I found out, creationists, who bought the dinosaurs circa 2005.

Mazatlan Makes a Comeback

Mazatlan Makes a Comeback

In the last three years or so, the media hasn’t been particularly kind to Mazatlan, Mexico. But as I learned at a recent event hosted by the state of Sinaloa — all that is about to change.