Category Archive for 'Destinations'

There are good reasons why more and more retirees are skipping age-restricted ersatz villages in favor of college towns, the same reasons families and young professionals are making that choice. They have ready access to libraries and art galleries, audit classes and sit in on lectures, attend concerts and theatrical productions, root for the college […]

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This is the Queen City of the Mediterranean. It is a European capital of design. Developers and the goverment continue to rejuvenate formerly distressed neighborhoods. Abandoned buildings from the Middle ages forward are continuously transformed, an unstopping parade of new museums, cultural centers, colleges, residences. Its acclaimed chefs and restaurants set the gastronomic bar ever higher, sending their international […]

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Girona: In Barcelona’s Shadow

Girona is a city of stairways, all of them going up. Or so it seems. The ancient Catalan city covers a craggy promontory rearing above the juncture of the Onyar and Ter Rivers. It was a defensive position lusted after by the original Iberians, colonial Romans, the invading Arabs, and by Charlemagne, who took the […]

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The Triangle Dalí

Who better to design and build the perfect monument to his genius than the eccentric Surrealist Salvador Dalí himself. That he did – the Teatre-Museu Dalí, in Figueres. That otherwise largely undistinguished town was his birthplace, about 120 miles northeast of Barcelona in the far northeast corner of Spain. He put it on the cultural […]

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Machu Picchu is a destination to rival Luxor or Angkor Wat, and ever-growing numbers are making the pilgimage to the lost mountain redoubt of the Inca kings. (The suppression of the once-deadly Maoist guerrila group Shining Path helped a lot.) Many of those visitors make the journey with little foreknowledge of what they may encounter. […]

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On The Block

Draw a gentle arc from the eastern end of New York’s Long Island across the water to the knuckle on the fist of the flexed arm of Cape Cod in Massachsetts. It takes in some of the most blessed and glittery summer retreats on the Eastern Seaboard – the fabled Hamptons, home to movie notables […]

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It is difficult to conjure a more agreeable way to pass a summer afternoon than in the presence of accomplished musicians on sun-washed rolling lawns shaded by ancient pines. At Tanglewood, an estate in Lenox in The Berkshires devoted to performance and education since 1937, attendees have polished the experience to highest sheen. They arrive […]

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Alhambra Under Snow

Granada was the last major Spanish city held by the Muslim armies which once occupied the entire Iberian peninsula and marched almost to the gates of Paris. They were rolled back over nearly eight centuries, but the pace of the Reconquest was agonizingly slow, and the cream of the Arab mercantile and artisan classes migrated […]

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Normally, people don’t visit Montréal for the weather, but in spite of it. But by happy circumstance, we arrived there under porcelain blue skies and temps in the 70s, leaving sixteen days of continuous rain back in the Lower Hudson Valley. It stayed that way for six days. I’ve been writing about Québec since 1991, […]

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New Haven boosters trumpet many notable inventions – the cotton gin, Colt revolvers, the first telephone switchboard, corsets, the lollipop…and Frisbee. Admittedly, it’s a list that draws yawns. For controversy, despair, rage, and triumph, nothing matches the conflict that has simmered and periodically erupted over another local creation: Pizza. Claims about who sold the first […]

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