Monthly Archive for June, 2009

Target: You

Too many travelers carry the notion to foreign countries that they are somehow immune or invisible or invulnerable to the attentions of street thugs and con artists. In fact, they are highly desirable targets of opportunity for those who think it’s a fine idea to rob rich foreigners. New York Times writer Nicholas D. Kristof [...]

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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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That’s the name of my favorite TV travel series ever. It stars the unlikely pair of mega-chef Mario Batali and Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow along with NY Times food columnist Mark Bitten and the adorable Spanish actress Claudia Bassols. They drive around Spain for thirteen episodes, eating and talking. As each of them have careers to [...]

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Clean Lucre

Money, money. We have less, but it buys more, and not just at those 50% to 75% discount sales we’ve been seeing. A euro cost almost $1.60 a year ago this May. Lately, it’s been bouncing around $1.40 (although who knows what next week will bring.) That means that a Rome hotel that cost €200 [...]

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Urban planning can work, contrary to theorist Jane Jacobs’ shrill screeds, and Battery Park City, on the Hudson River edge of lowest Manhattan, is a heartening example. Since the heart of the development is just four lanes across West Street from Ground Zero, it would surely enrage bin Laden to know that the 14,000-plus residents [...]

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