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NEW: Brightline will be model for other U.S. regions, Congressman says

As All Aboard Florida’s Brightline kicked off its inaugural weekend on Friday, transportation planners from across the country were already looking at ways to replicate the service in other large metropolitan areas where traffic is a problem. The private train service shuttled dozens of federal, state and local officials and other dignitaries between its stations in West Palm Beach and Fort...
Jimmy Buffett 'Margaritaville' hotel could come to Florida beach

Jimmy Buffett 'Margaritaville' hotel could come to Florida beach

Jacksonville Beach will have the opportunity to get into the "Margaritaville state of mind" after the beachside city confirmed a proposal to construct a "Margaritaville" hotel project.  Jacksonville Beach director of planning and development Bill Mann said the project is planned for a vacant, oceanfront block.  Mann added the eight-story hotel will include 211 rooms...
Florida B&Bs struggle, cry foul as unregulated home-sharing options soar

Florida B&Bs struggle, cry foul as unregulated home-sharing options soar

MOUNT DORA, Fla. — Gwendolyn Smith, co-owner of the Grandview Bed & Breakfast, sees unfair competition for customers growing, putting some B&Bs in peril.  “There are over 200 unlicensed (vacation) rentals here,” she said, citing Mount Dora listings on home-sharing web platforms such as Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO.   “Bed-and-breakfast owners like us are struggling...
Warning: Travelers through Chicago O’Hare International Airport may have been exposed to measles

Warning: Travelers through Chicago O’Hare International Airport may have been exposed to measles

Anyone who traveled through Chicago O’Hare International Airport earlier this month may want to check for signs of measles. The Illinois Department of Health issued an alert that a passenger on board an international flight that landed on Jan. 10 tested positive for the disease. The department has not released what flights the person was on, or where they traveled to or from. >> Read more...

Hotels with fresh ideas, from Shanghai to Denali

Innovative design and other features that channel the destination unify the following coming and just-opened hotels, which are among the most promising debuts of the new year.  China   Amanyangyun, Shanghai   When a new reservoir threatened their destruction, an entire camphor forest and 50 Ming and Qing dynasty-era houses were moved 400 miles from the Jiangxi province to...

The next airline IT outage could happen at any time - are you prepared?

For Gojko Adzic, it's not a question of if, but when, the next airline IT outage will happen.  He should know. As the author of "Humans vs Computers," a book about ordinary people caught between wrong assumptions and computer bugs, he's had a front-row seat to several recent technological meltdowns. And as a London-based software expert, he also understands how fragile and error-prone...

Airline employee orders passengers to delete videos of a dispute or risk arrest

Passengers left stranded at Boston's Logan International Airport after last week's winter storm say an airline employee ordered them to stop filming near the carrier's gate counter and delete videos from their phones. The employee threatened to call police and have them arrested if they failed to comply.  At least one passenger on the Toronto-bound Porter Airlines flight scheduled to leave Friday...
Southern states join to promote civil rights tourism

Southern states join to promote civil rights tourism

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Southern states that once fought to maintain racial segregation are now banding together to promote civil rights tourism at sites including the building where the Confederacy was born and the motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died.  Fourteen states stretching from Kansas to Delaware, including all of the Deep South, are joining to promote the U.S. Civil Rights...

What should you put on your personal travel bucket list?

Question: I recently retired. My wife and I have traveled throughout Europe but want to visit more far-flung destinations now that we have time and are still healthy. Cost is not a primary concern. I’m more interested in nature than my wife; comfort is definitely a criteria. What are your top suggestions?  — Doug H., Miami   Answer: What suits you and your wife best may...

Venezuela's economy is collapsing; violence is rampant. Its solution: woo tourists.

TODASANA, Venezuela - With its oil industry floundering, Venezuela is searching for a new engine of growth for an economy in free fall. The embattled socialist government thinks it has an answer - a future built not only on drilling and roughnecks, but beach umbrellas and piña coladas.  "Tourism is the oil that never runs out," Marleny Contreras, the nation's tourism minister...

Raising the bar in competition

After years of planning and construction, the Winter Olympics and the World Cup are generally regarded as the marquee sporting events of 2018. But there is an abundance of events throughout the year for sports enthusiasts around the globe, from the British-centric Commonwealth Games to the rough-and-tumble Rugby World Cup Sevens to the refined World Equestrian Games.  — Super Bowl LII will...
Cerabino: For Brightline, it’s a time for many to try rail

Cerabino: For Brightline, it’s a time for many to try rail

Roger and Mary Hansen were among the curious. The Wellington retirees had friends, Tom and Wanda Werneking, visiting from The Villages, a Central Florida retirement community. “We usually go to the fair, but we thought we’d try the train today,” Roger Hansen said. So the four friends made an outing of the area’s new train service, Brightline, by catching a noon train from the...
Las Vegas hotels bet on technology to attract, dazzle guests

Las Vegas hotels bet on technology to attract, dazzle guests

LAS VEGAS (AP) — In the hypercompetitive world of Las Vegas tourism, the staples of hotel-room technology — a phone on a nightstand and a flat-screen TV — aren't cutting it anymore.  Guests at some Sin City casino-hotels can get towels, food and toiletries delivered to their rooms with just a text. They can also use tablets to control room features like lights and temperature...
What Washington, DC, looks like, from the middle school perspective

What Washington, DC, looks like, from the middle school perspective

WASHINGTON - Ask middle schoolers to show you their city through the lens of a camera and here's what you'll get: a colorful mosaic of images featuring their favorite people, places and things, from flowers to friends, street scenes to sneakers, and trees to trains. The photographs make up an exhibition that is the end result of a special citywide photography lesson called "Everyday DC."...

State Department updates travel advisories so they're understandable

WASHINGTON - The State Department on Wednesday unveiled four tiered categories to warn travelers of potential dangers overseas, using common-sense language ranging from "Exercise normal precaution" to "Do not travel."  The new rankings replace the vague and often confusing system of issuing "travel alerts" for short-term dangers posed by events like health epidemics...

Allowing music to guide you

Where will the sounds of music take travelers in 2018? The destination may depend on your favorite song, but whether that means jazz, Afropunk, rock or another rhythm entirely, there’s definitely a place to go.  — For blues fans, the Tremblant International Blues Festival (July 6 to 15), in the village of Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in a big way. The...

From politics to Picasso

Travelers seeking inspiration for 2018 trips may want to consider art exhibitions and cultural festivals.  — At the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, notable exhibitions include “Women House” (March 9 to May 28), which explores the role of women in U.S. culture through photography, video, sculptures and large-scale installations, and “Heavy Metal &mdash...
Tips for riding powder at Utah’s famed resorts

Tips for riding powder at Utah’s famed resorts

If you’ve ever wanted to ski or snowboard on powder, now is the time to visit Utah’s legendary Wasatch Front resorts — Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude. Storms are finally coming in.  It’s been a lean time until now, with only one storm back in October and practically no snowfall since then. Connie Marshall, public relations director at Alta, explains why. &ldquo...
Beautiful day for train ride: The curious come out to take Brightline

Beautiful day for train ride: The curious come out to take Brightline

Brightline’s second day of operation Sunday attracted lots of families, singles and others looking for an outing on the chilly, windy day that was too cold for the beach. A steady stream of people entered the station at 260 Quadrille Plaza Drive in downtown West Palm Beach, hoping to buy a tickets at $10 apiece one way to Fort Lauderdale. Some weren’t planning to take the 38-minute trip...
Must-see: Passenger jet skids off runway, gets stuck on edge of cliff

Must-see: Passenger jet skids off runway, gets stuck on edge of cliff

A passenger jet carrying 162 people got stuck on a cliff's edge moments after skidding off a runway early Sunday at Turkey's Trabzon Airport. According to The Associated Press, no one was hurt in the incident, and everyone on board was evacuated safely. The airport was closed temporarily. >> Read more trending news  Authorities said they did not know what caused the incident involving the...
A banner year for history fans

A banner year for history fans

It’s a big year for civic tricentennials, artistic anniversaries, wilderness salutes and one baseball birthday party where the fans will get the presents.  — In 1718, French explorer Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville found a bit of high ground 100 miles from the mouth of the Mississippi River and founded New Orleans where today Jackson Square sits. The city will celebrate...
Happy rails to you: Brightline high-speed trains roll into action

Happy rails to you: Brightline high-speed trains roll into action

Over, almost before it began. That’s how it felt as Brightline’s first train pulled into Fort Lauderdale, a quick 35 minutes after rolling out of downtown West Palm Beach. Barely had the seat-back trays come down, laptops opened, Wifi connected and snack-and-beverage cart made the rounds, then the destination city skyline came into sight and it was time to de-train. “It’s...
Michelin star boosts chef at outdoor Thai kitchen to stardom

Michelin star boosts chef at outdoor Thai kitchen to stardom

BANGKOK (AP) — After spending more than three decades cooking in an unassuming outdoor kitchen, a wok-wielding, goggles-wearing Thai chef has been propelled to international culinary stardom by having her restaurant awarded a Michelin star.  Supinya Jansuta, better known as "Jay Fai," is among 17 Bangkok-based chefs whose venues received the coveted honor from Michelin in a guidebook...
Airlines teaching staff to de-escalate passenger conflicts, but it’s really customer service

Airlines teaching staff to de-escalate passenger conflicts, but it’s really customer service

Passenger meltdowns are nothing new to the airlines.  But the sometimes ugly situations between ticket-holders and airline workers — incidents that frequently go viral — are prompting air carriers to teach employees how to handle problems before they get out of hand.   American Airlines is requiring nearly 68,000 employees to take classes on how to “de-escalate&rdquo...

Family travel: Tips for car rentals

Choosing a rental car (or not) can be an important part of the family vacation planning process. Here are five ideas to consider:  1. Explore the options. Sure, you may be comfortable renting from the same name brand agencies. But if you are looking to save or get the best deal on a great car, be open to the options. Before you book, think through the specific transportation needs of your trip...
Finding Prince Shotoku's light in Horyuji tour

Finding Prince Shotoku's light in Horyuji tour

Horyuji temple in Ikaruga, Nara Prefecture, Japan, holds organized hikes twice a year in which participants walk the "Taishimichi" - routes with historical ties to Prince Shotoku (574-622), a tireless promoter of Buddhism during the Asuka period.  Each of the two events - held on Feb. 22, the anniversary of Shotoku's death, and Nov. 22 - takes participants along a different route of...
In Cuba, but a world apart

In Cuba, but a world apart

There’s nothing like a total absence of safety measures to add a little excitement to a historical site. Within an hour of landing on La Isla de la Juventud, the Isle of Youth, I was clamoring through an underground tunnel in the Presidio Modelo, or Model Prison, Cuba’s most dreaded pre-revolutionary prison, using my iPhone as a torch and trying not to slip on wooden planks and rubble...
U.S. issues ‘do not travel’ advisory for 5 states in Mexico

U.S. issues ‘do not travel’ advisory for 5 states in Mexico

The U.S. Department of State has issued a travel advisory urging citizens to use increased caution when traveling to five states in Mexico. USA Today reported that the new warning from the government has increased the Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas states to a level 4, the highest level of potential danger.  The warning for the states, issued Thursday, was raised...
Missing fisherman: Why did search take so long? Lake O is really big

Missing fisherman: Why did search take so long? Lake O is really big

Just how vast is Lake Okeechobee? Those following the search this week for missing fisherman Nik Kayler, whose body was found Wednesday, might have wondered why the effort to find him was so difficult and took six days. After all, it’s just a lake, not an ocean. Why did it take so long? Lake Okeechobee, Palm Beach County’s avocado-shaped “western coast,” is massive. At 730...
What Whitney Cummings can’t travel without

What Whitney Cummings can’t travel without

The comedian Whitney Cummings is used to being on the road, starting back when she regularly visited 80 cities a year to perform stand-up comedy. Her book “I’m Fine … and Other Lies” was published in October. The film “The Female Brain,” which she wrote and directed, will be released on Feb. 9.  Cummings has mastered the art of travel, from maintaining her...
Carnival Triumph gets rare failing grade in sanitation inspection

Carnival Triumph gets rare failing grade in sanitation inspection

Flies in the food preparation areas. Milk, cheese, eggs and yogurt kept in too-hot temperatures. Soiled and clogged machinery.  These were some of the conditions uncovered by two inspectors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during a routine November inspection of the Carnival Triumph.   More than two dozen violations aboard the 2,754-passenger vessel led the CDC to...

Angry tweets, viral videos are teaching airlines to observe social media, and respond

As everyone learned when a passenger was forcibly removed from a United Express flight, social media and the ubiquity of mobile phone cameras have shifted the ground rules for airline customer service. The best and worst corporate interactions speed across the Internet, with potentially dire results for corporate targets of public anger.  For air carriers in particular, "the world changed"...
A streetcar ride away from the madding crowd

A streetcar ride away from the madding crowd

Henry Howard Hotel, 2041 Prytania St., New Orleans; 504-313-1577; henryhowardhotel.com.   Rates   From $209   Basics   While most visitors to New Orleans want to be in the heart of the city’s dynamic French Quarter, there’s no denying that its boisterous vibe doesn’t appeal to all travelers. Fortunately, there’s a more relaxing option...
If you can only eat three meals in Tampa, make sure they're here

If you can only eat three meals in Tampa, make sure they're here

Many out-of-towners think Tampa, Florida, is mostly about Cuban food. Fair enough. It is home of the famed Cuban sandwich. (Sorry, Miami, local historians have unearthed documents that reveal the sandwich's true birthplace as the cigar factories of the city's Ybor City neighborhood a century ago.) But as someone who has called Tampa home for nearly three decades, I've seen this town's food scene -...
Travel dilemmas: What you must know for 2018

Travel dilemmas: What you must know for 2018

Whoever said “The more things change, the more they stay the same” was not a traveler, based on what you’ll see in 2018. Here are 18 things on the horizon.  1. Your new (maybe) driver’s license   Beginning Jan. 22, Californians can apply for a driver’s license that will be compliant when airplane-boarding ID rules change Oct. 1, 2020.   If you...

Harbin, China, shines a light on the beauty of winter

If you live in northeastern China, you expect long, cold winters. The residents of Harbin don't just tolerate the cold, however; they embrace it. The city of 10 million is home to the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, which claims to be the largest ice festival in the world. Even with temperatures typically close to zero, crowds of people head to city parks to see giant ice sculptures...
House panel OKs bill to let local tourism taxes pay for roads, sewers

House panel OKs bill to let local tourism taxes pay for roads, sewers

Despite objections from parts of the tourism industry, Florida House members Wednesday began moving forward with a bill that would allow local tourist-development taxes to be used for projects such as adding roads or expanding sewer and water systems. The bill (HB 585), which was approved in a 9-4 vote by the House Tourism & Gaming Control Subcommittee, would expand the ways so-called “bed&rdquo...
'Game of Thrones'-themed ice hotel opens in Finland

'Game of Thrones'-themed ice hotel opens in Finland

In collaboration with HBO Nordic, a Finnish hotel chain has built the ultimate experience for fans of “Game of Thrones,” made entirely from ice and snow. Lapland Hotels’ SnowVillage, set about 125 miles above the Arctic Circle, opened last month with an ice restaurant, an ice bar, an ice chapel and a “Game of Thrones”-themed ice hotel. The hotel features a life-sized...

Stalking an elusive YouTube star: The adorkable red panda

Giant pandas are cute, sure, but not half as cute as their petite cousins, the red pandas. A favorite in zoos worldwide, the round-faced, button-eyed creatures caper around in trees or nap with their fluffy tails wrapped around them like white-striped sleeping bags. Adorably anthropomorphic, red pandas can even walk on their hind legs with the shaky gait of a toddler. That's according to my favorite...
Can cruise lines ensure shore excursions they offer are safe?

Can cruise lines ensure shore excursions they offer are safe?

How safe are shore excursions for cruise line passengers? That’s a question that resurfaces after highly publicized accidents such as December’s fatal bus crash in eastern Mexico that killed passengers of two ships owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises. Eleven foreign tourists and a Mexican tour guide died. Cruise lines say they work as hard as they can to investigate companies that provide...
A Nashville restaurant that tastes as good as it looks

A Nashville restaurant that tastes as good as it looks

Henrietta Red, a restaurant in the Germantown neighborhood of Nashville, Tennessee, that opened in February, has many of the telltale trappings of Instagram clickbait. While there’s no millennial pink, the black sandwich board and expanse of marble at the bar, coupled with the wishbone chairs and tile-framed wood-burning oven in the dining room, fit a certain envy-inducing aesthetic. But unlike...
Winter tours in London

Winter tours in London

Winter may not be London’s peak tourist season, but travelers with plans to head to the city this season can look forward to new tours that are far from run of the mill. Whether it’s your first time in London or you’re a repeat visitor, the tours here are meant to unearth perspectives that both surprise and entertain.  London is known for being a child-friendly town, so why...
Phu Quoc, Vietnam’s paradise island getaway for millennial travelers

Phu Quoc, Vietnam’s paradise island getaway for millennial travelers

Azure-hued water. Soft, white-sand beaches. Palm trees swaying in the ocean breeze. Deliciously fresh seafood. For most Westerners who’ve never been to the island of Phu Quoc, these aren’t exactly images we would typically equate with Vietnam. But the rapidly developing resort island in the Gulf of Thailand offers all that and more at a price point that even perpetually underemployed and...

Fifteen years in the making, how downtown L.A. finally arrived

"When I was growing up, I would tell people to get out of Downtown L.A. by 6 or 7 p.m.-it wasn't safe," my Uber driver told me as we wrapped around the Hollywood Freeway before making a turn onto West Fourth Street. I looked at my watch. It was about 7 p.m., and I was heading into the once-verboten neighborhood-now the city's nexus for great restaurants and hip hotels.  The emergence...

Is trip insurance really worth it?

Question: I’m booking a Europe trip with my family. The tour operator is pushing me to buy a travel insurance policy. Do I really need this? If we can’t go, won’t they just reschedule us on another trip? — Katie, Santa Monica, Calif. Answer: Sorry Katie, but without that travel insurance, if something goes awry in your life you’re out of luck. First there’s the...
Reporter’s experience: An amazing trip to The Everglades you should do too!

Reporter’s experience: An amazing trip to The Everglades you should do too!

Reporter’s experience: It was my first time visiting The Everglades this December. An embarrassing confession since I’ve lived in Florida for more than nine years total, on and off. Though, after going, I had several locals reach out to me and admit that they, too, had never been. I realized The Everglades weren’t just a mystery to me, but to other locals as well.  The...
How did Boca Museum get one of last works by this famous artist?

How did Boca Museum get one of last works by this famous artist?

Boca Raton Museum of Art assistant curator Lanya Snyder didn’t know what to expect when she visited sculptor and ceramicist Betty Woodman in her Chelsea studio in Manhattan last spring. Artists, after all, can be aloof. And Woodman’s career had been a formidable one. She was a feminist force in the once-macho world of ceramics, becoming the first living woman artist to have a retrospective...
Is January the best time to buy a cruise?

Is January the best time to buy a cruise?

You may think of January as the start of 2018, but for the cruise industry, the early months are Wave Season. That’s when most lines, homeports and industry groups pull out their big marketing campaigns, urging travelers to book early for the season ahead. Promotions promise “the best deals of the year.” But is that really true?  The answer is “maybe.”  ...
Making the most of a trip to wine country

Making the most of a trip to wine country

Wine-producing regions like Tuscany and Napa Valley already make for enjoyable vacation destinations, but with a little planning, you can get even more from your trip.  Lynda Turley, an adviser at Alpine Travel of Saratoga in California, specializes in wine-focused trips. “The areas of the world where winery hopping is a big attraction tend to be incredibly picturesque, and you don&rsquo...
The most magical surprise at Disney World? The world-class food

The most magical surprise at Disney World? The world-class food

Let's count the reasons visitors flock to Orlando, Florida. There are the endless theme parks, the sprawling convention center, and the proximity to world-class golf courses andthe Kennedy Space Center. In 2016, 68 million visitors spent $41.8 billion there on lodging, entertainment, and dining, making it the nation's top tourist destination. On a recent visit, I went for a less obvious purpose: to...

On Alcatraz, the island's erstwhile prison gardens are in full flower

Alcatraz, the forlorn island in San Francisco Bay, is known for the hard-bitten men whose names are among the legends of the Rock.  The Birdman. Machine Gun Kelly. Capone.   But on a misty October morning, I boarded an Alcatraz Ferry in search of other colorful residents of the windswept fortress. "Mrs. Langtry." "Dorothy Perkins." "Caroline Jane." ...
When it costs double to let your 12-year-old fly alone

When it costs double to let your 12-year-old fly alone

This is a tale of two flights and one 12-year-old who wanted to fly on her own between New York City and Chicago a few weeks after her birthday.  Both flights were around $300. On American, she would have to fly as an unaccompanied minor and pay an additional $150 each way. Next year, too, and the year after that, until she turned 15.   On Southwest, however, she would not be required...

How to score a free car rental — with an interesting catch

How about a free trip to Florida?  There’s a catch.   You have to drive.   But you get a free car and a free tank of gas!   There’s another catch.   You have three days to get there. And then give up the car. And getting back home is up to you.   That’s the idea behind Transfercar, which unites volunteer drivers wanting a (mostly)...
Discovering the magic of Edinburgh, Scotland

Discovering the magic of Edinburgh, Scotland

The doors of the Airlink 100 bus from Edinburgh airport hissed open at what we thought was the stop nearest to our hotel. The desk clerk I'd emailed said the stop was directly in front of the hotel, which was supposed to be close to the city center. As the bus pulled away, we did not appear to be either opposite the hotel or near the center of anything, except a row of low-rise brown stone structures...

US customs agents are searching more cellphones - including those belonging to Americans

U.S. customs agents conducted 60 percent more searches of travelers' cellphones, laptops and other electronic devices during the government's 2017 fiscal year, according to statistics released Friday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).  The agency said it searched 30,200 devices, but the inspections affected 0.007 percent of the 397 million travelers - American citizens as well as foreign...
Try your luck: 10 tips on beating the odds on your first casino trip

Try your luck: 10 tips on beating the odds on your first casino trip

There's just something appealing about a casino vacation, whether you're dreaming of the luxury of the world's most extravagant casino resorts or playing roulette at one of Yahoo's top-ranked casinos outside of Vegas. Or maybe you're just longing for a day playing the slots at a smaller place like the Mardis Gras Casino and Resort in West Virginia. »RELATED: Feeling...
Drought forces Cape Town visitors to pitch in

Drought forces Cape Town visitors to pitch in

Thanks to its famous coastline and peninsular setting, tourists in Cape Town expect that they will be surrounded by water — and lots of it. But as visitors have descended this month for the peak summer tourist season, they have been greeted at the airport with signs beseeching them to “Slow the flow: Save H20” and “Don’t waste a drop!” among others.  Cape Town...
Travel goods for today: Safe travels

Travel goods for today: Safe travels

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to evaluate travel accessories that fall in the category of enhancing personal safety while on the road. From nightlights that illuminate your space to a cross-body purse with RFID-blocking protection to a device that makes stream water potable, these travel goods increase the sense of well-being for mind, body — and credit cards.  The Nightlight...

Don’t wait for the royal wedding to visit Windsor

You don’t need an invitation to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding May 19 to enjoy the ancient castle where they plan to marry or to attend services at the Gothic chapel where they will say their vows.  The wedding is to take place in Windsor, west of London, about 40 minutes to an hour by train. You can figure out what works best for your schedule, including whether you want...
Searching for moose in Colorado’s ‘Land of Hidden Treasures’

Searching for moose in Colorado’s ‘Land of Hidden Treasures’

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The tracks give us hope.  “Oh, yeah,” says Jessica Weathers, bending to examine the unmistakable prints in the snow. “That’s moose.”   So we follow the ranger into the woods. The sun is making its late-morning rise over the mountains, and Gazette photographer Christian Murdock and I post-hole our way through the pines, eyes...

2017, when bread stopped being a bad word

At the fine dining temple L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Las Vegas, where the 16-course tasting menu goes for $425, an unlikely product is coveted by high rollers: bread. "All the billionaires who come to play request bread for their private jets on the way home," says Robuchon, who has amassed 31 Michelin stars over his career for dishes that go far beyond the bakery.  In the fall...

Travel deals: Southwest fare sale and up to 50 percent off Bermuda hotels

This week's best travel bargains around the globe.  Land   - Save 45 percent on stays of least three nights at Azul Beach Resort Sensatori Jamaica by Karisma, on Negril's Seven Mile Beach. Nightly rates start at $303 per person and include a la carte dining, premium alcoholic beverages, full-service concierge, 24-hour room service and taxes. Regular rates are from $549. Book by Jan...
Let's go to the museum

Let's go to the museum

The clam waters of the Kurihama coast near the Perry Memorial Hall in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, offer little clue that the area was once the scene of a turbulent episode in Japanese history.  It was on this coastline that U.S. Navy Commodore Matthew Perry (1794-1858), commander in chief of the United States' East India Squadron, first made landfall in Japan in 1853. His arrival spelled the...
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