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  • Nothing like death to liven up a European tour

    Nothing like death to liven up a European tour
    If you're looking for the macabre side of Europe, skip the hokey rip-off "torture museums" and visit a cemetery — they're authentic, artsy and oozing with history. In honor of Halloween, here is a list of some of my favorites. Pere Lachaise...
  • Crowd control on a European cruise

    Crowd control on a European cruise
    Among European travelers, more and more people are cruising. Of course, in many ways cruising is anathema to the "back-door travel" philosophy that I've been preaching for 30 years. But I've learned it can be done thoughtfully and independently. This fall...
  • New rollercoaster for Six Flags in 2012

    New rollercoaster for Six Flags in 2012
    Six Flags Great America will open a new rollercoaster for its 2012 season, park officials said this morning. The new wing-style rollercoaster, X-Flight, will feature suspended seats, a 12-story initial plunge, 3,000 feet of drops, and five inversions,...
  • The latest in Europe's tourist scams

    The latest in Europe's tourist scams
    Europe is safe when it comes to violent crime. But it's a surprisingly creative place when it comes to travel scams. Pickpockets and con artists target Americans not because these crooks are mean but because they're smart. Americans are known as the ones...
  • 2 cities stuck in a Tuscan time warp

    2 cities stuck in a Tuscan time warp
    I'm in Volterra, my favorite small town in Tuscany, sitting under rustic, noble stones at the base of a palace that made commoners feel small six centuries ago. Bats burst through the floodlights amid ghostly towers held together with rusted iron corsets....
  • First Look: 2011 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival adds flavors of Hawaii

    First Look: 2011 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival adds flavors of Hawaii
    (Photos by Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel)   There is a little wisp of Fall in the air, and the kick off of the Fall festival season starts with the 16th edition of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, beginning next Friday,  Sept. 30....
  • Storm wounds an old friend, the Cinque Terre

    Storm wounds an old friend, the Cinque Terre
    Thirty-two years ago, I met two American college girls while hitchhiking in Switzerland. They were studying in Florence, and I asked them their favorite place in Italy. They surprised me by naming a place I had never heard of before: the Cinque Terre....
  • Time Lapse: Disney's holiday nights light up Cinderella Castle

    <b>Time Lapse: </b>Disney's holiday nights light up Cinderella Castle
    The folks at Walt Disney World Creative Entertainment have raised the bar on visual spectacle with three unique nighttime presentations at the Magic Kingdom's Cinderella Castle for the holidays. For the next 52 nights, through January 8, guests can...
  • British college towns won't leave you bored

    British college towns won't leave you bored
    Ever since the first homework was assigned at the University of Oxford in 1167, the stellar graduates of British universities have influenced Western civilization. But that doesn't mean that Britain's three oldest college towns are stodgy. Though you...
  • Old Berlin is history; this is a city reborn

    Old Berlin is history; this is a city reborn
    BERLIN — More than any other place in Europe, Berlin is a work in progress. Over the last two decades, ripped-up tracks and a canopy of cranes have signaled its rebirth as a great city. If you haven't been here lately, you won't recognize the place....
  • Beyond Cophenhagen lies fairy tale Denmark

    Beyond Cophenhagen lies fairy tale Denmark
    Copenhagen is a thriving metropolis and the main attraction in Denmark. But a trip here isn't complete without a swing through the cute Danish countryside. In less than two hours, you can time-travel from modern Copenhagen to a 10th-century Viking ship,...
  • Technology at ski resorts offers skiers info, images of day on slopes

    Technology at ski resorts offers skiers info, images of day on slopes
    The first rule of skiing: There are no friends on a powder day. Technology has infiltrated every corner of our lives, but really, the idea of tweeting my snow stashes is sacrilege. In the spirit of keeping up with the technology, however, I set aside...