| Aug 16, 2014
How does Italy, a country just three-quarters the size of California, annually produce one-fifth of all the wine in the world? By planting grapevines everywhere. (Look, there they are in the median on the A1 autostrada from Milan to Florence!)...
| Jul 11, 2014
| 6:24 PM
It was raining when I landed at Bordeaux's airport, and I couldn't find the shuttle bus. Claudia, from Santa Barbara and studying at the University of Bordeaux, came to my rescue.
How did she like living here?
"I love it," she said. "I think it...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 1:17 PM
It was a chilly, rainy afternoon when my husband and I boarded the Viking Freya in Budapest, Hungary, for an eight-day cruise along the Danube River to Nuremberg, Germany. After arriving from the U.S. a few days earlier to tour the city, we finally had...
| Jul 12, 2014
| 3:36 PM
When your 11-year-old restaurant continues to garner accolades, including favorite place for seafood in Lehigh Valley Style's Decadent Dish Awards (2013), you know you're doing something right.
This is the case for the Beck family, who has operated...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 5:20 AM
On the Viking Freya, most of the staterooms measure 135 to 205 square feet. One night I found a towel elephant along with the daily newsletter on my bed. Those are about all she has in common with the cruise ships lined up at Port Miami and Port...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 8:15 AM
To mark the beginning of National Ice Cream Month, a Las Vegas ice cream shop is to unveil on Tuesday a new flavor: All-American Breakfast.
Yep. Ice cream—it’s not just for dessert anymore. Happy National Ice Cream Month (with thanks to...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 1:20 PM
During a three-day stay in Budapest before a Danube River cruise, my husband and I enjoyed several unique food experiences in the city and simultaneously learned a bit about Hungarian history and culture. The gastronomy of the city is a mosaic that...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 4:17 PM
Summer can be a great time to visit ski resorts. The weather is usually glorious, and there are numerous outdoor activities, festivals and cultural offerings aimed at attracting visitors and entertaining locals. In this generally slower time of year,...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 1:45 PM
In a garden beside rows of fruit trees and vegetables, grapes ripen on a sun-dappled mountainside. A few yards away, visitors snake their way through Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home. Even those who never have been there recognize the iconic mansion...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 10:30 AM
What a way to start the day!
My daughter Reggie, a San Francisco teacher, and I are soaking in a piping hot mineral pool -- one of four at different temperatures -- at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Innâs expansive spa. The picturesque hotel, spread...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 4:52 PM
My wife, Laurel, and I had laid out an idiosyncratic European itinerary for our trip last fall: to London for theater, to Paris to scout Ernest Hemingway's long-ago haunts, to Friedrichshafen, Germany, for the Zeppelin Museum, and finally to Hamburg to...