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Caribbean bliss

posted: 03/01/2015 2:24 a.m. Discuss

ROSEAU, Dominica -- "Are you sure this is the right way?" I asked, my leg flailing to find another crevice in the tree knots below me. Luca, my husband, responded with a grunt -- not very reassuring.

Travelers to airlines: Enough!

posted: 03/01/2015 2:23 a.m. Discuss

"I'm as mad as h***, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" Peter Finch's classic line from the movie Network (number 19 on the Wikipedia's list of 100 top movie quotes) may have been about television, but it seems appropriate for airline travelers as well. Two prominent airline user groups have recently asked the Department of Transportation to correct two egregious abuses that the big airlines apparently decided to ignore.

Travel in Europe : Picnic in Europe a cheap meal with a view

posted: 03/01/2015 2:22 a.m. Discuss

I'm all about traveling efficiently -- and a great way to do that is by savoring local cuisine as you soak up the splendor of the place you came to see. While restaurants with a view often come with a steep price tag, I've learned to find scenic places to eat where the food is delicious, inexpensive, and memorable.

Costa's move to Germany roils already troubled sea

posted: 03/01/2015 2:20 a.m. Discuss

MILAN -- Italian cruise company Costa Crociere SpA is facing a public relations battle over its future in Italy amid concerns the company wants to distance itself from the country after the deadly 2012 shipwreck of the Costa Concordia.

Are We There Yet?: Exhibits show how once wild river was tamed

posted: 02/26/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Before a network of 18 dams subdued the Arkansas River, the waterway was a raging force of nature that regularly wrecked boats and flooded lowlands.

A multifaceted jewel

posted: 02/22/2015 2:08 a.m. Discuss

Silvia Givera is standing on the picturesque bank of Lake Como. She winds up, underhand, to throw a tennis ball to her dog Diego. The dog stands transfixed until the ball sails far out into the lake, and then he happily swims after it. He brings it back but is reluctant to return it to Givera. Eventually she gets the ball and the two walk back to Bar il Golfo in town. She helps run this place, which serves traditional Italian food. The view of the lake is stunning from the restaurant, and it's hard to fathom spending every day surrounded by such beauty.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Places in the heart found off beaten path

posted: 02/22/2015 2:07 a.m. Discuss

I love it when I convince people to engage with the Europe I show them. But when they become engaged with each other in Europe ... I like it even more.

Cocktails get lift as big lines go crafty

posted: 02/22/2015 2:06 a.m. Discuss

Flying, at least for non-millionaires, has gotten grimmer in recent years. But things are looking up on the drinks cart.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Airlines, hotels use brands to gain loyalty -- and money

posted: 02/22/2015 2:05 a.m. Discuss

Major suppliers and third-party agencies continue to escalate the tug-of-war to "own" you as a customer. The prize in the tug-of-war is, of course, money.

Are We There Yet?: Mount Ida has bragging rights as quartz capital

posted: 02/19/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Yes, there is an official Arkansas State Mineral. As voted by the General Assembly back in 1967, it's the quartz crystal.

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