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Are We There Yet?: Batesville museum covers 19th century onward

posted: 07/28/2016 1:53 a.m. Discuss

In the 19th century, many Arkansas mothers were farm wives who needed to spend long hours helping husbands in the fields while also minding their babies. So how did they manage that double duty?

London calling

posted: 07/24/2016 2:28 a.m. Discuss

GLEN ELLEN, Calif. -- Rain fell. Nothing major, certainly not on the level of an Old Testament gully washer. Just a steady, spitting splatter of linked hydrogen and hydroxyl ions that turned the ground squishy and made you want to nominate the inventor of Gor-Tex for a Nobel Prize.

Museum on blacks advances

posted: 07/24/2016 2:27 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- The National Museum of African American History and Culture promises to become an instant favorite when it opens Sept. 24, its soaring spaces and magical views of the National Mall a fitting setting for its tale of the history and achievements of blacks in America.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Wild beauty in Scotland's Highlands, islands

posted: 07/24/2016 2:26 a.m. Discuss

Years ago, I met a dear man on a deserted roadside in the Scottish Highlands. I was scrambling to make a TV show about the area, and as if placed there by heaven's Central Casting, this tender giant of a man was bagpiping to the birds, the passing clouds and the occasional motorist. He had picked a spot that seemed intentionally miles from nowhere. We stopped, and he graciously demonstrated his pipes, giving us a tour of that fascinating symbol of Scottish culture. I've never forgotten that wonderful chance meeting.

Sun King's radiance

posted: 07/17/2016 2:13 a.m. Discuss

VERSAILLES, France -- The original plans for Versailles -- the magnificent 17th-century palace situated about 12 miles southwest of Paris -- included a waterfall in the garden. But merely building the Grand Canal that runs through the grounds proved to be a major feat of engineering. To create a cascade proved impossible.

Book Review: Guide is war buff bonanza

posted: 07/17/2016 2:12 a.m. Discuss

National Geographic The Civil War: A Traveler's Guide, written by the staff and edited by Len Riedel, National Geographic 2016, 512 pages, $25.95.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Ride-shares, taxis the way to see Europe

posted: 07/17/2016 2:12 a.m. Discuss

I've always felt that taxis are underrated, scenic timesavers that can zip you effortlessly from one sight to the next -- except during rush-hour traffic, when they're stuck like everyone else. In the past, cabs were expensive for a lone budget traveler, but a good deal for a group of three or four. Now, with the advent of ride-sharing services like Uber, there are more deals than ever for getting around European cities.

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