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Explore Arkansas' past, beautiful beaches, festivals across the state and much more.

Turning off the faucet

posted: 06/28/2015 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Disneyland is anything but underwhelming. Its deluxe fountains constantly spout, water rides regularly douse patrons, and plush gardens all lead children, and sometimes adults, to squeal with delight and break down in tears.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Enjoy local outdoors scene on the road

posted: 06/28/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

After spending the last 30 springs and summers in Europe, it seems to me that, more and more, the culture is celebrated outdoors. Cities and towns everywhere are competing to attract tourists; there is more than enough music, drink, theater and fun to keep these concerts and festivals going and growing. Make a point in your travels to enjoy the scene outdoors -- by day and by night. Here are a few random examples.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: 10 airports up for fast pass setup

posted: 06/28/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

The Department of Homeland Security has announced it wants to set up Customs and Border preclearance facilities at 10 new airports: Brussels, Punta Cana, Tokyo/Narita, Amsterdam/Schiphol, Oslo, Madrid/Barajas, Stockholm/Arlanda, Istanbul/Ataturk, London/Heathrow and Manchester. The new preclearance facilities would provide the same services as those longstanding units at major Canadian, island and Irish airports. When returning to the United States, you would go through the immigration and customs processing at your departure airport, so, once through the system, you would already be in the United States. When your flight arrives at a U.S. airport, you arrive as a domestic passenger, free to pick up your baggage and go on your way.

ARE WE THERE YET?: Renovated Queen Wilhelmina Lodge reopens

posted: 06/25/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

When the first hotel opened atop Rich Mountain as a railway-era resort in 1898, it featured a lavish suite intended for the Dutch queen.

Singapore zing

posted: 06/21/2015 2:07 a.m. Discuss

When I recently told a friend I had gone to Singapore, she said, “hmm … hard for me to get excited about Singapore. Hope it was a gateway.”

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Napoleon's Paris, 200 years later

posted: 06/21/2015 2:07 a.m. Discuss

Working on my TV shows and guidebooks in Europe, I try to get the straight story on history, but it can be tricky. I keep remembering Napoleon's quote: "What is history but a myth agreed upon?" Thursday was the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, so there are a lot of people quoting Napoleon these days.

Must-see list includes WWII tour, airport

posted: 06/21/2015 2:06 a.m. Discuss

Don’t miss: The National Museum, with its great history of the island.

Smaller carry-ons are urged

posted: 06/21/2015 2:06 a.m. Discuss

Millions of fliers might soon want to buy new carry-on suitcases.

Are We There Yet?: Byway rolls along scenic, historic Crowley's Ridge

posted: 06/18/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Most of the Arkansas Delta ranks among the lesser scenic regions of the Natural State.

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