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Shakespeare’s hamlet

posted: 04/20/2014 2:47 a.m. Discuss

Many people say that April 23, 2014, will be William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. I believe it. When it comes to Shakespeare, I believe it all.

Coined words becoming frequent fliers

posted: 04/20/2014 2:44 a.m. Discuss

Hotels advertise “bleisure ” packages. The Thai Tourism Authority is promoting “honeyteering.” And a Mississippi TV anchor told advocates of gay equality to “go on gaycation.”

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Despite volcano threats, Iceland’s a hot tour spot

posted: 04/20/2014 2:42 a.m. Discuss

Iceland’s remote location and harsh climate aren’t exactly welcoming. But its striking scenery, draped with glaciers and punctuated by craggy peaks and steamy geysers — coupled with Icelandair’s fare incentives — make this destination increasingly attractive to adventurous travelers.

Simple security for the traveler

posted: 04/20/2014 2:40 a.m. Discuss

Let’s face it. Road warriors have lots to juggle. Responsibilities can include meeting schedules, itinerary changes, navigation skills and project management.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Destination deals online, from book also trim trip costs

posted: 04/20/2014 2:39 a.m. Discuss

Just about anywhere you look you see “tips” on how to “save” money on the big-ticket travel services: airfare, hotel accommodations, rental cars and cruises.

FESTIVAL: Music, art flood Mountain View for Folk Festival

posted: 04/17/2014 2:49 a.m. Discuss

A visit to Mountain View can be like a trip to the past at any time, with its small town charm and a focus on old Ozark culture, but that’s especially true during the Arkansas Folk Festival.

Shannon’s WILD side

posted: 04/13/2014 3:21 a.m. Discuss

“I carry the sun in a golden cup, the moon in a silver bag.” — Irish poet W.B. Yeats — Breda met me in front of the butcher shop and led my car down a road so narrow a moonbeam would need daylight to find it.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Berlin looks to future, remembers past

posted: 04/13/2014 3:19 a.m. Discuss

When I visited Berlin last summer to update my guidebook, I also scouted locations for a new TV show. I found the city as vibrant as ever — with massive infrastructure projects in progress all around town.

Tourism spots pack Shannon airport area

posted: 04/13/2014 3:17 a.m. Discuss

Here are seven great spots easily reachable from Shannon International Airport, all in County Clare and Limerick.

Ways and means

posted: 04/13/2014 3:15 a.m. Discuss

FLY: Aer Lingus now flies daily from Boston and New York JFK to Shannon International Airport; you also can fly from Chicago. shannonairport.ie.

Ralph Fiennes back on the London stage

posted: 04/13/2014 3:12 a.m. Discuss

New plays by theatrical giants Tom Stoppard and David Hare and the stage return of Ralph Fiennes are highlights of the next year at Britain’s National Theatre.

Planning a road trip? Be sure to hit hardware store

posted: 04/13/2014 3:11 a.m. Discuss

While many people hit the specialty stores and catalogs when stocking up for vehicle travel, I’ve found basic hardware stores to be a great source for supplies.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Fight on over fees; win is iffy

posted: 04/13/2014 3:11 a.m. Discuss

Have the airlines become too arrogant about steadily increasing their fees? Some prominent consumer advocates are starting to think so.

ARE WE THERE YET?: Park in Powhatan holds town frozen in time

posted: 04/10/2014 2:48 a.m. Discuss

Perched on a commanding hill above the Black River, the old Lawrence County Courthouse that anchors Powhatan Historic State Park looks large and stately enough to serve a populous county.

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