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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.

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.

D-Day countdown

posted: 04/06/2014 3:17 a.m. Discuss

There’s a digital clock on display outside the visitors center in the charming Normandy town of Bayeux — but it doesn’t tell the time. It’s counting down the days until the 70th anniversary of D-Day in June.

12 ways to make flight attendant like you

posted: 04/06/2014 3:13 a.m. Discuss

Maybe you don’t want to please your cabin crew next time you fly. I know, I know, it’s their job to be nice; you’re the customer, they’re the employee. But if you’re good to them, they’ll be extra nice to you.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Northern European cruising offers thrifty option

posted: 04/06/2014 3:11 a.m. Discuss

Cruising in Europe’s Baltic or North Sea can satisfy even an independent traveler like me. Stepping off the gangway, I’m immersed in the vivid life of a different European city each day.

Ex-backpacker, 74, slows down, savors deeper experiences

posted: 04/06/2014 3:09 a.m. Discuss

Daniel Klein takes a stroll after a meal at Dimitri’s tavern, on the Greek island of Hydra, which he has been visiting for 40 years.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Lists help in search for deals

posted: 04/06/2014 3:08 a.m. Discuss

Not many of you decide where to go strictly on the basis of prices — after all, you’d “save” the most money by staying home, and you could find inexpensive hotels and restaurants in almost any nearby small town.


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