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Rhodes, Greece: island of the knights

History lives and breathes in this center of the ancient world

Rhodes is probably best known as the island once home to the Colossus of Rhodes, a 98-foot-high statue of the Greek god Helios and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Today, the ...

Photogenic fun at the Truckhaven Rocks outside Borrego Springs

Mountain range in miniature

These wind-eroded sandstone blocks are fun to explore.

Instead of dying, they just go to Live Wire

Over it before you were into it

Look past the uniform and into the youthful soul of the ones who won't let go.

But, but — what about the Boomers?

If only we knew what the 76 million people with all the money and power were thinking.

Just Asking: Are hipsters really so endlessly fascinating that they need an entire column devoted to answering questions about them every week? How about a weekly column called Ask a Baby Boomer? That would be ...

The highest and most remote point in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Don’t drink the water — it’s for through-hikers.

Combs Peak is the fifth highest peak in San Diego County and also one of the most remote. Surprisingly, it is in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. From this lofty summit there are views of ...

Better to just be a penguin at prom

Sometimes the most original expression is restraint.

Discern the difference between radness and annoyingness.

Always another reason to scorn

Dear Hipster: What is the significance to popular music, and pop culture in general, if One Direction breaks up following the departure of Zayn Malik from the band? If Justin Bieber has truly slid into ...

How did this support life?

Thousands of years of human habitation on display at Indian Hill

Visiting Indian Hill gives us a renewed appreciation for this desert area. Humans have used the area for perhaps several thousand years. The last Indian cultural group to occupy this area was the Kumeyaay. It ...

Turner set free

Nature as roughhouse theater

JMW Turner: Painting Set Free at the Getty through May 24.

Keep moving, IRS (nothing to see here)

Citizen Hip pays taxes

Dear Hipster: April 15th is right around the corner. I wonder, do hipsters pay their taxes like good citizens? — Call Me “Your Cousin in Government, Irving Radcliff Stevens” The funny thing is, I actually ...

Mud and infidels: Djenné, Mali

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is something to behold – if you can make it here.

When the first rays of sunrise strike the great mosque at Djenné, many believers fall to their knees from its beauty. Djenné, Mali, is a fly speck on a map. Overlooked by most travelers, it's ...

L.A. in a day (by train)

Make it a Metrolink day trip and see Olvera Street, MOCA, and more.

If you like variety, follow me to an L.A. experience that will challenge your senses – not your purse. The walking exercise on this day trip approximates six miles; I took all day, but you ...

Public health? Over it!

You can lead them to the ashtray but you can't make them snuff it out

What’s next, government subsidies for mustache care?

Hoof it in Anza-Borrego’s Sandstone Canyon

Look up at 5 million years of layered history

Sandstone Canyon is one of several long canyons that stretch down the flanks of the rapidly eroding Vallecito Mountains. Frequent visitors to this part of the Anza-Borrego Desert consider Sandstone Canyon to be the most ...

Adventures in Tawi-Tawi

The Smugglers' Bar and other traveler favorites.

Editor's note: The author visited Tawi Tawi in 2007. There are a few more accommodations there now, it looks like. A few years ago, ignoring the advice of our horrified Filipino friends, my wife and ...

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