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Laguna Beach: summer means art fests

Check out Pageant of the Masters, Sawdust Festival and Art-a-Fair through the end of August.

If you want to add some art to your summer, consider heading up to Laguna Beach. A July visit here brought me within walking distance of three major art festivals: the Sawdust Festival, Festival of ...

Sixty miles to El Capitan Reservoir and back

East County standouts on this 4-5 hour cycling trip.

I recently had a nice, cool day off for a leisurely and minimally hilly bike ride that doesn't involve the super-flat Mission Bay or San Diego Bay. Where else to go but to follow the ...

L.A. foodie binge

Culinary crawl in the City of Angels.

Why break bread in the City of Angels? Wade into a mixology oasis, devour seared red meat and make your way through a parade of Asian delights? Eat, pray and love. Nah, I just love ...

North America

Cole Valley, San Francisco

Visiting the Haight? Check out nearby Cole Valley.

Several months ago Kay and I enjoyed several days in Haight-Ashbury – prior to my fortuitous discovery of nearby Cole Valley. We had been kicking back at the no-frills, creaky Red Victorian Hotel on bustling ...

Campeche: not Cancún

For those seeking an off-the-beaten-path alternative to Cancún and Mérida, Campeche is a captivating, underrated baroque colonial town on the west coast of the Yucatan peninsula. Capital of the state with the same name, it's ...

Fredericksburg, VA: America's most historic city

Civil War tours, a presidential heritage, distilleries and much more.

The Interstate 95 (aka I-95) is the main highway on the East Coast, running parallel to the Atlantic Ocean seaboard on a north-south trajectory and serving as the principal artery for cities from Florida to ...

Big Bend Country, Texas

Exploring one of the least-visited national parks in West Texas.

Big Bend is a massive national park that most outside of Texas have heard little about. The whole West Texas area that bends into Mexico, between El Paso and San Antonio, is often called “Big ...

Take the back roads: Vermont’s historic Route 100

In an era where places rarely or barely live up to their reputations, Vermont’s Route 100 looks and really feels like old-fashioned Christmas cards depicting the New England state. I visited in winter, when buildings ...

Go Abroad!

Why Ukraine: nighttime Kiev and protests

Part 2 in a series – reports from a nation in conflict.

June 6, 2014 - Ok, so my first 12 hours here in Kiev were, umm... interesting. I remember looking up at a sign in the airport reading “Red Zone” and thinking it was a USSR ...

Modern times in one of the world's hot spots: Israel

I was in Israel when three teenagers in yeshiva – Jewish seminary – had just been kidnapped. As I left the country, they were discovered to have been killed, which touched off a firestorm between ...

Sabah: a Malaysian Eden

Escape to the island of Borneo's northeast.

In Tuaran, hidden amidst the nature reserve, half an hour north of Sabah’s capital, Kota Kinabalu, there's a little slice of paradise. “Be careful!” warned the Kadazan gardener, gripping a long wooden stick, his outstretched ...

Why Ukraine?

First in a series: reports from a nation in conflict.

Before we start, let’s stop: it’s not THE Ukraine, it’s Ukraine. Obama apparently learned this last year. Admittedly I didn’t know this until recently, but I'm not the Prez. And oh yeah, the capital (Kiev) ...

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