If I wanted a home where the buffalo roamed, and the deer and the antelope played, I had come to the right place. Wyoming's Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks were my home during the last week of August.
After spending a few days on a family vacation in San Francisco, I took advantage of being "out west" to make a side trip here to indulge my photography habit.
Andalucia is Flamenco. From its dance to its food, southern Spain is ripe with passion and awash in interesting places to see in one of Spain's most beautiful regions.
My wife and I began our second visit to Spain in Madrid and took the train to Granada, the first stop on our 14-day trip. We rented an apartment for four days near the Plaza Nueva, convenient to downtown, low in cost, and within easy walking distance of the main attractions.
When Daniel Penner and Anona Whitley yearned for a change of scenery, they didn't just hop on a plane and head some place warm. Instead, the two former Champaign Cycle employees decided to move to Portland, Ore., and experience all the scenery along the way from the top of their bicycles.
Neither of the 23-year-old biking enthusiasts owns a car and they were attracted to the bike-friendly atmosphere of Portland.
For a unique vacation spot, we recommend the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea. Just 33 miles long and 13 miles wide, this self-governing nation has some of the most glorious scenery in the British Isles and a beguiling mix of Viking and Celtic folklore and traditions.
Manx hospitality is exceptionally warm, and the pace of life is relaxed. There are attractions, activities, accommodations and cuisine to delight all ages and interests. Hikers love the challenging 90-mile coastal path around the perimeter of the island as well as the more leisurely 300 well-established trails through beautiful wooded glens.
Traveling around Lake Michigan in seven days was an adventure in how I juggled a state map, a city map, two tour books and a GPS on my lap for 1,700 miles.
My husband and I hit the highlights in this circle tour to decide where to return for a longer vacation next time.
Although we have been there and done that, the beauty, charm and heritage of Charleston – the 339-year-old Holy City of the South Carolina Lowcountry – were magnets that pulled my sister and me back to revisit our Southern roots.
Before we headed south, I googled the Charleston Chamber of Commerce for its official guidebook that lists special events, restaurants and lodgings to help plan places to revisit and new ones to discover within the Historic District, and to figure out time just to meander.
CHAMPAIGN – A new executive director for the Champaign County Convention & Visitors Bureau could be hired later this week, the chairman of the bureau's board of directors said Monday.
The three finalists included:
In 46 years of marriage, my husband, Russ, and I have never taken a trip away from work in the summer.
We wanted to go to a Cardinal baseball game in St. Louis, so we called Peoria Charter Coach Co. and the trips were full.
Madrid has long suffered from the perception that the city is but a stuffy, starch-collared collection of museums. As Europe's fifth-biggest city, however, Madrid has as much to offer geriatric tour groups as it does the 20-something backpackers who flock there each year.
Before becoming a believer, you'll need a bed, and accommodation is as cheap or as expensive as you'd like. Madrid has a smattering of five-star hotels but plenty of 20-Euro-a-night hostels or 40-Euro pensiones no less centrally located. After getting situated, my favorite way to shed jet lag is to relax in the city's main park, the Retiro, where the manicured lawns, towering evergreens and swan-stuffed ponds erase the memory of the surrounding city. Soon you fall into step with the Madrileños passing their time as they see fit, which is to say, slowly. "No hay prisa," or, there's no hurry, seems to be Madrid's unofficial motto, and the city's street musicians and easy-going sense of life suffuse the place with a lazy energy.
It took 379 years, with a male in every generation, to lead up to this fall's four-generation Frothingham family picture.
A patriarch of the Frothingham family, 91-year-old John Frothingham of Savoy, said his ancestors came from Holderness, England, to Jamestown (in what is now Virginia) one to three at a time during the spring and summer of 1630.