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Easy Day Hiking The Swiss Alps

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For years, stories in newspaper Sunday “Travel” sections were my source of inspiration to travel to places where I had never gone before, as well as to re-visit familiar and much-loved stops on past trips. These days such stories sometimes prompt me to sit back and reminisce about a journey taken long ago. And that […]

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The National Parks: America’s Best “Fixer Up” Idea

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When I read the April TV schedule for one of my local PBS affiliate stations, I saw that Ken Burns’ six-part, twelve-hour documentary television series, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, will air again this year in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Let’s assume that you’ve heeded my past advice […]

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Getting to and from Brussels After Tuesday’s Terrorist Attacks

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(Initially published at 11:11 a.m., PDT, Tuesday, March 22nd. Updated at 9:30 a.m., PDT, Thursday, March 31st.) You have no doubt by now heard news reports of terrorists attacks in a subway station in Brussels and the international airport serving that European city. The attacks have severely limited the ability of travelers to make their […]

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A Little Bit of Japan in Silicon Valley

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If you know the way from San Francisco to San Jose, you will also know that that route runs through “Silicon Valley,” an area best known by marquee names in the high-tech industry such as Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard (aka “HP”) and Intel. Those American companies now overshadow their once-dominant counterparts in Japan. But a little […]

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Escaping Crowds at U.S. National Parks

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Last week I covered two new books that are sure to spur interest in visiting U.S. national parks. But there’s a problem with that increased interest which comes as the National Park Service celebrates its centennial: The most popular parks are already very crowded, especially in whatever is there high season. If you are thinking […]

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In An Icy National Park: Glacier Bay

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According to the Glacier Bay National Park Website, “When Captain George Vancouver charted adjacent waters of Icy Strait in 1794, he and his crew described what we now call Glacier Bay as just a small five-mile indent in a gigantic glacier that stretched off to the horizon. That massive glacier was more than 4,000 feet […]

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Finding “Downton” Filming Locations

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Downton Abbey, one of the most, if not the most watched shows ever on the PBS network “Masterpiece” series (which I’ve been tuning into for over forty years) wrapped up its run for American television audiences on Sunday, March 6th (over two months after Europeans got their last glimpse of the Crowley family last Christmas). […]

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The Big Apple, From The Top

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If you are headed to New York City, there is a nifty way for you see it both historically, from the 15th century forward, and visually, with sweeping views across the landscape. Take yourself to One World Observatory, atop the One World Trade Center building, on a virtual tour courtesy of this video from CBS’s […]

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U.S. National Park Service Hits Century Mark

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As summer 2015 draws to an official close, kids are back in school, adults are back at work. Before long, rain and snow will begin to fall across the U.S. Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the Christmas and New Year’s holidays are coming up soon. But what most Americans probably aren’t thinking about is an important historical […]

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Being a One-Day Tourist in Seattle

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Shortly before leaving on a trip to Seattle last month to see friends and family, my wife and I suddenly learned that plans to meet up with my wife’s cousin and her daughter had gone by the boards, leaving us with an unexpected free day to be tourists in my old hometown. But how should […]

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San Francisco’s “Hidden” Public Places, Public Art

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Like any large city, San Francisco has a myriad of government owned parks and plazas that are open to the public. But unknown to many “locals” as well as visitors, are “Privately-Owned Public Open Space” (also know by the acronym, “POPOS”). The city’s Planning Department says that they are “publicly accessible spaces in forms of […]

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