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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Use an iPhone to Scan Music CDs into Spotify

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Don’t hum a few bars of a song and ask me its name and that of the artist that recorded it. I like listening to music, now and again, but I’m not really “into it” as many of my friends have been over the years. But like many Baby Boomers, I do have a pile […]

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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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“Booking” U.S. National Parks

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Last January I wrote about the importance of planning your summer visits to U.S. National Parks in the Western U.S. well in advance of your trip. Even though it is still officially winter throughout America, you should act now to make your dreams of a national park vacation come true for one very important reason: […]

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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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Photographing Coastal National Parks

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In June of this year, while touring New England, I plan to spend some time in a U.S. National Park that I’ve long known about, but never visited, let alone photographed: Acadia. Located along Maine’s coast, the scenery should produce plenty of “photo ops.” But although that coastline will be new to me, shooting photos […]

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“Meru”: A Visually Astonishing Documentary

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In summer nearly fifty years ago, I climbed to up the snow-clad slopes of 14,410-foot high Mount Rainier south of my hometown of Seattle. The plan: Reach 10,000 feet above sea level, then in the company of one of my college fraternity brothers, ski back down over 4,500 feet to Paradise Inn where we had […]

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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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“Cuba Libre:” Visualizing Travel to Cuba

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In the first half of the 20th century, Cuba was a tropical playground for Americans. But the island nation was off-limits to American tourists for three decades from after the Cuban Revolution led by Fidel Castro until the early 1990′s when Americans began to travel to Cuba on “People-to-People” cultural exchange tours. Cuba Libre, an […]

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