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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Which iPhone Should You Buy For Travel?

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For the past few years, Apple has made choosing which iPhone model to buy pretty easy. Each fall, a brand-new model was released, and you could probably still buy the one from the prior year, or maybe even two years back. Then Apple threw us a curve ball during the baseball playoffs and World Series: […]

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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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“Grabbing” Music “On The Road”

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I recently wrote about how you can scan your CDs into a Spotify account in order to take those albums with you on a “road trip.” But suppose during your travels, you hear a song being played and you want to add that to either the Spotify or iTunes libraries on your iPhone? Here’s two […]

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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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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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