THE APPEAL OF SRI LANKA’S SOUTH

THE APPEAL OF SRI LANKA’S SOUTH

Kúpa-mandúka is the local phrase for one who never leaves his home, one ignorant of the world (literally, a frog in a well). But, for me, I knew Sri Lanka would be enriching and had to visit. I came first to the Wallawwa (www.thewallawwa.com). It’s just outside...
Bon Bini! Welcome to Beautiful Aruba

Bon Bini! Welcome to Beautiful Aruba

A Caribbean Delight When you step onto the Caribbean island of Aruba, you will hear the warm welcome, “Bon bini!” Aruba is like a fine host whose greatest pleasure is making sure that you feel at home, are well-fed, entertained, and satisfied. Whether you come to...
Americans in Paris: Not Enough of ‘Em

Americans in Paris: Not Enough of ‘Em

The absence of tourists unsettled by the recent terrorist attacks makes this an excellent time to visit to the City of Light. ‘They must be right,’ I said. ‘The official word is that tourism’s down twenty percent, and it certainly looks it.’ I was talking to Valerie...
The Incomparable Valle de Guadalupe

The Incomparable Valle de Guadalupe

Zipping southbound along the shimmering coastline mid-morning, there is a familiar feel and look.  Not for long.  From La Misión, La Ruta del Vino (the Wine Route) twists east to a vivid contrast of vines and olive trees, the Sonoran Desert and looming mountain...
From Top to Toe in St. Lucia

From Top to Toe in St. Lucia

The best way to get a proper sense of the island, it seemed, was to work my way up the island by road and by boat. More than anywhere St. Lucia is best visited by being on the move. The thing to do is to change hotels every few days. For all its beauty and fecundity,...
Epicurean Puerto Vallarta

Epicurean Puerto Vallarta

Astonishing storefronts and restaurants march up and down the Malecón, but my eyes gravitate to the art spectacles framed by the Pacific.  As we meander the mile-long esplanade, from “La Nostalgia” (Nostalgia) to “La Rotunda del Mar” (the Roundabout of the Sea) to the...
Prowess in Pittsburgh

Prowess in Pittsburgh

Heinz.  Duquesne.  PPG.  Brats.  Pierogi. Neighborhoods.  Primanti sandwich.  “Pittsburgh left.”  Bridges. There’s something about Pittsburgh. It was the big city across the bridge from the little town I visited as a kid, playing and biking the “Old Road” with eight...
Hotels in Antigua

Hotels in Antigua

    “Back can wait, but not belly” is a well-known Antiguan saying. Whether this refers to a massage before lunch I never found out but luxury is very much on offer in the following four Leeward Islands hotels. I flew first to Barbuda and to Barbuda North...
Thailand’s Top Wellness Spas

Thailand’s Top Wellness Spas

Spa holidays in Thailand are legendary. But perhaps not that well-known by the male fraternity. For years female visitors have been indulging in a number of beauty treatments. Aesthetic clinics abound that focus on beauty that is skin deep, while professional beauty...
Lisa Calcus and Nicolas Campus: The Perfect Match

Lisa Calcus and Nicolas Campus: The Perfect Match

  Thanks to the generosity of the Belgian Tourist Office for Brussels and Wallonia in New York, I spent four wonderful days in the city of Mons, the capital of the Belgian province of Hainaut near the French border, and of European Culture in 2015. I had assignments...
Idaho Idyll

Idaho Idyll

Until last fall, when I participated in a tasting tour of southern Idaho, I’d passed through the state perhaps half a dozen times, always on my way to somewhere else. It’s easy to forget how big the United States is, and how big the individual states are, particularly...