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Have a radical time in Berkeley, Calif.

BERKELEY, Calif. – For a one-time hotbed of protest, this liberal college town is pretty chill these days. You’re more likely to hear rumblings about the latest in the food revolution than people...

DATE: July 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Napa Valley 101

NAPA, Calif. – Blessed with lavish scenery and luscious wines, the Napa Valley is the kind of place you could spend days exploring. But it’s compact enough that even if you only have an afternoon,...

DATE: July 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Georgia museum dishes out the history of Vidalia onions

VIDALIA, Ga. – They’ve started fistfights and court battles, been romanticized in country songs and counterfeited by bootleggers. Their trademark sweetness has made them a coveted ingredient in...

DATE: July 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Magic in Paris

PARIS – “Parlez-moi d’amour.” Speak to me of love.This is Paris, and the language is love – crazy love – amid the creative folly of a city whose ethereal beauty and bawdy underside spell...

DATE: June 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

21st century camping

NEW YORK – These days, camping isn’t just pitching a tent in the wilderness on a long hike, or stopping at a campground far from home on a road trip.Instead, for many leisure travelers, camping...

DATE: June 4, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Your fill of thrills

ORLANDO, Fla. – Massive swings at Cedar Point, Kings Island, Dollywood and a Six Flags in California, plus coasters at Six Flags themed on the Green Lantern and a new Little Mermaid attraction at...

DATE: May 28, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

New Mexico: It’s neither

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – A pickup rockets down a road winding through the mountains embracing Los Alamos. It skids at a corner, picking up speed before scaling the mountainside with the fluidity and...

DATE: May 14, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Vacation on the run

NEW ORLEANS – It’s 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning, and I’m in pain in New Orleans. Not morning-after-a-night-in-the-French Quarter type of pain, but knee pain.Together with 15,000 other runners, I’m...

DATE: April 30, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

What we kept after we threw out the dish water

HIGH SPRINGS, Fla. – Eight weeks have passed since I began a coast-to-coast bicycle trip across the southern tier of the United States with 15 other cyclists. Our group has ridden more than 3,000...

DATE: April 30, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Gifts of adventure emerge unexpectedly

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. – I only now realize how few expectations I had when I began my two-month bicycle trip across the United States. I knew I would be part of a group of women whose average age...

DATE: April 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

A peek at the paddock

MIDWAY, Ky. – As star-struck visitors approached a lush green paddock at Three Chimneys Farm, the stately thoroughbred Big Brown was right on cue. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner ambled up...

DATE: April 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Real Ireland found on island of Inishmore

KILROANAN, Ireland – “Anchors Aweigh!” chortles the 80-year-old widow next to me when the ferry to Inishmore sails off, followed by “Oh, that was a good one!” when a furious wave hits the boat. The...

DATE: April 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

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