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August 2, 2009

Stay in shape and see the sights at the same time! Okay, in the interest of full disclosure: I am not now nor ever will be a jogger. The closest I come to running is lacing up a pair of New Balance athletic shoes, which are extremely comfortable on my big feet and which I […].../ ➝

August 1, 2009

A daytrip to Germany’s second largest city is the pretext for checking out Germany’s fastest train. If you read this blog, you know I’m a wholly unapologetic train nut. So when I recently visited Germany, there was no way I was going to pass up a chance to check out the ICE train. .../ ➝

July 30, 2009

East Germany’s secret police, known as Stasi, stole secrets out of West Germany and spied on almost everyone in East Germany. Their headquarters is now a museum. From street level on Normannenstrasse, it’s just a bunch of drab Soviet-style office buildings in the former East Berlin. But .../ ➝

July 24, 2009

I have no stress in my life. I realized that the moment the tour bus took me past Checkpoint Charlie. This was the day to take in the sights of Berlin from one of those hop-on, hop-off tour buses that swarm the streets of every major city in the world. We hit all the high […].../ ➝

June 30, 2009

Web-savvy travelers have little need anymore for the services of a travel agency. But if you’re new to the travel game, a good travel agent is worth their weight in boarding passes. Back in the day, you sat across from the travel agent with nothing more than an idea, a dream. The agent hunkere.../ ➝

June 26, 2009

If Thanksgiving and Christmas for you are more “Bah! Humbug!” than “Ho, ho, ho!,” take a vacation from it all. Seriously, you can do that. Not everyone looks forward to “the holidays.” Ice, snow and winds sharp enough to carve the Thanksgiving turkey. There’s all that hassling with.../ ➝

June 25, 2009

High-speed rail makes terrific daytrips from the world’s major travel destinations easy and quick Twenty-eight years after their neighbors across the English Channel started running the TGV all over la belle France, it seems the British have finally concluded that this whole high-speed rail th.../ ➝

June 25, 2009

These days, there are two kinds of air travelers — those who are sick of flying and those who soon will be. A good train makes a great alternative. My friend Walt flies all over the world for his job. He has enough frequent flyer miles to circumnavigate the globe 40 times. Do you envy [&hellip.../ ➝

June 19, 2009

A self-guided tour of some mind-blowing design in the Old World. It’s official, I admit it: I’m a geek. If I hadn’t become a writer, I might have been an engineer. How many other professions require you to think outside that proverbial box? For me, that’s just one more reason.../ ➝