By CAITY WEAVER MARCH 20, 2019 The particular sheen of America by Amtrak. The Voyages Issue Rick Steves Wants to Save the World, One Vacation at a Time It Was Just a Kayaking Trip. Until It Upended Our Lives. There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway. The Voyages Issue The particular sheen of America by Amtrak. By CAITY WEAVER photographs by: Holly Andres Tell your fellow americans that you plan to cross the United States by train, and their reactions will range from amusement at your spellbinding eccentricity to naked horror that they, through some fatal social miscalculation, have become acquainted with a person who would plan to cross the United States by train. Depending how you slice it — time or money — there are either 61 or 960 immediate reasons not to travel by Amtrak trains from New York City to Los Angeles. Those are the extra hours and dollars, respectively, that you might reasonably expect to … [Read more...] about There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway.
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It's been over 20 years since Princess Diana's tragic car accident in Paris. Millions mourned around the globe. The beloved "people's princess" — who was only 36 at the time of her death — would have turned 57 on July 1 of this year. Despite her brief life, she left an enduring impact on the royal family and the world. Her greatest legacies, of course, are her sons. (And Prince William has already putting family before propriety.) 14 PHOTOS 14 ways Princess Diana broke royal protocol See Gallery 14 ways Princess Diana broke royal protocol 1. She picked her own engagement ring — from a catalog. Although royal engagement rings are usually custom made, the 19-year-old bride selected hers from the Garrard jewelry collection catalog. NowDuchess Kate Middleton wears the ring, made of 14 solitaire diamonds around a12-carat sapphire set in white gold. 2. She wrote her own vows. Unlike generations before her, she chose to abandon … [Read more...] about 14 ways Princess Diana shook up royal protocol
HI DAVID, what are you up to today? I'm trying to write a book at the moment, so I'm happy to take a break from that. It's going well, then? Not really, no. It's a novel for kids: I've written a bunch of stuff for kids [the popular Danger is Everywhere series] but they've all tended to be about 20,000 words – this is more like 50 to 70,000 and I keep forgetting what happened at the start when I get to the end, which I think might be in contravention of the number one rule of novel writing. It was also due last June, but I'm going to try and get a draft off for March 1. That's my goal – which is nice, because I'll have something else to do by day as well as doing these gigs. I think if I just did comedy, I'd go mad. What's the book about? My granny lived on Achill Island off Mayo and my brother and I would have gone down there a lot. There isn't a bank on the island, so a travelling bank – a bank in a van, basically – would visit the island several times a week. … [Read more...] about David O’Doherty on Belfast You Have To Laugh shows and 21 years of musical funny business
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Travel Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Travel | 36 Hours in St. Moritz Supported by This scenic Swiss town is prime territory for those who love snow sports. Other distractions include galleries, glamorous old hotels, and restaurants serving robust Alpine meals. ByLaura Rysman Jan. 31, 2019 A tiny Swiss mountain town with a big, glitz-infused name, St. Moritz is the winter getaway that made the ski holiday a high-life ideal. As far back as the 1860s, a patrician British contingent was spending the cold months in the winter sun here; by the 1960s, the jet set had anointed St. Moritz the hallowed ski spot of wealthy scions and the internationally fabulous. In the town’s handful of streets jumbled along the western banks of St. Moritz Lake, the German- and Romansch-speaking enclave is home to a mere 5,200 citizens, joined by more than half a million … [Read more...] about 36 Hours in St. Moritz
Updated 2:36 pm CST, Saturday, January 12, 2019 DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The show's over, so Manisha Virdi leans against the bar, sips a whiskey drink and waits for the right moment to introduce herself to the band. She's not waiting to get their autograph or buy a CD. She's waiting to tell them her address and hand off a key to her home. It's something of an after-show routine for Virdi, who regularly lets touring musicians crash at her Davenport home. "Sometimes it's someone you've known for a while and sometimes you just met them five minutes ago," she told the Quad-City Times . "And then, they're at your house." Hosting musicians, who are also often strangers, comes with the obvious intricacies: She keeps her beer fridge and liquor supply stocked. She sometimes stays up too late on weeknights. Her snacks get eaten. Every now and then, she wonders if she should worry about someone stealing something, though they never do. But none of that bothers her. Virdi is … [Read more...] about Quad-City area residents open their homes to musicians