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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If you’ve ever looked at someone’s Instagram and wondered how they’re taking such superior travel photos, it’s probably because they’re using the right tools to boost their game. And you don’t have to be a professional photographer to match up: The best travel photography accessories are packable, affordable, and easy-to-use. Secrets to Better Travel Photos Here are the secrets that seasoned travelers swear by for getting the best shot—whether you’re using your smartphone or something more advanced. Smartphone Lenses The simplest way to turn your smartphone into a better camera is to add a lens. Options like Moment’s wide-angle lens are my personal secret to fitting more into a frame when I need to. Clip-on Aukey lenses are affordable and include lots of different options, like wide-angle lenses, fish-eye filter lenses, and macro lenses that sharpen close-up shots. There are options for all types of phones, from the ones that easily … [Read more...] about 7 Secrets to Taking Better Travel Photos
From January 25 to February 17, 2019, you can welcome the Year of the Pig at Disney California Adventure Park with 24 days of magical experiences If you’re looking for a magical way to celebrate the Lunar New Year in 2019, Disneyland Resort has just what you’re looking for From Friday, January 25 to Sunday, February 17, Disneyland Resort will ring in the Year of the Pig with Lunar New Year celebrations at Disney California Adventure Park. Throughout the 24 days of this multicultural celebration, you can experience vibrant live entertainment and musical performances, including “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession,” fun-filled arts and crafts, themed merchandise and — of course — a wide selection of delicious cuisine to round out the festivities. Keep your eyes peeled, because even the Three Little Pigs will join in the fun with a rare appearance. (This is particularly meaningful to me, since the Three Little Pigs were the very first Disney … [Read more...] about How to Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Disneyland Resort
Fiona Kelliher Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Dec 30, 2018 At the corner of Michigan Avenue and Casper Street on Detroit's west side, Cas Bar has been known for decades as a total dive — if you knew it at all. A tattered blue sign was the only real clue to its existence, alongside the beer ads wrapped around the brick storefront. Inside, bikers, working girls, old-timers with no other social life, hipsters and the three-toothed man who had lived down the street for 30 years lined the counter for Corona or Bud Light. Bartender Beverly Jo "Mama Jo" Sassin, 70, served in style: a “Golden Girls” pixie haircut, rotating floral tops and gold hoop earrings. You accepted her homemade cookies and advice, but if she told you to get out, you got out. "Drug dealers were scared of her," said one former patron. Her daughter, Amanda Mosed, stood by as a treasured deputy. Former wild-teen-turned mom, she was now 38 and a registered nurse … [Read more...] about How Detroit’s Cas Bar became center of retail fraud ring
December 14, 2018 by Carol Perehudoff Leave a Comment Tweet Pin Share Flip 0 Shares With its Belle Epoque architecture, curative thermal springs, plentiful hotels and celebrity past, Montecatini, Italy, is the country’s best known spa town. It’s location between Florence and Pisa makes it a good base to explore northern Tuscany, and whether you’re here on a day trip or doing a full spa cure, here is a comprehensive travel guide to help you get around. The curious curative effects of a Montecatini spa “I’m tired of pooping,” my husband, Mark, says, as we walk through the spa park to Tettuccio Terme in Montecatini, Italy, a lavish Art Nouveau spa building that houses the thermal springs this spa town is known for. Oh, oh. I throw Mark a nervous glance. When I told him I’d planned a spa holiday, I don’t think this full-on traditional medical spa program was quite what he’d had in mind. … [Read more...] about Montecatini Terme – Things to do and how to visit