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Uncovering Ireland’s culinary delights

Irish cuisine has long been the fodder of jokes — a kind of penance to suffer through in order to enjoy the people, music and lush scenery of the Emerald Isle. But that’s an outdated notion: Travelers today find fresh, inventive, flavorful meals there — and many Irish towns are working to establish themselves as foodie destinations. Long considered the land of potatoes, Ireland&rsquo...
A treasure trove along Florida’s Emerald Coast

A treasure trove along Florida’s Emerald Coast

The shades of blue stack up on the horizon like a beach-lover’s paint chip. Sky. Ocean. Pool. When I envision the Florida Panhandle, these are the colors I see. Growing up, I cherished my family’s annual August pilgrimage to Destin, where we’d spend a carefree week filling up on hearty breakfasts at the Donut Hole, shopping for trinkets at Banana Bart’s and Alvin’s Island...
Epicurean escape: Eat like a local with new Paris food tour

Epicurean escape: Eat like a local with new Paris food tour

On a sunny afternoon in a quiet park in Paris’ 10th Arrondissement, a dozen people have gathered for a moveable feast. Removed from the hectic heart of the city, where visitors crowd around the enigmatic “Mona Lisa” and cloud-tickling Eiffel Tower, we’re eschewing escargot for an off-the-beaten-menu tour seasoned with savory social and historical insights. “I believe...
No snow required: Exploring Italy’s Dolomites during the offseason

No snow required: Exploring Italy’s Dolomites during the offseason

I had two challenges to overcome when planning a late-May trip to Northern Italy’s Trentino-Sudtirol region: a major snow year and the offseason. The first meant that the thousands of miles of trails in the rugged Dolomite mountains were still buried. The second meant that many of the high-alpine refugios, famed for hearty food and rustic lodging, were closed between winter and summer. One more...
Discovering the serene abbeys of France

Discovering the serene abbeys of France

The French countryside is littered with medieval monasteries — stony, quiet and atmospheric. Some are in a state of ruin; others are still home to peaceful monks or sisters going about their religious work. Still others are intact but now open only as museums. A little history can help visitors breathe life into these serenely remote monuments. Monasteries arose in Europe as refuges from the...
In Paris, a pastry Renaissance is underway

In Paris, a pastry Renaissance is underway

Blame it on the religieuse pastry, two stacked, chocolate cream-filled puffs that sent me to patisserie nirvana the first week of my long-ago junior year in Paris. When you’re used to Twinkies, that kind of experience is, indeed, a revelation. After marrying a lemon-tart-loving Frenchman and producing a daughter (vanilla macaron) and son (coffee eclair) who share my passion, I thought I had...
Visiting Vancouver? Check these 7 things off your list

Visiting Vancouver? Check these 7 things off your list

On our first morning in Vancouver, a tangerine sunrise pierces through the drapes, casting a warm glow that I use to lace up my running shoes and slip through the doors without waking my husband and kids, who are still sleeping off last night’s late arrival. My feet hit the pavement and I breathe in the brisk morning air — 58 degrees feels like pure bliss when you’ve just left a...
Playing around in Shakespeare’s Stratford

Playing around in Shakespeare’s Stratford

To see or not to see? Nonliterary types might find touristy Stratford-Upon-Avon to be much ado about nothing, but Shakespeare’s hometown is blanketed with opportunities for Bardolatry. It’s an easy side-trip from London, but an overnight stay is best to take in a performance of the world’s best Shakespeare ensemble. Within Stratford’s compact old town, you can walk easily to...

An ancient land, newly optimistic

Each time I’ve come to Yerevan in the past decade, the city has surprised me with its evolving elegance and cultural richness. The downtown has an energy that is a long way from the sleepy Soviet city I first visited in the 1980s. Walking the shady avenues off Republic Square on a recent visit, I found the city has become a hip place, with wine bars, microbreweries, cafes, art galleries, boutiques...

Don't panic: A guide to handling pre-trip anxiety

If you feel a little jittery in the moments before you leave for the airport, you might be suffering from pre-trip anxiety. It's an increasingly common malaise in a world of uncertainty and inconsistent customer service.  "Pre-trip anxiety is a form of anticipatory anxiety," explains Marie Casey Olseth, a psychiatrist based in Minneapolis. "It's not a specific phobia, such as a...

Sip your way through the teahouses of Portland, Oregon

"It sounds weird - and it sounds weird - but if you slurp it, you'll get better flavor," the server said as he arranged a flight of four teas before me. I glanced around the busy tasting room of Steven Smith Teamaker. Everyone else was delicately sipping their brews, so I slurped surreptitiously.  I was in Oregon, at the end of a whistle-stop tour of some of Portland's best-known teahouses...

Robot butlers are coming to this downtown hotel. Is Miami ready for robo-room service?

Welcome to the 21st century, where a request for extra towels in your hotel room may be answered by a roughly 4-foot-high purple robot on wheels.  Miami YotelPad — an unfinished 30-story mixed-use development in downtown Miami — will employ three robot butlers for its guests. These robots don’t look like humans (thankfully?), but they’re programmed to execute tasks normally...

Labor Day weekend expected to set a record with 16.5 million air travelers

During the final holiday weekend of the summer, a record 16.5 million people are expected to fly on U.S. airlines, a 3.5 percent increase over the Labor Day weekend in 2017, according to Airlines for America, the trade group for the nation’s air carriers.  The country’s airlines are expected to fly 2.36 million passengers a day over the four-day weekend, an increase of 79,000 travelers...
A visit to Cheyenne won’t disappoint if you’re seeking the Wild West

A visit to Cheyenne won’t disappoint if you’re seeking the Wild West

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — When I started out on my trail ride on a scorching day with temps well into the 90s, I didn’t know I would be riding from Wyoming to Colorado. What I did know — according to the trail leader — was that along the way we could possibly see wildlife that might make the horses skittish enough to spook. The last word of advice before we set out: “If you see...

100 years later: Returning to World War I's Western Front in France

A century has passed since the battles that baptized the U.S. military into the horrors of modern industrialized warfare. Nearly three years after the guns of August opened the First World War, the first doughboys in Gen. John J. Pershing's American Expeditionary Forces - young, enthusiastic and prone to breaking into song - arrived on French shores to join the weary Allied Forces.  The United...

Talk Travel: What to do with money leftover from an international trip

The Washington Post's Travel section writers and editors recently discussed stories, questions, gripes and more. Here are edited excerpts:  Q: I failed to use or exchange a few hundred dollars worth of soles when I had to leave Peru early due to an emergency. What should I do? Will my regular bank buy them back, or would I be better off going to a current exchange (not sure where to find those...

Epcot’s Frozen Ever After ride leads Disney list for most evacuation calls

ORLANDO, Fla. — The sun is sweltering, but a little girl wears her long-sleeved Frozen dress anyway at Walt Disney World. Another family from Chicago wakes up early so their children can ride Frozen Ever After twice by midday.  Behold the power of Frozen — a ride at Epcot that is both beloved and known for breaking down.   The Frozen water boat ride, open since June 2016...

New Princess Cruises ship to be named Enchanted Princess

Princess Cruises has given a name to its fifth Royal Class ship: Enchanted Princess.  Coming in 2020, the ship follows the lineup of the fleet’s newest class of ship that saw Royal Princess in 2013 followed by Regal Princess in 2014 and Majestic Princess in 2017. A fourth ship, Sky Princess, will debut in 2019.   A sixth Royal Class ship has yet to be named, but is due in 2022...
St. Lucia: A Caribbean gem

St. Lucia: A Caribbean gem

“I want to go to somewhere nice in the Caribbean,” my wife, Sharen, has told me maybe a thousand times. So finally, for her birthday, I arranged a five-day visit to St. Lucia that, I’m relieved to say, exceeded our expectations. Even though getting there required a couple of flights from our home in Carlsbad, Calif., it was worth the effort for a number of reasons, including super...

NE-YO has it covered with a blanket and a hat

Ne-Yo, the Grammy Award-winning R&B singer, songwriter and dancer, released his seventh album, “Good Man,” in June. In addition to making music, he is also a judge, along with Jennifer Lopez and Derek Hough, on the reality competition TV show “World of Dance.”  Ne-Yo divides his time between Los Angeles and Atlanta, where his two oldest children live. He is often spotted...
Celebrate fall with September events around the state

Celebrate fall with September events around the state

School is back in session, but September’s lineup of festivals is still sizzling all across the Lone Star State. From Texas-size fairs and rodeos to coastal celebrations, travel to these towns to get your fill of fun this month. South Padre Island Now-Sept. 3: Beach-lovers can still savor summer by soaking up some sand, sun and fun on South Padre Island over the long holiday weekend, where summertime...
Hiking Japan’s most spiritual trails

Hiking Japan’s most spiritual trails

My hiking journey along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail in Japan started by passing through a torii gate, a Shinto symbol marking the transition into sacredness. This, I thought, is how you make an entrance. I took a bow as I approached the towering trailhead gate and began a steep climb up the Nakahechi route that dates back more than 1,000 years and has been traveled by emperors, priests and aristocrats...

In Montenegro, a mellow journey along a familiar path

When planning a family trip to Montenegro last spring, I found myself telling perplexed friends who knew next to nothing about the Balkan country: “Imagine yourself in Venice, sail down the Adriatic coast, look east and stop before you reach Albania.”  But since President Donald Trump described the country, in a Fox News interview in July, as likely to trigger World War III and Montenegrins...

Cancun still safe despite recent violence, say tourism officials

After Mexican officials discovered eight bodies in Cancun last week, the U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory for the country. Not surprisingly, the incident has caused some travelers to reconsider vacationing on the Yucatán Peninsula. However, security experts and tourism officials say the area remains safe for foreign visitors.  The incident took place in Cancun - located in...

Watching wine happen during Oregon's annual grape harvest

I didn't realize it at the time, but for one frantic, exhilarating, exhausting September minute, I impersonated an Oregon winemaker.  With a newfound friend's arms bracing me, and my wife and daughter madly clearing stems and gathering fruit below, my stomping feet released a purple rivulet of grape juice. Granted, our neophyte grape-stomping team's results proved to be predictably poor, but...

Delta expands trans-Atlantic service for summer 2019

Delta Air Lines announced last week the carrier was expanding its trans-Atlantic network for summer 2019 with new routes and additional frequencies.  The airline will launch a nonstop flight from Tampa Bay to Amsterdam, Netherlands, on May 23, 2019, marking Delta’s 11th Amsterdam route from the United States and second from Florida.   Starting June 16, 2019, the carrier is also...

JetBlue increases fees for checked bags

JetBlue Airways, which for years let passengers check luggage at no charge, became the first major U.S. carrier to bump the fee for a first checked bag to $30.  The $5 increase is effective for trips booked starting Monday, Aug. 27. JetBlue also increased the charge for a second checked bag by $5 to $40 and for a third piece to $150 from $100, according to the airline's website.   The...

A casual place as cool as the name suggests

Chef David Nayfeld is a Bay Area native who, after four years at Eleven Madison Park in New York and a year in Europe, has returned home. His time away, he said, helped make clear the kind of restaurant he did, and did not, want to open.  “I want this to be a casual neighborhood restaurant, not somewhere posh and Michelin-starred,” he explained. “I want this be a place where...

In Paris, a pastry Renaissance is underway

Blame it on the religieuse pastry, two stacked, chocolate cream-filled puffs that sent me to patisserie nirvana the first week of my long-ago junior year in Paris. When you're used to Twinkies, that kind of experience is, indeed, a revelation. After marrying a lemon-tart-loving Frenchman and producing a daughter (vanilla macaron) and son (coffee eclair) who share my passion, I thought I had pretty...

In Juneau, locally minded chefs are redefining Alaskan cuisine

If there's one thing you should know about Lionel Uddipa it's that he forages. The executive chef at Salt, an upscale yet casual restaurant that dubs its food "creative Alaskan cuisine," gets up early to head to the wilderness. Sometimes, he brings his 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Juniper, with him. She's perfect for it, he says. She can spot colors he doesn't because she's closer to the ground...

Universal adds Horrors of Blumhouse maze to Halloween lineup

Universal Orlando has announced the ninth of its 10 haunted-house mazes to be featured in the upcoming 2018 edition of Halloween Horror Nights. The latest to be revealed is called Horrors of Blumhouse and will features scenes from the films “Happy Death Day” (2017) and “The First Purge” (2018).  The attraction will feature the Babyface Killer character as well as the &ldquo...
Beads, bourbon and … babies in New Orleans?

Beads, bourbon and … babies in New Orleans?

NEW ORLEANS — The family stepped warily onto Bourbon Street. Heather and Chad Bruton, a clean-cut couple from Texas, didn’t want to visit this historic city for the first time without witnessing its famed promenade of debauchery. But with three young children in tow, they didn’t want to see too much. “How come that guy died on the street?” 3-year-old Cooper said as he...

Is it time for warning labels on plane tickets?

Airline tickets are more complicated and confusing than ever. Do they also need warning labels? Maybe.  A provision in the Senate version of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act requires air carriers to disclose their baggage fees, cancellation fees, change fees, ticketing fees and seat selection fees "in a standardized format."   It's unclear whether...

Irish coast treasures

There’s a lost city called Kilstiffen beneath the Cliffs of Moher — or so the story goes — which sprawl grandly over the Atlantic Ocean on the western coast of Ireland.  The city was submerged and, according to legend, will remain so until the golden key to the gates are found. Or maybe you subscribe to a different theory: that an evil witch who lived there fell in love with...

Five tips to give kids some culture and a vacation at the same time

“Of course you want your children to have fun on your family vacation, but why not give them a flavor of the local culture while they’re doing so?” said Niamh O’Connell, vice president for guest experience at Rosewood Hotel Group. “When kids have some understanding of the destination they’re in, their trip becomes more memorable and enriching,” she said. &ldquo...

Travel deal: Sale fares to Europe and half-off cruises in Scotland

This week's best travel bargains around the globe.  - Save $600 on the Czech Republic Hiking - Vienna to Prague trip with REI Adventures. The nine-day adventure costs $2,299 per person (vs. $2,899) for members and $2,599 for nonmembers. Lifetime membership costs $20. Price includes hotel accommodations, guides and support vehicle, entrance fees to attractions and taxes. Sale applies to all departures...

Where to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May, the Jersey Shore's sophisticated sister, has more to offer visitors than beautiful beaches and charming Victorian-era homes. Thanks to its good soil and moderate climate, the Cape May peninsula is turning into a wine-growing haven, with half a dozen vineyards scattered around its southern tip. Besides the vineyards, there's Washington Street Mall, a pedestrian-friendly enclave in the heart...

Couple converts school bus into traveling tiny home

WICHITA, Kan. — Imagine paying less than $20,000 for your dream home.  Now imagine being able to take that home with you wherever you travel.   That’s the reality for Wichita couple Sam and Jordan Page — and Penni the Yorkie-Poo.   Over the past eight months, the Pages have converted a school bus into a posh tiny home.   Now that the project is...

Japan to take up issue of pilot fatigue, raise standards to US, Europe levels

TOKYO - The transport ministry is investigating how much flights and other factors affect pilots' levels of fatigue, in a bid to improve the management of Japanese pilots' fatigue to match levels in the United States and Europe.  A shortage of pilots is feared in Japan, and the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry's fact-finding survey is aimed at preventing excessive work burdens...

Rebuilding Lombok after multiple earthquakes in Indonesia

Aftershocks have continued to shake the Indonesian island of Lombok after it was hit by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that killed at least 90 people on Aug. 5. The quake followed a 6.4-magnitude temblor on July 29, which killed 17.  The island, home to hundreds of resorts, has been under various states of emergency since late July. Residents are slowly readjusting to the new normal as they have...

Family travel five: Plans do not need to end when school bell rings

When the school bell rings, must travel plans come to end? Here are five ways to keep your travel dreams on track while school is in session.  Scan the school, sports and activity calendars to assess windows of opportunity. Will your children participate in multiple sports, school theater productions or volunteer activities? Pair those results with your work and personal calendars for the best...

Overnight getaways before (or after) the kids go back to school

A frantic fall schedule may be just around the corner, but hotels in Kansas City, Missouri; Mexico City; Miami Beach; and Key West, Florida, are offering attractive deals for one last getaway before summer comes to a close.  Whether you want to take the family or are looking for a getaway once the children are back in class, these four vacation packages are worth a look.   At Galeria...

Eight bodies - two dismembered - found in streets of Cancun, Mexican officials say

Officials in Mexico said Tuesday that they discovered eight bodies in multiple locations across Cancun, a popular beach resort city - and magnet for American tourists - on the Yucatan Peninsula.  At least one victim had been bound before being shot, while another was apparently killed while lying in a hammock, the Associated Press reported. Others victims were dumped on the streets, dismembered...
Going to the dogs (and other animals) in Europe

Going to the dogs (and other animals) in Europe

Despite a lifetime of European travel, there is a world of firsts still out there for me. Recently, for example, I had my first experience with falconry. It was at Ireland’s School of Falconry (just outside of Cong, north of Galway), where a great guide took our tour group on a “hawk walk.” For about an hour, we wandered through the enchanting grounds of Ashford Castle, with our...

10 travel writers, 10 favorite hotels

What makes a hotel your favorite? The favorite? Every traveler has a different criteria: some love grand properties with opulent décor, while others prefer small places with a personal touch. The service, the food, the rooms and the setting usually figure in too.  If you’re lucky, you’ve stayed at a handful of hotels that you consider to be exceptional. They’re the sort...
Hurricane Safety: 6 scary, infectious illnesses you can catch from floodwater

Hurricane Safety: 6 scary, infectious illnesses you can catch from floodwater

Hurricanes can leave behind tons of damage, including flooding. But did you know that treading through the wrong kind of water can cause illnesses or even death? Floodwaters and standing water are often contaminated, posing several risks, such as infectious diseases, chemical hazards and injuries. Here are six sicknesses you should beware of in the aftermath: Drinking or eating...
Austin is one of the most tourist-friendly cities in America, according to this list

Austin is one of the most tourist-friendly cities in America, according to this list

Some locals may whisper “don’t move here” under their breath to tourists, but that doesn’t stop them from coming. Austin has made yet another list, this time ranked as one of the most tourist-friendly cities in America by travel website Expedia. RELATED: Austin named best travel destination for solo eating and drinking According to their travel...
Hurricane Florence: Trucker driving school bus rescues 64 dogs, cats from South Carolina

Hurricane Florence: Trucker driving school bus rescues 64 dogs, cats from South Carolina

A Tennessee truck driver is being hailed as a hero after he rescued 64 shelter dogs and cats ahead of Hurricane Florence. According to the Greenvale News, Tony Alsup, 51, from Greenback, Tennessee, drove a school bus to South Carolina last week as the deadly storm strengthened in the Atlantic. Once there, he stopped in Orangeburg, Georgetown, Dillon and North Myrtle Beach, picking up 53 dogs and 11...
Hurricane Florence aftermath: 1-year-old dies after vehicle flooded by rising waters

Hurricane Florence aftermath: 1-year-old dies after vehicle flooded by rising waters

Officials on Monday morning recovered the body of a 1-year-old boy who was swept away by floodwaters during the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. >> Read more trending news  Update 10:30 a.m. EDT Sept. 17: Sheriff’s deputies in Union County confirmed in a Facebook post Monday morning that searchers had found the body of Kaiden Lee-Welch. “Our thoughts and prayers...
Hurricane Florence aftermath: Journalists rescue woman from car stuck in floodwaters

Hurricane Florence aftermath: Journalists rescue woman from car stuck in floodwaters

They were in the right place at the right time.  Reporter Chris Jose and photojournalist Brandon Bryant with Atlanta's WSB-TV, which is owned by Cox Media Group, have been in South Carolina covering what is now tropical depression Florence. The two are making their way to Fayetteville, North Carolina, to cover the flooding and damage left by the storm there.  They...
Hurricane Florence: Watch these must-see livestreams of the Carolina coast

Hurricane Florence: Watch these must-see livestreams of the Carolina coast

As Hurricane Florence nears the U.S., the Category 2 storm already is causing heavy rain, strong winds, choppy waters and impressive waves along the Carolina coast. Want to see the impressive surf for yourself? Check out these four must-see livestreams: >> Read more trending news 
Hurricane Florence: Evacuating a horse? This site can help you find a stable

Hurricane Florence: Evacuating a horse? This site can help you find a stable

Families are under evacuation orders ahead of Hurricane Florence, and that means taking their pets, too. But when your pet is a horse, things get a bit more difficult.  WSB-TV’s Wendy Corona met with a woman who is stepping in to make it easier.  “If someone had two horses and brought them, they could go here,” GoHorse.com co-creator Jenny Fudge said as she showed ...
Hurricane Florence: Duke Energy says 75% of Carolina customers could lose power

Hurricane Florence: Duke Energy says 75% of Carolina customers could lose power

Duke Energy said Wednesday that power outages related to Hurricane Florence could affect up to 75 percent of its customers in North and South Carolina. The company, which provides power to about 4 million in the region, said in a news release that it expects anywhere from 1 million to 3 million customers to lose service.  More than 10,000 Duke utility workers and 9,400 from other companies...
Hurricane Florence: Evacuating to Georgia? Here's where you can stay

Hurricane Florence: Evacuating to Georgia? Here's where you can stay

Metro Atlanta hotels and shelters say they could be bombarded with hurricane evacuees over the next couple of days as Hurricane Florence nears the coast of the Carolinas. The American Red Cross says it will be waiting with open arms. “The Red Cross is standing by ready to respond as much as needed. We’re mobilizing volunteers, resources, supplies,” Ashley Henyan of the Red Cross...
Hurricane Florence: Video shows Walmart shoppers making mad dash for supplies

Hurricane Florence: Video shows Walmart shoppers making mad dash for supplies

Hurricane Florence hasn't made landfall just yet, but a North Carolina Walmart is already experiencing its own kind of storm surge – of customers. In a viral video shot Tuesday by WTVD, chaos erupted at the Durham store as shoppers made a mad dash for food, water, generators and other items. The station said people "pushed, shoved [and] tugged" as security workers "tried...
Hurricane Florence: These airlines will waive fees for flights impacted by storm

Hurricane Florence: These airlines will waive fees for flights impacted by storm

As the East Coast braces for Hurricane Florence to hit Thursday, several airlines have issued travel advisories.  Hurricane Florence is currently projected to hit the Carolinas as a Category 4 storm. Here is the list of airlines that have waived fees as of Monday evening: American Airlines will waive its change/cancellation fee if you are traveling through Sept. 16 at one of these...
Celebrate fall with September events around the state

Celebrate fall with September events around the state

School is back in session, but September’s lineup of festivals is still sizzling all across the Lone Star State. From Texas-size fairs and rodeos to coastal celebrations, travel to these towns to get your fill of fun this month. South Padre Island Now-Sept. 3: Beach-lovers can still savor summer by soaking up some sand, sun and fun on South Padre Island over the long holiday weekend, where summertime...
5 wine tours a lot closer to home than Napa

5 wine tours a lot closer to home than Napa

You can take some of the most lavish, expensive wine tours in the world in the Napa Valley, where wines are all about heritage, taste and sophistication. These days, though, even the snootiest oenophile can find a worthy wine tasting in places far from California. And the same goes for the Napa-style custom of wine tours. Travelers in the South or Southeast have lots of pleasurable wine tours...
Need a quick getaway? Here's how to spend 36 hours in Asheville 

Need a quick getaway? Here's how to spend 36 hours in Asheville 

Located in western North Carolina, the city of Asheville is best known for its setting in the awe-inspiring Blue Ridge Mountains. But there's plenty to do in Asheville beyond simply gazing at the mountains in the distance.  Make the most of a quick break with these can't-miss Asheville activities. Sail through the trees bordering the Blue Ridge Mountains with Navitat Zipline Canopy Adventures...
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