Word of the day is “schmivitz,” and there is no dictionary definition. Yet.
Are you ready for Halloween?
My hardest task on this nothing-short-of-perfect August afternoon is to choose. Key Lime Pie or Pineapple Upside Down Cake? Cranberry Gimlet or Vo-Mosa? All are creative cocktails made with the same spirit, vodka.
Take time for a little or big getaway. Quick ideas, to get you started:
I am typically not much of a follow-through-er.
The Age of Aquarius bubbled up one-half century ago. Today’s definition of “awesome” was “out of sight” back then.
In the open-air plazas of Cusco, Peru, on a sunny day, several family groups wearing colorful costumes are usually seen parading their exotic attire to fascinated tourists from rich nations. Nowadays, many of the locals have a four-legged furry alpaca with them, which they hold out for the t…
You know the expression about possession: It’s nine-tenths of the law.
Near the northwest corner of Illinois is resilient little Galena, which wears its history as a badge of honor and foundation for tourism.
“Sacred space.” That is what I scrawled in a notebook and typed as a tweet shortly after spring’s arrival.
My “in” box holds an abundance of ideas to help you figure out how to make this summer extraordinary.
Here are some of the festivals happening along the I-94 corridor as we head into July:
When travel dreams take people to Europe, Italy is often their first stop. There’s something seductively charming about this country, its people, and “la dolce vita.” I always feel at home in Italy, whether struggling onto a crowded bus in Rome, navigating the fun chaos of Naples, sipping a …
Inside a plain-jane strip mall, between a hardware store and compact ethnic grocery, is a cat house of sorts. One with low lights, cash-only transactions and a cozy sense of cool.
The artists’ canvas? A room with four walls instead of taut cloth propped onto an easel.
Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia and once a nearly desolate ghost town, is one of the big surprises of my recent travels. Its compact old town bursts with colorfully restored facades, lively outdoor cafes and swanky boutiques. The ramshackle industrial quarter to the east is rapidly being…
In Wisconsin is a high level of enthusiasm for squeaky-fresh cheese curds, a mild and young variety of cheese. We love stringy-hot, breaded curds to begin a meal or snack on with beer.
Last of three parts
Watch the movie “Alice in Wonderland” sometime and pay attention to the crazed guy at that tea party. The edgy one who’s rude, hyper and wears a high-top hat.
The Kenosha Public Museum’s 82nd travelogue film series, the longest running travelogue program in the country, has two films left in this season.
Since 2010, no horse in the world is taller than Big Jake, a Belgian gelding that is 6 feet, 10.75 inches (without shoes). He is 17 years old this year and weighed 240 pounds at birth.
Delays and detours pop up during the navigation of any life, regardless of where you roam. It doesn’t matter whether you travel far or even leave home.
On Gena Williams’ resume is work as a Delta flight attendant and a clerk for Julian Bond when he was a state senator in Georgia.
Encased in glass is a two-page letter, neatly typed and labeled confidential. It was written in the 1960s to explain why it was unwise to challenge Russians to a race to the moon.
Yogis, I know of a place that will deepen your downward dog with a bunch of uppity cats.
When my travel dreams drift off to Spain, they often include visions of Andalucía, the southern part of the country that feels so quintessentially Spanish. With a string of whitewashed hill towns, sunny skies, vibrant festivals and tempting tapas, Andalucía is the soul of Spain — almost ster…
England’s best city within easy striking distance of London is Bath — just a 90-minute train ride from the city center. Bath is popular and expensive, but it’s a joy to visit. And rather than deal with London’s intensity right off the bat, I like to take the train from the airport to London’…
It’s been months since we dipped into the reader mailbag. Time to sift and winnow.
Nov. 11 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I — “the war to end all wars,” which cost an estimated 40 million lives. While there are no more survivors to tell us their stories, WWI sights and memorials scattered across Europe do their best to keep the devastation from fading …
Eating in Germany is a big part of the fun of traveling there. Ingredients are wonderful (especially if you eat with the season), traditions are prized, “modern German cuisine” is giving old dishes tasty and entertaining new twists, and small, creative foodie places are thriving in every cit…
One way to get to know a city is through its attractions — the monuments, museums, biggest and best local marks of distinction. We seek out the “talkers” and will wait in long lines to take selfies to prove we were there.
Northern Italy’s seductively beautiful lakes district — in the shadow of the Alps — seems heaven-sent for communing with nature. Though just an hour north of Milan, this area feels a world away from the business and bustle of Italy’s second city.
Time for another ghoulishly good time as the approach of Halloween brings out goblins and gore galore. Haunted houses aren’t the only option for scaring yourself silly this month. Consider this range of terrifying settings. Several are all-volunteer efforts whose proceeds help local charities.
Henry Ford didn’t invent the automobile, but he gets credit for putting the world on wheels and Detroit on the map as a leader in car manufacturing.
There’s been a major change in the procedures for purchasing tickets to Walt Disney World’s four theme parks in Orlando.
As a traveler, I find myself visiting the homes of lots of dead people. Some are over the top (Louis XIV’s Versailles near Paris); some are haunting (Anne Frank’s house in Amsterdam); others inspire you to write a poem (William Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage in England’s Lake District).
As most U.S. teens were just learning to drive, 15-year-old Marcel Biro was a world away, navigating culinary school.
I used to travel with absolutely no hotel reservations. Europe 30 years ago was relatively ramshackle, things were cheaper and because fewer people could afford to travel for fun, there was much less competition for budget rooms. I could make decisions on the go, show up in a new town and im…
Helsinki — Europe’s youngest and northernmost capital city — feels like an outpost of Europe. While it lacks the cutesy cobbles of Copenhagen, the aristocratic setting of Stockholm, or the futuristic vibe of Oslo, Helsinki holds its own among Nordic capitals with its creative spirit, zest fo…
In a modest residential area — near farmland, railroad tracks and tall grain storage silos — is an almost-full parking lot at 5:30 p.m. on an average Thursday.
In January of this year, the U.S. State Department issued a four-level advisory policy to improve understanding of its periodic written warnings against traveling to certain foreign countries. Because those wordy statements of advice often were misunderstood, the State Department adopted thi…
Editor’s note: Craig and Bryanna Royal have been writing this column for the Kenosha News for a year, and their contract is expiring. This is their last column.
The regulations governing who is and isn’t entitled to make an individual trip to Cuba are the murkiest in all of travel. According to various government pronouncements, there are only 12 reasons that justify such a trip: going there for religious purposes, for educational group meetings, fo…
Great River Road Trips: Last in a series
Let me be entirely frank. I greatly disliked the movie “Crazy Rich Asians,” which I recently saw. I was so horrified by its fawning depiction of irresponsible wealth that I almost walked out of the theater during the first half-hour of the film, and stayed only because things improved a bit …
Gazing into a volcanic crater lake, leaping across a tectonic fissure in the earth’s crust, descending into the magma chamber of an extinct volcano ... Iceland is filled with unforgettable experiences. This beautiful country is packed with tourist-attracting natural wonders: waterfalls, glac…
When it comes to basking in the beauty of Italy’s Riviera, the Cinque Terre is tops for me. But there’s much more to this region on the Mediterranean coast than those famous five villages.
It’s one thing to ride the river and quite another to let it lull you to sleep.
Every year in July, thousands of English-speaking adults gather for a week or two at a number of famous universities to engage in discussion about great books or great issues. Led by a faculty member of these schools, participants pursue a “learning vacation” at places like Oxford and Cambri…
Editor’s note: Craig and Bryanna Royal have been writing this column for us for a year, and their contract is expiring. This is the second to last column in the Kenosha News.