Thomas House Serves Up DUBLIN’S Alternative St. Patrick’s Day

Filmmaker Elise Salomon Discovers Gritty Rockers’ Bar in City Centre pub that’s all heart and authentic soul. An LA-based independent filmmaker, my current feature had me traveling in Europe recently for three weeks filming our final leg in Ireland. Los Wild Ones is a feature documentary on Wild Records, a record label comprised of young Hispanic musicians who play 1950’s Rock ‘n’ Roll. The … [Read more...]

BARCELONA’S Beautiful Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Set in a former Hispano American bank headquarters on the Passeig de Gràcia, Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona is a five-star hotel with all the trimmings.  You couldn’t ask for a better location as the hotel sits along Barcelona’s most exclusive shopping street and across from Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí's famous La Pedrera, the famous undulating stone building (circa 1906) that's now a cultural … [Read more...]

LYON: France’s Gastronomic Mecca

Michael Webb checks out what's on the menu in France's bustling cuisine capital. Celebrity chef Paul Bocuse has promoted Lyon as a gastronomic destination, which boasts his three star shrine, and a dozen other restaurants with at least one Michelin star, plus a rich choice of brasseries and humble bouchons. To whet your appetite visit the food market on the Quai St Antoine, every morning … [Read more...]

EAST GERMANY: Dreaming of Dresden

More than twenty years after Germany’s reunification, Michael Webb finds the crown jewel of the former East Germany gleams brighter than ever, luring travelers with deals, culture and a living history. It’s been over two decades since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, but the former East Germany still finds itself lagging behind the west economically. A challenge for residents … [Read more...]

Three Generations Discover IRELAND

Jennifer Evans Gardner embarks on a road trip to the Emerald Isle with with her son and mother in search of castles, fine food and their family roots. I was driving on the rim of my tire. I have been told never to do that, but in this remote area of County Mayo on the West Coast of Ireland, calling AAA for a blowout was not an option. With my 76-year-old mother and 14-year-old son in tow, I … [Read more...]

PARIS With Kids (In 715 Easy Steps)

David Hochman finds visiting the City of Lights in autumn means saying adieu to summer crowds and discovering a kid's paradise that will charm adults as well. Somewhere between Babar and Madeline, “Ratatouille” and Hugo Cabret, my eight-year-old felt he knew Paris before we even got there. To Sebastian, the city was a place of roving accordionists, incandescent railway stations and … [Read more...]

YORKSHIRE: Far From the Madding Crowd

For those who love London, and may have gone over for the Olympics, consider heading north for a change of scenery. There, in Yorkshire and the neighboring county of Derbyshire, you can savor an idyll of natural beauty, grand houses, lively market towns, honest food, snug inns, and warm hospitality, plus reminders of the industrial past. Everything the travel brochures promise and so rarely … [Read more...]

On the Edge of Europe: NORTHERN NORWAY

Henrik Lomholt Rasmussen explores the far reaches of Norway and discovers his favorite spot above the Arctic Circle. Our journey north begins in the town of Hammerfest on the Norwegian mainland. The town lies 600 miles north of the Arctic Circle and is situated on the same latitude as the northernmost point in Alaska. After checking in at the contemporary harbourside Rica Hotel, we walk up a … [Read more...]

The Top Five SWIMMING POOLS In The World

World-class competitive swimmer Alex Kostich goes in search of the world's splashiest swimming pools and comes up with five gold medalists. It’s the middle of the summer and the dog days are upon us; beach parking is virtually non-existent, and your hotel pool is full of cannonball-ing kids and ominous patches of cloudy … [Read more...]

Game for something different? Our Guide To Visiting LONDON After The Olympics

Michael Webb says pass on the hype and huzzahs and opt instead for a post-Olympics London still basking in the glow of the international limelight. There’s a chorus of stories about the excitement of London during the Olympic summer. If you’re a sports fanatic, and love crowds, chaos and heat waves, then hop on over. If you’d rather enjoy the city at its best, you should wait until mid … [Read more...]