A different study-abroad experience awaits college students

The study-abroad programs that most of us know are a pleasant sort of interlude that really don’t change or alter our way of thinking. Students opt to spend a year in London, Paris, Rome or Florence, and embark on a trip that involves carefully supervised accommodations in comfortable hotels or guesthouses where a teacher is always nearby. They go on supervised tours, enjoy excellent meals and spend their days in classrooms listening to academic lectures.


I didn’t damage my rental car, so why do I have to pay?

Q: I rented a car from Enterprise in Paramus, N.J., for a month while my car was being fixed due to an accident. It was the only rental available that day, and an Enterprise employee told me there was an open claim with some damages, which were pointed out to me. I was told I would be contacted in a few days to switch out the car for one without any damage, but that never happened.


A stay in St. Tropez

The sexy, sunny siren of the Cote d'Azur, St. Tropez has been luring men to the French Riviera long before Brigitte Bardot made it a jet-set touchstone with the 1956 film "And God Created Woman." People have been drawn since prehistoric times to this once-simple fishing village on the Mediterranean. Today, just the name conjures images of cafe society sybarites and celebrities, which is part of the mystique that attracts 6 million visitors a year.


A family trip to D.C. mixes politics, pandas and play time

I've lived in several cities over the years, but Washington is still on the top of the list. My husband and I were there for seven years and never grew tired of the buzzing capital. With our kids hitting elementary-school age, we decided the time was right to play tourist in our old hometown. So we packed up our family for a week's worth of politics, pandas and play time. Here are the spots that won our vote.

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