BERLIN - World leaders appealed against anti-Semitism on Tuesday as they marked UN Holocaust Remembrance Day, which this year coincides with the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi-operated Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
World leaders appealed against anti-Semitism on Tuesday as they marked UN Holocaust Remembrance Day, which this year coincides with the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp.
Thousands of Beijingers wake up every day in Yosemite in Northern California. Hordes more have moved to Palm Springs, not to mention Orange County and Silver Lake. They shop at UCLA and go to Hollywood for a bite to eat.
Need a post-holiday break? Cozy up at one of New England's inns, spas, hotels or bed-and-breakfasts. January and February are great times to find deals - especially if you can get away last minute or mid-week. (Prices exclude taxes and gratuities, unless otherwise noted.)
BOULDER, CITY, Nev. - Here I am again, at a counter seat inside my favorite family-owned breakfast joint, watching spicy Tex-Mex omelets, chicken-fried steaks, peanut-butter pancakes and buttered-up waffles whiz past, my bottomless coffee cup refilled with a flick of the wrist.
A flood of new smartphones are now off the shelves and being used as we turn to 2015. For some, it is their first phone with such powerful capabilities. We've broken down the apps you should download immediately to get started with your iPhone or Android device. Enjoy your first smartphone, as well as Netflix, the Weather Channel app, Spotify and more.
Reparation money inherited from survivors of the Holocaust should not be used to calculate eligibility for federal programs based on financial need, such as Medicaid, according to an emergency message issued last month by the Social Security Administration.
A huge angry stone face looks down on visitors through giant spires of cypress trees at Giusti Garden. The intimidating mascherone was originally designed to breathe fire, probably the only thing that could make it more foreboding. It was just one of the surprises I and 32 other gardeners found on a 10-day trip in September to visit gardens of Northern Italy.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - This city is blanketed with churches. Downtown Presbyterian, Cross Point, First Baptist, Midtown Fellowship. But many of those who come here seek a different kind of spiritual kinship that can be found only at local shrines devoted to music: Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry House, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Historic RCA Studio B.
In the world of travel, the recent decision by President Obama to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba had perhaps its biggest impact on the stock of the major cruise lines, causing them to rise by as much as 7 percent in one afternoon.
My daughter and I, and our respective families, spent the Thanksgiving holidays at Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Va. And because it doesn’t enjoy anywhere near the attendance of the Disney parks or Universal Studios, though it is just as noteworthy, I think it deserves a substantial description.
Q: I recently called Hilton HHonors to redeem frequent-stayer points for a rental car. A Hilton representative told me that for 70,000 points, I could get a “free” midsize car with Alamo at the Fort Myers, Fla., airport for one week. Hilton would issue a rewards certificate for the car.
Several weeks ago, when the value of the Japanese yen plummeted to a rate of 100 to the U.S. dollar, people in the travel industry awoke to the emergence of a new destination for cost-conscious Americans. Most of us had last visited Japan when we received far less than 90 yen to the dollar, and the experience was a searing one: Japan was a costly place to visit. At a higher 100 to the dollar, it became moderately priced, on a level with most European nations.
Q: Last summer, I booked an American Airlines award ticket to London with both trans-Atlantic legs on British Airways, one of its partners. I had to pay an additional $828 in “carrier-imposed fees.” British Airways is well-known for these surcharges on frequent flier tickets.
Porto ages happily on the Douro River, along with most of the world’s port wine, near where the river meets the Atlantic. Porto comes with a steady sea breeze and a seagull soundtrack. Discount airlines like Ryanair now fly straight to the city, putting it within easy reach of budget travelers.
Q: Our daughter, Anna, who is currently in Germany, recently made a reservation on Sixt.com, the website of a European car rental company. She reports that she found the rate on Kayak.com, which she accessed from her laptop. She then was taken to a payment page on Sixt.com without any intervening page to confirm the date entered, which she asserts she entered correctly. Anna typed in her credit card number and was presented with a confirmation and receipt that showed the reservation. It was for the wrong date – Oct. 26 instead of Oct. 19.
I find that the questions posed to this column deal, generally, with 15 repeated and familiar inquiries that trouble the traveling public. Here they are, along with our responses to them – answers with which you might disagree.
For many years, travel “experts” have uniformly reported that Tuesday was the best day for purchasing air tickets, resulting in the lowest possible price for those ducats. All sorts of seemingly rational explanations were given for this conclusion, and various procedures and practices of the airlines were cited in favor of that “truth.”