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.
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.
Stockholm is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. One-third water, one-third parks, one-third city on the sea, surrounded by woods, bubbling with energy and history, Sweden’s stunning capital is green, clean and underrated.
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.
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.
For a taste of the golden age of train travel, when passengers enjoyed a relaxing meal and beautiful scenery on their way from Point A to Point B, hop on board a train operated by West Virginia Mountain Rail Adventures.
The Warfield House is everything you'd imagine a bed-and-breakfast would be: a Victorian home with a wraparound porch, stained-glass windows and organic soaps and shampoos. Homemade breakfast, coffee and tea are served daily, and guests are welcome to peruse the house's many nooks and crannies, solve jigsaw puzzles or sit on one of the rocking chairs on the front porch.
Q: I am in desperate need of your help. I recently rented a car from Europcar in Brussels. I declined the collision damage waiver (CDW) provided by Europcar in favor of the CDW on my Capital One World MasterCard.
If asked to name the two most important attractions of the state of Maine, most visitors would answer – in my recent experience – that they were (1) Acadia National Park, and (2) L.L. Bean. The famous discount shopping outlet had its birth in Freeport, where its original store is a vast, multi-floor structure with every conceivable product, as opposed to the several, smaller, ground-floor outlets in other Maine cities, where clothing – outdoor clothing – is almost the only stock in trade.