The alluring lofty peaks of Iya Valley

by Mandy Bartok

It’s late afternoon as my family and I motor into the Iya Valley, a remote region of western Tokushima Prefecture. Billed as many things — a lost paradise, a secret hideaway, a rural escape — by the area’s tourism brochures, I find that no adjectives can accurately capture the interplay ...

Milan's diverse tourist allure

| May 3, 2015

Milan's diverse tourist allure

Milan, the capital of Lombardy, has captured the interest of the world with its dynamism, creativity and innovation. The world exposition has only been held in Italy once before, back in 1906, and even then the city chosen was Milan. At that time, the ...

East Nashville: the hippest neighborhood in town

May 2, 2015

East Nashville: the hippest neighborhood in town

by Travis Loller

A trip to Nashville wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the honky-tonks of lower Broadway and a pilgrimage to the “mother church of country music,” the Ryman Auditorium, but once you’ve hit those, consider a trip across the river to Nashville’s hippest neighborhood. ...

Swiss Air Lines updates in-flight dining choices

Apr 28, 2015

Swiss Air Lines updates in-flight dining choices

Swiss International Air Lines, with flights connecting Narita and Zurich, proudly welcomes passengers with its ‘SWISS Taste of Switzerland,’ a concept that runs through its first and business class flight meals elaborately designed by Kiyomi Mikuni, one of Japan’s most renowned French cuisine chefs. ...

The temporal shift of Ainokura village

Apr 25, 2015

The temporal shift of Ainokura village

by Stephen Mansfield

The tour conductor waved her flag furiously as she directed the bus driver into the last remaining slot in the parking lot that serves the village of Shirakawa-go. The jam of large vehicles and private cars was replicated in the droves of visitors streaming ...

Outdoor fun at remote lodge in Nova Scotia

Apr 25, 2015

Outdoor fun at remote lodge in Nova Scotia

by John O. Lumpkin

Into the forest we went with a mushroom hunter and guide, in search of edibles in the speckled light of a summer afternoon. The finds: golden chanterelles peeking through the moss, reed-thin cucumber root and the grand prize, a brown-capped bolete, which became one ...

Kochi doesn't need to fish for compliments

Apr 18, 2015

Kochi doesn't need to fish for compliments

by Mandy Bartok

The fire is supposed to be searing my skipjack tuna, but I feel as if it’s my cheeks that are cooking instead. Turning away from the intense heat, I extend my arm as far as it can go while still keeping my speared hunk ...

Trekking in Nepal offers thrilling adventure

Apr 18, 2015

Trekking in Nepal offers thrilling adventure

by Malcolm Foster

Dawn’s golden light caught the tops of the snowcapped Himalayas and gradually crept downward as the rising sun lit up a sweeping arc of soaring peaks, at once forbidding and starkly beautiful. The stunning vista from the top of Poon Hill — at 3,193 ...

SAS adds new features in long-haul upgrades

| Apr 14, 2015

SAS adds new features in long-haul upgrades

Scandinavian Airlines will conduct a complete renewal of its existing long-haul fleet by upgrading four A330 and four A340 aircraft this year. The upgrades feature new cabins, a new on-demand in-flight entertainment system with high-definition screens and Wi-Fi acc_maess in all classes. Mood lighting ...