Italy's Tuscany is best savored on foot

Nov 8, 2014

Italy's Tuscany is best savored on foot

by Karen Schwartz

Walking from the towns of Buonconvento to Montalcino as part of a weeklong trek through Tuscany, I was faced with a tough decision. How many bottles of wine could I reasonably carry in my daypack? The road that led to this quandary had passed ...

Cultivating shrunken worlds in Bonsai-mura

Nov 1, 2014

Cultivating shrunken worlds in Bonsai-mura

by Stephen Mansfield

Omiya is one of greater Tokyo’s rare pockets of residential comfort that can accurately be defined as middle class — a trait it shares with places such as Chiba’s Ichikawa Mama or southwestern Tokyo’s Denenchofu district. Bonsai-mura (literally: “Bonsai Village”) is a neighborhood of ...

U.S. museum marks birthplace of country music

Nov 1, 2014

U.S. museum marks birthplace of country music

by Jeff Martin

The sounds of some of the earliest country music recordings are filling a new museum. But the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is not located in Nashville. Instead, it’s in Bristol, a small town on the Tennessee-Virginia state line. The museum aims to tell ...

Christmas cake to ring in the holidays

| Oct 30, 2014

Christmas cake to ring in the holidays

It is getting chilly, cities are turning on colorful holiday lights and now is the time to start getting ready for the holiday season. Here are some Tokyo hotels offering their mouth-watering Christmas cakes that will liven up any party with delicious Christmas wonder. ...

Dead reckoning in the haunts of Honancho

| Oct 25, 2014

Dead reckoning in the haunts of Honancho

by Kit Nagamura

Halloween in Tokyo rarely gets scarier than the price of imported pumpkins, but I’ve heard that Honancho — a terminal station on the Marunouchi subway line — hosts an uber-spooky obakeyashiki (ghost house). Navigating the station’s dank, barely-lit stairwell at Exit 2, I’m already ...

Terraces at the root of port wine in Portugal

Oct 25, 2014

Terraces at the root of port wine in Portugal

by Giovanna Dell'orto

Ribbons of bright-green grape leaves alternated with golden stone walls as far as I could see along the steep banks of Portugal’s Douro River. Cantilevered steps led up hand-stacked dry stone walls to narrow ledges, where the schist rock had been crumbled, also by ...

Grave hunting in Tokyo's realms of the dead

Oct 18, 2014

Grave hunting in Tokyo's realms of the dead

by Davey Young

The moon wasn’t out, but a low bank of clouds refracted the city lights and recast them around me as a dingy glow. Only chirping crickets and the occasional hum of a passing car in the distance broke the silence. After looking around to ...

Street art, not beaches, in Honolulu's Kakaako

Oct 18, 2014

Street art, not beaches, in Honolulu's Kakaako

by Marco Garcia

Honolulu is famous for golden sand beaches and big waves. But the city’s warehouse district, called Kakaako, is famous for a different sort of attraction. You won’t find kitschy Hawaiian souvenir shops or hordes of tourists here, but you will find a thriving urban ...