Poppies among WWI reminders in Belgium

Jun 7, 2014

Poppies among WWI reminders in Belgium

by Raf Casert

Crimson poppies still dance in the breeze as if nothing horrific happened in Flanders fields. But almost a century after the start of World War I, the flowers endure as a symbol of war dead, in part because of a celebrated poem: “In Flanders ...

A spring hike in the American Southwest

May 31, 2014

A spring hike in the American Southwest

by Giovanna Dell'Oreto

“Excuse me, coming through, sorry, thank you!” I kept repeating loudly and urgently as I hiked up Picacho Peak, which rises like a Western saddle from the endless desert just off I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. With not a soul in sight among ...

Dublin visit 'like stepping back into a novel'

May 24, 2014

Dublin visit 'like stepping back into a novel'

James Joyce immortalized this misty port city in his literary epic “Ulysses,” though many Dubliners freely admit they haven’t read a word of the stream-of-consciousness novel. That doesn’t stop them from throwing a huge celebration every June 16, honoring the day in 1904 when ...

Beating the summer heat

| May 22, 2014

Beating the summer heat

Summer is approaching and people will soon be hunting for something cold to beat the heat. From June 1, the Hilton Tokyo will hold an original unlimited drink plan called Happy Awa (bubble in Japanese, also a pun on hour) at the hotel’s St. ...

Oya: The town that turned to stone

May 17, 2014

Oya: The town that turned to stone

by Stephen Mansfield

It’s always good to know something about the ground under your feet when you visit a new destination. Geology, in a very real sense, is the foundation of the former renown and wealth of Oya-machi, a town with the dimensions of a village in ...

Jumping into Normandy, 70 years after D-Day

May 17, 2014

Jumping into Normandy, 70 years after D-Day

by Greg Keller

Weather conditions over Normandy had been iffy for days. Showers and wind in the morning gave way to glorious spring sunshine in the afternoon, then electric green lightning storms over the sea at night. We watched the sky and waited for the go sign ...