Club Med Survey Ranks Best Euro Cities for Culture

Ron Bernthal If you are of a certain age, you probably remember Club Méditerranée as a chain of hedonistic Caribbean resorts, where ‘culture’ would not be the first word a visitor would use to describe a Club Med vacation. Founded … Continue reading

Porto Journal: Gem of Europe is Ready for Visitors

By Ron Bernthal Portugal was the last country in Europe to register its first case of COVID-19, giving the Portuguese an enormous advantage over other EU countries. They were able to thoroughly prepare their containment strategy regarding the pandemic, including … Continue reading

Da Vinci – Inventions Hands-On Exhibit at Kean U, New Jersey through April 12

By Laurie Millman and Martin D. Rubin Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com What do plans for a four-person tank, SCUBA gear and ball bearings have in common? They were all designed by Leonardo Da Vinci in the 15th century – 400 … Continue reading

Review: Portland Harbor Hotel, Portland, Maine

by Ron Bernthal * Banner Image – Two Lights State Park, Cape Elizbeth, Portland (photo Joanna Tricorache) During the past decade Portland, Maine, has been going through something of a culinary boom. Travel + Leisure magazine has placed it on … Continue reading

N-Y Historical Society Extends Hours to See ‘Harry Potter: A History of Magic’ Before Closes Jan. 27

By Laurie Millman, Travel Features Syndicate With just days to go before closing for good on January 27, New-York Historical Society is extending its evening hours for people to see its blockbuster exhibit, Harry Potter: A History of Magic in … Continue reading

Amsterdam-Noord Journal: New Metro Line Spurs Revitalization of Northern Neighborhoods

by Ron Bernthal Amsterdam is experiencing a population boom these days because of the city’s attraction as an über progressive urban hub in the European knowledge economy. According to the Amsterdam City Council, as many as 150,000 people are expected … Continue reading

Baden-Württemberg Journal: Design Driven Architecture in Old World Germany

Baden-Württemberg Journal: Design Driven Architecture in Old World Germany BY RON BERNTHAL The area of southwest Germany, bordering France and Switzerland, is one of the oldest regions of the country, dating to the 12th century. Known today as the state … Continue reading

England’s Top Hotspots for 2014

From litera-tours through Hardy’s Dorset and Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon to top cycle rides in the wilds of Yorkshire and the curves of the Olympic velopark, here’s a sneak preview of England’s top hotspots for 2014. Set-Jetttings in Camber Sands/Rye Two big … Continue reading

New York State’s Path Through History Highlights Transportation Destinations, From the Erie Canal to Montauk Lighthouse

Two years ago, we took a houseboat on the Erie Canal to discover -by bike and boat – this fascinating and scenic destination, that brought us to charming towns that had helped turn America into an industrial and economic world … Continue reading

ELEKTRO, World’s First Robot, Now on Permanent Display at Mansfield Ohio Museum

Despite his penchant for smoking and shameless flirting, the country’s oldest robot turns 75 this year. ELEKTRO, built by the Mansfield-based Westinghouse Electric Corp., was created to transform American homes. The walking, talking, cigarette-smoking robot debuted at the 1939 New … Continue reading