Travel: Bluffworks Pants

Travel pants are useful. I was looking for pants that would: Be washable; Resist wrinkles; Have pockets designed to foil pickpockets; Look presentable in the city (I wasn’t looking for pants I could only wear on safari.) The best travel pants I’ve found are from BluffWorks in New York City. Bluff Works pants are the […]

Book Review: “Paris, Paris Journey into the City of Light”

I stumbled across Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light while preparing to visit Paris again, a city I have loved for almost 40 years. The author, David Downie, is an American who has lived in Paris since 1986. He loves Paris deeply and knows it far better than I do. The walk begins […]

May 5, 2019: 74th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Dachau Concentration Camp

On Sunday the 5th May 2019, a Service of Remembrance for the 74th Anniversary of the Liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp will take place at the former camp, which is near Munich, Germany. The event is organized by the Comité International de Dachau (CID) with the support of the Bavarian Memorial Sites Foundation. The CID […]

Atlanta Civil Rights Center Names New Director

The Atlanta Constitution reports that Atlanta’s Center for Civil and Human Rights has named Jill Savitt as its new chief executive officer. Savitt is currently acting director of the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. She has 20 years of experience as a human rights advocate. Savitt graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa […]

Are Frequent Flyer Miles Worth It?

Khoi Vinh, Principal Designer at Adobe, logged over 90,000 miles across 23 trips in 2018. He doesn’t even have a credit card that earns points: Having status at an airline or hotel is nice, but ultimately the personal, intangible cost is much higher than the benefit. I’d much rather be at home with my family than flying […]

NYC: Auschwitz Exhibition Opens May 8th

The Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City will present a traveling exhibition dedicated to the historical significance of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. It will feature more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. The exhibition, which is now is in Madrid, has drawn some 600,000 visitors and will […]

Rick Steves: Travel with ‘Nation Travels’ to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Rick Steves recommends a tour company called Nation Travels for “Reality Touring.” Steves says that the company: takes small groups of progressives to parts of the world whose governments are at odds with our own, with the hope that citizen-to-citizen contact will lead to more productive engagement. At each destination, they introduce travelers to a […]

Hotels Adding Questionable Fees

Scott McCartney writing in The Wall Street Journal: Many big-city ho­tels are adding manda­tory fa­cil­ity fees or ur­ban-des­ti­na­tion fees to ho­tel bills, hid­ing the add-ons, which some­times reach $50 a night, from ad­ver­tised room rates. The Bos­ton Park Plaza adds a re­quired $22 fee per room per night. The St. Regis in New York, of­ten […]

WSJ: Best and Worst Airlines

Scott McCartney of The Wall Street Journal has ranked eight major U.S. Airlines. Delta came in first place. Frontier came in last. American was ranked next to last. In the last ten years of the eleven years The Wall Street Journal has been ranking airlines, American came in next to last or worst. You can […]