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Cunard Releases The Recipe for Its Famous Scones (To Make Up for Their Absence)

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/24/2020, 11:00 AM

We love scones. There's something undeniably comforting about eating a warm one with tea and jam. So after we drop the bad news (that's coming) we'll gift you with a terrific recipe. This week, both P&O Cruises and Cunard Line announced that they will extend their worldwide pause on travel through the end of July. That's longer than what the CDC recently required for ships using American po...

Florida Beachgoers Share the Sand with the Grim Reaper

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/24/2020, 6:00 AM

Florida-based attorney Daniel Uhlfelder recently tweeted that he planned to start traveling around his state's beaches dressed as Death to send a message. And no, that message is not "don't wear thongs." (Although that is excellent advice.)  Uhlfelder, who gained national fame by fighting against the planned privatization of Florida beaches, tweeted, "Many of you have asked if I am willing t...

Venice's Gondoliers Deliver Food to Isolated Locals Now

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/23/2020, 3:00 PM

It can be difficult, as a visitor, to step off the tourist treadmill in Venice. Until recently, it was a city besieged by tourism, with 60,000 outsiders a day filling streets and waterways that are home to just 50,000 permanent residents. In normal times, Row Venice, which is run by a group of passionate vogatrice (oarswomen), gives upright rowing lessons to tourists. Since 2008, the teachers, ...

Air Canada Suspends USA Flights Until May 22

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/22/2020, 2:00 PM

Today Air Canada announced it will suspend all flights to and from the United States until May 22. The change came on the heels of the Canadian government's 30-day extension of its ban on nonessential border crossings, which effectively eliminated the airline's passenger base for the short term. The temporary Air Canada embargo goes into effect on Sunday, April 26.  Until then, the carrie...

A Facebook Page for Sharing Window Views from Around the World

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/22/2020, 10:00 AM

"If you want the people to understand you, invite them to your life and let them see the world from your window!" So wrote Turkish novelist and playwright Mehmet Murat ildan. And while I have no idea how many members of the Facebook group View From My Window know his work, they seem to have taken the sentiment to heart. The group—open to all for viewing, though posting is by invitation only—ask...

It’s the Pits! The Cancellation of the National Cherry Festival Is Personally Saddening

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/22/2020, 9:00 AM

About four years ago I learned that I was a failure.  At cherry spitting, that is. No matter how much I tried—and I lined up four times to show off my non-skills to a judge—I couldn’t propel the pit more than about two and a half feet. A 10-year-old behind me couldn’t contain his giggles when my spit sprayed much farther than the pit, which dropped right on my sandals.  Who cares? I tried an...

Stranded in Peru: A Remarkable Journey Home

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/17/2020, 12:00 PM

In March 2020, the world shut down with surprising speed. Americans who were abroad then either got home just in time, got stuck where they were, or undertook journeys that would have challenged Odysseus. Sometimes, though, the tales of repatriation are far more Kafkaesque than Homeric. One of those intrepid travelers is a young woman named Kera (pictured), a college senior and a friend of m...

Samantha Brown Just Made Some Terrific New Study Guides

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/17/2020, 6:00 AM

Travel television star and all-around lovely person Samantha Brown is schooling her kids at home right now, like so many of us. So she gets it. She knows that 23 minutes off-duty time can be an incredible gift when you're not only your kids' parent, but also the teacher, the companion, the cook, the cleaner, and the candlestick maker. Or whatever the contemporary equivalent is. To help out, ...

Emirates Airlines' Boarding Procedure Now Includes a Coronavirus Test

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/16/2020, 2:00 PM

Though testing is not widespread in the United Arab Emirates yet, the country's flagship airline rolled out testing for passengers at its Dubai hub yesterday. Before boarding a flight to Tunisia, each traveler was administered a finger-prick blood test by the Dubai Health Authority. The results were available 10 minutes later. The airline did not announce whether any passengers were denied b...

Team Claims to Have Set a New "Cannonball Run" Record

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/13/2020, 10:30 PM

Earning a title that will surely go down in the annals of idiocy, a team of drivers has apparently set a new record for the so-called "Cannonball Run." The feat, based on the 1970s Burt Reynolds comedy in which lunkheads speed across the continental United States to claim the best time, supposedly took place on April 4, at the height of stay-at-home orders for most of the country. The team c...

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