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A Bevy of New Exhibits Explore the "Art of Creation" in Washington, DC

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/07/2014, 1:30 AM

German chancellor Otto van Bismarck famously remarked: "There are two things you don’t want to see being made—sausage and legislation.” And though visitors to Washington, DC get to watch debates on the floor of the Congress and arguments before the Supreme Court, they rarely, if ever, are allowed to witness the decision-making process that shapes laws. That happens behind closed doors.   I...

Guidebook Sales in the Bookstores Are An Unscientific Method of Predicting Travel Patterns, But They Seem as Good as Any Other Test

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/02/2014, 7:30 PM

         We are approaching the summer high season, when tens of millions of Americans head for vacation to the mountains and lakes within an hour or two of their homes.  But a slightly smaller number opts for longer-range travel--either to the coastal areas as many as three and four hours by air, or overseas on flights requiring from seven to ten hours.        Where is that la...

Travel Here, Not There: Why Choosing a "Secondary" Destination May Lead to a Better Vacation

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/30/2014, 6:00 PM

There’s a reason tourists don’t flock to Akron, Ohio. And no, it’s not just because Goodyear decided to close its “World of Rubber Museum” in 2011. (The town’s only real tourist destination, as far as I could tell, when I had the misfortune to spend several weeks in Akron a few years back.) Akron may be highly livable, but it doesn’t have the types of exciting attractions that draw visito...

Isn't It Time for Someone With a Bit of Imagination to Take Over at Universal Studios Florida?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 04/28/2014, 12:30 AM

    The internet is full of news this past week about a major new attraction coming to the theme parks of Orlando in the coming year:  the world's steepest water slide.  The stories don't identify the specifc park where this wonderful new experience will be available, but I'm willing to bet it's in one of Universal's theme parks.  The people who run Universal are, in my view, utterly unable to...

Tired of My Gripes About Cruises? I Have a Few More--But Also Some Positive Suggestions

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 04/26/2014, 5:45 PM

    It may well be that America's infatuation with the ocean cruise is beginning to wane a bit.  Recent studies show a fair amount of worry about the safety of cruising.  People are concerned about the fairly frequent outbreaks of the noro virus on cruises.  They react badly to the reports of robberies suffered by cruise passengers when they tour outlying areas of islands and encounter local b...

There's Been a "Sea Change" in the Character of Ocean Cruises, and the Only Remedy Seems an Increase in What You Spend for a Cruise

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 04/25/2014, 11:00 AM

         Cruises are no longer what they used to be.  They are today so different as to make you consider several all-but-astonishing recent developments, as follows:        (1)  It is no longer possible to enjoy the more traditional pleasures of the sea in a low-cost ship.  Time was when you could simply savor the relaxation of a sea voyage, lying on a deckchair, reading a boo...

Here are Recent Travel Questions that Mirror the Concerns of American Vacationers--and Our Answers to Them

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 04/21/2014, 2:15 AM

          Although the questions we receive from readers deal with their own specific travel concerns, they should be of value to others.  So here are a recent batch:   Q.  We have nine days we can spend in Italy.  Would an itinerary going to Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice, and Milan be too hectic?   A.  It certainly would be.  In travel, a full day needs to be devoted ...

"Mangia! Mangia!" May Soon No Longer Be Italy's Unofficial Slogan. The Changing Face of Italian Cuisine

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/16/2014, 12:00 PM

The Italians are eating very differently today. And so, too, will the visitor when he heads to “The Boot”. That was the surprising revelation when I discussed Italian cuisine with Fred Plotkin, author of what is, arguably, the foodies “bible” to Italy, a three-inch thick book called “Italy for the Gourmet Traveler”. Its 5th edition is debuting in bookstores this month. The changes...

Here's a Number of Varied Developments in Travel That May Affect Your Next Vacation; Consider Them Well

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 04/11/2014, 7:15 PM

       You're stuck at an airport because of a delayed or cancelled flight, and you urgently need assistance from the airline in question.  But there's a line of eighty other passengers at the podium, and the wait to reach a telephone reservationist is 25 minutes.  So what do you do?  You go to the Twitter feed of the airline suffering the delay or cancellation, and you communicate your ne...

In the Wake of Economic Recovery, and a More Recent Brutal Winter Up North, the Resorts of Florida Have Enjoyed Remarkable Prosperity and Growth by Leaps and Bounds

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 04/11/2014, 7:00 PM

       The remarkable growth of coastal resort towns in Florida is a big travel development.  Twelve years go, when I last visited the town of Delray Beach between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Delray was a relatively small place and fairly quiet; it had a few restaurants, a couple of fairly large hotels (the Colony and the Marriott), a quiet though lovely beach, and an atmosphere o...

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