Travel and Adventure from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 18 Nov 2019 05:41:34 -0800 Travel and Adventure from Creators Syndicate e84980beb2bdc5f46d1a623dd8782e8b Turks and Caicos Provides a Great Multigenerational Vacation for 11/17/2019 Sun, 17 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>By Candyce H. Stapen</p> <p>Sometimes ordinary is best, especially if the setting is extraordinary. My 8-month-old granddaughter Charlotte giggled as I held her and we bobbed in the turquoise waters of Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. James, my 2 1/2-year-old grandson, busily shaped sand into castles and critters under the watchful eyes of his parents. My husband, David, read on the chaise longue, intermittently looking up as our grandkids pierced the morning quiet with their laughter. <p>Updated: Sun Nov 17, 2019</p> 214373054a19300d6789c53b421a8558 Find the Best Local Food in Turks and Caicos for 11/16/2019 Sat, 16 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>By Candyce H. Stapen</p> <p>Turks and Caicos, a foodie destination with its share of luxury resorts that offer fine dining, also has some tasty local finds. These are the places whose food conjures up the destination. Crackpot Kitchen, helmed by chef Nik Smith, stands out for its delectable local fare infused with international flavors. <p>Updated: Sat Nov 16, 2019</p> f377df791d7aee35992487772af86456 Searching for the Danube River's Best Christmas Markets for 11/10/2019 Sun, 10 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>By Doug Hansen</p> <p>As our ship glided slowly through Austria's famed Wachau Valley, a silhouette of a medieval town gradually emerged from the soft white mist at a bend in the river. Near the tip of the peninsula, a blue Gothic church spire rose high above a set of timeless gray buildings; a thick fortress wall snaked up the hillside behind the town, ending at the ruins of a mysterious castle whose tales of triumph and tragedy now lay silent. <span class="column--highlighted-text">This moment confirmed our decision to embark on a Danube River cruise during the holiday season.</span><p>Updated: Sun Nov 10, 2019</p> 64566ad11cdd3d9e9a7ef91b6954cf97 Find a Lot of 'There' in Mazatlan for 11/09/2019 Sat, 09 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>By Stuart Wasserman</p> <p>Gertrude Stein's famous "there is no there there" line could never be said about Mazatlan, a port town on the Pacific northwestern coast of Mexico. It all centers around the Plaza Machado &#8212; the city's romantic Centro Historico and a romantic place that features New Orleans-style architecture: old houses and commercial buildings (including an opera house) that date from the 1870s and the 1880s. Just five blocks away is a U-shaped sandy beach called Olas Altas and a neighborhood of the same name. It means high waves, but in winter they are small but powerful and can launch a swimmer swiftly onto the sand.<p>Updated: Sat Nov 09, 2019</p> 0e69b55739ca3f8d6e344064aa5f8afd Don't Overlook the Attractions of Dynamic Mexico City for 11/03/2019 Sun, 03 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p><p>Updated: Sun Nov 03, 2019</p> 548df0f0739aea6df4b29887c118e880 Enjoy Western Beauty on Amtrak's Coast Starlight for 11/02/2019 Sat, 02 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>By Sharon Whitley Larsen<p>Updated: Sat Nov 02, 2019</p> 469eb864d217d6003af939120ba53eb6 Stargazing in Chile's Atacama Desert for 10/27/2019 Sun, 27 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Patricia Woeber</p> <p>When next you wish upon a star, the place to be is in Chile's Atacama Desert. You'll easily see thousands of stars as well as an eye-popping selection of other heavenly bodies. During the daytime the area offers a variety of active sports and explorations.<p>Updated: Sun Oct 27, 2019</p> f6a48e7b74d45f54d5c6b5b99a89b0bc Discover Wonderment at Santa Fe's Meow Wolf for 10/26/2019 Sat, 26 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Fyllis Hockman</p> <p>A writer's worst nightmare is being at a loss for words to describe a place or event. And so it is with the Meow Wolf House of Eternal Return, an immersive, interactive art installation and technological wonderland with unending surprises at every turn in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Oh sure, it's magical, mind-boggling, awesome, inspirational &#8212; but no mere words can capture the experience. <p>Updated: Sat Oct 26, 2019</p> 600ac04d2341d9362e8147f166ab364b Go Rat Pack Retro in Swinging Palm Springs for 10/20/2019 Sun, 20 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Jim Farber</p> <p>The room is the essence of swinging '60s cool. A tuxedo-clad singer croons "One More for the Road" in the best sultry Frank Sinatra tradition. High-stem, frosty two-olive martinis are being served from the softly lit, gently curving bar. The swish of snare drum brushes contrasts with the clink of silverware. You'd almost expect the Rat Pack to appear.<p>Updated: Sun Oct 20, 2019</p> 21a23dbca41b331b7c610ec49004fb6f The Best Way To See Palm Springs Is on Foot for 10/19/2019 Sat, 19 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Jim Farber </p> <p>Every day, thousands of visitors stroll up and down Palm Springs' main street &#8212; Palm Canyon Drive. They delve into and out of its succession of eateries, watering holes and eye-catching gift shops.<p>Updated: Sat Oct 19, 2019</p> 1d8137b22e85bdb99caaf1fae728d1ef Highlights of Croatia's Adriatic for 10/13/2019 Sun, 13 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Candyce H. Stapen</p> <p>Croatia's coast unfurls along the Adriatic Sea as a ribbon of coves and peninsulas that curve along the shore for more than 1,100 miles. Many of the nearly 20 million tourists (in 2018) soak up the sun and the scenic views in the historic and stunning coastal towns. Here are some highlights, tips and suggestions for getting away from the crowds.<p>Updated: Sun Oct 13, 2019</p> 52934ea687944d52e03bbda0affcda3e Explore Croatia on a Cruise for 10/12/2019 Sat, 12 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Candyce H. Stapen</p> <p>Videos of waterfalls, woodlands and glistening lakes in Croatia's national parks filled the large screen, the landscape serving as background to master Croatian cellist Ana Rucner, who performed live in front of the tableaux. When she launched into an allegro movement of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," her bow dancing across the strings, the video flashed to a fiddler in a mountain village playing the same piece, his movements mirroring hers. Next Rucner appeared in town on the digital version performing with the screen musician as local singers danced around them. All the while the live Rucner played identical music as her film doppelganger. <p>Updated: Sat Oct 12, 2019</p> 05bff9e0180d297a52380639393b1029 Flights of Fancy: A Lesson in Falconry for 10/06/2019 Sun, 06 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Gay Courter</p> <p>Is there anything more wondrous than launching a falcon from your wrist, watching him soar into the sky and land where he wishes &#8212; and then having him return to you with a gentle pounce back on his perch and gobble a treat out of your gloved hand? <span class="column--highlighted-text">Since childhood I've been fascinated by the ancient sport of falconry but never expected to fly a hawk myself until I discovered Ireland's School of Falconry on the magnificent grounds of Ashford Castle and booked their Hawk Walk.</span> <p>Updated: Sun Oct 06, 2019</p> 3cab386b1d9574fa140a09372ca7469c Mauthausen Concentration Camp: Never Forget for 10/05/2019 Sat, 05 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Fyllis Hockman</p> <p>The four central European capitals we visited on our Danube River cruise &#8212; Prague, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest &#8212; overwhelmed with their impressive history, expansive promenades and architectural grandeur. But it was an experience in Linz in Upper Austria that made the most impact on me &#8212; a visit to the Mauthausen Concentration Camp, one of the first to be built and the last to be liberated.<p>Updated: Sat Oct 05, 2019</p> 9dd28563f778cac0a832aa7cedd6f569 An Irresistible Stopover in Zurich for 09/29/2019 Sun, 29 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Athena Lucero</p> <p>Zurich, Switzerland, is the "Gateway to Europe," pulsating with one of the world's busiest rail stations and the densest transportation network on the continent. <span class="column--highlighted-text">It's also the country's financial capital, the capital of German-speaking canton Zurich and Switzerland's capital of the world's favorite feel-good food.</span><p>Updated: Sun Sep 29, 2019</p> 536b50c4b3ee2172b0b9255cbd5b9079 Special Interest Trails Can Be Roadmaps to Fun for 09/28/2019 Sat, 28 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>By Victor Block <p>Updated: Sat Sep 28, 2019</p> 56a02d7b4fcec165c4492a878e462e61 Learn About Laos in Luang Prabang for 09/22/2019 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Steve Bergsman</p> <p>The alarm went off at 4:45 a.m., giving my wife and me about 15 minutes to get ready. The monks would be parading the streets of Luang Prabang, Laos, and we would be joining the local citizenry in the daily ritual of feeding the dedicated. <p>Updated: Sun Sep 22, 2019</p> 206f3f1286074ffba1b8761aef8d20fc In the Footsteps of First Ladies at Angkor Wat for 09/21/2019 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Steve Bergsman</p> <p>The first time I ever heard of Angkor Wat, the huge Hindu-Buddhist temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia, was when I was a young man watching the news after dinner with my father. One night in 1967 the feature story was about Jacqueline Kennedy, the widow of President John Kennedy, visiting Angkor Wat, which I assumed had just been discovered in a Cambodian jungle. I thought, how cool is that, an ancient civilization found deep in a forbidding jungle like in some B-movie. I guess I had been listening with just one ear because, in some regards, Angkor Wat was never really lost. The natives always knew it was there, and the complex is so expansive that it would have been like losing the Great Pyramid.<p>Updated: Sat Sep 21, 2019</p> 0a59fd8baff9c9bf15ece167e864caaa Remember Favorite Movies by Visiting Where They Were Filmed for 09/15/2019 Sun, 15 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>By Victor Block</p> <p>Bob Burrus is channeling John Travolta. He enters Lenny's Pizza in Brooklyn and orders a slice. After devouring the snack, he emerges onto 86th Street and struts down several blocks as the song "Staying Alive" plays in his head. Bob is reliving the opening scene of the 1977 motion picture "Saturday Night Fever." And he's not alone. As he mimics one of his favorite movie sequences, others around the country are fantasizing theirs.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">From Maine to Hawaii, places where parts or all of movies were filmed attract visitors seeking to hold on to memories of beloved motion pictures.</span> At places ranging from a delicatessen in New York to a beach in Hawaii, from a state reformatory in Ohio to an island off the coast of South Carolina, people recapture treasured scenes. <p>Updated: Sun Sep 15, 2019</p> 5bbf346cc597dd7d439bac431a23a9a2 They Do It Right in Branson, Missouri for 09/14/2019 Sat, 14 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>By Fyllis Hockman</p> <p>OK, I know not everyone believes in the Loch Ness Monster, the Easter Bunny or even Santa Claus, but everyone believes in Bigfoot, right? Right? I know this because I've actually been to his very own park in Branson, Missouri, dedicated to all things related to the big hairy guy. It's hard to argue with that much information. </p> <p>As we embarked on our Exploratory Expedition at Bigfoot Fun Park we were forewarned that we would be seeing a large hairy beast during our very off-road tour of the rural Ozarks. The voice of an English-sounding narrator who's been searching for Bigfoot for decades was piped in warning us not to exit even if threatened, not to shoot firearms and &#8212; the most damning of all &#8212; not to go on social media. <p>Updated: Sat Sep 14, 2019</p>