Shenandoah National Park Review

Shenandoah. As if that word weren’t melodious enough, consider its meaning, derived from an Indian creation legend: “Valley of the Daughter of the Stars.” The beauty of the place—Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley—matches the beauty of its name. The valley  ...

New Orleans

New Orleans, you had me on my first beignet, (not to be confused with any such concoction you might find in your hometown of the same name). When I told my friends I was heading to the big easy, the  ...

The Other Las Vegas – Las Vegas, New Mexico

Las Vegas’s premier hotel is 123 years old but has only 36 rooms.The town’s main drag is lined with historic Victorian-era buildings.And there’s not a slot machine in sight. Las Vegas? It’s Las Vegas, New Mexico, “the  ...

Jewish London

A Social History of the Jewish East End in London, 1914-1939 (1992), J. Green It is presumed that Jews have been part of the fabric of London since the Roman invasion in 41 A.D.  ...

Israel – Not Like the Sound Bites

I admit it: I was apprehensive about going to Israel. First it was the Intefada that kept me away. Then I spent the better part of two days at Heathrow when all planes were grounded there because of the terrorist  ...

Re-visiting New York City

Re-visiting New York City: the past is present I grew up in New York City, although by now I've lived in the San Francisco Bay Area almost as long as I did in New York. My  ...

week of cycling in Denmark – review

I don’t know many people who list Denmark as their absolute favorite tourist destination, yet with its modern design aesthetic, quiet charm, welcoming populace and unspoiled countryside, Denmark is a wonderful choice, especially for bike riding. I have recently  ...