Destinations / Dispatches / Europe

Salzburg Marionette Theatre celebrates 100 years

One of my favorite scenes from The Sound of Music is when Maria and the kids stage a puppet show for guests of the Baron. Perhaps that’s why the news of the Salzburg Marionette Theatre celebrating its 100th anniversary caught my eye. Since 1913, this family owned Theatre has staged productions that include Shakespeare’s The … Continue reading

Postcard from Edinburgh: Forsyth’s Tea Room
Destinations / Europe / Postcards / Scotland

Postcard from Edinburgh: Forsyth’s Tea Room

While gadding about Great Britain by rail (especially easy with a BritRail pass), I stumbled into this delightful tea room, while exploring Chalmers Close, one of the many inviting alleys that radiate off the Royal Mile. The entire shop looked like a Hollywood set, and Christine, the proprietor, was right out of central casting. I … Continue reading

Arts & Culture / Destinations / Experiences / United States / Utah

What’s to love about Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City, once a pass-through en route to sexier Utah destinations, is now a destination in its own right. A frenzy of recent developments has remade the city’s core and added upscale shops, innovative museums, and fun shops. Don’t miss these draws. City Creek Center: This $1.5 billion project, funded by the real estate … Continue reading

A visit with Nova Scotia folk artist Barry Colpitts
Arts & Culture / Canada / Destinations / Experiences / Nova Scotia

A visit with Nova Scotia folk artist Barry Colpitts

EAST SHIP HARBOR, NOVA SCOTIA—It’s easy to find Barry Colpitts’s home gallery. Folk art adorns the house, lawn, barn, shed, fence, car, even the mailbox and truck. Hand-carved, two- and three-dimensional birds and fish, saints and sinners, mermaids and fishermen, augment every available surface. Even shutters, trim, railings, and newel posts have been transformed into … Continue reading

Soaking up history in Bath, England, a UNESCO World Heritage site
Destinations / England / Europe / Experiences / Touring

Soaking up history in Bath, England, a UNESCO World Heritage site

Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage city and home to England’s only hot springs, is an easy day trip from London via train. I only spent about six hours in this delightful city—with most of that exploring the Roman Baths and the Thermae Bath Spa’s New Royal Bath, but I hope to return and immerse myself … Continue reading

Chasing rainbows in County Donegal
Destinations / Europe / Ireland

Chasing rainbows in County Donegal

On a map, Ireland’s northwestern corner appears as if a giant stepped on it, splaying the land into fingers webbed by a raggedy-edged coastline. Wind-scoured headlands cradle swaths of sand, forested valleys shelter shimmery ponds, and heath-clad mountains overlord barren peat bogs. It’s expansive yet intimate, tame yet wild. In spring, like much of the … Continue reading