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April 3, 2016
Vintage American cars are commonplace on  the streets of Havana. PHOTO: FOTOLIA
Often described as the most precious jewel in the Greater Antilles, Cuba has an allure that is hard to resist. For many, the island is “forbidden fruit” because most Americans couldn’t enter the country legally after the U.S. broke diplomatic relations and closed its embassy in 1961.
March 17, 2016
As soon as I slid over the side of the fiberglass flats fishing skiff into the knee-deep shallows of the Caribbean Sea, I knew I was in a special place.
March 13, 2016
view of city
“Watch out—there’s a lot of money here,” says my guide, Merab, with a smile. “You will get very rich.” In the former Soviet of republic of Georgia, when you walk through cow dung, you supposedly become wealthy. I sidestep the muck and continue behind Merab up a steep, rocky trail, past the small village of Gergeti. The odor is foul.
January 18, 2016
Restaurant in the jungle
Usually, eating out is all about being part of a restaurant’s bustle and ambiance. Maybe, too, about being seen. But sometimes, the goal is different. For special occasions, the best seats in the house aren’t necessarily at booth No. 1 or the table with the sweeping view of the dining room.
December 13, 2015
St. Augustine Photo: Fotolia
September marked the 450th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest continually occupied European settlement in America. The thriving, quirky city of 14,000 is a tourist magnet, and not just because of its historic landmarks and vintage buildings.
July 29, 2015
Barefoot, my pants legs rolled up to my knees, I survey the horizon of mud, sea, birds and crystal-blue skies before focusing on biologist Heike Niemann as she scoops tiny snails into a screened colander. “Living in these sand grains are more than 800 species,” she says.
June 14, 2015
Photo: Fotolia
The Galapagos Islands, some 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, rank among the world’s most distinctive and abundant wildlife destinations. Roughly 9,000 species live here and in surrounding waters. The mostly uninhabited isles are like a natural-history museum, except the animals aren’t stuffed—they’re wild. Exploring the Galapagos, I often felt as if I was walking in an exotic zoo without cages.
May 12, 2015
Barren beach landscape. (Photo: Fotolia)
You may find yourself planning a second visit to Iceland before the first one even ends.
March 10, 2015
The House of Masks and Puppets, a permanent exhibition with 1,300 masks and 5,700 Southeast Asian puppets, some more than nine feet tall. (Photo: Margie Goldsmith)
Residents of the tropical Indonesian islands Bali and Sumba tend to live in the moment. For visitors to their five-star resorts, the moment can be just about perfect.
February 3, 2015
Tourists often overlook Chennai, but it’s India’s fourth-largest city, the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu and a great jumping-off point for exploring the area’s impressive Hindu temples. (Photo: Fotolia)
‘‘Incredible India” is a phrase originally developed as a tagline to advertise the country’s magnificent hotels, tourist sites and natural beauty—the phrase caught on because it is so apt.

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““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”

-—actor and comedian Ricky Gervais