05/13/2013 - 20:00 | | Travel Writer | Travel

Like many foreigners, my husband, Oggi, was intrigued by the Florida Keys, a singular geography that has no European equivalent. Every year during the Florida family trip, I’ve promised him that we’ll drive all the way down to Key West. This year I finally delivered.

It looks much the same as the last time I visited — in the mid-’80s, with my dad at the wheel. My dad likes to talk about the old U.S. Route 1: how it was the Maine-to-Florida highway when he was growing up, before they built the Interstate. According to him, U.S. 1 hasn’t changed much.

05/06/2013 - 20:00 | | Travel Writer | Travel

Toronto is one of those cities that people who live there rave about. They’ll tell you about the cultural diversity, the fabulous ethnic food, the great public transit.

04/29/2013 - 20:00 | | Travel Writer | Travel

Prague spring blossoms with the curlicued flowers and vines of Art Nouveau.

04/22/2013 - 20:00 | | Travel Writer | Travel

Spring blows into Galveston Island on a warm Gulf breeze. By April, these peaceful golden shores are basking in 70-degree afternoons, with native seabirds circling overhead and lazy ripples spreading from the fishermen’s lines. Weekend traffic is starting to get heavy: Houston is just a 40-minute drive away.

04/15/2013 - 20:00 | | Travel Writer | Travel

“Where are you headed?” asked my seatmate on the flight from Madrid
to Miami.

04/08/2013 - 20:00 | | Travel Writer | Travel

The group at the next table is chattering away in something that sounds like German, but maybe it’s not. Swiss-Deutsch?