SATURDAY, JAN. 14, 2017

SATURDAY, JAN. 14, 2017, 10 A.M.

Following the Frommers: Famous guidebook has been leading travelers for 60 years

This year the legendary travel guidebook writer Arthur Frommer celebrates 60 years since the publication of his 1957 book, “Europe on $5 a Day.” Frommer began writing about travel while serving in the U.S. Army in Europe in the 1950s. When his book of travel advice for American soldiers sold out, he launched what became one of the travel industry’s best-known brands.

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This Sept. 15, 2016,  photo shows the Staten Island Ferry approaching lower Manhattan in New York. Riding the Staten Island Ferry is one of New York City’s greatest free attractions, with wonderful views of Lower Manhattan and New York Harbor. (Mark Lennihan / AP)

SATURDAY, DEC. 17, 2016, 10 A.M.

Secrets of a Big Apple Greeter: Tips for first-timers in NYC

As a native New Yorker, a licensed city tour guide and a volunteer Big Apple Greeter, I’ve answered lots of questions from tourists over the years. Among them: “Is it safe to drink the water?” (Yes.) “What does ‘curb your dog’ mean?” (Dogs should not use sidewalks as a bathroom.) And my favorite: “Where are all the supermodels?” (I don’t know.)

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Jessica Lippincott, education director, inspects one of the many dig sites at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center in Thermopolis, Wyoming. (Steve Johnson / The Washington Post)

SATURDAY, NOV. 26, 2016

A real Jurassic park lies underground at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center

It was about an hour into our dig under the blazing Wyoming sun that my 6-year-old, Henry, cried out, “I found one!” The geologist working alongside him, Angela Reddick, cocked her head, raised her eyebrows and stepped off her small pad to inch in for a closer look. I was skeptical. Already, 4-year-old Silas and I, working nearby, had found scores of “bones,” only to hear the disappointing verdict that they were rocks.

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SATURDAY, NOV. 19, 2016

Tourists admire the Chile Building in Hamburg, northern Germany. (Frank Jordans / AP)


Visiting Hamburg: Chocolate, coffee and trade, then and now

For centuries, the port city of Hamburg was a powerhouse in maritime trade. These days, Germany’s second-largest city is still the country’s main entry point for exotic goods. But it’s also a magnet for foodies, fans of the arts and folks who prefer to wander rather than powerwalk their way around a new destination.

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In this Sept. 29, 2016 photo, the cast bronze faux monument by artist Joseph Reginella, dedicated to the memory of the victims of the steam ferry Cornelius G. Kolff, is shown in the Staten Island borough of New York. It took Reginella six months to execute his multi-layered project that includes the faux memorial, a sophisticated website complete with a documentary, a mocked-up newspaper articles and glossy fliers directing tourists to a phantom Staten Island Ferry Disaster Memorial Museum with small pieces of the wreckage on display – some with “strange suction-cup-shaped marks.” (Ula Ilnytzky / Associated Press)

SATURDAY, OCT. 8, 2016

Tall fish tale: Tourists fooled by octopus ferry disaster

NEW YORK – Ever hear about the gargantuan octopus that dragged a New York City ferry and its 400 passengers to the river bottom nearly 53 years ago? A cast bronze monument dedicated to the victims of the steam ferry Cornelius G. Kolff recently appeared in Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan, erected a stone’s throw from a handful of other somber memorials to soldiers, sailors and mariners lost at sea or on the battlefield.

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SATURDAY, OCT. 1, 2016

This May 31, 2016, photo shows a panorama of Machu Picchu, built by the Incas in the mid-15th century nearly 8,000 feet up on a skinny ridge between precipices where the Andes meet the Amazon basin in Peru. In the late afternoon, most of the thousands of daily visitors are gone from the haunting ruins of homes, temples and terraces. (Giovanna Dell'Orto / AP)


Hiking to Machu Picchu past sacred Inca peaks in the Andes

Our hiking group had reached the highest point of our trek through the Andes to Machu Picchu. Now our guide was leading us in a Quechua ritual. We took turns placing stones in an “apacheta” pyramid over herbs and bits of chocolate bars, offering them to Apu Salkantay, the spirit of the mountain sacred to the Incas. Its ice-covered peak shone above us, spotlit by the sun.

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Parting Shot — 1.23.17

Bill Love, with his dog, Kiwi, surveys the ice and snow on Dawson Lake, northeast of Bonners Ferry, during an outing with his wife, Marianne, the photographer/blogger of Slight Detour. ...

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