Wednesday, July 29, 2015


My husband and I are on a pilgrimage throughout sunny Italy to visit the lands of our forefathers. Since our journey takes us to the remote towns of Gioiosa Marea in Sicily and Badolato in Calabria, we find it necessary to rent the Opel wagon that will be our faithful companion for the duration of this yet-unexplored territory.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - Russia insists fans will not face problems following their teams around Russia for the 2018 World Cup, even as FIFA's schedule gave some competitors lengthy travel distances in the group stage.
MADISON, Conn. (AP) - Downtown Madison, Connecticut, has the feel of a beach town, though the beach itself is nearly 2 miles away.
When I was growing up in Italy, it was nearly a mandate for well-heeled northerners to summer on the sun-warmed lakes at the foot of the Alps. Boats docked at island gardens, and people took slow promenades along the shore, followed by a leisurely Sunday meal on the leafy veranda of, say, Albergo Verbano, where Arturo Toscanini, George Bernard Shaw, and Ernest Hemingway once stayed.
Standing at an edge of the eastern Pacific Ocean on sand as white as the moon and as soft as cashmere, I spot scores of sea turtles treading water in mid-wave. They are waiting for the sun to set so they can safely come ashore and bury their eggs. But I won't see their amphibious landing, because like all humans, I must leave the island before dark.
Summertime is synonymous with family beach vacations, but playing in the sand and splashing in the water can be a challenge for those with disabilities. Not so at Virginia Beach. In the last several years, the vacation destination at the juncture of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean has put in a concerted effort to make its flagship resort beach ultra-accessible.
Question: I am writing to let you know of something that I consider to be a deceptive listing on Airbnb. This was my first time using Airbnb. Several of my friends had recommended it, so I decided to give it a try when I was looking for an apartment to rent in Paris.
LOS ANGELES - The confrontation between competing tour bus operators on Hollywood Boulevard escalated quickly. Jeff Napshin, owner of Star Track Tours, was distributing fliers on a busy corner a few months ago when an angry rival approached. Cellphone video shows Patrick Hickey, owner of Rockin' Hollywood Tours, getting more and more irate.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's almost as if the dozens of exquisitely detailed, often perfectly intact bronze sculptures on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum disappeared into an ancient witness-protection program - and decided to stay there for thousands of years.
A beach accommodating the disabled
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