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  • The Secrets of Kid-Friendly Paris, a Grandparents’ Guide

    August 15, 2018 1:15 PM 10

    10 attractions and activities for entertaining little sightseers in Paris, recommended by the most discerning insiders: local grandparents IF YOU’RE TRAVELING in Paris with a little sightseer, or a whole brood, the thought of a forced march through the Louvre or Notre Dame is enough to make you shudder. Solution: Take the following sage advice, edited

  • An Italian Island Getaway with No Cars and Plenty of Sizzle

    August 15, 2018 5:25 AM 10

    On Stromboli, a small and sultry Aeolian Island, you can experience a rare active volcano up close THE PEAK of Stromboli lurked behind my hotel, black smoke seeping from its top, making me more fearful as the hours passed. The total absence of vegetation on the volcano’s upper half gave it a daunting and desolate feel. I had signed up to climb to the summit

  • There’s More to Chengdu Than Adorable Pandas

    August 15, 2018 4:05 AM 11

    Travelers rush to this Chinese city to gush over its panda population, but it pays to savor Chengdu’s more urbane charms, too—from cutting-edge cuisine to unique boutiques ON THE GENTLE slopes of Futou Mountain, about 35 miles from the Chinese city of Chengdu, a small posse of giant pandas is sleeping in the shade, oblivious to the hundreds of tourists

  • The Berkshires Town That’s Becoming a Cultural Hub

    August 14, 2018 11:10 PM 10

    This summer, North Adams welcomes a series of cutting-edge art and hospitality projects—and that’s only the beginning IT TOOK IMAGINATION for Wilco bassist John Stirratt to picture a great art and design hotel in the run-down motor court he encountered in 2014. He was on a real estate scouting trip to North Adams, Massachusetts, where his band has hosted

  • 3 Ways to Dive the Great Barrier Reef, From Affordable to Epic

    August 14, 2018 10:41 PM 9

    An eager diver sets out to experience this bucket-list trip three distinct ways, by basing himself at a camp site, at a luxury resort and aboard a scuba yacht WAKING UP on the beach in classic Australian swag—a weatherized canvas bedroll unfurled on a cot on the sand—I was one of just 10 visitors on an otherwise deserted Queensland island. Butterflies

  • 3 Books for Travelers Who Prefer Exploring by Foot

    August 14, 2018 6:49 PM 10

    Whether the destination is Lower Manhattan or rural Japan, fans of walking tours will welcome these volumes British travel writer Sarah Baxter tackles an ambitious task in this 400-page volume: compiling a list of walkable routes that have shaped natural and human history. These range from a hike in what is now Québec through the crater left by a meteorite

  • World's biggest catapult opens in New Zealand, launches thrill-seekers almost 500 feet

    August 14, 2018 9:00 AM 24

    The Nevis Catapult is billed as "the biggest and most extreme catapult in the world." (AJ Hackett Bungy) A new thrill ride in New Zealand last week promises to deliver a "gut-wrenching" experience for anyone brave enough to attempt it, and early footage from the first few riders certainly confirms the "gut-wrenching" aspect. The Nevis Catapult, which

  • Widow sues American Airlines over baggage handler’s bomb threat accusation: 'She lied through her teeth'

    August 13, 2018 6:45 PM 34

    Debbie Cardarelli filed a lawsuit in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia, seeking more than $1 million in damages after an incident involved her late husband Richard. (Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home) A widow is suing American Airlines, claiming a baggage handler made false accusations against her husband that led to his arrest. Debbie Cardarelli

  • 'Geyser' at JFK Airport bursts from ground near baggage claim

    August 13, 2018 5:11 PM 35

    A "geyser" of water sprang up inside New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport Terminal 8 after a rainy weekend. Eugene Galdi, who was waiting at the airport for his family to return from Italy, spotted the eruption of water Sunday afternoon near baggage claim and recorded the incident. Luckily, the nearby carousel wasn’t being used at the time so no luggage

  • Old-time plane crashes in Swiss Alps; casualties uncertain

    August 5, 2018 8:28 AM 25

    BERLIN – An old-time propeller plane operated by a company that offers panoramic flights has crashed in the Swiss Alps. There was no immediate word on casualties. Police in southeastern Graubuenden canton (state) said a several-seater plane crashed Saturday on the Piz Segnas mountain above the Swiss Alpine resort of Flims, striking the mountain's western