No secret watch lists!

In its effort to stop terrorism, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has promulgated numerous rules that affect citizens and foreign nationals as they go about their everyday lives. As travelers, we generally come face to face with these rules only when we...

Boat, museum and church passes

Visitors to Venice have a couple of basic questions to answer when arriving. Do I purchase an unlimited boat pass? Do I buy any of the museum passes offered by the various museum and church organizations? The answer is yes to all the questions, but I’ve learned...

New Northwest deal stinks

Last week brought the news that TPG Capital, a private equity firm based in Texas, has offered $450 million for the purchase of Midwest Air Group, the regional carrier based in Milwaukee. And who do we find on the passive investors list? None other than Northwest...

Venice guidebook reviews

Whenever we travel, we hope to find the perfect guidebook that fits our interests and speaks to us. Unfortunately, those guidebooks are hard to find and rarely exist. In the case of Venice, with literally centuries of guidebooks to choose from, decisions are harder....

Venice: myths and summer discoveries

I’ve been in Venice for about two weeks now and several bits of travel article lore have been falling by the wayside. Specifically, those that claim Venice is impossibly hot, the canals are full of trash and that they stink. And Venice has a new discovery around...