Culinary Culture, Destinations

Beautiful Bamberg: City of Beer

December 23, 2016
Bamberg, Germany

Bamberg’s Old Town Hall, just one of the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photo: Jeff Dobbins

Bamberg offers many delights – a picturesque old town brimming with medieval and baroque architecture, fine museums, superb music, delicious cuisine…and great beer. Bamberg’s beer culture stems from its long history as a center for brewing exceptional beer. The city’s nine breweries, along with sixty breweries in the surrounding region, produce over fifty distinctive, high-quality beers. These breweries, along with traditional taverns, beer cellars, beer-themed tours and beer-soaked events, make Bamberg a haven for lovers of beer.

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Iceland in Winter: Explore the Land of Fire and Ice

December 8, 2016
Outside Reykjavik, Iceland

Winter wonderland – the gorgeous landscape outside Reykjavik. Photo: Jeff Dobbins

Iceland in winter. These words probably evoke images of an inhospitable, frozen tundra – hardly an ideal travel destination. But I explored Iceland in January and discovered winter can be a great time to visit the stunning nation. Winter weather is more temperate than most assume, and there are distinct advantages and delights to a winter holiday in Iceland.

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The Arts

Harlem’s Apollo Theater: Where Stars are Born and Music History is Made

November 30, 2016
Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York

The Apollo Theater marquis. Photo: Jeff Dobbins

The Apollo Theater – “Where Stars are Born and Legends are Made!”  That motto is no empty boast; the illustrious Harlem showplace is one of America’s most historic and important theaters. For more than eight decades the Apollo has showcased an astounding roster of African-American stars and launched many of their careers. Pioneers of jazz, swing, bebop, rhythm and blues, soul, funk, and hip-hop have played the Apollo. Performances on the Apollo stage have transformed American (and global) music and culture.

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The Arts

Carnegie Hall: New York’s Temple of Music

November 18, 2016
Carnegie Hall, New York

A stellar evening inside Carnegie Hall. Photo: Carnegie Hall, Facebook

Carnegie Hall; New York’s renowned concert hall that is synonymous with magnificent music. Throughout its history the hall has presented music superstars including Tchaikovsky, Caruso, Toscanini, Mahler, Duke Ellington, Leonard Bernstein, Frank Sinatra, Maria Callas, Judy Garland, and the Beatles to name a few. With its elegant design, near-perfect acoustics, and performances by the world’s greatest musical artists, Carnegie Hall is a place of pilgrimage for lovers of music.

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: All You Need to Know to Go

October 25, 2016
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, NYC

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – a beloved tradition and grand spectacle. Photo:

Every Thanksgiving, New York City celebrates the cherished American holiday with a grand spectacle – the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The immense parade marches through the canyons of Manhattan with giant helium balloons, extravagant floats, marching bands, thousands of clowns and celebrity performances.

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