Independent reviews series: Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa

It was Ben’s birthday, so we headed to the best hotel of Japan’s top resort spot. We were only looking for great R&R, but we ended up with so much more…

Naha, Okinawa: Up close at the world’s largest tug of war (with VIDEO)

In 1995, the Guinness Book of World Records named it the largest rope in the world. How large is Guinness-large? Try 200 meters long (656 feet) and 2.2 meters thick (7.2 feet), for a whopping 43 metric tons of rice straw (94,799 pounds)!     Now for a bit of background. It all began over 500 […]

Where to Go Next: Watch Leaves Fall in Portugal’s Douro

We know where to see the leaves turn this autumn: it’s the UNESCO-listed Douro River region of Portugal, whose undulating hills offer spectacular views and port wine.

Jericho: tales from inside the West Bank

You have followed us elsewhere, so why not to the West Bank? It’s probably not what you were expecting.

Independent reviews series: Parador de Carmona, Spain

For many years I dreamt of staying at the Parador de Carmona, until last April when Ben made it possible. And now? Now I just dream of returning.

Israel: Visiting the wine country of Galilee

Most tourists in the Galilee region of Israel come for one thing: a religious pilgrimage to the Holy Land. As for Ben and me? We were there for the wine.

The making of a boutique hotel in Koutsounari: independent reviews series

There’s a little stone village in Crete that just might be your favorite hotel someday….

Mountain villages of Crete, in photos

Our winding trip through Crete’s highland villages provided some of the best views of our trip. Our photo tour begins here…

Lasithi: A peek at Crete’s eastern, least-developed region

Lassithi, the least developed among Crete’s prefectures, should not be overlooked. We share the highlights of what we saw … and what we didn’t.

Dolomites of Italy: The coral reefs of heaven

Follow us to the Dolomites of Italy, where alpine mountain huts feed the appetite and glowing pink mountains feed the soul.