Discovering Provence at Christmas (it’s not over yet!)

"Bravade Calendale in Aix-en-Provence Photo Credit: Philippe NOU"

You’ve probably seen photos of endless lavender fields, tanned vacationers strolling Mediterranean beaches and promenades, and couples sipping Provençal rosé wines on countryside villa terraces. That’s the Provence, France, of spring and summer most well-known to travelers. Those are all beautiful sights to see and activities to enjoy in this part of southern France, but […]

An Adventure Odyssey Through the Canadian Heartland, Part 2

Architectural rendering of Ice Sea Passage (Credit: Assiniboine Park Zoo)

This is the second installment in Dave Zuchowski’s series on discovering Canada’s lesser-known provinces by car. For more on the road less traveled, check out Part 1, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5. Part 2: More from Winnipeg On a visit to Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park Zoo, I discovered that the zoo is in the process of […]

Luxurious Tom Bradley International Terminal Opens at LAX

Rendering of future eating area

The South Concourse of the newly completed Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport is now up and running, which adds eight additional gates that can accommodate larger aircraft to the space. The terminal’s design is cutting-edge and offers an array of high-end retail stores, restaurants and bars that give travelers a […]

Why the Miami Area Doesn’t Suck

View from b2 Miami

I’ve never been a fan of Southern Florida, particularly Miami. The times I’ve visited were filled with cheesey nightclubs full of posers, the overly imbibed and druggy weirdness. And those were business trips. So, when given the opportunity to go again I jumped on it. I was eager to know a different metropolitan Miami, and I […]

The surrealist’s Mexico City

Aztec guys outside Templo Mayor Museum

French writer and poet André Breton was a master of expression. He was also the founder of surrealism, a “revolutionary movement” bent on uniting the unconscious and observable realms, and so his talents bore particular agility in the presence of the colorful, the raw, the animated—the surreal. In 1936, on a France-commissioned visit to Mexico […]

Artful Surprise in Small Town California

Art installment at Dockweiller Beach

There are few beach towns left in Southern California in their original incarnation. El Segundo is one of them. It saddles up against a refinery, but is also walking distance to Dockweiller State Beach and is neighbors with the more upscale Manhattan Beach. You can get a great meal in any of its many restaurants in […]

Day Trippin’ Southern California Style – Festivals, History and the Ocean

Channel Islands off of Oxnard

Vacations are often aimed at large cities and when going to California most travelers head for Los Angeles, San Francisco or San Diego.  There are so many other aspects to the golden state that have great appeal and give a taste of what comprises California as seen from a small town view. Oxnard, California is an agriculturally-based coastal […]

Day Trippin’ Southern California Style – Food, Wine and Shopping

Oxnard Farmer's Market

  When you have the abundance of agriculture Oxnard, California does – food and wine are inevitably a staple. The local restaurants take full advantage of the farm to table opportunities and are proud to serve local wines with meals prepared for the season. Oxnard is not only a treat for the senses, but also an easy day […]