Author: Carla Waldemar

Bordeaux, France

A Francophile’s dilemma: Where to find the ideal trifecta of food, wine, and culture? (Oh, and shopping.) Easy. Bordeaux. You know the wine (worship it, in fact). So, come to the source, and get to know the city, too. It’s as...

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Columbus, Ohio

Columbus discovered America. Then, gays discovered Columbus. This cool Ohio city stakes claim as the third-most-welcoming GLBT town in the land (after—duh!—San Francisco and Key West). Columbus boasts three-dozen gay bars. A gay...

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Scandinavian Sightseeing

Gate announcement flying SAS: “You can put away your passports, but smiles are mandatory.” Ugly Americans, rethink your destination. Everybody else, welcome to Scandinavia. I landed in Copenhagen, and took off from Stockholm a...

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Manchester, England

If London were the New York of England, then Manchester stands as its Chicago, the country’s burly second city. They’re sisters across the pond and under the skin. Both grew prosperous on the labors of a strong working...

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Lessons from Sheep

I’m writing this from a remote cottage in the Lake District of England. Across the road is the highest mountain in England (it’s not that high) and the deepest lake (it’s not that deep)—perfect record-holders for this country,...

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Milwaukee

While jogging along the emerald shoreline of Lake Michigan, past the urban backdrop of high-style high-rises and a world-class art museum, I’m thinking, “Chicago…Eat your heart out!” Welcome to the New Milwaukee. Over the...

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Vienna

The best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love could have saved herself a lot of trouble. Instead of galumphing all over the globe, she simply could have headed for Vienna, Austria, where it’s one-stop shopping for all three. Not to...

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St. Louis

Mr. Rogers would have loved it here. His kids-show jingle—“It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood”—could be the theme song of St. Louis. Sure, come to enjoy the city’s bounty of free attractions and its cool music scene (we’ll...

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China: From Ming to Mao and More

Look down,” the pilot says, “and you’ll see the Great Wall.” Gasp! There it is, twisting on forever, like a mighty dragon scaling a land so vast, so old, and—as we soon will discover—so complex and crowded (China boasts...

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Pittsburgh

So, it’s Obama’s turn to host the G20 in September. How to impress the heck out of a bunch of genteel European heads of state? New York? LA? Vegas? Nah. You invite ’em to “American’s most livable city”: Pittsburgh....

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