Approaching the Distillery District from downtown Lexington, Ky., motorists are taken aback by the large black-and-red mural depicting what looks to be — depending on your perspective — a demented scuba diver, a man wearing a gas mask, or more menacingly, a prison inmate flashing what may or may not be a gang symbol. Underneath are scrawled the words, “Caution. Do not feed.” What it is is a controversial self-portrait by the French muralist MTO, and for some
We are high above ground and just below the signature “G” that looms 40 feet tall and 60 feet wide. No point in Green Bay is loftier, and what feels simply gusty during summer would freeze the bone in January. That spells exhilaration, if you’re a Green Bay Packers fan, because little beats this sky-high view at Lambeau Field. A Champions or Legendary stadium tour will get you a peek of this South Loft rooftop deck, which is only accessible to 225 club seat holders on
MONTREAL — In recent years, I have made it something of a habit to celebrate my birthday in some far-flung corner of the world. I’ve gotten a year older in Munich, Germany; Lausanne, Switzerland; New Zealand and Hong Kong among other places. This May 15 found me in Montreal. As birthdays go, it wasn’t one of my best, weather-wise. Steel-gray skies opened up to release fat droplets of rain as I stared dispiritedly from my hotel window, wishing I had chosen to spend this
No manmade monument in the United States is taller than Gateway Arch, at the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis, and big-time renovations turned the area into a national park this year. The Arch, as tall as it is wide at 630 feet, looks the same — but much of what surrounds it has changed. The area “has become more than a piece of sculpture with incredible views,” said Tom Nagel of Gateway Arch National Park. No longer does it seem like the iconic structure is
The last time I saw the Picardie region of France was in 1978. I was visiting an old family friend, who suggested we take a road trip to see the chateaux and cathedrals that dot the landscape there and nearby in Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine, all of which are an easy drive from Paris. Off we went in her Peugeot 504 and at some point I became lost and decided to make an illegal U-turn through a break in the median. “Georgie don’t!” Nan cried. “The gendarmes are
At the turn of the century, America’s wild bison — which at one time numbered 60 million — had dwindled to about two dozen animals. Strong, sturdy and resilient, they’ve made a comeback, thanks to public and private conservation efforts. On the range, in refuges and national parks, this symbol of our wildlife heritage is magnificent to observe. Here are five places where you can snap a shot of this American icon — with a zoom lens: 1. Custer State Park, S.
Millennials want shorter, more frequent, but still “Instagrammable” vacations, and Royal Caribbean spent $120 million on one 15-year-old ship to give them that. Royal Caribbean’s upgraded Mariner of the Seas is now taking three- and four-day cruises to the Bahamas with hopes that shorter trips and modern features will attract a younger crowd. “After looking at the short-break cruise market, which is about 20 percent of the entire cruise industry in the United States,
BRYCE CANYON CITY, Utah — For many years, I have been eager to take a trip to the Grand Canyon. My wife Sue Kittelson had visited a long time ago, and I longed to personally witness one of the seven wonders of the world. The stars aligned this year and we made the necessary arrangements to fly to Las Vegas, rent a car and head to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. At the behest of others who have made this trip, we included trips to two other popular national parks within
Bison run faster than humans, I thought on my morning jog, as I panted down the slope. They weigh more too — around 1,400 pounds. One of those beasts could crush me flat and not even notice. I ran a little distance before looking back at the low ridge, where 50 or 60 bison posed like breathing statues, the morning sun lighting up the smoky exhale of their nostrils. The massive animals showed less interest in me than in the dewy grass around them, but they had surely seen me
The Grey Lady is gorgeous. Just the profusion of giant rhododendron and wild roses cascading over the sand dunes is worth the cost of the hourlong ferry ride south from Cape Cod. But there is so much more to see and learn about on the island of Nantucket, a National Historic Landmark. Its diminutive size (47.8 square miles, in what Herman Melville described as a “small elbow of sand”) belies its rich and boundless history and current international appeal.