Riviera Maya Magic

Sunset on the beautiful Riviera Maya

Sunset on the beautiful Riviera Maya

As I found myself traveling a great deal for work throughout the summer and fall, I also found myself daydreaming of a vacation where I was not on the move and could simply be. Be with my boyfriend. Be on the beach. And be in a luxurious location within easy travel distance from the United States. Mexico fit the bill, but a mega resort in a touristy locale—à la Cabo or Cancun—most certainly did not. While I had previously vacationed at the Viceroy in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, I wanted to try something new yet stick to a familiar luxury. The logical choice was the Viceroy Riviera Maya.

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Manchester and Yorkshire Are England’s Cultural Sphere

The 14th floor at Manchester’s Radisson Blu Edwardian meets eye to eye with the Clock Tower of the 18th century Town Hall

The 14th floor at Manchester’s Radisson Blu Edwardian meets eye to eye with the Clock Tower of the 18th century Town Hall

Northern England, North Country, and the North are geographical nicknames for England’s upper half, a world away from the country’s more-visited south or, shall we say, London. Mention Manchester, and most seem to know it as an industrial city, myself included—that is until I thumbed through “Where to Go: Manchester,” a not-so-ordinary guidebook that hooked me with its first line, “Look, we’re all friends here.”

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Insider Favorites: Dorothy’s Guide to Sausalito, California

Kayakers in the water at Fort Baker

Kayakers in the water at Fort Baker

Living in Sausalito for many years only intensifies the anticipation of rounding the last curve on Bridgeway when, magically, the postcard view of the bay with Angel Island, Alcatraz, and the Bay Bridge comes into focus. An ever-changing panorama includes a variety of water craft: ferry boats, sail boats, James Bond-type yachts, a Darth Vader black yacht with fins, stand-up paddle boarders, kayakers, and rowing teams. In March, during the herring run, fishermen on bobbing red and white boats cast their nets among competing sea lions and diving seagulls. No wonder it’s a world-class destination for tourists, bikers, and anyone who visits San Francisco.

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Day Trip From Rome: The Amalfi Coast and Pompeii

The Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast

We were up before the sun. Monica, our cheerful guide from Avventure Bellissime Tours, greeted us in the lobby of our hotel near Piazza Navona. It was 7 a.m.—dark and early, but not too early for two double espressos to go. After one stop to pick up three additional passengers, we were on our way. The road out of Rome took us east toward the Apennine Mountains and Tivoli, then south to Amalfi, our first destination. Along the way, Monica shared tidbits of Italian history, pointed out notable landmarks, and answered all of our questions; there weren’t many at that early hour—she was much more awake than we were.

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