April 5, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Andy MacPhail, farther than ever from baseball, stood atop what his tour guide described as the greatest graveyard in the world. The third generation of a family with two generations of Hall of Fame executives, he had craved a new perspective. So, when the game was no longer fun in 2011, MacPhail walked away. He went to the Great Wall of China. "The scope of it is just remarkable," MacPhail said last month from his office at Bright House Field, where as the president of the Phillies he now oversees a company worth more than a billion dollars.
March 24, 2016 |
THE PARENTS: Tracy Hildebrand, 34, and Rich Hildebrand, 36, of Wayne THE KIDS: Nathalie Jane, 3; Danielle Marie, born October 2, 2015 They might have met in Cuba, during the Semester at Sea program, when Fidel Castro spoke to their group of 800 students from all over the United States. They might have crossed paths later in that trip, on the teeming streets of India. Or they might have met closer to home - in Pittsburgh, where Tracy was finishing her senior year at the University of Pittsburgh, and Rich, who knew her roommate, stopped by for a visit.
July 6, 2015 |
The Inca Trail is a rite of passage. It is a religious experience, stretching from Peru's aptly named Sacred Valley, not too far from the city of Cusco, all the way to Machu Picchu. Really, it's only around 30 miles and can be traversed in a couple of days, but what it lacks in distance it makes up for in ecosystems, vistas, and ruins that are in no way ruinous. The trek begins at a small parking lot near a gatehouse that serves as the origin for most hikes to Machu Picchu; travelers must show their entrance tickets and have their passports stamped before beginning the hike.
October 20, 2014 |
Hello there They met in 2000, when Dierdre went to her first Falcon Ridge Folk Festival with the guy she was then dating. Doug, who had long been part of a group that gathered annually for music and camping in Hillsdale, N.Y., was there with his then-wife and kids. By the time the summer music fest rolled around in 2002, Dierdre was no longer with her boyfriend, and Doug no longer with his wife. But both returned to the festival, with their kids. "One of my first remembrances I have of her is that when everyone else was socializing, she was reading her son a book," Doug said.
March 23, 2014 |
Leonardo da Vinci is one of those impossibly gifted giants whose life was so remarkable, yet so full of mystery, it has inspired some seriously wacked-out theories. Dan Brown had da Vinci enmeshed in a millennia-old conspiracy hatched by the Catholic Church. There's plenty of the same off-the-wall madness in Da Vinci's Demons , writer-producer David S. Goyer's delirious TV drama that returns for a second season 9 p.m. Saturday on Starz. Off-the-wall? Saturday's episode opens atop Machu Picchu (in present-day Peru)
December 9, 2013 |
In August 2012, my companion, Ann, and I took a hiking trip with five other couples to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Each evening, we would bunk down in a modern, rustic eco-lodge. The nine-day trip involved hiking about 52 miles in six days through Peru. We are both in our mid-60s and fairly physically fit and active. However, there were many challenges on this trip: hiking 8 to 10 miles each day; adjusting to a high altitude of 15,000-plus feet; multiple changes in climate; eating local, unfamiliar foods; and avoiding injury.
April 23, 2013
Joe Scarborough , a North Carolina man, rolled the first 900 series in Professional Bowlers Association history - three straight perfect games. Scarborough of Charlotte opened the first round of qualifying in the PBA50 Sun Bowl on Sunday in The Villages, Fla., with three games of 300, throwing 36 consecutive strikes. COLLEGE FOOTBALL: The NCAA granted Central Florida's appeal of a one-year postseason ban in football. The decision will make the school bowl-eligible as it moves into the American Athletic Conference this season.
November 4, 2012
It was to be a trip of a lifetime. And I thought I was ready to happily wander the halls and walls and steps of Machu Picchu, the Inca city built about 600 or more years ago 8,000 feet up in the Peruvian Andes, and to marvel at this place mysteriously abandoned in the 1500s and "discovered" by an American archaeologist in 1911. Since then, its overgrowth has been cut back, gradually revealing a majestic high-mountain ruin that today draws tens of thousands of tourists like me, hikers, and just gawkers who wonder how it was all done.
January 8, 2012 |
CUZCO, Peru - If you see a red-plastic bag waving on a stick like a flag, it's a signal the chicha is ready. The sacred drink of the Incas, chicha is a fermented corn beer many locals brew themselves in and around the Cuzco region of Peru. Finding and tasting the chicha is just one of the many diversions travelers can embrace on the road to Machu Picchu, Peru's most famous attraction. The year 2011 marked the 100th anniversary of Machu Picchu's being rediscovered, as they like to say in Peru, by the American explorer Hiram Bingham.
July 31, 2011
By Mark Adams Dutton. 352 pp. $26.95. Reviewed by Jonathan Yardley One hundred years ago, a young lecturer in history at Yale University named Hiram Bingham made what at the time was celebrated as a historic, indeed heroic, climb through the Peruvian Andes at the climax of which, as Mark Adams puts it in this entirely delightful book, "he stumbled across the geometric splendor of Machu Picchu. " Honored at the time as one of the greatest explorers of the day - it was the day, mind you, of Peary and Scott and Amundsen - he has since lost a good deal of his luster, in part because Machu Picchu had been known for years to many Peruvians before his "discovery" and in part because of Yale's adamant refusal until late last year to return to Peru the hundreds of antiquities he carried away.