April 10, 2011
Discover Mayaland Hotel, only 100 yards from the spectacular reconstructed temple city of Chichen Itza in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. In Travel.
August 30, 1994 |
For their own safety and to prevent further vandalism, a group of neighborhood "town watchers" has started night and early-morning patrols around the burned ruins of the Palumbo Cafe-Restaurant in South Philadelphia. The Bella Vista Community Association took the action following last Thursday's three-alarm fire at the CR Club. The club was the only portion of the restaurant complex that remained standing after a four-alarm fire destroyed the 100-year-old landmark at 824 Catharine St. on June 20. The fire marshal's office has ruled both fires arsons.
August 2, 1995 |
As an anxious mother and her teenage son prepare to move from the country to Rome, the boy complains and asks what he will do in the big city. "You'll keep an eye on the ruins," she responds in a tone that suggests they will encounter more ruins among the people than the ancient monuments. Pier Paolo Pasolini's Mamma Roma unfolds as one woman's tragedy in a world of moral dilapidation, and the mother's worst fears are soon realized in ways she could never have imagined. Mamma Roma, filmed by the late and still controversial Pasolini in 1962, is a movie that was released amid tumult and never received the distribution it merited.
December 28, 1986 |
The shapes and colors of this rock-carved city in the Jordanian desert wash gradually through a visitor's consciousness until, after a day of strolling in the ruins, the clamor of the ancient metropolis, echoing across more than a thousand years, is virtually audible. Today, when a donkey lets out its hee-haw bray, the noise goes on and on, bouncing off the sandstone cliffs and ricocheting through the canyons and man- made caves, as though electronically amplified. Petra is one of the world's better-kept tourist secrets.
July 14, 2011 |
Fire marshals are investigating a fire that ripped through a house in Gloucester County early today, leaving it a smoking, charred ruin. Two children reportedly were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene while firefighters battled the blaze in the 2-story house at 22 Stanger Court in Clayton. The fast spreading fire apparently started before 5 a.m. in the attached garage of the house bordering Scotland Run Park and it took firefighters about a half-hour to bring it under control.' Contact the Online Breaking News Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-854-2443.
April 27, 1997 |
The Incan ruins at Machu Picchu, Peru's most popular tourist destination, could find themselves in the spotlight - literally. The National Culture Institute said this month that it was considering a plan by a French company to illuminate the ruins using solar-powered lights mounted outside the mysterious city, according to news reports in Lima. Traditionally, the entrance to Machu Picchu closes before darkness falls, and a culture official said that tourists would not be allowed into the ruins after dark even if they are lighted.
October 19, 2006 |
In the heart of the Italian Market, half a block from DiBruno's, photographer Vincent D. Feldman has come across something strikingly evocative of Rome, but this is not a story about cheese or prosciutto. This is a story about ruins, and a not-so-ancient city that is startlingly full of them. And what has brought Feldman to Montrose Street between Eighth and Ninth is an abandoned municipal pool, the Fante Leon pool, whose sculpted granite facade, intricate statuary, and carved moldings speak of a hard-to-fathom grandeur, despite the fact that a tree is now growing out of the pool basin.
August 12, 1988 |
With the heat bearing down, the humidity wearing down, and the air conditioning breaking down, High Season affords a fast, cheap escape from this ozone-swathed Summer of Hell. An amiable lark of a movie starring that amiable lark of an actress, Jacqueline Bisset, Clare Peploe's High Season is a diverting romantic romp shot in the most diverting of locales - the Greek isle of Rhodes, where whitewashed villages cradled in rocky green hillocks tumble down into cobalt blue seas. It's an idyllic retreat - the idyllic-ness of it all being summarily overrun by camera-snapping hordes of vacationing Brits, who line the beaches like endives lining a produce shelf: thin, white and packed closely together.
June 4, 2009 |
The best thing I can say about "My Life in Ruins," a forced comedy about a woman finding love in the Greek isles, is that there's no ABBA. Bad jokes abound, though, in this story of an American woman (Nia Vardalos) who takes a job as a low-rent guide and gets stuck taking awful tourists to see the sites. One stereotype is worse than the next - ugly Americans (dressed in red, white and blue), an Aussie couple that's drunk all the time, snotty British aristocrats, etc. There were a pair of sexually desperate Spanish divorcees - I'd like to learn more about them - but "My Life in Ruins" is a woman's movie, and is soon fixated on the overwhelmed tour guide's search for love.
June 15, 2014 |
I've probably done worse things to our kids than drag them through innumerable ruins - Greek, Roman, Mayan, etc. - but we have been to a lot of ruins. If it was built and fell down, we'll make a detour; if it was built, fell down, buried, and dug up again, we'll book a room. Owing to their proximity to margaritas and warm beaches, we've been to a lot of big-ticket Mayan ruins in particular (Tikal, Tulum, Chichen Itza, Caracol). On a recent cruise, though, we stopped at Costa Maya, Mexico, and discovered, by circumstance and somewhat by accident, a new favorite.