May 27, 2015 |
KURORT RATHEN, Germany - Even on days when the Philadelphia Orchestra doesn't have to move around Europe, some rogue contingent does so anyway, popping over to some neighboring city to meet an old teacher, or, more ambitiously, going in search of the Grand Budapest Hotel. The actual hotel exterior in the super-scenic, Oscar-winning film of that name was a made-for-studio model, obviously not to be found in quaint Kurort Rathen, a half-hour's train ride from Dresden. But the film was shot in the Saxony region, one of whose most spectacular outdoor locations is the bizarrely gnarled sandstone mountains overlooking an ex-duchy known as Königstein.
October 8, 2013 |
AS A NATIVE of Manchester, England - Mancunians, they call us - I felt a responsibility to provide anyone going to my place of birth to catch the Sixers play the Thunder tomorrow with sightseeing tips. Since I have only visited Manchester on so very few occasions over the past soooooo many years, I recruited my childhood pal, Ian Goldstone, who just so happens to be a limo driver in Manchester, to be our tour guide. Of course being a Manchester City football fan, Ian highly recommends that you check out Etihad Stadium, home of the boys in blue.
July 10, 2010 |
THEY TOUCHED down at JFK Airport about 2 p.m. on July 2 to begin their "American adventure," eager to learn all they could about our culture before returning to Hungary in three weeks. Among the items on their packed itinerary was a trip to Nyack, N.Y., where the group of 13 students and two teachers was scheduled to go rowing on the Hudson River. Instead, they were thrown into the Delaware River Wednesday afternoon, when a 250-foot sludge barge owned by the city plowed over an amphibious sightseeing boat that had stalled.
July 9, 2010 |
The first seconds underwater seemed "like forever" to Ruby Grace. "It was cold and looked kind of blurry, but I could see the light, so that was good. " The 9-year-old from suburban St. Louis swam to the surface and looked around frantically for her father. Kevin Grace was right beside her. Just before the boat had reared up and tipped, he tried to shove a life preserver over her head and hold on to her. But in the churning river, she slipped from his grip and went under. He reached down and grabbed her hair.
January 22, 2010 |
West Chester is a city with just enough distance from Philadelphia to establish its own identity and individuality. As the Chester County seat it has a congenial mix - the home of West Chester University and an area where entrepreneurs, restaurateurs and shop owners have banded together to survive. That mix, combined with some offbeat attractions, both around the central business district along Gay Street and beyond, makes West Chester a fun destination for a day trip. Here are some suggestions: Helicopter Museum Adjacent to West Chester Airport, the American Helicopter Museum & Education Center is a thrill-pilot's dream.
June 23, 2007 |
On the 15-minute bus ride from City Hall to the Liberty Bell Center, Emily Friedman worked on breaking down the communication barrier with the Chinese national softball team. Friedman, a second baseman for the Philadelphia Force, compared arm muscles with the player seated next to her, sampled a Chinese snack food, and made a serious effort to correctly pronounce the names of a few players, including Mi Renrong and Tan Ying. "It's a bit difficult because of the language barrier," Friedman, 23, said.
August 27, 2006 |
During his entire 22 years as a tour guide in New Orleans, no one ever asked Stanley Bergeron to go into the Ninth Ward, where many of the poorest residents of the city lived. Or Chalmette, or Gentilly, or Lakeview. Those neighborhoods are not the New Orleans that brought in about 10 million people a year for carefree crawling in a legendary historic quarter where tourists amble with open drinks in their hands. These neighborhoods are where people bedded down at night, every night of their residential lives.
July 29, 2005 |
Salvador Dal? was always known for his flair for making money. Philadelphia just got a whiff of it. The retrospective of Dal?'s works held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from Feb. 16 through May 30 boosted the region's economy by nearly $55 million, according to an analysis of the exhibit's financial side by Urban Partners, an economic development consulting firm in Philadelphia. The exhibit created the equivalent of 830 full-time jobs, sold more than 20,700 hotel rooms, and added $4.46 million in city and state tax revenue, the study said.
June 11, 2005 |
Attention tourists: There's something new in the water - and it's not a duck. Nor a frog. Nor a hippo. Philadelphia's newest land-to-sea sight-seeing vessel is (drum-roll, please) . . . a shark. A landshark, to be specific. "It's a smiley shark," said Michael Kates, director of operations for Philadelphia Trolley Works. After years as a major city tour operator - its fleet includes more than 35 trolleys and 25 horse-drawn carriages - the local company is taking its business to the Delaware River.
January 23, 2005 |
At first I wasn't sure I'd survive. After only four years of schooling in Spanish 50 years ago, I had decided it was time to get serious about the language. Although over the years I had traveled briefly in six Spanish-speaking countries and had a modest language ability, I was by no means fluent. A tip in the travel section led me to an intermediate/advanced total-immersion program in Oaxaca, Mexico, under the enthusiastic direction of Ronda Calef, a talented teacher and owner of Weekend en Espa?ol, a Spanish-language school in San Francisco.