November 20, 2015 |
A discount for E-ZPass customers who regularly cross Delaware River Port Authority bridges is beginning next month, giving an $18 break to regular commuters. The DRPA will begin a rollout program that will include news releases and emails to let drivers know about the discount, which returns $18 each month into the E-ZPass accounts of anyone who crosses the bridges 18 times in a month. The discount will apply only to drivers who have E-ZPass accounts through New Jersey, officials said, and won't be automatic.
November 19, 2015 |
In the days after the terrorist attacks that killed and injured hundreds in Paris, companies with major operations in France and the Philadelphia area have cautioned their employees about travel, and in at least two cases have canceled trips. Saint-Gobain Corp., a construction-materials company with 800 employees and North American headquarters in Malvern, and Arkema Inc., a chemical company in Colombes, France, that has 650 employees in King of Prussia, both advised their workers not to travel to France this week.
November 18, 2015 |
I can still remember the day my daughter, Eve, promised to take me to Paris. I was sitting at the kitchen counter, and she was telling me of her dreams. It's something she's always done because, from the time she could talk, Eve has been a dreamer, and I have been her kindred spirit. Eve's dreams are painstakingly specific: a pink Infiniti convertible; male and female shih tzus; shopping sprees funded by her job as a lawyer; a corner office with a view. However, this dream of Paris is different from the rest.
November 17, 2015 |
During the holidays, planes are packed, flights are prone to weather delays, and the price of tickets to get to Grandmother's for turkey and all the trimmings is higher. Now, two airlines, Spirit and Frontier, are planning higher baggage fees for flights this holiday season, as well as at other peak travel times, such as spring break and summer vacation. Spirit, which flies nonstop to five cities from Philadelphia, will for the second year add a $2 seasonal surcharge for checked luggage.
November 5, 2015
ISSUE | AIRPORT SECURITY Maddening delay After a nearly 10-hour flight from a wonderful vacation in Italy, my wife and I stood in line Thursday at Philadelphia International Airport for more than an hour. We waited with more than 200 fellow travelers to use the new kiosk system to clear security and customs. Many of the kiosks were not working, and the process was unfamiliar and frustrating. The staff tried to be supportive, but they admitted the system was overwhelmed when two or three flights arrived at the same time.
October 10, 2015 |
When Noel Sarah Dietrich was a kid, she wanted to be Vicki Huber. Huber, like Dietrich, was from Wilmington, De., and Dietrich watched the Villanova all-American's path to the 1988 Olympics in awe. One problem though: Dietrich enjoyed running, but she didn't think she was really good at it. "I was typically an overachiever and wasn't used to things that didn't come easy to me," she said. In high school, she went to one track practice then dropped out. At the University of Delaware, she knew running helped relieve stress, but she never really got into the sport.
October 10, 2015 |
Odd things happen when someone drops an old couch onto the lush green lawn of the National Constitution Center. "It's like Friends ," one man cried, piling onto the cushions with his buddies. Others traced an invisible curved line with their steps, staying far from the couch and its tenders, waving away offers of handout cards. Some tourists on Independence Mall accepted an invitation to sit. Others shot cellphone photos. A few, touched by the effort, shared intimate details of their lives that they might have withheld if not for the public prodding of a worn, gray-and-blue sofa.
August 31, 2015 |
'Don't smell it before you eat it," the Icelandic waitress warned me. I stared down at the cubes of rotten, fermented shark in front of me. The smell of ammonia wafted past my nose, and before I lost my nerve, I speared the shark, chewed it hastily, and washed the whole business down with a searing shot of schnapps the Icelanders not-so-affectionately dub "The Black Death. " Now that I'd conquered the infamous hakarl, I sat back in satisfaction, but not with just my adventures in galling gastronomy.
August 24, 2015 |
Ever since reading John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley , I've wanted to take a road trip with a beloved dog and see some of our country from a new perspective. However, unlike the author, I'm no camper. Now, in the age of Airbnb's and pet-friendly hotels, it is much easier to take Fido - in this case, Oliver - on the road. So, after some intensive manners classes for Oliver and equally intensive discussions to convince my husband the trip would be interesting and fun, we made decisions about where to go and researched places to stay.
August 14, 2015 |
Get a good look at Danny Kean - pounding the keys as his dog, Mo, snoozes atop his piano, jammed in the bed of his old red pickup truck. Because he won't be in Philadelphia for long. Gray-haired and goateed, Kean may be the last of the hard-core troubadours. He talks fast, thinks deep, and moves on. He has no home, no job, and no money. What he's got is a 1987 Toyota, three-quarters of a tank of gas, and a belief that bringing piano music to people across the continent affords them, and him, a certain kind of enlightenment.