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Destination Spotlight: San Miguel de Allende

Destination Spotlight: San Miguel de AllendeBy Damien Martin

Spend any time in San Miguel de Allende, and you’ll quickly see why so many people expatriate there. Soon enough, you’ll want to move there too. By day or by night, the place is a work of art. Colonial charm emanates from the town center and spills onto green hillsides. At just over 6,000 feet of elevation and with an average temperature in the 60s Fahrenheit, walking into San Miguel feels like stepping into a dream. Fair warning, though, if you’re driving in -- especially at night -- navigating the narrow and sharply angled cobblestone streets can be more of a nightmare.

Stroll through town, however, and you’re awash in colorful buildings, colorful people and friendly dogs. In such a picturesque place, it’s no wonder there is a thriving artistic community. The Mercado de Artesanias (Artisans’ Market) is the perfect venue to sample the work of talented craftspeople hawking paintings, serapes and handmade jewelry.

In such a beau…

Exploring Mexico City, one meal at a time

Exploring Mexico City, one meal at a time By Damien Martin         The way to the heart of Mexico City is through your stomach. Boasting several restaurants ranked among the best in the world, the sprawling megalopolis is best experienced through its many flavors. It doesn’t hurt that the exchange rate is about 18.50 pesos to the dollar, enabling budget-conscious travelers to eat like royalty.

     A world away from the beaches of Cancun, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico’s capital spans a metropolitan area of about 25 million people, all of whom seem to be trying to merge into the same lane of traffic at once. When you finally make it into town, head for the Polanco and Roma neighborhoods to delight your palate at any number of highly rated restaurants.

     Famed for its tuna tostadas and other creative seafood, chef Gabriela C├ímara’s Contramar is a study in controlled chaos. With the kitchen closing at 6:30 p.m. on weeknights and 8 on Fridays and Saturdays, the staff flits about…

Tips for a successful flight with kids

Tips for a successful flight with kids By Damien Martin

Every detail is taken care of. The resort is gorgeous, full of activities for the whole family and you can’t wait to hit the beach for some fun in the sun. Or you have an itinerary packed with great tours such as scavenger hunt at the Louvre in Paris or following in the footsteps of Harry Potter in London. Yes, every hour is accounted for to keep the kids entertained on your family vacation.

But wait! You still have to get there. Teleportation technology is in its infancy and wildly expensive. Hyperloops may be on their way, but they aren’t here yet. That means figuring out how to keep the kids entertained on that long flight so you don’t spend the entire time avoiding the glares of the passengers around you.

Here are some handy tips from our travel (and child-rearing) experts to make your time in the sky more enjoyable for everyone :
Reward each hour of good behavior with a surprise toy or activity. It will help the kids mark the ti…

Natural phenomena that last

Natural phenomena that last By Damien Martin
     The super blue blood moon has come and gone, and there won’t be another one for 20 years. But there are plenty of other natural phenomena you can see that occur often enough to plan a trip around.
A tropical permafrost lake

     Lake Waiau sits at about 13,000 feet of elevation near the summit of Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii. It’s the only permafrost lake in the tropics, and though it shrank to about 2 percent of its previous size several years, it has made a comeback and can be reached by hike off the road to Mauna Kea’s summit. On the same island, you can also visit a Papakolea Beach, which features green sand thanks to a large supply of the mineral olivine. On clear days, you might also catch a glimpse of a green flash across the horizon just as the last rays of the sun go down, a special sight owing to the island’s latitude. Also on the Big Island, where Kilauea Volcno has been erupting continuously for 35 years, you can see thin …