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Ponce recalls colonial Puerto Rico

There was a time, not that long ago, when visitors to Puerto Rico's second-largest city were cautioned not to stray from the central plaza after dark.

Honolulu's royal route leads to bygone era

Palace intrigue? Check. Royal rapscallions? Some. Kings and queens and gorgeous things? You'll find those too. You thought we were speaking of Britain, perhaps? Well, no, although Britain celebrated the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in June.

Why not bunk with the locals?

These days when I travel to Europe, I usually sleep in hotel rooms or bed-and-breakfasts. But in my early travel days, I routinely found places where I could sleep for free or very cheap.
5 free things to do in Mexico City, from quiet parks to museums in the heart of the capital

5 free things to do in Mexico City, from quiet parks to museums in the heart of the capital

For many foreigners, Mexico City invokes images of urban chaos, choking air pollution and pervasive street crime.

Lush with hush

Quiet corner of the Big Island is an ideal place to meet artists and musicians
Kabbalah centre offers a spiritual boost

Kabbalah centre offers a spiritual boost

Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism, is known around the world, thanks to the many Hollywood celebrities who have embraced its teachings.

Family's special Christmas tree gets one last holiday hurrah

The Christmas tree Joseph Gray bought his wife back in 1972 grew at the end of their driveway for 40 years, reminding them of the joy of the first holiday season they spent together in their home on Roan Mountain in Tennessee.

Pleasures of the outdoors

Utah offers everything from a golf mecca to hiking in dramatic Zion National Park

Michigan garden readies Christmas display

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is hosting its 18th annual Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World exhibition. This year's event runs from Nov. 20 through Jan. 6 and highlights the Railway Garden.

Incheon city aims to turn village into Vegas rival

Casinos, hotels, racetracks planned for fishing town