LONDON _ Long before Google Maps, there was "London A-to-Z," a detailed pocket map book showing every street in the British capital.
CHICAGO _Now that Eataly Chicago has been operating for a couple of weeks, now that lines form daily in front of each of its 23 eateries, it's about time we recognize that Eataly Chicago, at its overstuffed heart, is also a market. A 63,000-square-foot wonderland, importing whole octopus from Spain, making mozzarella twice an hour. But fundamentally, still a market. Which sells, you know, milk, eggs. Also, dried black-eyed fagioli and bomb-shelter-size tins of Italian sardines. Ask Mario Batali _ or any of the emporium's investors _ what the ultimate goal of Eataly is, and they respond in unison: to encourage the home cook to assemble an Italian meal at home.
If you don't already have a running start, your own Sochi Olympics bid will probably fall short. Though ticket sales will continue indefinitely, CoSport, the Games' authorized U.S. ticket seller, expects to stop peddling lodging-and-ticket packages in mid-December. Moreover, American visitors must apply for a Russian visa, which can take weeks to obtain. Russian visa info is available at www.lat.ms/18bppMi. Advice from the State Department on Sochi travel: www.lat.ms/1eywKXM.
The snow report. Ticket sales. Train times. Terrorist threats. Construction problems. Civil rights.
In Georgia, in this land of cotton, Civil War battlefields, and big mess of traffic in Atlanta, it's hard to imagine that dinosaurs once roamed these hills of red clay millions of years ago.
PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio _ It's hard to ignore Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry and what he did.
When I was a little boy, I begged and pleaded with my dad to bring me to Boston's Logan Airport to watch planes land, take off, and move about the runways and taxiways. Maybe you did, too. That was in the 1960s when outdoor observation decks were common at airports. But while once a given at many airports, these decks slowly started disappearing in the wake of security concerns and the need for more terminal space.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. _ An ongoing project sponsored by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has uncovered a staggering 42,500 camps and ghettos during World War II, ranging from the giants such as Auschwitz and Warsaw to lesser-known factories, farms and brothels.
America has a trust problem.
ROANOKE, Va. _ You don't have to pop into Doctor Who's phone booth or hitch a ride in Doc's DeLorean to experience time travel today. A visit to Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains can take you back to a simpler time when the stirrings of country music bounced off log cabin walls and Indian footpaths beckoned Lewis and Clark.
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. _ In the courtyard of Palm Springs International Airport, Irene Dignon leans back in her chair, soaking up the sun at an open-air wine bar as she waits to begin a trip back to Scotland.
ROME _ Stand within the Colosseum's massive bowl, and you can practically hear the roar of the ancient crowd. But to capture the sounds of today's Rome, it's best to get away from the flurry of tourists and settle into a quaint trattoria like Da Tonino, where everyone within its rustic walls chatters away in Italian.
WASHINGTON _ I love walking the streets of Washington, D.C. Sometimes I turn a corner to discover a surprising and little-known site or monument. On a recent afternoon, I took photographs of my favorite spots and new finds. These places aren't as grandiose as the most popular sites _ such as the Lincoln Memorial or Smithsonian museums _ but they remind us of historical figures and their contributions, which can be just as satisfying to contemplate.
What's it like to live in a far-off place most of us see only on a vacation? Foreign Correspondence is an interview with someone who lives in a spot you may want to visit.
In a year's time, my face has been peeled and polished, my back waltzed on and slapped with pine needles, and my feet scrubbed and shined to pedicure perfection.
THE MUMBLES, Wales _ The Wales Coast Path is something every visitor to Wales should experience.