Issue: June 15, 2011   (Archive)
Saturday, October 10, 2015   

Leg it to Lexington
SCENIC DRIVES HAVE long been a local pastime in the Lexington, Kentucky, area, but the best way to experience the beauty of the state's Bluegrass region is on two feet or two wheels. Drive by too fast and you miss the architectural detail of an old house or the craftsmanship of a dry-laid stone fence, either of which may be 200 years old.

Strip teaser
LAS VEGAS RISES from the scorched brown earth of the desert, an Emerald City whose hue is the color of money. Money, one casino employee joked, that comes from vice and virtue - its two biggest industries being gambling and weddings.

Descend into the past
The sun doesn't shine here, but it used to. A path made of old, cracking wood leads into a dark tunnel. The air is dusty, the lighting dim and the brick walls crumbling.

Beach holiday, French-style
Summer in paris can be a steamy soup swimming with tourists. So follow the smart Parisians and get out of town. The easiest destination is the resort of Deauville on the north Atlantic shoreline.

Steppe on it!
A few weeks ago, I was bouncing down a bumpy Mongolian highway, seated in a Russian-made UAZ van with my wife and two friends. Our driver was a larger- than-life character named Oyunbaatar, or Ogii. As he gripped the steering wheel, dodging potholes, he'd occasionally bark out streams of mystifying Mongolian.

Quality times
I am not what you would call an unprepared traveler. I scour guidebooks, investigate websites, talk to friends. Forewarned, as they say, is forearmed. But Scotland still surprised me.

Brighter experience for Virgin fliers
Like its brash founder Richard Branson, Virgin Atlantic is constantly reinventing itself. This time, it has two new attractions for Hong Kong passengers.

Credit where it's due
To celebrate voyager of the Seas' first summer season at its new home port in Hong Kong, Royal Caribbean is offering every passenger up to US$100 (HK$780) worth of onboard credit on the six-day Xiamen-Okinawa cruise or the four-day Kaohsiung cruise from the SAR.

Panda-monium in Macau
Kids can learn some nifty moves from Po at Sheraton Macao Hotel's Kung Fu Panda Academy. Available from now until September 30, the five-zone obstacle course challenges children's physical abilities and problem-solving skills, and encourages their creativity.

Take to the streets of London
Take an art tour with street artists as part of 45 Park Lane's Discover Art in London package.

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