Question: Twice a year for more than 10 years, I have been flying to Zurich, Switzerland, from LAX. Each trip I stay for about a month. In September, when I was checking in at LAX, the airline agent asked whether I had spent more than 90 days in Europe in the last six months. I had never been asked this, so I asked her why she wanted to know. I was told that a person cannot spend more than 90 days in Europe during a six-month period. Can you please explain this? What does a person do if they want to spend more than 90 days in Europe during a six-month period of time?
So I came to Pivot Point Interpretive Plaza, hard by the Colorado River, for illumination. Nothing epiphanic, nothing metaphorical at all. Actual illumination, as in the nightly laser "show" that is supposed to send twin beams across the low-lying river rim, a visual representation of the Yuma Crossing that put this place on the map when the Spaniards rode in late in the 1700s.
Cleared of millions of plants that were put on display for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, the greenhouses at the Walt Disney World nursery behind Animal Kingdom look like they've been looted.
As director of creative projects for Seattle-based Nordstrom, it's Olivia Kim's job to curate cool for the department store's monthly themed Pop-In shops, whether she's discovering made-in-Africa antelope fur shoes by Brother Vellies in New York or calling on downtown Los Angeles design destination Poketo for quirky home products.
Grunge was the soundtrack of my Gen X college life. We knew every word to Nirvana's 1991 album, "Nevermind." "I'm so happy 'cause today I found my friends." And the day we found out that Kurt Cobain had died, April 8, 1994, there was a candlelight vigil in the quad.
Famous sights around the world are generally famous for a reason - they are culturally significant, they represent important historic events and, well, they're often visually stunning. So they find themselves on just about every visitor's "can't miss" list. But while we've completed our touristy duties and braved the crowds to take in the glory of Notre Dame in Paris and Rome's Colosseum, we've also discovered some of these cities' hidden gems that dare we say, gasp, are even better than their more famous counterparts. Here are five of the world's most underrated sights that are worth visiting in lieu of the ones that make the "most visited" list.
Bacon macaroni and cheese or deconstructed duck confit? Coconut shrimp or goat cheese fingerling potato tart? Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is holding its first food and wine festival on weekends through the end of April, and in the spotlight is a good mix of the comfortable and the bold.