American gets 15 years of hard labor in North Korea for 'hostile acts' An American tour operator has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea for alleged “hostile acts” against the repressive regime, according to its official state news agency. Kenneth Bae, who is in his mid-40s and lives in Washington state, has been described by friends as a devout Christian who took tourists on trips to North Korea, The Associated Press reported. More
U.S. plans to drop gray wolves from endangered list The planned ruling would eliminate protection for the top predators, but scientists and conservationists say the proposal is flawed. Federal authorities intend to remove endangered species protections for all gray wolves in the Lower 48 states, carving out an a exception for a small pocket of about 75 Mexican wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico, according to a draft document obtained by The Times. More
South Africa: Elephant overturns vehicle South African officials say an elephant has overturned a vehicle carrying two tourists, injuring one of them. A statement from Kruger National Park says the tourists are of "Chinese origin." The statement says an elephant in the park attacked the vehicle on a road at 6:30 a.m. More
Ariz. sheriff releases records from Giffords' shooting The Pima County Sheriff's Office released an estimated 2,700 pages of investigative records Wednesday from a shooting rampage here two years ago — documents that are expected to shed new light on a massacre that left six dead and 14 wounded. More
A Fading Aura For Arizona's Spiritual Tourism Spiritual tourism, an economic staple of northern Arizona, continues to suffer in the wake of a fatal incident at a Sedona-area sweat lodge. In 2009 ... says spiritual tourists don't make travel decisions based on money. As a result, he says, "The leisure ... 02/15/2014 - 8:01 pm | View Link
A Fading Aura For Arizona's Spiritual Tourism A self-help guru goes on trial this week for manslaughter after three people died during an event he hosted at a sweat lodge near Sedona, Ariz. Following that deadly spiritual retreat, tourists have retreated from the area's mecca of spiritual energy ... 02/15/2011 - 4:04 pm | View Link
A Fading Aura For Arizona's Spiritual Tourism In the middle are the stones actually used to heat the sweat lodge, laid out in the shape of a heart ... to a higher power when things are difficult in your life. KRAKER: These tourists dont make travel decisions based on money, says Kevin Wright, whos ... 02/15/2011 - 11:00 am | View Link
Now, far fewer tourists with spiritual needs Last October, a celebrated New Age practitioner held a sweat lodge ceremony that ran dangerously amok ... New Age practitioners are experiencing to the lack of disposable income tourists have for spiritual needs and not what happened that afternoon. 10/21/2010 - 11:14 am | View Link
After Sweat Lodge Deaths, Fewer Tourists With Spiritual Needs SEDONA, Ariz. — There is negative energy in the air here, which the channelers, mystics, healers, psychics and other New Age practitioners of Sedona are grappling to identify and snuff out. It has to do with the recent dearth of visitors to this ... 10/19/2010 - 7:30 pm | View Link
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Ojibway First Nations Culture, Crafts and Ceremonies Learn about sweat lodges, healing weekends, smudging, medicine wheels and vision quests, golden thread, gowgabgonce, juniper berries and other aboriginal medicinal ... 10/21/2014 - 11:23 am | View Website
Sweat lodges in South Africa – South African Tourism Visit a sweat lodge in South Africa and experience a Native American cleansing ceremony with an African twist. 10/21/2014 - 8:03 am | View Website
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To experience an epic summer road trip.
Fresh cheese and wine from the Tillamook region; however, it was so tasty that it did not make it home.
Wish we’d packed: A kayak on the roof to explore the coves and coastline, and daily essentials, due to the lack of convenience stores along the coast.
 there’s a festival for that, a weeklong series of mushroom, winemaker and brewmaster dinners; exhibits; and wine and mushroom pairings: the Mushroom, Wine & Beer Festival.
Mushroom hunts by foot, horseback and mountain bike; a special mushroom, wine and beer run of the Skunk Train; mushroom workshops and walks at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens; and the Mighty Mushroom Weigh-Off will take place over the course of the week, in every pocket of the county.
Reservations open Saturday for a series of new starlight snowshoe hikes that include a dinner at the Swiss-style mid-mountain Chalet at Alpine Meadows.
Focusing specifically on artisan producers — small, out-of-the-way wineries turning out innovative, hand-crafted vintages that don’t necessarily follow the rules — the event includes a winemaker mixer, tastings, winemaker panels and tasting seminars, and an after-party.
Deep in the south of France, Provence offers an almost predictable palette of travel experiences: oceans of vineyards, fields of scented lavender, adorable villages and intoxicating bouillabaisse.
Most Roman towns in Provence had a theater (some had several), baths, and aqueducts; the most important places had sports arenas.
Impressive physical remains — especially its stately temple and majestic arena — testify to Nimes’ former importance.
Wherever they went, the Romans impressed the “barbaric” locals with massive engineering projects.
Another fine Roman legacy in Provence is the open-air theater in Orange (another popular retirement town for army officers).
When a trove of ancient sculptures and bronzes was discovered underwater a few years ago, scuba-diving archaeologists had to haul them out at night to keep the site hidden from poachers.
The evocative Roman ruins you’ll see there make history an essential part of the picnic of the good life in France.
Rick Steves writes European travel guidebooks and hosts travel shows on public television.
Modern wineries usually aren’t modest affairs, and something has got to help pay for the spectacular settings, where architects, interior designers and landscape artists enjoy nearly the same marquee billing as the winemakers.
The Gould Evans architecture is stunning, with sloped ceilings supported by expansive glass wings, a rammed-earth wall, and rich finishes of black walnut, travertine and basalt stone.
For $100, I could have gotten the Reserve Experience, which features a tasting in the Library, enhanced with barrel samples, a cheese-charcuterie board, plus a tour of the 6,875-square-foot estate house (tasting room), the 7,500-square-foot winery, 12,000 square feet of caves, and vineyards.
Yet, with such an open, welcoming layout to the place, it’s easy to do a self-tour, and my host let me take a peek inside the labyrinthine caves after I asked.
The owners are George and Pam Hamel Jr., the managing director is George Hamel III, and the winemaker is John B.