Getting ready for the big hurricane up in New Hampsire

News reports today are filled with stories of Hurricane Irene bearing down on the East Coast. Friends of mine from DC to Maine are bracing for the storm. After last year’s meager storm performance, the news media has been pumping up this particular hurricane and its pending disasters.

In Venice, every church tells a story

Too many churches – not enough time. While I haven’t actually researched the figures, after more than two weeks in Venice I’d be willing to wager that Venice probably has more churches per square kilometer than any other city in Europe, including Rome.

Hilton Molino Stucky — lodging in Venetian history

Sticky.Molino.nightAt the end of the Giudecca island a massive brick structure, looking almost Germanic, presides over the wide canal looking north towards the tourist heart of Venice. In these remains of one of Europe’s largest flourmills, electricity was introduced to Italy, the first Italian elevators began operation and Venice’s largest hotel and convention venue stands.

TSA watch: Can you trust the new trusted-traveler program?

Stung by the traveling public’s disapproval of its one-size-fits-all approach to passenger screening, the Transportation Security Administration last month announced that it would begin testing a new trusted-traveler program. But if you think that the next time you fly, you’ll speed through the security line like it’s 1999, you’ll probably be disappointed.