Sunday musings: Italy no-nos, Two-ticket savings, Private MD-WV bridge

Today our first article to ponder is fun. It is a look at what not to do in Italy, a land of legendary excesses. We then look at how to save money by combining airline tickets on your own (or together with a travel agent) and some of the pitfalls of these money-saving maneuvers. Finally, the history of a remote privately-owned bridge connecting West Virginia and Maryland gives us pause — the crush of bureaucracy even in the remote hollows and rivers is amazing.

Autumn splendor: 5 foliage tours

Vermont and New Hampshire market their fall foliage as the most brilliant and ahhh-inspiring in the country. And it’s true: New England is a leaf-peeper’s paradise. But nature puts on this spectacular show all across the country. Get out and take a look.

The royal treatment at the Greenbrier

Have I morphed into Alice peering through a looking glass in some fantastical dream? Did Lady Gaga and Martha Stewart join forces to create this Technicolor decor before me? Or is this outrageousness really a reality–a magical transformation of the grandest of grand dames, The Greenbrier?

W.Va. lining up against REAL ID

The West Virginia State Senate is considering a bill that may put the state at odds with the Department of Homeland Security and the federal REAL ID Act, the Associated Press reports.