| Apr 10, 2013
| 4:50 PM
I’m still at loss for words trying to express the essence of the La Caņada High School choral artists’ Cantemus tour through Central Europe. If you remember, when I last wrote, the choir had just finished singing in Bratislava, Slovakia....
| Apr 11, 2013
Everybody likes sandwiches, but after trips to Eastern Europe through the years, Tracy Miller found herself obsessed with a very particular style of stuff-on-bread.
That would be the small open-faced sandwiches popular in Austria and its neighboring...
| Apr 3, 2013
| 9:02 PM
It's 8 a.m. in Austria. The MS Mozart, queen of the Danube, glides through the current, passing abbeys, cathedrals and villages from the 13th century. The snowflakes fall and nothing stirs from the quaint little houses with the steeple roofs. It is a...
| Oct 18, 2012
| 7:13 AM
An art exhibition in Vienna titled "Nude Men" -- "Nackte Manner" in German -- is stimulating considerable media attention in Austria. The show, which opens this week at the Leopold Museum, is dedicated to depictions of male nudity from the 19th century to...
| Nov 21, 2011
| 6:22 AM
BUDAPEST, Hungary — There's an easier way to see Europe than being crammed on a tourist bus or hustling hostels at the end of the day. A river cruise is one of the most relaxing and picturesque ways to view the wonders the continent, up close and...
| Feb 13, 2012
| 6:14 AM
SOELDEN, Austria — We arrived in Soelden after heavy snows had fallen and the sky had grown as blue and clear as an Alpine lake. ("We" being a family of three: husband, wife and a toddler named Ryan.)
Soelden is in the Oetztal region of Tyrol, in...
| Nov 14, 2011
| 11:40 AM
In the 1999 Spike Jonze-Charlie Kaufman film "Being John Malkovich," people paid $200 to spend 15 minutes to enter a portal into the actor's mind.
On Tuesday, I was given 15 minutes with the 57-year-old actor, not nearly enough time to get inside...
| Sep 4, 2012
| 5:55 AM
When it debuted in 2009, the Ringling International Arts Festival was announced as a biennial event. But the collaboration between Sarasota's Ringling Museum of Art and Manhattan's Baryshnikov Arts Center proved so popular that the gathering has become an...
| May 20, 2012
| 5:58 PM
Renowned baritone championed German lieder
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, 86, a renowned baritone who led a worldwide revival in popularity for German lieder, died in his sleep Friday at his home in the southern German city of...
| Feb 8, 2011
Maria Altmann, who escaped Nazi-occupied Vienna as a newlywed and returned to wage a triumphant fight to recover Gustav Klimt's iconic gold portrait of her remarkable aunt, has died. She was 94.
Altmann died Monday at her Cheviot Hills home after a...
| Feb 22, 2011
Sofia Cosma, a concert pianist who defied long odds to rebuild her career after seven years in Soviet prison camps and later established herself as a performer and teacher in Southern California, died of natural causes Feb. 12 at a nursing home in Oxnard,...
| Feb 27, 2011
For tourist information about foreign destinations, contact the government offices below. Several no longer list phone numbers, so information is through their website only. For information about a country not listed, call the United Nations at (212) 963-...