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Anne. Z. Cooke

Ruins in the Rhineland, Trier's Roman Ruins

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 01.27.2016 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

Arriving in Trier on a dark and moonless night, was never part of my plan. I rushed through the train station, misplaced my carry-on luggage, found it after a frantic search then missed the express train to Trier.

Frozen! Journey to the real land of ice and snow

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 01.27.2016 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

LONGYEARBYEN, Svalbard- If it weren't for the red flags marking the tundra trail to the glacier, some of us -- passengers on the Hurtigruten cruise sh...

Talking Ski Talk

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 10.15.2015 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

Ready for winter? If your ski instructor mentions carving and mashed potatoes, you can be sure it's not Thanksgiving dinner he means. So don't feel snowed when you head for the slopes. Keep your edge with the following ski-speak:

Top Five, Lowest Priced Airfares Today

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 10.14.2015 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

Blog by Anne Z. Cooke Photos courtesy of SteveHaggerty/ColorWorld Have you seen some of the rock-bottom airf...

Gold Key to Rome: Omnia Pass Opens City's Doors

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 08.05.2015 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

THE OMNIA ROME PASS, YOUR KEYS TO THE KINGDOM For first-timers in Rome, the eternal city today can seem as helter-skelter as it must have been when R...

Spring Skiing Is Sheer Bliss: Snow Time in the Roaring Fork Valley

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 05.26.2015 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

The blizzard that began late Tuesday night, on March 23rd, was sheer bliss for skiers at Snowmass and Aspen ski resorts who awoke to the best of all possible worlds: feathery-soft powder snow blanketing mountain peaks, valley trails, forest glades and ski lifts.

Chasing Chiloe: Going Where This Girl Has Gone

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 05.25.2015 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

'Oh, take a look! It's breathtaking,' gushed the woman who'd shared our cab from the airport. Beyond the windows lay a wonderland of rolling hills, grassy meadows, leafy trees and half-hidden vales sloping down to the sea.

Mexico's No. 1 Baja Beach Resort: The Villa del Palmar, South of Loreto

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 12.09.2014 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

If you're at your wits end, desperate to find a last-minute gift for your parents, your daughter or your club's long-serving president, treat him, her...

At Home at Ballyfin: Ireland's Best in Show

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 12.30.2014 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

As the carriage rounded the lake and headed uphill, Billy the Irish cob glanced back at Lionel Chadwick, the coachman at Ballyfin Manor, as if to say, "I'm ready, old son. What about you?"

Eat, Play, Live It: The Old Inn On The Green, in the Berkshires

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 09.23.2014 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

If you visit the Old Inn On The Green on a hot August afternoon, a glorious sight awaits, a restorative balm guaranteed to banish hot pavement and stifling humidity.

Alaska's Monster Salmon: Finding Kings on the Kenai

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 09.06.2014 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

Since 4 a.m., you've been straddling a narrow path on the edge of a rushing current, your back against a steep slope of hard-packed mud. There's barely room to swing the rod, your feet are wet and you can forget about a place to sit.

Doing the Volcano Crawl: Getting High in Ecuador

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 07.21.2014 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

I'm embarrassed to admit it: I know more about the medieval history of England and France than I know about South America. Shameful, I know. These cou...

The London Pass: Discovering Hidden Secrets

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 07.18.2014 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

Would you like to hear how I forgot to make a reservation to visit the Tower of London, where the entrance fee is £19.5, but skipped to the front of ...

Bahn Voyage! Through Germany by Train

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 04.02.2014 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

As America's road system reached every corner of the continent, passenger trains went out of style. But it didn't happen in Germany, then or now.

Fans of La Fonda: Night at the Museum

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 10.20.2013 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

La Fonda is an institution, a tradition, an architectural benchmark, a family vacation destination, and for local residents, a meeting place. Its blend of Spanish Colonial, cowboy, Mexican, pioneer and Native American cultures has defined what we think of as Southwestern art and styles.

Bountiful Yountville: The Epic Journey Begins

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 07.23.2013 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

If California wines still baffle - so many labels! -- you might want to spend a weekend in Yountville, on Route 29 in Napa Valley. A village by this city boy's standards, it's 12 blocks long and four blocks wide, perched on a bit of real estate smaller than 1200 acres.

Power Tripping The Zambezi River

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 11.11.2012 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

If you're a contrarian, you won't be surprised to hear that I traveled to Zambia recently and never once bothered to visit Victoria Falls.

Embracing The Tenderloin At The Urban Tavern

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 06.16.2012 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

Urban Tavern is in the Tenderloin District, so-named for a rougher decade when labor bosses and crooked politicians controlled the area.

Skiing Park City: Better Late Than Never

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 04.26.2012 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

From blue trails to black and back to blue, we went from lift to lift and one slope to the next.

PHOTOS: The Magic Of Mazatlan

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 04.22.2012 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

What I wanted to know was this: How dangerous is Mexico, and how can visitors avoid trouble?

Here's Taboo For You Old King Kam

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 11.17.2011 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

During King Kam's glorious reign, and for centuries before him, Hawaiian royalty spent much of their time at the bay they called Kalahuipua'a, now known as Mauna Lani Bay, on the Big Island's Kohala Coast.

New York For Sale Cheap? Impossible!

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 09.08.2011 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

hey said it couldn't succeed. Timesharesand vacation club memberships? Never. Not in New York City.

Thundering Cataract Scares, Wows Visitors to Great Falls, Montana

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 08.30.2011 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

Traveling through Great Falls, Montana, last week, we happened to arrive while the Missouri River was roaring through the top of Ryan Dam as if it was no more than a sieve in a sandbox.

Bubbles and Luxe With French Country Waterways

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 05.26.2011 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

Imagine my rapture at the chance to navigate the quiet waters of France's Champagne region on a luxury barge, a week that promises a much-needed break in my too-busy life.

Is Travel Writing Journalism?

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 11.13.2012 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

Where's the hook that keeps the reader guessing, the suspense, the logical wind-up? No one wants to hear about how you ordered chicken or paid the taxi driver.