When traveling abroad, my wife, Nina, and I prefer to explore new terrain on foot. On a visit to the wine country in the Piedmont region of northwest Italy last summer, we left our rented car behind, strapped on light knapsacks, and set off into the vineyards.

img 0066BEYOND RYE: Seascapes, Safari, Sundowners: South Africa :
The Cape region of South Africa enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a premier tourist destination, featuring breathtaking scenery, abundant flora and fauna, beautiful vernacular architecture, and outstanding indigenous and international cuisine.

beyondrye-thumbTime was when I enjoyed reading about Henry VIII, who really did more than bed and behead Tudor women in his long reign. But Hilary Mantel, winner of two Booker prizes for her back-to-back blockbuster novels, “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies,” gave me a whole new perspective.