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Raise a Glass! Today is National Beer Day

Today, April 7, is National Beer Day, a holiday that celebrates the world’s most popular alcoholic beverage.
Beer is one of the oldest beverages in the world and is brewed from cereal grains such as malted barley or wheat. It is mentioned in the Code of Hammurabi and The Hymn to Ninkasi, a prayer to the Sumerian goddess of beer.
The manufacture of beer is codified by law in many countries and …

Review: ‘Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes’ at Neil Simon Theatre

It’s 1985 in New York City. The AIDS crisis is about to hit home for Louis Ironson when he finds out at his grandmother’s funeral that his partner, Prior Walter, has become infected.
Thus starts “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes,” a two-part and rather complex play by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tony Kushner, a work that is a frequently metaphorical examination of AIDS and homosexuality in America.
Indeed, “History is …

A European’s Travel Guide to the United States

While the European continent has its centuries-old history and traditions, the United States of America has a pioneering spirit that is reflected in much of the country and what a big country it is.
Indeed, to fly cross country from New York to Los Angeles or San Francisco takes about the same length of time as a transatlantic flight between New York and London.
To put the United States into perspective, think …

Travel Industry’s Message to Customers: Stay Home and Use Skype or Facetime

VIENNA, Austria, April 1 — The American Society and Service of Travel Industry Companies (ASSTIC) returned to Vienna for its annual conference for the first time since 2013 to announce findings of an updated research report that, among other things, said that its members should encourage their best customers to stay home more and use videoconferencing.
ASSTIC is the largest association of travel industry executives in the world.
The study, conducted by …

Great Moments in Travel History – April 2018

April is the fourth month of the Gregorian calendar and the first month of the year to have 30 days. It is commonly associated with spring and rain, as in the saying April showers bring May flowers. Known in Latin as Aprilis, the derivation of which is uncertain, the month is also associated with two major religious holidays that result in one of the busiest travel seasons of the year, …

Today is Good Friday and the First Night of Passover: Here is What’s Open and What’s Closed

Today is Good Friday and, at sundown, the first day of Passover. The former marks Jesus’ crucifixion, the latter, the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt.
Neither is as widely observed as a federal or state holiday: relatively few offices close and most people simply go to work.
The two holidays do coincide with the start of spring recess at many public and private schools throughout the United States, so students get a break.
Here’s …

Traveling to Cuba in 2018? Here’s What You Need to Know

Whether you’ve been inspired by Ernest Hemingway or merely see yourself touring La Habana Vieja, Old Havana, in a classic 1950s Buick convertible, travel to Cuba is now possible and relatively simple to undertake, despite restrictions put into place last year by the Trump administration.
While the most popular category of travel, so-called “people-to-people” visits, is no longer an option and clearly dampened enthusiasm, there remain 12 categories that make travel …