Posted on: April 19, 2021 Posted by: Riley Black Comments: 0

Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy among those to miss cut at Masters

The defending champion, Dustin Johnson, led a high-profile exodus from the 85th Masters, after the 36-hole cut fell at three over par at Augusta National. Johnson, the world No 1 who marched to victory at 20 under par here in November, was plus five after rounds of 74 and 75. Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Sergio García, Jason Day, Patrick Cantlay and Im Sungjae – who tied second to…

Posted on: April 19, 2021 Posted by: Riley Black Comments: 0

Joe Musgrove tosses first no-hitter in San Diego Padres’ 53-year history

San Diego Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove pitched the first no-hitter in the history of his hometown team, allowing only one baserunner in a 3-0 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night. The Padres were the only active MLB franchise without a no-hitter, and it came in their 8,206th regular-season game – from a 28-year-old who grew up just down the road in El Cajon, California. “It’s awesome to have…

Posted on: April 19, 2021 Posted by: Riley Black Comments: 0

Penalty call: coaches ejected for flouting Augusta’s phone rules

As some players’ mentors have found out in Masters week, this grand old club will punish anyone who breaks its traditions The famously no-nonsense approach of Augusta National to matters of discipline has been evident once more during Masters week, with more than one player’s coach understood to have been ejected from the premises for violating the rules on mobile phone usage. In one instance, a competitor’s tutor was discovered…

Posted on: April 19, 2021 Posted by: Riley Black Comments: 0

Judge rules that accuser of Texans’ Deshaun Watson must disclose identity

A judge on Friday ordered that the name of one of the 22 women who have filed lawsuits accusing Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual assault and harassment must be made public. Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, has asked that all the women, who have sued under the name Jane Doe, be publicly identified so his client can “have a chance at properly defending himself”. Hardin has called the claims…

Posted on: May 31, 2021 Posted by: Riley Black Comments: 0

Cape Town and Peninsula

A favorite South African topic of debate is whether Cape Town really is part of Africa. That's how different it is, both from the rest of the country and the rest of the continent. And therein lies its attraction. South Africa's most urbane, sophisticated city sits in stark contrast to the South Africa north of the Hex River Valley. Here, the traffic lights work pretty much consistently and good restaurants are commonplace. In fact, dining establishments in the so-called Mother City always dominate the country's "best of" lists.What also distinguishes this city is its deep sense of history....

Posted on: June 06, 2021 Posted by: Riley Black Comments: 0

Cusco and the Sacred Valley

"Bienvenidos a la ciudad imperial del Cusco," announces the flight attendant when your plane touches down at a lofty 3,300 meters above sea level. "Welcome to the imperial city of Cusco." This greeting hints at what you're in for in Cusco, one of the world's great travel destinations.The juxtaposition of cultures-Inca and Spanish colonial, but also modern-makes this city fascinating. This is a rare place where, if you take the time to sit and observe, you will see a culture that is going through a transformation in front of your very eyes. Where else can you see a child in traditional dress leading a llama on colonial streets while talking on a smartphone?The area's rich history springs forth from the Inca tale that describes how Manco Capac and his sister-consort Mama Ocllo were sent by the Sun and Moon to enlighten the people of Peru. Setting off from Lake Titicaca sometime in the 12th century with the directive to settle only where their golden staff could be plunged fully into the...

Posted on: June 01, 2021 Posted by: Riley Black Comments: 0

Eleuthera and Harbour Island

You haven't experienced a real escape until you've vacationed in Eleuthera. Simple luxury resorts are the norm, deserted expanses of white- or pink-sand beaches are your playground, and islanders are genuinely friendly. Although the low-key, relax-and-relax-some-more island vacation isn't for everyone, Eleuthera is the place to go when you need to recharge your batteries. Seclusion, sun, and...

Posted on: May 30, 2021 Posted by: Riley Black Comments: 0

Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo

Rarely does one destination satisfy the needs of so many different kinds of travelers, from authenticity-seeking adventurers to languorous sun worshippers who never want to leave their all-inclusive resort. But the twin towns of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, just a short drive from one another on the Pacific coast of Guerrero State, offer something for nearly every vacationer on the tourism spectrum: stunning white-sand beaches; picturesque sunsets over placid bays; crystal clear waters to surf, dive, and snorkel; five-star hospitality; and even a taste of small-town Mexican life.Although they couldn't be more different, Ixtapa (eesh-TAH-pa) and Zihuatanejo (zee-wha-ta-NEH-ho) are marketed together as a single resort destination, and both have gorgeous bays and beaches.Zihua, as it's often...

Posted on: June 10, 2021 Posted by: Riley Black Comments: 0

Journey to Exumas

The Exumas are known for their gorgeous 365 cays-most uninhabited, some owned by celebrities. Get the wind and sea salt in your hair as you cruise through the pristine 120-mile chain. The water here is some of the prettiest in the world, and comes in every shade of blue and green (you'll grow tired trying to name the exact color); beaches are dazzling white. Combine that with fresh seafood and friendly locals, and you have yourself one of the best vacation destinations in the Bahamas.Yes, the Exumas are Out Islands in the fullest sense of the word; there isn't a casino or cruise ship in sight. Those who love the remote beauty of the windswept cays keep coming back, people like Jimmy Buffett, who once docked his seaplane behind the historic Club Peace and Plenty and amused islanders by fishing from the cockpit. A vacation here revolves around uncrowded beaches, snorkeling, fishing, and enjoying a freshly caught dinner at an outdoor restaurant by the beach.The Exumas attract outdoorsmen...

Posted on: May 27, 2021 Posted by: Riley Black Comments: 0

North Island's West Coast. New Zealand

The North Island's West Coast encompasses a diversity of landscapes: top surfing beaches; world-renowned limestone caves; and two national parks, one centered on a volcanic mountain, the other on a wilderness river.The land is generally rural, ranging from tidy thoroughbred horse stud farms to sheep-and-cattle farms located in remote, rolling hill country and a jumble of forest-covered mountain...

Posted on: June 03, 2021 Posted by: Riley Black Comments: 0

Okanagan Wine Country

If you think that "wine country" and "British Columbia" have as much in common as "beaches" and "the Arctic," think again. The Okanagan region, roughly five hours east of Vancouver by car or one hour by air, has earned another moniker: "Napa of the North," for its award-winning blends. Admittedly, wine production is not even half of the Napa Valley; but still, the Okanagan is a magnet for wine enthusiasts-novice and expert alike.Its lakeside and scenic vineyards aren't the Okanagan's only draw. Add to that the region's arid summer climate, water activities, numerous golf courses, mountain trails, and abundant snow in winter, and you have a perfect short getaway from Vancouver and the British Columbia coast as well as a perfect setting for a longer stay.The Okanagan's wineries are...

Posted on: May 29, 2021 Posted by: Riley Black Comments: 0

Phuket and the Andaman Coast

For its amazing setting, variety, and charm, Phuket has consistently been voted as one of the world's favorite tourist destinations, both for budget travelers and those seeking sumptuous luxury. Though it has its share of overdevelopment issues, the island has many beautiful beaches and a dazzling variety in restaurants, hotels, activities, and nightlife. Once you leave Phuket and head for the...

Posted on: June 08, 2021 Posted by: Riley Black Comments: 0

The Cayes and Atolls, Belize

Imagine heading back to shore after a day of snorkeling, the white prow of your boat pointing toward billowing clouds, the sky's base darkening to deep lilac, spray from the green water like warm rain. To the left, San Pedro's pastel buildings huddle among the palm trees like a detail from a Paul Klee canvas. To the right, the surf breaks in a white seam along the reef.You can experience such adventures off the coast of Belize, where more than 400 cayes dot the Caribbean Sea like punctuation marks in a long, liquid sentence. A caye, sometimes spelled "cay" but in either case pronounced "key," is simply an island. It can be a small spit of sand, a tangled watery web of mangroves, or, as in the case of Ambergris Caye, a 25-mile-long (41-km-long) island about half the size of Barbados....

Posted on: June 09, 2021 Posted by: Riley Black Comments: 0

The Sinai Peninsula and Red Sea Coast

Since the dawn of human culture in Africa and the Middle East, the Sinai and Red Sea region has been an important crossroads-then a land bridge, now a sea bridge-connecting East and West, North and South. Enormous container ships and fancy ocean liners line up to pass through the Suez Canal. Canal towns such as Ismailiya and Bur Sa'id (Port Said) make interesting day trips from Cairo, if you have the time. But the novelty of passing ships can wear off rather quickly, leaving little else to do.Not so the Sinai Peninsula and the Red Sea Coast, where relaxing on the beach, trekking through the desert, and diving amidst a wealth of marine life are probably the opposite of what you'd expect from a trip to Egypt. The desert itself, inland Sinai, has changed little since the times when Bedouins moved from one watering hole to the next. It remains awe inspiring, especially if you get up for sunrise and catch the mountains changing from purple to red, then orange to yellow.The Red Sea...

Posted on: May 17, 2021 Posted by: Riley Black Comments: 0

Things to Do in New York City

In NYC, there are fun things to do around every corner-from the must-see tourist attractions to the off-the-beaten-path local gems. Consider these the best in New York City. For some, New York City is the center of the universe. It's home to some of the world's best restaurants, hotels, museums, boutiques, and bars. Constantly evolving, New York is a different city every time you visit. Yesterday's hot spot is today's eye roll, so everyone who wants to know where to go and what to see needs an expert guide. Pick any of these must-see sights, and let the sleepless city do the rest. From...

Posted on: June 04, 2021 Posted by: Riley Black Comments: 0

Travel to Charleston

Wandering through the city's famous downtown peninsula, it's obvious why filmmakers look to Charleston as a backdrop for historic movies. Dozens of church steeples punctuate the low skyline, and horse-drawn carriages pass centuries-old mansions, their stately salons offering a crystal-laden and parquet-floored version of Southern comfort. Outside, magnolia-filled gardens overflow with carefully tended heirloom plants. At first glance, the city may resemble a 19th-century etching come to life-but look closer and you'll see that block after block of old structures have been restored. Happily, after three centuries of wars, epidemics, fires, and hurricanes, Charleston has prevailed and is now one of the South's best-preserved cities.Although it's home to Fort Sumter, where the bloodiest war in the nation's history began, Charleston is also famed for its elegant houses. These handsome mansions are showcases for the "Charleston style," a distinctive look that is reminiscent of the West...

Posted on: June 07, 2021 Posted by: Riley Black Comments: 0

Travel to Kyushu

Kyushu's landscape couldn't be more varied, with active yet accessible volcanoes, numerous thermal spas, endless fields of rice and famous potatoes, forested mountains capped by winter snows, busy harbors along lively seacoasts, and pleasant seaside retreats.Kyushu has been inhabited and favored for human settlement for more than 10,000 years, and ruins and artifacts thousands of years old suggest that the region was the most important gateway for human contact between Japan and the rest of Asia. The most rapid anthropological changes occurred from about 300 BC to AD 300, when rice became...

Posted on: June 15, 2021 Posted by: Riley Black Comments: 0

Travel to Moorea Island

Moorea is called the "sister island" of Tahiti and its proximity-just 19 km (12 mi) away across the Sea of Moon-has assured a steady stream of both international and local visitors. Many Tahitians have holiday homes on Moorea and hop over in their boats or take the 30-minute ferry. The draw is South Seas island charm and a relatively slow-paced life. Moorea is an eighth of the size of Tahiti but packs all the classic island features into its triangular shape. Cutting into the northern side of the island are the dramatic Opunohu Bay and Cook's Bay, the latter backed by the shark-toothed Mt....

Posted on: June 13, 2021 Posted by: Riley Black Comments: 0

Travel to Nashville

Heralded as Music City, U.S.A., and the country-music capital of the world, Tennessee's fast-growing capital city also shines as a leading center of higher education, appropriately known as the Athens of the South. Nashville has prospered from both labels, emerging as one of the South's most vibrant cities in the process. The District, the downtown area along 2nd Avenue and historic Broadway, has become a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, with restaurants, specialty shopping, and entertainment options. The historic sites throughout the city-such as the Hermitage and the Belle Meade Plantation-add another dimension.Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This tribute to country music's finest is a full city block long, filled with plaques and exhibits highlighting...

Posted on: June 12, 2021 Posted by: Riley Black Comments: 0

Travel to New Brunswick

Stunning scenery, vast forests, and world-class attractions characterize New Brunswick. Topping the list is the Bay of Fundy, with the highest tides in the world, marine life that includes several species of whales, stretches of wilderness coastline, and charming harbor villages.Add to this national and international historic sites, national parks teeming with wildlife, great beaches with the warmest seawater in Canada, vibrant towns and cities, and a thriving diversity of cultures, and you might wonder how the population can remain so utterly laid-back, but that's just another facet of New Brunswick's charm. The province is an old place in New World terms, and the remains of a turbulent past are still evident in some of its quiet nooks.Near Moncton, for instance, wild strawberries perfume the air of the grassy slopes of Fort Beausejour, where, in 1755, one of the last battles for possession of Acadia took place, with the English finally overcoming the French. Other areas of the...

Posted on: June 11, 2021 Posted by: Riley Black Comments: 0

Travel to Sardinia

The second-largest island in the Mediterranean, Sardinia remains unique and enigmatic with its rugged coastline and white-sand beaches, dramatic granite cliffs, and mountainous inland tracts. Glamorous resorts lie within a short distance of quiet, medieval villages, and ruined castles and ancient churches testify to an eventful history. But although conquerors from all directions-Phoenicians,...

Posted on: June 02, 2021 Posted by: Riley Black Comments: 0

Travel to the Dolomites

The Dolomites, those inimitable craggy peaks Le Corbusier called "the most beautiful work of architecture ever seen," are never so arresting as at dusk, when the last rays of sun create a pink hue that languishes into purple-a magnificent transformation locals call the enrosadira.You can certainly enjoy this glow from a distance, but the Dolomites are such an appealing year-round destination...

Posted on: June 05, 2021 Posted by: Riley Black Comments: 0

Travel to Western Australia

Western Australia is a stunningly diverse place, with rugged interior deserts, endless, untrammeled white-sand beaches, a northern tropical wilderness, and a temperate forested south. The scenery here is magnificent; whether you travel through the rugged gorges and rock formations of the north; the green pastures, vineyards, and tall-tree forests of the south; or the coastline's vast, pristine beaches, you'll be struck by how much space there is here. If the crowds and crush of big-city life aren't your thing, this is the Australia you may never want to leave.Perth, the capital city and home to nearly 70% of the state's 2.47 million residents, is a modern, pleasant metropolis with an easygoing, welcoming attitude. However, at 3,000 km (1,864 miles) from any other major city in the world, it has fondly been dubbed "the most isolated city on Earth." Its remoteness is part of what makes Western Australia so awe-inspiring.It took more than 200 years after Dutch seafarer Dirk Hartog first...

Posted on: May 28, 2021 Posted by: Riley Black Comments: 0

Visit to Patagonia

Patagonia is a wild and rugged land filled with breathtaking landscapes and eye-catching wildlife. There are few other places in the world where you can feel such a great isolation and vast emptiness and yet see waters teeming with wildlife; visit gauchos living on windswept estancias; and get so close to ancient glaciers that you can actually walk inside these ice cathedrals. Spanning over a million square kilometers Patagonia has many worlds to discover.Atlantic Patagonia is where the low pampas meet the ocean. It's a land of immense panoramic horizons and a coastline of bays, inlets, and peninsulas abounding with birds and marine wildlife. The region is most famous for Peninsula Valdes with southern right whales, orcas, elephant seals, and sea lions. There are seemingly endless dirt...