The City Traveler’s contributors and editors, in the second installment of a two-part series, share their travel plans for the new year.
Happy travels in 2012!
Bolzano: Mountain Harmony
Kansas City: Architecture, Old and New
I’ll happily revisit downtown and Country Club Plaza, the 1920s shopping district par excellence, and take in places I missed, like the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (with a stunning new addition). Another must: the just-opened Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. As a Fred Harvey maven, I’ll inspect Union Station for traces of the golden age of rail travel (including restaurants by architect Mary Colter) — and hop a train there to L.A. — Arnold Berke
Having visited Prague and Budapest, and forever a lover of literature, history and myth, I plan to hit Romania next as part of my Eastern European bucket list. I’ll be traveling mostly by train, with a major stop being Bran Castle (“Dracula’s Castle”), infamously linked to the legend of Vlad the Impaler and the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s timeless character. — Ramona Zacharias
Montreal: Home Away from Home
For me, part of travel’s appeal is imagining what it might be like to actually live in a place. This summer, I plan to get a vivid sense of every day life in Montreal when I exchange my home in Philadelphia for a week in an apartment in Old Town.
I’m looking forward to loading up on Montreal-style bagels, snacking on poutine and checking out the dynamic restaurant scene. I just hope the French-Canadians are forgiving when I mangle their native tongue.— Robert DiGiacomo
I sometimes muse about not traveling at all. My husband teases me because he says I complain about leaving, but then when he drops me off at the airport I skip into the terminal like Dorothy down the Yellow Brick Road.
So, where do I want to go next year? To Santiago Compostela to walk the trail; to Funnen to ride bikes all around the island; to Gotland to see Viking and Iron Age remains and to Passau so that I might ride my bike all the way to Vienna beside the Danube. Hopefully, while I am gone, my boys won’t turn the entire house into a man cave. I’ll give them the piano room — but that’s as far as I’ll go. — Becca Hensley