2012: Where We’re Heading, Part 2

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

Ever wondered why many Italian winter Olympic competitors sound like they come from Vienna or Munich? Fascinated by border towns, we found the answer in the little northern Italian city of Bolzano. Once Austrian, the city has learned to embrace its dual heritage. We’re going back to rediscover this unique blend of Baroque, Italian and Gothic Teutonic. Suzanne and Andrew Edwards
Photo by JoAnn Greco

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

Crete: Ancient Retreat

Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, is my choice for a return visit. My husband and I are planning to soak in the blend of cultural experiences and tranquil, pristine beaches. We’ll explore the ancient ruins at Knossos, stroll the quaint city of Chania, and partake in the island’s agro-tourism. Most of all, we can’t wait to dine on the freshest seafood, sip local wines and relax by the warm Cretan sea. — Marla Cimini   

Transylvania: In Search of Dracula

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

Photo by JoAnn Greco

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

Everywhere/Nowhere

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