As one with first-class travel tastes on an economy budget, I’m always on the lookout for the next great deal. But not just any bargain will do: I like to know what I’m getting, so a discounter like Priceline, with its vague promises of a four-star hotel without revealing the property’s name or exact location, […]
All during a recent dinner at Philadelphia’s French restaurant stalwart Le Bec-Fin, I kept a watchful eye on the sumptuous dessert cart as it made its rounds. At last it was my turn to get a close up view of the dozen or choices and hear them described by a young female attendant who treated […]
Although the production’s name escapes me, the sound of a Chinese opera I attended more than a dozen years ago as part of the Hong Kong Arts Festival still resonates. For me, this fervent, yet discordant operatic style was a taste I had yet to acquire. Despite the musical dissonance, I did feel some kind […]
Robert DiGiacomo finds the usual suspects — and some surprises — among the world’s most costly cities.
The former Frugal Traveler columnist for The New York Times explains why vacationing on the cheap is not just good for the wallet but also the soul.
Robert DiGiacomo offers his picks for some cool ways to while away the summer heat.
A series of 50 murals tell the story of a guy’s passion for a girl — and an artist’s love for his hometown.
Robert DiGiacomo likes virtual photo albums, but misses the real deal.
The phrase, “eating tour,” neatly summed up a recent trip to Spain. My partner and I made it our mission to work our way through a succession of fabulous tapas spots in Madrid, Cordoba and Seville. This sampling of staples like patatas bravas (fried potatoes in a spicy tomato sauce), tortilla de patata (potato omelet) […]
Robert DiGiacomo questions how any hotel can justify charging guests for Internet access.