This tiny, hidden cemetery in a Flemish suburb of Bruxelles was originally cleared for the Tir National, a rifle range for training Belgian sharpshooters. In both World Wars, I and II, the German occupation authorities took advantage of its hidden location to use it as an execution ground […]


Our nominee for Best Guide Ever is Jimmy Miller, son of the original and justifiably famous Alligator Annie, who whiled away an entire day exploring the cricks and bayous of southeastern Louisiana with us. We met him early in the morning at the Bayou Delight Restaurant on Bayou […]


Down the street from his famous neighbor, Le Mannekin Pis, in Bruxelles, the capital city of Belgium, this statue, Le Cracheur (The Spitter), sits on a corner outside one of the city’s premier gay bars and vents his low opinion of tourists and citizens alike in a never-ending […]


Everything has to start somewhere, and the European crusading frenzy started here on the Place Royal in 1201 when Godfried de Bouillion, the first so-called King of Jerusalem, leapt onto his steed and raised his standard to incite the attending mob into joining him on the 1st Crusade. […]

Ciudad de México

You never know whom you’re going to meet in Mexico City. Here, we were minding our own business at the Aztec ruins off the Zócalo, when we were swamped by the Miss Universe pageant. The contestants do these side trips to provide local color for the eventual show, […]

Terminal Island

We prefer two of the older names for this island in Los Angeles Harbor–Rattlesnake Island or Deadman’s Island (after the latter was dynamited and added to the landfill here)–considering one of the more infamous episodes of its history. The fishing Japanese-Americans who settled here called it Fish Island […]