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Disconnected and discombobulated

By Paul Knowles

I have been known to heap scorn upon those young people who wander the streets, oblivious to their surroundings, nose-deep in their “devices.” “Addicts!” I have labeled them.
Ah, hypocrisy at its finest. For, spending Christmas week in Varadero, Cuba, I discovered that my phone’s roam-like-I-was-in-Wilmot function did not deliver connectivity, and that wifi was virtually non-existent. I was cut off from my IPhone and my IPad. I was in Iwithdrawal.


A ton of wisdom in a simple bookmark

By Paul Knowles

There’s a unique quirk to the business of travel writing: free stuff. No other kind of journalism involves getting free stuff. Nobody but a travel writer will come home from an assignment with a new backpack, a golf shirt, a logoed sweater. Travel writers do. Not surprisingly, it’s one of the things I like about that part of my job.

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Not Irv Weinstein’s Buffalo any more

By Paul Knowles (First published in Metroland Community Newspapers)

“Irv Weinstein.” Those of a certain age will know that name – the television news anchor who hosted Eyewitness News on Buffalo’s WKBW for 34 years, until 1998. We might even admit that our impression of Buffalo is pretty much based on the crime, mayhem, and tragedies that Irv reported in a style as bold as his sports jackets. (Photo: zip lining at Buffalo RiverWorks)

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PGA National Resort is a destination in its own right

By Paul Knowles (first published in

It’s not news that the state of Florida is jam-packed with possibilities for visitors. In fact, there is probably not a tougher market in the world for a tourist attraction to establish itself as a premier destination. So when a resort that is not located right on the water manages that feat, it’s worthy of note. We’re talking the PGA National Resort and Spa, in Palm Beach Gardens. Now, to be fair, the resort is only about a 20-minute drive from several beaches on the Atlantic, but that’s not the reason people come here.

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