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Living

Best way to see Niagara Falls is up close

Niagara Falls is nature at its mightiest. More than just a look at a waterfall, a visit is a full vacation surrounded by the natural beauty of the area and the luxury that has drawn tourists from around the world.

Living

The world's most beautiful boulevards find favor with 'flaneurs'

When my architect friend Westley visits Paris, he doesn't dawdle in the Louvre or climb the Eiffel Tower. Instead, he goes for a stroll. "I want to experience the city like the locals do," he once told me. "The idea of crowding around the Mona Lisa with a scrum of tourists just doesn't interest me." In other words, Westley is a boulevardier, a "flaneur," that great French word derived from the Old Norse verb "flana" or "to wander with no purpose."

Living

12 days to explore the ancient wonders of Egypt

Let's hope the "mummy's curse" isn't real. Because I'm sweatily crouching through a claustrophobic 125-foot-long tunnel inside Egypt's iconic Great Pyramid on my climb to its 4,500-year-old royal burial chamber. Dangling from my necklace is an amulet charm – the protective Eye of Horus – because you can't be too sure in this myth-mesmerizing land of powerhouse pharaohs and ominous gods.

Home & Garden

Get ahead of the summer heat with an air conditioner tune-up

With summer's higher temperatures just around the corner, now is the ideal time to schedule an air conditioning tune-up. Early air conditioner maintenance can prevent many small problems from becoming bigger, more expensive problems in the long run. Furthermore, scheduling your air conditioner checkup now will save you the long waits and higher prices that come with peak season heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) repair visits.

Home & Garden

Plumber: Keep an open mind when designing a smaller bathroom

Q: Dear Ed: We are redesigning and remodeling our downstairs half-bath. With limited space to work with, we don't want to overcrowd the area. One of your past articles spoke about benefits of a pedestal sink in a small space. But, we're looking for extra storage as well. Any bathroom fixture recommendations for saving space along with storage?

Home & Garden

Style at Home: How to find your muse

How do you fuel your creativity? What do you do to keep yourself inspired? When it comes to making your home fresh and beautiful, where do you find your ideas? Through the years, I've discovered some failsafe ways to ignite my creative spark. Here are a few of my favorite muses, which not only inspire my decorating but also enrich my life:

Putting a spring in your step in downtown Fresno

Cornerstone Coffee Company’s Cierra Luna thought of brightening up the days of downtown Fresno pedestrians passing the shop, and did so by simple means: chalking out a pair of multi-colored hopscotch squares.
John Walker