Barbara Radcliffe Rogers

Barbara Radcliffe Rogers is the author of 32 travel books -- nine of them on New England and a dozen on Southern Europe, all reflecting her love of finding the hidden corners and secret places that escape more traditional travel guides. When she is not writing, she is likely to be found searching for prehistoric sites in Portugal or paddling her kayak in the Bay of Fundy.

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Discovering Venice’s Grand Canal by Vaporetto

Gondolas on the Grand Canal Venice

From the main gateways of Piazalle Roma and Santa Lucia rail station to Piazza San Marco, Venice's Grand Canal carves a sweeping S through the heart of the city. A journey along the 2.5-mile canal takes passengers past some of the city’s most iconic … [Read more...]

Climbing Through Golden Aspens in Park City, Utah

Canyons Chairlift (Canyons Resort)

As a New Englander, I’m spoiled for foliage. I have always smugly believed in the superiority of our country roads lined in red maples. Then I saw mile after mile of Utah mountainsides painted in bright yellow aspens; it broadened my view. And it … [Read more...]

Walking the Black Heritage Trail in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

The first recorded slave ship docked in Portsmouth Harbor in 1645 (© Stillman Rogers)

We northerners tend to think of slavery as an institution peculiar to southern history, not to our own. But in fact, it was not at all uncommon for New Englanders to hold slaves. After all, New England ports -- including Portsmouth -- were the … [Read more...]

Riding the Carousel at Maine’s Old Orchard Beach

Old Orchard Beach Maine (Photo copyright Stillman Rogers)

Has the merry-go-round at Old Orchard Beach shrunk? I’m sure the horses used to be bigger, so tall that my father had to boost me up to mount them. Apart from the size of the carousel, it’s just like I remember, though – maybe cleaner and not quite … [Read more...]

Having Tea with Eleanor Roosevelt on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada

Roosevelt Cottage, Roosevelt Campobello International Park (Photo copyright Stillman Rogers)

"A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it's in hot water." We all laughed, but Eleanor Roosevelt’s favorite saying gives us a clue to what kind of person she was – never afraid of controversy or of standing up for her … [Read more...]

Celebrating Independence Day at Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts

An Old Time Fourth of July Parade in Old Sturbridge Village

The picnic basket listed heavily to one side as the two little girls of different ages tried to carry it between them. They set it down frequently on the gravel path that leads to the grassy common in the center of Old Sturbridge Village. I could … [Read more...]