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Eating Like a Grape Picker in Alsace

The harvest is a festive time, with celebrations in wine-producing villages and food stores offering seasonal concoctions. I tried my hand at baeckeoffe.

Why and How to Visit Verdun

With underground forts and a vast, high-tech, museum, the century-old Verdun battlefield offers lessons for today. Here’s how to structure a brief visit.

Health Insurance for Frequent Travelers

Each time I examine the subject of travel insurance, the landscape has changed. Here are strategies to follow, and the best of what emerged from this year’s hunt.

How to Be Richer in Retirement

If you spent most of your adult life budgeting around a steady paycheck, a departure from the workforce, by choice or circumstance, poses a new challenge: What funds will you use to meet expenses?