Summer Travel Made Easy – The New York Times | Gmx Pharm

A friend texted me from a departure lounge at Kennedy Airport last weekend. “At three hours and counting…” she wrote of her flight to LA being delayed.

She was expecting it, given the planning difficulties and trip cancellations that have plagued travelers of late. But the reality was frustrating nonetheless: precious hours of a long-awaited vacation spent sifting through the trail mix selections in Hudson News and searching the terminal for a charging station.

I congratulated myself on not planning a big trip over the holidays and choosing the beach close to home. I used an app to find the cheapest gas I could find and packed my lunch instead of buying it. It wasn’t a far off adventure, but it was easy and fun nonetheless.

If you’re grounded due to flight travel complications, or don’t want to stray too far from home due to gas prices or unpredictable variations, you still have options. My colleagues at the travel agency have recommendations for some pretty excellent trips within 100 miles of major cities.

Spend a few days hiking, biking, and oyster feasting in Bellingham, Washington, 90 miles from Seattle. Outside of Atlanta, a weekend of wine tasting beckons in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There are hidden spots in the Chicagoland suburbs that are perfect for camping. Find otherworldly sunsets and the world’s largest outdoor bookstore in Ojai, “an electromagnetic vortex of good energy” 80 miles from Los Angeles.

In Brooklyn, where I live, you can get a $2.75 ticket on the NYC Ferry, whose six daily lines serve all five boroughs and through 9/11 Governors Island (where you can stay if you like).

At the beginning of the pandemic, I wrote a newsletter for The Times on how to live a fulfilling and sophisticated life at home or nearby. I had thought that with the easing of pandemic restrictions there would be less need for such advice and I had dreamed that the world would open its gates and we would all, cooped up for too long, come through on a wagon wheel. Perpetual complications had played no part in the fantasy.

As I spent a year and a half thinking and writing about what to do while I was at home, I realized that these activities don’t have to be a consolation prize. There is as much wonder and pleasure close at hand as there is at the other end of a long plane journey. You don’t have to look far to find it.

Last weekend I watched a bunch of kids on the beach gape as four laughing seagulls hovered a few feet above them in what felt like minutes. A group of friends drank tequila shots, then cranked up Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul” and danced. The air was warm but it was windy. There was hardly any traffic on the drive home.

📺 “Better call Saul” (July 11): I didn’t put much stock in this show. How could a prequel (not even a sequel, a prequel!) to one of the most gripping and addictive shows of the modern era feel other than a cynical attempt to keep the Breaking Bad product on the road. But as “Saul” begins its final six episodes, it’s a pleasure to acknowledge that the series has carved its own unique place in the TV pantheon.

🎧 “Love, Damini”, Burna Boy (Out Now): New backyard barbecue music alarm! On the sixth album from the Nigerian superstar and purveyor of Afrofusion, “the surfaces are glossy and soothing,” writes our pop critic Jon Pareles, and “the inner workings are deviously playful.”

🍿 “Where the Crawdads Sing” (July 15): Daisy Edgar-Jones from Hulu’s Normal People (that’s the movie about sexy, sad young Irishmen) stars in another book adaptation. The 2018 novel Crawdads is, as we have written, a “combination of crime fiction, lush natural fiction, romance and a coming-of-age survival story.” That’s a far cry from franchise fare, but it comes with its own robust fanbase that’s dominated the best-seller list for years.

Maple syrup and lots of butter are the ideal toppings for French toast most of the year. But now, in berry peak season, a handful of strawberries, blackberries, or raspberries stirred into the syrup adds summery color and loads of zest. Feel free to use any wilting, weeping berries in the back of the fridge; their sweet juices are absorbed by the syrup and butter, steeping every bite. Julia Moskin’s wonderful classic French toast recipe calls for dipping slices of fresh bread like challah or brioche into the custard for just a few moments, so you don’t have to plan on soaking for hours. When your dripping berries are calling, a quick batch of French toast is the best answer.

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Ons Jabeur vs. Elena Rybakina, Wimbledon Final: Jabeur, a native of Tunisia, is the first Arab or African woman to reach a Grand Slam singles final in modern times. Like Roger Federer, to whom she has long been compared, Jabeur excels at a range of shots: approaches, overhead shots, skillful drop volleys. Her opponent, Elena Rybakina, was born in Moscow but moved to Kazakhstan from her home country a few years ago – which has enabled her to circumvent Wimbledon’s ban on Russian athletes, imposed after the invasion of Ukraine. 9:00 a.m. Eastern today, ESPN.

For more:

  • In tomorrow’s men’s final, Australia’s Nick Kyrgios will battle six-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic for his maiden Grand Slam title.

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