The VIP Lounge: Eric Petersen

The TV and stage actor who plays Buddy in “Elf the Musical,” opening Tuesday in Boston, loves traveling with his young family.

Mahmood Rezaei-Kamalabad, with some of his artwork, and the pipe he wants to be buried in, outside Aladdin Auto Service in Cambridge.

Viewfinder: Aladdin Auto Service, an art gallery and repair shop

Artist, philosopher, university lecturer, and taxi driver Mahmood Rezaei-Kamalabad runs his Cambridge shop, and is genuinely happy.

The author and his wife found a bowl between dunes and set up camp.

The greatest campsite I ever had

We obtained a permit allowing us to pitch our tent pretty much any place in the 30 square miles of massive southern Colorado sand dunes.

The National Football Museum in Manchester, England, just celebrated its one-year birthday. Museum officials say 500,000 people have visited the free attraction since its opening day.

Toddling around Manchester

We wondered, what was there to see in Manchester? I imagined a place like Worcester, only with British accents — a perfectly decent place to live, but not exciting enough to spend my vacation days on.

A skier busts along early season snow at Sunday River in Newry, Maine. Photos courtesy of Sunday River.

winter travel

Before the real snow hits the trails, the deals do

Use those vacation days now for the best pre-Christmas ski specials made possible by snowmaking guns blazing 24/7.

The 12.03-carat “Blue Moon” diamond broke auction records by fetching $48.4 million from a Hong Kong billionaire at a recent Sotheby’s auction.

Antiques & Collectibles

Record making and breaking mark Sotheby’s and Christie’s auctions

The 12.03-carat “Blue Moon” diamond sold for $48.4 million to a Hong Kong billionaire who renamed the stone “Blue Moon for Josephine” after his 7-year-old daughter.


Chill 2015

// Make this the mother of all winters

Grab your skis, snowboard, fat bike, climbing gear -- and appetite -- and head for the hills.

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