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Travel Articles by David Bear
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South African floral kingdom surrounds eco-resort

12-14-2003

Botanically speaking, the magnificent mountains, verdant valleys and sweeping coastal plains of Africa's southwestern tip are a world apart.
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From rappelling to sea kayaking, Cape crusaders seek adventure

12-14-2003

Standing with my back to a sheer, 400-foot cliff overlooking the South Atlantic, I took a step backward over the edge.
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Traveling alone can be rite of passage for teens

12-07-2003

The airlines require all children 14 and under who are traveling alone to be registered as unaccompanied minors and pay an extra fee, which allows for supervision en route by airline personnel. However, once they reach their 15th birthday, they are considered young adults and free to travel on their own.
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Mayflower voyagers weathered rough trip

11-23-2003

On Sept. 16, 1620,a badly overloaded 180-ton vessel slipped out of Plymouth Harbor, England, for a 2,700-mile voyage across the stormy Atlantic.


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Travel to Europe just got much harder

11-02-2003

This weekend's termination of US Airways' direct service from Pittsburgh to London is a real setback for local travelers.
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When bad tours happen to good people

10-19-2003

Gene Keidan is one of the lucky ones. At least she got to finish the trip she'd planned, even if she had to pay 25 percent more.
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The travel of sport

10-05-2003

Although they're not normally thought of as frequent business travelers, the players and staffs of sports teams spend a lot of their season traveling around the country to take care of business.
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Some big benefits of small ships

09-21-2003

In virtually all popular cruising areas, a range of smaller ships offer an alternative experience to the mass appeal of the megaliners.
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Making foreign connections

09-07-2003

Electrical power is neither generated nor delivered the same way everywhere around the world.
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A long day's journey

08-24-2003

Whatever the outcome of ongoing negotiations with US Airways on the future of its hub operations at Pittsburgh International, it is clear that our airport's primary carrier has already decided to erase the International from its nameplate
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Planning a honey of a honeymoon

08-23-2003

Although the origins of the word "honeymoon" are not entirely clear, it's generally associated with the notion that the first month of marriage is always the sweetest.
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How US Airways' boxed meals stack up

07-13-2003

As of July 1, coach class passengers on US Airways domestic flights of 700 miles or farther should be able again to get decent food in-flight -- if they're willing to pay for it.
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Stop and smell the roses and read the historical markers

06-29-2003

Generally a combination of local color and all-but-forgotten facts, roadside markers are usually historical, often trivial, sometimes gossipy and occasionally involving rhymes and riddles.
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Where bourbon was bred

06-15-2003

The name might be French, but bourbon is distinctly a spirit of America. More than 90 percent of it is produced in four counties in central Kentucky, but not the one named Bourbon.
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Guilty until proven innocent?

06-01-2003

Each journey through an airport these days can be an adventure in unpredictability.
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Buckeye State bicentennial bashes

05-18-2003

The Buckeye State is celebrating its bicentennial. Dozens of local observations will be held this summer, but five "signature" events are expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors.
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Let's not dismiss Image Gap study

04-27-2003

Significant disparities exist between the prevailing perceptions people elsewhere have of the Pittsburgh area (smoky steel city and industrial rust belt) and its current realities.
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WHO adds Toronto to SARS no-go list

04-24-2003

City officials livid over SARS warning; tourism industry getting clobbered
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Reflections on a foreign adventure

04-13-2003

To go or not to go.
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A humbling experience in the 'capital of golf'

03-23-2003

With more than 100 holes of superb golf tucked among its 10,000 acres of sand dunes, salt marshes and high-end housing, Kiawah, the low-lying barrier island situated 21 miles southeast of Charleston, S.C., must rank as the "capital of golf."
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Don't let fear keep you at home

03-02-2003

To travel or not to travel: That is the question.
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A decade of living dangerously

02-16-2003

Robert Young Pelton vacations where wise men fear to tread. But that doesn't make him a fool, just a traveler with highly developed sense of adventure, a taste for dangerous places and fascination with perilous people.
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Grappling with our image gap

02-02-2003

Southwestern Pennsylvanians: Who are we, and what makes us special? Asking these questions is easy. Answering them with any degree of confidence or consensus is exceedingly difficult.


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What's in store for US Airways in the new year?

01-05-2003

As we greet 2003, the future of US Airways continues to be a question of significant interest.
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You've got a friend in Las Vegas

12-08-2002

From a sparsely settled desert oasis in 1931 when Nevada legalized gambling, it has become a major modern metropolis, which modestly bills itself as the most entertaining city in the world.
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