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Episodes for September 2008
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Beatles in the Royal Oak
The Royal Oak society is the American branch of great Britain's national trust. Many properties are protected, including Paul McCartney's boyhood home. FMI www.royal-oak.org or www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-20forthlinroadallerton/
The land of the Faeros
This chain of 18 volcanic atolls in the North Atlantic offers splendid landscapes, local dining specialties, and an amazing array of sea birds. FMI - www.faroeislands.com
Browsing newspapers abroad
The going is great in Goa
A state in India on the shores of the Arabian Sea, Goa has a definite Mediterranean feel, while hunger, poverty, and crime are relative rarities in this haven of peace in proportion.
Dragons on the Mississippi
This weekend in Dubuque, Iowa, they will be paddling dragon boats on the Mississippi River to foster international friendship and simply to have a terrific time. FMI www.dubuquedragonboat.org/
The world's largest employer
The World Tourism Council reports that the largest employer is travel, employing 135 million people around the globe, or one of every 15 workers.
Seeing more of Samoa
Some of volcanic islands in this South Pacific chain are U.S. territories, while others are independent nations. Either way, they are being preserved. FMI www.samoanet.com/
Managing international risks
Never be paranoid about trouble when traveling abroad. Instead, find out ahead of time about specific concerns, put on your thinking cap, and bring along your common sense. FMI www.travel.state.gov or www.cdc.gov/travel
Barbara Fritchie Day
On this day, the town of Frederick, Maryland remembers the feats of 95-year-old Barbara Fritchie whos heroic actions in 1862 during the Civil War were commemorated in a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier. FMI - www.fredericktourism.org/
A home away from home.
Paragliding in heaven
Exploring the Dry Tortugas
This string of sand and coral keys in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida encompasses North America's least disturbed coral reef. FMI www.nps.gov/drto
Set number 17.
The world's largest beer bash,
Managing travel expectations
Every trip has three parts: planning and anticipation, the actual journey, and the internal impressions we call memory. Even bitter lemons can make sweet lemonade.
Finding peace in Kalaupapa
Once a depository for Hawaiian leprosy victims, the Kalaupapa Peninsula now hosts one of the country's most unique and poignant national historical parks. FMI - www.nps.gov/kala/
Why autumn leaves are falling
Leaf coloration depends on shorter days and reduced sunlight, but the type of tree is a factor in the color selection along with other variables. Tune in to discover more foliage facts.
Capturing fall foliage
No image will ever be as good as the one you take with your mind's eye, but here are ways you can create photographs that will remember resemble the vistas you remember.
A room with a view
Though US forest service has more than two dozen lookout posts or fire towers to rent. These high view accommodations can be especially rewarding to leaf beepers. FMI - www.firelookout.org/
An exclusive getaway, this 2500 acre preserve lies in the heart of
Doing Time in Tasmania
This island lying southeast of Australia houses Port Arthur, a model prison of a century ago. Tour its buildings in museums. Plus, visit Tasmanian Devil Park. FMI - www.portarthur.org.au/
Proof of citizenship
More than ever it is true that a traveler without a passport is a traveler without a country. Here are procedures and tricks to help getting or renewing a passport more quickly. FMI www.travel.state.gov
Obtaining a visa.
In addition to a passport, many countries such as Australia, the former communist bloc nations, and many nations in Africa, South and Central America, and the Middle East still require American travelers to obtain a visa prior to a visit.
Around the world in 80 days
On this day, Jules Verne's classic novel's main character, Phileas Fogg, made his fateful globe-girdling wager. Fogg that found his experiences along the way made him a better man. Good journeys are always that way.
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