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Episodes for February 2009
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Rounding up tuna in the Egadis
This group of islands near Sicily’s western end is a warren of history. One of the islets is the site of the world's last Tonnare, a ritualized round-up of blue fin tuna.
Via rail across the Andes
Ride on a rooftop seat on this roller coaster of a train ride over mountain, through desert and past the world's tallest volcano. We ride the Chiva Express from Rio Bamba to Guayaquil. FMI – www.ecuadorable.com
Lapland’s cold car laboratory
Here's where car makers from around the world at their new models against the deep freeze of Arjeplog, Sweden.
Internet radio around the world
Travel rights of the disabled
These tips cover a range of concerns, from special instructions for air carriers to when and how to complain and to whom.
A writer's writer and a traveler’s traveler
Norman Lewis, a self-taught observer of foreign culture, has achieved hero status among connoisseurs of modern English travel literature.
Ogling opals in Coober Pedy
Deep in the desert outback of South Australia, the offbeat town of Coober Pedy lures visitors to its opal mine, opal museums, opal factories, and underground homes.
Skiing around Oslo
From the folks who invented cross-country skiing comes the winter sports arena, which officially opened the World Cup ski races.
Time out on Tobago.
Part of the two island Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, Tobago is endowed with prodigious natural beauty and a climate close to 80° year-round. FMI - www.gotrinidadandtobago.com
Learning the Bequia tilt.
Life in the largest of the Grenadine Islands is rooted in continuity, custom, and simple pride. It has been partly preserved by its isolation. FMI - www.bequiatourism.com
American literary travel
Literary giants mark all corners of the USA. From east to west, here are places you can visit to gain insight into your favorite writer’s vision.
English literary landmarks
To visit the homes and landmarks of British writers, all you need is a map. It’s titled “Literary Britain” and identifies locations linked to 90 different writers. FMI – www.visitbritain.com
Stone Age settlements in Ireland
Under what is now a peat bog lies a 4000-year old settlement. Stone structures, such as graves and walls, have been preserved. Visit Ceide Fields and see for yourself. FMI - www.museumsofmayo.com/ceide.htm
Carnival in the Caribbean
Calypso, steel drum, and street bands mark the pre-Lenten festivities on the island of Trinidad. FMI - www.gotrinidadandtobago.com/
Capturing Carnival in Cadiz
Celebrations of Carnival in this Spanish port are Europe's most uninhibited. During these last days before Lent, Cadiz shakes off its lethargy and replaces it with vibrant form of fantasy. FMI - www.andalucia.com/festival/carnival-cadiz.htm
A journey through China
China has come a long way. Since the bamboo curtain parted in foreign visitors were heartily welcomed. Join us for a weeklong visit.
Walking the Great Wall
After the year of the Olympics, the year of the Ox promises that many tourists will visit China's burgeoning Beijing and stroll the Great Wall.
In China's largest city
More than 30 million people called Chongqing home. It's a lively, practical place where you can also catch a ship for a cruise down the Yangtze River.
The River that flows from heaven
Known by many names, the Yangtze is the world's third-largest river, and for 40 centuries the aorta of the world's most peopled place.
Now that the dam is done
The great dam across the Yangtze River has tamed 40 centuries of raging floods and created one of the world's longest lakes.
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