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Episodes for November 2009
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Cave-hopping in the Dordogne
Just east of Bordeaux, France there’s a 60-square-mile medieval movie set named after the lazy river that runs through it. FMI - www.francetourism.com
Getting lost in the Humboldt
The Lost Coast of northern California stretches for 60 stunning miles along the Pacific a 5-hour drive north of San Francisco. It is a world unto itself. FMI – www.redwoods.info
Kansas City got its start in the 1820s as a fur trading post on the Missouri River. It’s seen some trying times since then, but it's flourishing once again. FMI - www.visitkc.com
In the city of the ages
The epicenter of three major religions, the old city of Jerusalem is easily the world's most sacred square-mile.
Don't drink the water
Nothing can ruin a trip faster than taking a sip in the wrong place. Here's where the bad water is a problem and what to do about it. Oral rehydration salt recipe: ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp. baking soda, 4 tsps sugar – mix with 1 quart boiled or carbonated water and drink 8 ounces after each episode of diarrhea.
Chilling on the lakes of
Set on the western slope of the Andes, Chile's Lake District has often been compared to the Alps of Switzerland. FMI – www.visitchile.org
Around the world with Nellie Bly
120 years ago this Saturday, a young woman boarded a steamship in New York Harbor embarking on the journey of her lifetime.
The wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
On this morning in 1975, a Great Lakes freighter sailed east from Superior, Wisconsin heading for Detroit. She never arrived. FMI – www.shipwreckmuseum.com
There is no common standard of quality for hotels around the world. First class doesn't mean the same thing everywhere.
As we heard last time, there are many different hotel classifications systems in use around the world. To prevent a nasty surprise, it takes a good guide.
Skiing indoors in
The country of Japan offers some fine mountain skiing, yet its most unique downhill opportunity is situated in a Tokyo suburb.
Rounding the Big Bend of Texas
Landscapes can be a traveler’s treat. Consider the desert. If you've seen one, well, no, you haven't seen them all. FMI – www.nps.gov/bibe
In 1828, a young German printer published a guidebook to the Rhine River Valley. The 40 or so vintage guides he prepared after that have become pricey travel collectibles.
Chartering a yacht
Just like renting a beach cottage, chartering an oceangoing yacht can make a great group or family vacation, but you have to know the ropes. FMI – www.yachtworld.com
Travel information by phone or modem
How to meet the locals
Taking a supermarket tour
Spending half an hour in the neighborhood grocery store may reveal more realities about a culture than a week of sightseeing.
The 10 Commandments of travel
No matter where you go or what you do, certain maxims always ring true. Let's call them a traveler’s 10 Commandments.
Neither here nor there
Ever sat on a beautiful beach and spent your time worrying about something back home? It can be difficult to enter the relaxation mode.
Thanksgiving thoughts on hosts and guests
More than half of the 500 million leisure trips Americans take every year are to visit friends and family. Here are tips to make sure you don't overstay your welcome.
Shopping tips for travelers
Many travelers will use their trips abroad to buy gifts for those back at home. That can be a good idea, but keep these pointers in mind.
Things not to buy on vacation
Just because an item is sold legally abroad does not mean that can be legal to bring it back home. Here are some errors to avoid.
Customs area questions
The rules and regulations about customs can be confusing. Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Calling on the ports of
Hawaiian cruises provide a good way to experience several islands with convenience and comfort.
Going native on Kauai
Early missionaries had good reasons when they warned visitors to be aware of this island's seductive exoticism. FMI – www.kauai-hawaii.com
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