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Episodes for May 2010
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A Town Named Jefferson
Norman Rockwell would have felt right at home in this venerable town on the eastern edge of Texas. FMI – www.jefferson-texas.com
Visiting Vietnam (Saigon)
In the 35 years since the fall of Saigon, the city has shed its sandbag shell. Travelers today can appreciate its beauties unblended by the cataracts of memory. FMI www.vietnamtourism.com
Visiting Vietnam (Hanoi)
The heart of Vietnam resides in a thousand-year-old city on the broad, inland plain of the Red River delta. FMI - www.vietnamtourism.com
Visiting Vietnam (Sa Pa)
The country has been indelibly altered by its 20th-century tribulations, but at least one cool corner of the old Vietnam persists. FMI - www.vietnamtourism.com
In Praise of Tourism
This is the start of National Tourism Week, the 27th annual salute to the power of travel in America. FMI – www.ustravel.org
Enjoying a Cup of Tea
From its earliest roots in the hills of China 4700 years ago, the branches of the camellia senensis have encompassed the earth.
About Portugal’s Green Coast
Many consider the Minho, a lush region along the Atlantic coast, to be the most beautiful part of this exceedingly beautiful nation. FMI – www.portugal.org
Meandering in Mumbai
Once known as Bombay, this megacity on India’s western cost is a brash, bustling, mercantile place of more than 20 million inhabitants. FMI – www.tourindia.com
Grabbing a Group Fare
Planning a trip with 10 or more friends or family members? Significant savings are available if you can coordinate your travel schedules.
Alleviating Air Delays
While no one can control bad weather, steps are continually taken to ease the schedule snafus it causes.
Weathering the storm
Most travelers shun violent weather, but author Ray Bradbury wasn’t one of them.
Mount Saint Helens Revisited
30 years ago tomorrow morning, a 10,000-foot-high peak in central Washington disappeared in an instant. FMI – www.experiencewa.com/cities/mount-st-helens.aspx
The Sights of South Dakota
Frank Lloyd Wright described this landscape as “a mysterious otherwhere, ethereal, touched with a sense and silhouette.” Here’s why.
Many of North Dakota’s rural residents moved to cities. Much of what they left behind has found its way to an eclectic, 12-acre museum on the fringe of Fargo. FMI - www.bonanzaville.com
Milking Cows in Paradise
Does rising at 5 a.m. to tend to chores sound like a vacation to you? To thousands of visitors to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania it does. FMI – www.padutchcountry.com/lodging/lancaster-farm-stay.asp
Doing a Dude Ranch
The popularity of dude ranches is on the increase. Several hundred are spread across U.S. and Canada. FMI – www.ranchweb.com
Rocky Mountain Retreats
Some guest ranches let tenderfeet try to be buckaroos, but other lodgings across the Rocky Mountains cater to a more comfort-seeking crowd. FMI - Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch - www.idahorocky.com
The Teton Treehouse - www.atetontreehouse-jacksonhole.com/
The Blue Lake Ranch - www.bluelakeranch.com/
In search of greener golf
The total acreage covered by golf courses in the U.S. is larger than the state of Rhode Island. It’s also some of the intensely cultivated land around. FMI - http://acspgolf.auduboninternational.org
Hidden auto rental costs
Too often, the biggest surprise when renting a car is the final bill. Here are tips to help avoid that shock.
The recent earthquake notwithstanding, Chile is South America’s most vibrant nation. That is evident in Santiago, its capital, largest city and economic, cultural, and geographic center. FMI – www.chile.cl/tpl/english/index.tpl
The history of travel papers is as old as the history of national borders. We identify some high points of the process.
A Cape Cod alternative
A snub-nosed, granite-graveled peninsula 50 miles north of Boston has fired the imaginations of painters Winslow Homer and Fitz Hugh Lane. FMI – www.capeannvacations.com/
Medical insurance abroad
Even experienced travelers have accidents and medical emergencies. Will your medical insurance cover you in the places you’re going?
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