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Episodes for July 2010
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Part time tour guides
With one baby boomer turning 60 every 7 seconds, the future of group travel looks very bright. In fact, group trips these days are often organized by enterprising amateurs. FMI: www.glamer.com
Hiking the Chilkoot Trail
Skagway is a quiet, frontier settlement on a narrow bay in Alaska’s panhandle. A century ago, it was boomtown. FMI: www.skagway.com
Quebec City Summer Music Fest
The most French city west of Paris, Quebec’s narrow streets are ideal for strolling, especially during its summer music festival. FMI: www.infofestival.com/
Checking out city discount programs
Cost-conscious travelers can buy city coupon books and discount cards that can stretch their travel budgets. Here are several of note. FMI: www.londonpass.com, www.visitcopenhagen.com, www.citypass.net
A place in the country
People can be passionate about their other home, whether it's a cabin in the woods or cottage on the shore. But truth be told, it can often be a love/hate relationship.
Ten top train trips
Even as railroads struggle to compete with airlines, venerable rail routes across the country are gaining as travel attractions. Here’s a short list.
Royal Scotsman: www.abercrombiekent.com/
Eastern and Orient Express: www.orient-express.com/web/eoe/eastern_and_oriental_express.jsp
India Pacific: www.gsr.com.au/site/home.jsp
South Africa Rovos Rail: www.rovos.com
Bernina Express: www.rhb.ch
Sierra Madre Express: www.sierramadreexpress.com
Amtrak Adirondack: www.amtrak.com
Durango Silverton: www.durangotrain.com
Falling in love on Lake Como
Dolce fare niente, the Italian toast observes, “It is sweet to do nothing.” There’s no more romantic place to do nothing, especially on a summer afternoon. FMI - www.italiantourism.com
Reliving a Roman Holiday
When Billy Wilder made his 1953 classic “Roman Holiday,” he created a celluloid monument that still attracts admirers to the Eternal City.
As the Euro plummets in value, many American travelers are discovering how much further their dollars can take them on the continent this summer. But bargains are not to be found in every corner.
Sailing on the Heritage
Looking for a gentle ocean adventure? Try a ship of Maine’s Windjammer Association. Most are old working schooners. One was built especially for passengers. FMI: www.sailmainecoast.com
Passing time in Provincetown
Cape Cod has been a place of escape since the Pilgrims landed. This town on the Cape’s tip is where the sophisticated come to be rustic. FMI: www.provincetown.com
Harmony in the Inner Hebrides
A low-lying archipelago off Scotland’s west coast, the islands of the Inner Hebrides are places of great beauty and soulful emptiness. FMI: www.travelbritain.com, www.scotsell.com, Distilleries: www.ardbeg.com, www.morrisonbowmore.co.uk, www.laphroaig.com
Slideshows in cyberspace
Is it a reaction to high-tech attractions that old-fashioned diversions like garden mazes are making a comeback? FMI: http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/maze/garden/index.htm
In Westminster Abbey
If London is the heart of Britain, Westminster Abbey is the heart of London. FMI: www.westminster-abbey.org/
In Churchill’s War Room
D-Day took place in Normandy, but the plans for history’s most massive military assault were drawn up in a cramped bunker under central London. FMI: http://cwr.iwm.org.uk/
National Trust Rentals
Where the right side is wrong
In 51 countries, people drive on the left. Here are tips for travelers who get confused when the traffic coming from a different direction.
More than ever, travel creates close quarters among complete strangers and the opportunity for close encounters of the annoying kind. That is precisely when having good travel manners matters most.
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