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Episodes for November 2010
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A clock for all time zones
Although Geochrons are analog in design, for travelers who love great gadgets, they’re timepieces without peer. FMI: www.geochron.com
Halloween in Salem
The events that took place here in 1692 are infamous, but this charming Massachusetts village has worn its witchy reputation well. FMI: www.salemwaxmuseum.com
Mexico’s Day of the Dead
Today and tomorrow the citizens of Mexico celebrate a holiday that blends pre-Columbian passions with Christian traditions. FMI: www.visitmexico.com
The rhythms of Brittany
This French province, which juts 150 granite ribbed, sandy shored miles into the Atlantic Ocean, has a flavor that’s all its own. FMI: www.francetourism.com
The mystery of the mounds
The Mayan and Aztec ruins of Mexico are majestic, but North America has other pre-Columbian relics that are equally impressive. FMI: www.ohiohistory.com
Having a hostel experience
Foreign travelers tend to be more comfortable than Americans with the notion of hostels, but this country has numerous youth hostels that offer excellent, price conscious overnight accommodations. FMI: www.hiayh.org
A singular sense of style
Many great minds have revealed themselves in the homes they built. Fonthill, the creation of Henry Chapman Mercer is such a place. FMI: www.mercermuseum.org
Exploring Torres del Paine
This wind-wild landscape in southern Chile where the Andes finally flatten and the Pampas peters out may be the planet’s most beautiful national park. FMI: www.torresdelpaine.com
Rental car repairs
Breakdowns of rental cars are relatively rare in the U.S. and Western Europe, but they do happen. Here’s what to do.
These huge underwater herbivores are highly social beings. As folks along the Crystal River along Florida’s Gulf Coast know, manatees also love to play. FMI: www.manatee-central.com
The lost legends of Hawaii
Many of Hawaii’s 53 state parks harbor hidden treasures, but many visitors are unaware they also preserve evidence of ancient cultures. FMI: www.hawaiistateparks.org
Snorkeling in Hawaii
The colorful undersea life of the Hawaiian Islands can be surreal, but it’s not found everywhere. Here are suggestions about where the snorkeling is best. FMI: www.hawaiisnorkelingguide.com/
Finding history on Nevis
A 36-square mile island in the eastern Caribbean, Nevis is a place where personal exploration is possible, private, and extremely pleasurable. FMI: www.nevisisland.com
Opening the Suez Canal
Although artificial waterways were cut through the isthmus of Suez nearly 4000 years ago, the opening of the present canal dates back to 1869.
Remembering the “First Supper”
On this day in 1950, a New York businessman named Frank McNamara became the first diner to say, “Charge it.” We recall the 60th anniversary of the credit card.
Two famous flight firsts
We celebrate anniversaries of two notable aeronautical achievements, the first flight in a hot air balloon and the first flight over the Pacific.
Cruise line escorts
Many cruise lines recruit gentlemen hosts who are willing to dance the night away in exchange for inexpensive passage. FMI: www.theworkingvacation.com
The voyage of the Mayflower
On September 16, 1620, a small ship slipped out of Plymouth Harbor, England for a 2700-mile voyage across a still largely unknown void.
Turkey for Thanksgiving
Istanbul, Turkey is a study only contrasts and the only city to have been capital of two of the world’s greatest empires. FMI: www.tourismturkey.org
Lingering in Liechtenstein
Within this tiny European nation there are snowy Alpine meadows and green meadows laced with miles of marked hiking trails. FMI: www.tourismus.li
Insider’s guide to Manhattan
New York City has plenty of permanent fixtures, but its “in” places are constantly changing. FMI: www.nycvisit.com
Making the most of connections
With the right attitude and planning, long layovers can be pleasurable diversions instead of time consuming hassles.
Finding culture in Kurashike
The numerous small museums in this Japanese city half way between Kyoto and Hiroshima contain some real surprises. FMI: www.japan-guide.com/e/e5750.html
Money-wise in Montreal
In this second largest city in the French-speaking world, bohemians can live like bourgeois and travelers can live like royalty. FMI: www.bonjourquebec.com
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