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Episodes for January 2011
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The Christmas Markets of Germany
All across the countryside, German city squares fill with brightly decorated booths of the traditional Christmas markets. Here are several of particular note. FMI: www.cometogermany.com
Gift-giving in Europe
The customs of presenting presents can vary dramatically from country to country, and the same item can have dramatically different messages.
Gift giving in the Far East
Giving the right present at the right time may be more important is Asia than anywhere in the world.
Gift giving in the Middle East
The emphasis of a gift is different in the Middle East, but in this season, all nations hope for the gift of peace.
Gift giving in Latin America
South of the border, a gift need not be as expensive as much as well chosen, recognizing the interest and taste of the recipient.
No innocence abroad
Even in this holiday season, no place on earth is free from rip-off artists, but pickpockets and con men pay particular attention to travelers.
Giving the gift of travel
There are myriad occasions for the giving of gifts, and more people are giving someone a special trip, and doing it new and creative ways.
Like water for chocolate
Chocolate is a way of life around the globe, but no place more than in Mexico, the land where it originated.
Reserving restaurants online
Observing Beethoven in Bonn
On December 17, 1770, Ludwig van Beethoven was born in the town of Bonn on the Rhine River. FMI: www.beethoven-haus-bonn.de
12 tips for Christmas trips
The next three weeks will be the busiest travel time of the year. Here are some steps to insure that Santa’s helpers and their gifts arrive on time.
Tips for travelers to Japan
Japan can be a perplexingly foreign place for first time visitors. Here is where to 25 informative tips for independent travelers. FMI:www.japantravelinfo.com
Going underground down under
Cave lovers are thrilled with labyrinthine caves that lie under the Blue Mountains 100 miles southwest of Sydney, Australia. FMI:www.bluemts.com.au
Yapping it up
A tiny atoll pops out of the Pacific Ocean 500 miles southwest of Guam. The four main Micronesian islands, Wa’ab, Maap, Rumung and Tomil-gagil are spaced among dozens of tiny islets. FMI: www.visityap.com
The Explorers Club
In 1904, an organization was founded to advance the field of scientific exploration. Now the Explorers Club has chapters all over the world. FMI: www.explorers.org
Christmas menus around the world
Everywhere this holiday is celebrated, it is done with joy, generosity, and good food. Here is what is being served today.
48 hours in Antwerp
Many travelers have found that there is more to Belgium’s second largest and most unconventional city. FMI: www.dma.be
Dressing for the cold
Whenever you spend time in the cold, dressing properly is crucial for enjoying yourself. Here is a quick look at the protection provided by some zippy synthetic fabrics.
The essential Grand Tetons
Other mountain ranges may be larger, higher, and snowier than these pointed peaks in northwest Wyoming. But few are as perfectly proportioned. FMI: www.grand.teton.national-park.com
The Mariner’s Museum in Newport News
Eighty years ago, Archer Huntington set out to “preserve the culture of the sea.” His timing was excellent. FMI: www.mariner.org
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