Destination Worldview Reports
- Getting Personal in the British
By Lisa Codianne Fowler
- The Good Life-Romance and Wellness
on St. Maarten: By Lisa Codianne Fowler
- Anything is
Possible: Cruising the Baltic with Crystal:By Lisa Codianne Fowler
Codianne Fowler: Anguilla
- Vietnam on the Verge
- Karlovy Vary: Through a Lens Obliquely
- Transformational Indonesia
- The Siksika Nation of Alberta:
Self-determination, cultural affirmation, land, and time
- Islands and Eccentrics in the Broughton
Archipelago of British Columbia
- À Cheval Through Cathar Country
- Stepping Back to Medieval Times in
- Crossing Jordan: Wisdom, Enlightenment,
and Euphoria in the Hashemite Kingdom (A 90 minute multi-media special)
- Havana Encore: Religion and Other
- Contemplating the Collective Psyches
of Three Cities: Prague, Budapest, and Berlin
Yourself at Home — in Amsterdam!
And experience the world in a nutshell
- Return to the Sea: Experiencing a State
of Bliss in the Turks & Caicos
- An Artful Journey to Malaysia’s
- The Quiet Hands and Mind of Dora Tse Pe:
- Once Upon a Gîte in Languedoc
- Monterey, California: Exulting in
Nature and History
- Levels of Experience in Naples
- China’s Mount Tai: Where the Steps
Climb Over the Sun, by Gregory Monteith
- What Every Traveler Should Know About
- Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica, For Natural
Nikko World Heritage Site in Japan
- An Agriscape Experience:
The Tuscan Landscape at Castello di Spannocchia
- The Faces of Gujarat: Experiencing
- Tahiti: James Michener, Paul Gauguin,
and Marlon Brando Were Right!
- Pleasures of Ponce, Puerto Rico
- Havana: Everything Old Is New Again
- Art Meets Innocence in Madrid
- Experiencing History First-hand
Medieval Italy at its Best
to Bargain With Confidence When Traveling
Wright Moment North Carolina
in the Shoulder Season
A World Away
Mountain High — Colorado
Germany and World Cup Soccer
Birds, and Belugas on the Edge of the Arctic
on the Tundra in Finland
Challenge of India
- Finding Your Silversea
- Make Yourself
at Home — in London!
Beautiful Alpine Road
- Lower Manhattan in the Spring!
- Luminous Vence
Grand Canyon: Exulting in Spectacular Scenery and Following the
Rhythm of the Sun
The Broadcast Reports Accompanying
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reports “in the works”
Art Meets Innocence in Madrid (If you've been
to Madrid, you've probably been to the Prado. But have you discovered
the most exquisite Spanish art museum in all of Spain? Bob Fisher
takes us there.)
Rain in Hiroshima (The Peace Park in Hiroshima is a
World Heritage Site but also one of the most poignant places on Earth.)
The Crab Lady of Cape Cod (Maureen Johnson is a magnificent
role model for seniors and for all amateur environmentalists.)
Prehistoric Art of Lascaux
(This report will
take you to one of the most important archeological sites in France
and will challenge your thoughts on the definition of art and human
in the Shoulder Season: A Perfect Time to Go (This report
will take you to one of the most popular cities in Europe
... when the crowds have dispersed.)
in Mexico: Should You or Shouldn't You?
(This personal memoir will give you an experienced RVer's perspective.)
The Sweet Sound of Doubtful (This
visit to a serene fjord in the Southern Island of New Zealand will
remind you of the true meaning of peace of mind. )
Tokyo and Kyoto: Heartbeats of Classical Japan
(Two of Japan's most important cities
are the subject of this report.)
this Destination Worldview report, Bob Fisher talks
about his visit to the famous Shinto shrines of Ise in the
southern island of Japan.
is one of the safest countries my wife and I have ever travelled
in. Language was also never a problem; English signs and directions
are in all the major transportation services and all those in the
hospitality industry speak some English and are exceedingly helpful
to travellers. Travelling around the country by train is a delight,
highly efficient, and comfortable. Be advised that Japanese trains
really only accommodate carry-on size luggage; take one or two smaller
pieces as opposed to a large suitcase. The amazing bullet trains
and many local trains (wonderful experiences in themselves) are
predictable and reliable. Be sure to consider buying a Japan
Rail Pass, which is excellent value. The Japan National Tourist
Organization is a recommended first stop when planning your
trip. To get to the Ise Shrines, Osaka is a recommended
starting point, a wonderful city in itself and — as we discovered
a great home base for day trips as well as short overnight trips
elsewhere in the South Island. For more information on Ise and how
to get there visit this page of Japan-guide.com.
for a little bit of Japan on this continent (especially if you
live in Florida), the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens near
Boca Raton, Florida is a visual representation of the reverence
for nature. It also has a fascinating history. For more information,
read Neala Schwartzberg's article Morikami Museum and
Japanese Gardens on her award-winning website Offbeat Travel
this Destination Worldview report, Bonnie Neely describes
barging restfully through French Chablis Wine Country on the Nivernais
Canal beside the Yonne River. Guided excursions on land made history
come alive, and exquisite French cuisine accompanied by wines
and cheeses of the region made this a perfect anniversary trip.
found the French people to be very solicitous and friendly and the
country is extremely clean, a nice surprise if you haven't been
to France in recent years. For our barge trip we selected European
Waterways Ltd , which was celebrating its 30th anniversary,
and decided to celebrate our 40th anniversary on La Belle Époque,
their premier barge, newly outfitted and handsome.
enjoyed several days in Paris both before and after our week of
barging. Although we thought we had traveled a long way, we discovered,
as our captain drove us in a van back to Paris, that we had traversed
less than 50 miles of the historic canal on which logs were originally
brought from forests to Paris. We highly recommend the moderately-priced
Hôtel Les Relais de Paris
for practical comfort and convenient location; a short walk from
restaurants and the Paris Métro. We also recommend the
more upscale Hôtel Ampère, with
its lovely courtyard restaurant and in-room business conveniences.
When you plan your trip be sure to get the excellent guide book
Hunter Travel Guides: Adventure Guide to Paris & Ile-de-France
by Heather Stimmler-Hall.
Our Destination Worldview Contributors
have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled;
the difference between the two being this, that we wander
for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.”
— Hilaire Belloc, French-born English essayist
and writer of travelogues (1850-1953)
In the “global
village” each generation is challenged by
the need to develop a worldview that encompasses
as much of the human experience as possible.
this ideal — a comprehensive view of humankind
and the world within which human civilization has
evolved — is a prime objective of travel journalism.
travel journalists who contribute to Destination
Worldview know that experienced travelers seek
reality-based, in-depth, and meaningful travel experiences.
addition to offering their personal perspectives on
specific destinations or travel experiences, our Destination
Worldview contributors also offer our listeners/readers
practical “best-buy” information and other
travel information sources and resources.
reports to Talking Travel underscore the
maxim that “the only real change occurs in
enhancing your worldview
globalization and technology create a larger and larger
“global village,” travelers are in the fortunate
position to develop a greater perspective on human society.
A “worldview”" is generally understood to
be a comprehensive framework in which we become aware
of human culture and all that is fundamental to the
human experience. The patterns that comprise our worldview
are not arbitrary nor disconnected; it is in fact the
interdependence of global human affairs that is at the
heart of a dynamic worldview. And increasingly through
direct experience (either by travelling to various destinations
or engaging in a dialogue with credible sources who
have “been there”) our expanding worldview
can shape our own lives and serve as a guide to gaining
a fuller understanding of who we are as a species.
seeds of Destination Worldview were sown during
a media trip to Chihuahua Mexico on which Roy Lowey
and Bob Fisher were participants.
Chihuahua is one
of the most culturally and historically rich areas
of Mexico. It is also a destination in which vision
is everything. In the deserts, cities, towns, and
great natural areas of Chihuahua — the stupendous
Copper Canyon is an example
— you get to see many things and great distances.
Most of all, you get to see the soul of the Mexican
Eads invites us along on a Viking River Cruises Exploration
during which he recounts what awaits those who purchase European
river cruises: castles, pristine scenery, quaint villages, forests
of birds singing to celebrate your arrival: large doses of absorbing
adventure and complete serenity.
was quite by accident that while I was surfing the Internet
I discovered the concept of river cruising in Europe. I knew
about American River cruises like those offered by the Delta Queen Steamship Company,
but I guess I had never thought about cruising the historic
interior of Europe. The more I explored the various websites,
the more I came to realize that visiting the interior of any
country by way of its inland waterways really lets you see the
geographical realities that determine history and shape how
people live. Some initial research of the destinations listed
in the itinerary will give you a frame of reference that is
useful during the trip and will help you decide which “shore
excursions” you want to participate in. Taking a map of
continental Europe with you will also be useful.
essential concept we were looking for was: unpack once and
move with the hotel. During the days we would tour (if desired)
the sites along our route, or just laze about on the spacious
decking and view the passing scenery. Many days we would dock
beside river towns, villages and cities and do walking tours.
We selected Viking
River Cruises not just because it was the largest
river cruise company in the world, but because of the rave
reviews Internet sources gave the company.
this report, Neala Schwartzberg takes us into the world of turquoise,
explains the different kinds of turquoise made into jewelry,
and describes her shopping experiences in Albuquerque —
and how to have a cultural experience with
a credit card in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
has a rich native American cultural heritage that is expressed
in the art, crafts and jewelry found in the area — as
well as New Mexico in general. Although I focused on jewelry
because of my love of turquoise, it's there in the basketry,
weaving and other traditional crafts as well. If I had more
room in my suitcase I surely would have brought that back
I was happily astounded by the variety of other jewelry —
beaded pieces, sleek contemporary pieces, and of course, lots
of silver. Visiting the different places to see what's available
is a part of the fun, and the learning. The Turquoise Museum,
on the edge of Old Town, should be the first stop. Not only
to see one of the most comprehensive collection of turquoise,
perhaps the largest private collection in the world but to
learn about the varieties of turquoise and the questions to
ask before purchasing. Skip Maise's sells a staggering diversity
of native American artisan products. Not only turquoise, but
beautiful baskets, beaded pieces, feathered pieces, woven
rugs, and more. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center presents
the history and culture of New Mexico's pueblos — native
There are also booths set up outside selling a variety of
native American crafts and jewelry. For sleek contemporary
silver pieces Lilly Barrackís showroom provides 50% off her
normal prices. And since the Gathering of Nations Powwow will
be held the last full weekend of April 2005, that should also
be put on the list of cultural shopping places. Finally, call
the Indian Arts and Crafts Association (505-265-9149) and
ask for their brochure on turquoise.
The Grand Canyon:
Exulting in Spectacular Scenery and Following the Rhythm of the
Sun, by Hans Tammemagi
this report, Hans Tammemagi describes the Grand Canyon in Arizona
from the best perspective of all. He and his wife hike down the
steep, cliff-hugging trails to the bottom where they camp. He
describes the spectacular vistas and how the dramatic drop in
altitude passes through one of the most diverse ecosystems in
North America; from cool pinyon-juniper woodland on the rim to
a searing desert, complete with lizards, scorpions and cacti.
Life at the bottom, removed from automobiles, television and electricity,
follows a gentle, soul-fulfilling rhythm controlled by the sun's
path across the sky. Read Hans's article
one of the fewer than one per cent of visitors who camp below
the rim of the Grand Canyon; it is a trip you will remember (and
brag about!) the rest of your life. But prepare carefully and
carry lots of water because the climate is harsh and the hike
strenuous. The number of backcountry permits is carefully limited,
so book well in advance through the National Parks Service
(www.nps.gov/grca). An easier alternative is to ride a mule and
stay at Phantom Ranch (Xanterra
Resorts: www.xanterra.com), which provides meals. Another option
is to hike but let a mule “duffle” your gear.
(non-camping) accommodations in the National Park from the historic
and luxurious El Tovar on the rim to the Phantom
Ranch at the bottom, as well as mule rides up and down, can be
booked via Xanterra Resorts: 1-888 297-2757 or http://www.xanterra.com/
wife and I went in September to avoid the summer heat and crowds.
We flew to Phoenix (although Flagstaff is closer) because we wanted
to experience the drive through the Sonoran desert with its distinctive
searing landscape and cacti. An excellent place to recover afterward
is at Sedona (voted the most beautiful place
in America) with red, wind-shaped buttes and dramatic sandstone
Vence, by Bob Fisher
jewel of France's Côte d'Azur is the subject of a report
by Bob Fisher on one of France's most beautiful artistic pilgrimage
North Americans traveling to Europe, Southern Provence and France's
Côte d'Azur are two of the most popular destinations. (“Riviera,”
a slight misnomer, actually refers to only part of Mediterranean
coast.) Most people “do” Provence as an extended side
trip from Paris in part because whether you arrive by rental car
down the very beautiful and dramatic central autoroutes or take
the comfortable and efficient high speed TGV (train de grande
vitesse), getting there is indeed half the fun. (For more information
on the TGV see TGV, or TGV Reservations
in the U.S. However, if you have already “done”
Paris and want to get to Provence quickly, there are many excellent
(often direct) flights to Nice, whose airport is less than an
hour by car or public transport to Vence. An alternative route
that a lot of people do consider, is starting at the Côte
d'Azur, and ending up in Paris. This has the added advantage of
saving the “City of Lights” for the last when you
are rested and non-jet lagged. For all other websites and information,
please see the recommendations included in Bob's article.
Lower Manhattan in the
Spring!, by Neala Schwartzberg
Schwartzberg (OffbeatNewYork.com) takes us “downtown” to a particularly interesting
part of New York City at the present time. Read about New York
on Neala's site: The
Rise and Rise of Lower Manhattan; New York City
Tenement Museum; Battery City Parks.
is actually one of the best times to visit NYC. It isn't blisteringly
hot nor is the winter wind howling down the streets. The trees
and flowers are blooming — and yes, there are trees and
flowers in the midst of the city. They look great with all the
new art in public spaces that has sprung up in the last few years.
The streets are bustling, and life is good in the Big Apple.
of my favorite parts of the city is lower Manhattan. It is the
heart of history of the city, from colonial era to the melting
pot years of the early 20th century. New York City is one of the
major colonial cities and you can still walk those streets and
see some of the early buildings. Of course, much history has been
lost, and some regained. The website Museums Of Lower
Manhattan lists 15 museums, most of which focus on
the culture and history of NYC. There's also parkland downtown.
Battery Park City Parks meld art, shrubs and trees and a walk
along the Hudson. Another excellent website is DowntownNY.com.
You can read more about New York City any time of year at Neala's
new website OffbeatNewYork.com.
Germany's Beautiful Alpine
Road, by Bonnie Neely
Neely takes us along this world famous route and explores the
region's historic arts and crafts centers. In former centuries
one of Europe's most important trade routes for salt, which was
necessary for life, ran through the Bavarian Alps. Today it is
mostly a two-lane, winding highway from Lindau to Bad Reichenhall,
Germany and is one of the most beautiful and picturesque byways
in Europe. Leaving Munich, you'll pass lush Alpine meadows and
farm land, through a National Park, past lakes and gurgling streams,
with lovely little churches, their tall, thin spires loftily pointing
skyward. The verdant green scenery is punctuated by bright orange
roofs and white stucco, rectangular, two-storey houses, with red
geraniums brightly tumbling over the rim of flower boxes in each
window. Black and white Holstein milk cows and chestnut brown
Simental beef cattle, with their engraved brass bells clanking
when they shake their heads, lie peacefully chewing their cuds
or walk along in front of you. You'll think you're in a movie
production or storybook! Our trip to Bavaria was to concentrate
on the craftsmanship of today's artists who are continuing traditional
art, and we found fascinating ones along this route.
Oberamagau, world renowned for the Passion Play, appreciate and
purchase beautiful hand-made crosses, paintings, and other Christian
art. In the foothills of the Alps just outside of Bad Reichenhall,
stay at a storybook Bed & Breakfast “Brucknerbaur,”
where the owner, Marianne Kembichler, is a doll maker. Enjoy her
display of hundreds of hand-made dolls, each in unique outfits.
Bad Reichenhall, stay at the five star Steigenberger Axelmannstein
Hotel and rejuvenate with their famous therapeutic baths and spa
treatments, enjoy nightly concerts in the Kur Garten. Intricately
decorating eggs is an ancient Bavarian art. Visit world renowned
artist Brigitte Machwitz at her gallery/shop, where she continues
the egg-painting tradition. She is also known around the world
for her hand-painted glass Christmas balls and ornaments. Tour
Reichenhaller Akademie, or plan to stay for their one to three-week
classes in painting, drawing, enamel and metals, and sculpture,
taught by world-famous artists.
a few minutes away to Berchtesgaten, near Eagle's Nest Monument.
In the Middle Ages some of the crafts monks and men of the village
formed a guild to make beautiful, waterproof boxes of thinly-sliced
wood. Visit Heimatmuseum, “Schloss Adelsheim,” where
you'll enjoy numerous collections of many forms of ancient arts
and crafts. This museum preserves many traditional crafts and
promotes education of present-day artisans for future continuity
of these traditions. The local government sponsors the museum
shop where you can buy the finest of handmade Bavarian items.
Walk through the oldest part of Berchtesgaden where you'll marvel
at three-dimensional frescoes painted on the typical Bavarian
buildings. For illiterate people in former times these pictures
told what each building housed. Many artists painted frescoes
on a regular basis in past centuries. Today only a few are skilled
in this art form.
Bonnie's features here:
Beautiful Alpine Road; Bed
and Breakfast In Home of Alpine Doll Maker; Bavarian
Arts in Bad Reichenhall
for more information, go to the following websites:
Yourself at Home — in London!, by Bob Fisher
multi-media and in-depth report by Bob Fisher focusses on London,
Greater London, and world-class sites within easy commuting distance.
the report (see hyperlink above), visit the websites, and then
start making plans to make yourself at home in London.
Morocco, by Karen Hamlin
Hamlin explores the exotic, the historical, the practical, and
the sensual in this beguiling North African country.
of Morocco are magical; it's like walking into an Indiana Jones
film. My favorite places are the souks of Marrakech and Fez, and
the Sahara Desert. Allow enough time for the souks because there
is so much to see. Good buys are long kaftan dresses, ornate pillow
covers, mosaic tiled tables, henna lamps, houkas, Moroccan pottery,
dyed leather goods, hand painted tables, harem pants, silk scarves,
silver jewelry, brass products, tea sets and lots more. I would
recommend hiring a guide for the souks because it's so easy to
get lost in the maize and there are some very good pickpockets
there. Be sure and get an official guide from the tourism office.
You can probably arrange that from the U.S. by contacting the
Moroccan Tourism Bureau (212-557-2520). If you live in another
country, do a Web earch for the nearest Tourist bureau. Passing
by the booths and doors to homes or even palaces in some of the
souks, you can sometimes get a glimpse of life inside. The people
are very friendly and hospitable and will often invite you inside
their shop or home for some delicious Moroccan tea (it's minty).
That's what happened when I passed a very old pasha sitting in
a big empty palace. He invited me in and called his servant to
bring me tea on a silver tea platter. However in the city of Fez,
some University students followed us asking political questions
about U.S. policies. Use caution and be as travel-wise as you
would anywhere else away from home.
other favorite place is the Sahara Desert. You get your guide
when you go to the camel parking lot in Merzouga and pick up your
camel. I would strongly recommend arriving for the sunset, not
the sunrise because you will have a much better chance of seeing
it. It is so spectacular that you have to see it to believe it.
your shoes when entering a Moroccan home or mosque. It is good
to make appointments; however, punctuality is not always observed.
If you compliment a Moroccan on a possession, he or she may feel
obliged to give it to you. Accept tea when offered so as not to
insult the host. Ask permission before taking photos.
I Left My Heart in Mt. Rainier WA,
by Bill Neely
Neely will take us to one of his and Bonnie's favorite RV destinations
in the U.S. For Bonnie and Bill's article Camping
& RVing at Mt. Rainier National Park please click on the
and Bonnie Neely have been avid RV campers since 1975, and their
favorite camping adventures are in our great National Parks. The
Neelys, who are always trying to escape Texas summer heat and
mosquitoes, prefer the mountains of the Western United States.
Bill will describe Mt. Rainier National Park and tell some of
the experiences he has had in driving RVs of various sizes there.
He'll tempt you to fall in love with favorite places and scenery
and to experience the wonder of one of the largest mountains in
the lower United States and picture ranger programs around a campfire,
hiking beneath centuries-old trees so high you cannot see the
tops, trekking through Alpine meadows among deer and wild flowers,
traversing steep rocky or snowy trails, walking beside rushing
glacial rivers, appreciating the monuments the CCC built during
the Great Depression. Having driven RVs the equivalent mileage
of around the world eight times, Bill is a real RV expert!
and Bonnie Recommend:
Official National Park Info
tour of the park
Your Silversea Cloud, by Doug Eads
Eads takes us on the quintessential quality cruise (to the Baltic)
aboard a Silversea Cruise Line ship and in the process suggests
what constitutes superior quality in the cruise industry.
additional cruise reviews by Doug Eads, go to CruiseReport.com.
is fair to say that perhaps just a few years back I did not know
about Silversea Cruises. Somewhat by accident I got a brochure
in the mail, and that did it. Even the brochure was elegant, detailed,
and inviting. So I kept it on the coffee table to savor it like
a fine Napoleon brandy, just taking a sip/look now and then.
I was really doing was teasing my taste for quality, and barely
staving off my hopes for a cruise vacation on a line that seemed
to have it all — quality, ambience, and in a tempo that
was not pretentious. I felt I would someday take my wife Carol
on a Silversea cruise.
did some research on the Internet, and that only made it more
inviting. The web site is also quite nice,
and I set a goal to be cruising on a Silversea ship in 2004. This
was in 2001. We worked toward the goal and did the Baltic —
this was a memory to share! Quality comes at a price, but Silversea
delivered everything I imagined she would, and more.
on the Tundra in Finland, by Karen Hamlin
Hamlin takes us to Finland and Lapland in the month of January
where she tests her travel journalist survival skills and has
can feel displaced even before landing in Finland (mistaking clouds
for snow) but you will quickly feel free to immerse yourself in
this country's unique geography and culture. Finns are very friendly.
As you walk down the streets of the capital Helsinki, people will
greet you with “Hey, hey!” (Finnish for “Hi!”)
Helsinki, I recommend The Kamp, an elegant 19th century hotel
— even as part of your sightseeing . If you travel to Lapland
in the winter (an experience I highly recommend) remember that
you will be above the Arctic Circle and itís imperative to dress
for temperatures that can plunge to -50 degrees F. Layers are
important: silk underwear, long johns, scarf, gloves, face mask,
hat and anything else that has recently been invented for skiing.
Once youíre covered, relax and enjoy the great outdoors.
sure to go dog mushing and feel the strength and power of these
intelligent animals; the dogs move very fast and it is an exhilarating
ride. In Kemi, visit the Snow Hotel even if you donít stay there.
Enjoy the dayís activities and maybe a stage show. But if you
can, spend the night in the Snow Hotel. Itís a once-in-a-lifetime
experience. Try a Finnish sauna. If you're really brave (and your
doctor approves) go for the polar dip and then the sauna. Be sure
to try some reindeer meat (if you eat meat) and if possible experience
a reindeer feast to get a feel for the culture of the Sami. Also,
donít miss the snowmobiling, the ice fishing, the reindeer sleighing,
or the skiing.
will find all the modern amenities in Finland you are accustomed
to but don't miss out on the old traditions that are still practiced
there today. Above all, make the most of a trip to Finland and
you may even rediscover yourself as I did.
America: Travel Treasures Close to Home
The Epicenter of American History, by Bob Fisher
their visit to this popular travel destination, Roy Lowey and
Bob Fisher explore for our viewers and listeners all that Hampton
has to offer. This hour-long special also includes phone-in segments
by travel and tourism representatives from the Hampton area.
Augsberg, Germany and
World Cup Soccer, by Bonnie Neely
of soccer fans from all over the world will travel to Germany
next summer to see the World Cup Soccer matches, which will take
place in several cities in summer 2006. Naturally, prices will
be high and crowds will be great in cities hosting the games.
Consider staying in a nearby city and avoid the crowded hotels
and restaurants, save money, and enjoy the area while you're there.
Bonnie Neely will talk about Germany's second oldest city, founded
by Augustus Caesar in the First Century on the Lege River. With
artifacts dating even farther back, and wonderful art museums,
cathedral with the world's oldest stained glass, and the fascinating
Fuggerei (the world's first public housing for the poor and aged),
many fine restaurants and hotels and excellent transportation
by train/bus/highway to any of the soccer matches, this is a city
to include in your plans for Southern Germany anytime you go.
For Bonnie's article please see: Visit
Augsburg When in Southern Germany,
By Bonnie Neely, Photos by Bill Neely.
More Information: A
feature article; Hotels;
phrase guide; World
Cup Soccer Schedule 2006
city of Augsburg; (b) Germany's
Mozart City; (c) World
Cup Germany 2006; (d) TravelPost.com
in German: “Augburg's
Mountain High — Colorado, by Neala Schwartzberg
this report Neala Schwartzberg explores the breathtaking beauty
that can literally cause you to remain
and stand transfixed. She also introduces us to unexpected and
quirky aspects of Colorado and the Rocky Mountains — mountains
that make their own weather.
A World Away, by Suzanne Wright
a royal coup during her visit to the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal,
Suzanne Wright finds the antidote to the sensory overload of the
in Hiroshima, by Bob Fisher
this article, Bob Fisher experiences the incongruence of Hiroshima's
Rome in the Shoulder Season, by Bonnie Neely
can one say about this ageless, incredibly beautiful Imperial
City that has not been already said? Tours usually just let you
hit a few of the most beautiful (and most crowded) places, see
the Vatican Museum, some of the fountains, St. Peter's overwhelming
Basilica, enjoy a few meals, and move on. Because we enjoy history
and art so much we decided to take ten days to do ONLY Rome, and
to spend our time as if we lived there for real, seeing Rome as
the Romans do. That meant finding an apartment style hotel and
using public transportation to sight-see on our own. It was an
adventure, since we don't speak Italian, but it was fun. And our
splurge for a few nights was in the top hotel in Rome to see Rome
as those not on a tight budget do. We have some tips for anyone
going to Italy.
see Bonnie's features on Rome by clicking on this link.
for more information, click on this link as well.
Hotel Parco Dei Principi; Aurelia
Antica Suites and Apartments
Moment in North Carolina, by Bob Fisher
recent 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers famous “first
flight” is also a timeless moment for considering the meaning
of that amazing event.
many North Americans, bargaining is a daunting chore, not a lighthearted
social activity. Suzanne Wright's report will focus on how to
raise your consciousness ó and your skills.
this report, Peter Flaherty explores the complex and fascinating
history of this beautiful city. He also examines how community
rivalry and politics are ageless.
History First-hand, by Neala Schwartzberg
Schwartzberg examines how the experiential learning of history
through visits to several important historical sites in North
America makes history come alive.
Meets Innocence in Madrid, by Bob Fisher
In this quiet “slice of life”
glimpse inside a unique art gallery in Madrid, Bob examines how
travel can reveal universal issues such as how children learn
the essentials of social organization — from art.
Havana: Everything Old Is New Again, by Peter Flaherty
In this in-depth report, Peter
blends the history, culture, politics, and a very “up close
and personal” sense of the people of Havana to create a
portrait of the new Cuba and the Cuba that is already a major
travel destination and one that will inevitably re-emerge as a
destination for the United States.
Pleasures of Ponce, Puerto Rico, by Neala Schwartzberg
As Neala shows us, the cultural
and natural heritage of this relatively undiscovered "smaller
sibling to San Juan, Puerto Rico," is an inclusive and comprehensive
experience on many levels. This is a distinct travel destination
that offers the visitor an important and discrete glimpse of how
culture is enduring. Its historic roots date from 1692 and its
founder, the great-grandson of Ponce de Leon. Some of its beautiful
buildings are on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Its unique museums are treasures in themselves. Its importance
as a prehistoric archeological site and its tragic indigenous
history is once again a significant lesson in the colonization
of the Americas. And as a microcosm of Spanish Colonial heritage,
it is a very special place in this hemisphere.
James Michener, Paul Gauguin, and Marlon Brando Were Right! by
We also travel to escape; to experience
even briefly the “perfect” physical environment where
geography, topography, and climate create a paradise on earth.
The notion of paradise in the human psyche is as old as human
civilization. And occasionally, as Suzanne Wright does, we come
pretty darn close to the real thing. At such times, travel is
also the stuff of dreams.
Faces of Gujarat: Experiencing India Subliminally, by Bob Fisher
In India's northwestern province
of Gujarat, Bob discovers that this is not a faceless nation.
An Agriscape Experience: The Tuscan Landscape at Castello di Spannocchia,
by Karin Leperi
In this multimedia and multi-dimensional
article, Karin gives a lesson from the heart in the land, landscape,
the art of living, and the art of the travel photographer.
The Nikko World Heritage Site in Japan, by Bill Neely
temples and shrines are known for their architectural and artistic
genius, as well as the ingenuity and creativity of its architects
and decorators. Bill Neely will take us there. Read
Bill's full article “Ascending the Steps of Japanese: Spiritual
Culture in Nikko” by clicking here.
Lodge, Costa Rica, For Natural Adventures, by Bonnie Neely; Photos
by Bill Neely
Our primary reason to go to Costa
Rica was for a soft adventure trip to the tropical rain forest
we had read about so enthusiastically. We chose Costa Rica Nature
Adventures to plan our trip, and we are so very glad we did! With
eight glorious days in that exquisite country, which is world-renowned
as the best conserver of the environment, our favorite part was
our experience rafting on the Pacuare River and our stay at Pacuare
Lodge. Everything about the experience was wonderful in this Jungle
Paradise, and we hope to return. Of all our travels this was our
favorite, second only to Santorini, Greece. Visit
the website of Pacuara Lodge.
Every Traveler Should Know About Avian Influenza, by Karin Leperi
In this special report, which includes
an exclusive interview with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist,
Karin Leperi gives an overview of this feared pandemic and its
impact on the travel industry.
Mount Tai: Where the Steps Climb Over the Sun, by Gregory Monteith
Climbing a mountain in China in
the footsteps of millions, including emperors, Gregory reaches
a significant level of cultural understanding.
of Experience in Naples, by Peter Flaherty
In this multi-layered and intricate
portrait of Naples, Italy, Peter Flaherty takes us on a journey
through what may well be one of the least understood and most
under-appreciated cities in Italy.
California: Exulting in Nature and History, by Hans Tammemagi
Hans Tammemagi is an environmental
scientist and a lover of the outdoors. Through his visit to Monterey,
California, he gives us a portrait of one of the best marine life
destinations in North America, and a lesson in life-long learning.
Upon a Gîte in Languedoc, by Bob Fisher
Bob Fisher goes
to the ancient region of Languedoc in southern France to find
old friends and a vaguely remembered way of life.
Quiet Hands and Mind of Dora Tse Pe: Matrilineal Potter, by Bob
The pottery of this acclaimed New
Mexican artist reflects many generations of Dora Tse Pe's ancestors
as well as her own sensitivity to her environment.
Artful Journey to Malaysia’s Batik Week, by Michelle Newman
In this arts + travel article,
Michelle Newman also demonstrates why the arts industries —
indigenous ones especially — contribute to the marketability
of a destination.
Return to the Sea:
Experiencing a State of Bliss in the Turks & Caicos, by Suzanne
Suzanne explores the notion of
paradise ... in real time.
Yourself at Home — in Amsterdam!
And experience the world in a nutshell, by Bob Fisher
another in the “Make Yourself at Home in ...” series,
Bob Fisher shows how to get the total experience in this unique
the Collective Psyches of Three Cities: Prague, Budapest, and
Berlin, by Suzanne Wright
After a wintry visit to three of
the most fascinating cities in Europe, Suzanne Wright considers
how cities develop distinct personalities.
Encore: Religion and Other National Passions, by Peter Flaherty
Because of Fidel Castro's recent
illness and an oft-anticipated change of régime, travelers
and other observers wonder what is in store for Cuba. After his
third visit to the island, Peter takes us to the heart of Cuban
Virtual and Other Realities of Jeroen Bechtold, by Bob Fisher
Jeroen Bechtold is a contemporary
potter and ceramist in Amsterdam. In this report, Bob Fisher explores
the legacy of the Dutch connection with the Far East and this
extraordinary contemporary artist.
Jordan: Wisdom, Enlightenment, and Euphoria in the Hashemite Kingdom
This extensive report on Jordan
contains multiple in-depth articles, hyperlinks to key resources
in Jordan, many photographs, slide shows, mini-videos, and recommended
Back to Medieval Times in Tallinn, Estonia, by Elle Andra-Warner
Elle Andra-Warner takes us on a
journey to her ancestral homeland.
Cheval Through Cathar Country in France, by Bob Fisher
In the ancient land of Languedoc
in the south of France, Bob discovers great drama and a landscape
that is also great theatre.
and Eccentrics in the Broughton Archipelago of British Columbia,
by Hans Tammemagi
In this intelligent, sensitive,
and thoughtful portrait of a gem of nature, Hans explores some
of the most important concepts in the world of travel today.
Siksika Nation of Alberta: Self-determination, cultural affirmation,
land, and time, by Bob Fisher
The focus of this report is First
Nations heritage travel and the Siksika as a role model of this
kind of travel experience.
Indonesia, by Suzanne Wright
This extensive report by Suzanne
Wright is a multi-layered exploration of the nation and its diverse
Vary: Through a Lens Obliquely, by Bob Fisher
In this multimedia narrative, Bob
Fisher explores the history of central Europe through the medium
of one of the most famous spa towns in the world.
on the Verge, by Suzanne Wright
Vietnam as an emerging travel and
tourism destination is the subject of this report.