This is the November 2017 issue

Boarding Pass

Features

Looking across the harbor of Valletta, Malta, at the “Three Cities.”
Choosing the tours less taken on a southern Mediterranean cruise
By Jennie & Denzil Verardo
Appears on Page 6
 
Esther Perica enjoying the “Let It Be”  graffiti in the Yoga Pavilion.
Traveling ‘Across the Universe’ to find remembrances of the Beatles in India
By Esther Perica
Appears on Page 22
 
One of the samba-school floats we saw at the Sambadrome.
Caught up in Rio’s spectacular Carnival
By Alla Campbell
Appears on Page 34
 
Children playing in a square in Luxembourg City.
Reclaiming ancestral citizenship in Luxembourg
By Glenn Schmidt
Appears on Page 46
 

Travelers' Intercom

Online/offline chip-and-PIN debit cards
By Mr. X
Appears on Page 16
 
Quinta do Seixo vineyards and the town of Pinhão (and our docked ship, Queen Isabel, at back right). Photo by Stephen Addison
Cruising the Douro River
By Stephen Addison
Appears on Page 17
 
Disappointed in Ireland arrangements
By Mary Kirson
Appears on Page 27
 
Bumped by Avianca
By Steve Buchwalter
Appears on Page 27
 
A young puma on a lakeshore in Chilean Patagonia. Photo by Donna Pyle
Patagonia & Travel Vision Journeys
By Donna Pyle
Appears on Page 28
 
Ray, Nancy and John Friedman at Casa Garcia in Gonzar, Spain, on Day 3. Photo by Ken Friedman
The Camino de Santiago more comfortably
By Nancy Friedman
Appears on Page 30
 
Getting an accurate feel for a place
By Mary Ann Peterson
Appears on Page 32
 
Outpatient visit in Vietnam
By Amy Romano
Appears on Page 33
 
Had to buy rental agency’s insurance
By Marvin Feldman
Appears on Page 49
 
The Simran SM-60 power strip has three universal outlets. Photo by David Collins
Traveler’s power strip
By David Collins
Appears on Page 49
 
Off! Deep Woods repellent
By Robert A. Siebert
Appears on Page 50
 

Calling All Readers!

Essay Contest

Warsaw at Night
I Saw Warsaw - Winners
Appears on Page 44
 

Columns

Some of the most well-preserved Greek temples in the world, such as Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples, are in Sicily.
Celebrating Sicily: Italy at its most extreme
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

 
	Kalmar’s mighty castle — restored in the 19th century after being used as a prison, distillery, and granary — stands guard over its town.
Sweden's Glass Country sparkles
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

 
	At Sevilla’s Alcázar, the Christian king Pedro I built his palace around water, like the Moors who preceded him. They viewed water — so rare and precious in most of the Islamic world — as the purest symbol of life.
South Spain's big three: Granada, Cordoba, and Sevilla
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

 
The Swiss village of Gimmelwald, under a blanket of snow, is a picturesque place for winter festivities.
Christmas in Switzerland is a peak experience
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

 
Abdominal thrusts, aka the Heimlich maneuver
The Discerning Traveler

By Philip Wagenaar, MD
Appears on Page 52
 
Hallstatt is a peaceful and perfectly Austrian alternative to the tourist hustle of Salzburg. Photo by Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli
Finding back doors in today’s Europe
Rick Steves' Europe

By Rick Steves
Appears on Page 53
 
The Geografile
Appears on Page 53
 
Totem poles at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, North Vancouver. Photo by Julie Skurdenis
Totem poles of the Canadian Northwest Coast
Focus on Archaeology

By Julie Skurdenis
Appears on Page 54
 

Funniest Thing

Bad first impression
By Jay Levy
Appears on Page 50
 

Where in the World? Correct Answers