This is the December 2020 issue

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Charitable travelers
By Jim Schoon
Appears on Page 12
Planning ahead with ‘Europe by Rail’
By Tedi Siminowsky
Appears on Page 12
This banyan tree in the botanical garden El-Hamma Jardin d’Essai was used by Johnny Weissmuller in at least one of his 1930s Tarzan movies — Algiers.
Planning a visit to Central and Western Africa
By Hugh Randall
Appears on Page 12
A few of my souvenir masks, now wearing masks, collected worldwide. Photos by Donna Judd
Masks on masks
By Donna Judd
Appears on Page 15
Etruscan urn in Volterra. Photo by Nili Olay
Rick Steves’ ‘Heart of Italy’
By Nili Olay
Appears on Page 22

Calling All Readers!

Unexpected Disembarkation
Appears on Page 16
In the blacksmith section of the central market of Istaravshan, Tajikistan, the shops also serve as gathering places. This gentleman was proud to pose for us with his quail used in bird fights (April 2017). Photo by Nick Stooke
COVID-19 cancellations
Appears on Page 18


Vienna's beloved Sacher torte.
Rick Steves’ Europe: Café chitchat, chocolate cake, and the Vienna opera
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

Bikes: the preferred transport.
Rick Steves’ Europe: Pedaling through Amsterdam
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

Bath’s ancient Roman baths, now a museum.
Rick Steves’ Europe: Bath: England’s cover girl
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

Leave it to cleaver.
Rick Steves’ Europe: The Italian love of eating
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

The Chicken Paprikash when done cooking.
What’s Cooking in… Budapest
What's Cooking in...

By Sandra Scott
Appears on Page 25
Aerial view over the historic center of Edinburgh, Scotland, from Calton Hill. Photo: Dreamstime/TNS
Europe’s quirky taste treats
Rick Steves' Europe

By Rick Steves
Appears on Page 26
On-the-Road Travel Tips (part 9)
Far Horizons

By Randy Keck
Appears on Page 27

Funniest Thing

Just behind the ears
By Deb Kalikow
Appears on Page 23