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Depicting the archangel atop a demon, the bronze statue of St. Michael symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. Part of the tallest fountain in Paris, it is in Place Saint-Michel. Photo ©Wiesław Jarek/123rf.com

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 513th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine.

If you're looking at your first copy of ITN, one of the free samples that we send out each month to anyone upon request (or at the request of a friend), the main thing to know about this publication is that it is a safe place for travelers to express opinions, share their experiences and tell what they've learned on trips outside of the US.

ITN is in its 42nd year, and we'...

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As mountain gorillas foraged, visitors watched — Rwanda. Photo by Marilyn Marx Adelman

Dear Globetrotter:Welcome to the 512th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine, the one that showcases travelers' experiences, knowledge and opinions. Any subscriber can write in, and we print no articles or news about destinations in the US. Just anywhere else!

Someone reading this magazine would benefit from something you learned on your last trip. The littlest thing might save someone time or money. Jot off a quick email so we can share it.

In addition to...

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Aerial view of Playa de las Teresitas, a Blue Flag beach near Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. Photo: ©dziewul/123rf.com

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 511th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine. For those of you holding a sample copy, while it may be on newsprint and in black and white, there's nothing ordinary about it.

Each issue of ITN carries the escapades and discoveries of travelers of all types who have at least a few things in common: they love to travel, they subscribe to this magazine, and they have written in about something they think other travelers —...

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On Tonatapu island in Tonga, the Hufangalupe Archway, a land bridge over the crashing waves of the Pacific, formed when the roof of a sea cave collapsed. Photo ©donyanedomam/123rf.com

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 510th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine. Yes, in this day and age, an actual magazine! And we have a lot of longtime supporters, Barb Hartwell of St. Petersburg, Florida, among them.

Barb wrote, “International Travel News was responsible for propelling my husband and me toward one of the most wonderful trips we ever took and for leading me to a very special friendship.  

“The very first sample copy I received...

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A Trenord train arriving in Stresa, northern Italy. Photo ©Anton Yanchevskyi/123rf

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 509th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine.

This publication prints articles, letters and pictures sent in by its subscribers, of course, and I thought I’d explain a little about sending in pictures.

We can accept prints, so long as they’re professionally processed prints, not just computer printouts or photocopies. These days,...

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Rick Steves, a longtime supporter of ITN. Photo by Dave Irving

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 508th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine.

We got a letter from Dave Irving of Media, PA, who wrote, “ITN Contributing Editor Rick Steves gave two travel talks in the Philadelphia area on Feb. 26. I spoke to him about travel media/magazines, and we agreed that ITN provides the best anecdotal information about ‘real travel experiences’ when compared to the glossy-format travel magazines.

“His...

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A hawksbill turtle can weigh up to 150 pounds, with a shell 45 inches long. Photo: ©Andrey Armyagov/123rf.com

Dear Globetrotter:Welcome to the 507th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine.

What kind of travel do you do? Are you independent all the way, nothing more than a backpack? Or do you enjoy going on group tours, the more, the merrier? Perhaps you and your travel partner want the assurance of having a guide but prefer the flexibility of a private, customized tour. Others love all that cruising has to offer.

Whatever it was that you did on your last trip, there are other...

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In the Old Town of Gdańsk, Poland, St. Mary’s Cathedral (constructed 1343 to 1502) is touted as the world’s largest brick church. Photo: ©Lukasz Janyst/123rf

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 506th issue of your monthly foreign-travel magazine.

In each issue, we present trip reports sent in by our subscribers, who are eager to share their adventures and discoveries with other people who love to travel. 

This publication covers destinations outside of the United States, and when a traveler’s write-up comes in, ITN editors read through it and, if necessary, write back asking for certain extra details, such as...

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