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In a writing “contest,” ITN posed the question “What makes Madrid “Madrid”? The window for submissions is closed, and in last month’s issue we named prize winners and printed a few of the entries. Here are a few more. Other cities will be the subjects of future essay contests, with more prizes.

Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece “Guernica” brought me to Madrid, and if I’d seen nothing else during my two weeks in Spain in April ’09, it would have been enough.

I’d wanted to see this...

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In the first of our writing “contests” about inspiring destinations, we posed the question “What makes Madrid “Madrid”? From the responses received, it is clear this city makes for vivid memories. We are accepting no more submissions for this contest and will print a few more of the entries received in the next couple of issues.

As was stated, the entries will not be judged, but a number of entrants will receive prizes. Randomly selected, the following participants each will receive a...

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We got a terrific response to the assignment we gave you a few months ago.

Name a bridge (outside of the USA) that, for whatever reasons, is exciting to cross. Whether it’s big or small, tell where it is (and, if necessary, how to find it) and approximately when you were there. Did you cross it on foot? By car? By train? Is it worth the trip because the bridge itself is impressive in some way or because of the view from the span? Include your impressions plus any personal encounters...

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ITN asked, “When planning for a trip outside of the US, which guidebook publisher do you look to for information and why?” Along with naming the guidebook and publisher, we requested that your response include approximately when you took the corresponding trip and where. A number of letters were printed in the September and October 2009 issues, but this topic generated a few more, presented here.

My husband, Richard, and I travel independently as well as on tours. Many times we’ve...

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Ellen Jacobson of Centennial, Colorado, wrote, “I would like readers to write in about the good food experiences that others can expect to have in different countries. I’m not talking about specific restaurant recommendations but about the particular dishes or types of foods that travelers should seek out in new places.”

Ellen’s suggestion was fresh seafood in Borneo; specifically, look for restaurants with saltwater tanks. And we tossed up some specific questions for our readers to...

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We printed readers’ letters about their favorite walking shoes (May ’09, pg. 44), which prompted a few more responses. Have another recommendation? Write to Best Walking Shoes, c/o ITN, 2116 28th St., Sacramento, CA 95818, or e-mail editor@intltravelnews.com. Include the address at which you receive ITN plus your phone number.

My husband, John, and I discovered Comfort Mocs ($29.95 plus shipping) through L.L. Bean (800/441-5713, www.llbean.com) several years ago when we ordered them...

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Nancy Tan of Fresno, Cailfornia, wrote, “What is the best way to upgrade your cabin class on a flight? Buy the ticket and then use miles? Pay for the upgrade? Just buy an economy-plus or business-class ticket to start with? Can an upgrade be made before we get to the airport?”

We asked our subscribers to answer Nancy’s questions, reminding you that with any examples given to please include approximately when and where you flew and with which airline. Responses are printed below. If...

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ITN asked, “When you’re planning for a trip, which guidebook publisher do you look to for information and why?” Several responses were printed last month. If you have something to add, write to Most Useful Guidebooks, c/o ITN, 2116 28th St., Sacramento, CA 95818, or e-mail editor@intltravelnews.com (include the address at which you receive ITN). Along with naming the guidebook and publisher, include approximately when you took the corresponding trip and where. ITN does not cover destinations...

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