Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 342nd issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

A year and a half ago, ITN Contributing Editor Jim Patterson, who wrote the “Focal Point” column, went on hiatus following abdominal surgery. Recently, he informed us he was fit to travel again and we were looking forward to new material from his latest trip.

Sadly, we received this news from his wife, Betty: “Jim died of a heart attack photographing the beautiful flowers in Monet’s...


Those of us who have visited the restored Catherine Palace outside of St. Petersburg in Russia have seen the photos of the destruction caused during the World War II “900-day” (actually “only” 872-day) siege of the city then called Leningrad.

German troops occupied the Catherine Palace area during the siege and there was bitter fighting there as the Russians finally prevailed. The palace was in ruins by early 1944. Russians, of course, claimed that the Germans were responsible for the...

The Star Princess. Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises
The Star Princess experience across the Pacific
Spain’s pilgrimage route ends here, at Santiago’s famous cathedral.
Pilgrims’ terminus, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
The Temple of Edfu is a stop on a Grand Circle tour of Egypt.
Value-priced offerings
Much thought and effort are put into costumes for Carnaval in Rio. Photo by Bill
A city that knows how 
to party (4 of 4 on Rio de Janeiro)
Big Ben

Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 341st issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

Marilyn Karr of Rockaway Beach, Oregon, has a packing tip for you. She sent, “Three reasons to fold clothing with plastic bags when packing: 1) to reduce wrinkles, 2) to keep clothing dry if luggage is left out in the rain at the airport and 3) to isolate dirty/smelly clothes.”

Thanks, Marilyn.

I’d like to hear from anyone who has used the new Travel Sentry Certified Locks....

Helping make Europe physically accessible to slow walkers and wheelchair users