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by Philip Wagenaar, second of three parts

Last month I discussed my travels in Johannesburg. This month I will continue my travelogue of South Africa.

The Blue Train

If you want to splurge, take the 25-hour journey on the Blue Train from Pretoria, a little north of Johannesburg, to Cape Town. (If you desire, you can continue on the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth.) This luxurious but expensive train ride, which was started in 1997, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience....

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by Deanna Palic (Second of two parts. Go to part one)

History abounds at every turn

The town of Paraty, a colonial relic and truly a work of art, has been declared a national monument. The 30 small blocks that comprise its historic center are lined with fine examples of Portuguese colonial architecture. Buildings cannot be higher than two stories. Visitors with mobility limitations would have problems here due to the irregular, rounded cobblestones used in paving the streets...

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by Kevin Keating

As this is the month we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I got to thinking about Ireland.

“O Oysters, come and walk with us!”

The Walrus did beseech.

“A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk

Along the briny beach.”

“It’s a lovely day,” said the man behind the desk at Jury’s hotel in Galway.

In Ireland, it’s either a “lovely day,” a “soft day” or a “desperate day.” A soft day is when the rain gently down doth fall. When it’s raining...

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Dear Globetrotter: Welcome to the 336th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine. This issues marks a full 28 years of publication!

Some of you will remember the name Paige Palmer, whose column “Worldwide Travel Advice” ran in ITN from the very beginning until five years ago, when she set it aside for health reasons. Well, Paige is going strong and just sent us a letter, saying, “The beautiful state of Ohio celebrated its bicentennial in 2003, and Jacqueline Jones Royster...

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by Linda Ledray

Q:

Traveling alone, I find it hard to get pictures that I want to look at more than once, and I am sure they bore my friends, so I have quit bringing them out to show, altogether. It seems like a waste of time and money, but I can’t just stop taking pictures. That just doesn’t seem right. I do want to have some memories. I don’t know what to do. Any suggestions? — Mary Ann E., Tulsa, OK

A:

Pictures should be a way of capturing those special travel moments....

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by Philip Wagenaar, first of three parts

“You now have to set your watch one hundred years back,” the captain announced as the plane descended toward the Johannesburg airport.

Just a few weeks earlier a screaming headline in the newspaper The Cape Times had proclaimed, “Never would a colored heart beat in a white neighborhood.” A Jew had just received a colored man’s heart in the second transplant performed by Prof. Christiaan Barnard at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town....

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by Deanna Palic (Part one of two)

Nineteen years ago I was totally captivated by the locale in the film “Gabriela.” The movie starred one of Brazil’s hottest stars, Sonia Braga, and the esteemed Italian film idol Marcello Mastroianni. “Gabriela” was filmed in such an enchanting yet unidentifiable colonial seaside town that I felt compelled to wait until all the credits rolled and the town was identified. Paraty, sometimes spelled Parati, has remained on my “must see” list since 1984...

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During our travels in Middle East countries, my wife, Moreen, and I have seen the horse valued as a treasured necessity for both transportation and animal husbandry. Yet, as in Western countries, we’ve also seen horses used for sports, though most of the games are quite different from the ones we view.

You may have seen on TV scenes of an Afghanistan horseman riding wildly in a cloud of dust chasing another horseman carrying a sheep’s or goat’s head; buzkashee is Afghanistan’s...

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