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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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(First of two parts on the Philippines)

A kind of frenetic mania pervades the urban streetscape as the cultural combine of East and West continues to define itself while the business of daily life goes on. In the Philippines, all journeys seem to begin and end in the sprawling megalopolis that is Manila. One cannot know or hope to understand the modern-day Philippines without comprehending Manila.

An island outpost in Asia controlled for over 350 years by incumbent Western...

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by Kevin Keating

After boarding Oceania Cruises’ M/S Regatta in Barcelona, my friend Joe Lynch came to anchorage in a ship’s bar called Martinis. Lloyd Mthenby, a barman from South Africa, was juggling the ice and the olives, “And,” Joe told me, “this young man from Johannesburg is the best bartender I’ve ever met at sea.”

Now, that’s high praise coming from Joe, because he travels more than most people. And he’s a good judge of barkeeps over the waves and on the shore.

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Dear Globetrotter:

Welcome to the 335th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

His column last appeared in our May ’03 issue and I was holding out hope that he would continue it, but I received word this month that our longtime Contributing Editor Bill Bennett has decided to retire from writing the Cruises column for ITN. Bill has moved into a retirement home and will no longer be traveling extensively.

Starting in 1974, Bill and Louise Bennett — true lovers of...

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by Philip Wagenaar, Contributing Editor

I heaved a sigh of relief. I had just filed our income tax return. It was March 2, 2003. Now I could fully enjoy our cruise, which left on March 10. I only had to make sure that the IRS would receive my payment by the April 15 deadline.

I figured I had two options. I could either send the tax due before we departed on our cruise and lose more than a month’s interest or I could ask our daughter to mail the check on April 14. However...

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