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Two of the keeps at Parador de Oropesa in Spain. Photo by Connie Martin

My husband, Paul, and I rented a car in San Sebastián, Spain, and drove to Nerja on the country's southern coast in October 2018. During our several-day drive through Spain, we stayed at two paradores, one in Hondarribia and the other in Oropesa.

Hondarribia was a lovely place, where we had nice views of France from our room. We enjoyed exploring the Old Town there as well. Like the parador in Oropesa, the one in Hondarribia has a fascinating history, but I'm only...


I traveled to Australia in November 2018 and encountered a new airport security procedure.

In Adelaide, passengers were required to remove umbrellas from their carry-on luggage before the parcels were x-rayed. Umbrellas in carry-on luggage were legal but had to be removed for screening.

I was told that this security procedure now applies at all airports in South Australia and would soon be required in all airports in the country. While I was there, the procedure was not...


To help us prepare for our first trip to Lisbon, Portugal, in July 2018, Simply Transfer & Tour ( [in Portuguese only]) came highly recommended by a friend of ours who had recently visited Lisbon.

Never wanting to look a gift horse in the mouth, we made arrangements with the owner, Andre, for two full-day private tours plus airport transfers. We contacted him three weeks in advance of our trip, finalizing it a week ahead.

For a day trip to towns near...


I read with interest the subscriber's article about Churchill, Canada, and the polar bears that she and her husband were able to see there (Nov. '18, pg. 42).

Through a tour operator, the couple stayed outside Churchill at the Tundra Lodge, which, she wrote, "sits 5 feet off the ground, with viewing platforms between cars and access to the Polar Rovers through a back deck. (We were told our feet wouldn't touch the ground outside for the next four days.)"



A longtime resident of Cape Town, South Africa, I've been providing ITN readers with suggestions for places to visit (Jan. '19, pg. 45). Here are a few places farther from town.

• If you're in Stellenbosch, a university town 45 minutes east of Cape Town, I would recommend visiting the wine estates Cavalli (phone +27 21 855 3218, cavalli, in the Helderberg region, and Glenelly (Lelie Street, Idas Valley, Stellenbosch; phone +27 21 809 6440,...


While planning our May 2018 trip to Morocco, it became apparent that my wife, Paula, and I would likely be spending two or three hours in Casablanca's Mohammed V International Airport (CMN) while awaiting our return flight.

There was relatively little practical information (e.g., a decent terminal map) available online about this airport. What I did find were mostly negative reviews of the facilities, the staff and the prices at airport shops and food outlets.


Narrow roads with no shoulders require constant vigilance on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way. Photo by Ron Carlson

Having driven rented, leased and owned cars in 75 countries over 56 years, I would like to share a bit about car rentals, insurance and the collision-damage waiver (CDW).

As I mentioned in a previous letter ("Tips on Driving in Europe," Sept. '17, pg. 15), many major US credit cards cover collision damage, with no deductible, but be sure to check the terms, and use the card for making both the reservation and the final payment.

If you do that and your...


My husband, John, and I spent several weeks hiking in the Swiss, French and Italian Alps in June and July 2018. At each destination, we took advantage of a multiday travel pass in order to traverse the network of hiking trails via train, gondola, bus and on foot.

• While staying in Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, we purchased the 6-day Regional-Pass Bernese Oberland for €270 (near $306) per person. It enabled us to travel freely on the gondola from Grindelwald up...