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Cruising the Rhine on the Cheap

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We have long considered doing a river cruise down the Rhine. Our interest was spurred by those slick Viking commercials, complete with soaring music as ships glided past splendid castles and enchanting German villages. While planning our trip to Rüdesheim, we discovered that we could enjoy the some of the same experience for a fraction of the cost of a river cruise. Of course a Rhine river cruise visits more than the Rhine Gorge, but for our purposes – seeing castles and scenic villages, we opted to board one of the modern passenger ferries that ply the entire Middle Rhine.

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A Walk From Hell Along the Rhine

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What started out as one of our most pleasant experiences in Rüdesheim turned into a bit of a nightmare.

Our plan, one cloudy morning in Rüdesheim, was to hike the Ostein Route through Niederwald Park perched on the bluffs overlooking the Rhine. Supposedly the easiest of the Rhine Gorge walks, with relatively level trails and well maintained and marked paths, it traversed the “fairy tale forest” of beach and oak, created by Count Graf von Ostein in the late 1800s complete with a temple, enchanted cave, castle ruins and a hunting lodge.

What could go wrong, unless perhaps you were Hansel and Gretel?

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Fabulous Freiburg

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“Live Well, Eat Well, Drink Well.”

That seems like a good motto for Freiburg, Germany’s southernmost city (near France and Switzerland), in the Baden territory at the edge of the Rhine Valley and Black Forest.

“We have food, wine–anything that would make you happy!” explained my tour guide as we strolled around the cobblestone

passageways–as I carefully avoided stumbling into the narrow Bachle–little curbside waterways unique to Germany that meander through the Old Town. Believed to be first utilized during the 13th century, at one time they were used as a fresh water supply and to fight fires. Today they flow on the side of narrow streets, allowing children to cool their bare feet–or float tiny boats–during the summer time. Legend has it that if you trip into one, you are destined to marry a Freiburger!

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The Gower: Where Poetry Lives In South Wales

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For a few seconds, I was back home in San Diego looking up the coast from the cliffs of Torrey Pines.

In front and a bit above of me, paragliders rode the currents in their aerial ballet. Beyond, and somewhat lower was an expanse of broad sandy beach – virtually empty – arcing to the left for three miles with the sea gently sweeping in.

And, what were those specks in the water on this glorious summer afternoon? Surfers!

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Wadi Rum: Where Camels & Martians Roam

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As avid world travelers, my wife Mary and I are always on the lookout for exotic locales to visit. In the last few years we’ve traveled to breathtaking otherworldly places like the Ganges in India at sunrise; the ghostly limestone islands and caves of Vietnam’s Halong Bay and the moonscaped lava fields of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. But our most recent trip topped the exotic scale. We spent three days on Mars. Well not exactly; but we visited a place that could – and has – passed for the Red Planet.

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The French Connection: a Day in Provence

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For wine enthusiasts, almost nothing is as exciting as visiting a new wine region. And there are no wine regions that stir the soul and prime the palate like the legendary vineyards of France. On our most recent Mediterranean cruise on the Celebrity Silhouette we stopped for one day stop in working-class Toulon, France’s second largest port and gateway to the beautiful coastal towns and wine country of Provence.

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Glamis Castle: Scotland’s Most Haunted Residence

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If you love to be spooked on Halloween–or anytime!–look no further than Glamis Castle, said to be Scotland’s most haunted residence! Legend has it that among several resident spirits, there’s a lady ghost in the Chapel, a “Monster of Glamis”—and that the Devil himself visited here and still hangs around!

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Celebrating German Christmas Markets

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Envision yourself snuggled in woolens, meandering the cobbled streets of a snow-dusted medieval fairytale village. With a steaming mug of glühwein in hand, you’re browsing festive stalls decked with twinkling holiday lights, admiring hand-crafted wooden toys, one-of-a-kind ornaments and sampling a cornucopia of seasonal eats.

You’re dreaming of German Christmas markets.

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Postcards from John & Jody : Austin, Texas

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Dear Ron,

You can’t go to Texas without buying cowboy boots. Well at least one of us can’t. We’d just scored the perfect pair — cherry red boots with broncos bucking down the shins — when we heard a twangy version of Dylan’s “Tangled Up In Blue” coming from South Congress Avenue.

It was James Anthony Johnson, whose cowboy hat and guitar picking matched his twang. He’s been singing the blues on South Congress for 15 years and he’s watched the neighborhood change. “Used to be, it was full of transvestites, prostitutes, and transsexuals …and politicians cruising to find them,” he said.

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