This is the September 2014 issue

Boarding Pass


The Peak above Hong Kong’s Central District affords a stunning view.
Surprising Hong Kong
By Steven Cole
Appears on Page 6
Paul Lalli at breakfast on the terrace of “Miravista” in the Palazzo Antellesi, with the church of Santa Croce visible in the background.
Living like a royal in Florence, Italy
By Julie Skurdenis
Appears on Page 20
The Dubai skyline as seen from the mouth of Dubai Creek.
Lavish palaces, luxurious city sights and lots more during six days in Dubai
By Joyce Bruck
Appears on Page 36
Marv Feldman in Bogotá’s Plaza de Bolívar.
An inspired visit to Colombia’s Coffee Zone, Caribbean coast and capital city
By Marv and Carole Feldman
Appears on Page 50

Travelers' Intercom

Briggs & Riley repairs luggage

Jo’burg airport taxi scam
By Anne Stoll

Instead of Heathrow
By Cory & Lou Pepoy
Appears on Page 14
Returning to France after just a few years
By Michael Mahoney
Appears on Page 16
Apartment rental scam
By Steven Cole
Appears on Page 25
Wanted more direct air routing to ship
By James Eggleston
Appears on Page 26
From Vatican to Holy Land on Azamara Journey
By June Diehl
Appears on Page 28
Returning to dreamlike Japan
By Sunny B. Buchanan
Appears on Page 30
Southeast Asia touring
By Deborah Zack
Appears on Page 31
Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
By George Dottl
Appears on Page 31
US operator’s vantage
By Dave Bruels
Appears on Page 32
Reminders of Arezzo
By Richard Finerman
Appears on Page 33
How to pay a traffic ticket from overseas?
By Nancy Tan
Appears on Page 33
Around the world annually
By Virginia Shannon
Appears on Page 34
Global Entry advantages
By Walt Bilofsky
Appears on Page 54
American Airlines repaired zipper
By Wanda Bahde
Appears on Page 54
Taltsy open-air museum
By Jonathan Hayes
Appears on Page 55
A sign in the window of a shop that was closed for Ascension Day in Brugge, Belgium. Photo: Anderson
Ascension Day in Brugge
By Ruth Anderson
Appears on Page 56
Two young monks walk the grounds of Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, the most sacred Buddhist shrine in Myanmar
Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon
By Nelson Burack
Appears on Page 73


Rover knows that the DOT is watching out for him. Photo: ©Denis Aglichev/123rf
DOT to watch more closely how safely US airlines transport pets
Boarding Pass

By David Tykol
Appears on Page 2
Garnishing the Shrimp & Rice Vermicelli Soup.
What's Cooking in... Macau
What's Cooking in...

By Sandra Scott
Appears on Page 58
Travelers of all ages — here trying snails for the first time — can reach new gastronomic heights in France. Photo by Rick Steves
Understanding French culture
Rick Steves' Europe

By Rick Steves
Appears on Page 60
Sculpture in Jardin de Reuilly on La Promenade Plantée in Paris. Photos by Yvonne Michie Horn
Paris’ Promenade Plantée
By Yvonne Horn
Appears on Page 61
At the Copán ruins in Honduras, the guide Fidel paused at a well-preserved arena. Photos by Randy Keck
El Salvador & Honduras Central American adventure
Far Horizons

By Randy Keck
Appears on Page 63

Funniest Thing

Making the most of Venice
By Norma Kloeckener
Appears on Page 56

Where in the World? Correct Answers

Sigiriya (Lion Rock), Sri Lanka
Appears on Page 77