This is the May 2017 issue


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Exterior of La Cité du Vin. Photos by Stephen Addison
La Cité du Vin in Bordeaux
By Stephen Addison
Appears on Page 14
Around the world in (almost) 80 days
By W. John Swartz
Appears on Page 16
Libby Cagle with a lemur on her shoulder, at Varuna Resort in Madagascar. Photo by Roger McDaniels
Breaking a leg in the bush
By Libby Cagle
Appears on Page 26
The Qatar Airways experience
By Rochelle Wolk
Appears on Page 28
Caucasus with Kutrubes
By Emilee Hines Cantieri
Appears on Page 28
‘Sunny Portugal’ with Collette
By Philip Shart
Appears on Page 30
‘Wonderful’ guide in Mexico
By Connie Martin
Appears on Page 30
‘Great service’ from Tour Beijing
By Varun Agnihotri
Appears on Page 31
Earning miles on partner airlines
By Mike Harrison
Appears on Page 50
Online tickets pros, con
By Robert A. Siebert
Appears on Page 50
‘Locomotives International’
By P. Kumelowski
Appears on Page 50
Bay of Fundy and tidal bores
By KT Porter
Appears on Page 50

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frequent flyer miles airplane
Mileage program comparisons
Appears on Page 37
The train Lézard Rouge in the Seldja Gorge — Tunisia. Photo by Stephen Addison
Narrow-gauge and offbeat railways
Appears on Page 40

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Day pack hiking tours
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Dating from 1900, this water tower sits above the Old Town in Bydgoszcz, Poland. It once provided water to the city’s upper terrace, but today it’s a museum and visitors can tour its observation gallery at the top. Photo: ©rognar/
Electronics ban on flights to US. EU to require visas of US? Step toward Brexit.
Boarding Pass

By David Tykol
Appears on Page 2
A visitor admires Lorenzo Ghiberti’s “Gates of Paradise” in Florence’s newly refurbished Duomo Museum. Photo by Rick Steves
Italy, France, Belgium & Netherlands in 2017
Rick Steves' Europe

By Rick Steves
Appears on Page 53
Zura Shev­ardnadze, the owner of Gardenia in Tbilisi, Georgia. Photo by Yvonne Michie Horn
Gardenia Shevardnadze in Tbilisi, Georgia
The Garden Path

By Yvonne Michie Horn
Appears on Page 55
Miramar Ocean View rooms at Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort — Sint Maarten. Photo by Randy Keck
Exploring Sint Maarten/Saint-Martin
Far Horizons

By Randy Keck
Appears on Page 57
The Geografile
The Geografile

Appears on Page 58

Funniest Thing

Unexpected amenities
Appears on Page 51

Where in the World? Correct Answers