This is the December 2012 issue

Boarding Pass

GeoEye-1 satellite image of part of Bangalore, India. Photo courtesy of eMap Int
Airport security in India. Also, a Google Maps primer.
By David Tykol
Appears on Page 2


A view of a typical Amsterdam canal looking toward St. Nicholas Church.
Amsterdam, Berlin and Paris – an independent tour of three European capitals
By Marvin Herman
Appears on Page 6
The villas at Kelimutu Eco Lodge in Moni, Flores, offered a straight-on view of
From Lombok to Sumba – exploring the islands east of Bali
By Esther Perica with Joan Cockell
Appears on Page 18
Lynn and Carol Probst at the Skanderbeg Museum — Krujë.
Albania – enjoying Europe without the costs and crowds
By Carol Probst
Appears on Page 36
Larry Kritcher at Victoria Falls.
An exciting journey through Southern Africa
By Larry Kritcher
Appears on Page 48

Travelers' Intercom

ExpressWays London transport
By Linda Holloway
Appears on Page 12
Tips for an Ireland visit
By Stephen O. Addison, Jr.
Appears on Page 14
Italy train tickets from Trenitalia
By Patricia Bunyard
Appears on Page 15
<em>Blue Train</em> blues
By Jay Lesok
Appears on Page 27
Engine failure in Antarctica
By Ed Reynolds
Appears on Page 30
Oceania ‘the best’
By Elaine Abend
Appears on Page 31
Swimming pool at Laxmi Vilas — Bharatpur, India.
International Expeditions in India
By Nell McCombs
Appears on Page 32
Girl in the Forbidden City, Beijing. Photo: Kras
China Supreme Travel
By Sara Kras
Appears on Page 32
JoAnn Kofoed beside an antique wine press in Beaune. Photo: Bill Kofoed
Wine tasting in Beaune
By Bill Kofoed
Appears on Page 34
Maurice Black and two sculpted “black mamas” in Restaurante Antigamente.
Market visit and lunch in São Luís
By Jackie & Maurice Black
Appears on Page 53
New Zealand by camper van
By Martha Wiseman
Appears on Page 53
Zuiderzee Museum, Arnhem
By Nancy Norberg
Appears on Page 56
Plates at an upscale Japanese restaurant in Gion, Kyoto
Almost too pretty to eat
By Steven Emmet
Appears on Page 73

Calling All Readers!

Researcher Dezso and his wife, Kinga (left), with Norine Matteson.
Looking for foreign relatives or ancestors
Appears on Page 42
The entrance to the Grand Theater of Tianmenshan Valley — Zhangjiajie, China.
Attending a concert, play, opera, ballet…
By Joyce Bruck
Appears on Page 46


GeoEye-1 satellite image of part of Bangalore, India. Photo courtesy of eMap Int
Airport security in India. Also, a Google Maps primer.
Boarding Pass

By David Tykol
Appears on Page 2
Sampling Europe’s regional spirits and liqueurs can be a cultural experience and
Europe distilled
Rick Steves' Europe

By Rick Steves
Appears on Page 58
Sir Geoffrey standing near the green door to the Secret Seaside Gardens of Black
South Devon’s ‘secret’ Blackpool Gardens
The Garden Path

By Yvonne Horn
Appears on Page 59
Façade of the Tivoli Palácio de Seteais in Sintra.
Palaces of Sintra
Focus on Archaeology

By Julie Skurdenis
Appears on Page 61
Giving the gift of travel
Far Horizons

By Randy Keck
Appears on Page 63

Funniest Thing

Grasping the meaning
By Marilynn Brown
Appears on Page 56

Where in the World? Correct Answers