This is the February 2013 issue


Reggio Emilia’s opera house
Enjoying the cuisine of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna
By Beth Habian
Appears on Page 6
Stilt dancers in the streets of Havana.
Connecting with Cuba through dance
By Louise Bickman
Appears on Page 20
View from Philipkutty’s Farm.
Exploring southern India and the backwaters of Kerala
By Sean Sullivan
Appears on Page 32
We watched this pretty lady lion for a long time, and she watched us.
Spending 20 fantastic days in Southern Africa
By George Anderson
Appears on Page 46

Travelers' Intercom

Costly SIM card
By Vaughan Parker
Appears on Page 14
China arrangements
By James K. Downs
Appears on Page 14
An overview of Colombia
By Rick Marin
Appears on Page 14
Thai Air in business class
Appears on Page 16
Ball’s Pyramid
By Skip Carpenter
Appears on Page 16
Duly noted
By Dee Hornback
Appears on Page 17
The Dormition  Cathedral in  the Trinity Lavra of  St. St. Sergius
‘Waterways of the Czars’
By Wanda Bahde
Appears on Page 24
Lodge near Johannesburg
By Rod Smith
Appears on Page 27
Accommodations in Venice
By Marjorie M. Rhoads
Appears on Page 27
Early 1990s stained-glass cupola dome in Galeries Lafayette department store
A studio in Paris
By Jack Dini
Appears on Page 28
Arlene Lichtenstein tempting the Gaudí lizard in Parc Güell — Barcelona.
Weekend in Barcelona
By Arlene Lichtenstein
Appears on Page 29
Brussels hotel
By Donald Kinser
Appears on Page 29
Rewa Eco Lodge, Guyana
Appears on Page 30
Rhino in Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, India. Photo: Holt
Jaldapara in India
By Jane B. Holt
Appears on Page 30
Joanne Kuzma (front center) and group canyoning in Slovenia.
White water in Slovenia
By Joanne Kuzma
Appears on Page 54
“Mini” getting her evening meal of porridge.
Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Uganda
By Lynda Howland
Appears on Page 73

Calling All Readers!

Don’s wife, Mary, demonstrates their Travelon luggage scale.
Travel gadgets
Appears on Page 38
Attending a concert, play, opera, ballet…
Appears on Page 51


This statue at Reichsburg Castle in Cochem, Germany, overlooks the Mosel River.
EU nations' passengers' rights. Also, Frankfurt Airport traveler-friendly additions.
Boarding Pass

By David Tykol
Appears on Page 2
Chef Teng stirring in prawns and squid.
What's Cooking in... Penang, Malaysia
What's Cooking in...

By Sandra Scott
Appears on Page 57
Little Wala island
The search for the real Bali Ha’i
The Cruising World

By Lew Toulmin
Appears on Page 58
The entrance to the Dunbeg promontory fortress — Dingle Peninsula. Photos: Skurd
Antiquities in our backyard — Dingle Peninsula
Focus on Archaeology

By Julie Skurdenis
Appears on Page 60
Giving the gift of travel — readers weigh in
Far Horizons

By Randy Keck
Appears on Page 62

Funniest Thing

Paper or plastic?
Appears on Page 55

Where in the World? Correct Answers