This is the March 2013 issue


View of the Blue Mosque from the Cozy Bar & Pub in Istanbul.
Discovering Turkey on a self-drive tour
By Marcia Brandes
Appears on Page 6
The Golden Eagle circling Lake Baikal.
The great train journey —Vladivostok to Moscow
By Jack Ogg
Appears on Page 20
Plaza de Bolívar in Bogotá, Colombia.
Exploring the colonial heritage of Panama and Colombia
By Dorothy Chang-Van Horn
Appears on Page 36
Australia’s Gold Coast.
Birds abound on Australia’s east coast
By Wendy Schatz
Appears on Page 50

Travelers' Intercom

Finding flights to obscure places
By Kit Stewart
Appears on Page 14
Enticing eats in Phnom Penh
By Florence Drake
Appears on Page 17
WWI museum near Paris
By Margery Cohen
Appears on Page 17
A tour member and (center) Bune Primack, wearing clothes they bought in Iran, sp
Miconceptions of Iran
By Marvin Primack
Appears on Page 26
Namaste in India
By Kevin O’Brien
Appears on Page 28
’Stans tour
By John M. Yeager
Appears on Page 30
Ecuador and Galápagos tour
By Janet Landfried
Appears on Page 31
Iceland with Stein
By Josephine Moore
Appears on Page 31
This man was selling birds (probably canaries), cages, food and other items at a
Public transport in rural China
By Joyce Bruck
Appears on Page 32
Harpist Luc Vanlaere, with a hang in his lap, in Bruges, Belgium.
Bruges delights
By Nancy Norberg
Appears on Page 33
Loyalty transferred
By Thomas P. McKenna
Appears on Page 53
Used non-chip cards in Netherlands
By Lester Neidell
Appears on Page 53
Oyster Card in London
By Vaughan Parker
Appears on Page 54
Septime in Paris
By Stan Osur
Appears on Page 54
Albanian oppression
By Alla Campbell
Appears on Page 55
Independent Albania
By Kathy Wilhelm
Appears on Page 55
“Castles Along The Rhine”
Appears on Page 56
Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi
By Beth Habian
Appears on Page 73

Calling All Readers!

Travel gadgets
Appears on Page 44


Eaves in Biwon, a six-acre private garden at Changdeok Palace in Seoul, South Ko
Vatican City forced to go cash only. Also, visitors allowed limited cell phone usage in North Korea.
Boarding Pass

By David Tykol
Appears on Page 2
In European towns, big and small, helpful signs direct drivers to the main sight
Road trip! Road trip!
Rick Steves' Europe

By Rick Steves
Appears on Page 57
The reflective lake in National Kandawgyi Gardens — Myanmar. Photos: Yvonne Horn
National Kandawgyi Gardens, Myanmar
The Garden Path

By Yvonne Horn
Appears on Page 58
Ballintubber Abbey and its cloister. Photos: Skurdenis
Abbeys of County Mayo
Focus on Archaeology

By Julie Skurdenis
Appears on Page 60
Hosteling — a lifestyle
Far Horizons

By Randy Keck
Appears on Page 62

Funniest Thing

The two-step
Appears on Page 55

Where in the World? Correct Answers