This is the January 2017 issue


Only a small number of the thousands of crosses at the National War Cemetery in Ablain-Saint-Nazaire.
Belgium to France: Cruising the Canal du Nord
By Mary Beltran
Appears on Page 6
Scene on the Ganges in Varanasi as we waited to see the sunrise.
Impressions of India
By Bill Reed
Appears on Page 20
View of Bockfjord from the Sea Adventurer.
Exploring Svalbard’s Arctic wilderness
By Robert Ono
Appears on Page 30
Child musicians in Plaza Dorrego — Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2005. Photo by Marsha Mittman
Getting away from winter
Appears on Page 40
A group of schoolchildren in Havana’s Plaza Vieja.
Suggestions for filling some free time in Cuba
By Birute Skurdenis
Appears on Page 44

Travelers' Intercom

St. Petersburg independently and visa-free
By Scott Petoff
Appears on Page 13
International roaming with T-Mobile
By Rich & Joan Blacharski
Appears on Page 15
Plaza de las Flores in Cuenca. Photos by Stephen O. Addison, Jr.
Colonial Cuenca, Ecuador 
By Stephen O. Addison, Jr.
Appears on Page 16
Anne and Jack Dini with a piper in Edinburgh.
England, Scotland and Wales with Grand Circle
By Jack Dini
Appears on Page 24
Kenya with Moriah African Tours
By David E. Zens
Appears on Page 26
Indochina Odyssey Tours
By Libby Hollombe
Appears on Page 27
Italy with Villa Vita International 
By Carla Pancheco
Appears on Page 28
Madeira Flower Festival
By Rosemary McDaniel
Appears on Page 28
On transportation in Sicily
By Fred Steinberg
Appears on Page 48
Giraffe tongues are purple. Photo by George Anderson
Meeting giraffes and elephants near Nairobi
Appears on Page 48

Calling All Readers!

Mileage program comparisons
By Nancy Tan
Appears on Page 17
Nicely made bed with pillow from Airbnb experience
What you should know about using Airbnb (Part 3 of 3)
Appears on Page 36


That first step is a doozy when you live in a home surrounded by water — Venice, Italy. Photo: ©Adrian Wojcik/123rf
Stats on crimes on cruise ships. Venice visitor limits. Airbnb Trips.
Boarding Pass

Appears on Page 2
With a Victorian folly in the background, this pond is centered with a tropical plant in the garden Hallington Siculo — Taormina, Sicily. Photos by Yvonne Michie Horn
The Garden Path
The Garden Path

By Yvonne Michie Horn
Appears on Page 51
It’s easier to get an outdoor table in Paris during the off-season. You can linger over a café au lait by a toasty outdoor heater and watch the world go by. Photo by Laura VanDeventer
Warm memories when you chill in Europe
Rick Steves' Europe

By Rick Steves
Appears on Page 53
Mosaic of Noah releasing the animals from the ark after the flood — Palatine Chapel, Palermo, Sicily. Photos by Julie Skurdenis
Norman Palermo (Part 1 of 2)
Focus on Archaeology

By Julie Skurdenis
Appears on Page 54
Lively Old Havana features vintage American autos and impressive architecture. Photos by Randy Keck
Far Horizons
By Randy Keck
Appears on Page 56

Funniest Thing

The problem to the solution
By Sue Hunt
Appears on Page 49

Where in the World? Correct Answers