This is the February 2017 issue

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Façade of the Leonardo da Vinci Museum. Photo by Victor Block
Da Vinci Museum in Venice
By Victor Block
Appears on Page 12
Entering Uruguay & Paraguay
By Tony Leisner
Appears on Page 13
A colorful street scene in Havana. Photo by Mark Hagan
Jazz fest and more in Havana
By Vicky Hagan
Appears on Page 14
When explorers returned to Lisbon, Belém Tower was the first thing they saw. Photo by Philip A. Shart
Douro River with Vantage
By Philip A. Shart
Appears on Page 22
A ‘solo travel’ moment
By Marilyn Hill
Appears on Page 23
Monte Calvario, near the ghost town of Pentedattilo in Calabria, Italy. Photo by Victoria Wion
Dining in southern Italy
By John Wion
Appears on Page 23
The early-11th-century tower Dome of Qabus stands on a low hill in northeastern Iran. Photo by David J. Patten
Iran’s Gonbad-e Qabus
By David J. Patten
Appears on Page 26
Benefits of a Travel Agent
By David E. Anderson
Appears on Page 27
Quito’s Plaza Grande on a Saturday afternoon. Photo by Stephen Addison, Jr.
Touring Quito with a policeman 
By Stephen O. Addison, Jr.
Appears on Page 27
Guide in Marrakech
By Nancy Gatland
Appears on Page 28
Belize with BZM Tours
By Ron Hibbert
Appears on Page 28
Italian hospital praise
By Charles W. Cook
Appears on Page 46
‘Pleased’ with Trip Mate
By Jim Kronholm
Appears on Page 46
VPN software caution
By Lorenz Rychner
Appears on Page 46

Calling All Readers!


Spotting fake online reviews. Solid-ice hotels. Best beaches in Australia
Boarding Pass

By Dan Barr
Appears on Page 2
What If I Get Sick Abroad? — an update
The Discerning Traveler

By Philip Wagenaar, Md
Appears on Page 49
Visitors strolling through the glasshouse in Orto Botanico, Sicily, Italy. Photo by Yvonne Michie Horn
The Garden Path
The Garden Path

By Yvonne Michie Horn
Appears on Page 53
Locals are eager to share their culture with an approachable traveler, such as at this “meet-up” dinner in Nice, France. Photo by Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli
Going solo? How to have fun in Europe
Rick Steves' Europe

By Rick Steves
Appears on Page 55
Mosaic of Noah loading animals into the ark — Monreale Cathedral. Photos by Julie Skurdenis
Norman Palermo (Part 2 of 2)
Focus on Archaeology

By Julie Skurdenis
Appears on Page 56

Funniest Thing

Be careful what you wish for!
Appears on Page 47

Where in the World? Correct Answers