This is the February 2018 issue

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The king protea <i>(Protea cynaroides)</i> flowers at Kirstenbosch during winter and spring, from May through November. Photo by Alice Notten for Kirstenbosch NBG
Hiking Table Mountain
By Alan Ramsay
Appears on Page 12
Travel documents were checked at the Latvia/Estonia border crossing. Photo by Bonnie Carpenter
Needed Schengen zone stamps
By Skip Carpenter
Appears on Page 14
Kish Island, Iran, and Kuthar, India
By Carl Boyer
Appears on Page 14
Found transfer service unreliable
By Francis Garcia
Appears on Page 22
Impressed with Grand Circle’s refund
By Doug Miller
Appears on Page 22
The Sphinx. Photo by Ron Merlo
Egypt with Archaeological Paths
By Ron Merlo
Appears on Page 24
Bestway custom Balkan tour
By Tony Leisner
Appears on Page 26
OWNRIDES for drivers in Taiwan
By Neil Johnson
Appears on Page 27
Options for travelers with mobility issues
By Ron Carlson
Appears on Page 27
People sampling various types of ramen at the Sapporo Ramen Show. Photo by Stanley Osur
Sapporo Ramen Show
By Stan Osur
Appears on Page 47
Lending a hand from a distance
By Robyn Rishe
Appears on Page 48

Calling All Readers!


At the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town harbor, the red-and-white, Victorian Gothic-style Clock Tower, built in 1882, was the original port captain’s office.
Drought in Cape Town. US/Turkey visas update. State Department warnings change
Boarding Pass

By David Tykol
Appears on Page 2
They’re called smartphones for good reason (First of two parts)
The Mindful Traveler

By Mark Gallo
Appears on Page 50
Basket swings in the children’s glade of the Imbolc garden. Photos by Yvonne Michie Horn
Brigit’s Garden in County Galway, Ireland
The Garden Path

By Yvonne Michie Horn
Appears on Page 52
Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro, otherwise known as El Morro — Cuba. Photos by Julie Skurdenis
Quartet of Havana fortresses
Focus on Archaeology

By Julie Skurdenis
Appears on Page 54
The Geografile
The Geografile

By Bryan Henry
Appears on Page 55

Funniest Thing

Dressing the Part
By Joan L. Welch
Appears on Page 48

Where in the World? Correct Answers