This is the August 2018 issue


The Gehry-designed Fondation Louis-Vuitton.
Venturing around the arrondissements of Paris
By Birute Skurdenis
Appears on Page 6
Panoramic view of Colombo, including the Lotus Tower.
Sri Lanka - a World Heritage haven
By Theodore Liebersfeld
Appears on Page 16
A glimpse of a Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performance.
An independent journey along the back roads of Scotland
By Carole & Marvin Feldman
Appears on Page 35

Travelers' Intercom

The grand entrance to the stairs to the bridge level — Sydney. Photos by Lorenz Rychner
Sydney Harbour Bridge pylon lookout
By Lorenz Rychner
Appears on Page 10
Cartagena heat
By Judith Hippner
Appears on Page 11
Bellejour in April
By Ellen Rado
Appears on Page 12
Flags flying on the stage during the opening ceremony of the 15th IVV Olympiad, in Koblenz, Germany. Photos by Rod Smith
Volkssport Olympiad in Germany
By Rod Smith
Appears on Page 12
St. Mark’s Church in Zagreb, Croatia. Photos by Dorothy Botnick
‘Grand Balkan Tour’ with Atlas Tours
By Dorothy Botnick
Appears on Page 21
Robert Siebert at the Treasury in Petra, Jordan.
Visiting Jordan with Tauck
By Robert A. Siebert
Appears on Page 23
Trans-Siberian Rail on a budget
By Ron Carlson
Appears on Page 24
Quinta do Vallado + Paleolithic art
By Lee Hanle Younge
Appears on Page 26
Stan Kimer (left) and two British friends riding the toboggan down the hill into Funchal.
Helpful people of Madeira
By Stan C. Kimer
Appears on Page 26
Theater and umbrella pines — Ostia Antica. Photos by Stephen Addison
Visit to Ostia Antica
By Stephen Addison
Appears on Page 41
AirBolt luggage lock
By David T. Harvey, Jr.
Appears on Page 42

Calling All Readers!

Casa Betania, our hotel in Cortona, was formerly a monastery.
The world on $100 a day (Part 1)
Appears on Page 28
Two hyacinth macaws — the Pantanal, Brazil. Photo by Diane Bell
A good bird-watching site (Part 3)
Appears on Page 32


The thatched roof of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, where Shakespeare’s wife grew up, seems to drip over the 500-year-old building.
Playing around in Shakespeare's Stratford
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

At Leault Working Sheepdogs near Inverness, Scotland, a shepherd and his well-trained dogs show how to bring in the sheep from the pastures.
Going to the dogs (and other animals) in Europe
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

Taking an educational tour often means you’ll visit a struggling part of the world and engage with the locals — like these schoolchildren in El Salvador.
It's more than a tour -- it's an education
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

Bastille Day block parties throughout Paris (and all of France) bring locals and tourists together for music, dancing, and patriotic celebration.
Bastille Day: France's party for the people
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

On Tonatapu island in Tonga, the Hufangalupe Archway, a land bridge over the crashing waves of the Pacific, formed when the roof of a sea cave collapsed. Photo ©donyanedomam/
Biometric scans introduced in US airports. Also, countries with highest homicide rates
Boarding Pass

By David Tykol
Appears on Page 2
The Geografile
The Geografile

By Bryan Henry
Appears on Page 44
Chef Keshab Ram Shrestha, executive chef at Hotel Shanker in Kathmandu, presenting a dish of Chicken Choyala in the dining room. Photos by Sandra Scott
What’s Cooking in… Nepal
What's Cooking in...

By Sandra Scott
Appears on Page 44
Less than an hour from London, Windsor Castle is the weekend home of Queen Elizabeth II and was the site of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. Photo by Cameron Hewitt
Britain’s royal residences: where the queen cools her crown
Rick Steves' Europe

By Rick Steves
Appears on Page 45
Hats and caps cover the rafters in the Birdsville Hotel pub, a welcome watering hole for visitors and locals — Birdsville, Queensland. Photos by David Bentley
Bentley’s 4WD cross-Australia adventure (Part one)
Far Horizons

By Randy Keck
Appears on Page 46

Funniest Thing

Be careful what you shop for
By Loren Parks
Appears on Page 42

Where in the World? Correct Answers