This is the November 2018 issue

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Splitting trains in Europe
By Irina Stroup
Appears on Page 12
Pitfalls of booking air online
By Judy Serie Nagy
Appears on Page 12
People shopping for food in Meknes' medina a few days before the start of Ramadan. Photo by Stephen Addison
Visiting during Ramadan
By Stephen Addison
Appears on Page 14
Only lowest-class seating offered
By Charles Davant
Appears on Page 22
Airlines’ meal policies and North America
By Meg Quinn Coulter
Appears on Page 22
Russian visas from ILS
By Harlan Sager
Appears on Page 24
‘Fabulous’ river cruise in Russia
By Eileen Morgan
Appears on Page 25
Marilyn Armel at the entrance to the amphitheater at Beit She’arim.
Israel — Archaeology 101
By Marilyn Armel
Appears on Page 25
‘Wonderful’ Lithuania guide
By Stanley Mui
Appears on Page 27
Entrance to the Imperial Hotel — Museum Meiji-mura, Inuyama, Japan. Photo by Jane B. Holt
Frank Lloyd Wright at Meiji-mura
By Jane B. Holt
Appears on Page 28
The <i>Shakti</i> in a lagoon in Raja Ampat. Photo by Donna DeGaetani
Snorkeling Raja Ampat
By Donna DeGaetani
Appears on Page 47
Upsides to luggage tags
By Tony Leisner
Appears on Page 48
Convertible travel pants
By Robert A. Siebert
Appears on Page 48
Volunteering with Primetimers
By Dee Poujade
Appears on Page 49

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The world on $100 a day
Appears on Page 31
A grey heron (white forehead and cheeks, yellow bill) with a frog in Amsterdam’s Vondelpark. Photo by Calvin Harfst
A good bird-watching site (6 of 6)
Appears on Page 36

Essay Contest Winners

Carole and a Ghanian official at the AngloGold Ashanti mine — Ghana.
Gaga Over Ghana - Winners
By Carole Stadelbacher
Appears on Page 35

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The Douaumont Ossuary holds the remains of more than 130,000 unknown French and German soldiers from the WWI battle in Verdun, France.
The lessons of Verdun
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

Sampling one of Germany’s hundreds of varieties of sausage from a street vendor is a classic German experience.
German cuisine is a treat for travelers
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

The town of Varenna on Lake Como is the perfect place to savor a lakeside meal or aperitivo.
Nature and romance in Italy's Lakes District
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

Composer Edvard Grieg retreated daily to this picture-perfect studio on a Norwegian fjord.
House calls: Inside the homes of Europe's top artists
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

Depicting the archangel atop a demon, the bronze statue of St. Michael symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. Part of the tallest fountain in Paris, it is in Place Saint-Michel. Photo ©Wiesław Jarek/
Luggage thieves in Europe hotels. Open urinals in Paris. IAMAT doctors for prescriptions overseas
Boarding Pass

By David Tykol
Appears on Page 2
The Geografile
The Geografile

By Bryan Henry
Appears on Page 46
Chef Giovanni Ciaravola's finished dish.
What’s Cooking in… Ostia Antica
What's Cooking in...

By Sandra Scott
Appears on Page 51
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. Photos by Rick Steves
It’s more than a tour; it’s an education
Rick Steves' Europe

By Rick Steves
Appears on Page 52
My husband, Paul, and our guide exploring the ruins of Al Baleed’s largest mosque — Oman. Photos by Julie Skurdenis
On the frankincense route in Oman
Focus on Archaeology

By Julie Skurdenis
Appears on Page 54

Funniest Thing

Honeymoon headache
By Harry Pearson
Appears on Page 49

Where in the World? Correct Answers