This is the September 2019 issue

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Parking fine in Scotland
By Marcia Brandes
Appears on Page 14
Grote Kerk in the Grote Markt pedestrian area of Haarlem. Photos by Diane Harrison
Corrie ten Boomhuis, Haarlem
By Diane Harrison
Appears on Page 14
Taste of Boi Bumbá Fest in Brazil
By Philip H. De Turk
Appears on Page 15
Displeased with lodgings on Madagascar tour
By Sheila June Needle
Appears on Page 24
Reflections (including Al and Emily Moore’s) in Leisee Lake at Sunnegga. Photo by Ken Sanner
Switzerland ‘on the level’
By Emily Moore
Appears on Page 26
Advantages of higher tour category
By Robert Siebert
Appears on Page 37
Recommends St. Ola Hotel
By Ronald Reed
Appears on Page 38

Calling All Readers!

No-tech travelers’ tips
Appears on Page 29

Calling All Readers! Call for Submissions

Recommended carry-on bags
Appears on Page 17


A walk along Dublin’s O’Connell Street median is filled with history, though the 400-foot spike in the center — called The Spire — is a memorial to nothing. Photo by Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli
A short walk through Ireland's long history
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

According to tradition, the colors of these Maltese fishing boats represent a fisherman’s home village. Photo by Gretchen Strauch
Malta: A citadel of many cultures in the middle of the Mediterranean
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

Travelers can hop on and off Germany’s sleek InterCity Express trains easily with either a Eurail Global Pass or a German Rail Pass. Photo by Rick Steves
Falling in love with rail passes all over again
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

Lace makers on the Venetian island of Burano are proud of their craft tradition. Photo by Rick Steves
Venetian crafts have deep roots
Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental

By Rick Steves

The Hartland Covered Bridge, built in 1901 and covered in 1921, is the world’s longest covered bridge, stretching 1,282 feet over the Saint John River in New Brunswick, Canada.
Spy-ware warning for visitors to Xinjiang. Rush passports. Passengers' rights on Canada flights
Boarding Pass

By David Tykol
Appears on Page 2
The Douro’s hillsides are lined with stepped terraces, built over the centuries, and more modern large, smooth terraces, with vines planted in vertical rows. Photos by Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli
Explore port wine in Portugal’s Douro Valley
Rick Steves' Europe

By Rick Steves
Appears on Page 40
Our group enjoyed a picnic under an argan tree in Tafraout, Morocco. Photo by Randy Keck
Morocco in depth (Third of three parts)
Far Horizons

By Randy Keck
Appears on Page 41

Funniest Thing

Downsides of mountaineering
By Gladys Sheldon
Appears on Page 38

Where in the World? Correct Answers