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April 2005 * 04/27/05

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McBryde Garden, National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai, Hawaii













 Ciao America! And Italian Discovers the U.S. - The April Travel Writing Pick-of-the-Month







The great difference between voyages rests not with the ships, but with the people you meet on them.

-Amelia E. Barr
English born American writer and journalist, She wrote historical fiction such as Remember the Alamo (1888). 1831-1919













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Welcome to the April issue of The Traveler!

We're just back from our latest adventure - this time on the island of Kauai. Our tireless staff is sorting out The Traveler's notes and photos so look for "updates from Paradise" from The Traveler soon!

In the meantime, we've got four new Feature Articles to amuse, entertain, and enlighten. From teaching the uninitiated exactly what "Bangers and Mash" is to the world's largest multi-cultural festival in Canada, an Ohio museum dedicated to the barber's art, and finally a trip back in time to medieval German castles; we're in for a treat from our talented contributing writers.

Next is The Traveler's travel writing Pick-of-the-Month. Follow Italian "ex-pat" Beppe Severgnini as he chronicles his year spent living in the Washington D.C. suburb of Georgetown. A true immersion into American culture and a humorous outsider's take on the natives - warts and all.

Lastly is our travel Ideas, Resources, and Bargains; where you'll find everything from finding a good deal on airfare to a ticket for your first"zero-G" experience...


Feature Articles

Speaking Easy: Understanding British Pub Menus
Bangers and Mash, Bubble and Squeak, Spotted Dick - What does it all mean?

Around the World in 14 Days and 46 Ways
Travel the World by Traveling to Canada's Folklorama, the world's largest multi-cultural festival

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Explore the Barber's Tradition in a one-of-kind Ohio museum

A Day of Castles Along the Rhine River
Go Back to the Time of Knights in Shining Armour and Damsels in Distress

Travel Writing Pick-Of-The-Month

From his temporary home in the leafy suburbs of Georgetown, Washington, D.C., Italian newspaper columnist Severgnini turns a curious eye toward Americans, their bureaucracy and labor-saving gadgets. Originally published in the mid-nineties, an added quirk is looking at how much things have changed - and stayed exactly the same. Always a good read.
Ciao, America! : An Italian Discovers the U.S.

Travel Ideas, Resources, and Bargains

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Find a flight, rental car, winter vacation, weekend getaway, or the adventure of a lifetime! You'll find everything you need from airline tickets to vacation packages to travel insurance, foreign currency exchange, and passport processing... It's all at!

Last Minute Travel Deal Stores from Travelocity -
Planning a trip, but too swamped to sweat the details? Last Minute Deals Stores are for you! Last Minute Deals Stores categorize packages according to your needs, so you don’t have to sift through mounds of package offers to find what you want. We’ve done the work for you! Be it beachy, culinary, outdoorsy, offbeat, or anything else-Last Minute Deals Stores have what you’re looking for.
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Experience Yosemite for Just $159
Spring is a special time in the mountains of California, and nowhere can the change of seasons be experienced so fully than at Tenaya Lodge. With this year's substantial snowpack, the biggest spring attraction will certainly be taking in the awesome beauty of Yosemite's thundering
waterfalls. Tenaya Lodge is a perfect launch for day trips to enjoy what most believe to be the most spectacular time of year to experience Yosemite. Book your room and get all the details at the Tenaya Lodge website

Boutique San Francisco Hotel with Complimentary Breakfast Buffet - $95
Our latest offering from our friends at
The Savoy Hotel in San Francisco just announced a $95 per night special for midweek stays between April 26-June 23, including a continental breakfast buffet. You'd be hard pressed to find any boutique hotel in San Francisco for under $100, let alone one that is located just three blocks from Union Square.
Weekend stays are just $20 more per night. The Savoy is located on Theatre Row, steps from the A.C.T. and Curran Theatres and within walking distance from the Cable Car lines. All rooms have just been renovated with new Beautyrest mattresses and 400 thread count linens. This hotel offers complimentary wine & cheese reception nightly, as well as complimentary High Speed Internet Access stations in the lobby. Get all the details about this great offer here.

Vacation Packages from Priceline -
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Pirates & Tall Ships in Caribbean Family Adventure with Discounts -
Long the subject of legend and romance, pirates have captured the public’s attention for generations. Take a family journey into the world of pirates from June 10-18, 2005 with Beyond Boundaries Travel. Learn pirate lore and separate fact from fiction while walking in the shadows of pirate strongholds.
Pirates-in-training will sail the seas in a tall ship from Miami to the Bahamas. The pirate cruise leg of this tour, scheduled for June 10-13, is made even more affordable for families with children’s cruise rates starting at only $299 when traveling with two adults. Children aged six to eleven will also receive free dive lessons while on the pirate cruise. The rate for adults is only $749, representing a $100 savings from the published rate. Get all the details at the Beyond Boundaries website

What Makes a Place Unique -
From Dollywood to the Garden of Good and Evil, find a way to experience the essence of what makes a place - a place. Offbeat Retreats Packages

Tahiti Legends -
Special package deals to Tahiti and Bora Bora available from Tahiti Legends, specializing in travel to the South Pacific. Get all the details at the Tahiti Legends website.

As Promised in our Introduction -
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