Eugene, Oregon May 1999

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Saturday Market is rocking and rolling in Eugene this time of year. Every Saturday from April to November a market is held at the blocks of Willamette and 8th. Hippies displaced from the 60’s gather to sell their wares, as well and your everyday folk. Music and food stands abound in this all day event. […]

Ganges River, India – May 1999

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Standing there on the bank of Ganges you can hear the ‘gentle’ roar ahead till you go a little further and it transforms into a thunderous one. You can see the water foam, swirl, make whirlpools and rise to form sheer walls. The waves crash into each other in their pristine fury as if they […]

Gibraltar

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Gibraltar has many hidden treasures to distract you.

Glaciers National Park, Argentina

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Crossing the continental ice at the end of April i

Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA – May 1999

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One of the seven natural “wonders of the world”, Grand Canyon, draws millions of tourists every year. Mostly in the summer. Lots of kids. Too many cars. Too many darned tourists.The true beauty and thrill of hiking the Grand Canyon from the south rim is better found in the spring, fall, fall and winter seasons. […]

Great Sand Dunes, Colorado – May 1999

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Colorado is a state of incredible beauty. Nestled in the Rockies, there are mountains, streams, waterfalls, and not-so-dense alpine forests everywhere.And the Great Sand Dunes. The Great Sand Dunes are hidden deep in the heart of the San Juan Mountains in southern Colorado, about 200 miles (320 km) from Denver.When the Rio Grande changed course, […]

Iran Hotel Reviews

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The Abassi in Isfahan This was a really lovely hotel, a converted caravanserai with a huge garden in the center. A lot of tour groups pass through and the staff can be a little distant. Make sure you get a room that faces the courtyard. My first night I had one in the front that […]

How I got a visa to visit Iran

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Working with Iran Tours Corporation of Tehran Years ago, when I first saw a picture of those magnificent blue-tile domes in Isfahan, I knew I would have to go to Iran. Then came the 1979 revolution and Americans were no longer welcome. I watched from afar and wondered if I would ever get a visa. […]

Iran – Money Matters

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For the Western tourist, Iran is a cash economy. While I did hear rumors that you could use a credit card (I believe they said Visa was accepted) cash is still the preferred method of payment. I was also told that traveler’s checks could only be cashed at banks. I took only cash so I […]

Johannesburg, South Africa May 1999

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Generally speaking, Backpackers only stop in Johannesburg because they HAVE to! (It’s a long haul from Harare to Cape Town.) Fairly recently, a reporter approached one of the Tourist Bureaux, and asked what there was to see. The reply was fairly typical: “Well….there’s Eastgate…” Eastgate is a Shopping Mall. Johannesburg has got to be one […]