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Bergama bound: A visit to newest World Heritage site


Photo Eren GÖknar/ Special to the Town Crier
The amphitheater in Turkey’s ancient city of Pergamon, now known as Bergama, overlooks the Bakirçay River valley, left. The city’s ruins also include the Temple of Trajan.

It was 90 F during the month of Ramadan as we drove our rented Fiat into Bergama, Turkey. Many women walked around the lively town in beige raincoats with headscarves, somehow managing not to faint in the July heat.

That contrasted with the scene on the Bodrum Peninsula, which we had just visited. There, Europeans and Turks sunbathed without their tops, and few Turks wore conservative clothing.

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Tahoe’s West Shore is the ‘Best Shore’


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Lake Tahoe’s West Shore boasts spectacular views, above, and a host of beach activities, below.

For approximately 20 of the past 30 years, I have spent the Fourth of July at Lake Tahoe. My family stays in a log cabin on the West Shore in a little community called Tahoe Pines, a few miles south of Tahoe City. We do all sorts of fun and relaxing things while visiting the “Best Shore.”

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Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially priced spa specials, partner yoga classes and accommodations at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, the region’s only AAA Five Diamond resort, make the prospect of a getaway even more attractive.

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British Columbia: Richmond, Steveston, Victoria hold surprises


Courtesy of Tourism Richmond
Shops, restaurants and museums dot the boardwalk in British Columbia’s Steveston, a great site for strolling.

Picturesque British Columbia has long been on our bucket list, and we recently fulfilled that dream.

We’d visited Victoria briefly on a cruise stop but never fully explored the city – our gaffe. Friends recommended that when we flew into Vancouver International Airport – located in the city of Richmond – and before heading off to Victoria, we should check out Richmond’s culinary scene and the nearby revitalized fishing town of Steveston. Those recommendations proved spot on.

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Hitting the road, in movies and in real life


media The soon-to-be released movie “Land Ho!” chronicles the enduring value of road trips as a pair of ex-brothers-in-law contemplate their futures while exploring Iceland.

Because airlines are making it harder for folks to use their frequent-flyer miles – United recently announced its plan to award based on ticket prices instead of miles flown – car trips may make a comeback.

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