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Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
The sun sets over the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Turkey, left.

Tours that whisk you from Istanbul to Bodrum in 11 days are as plentiful as souvenir hawkers in Turkey, but traveling from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi Palace to the Grand Bazaar in one day is no fun.

Instead of that daily whirlwind itinerary, we decided to wing it.

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LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a bird photographer and wildlife advocate, recently visited Nina Faust in Homer, Alaska, to photograph the Sandhill cranes breeding on Faust’s 650-acre property.

Powell met Faust through Gary Ivey, head researcher on the West Coast for the International Crane Foundation. Ivey had tagged the cranes that winter in the Lodi area and discovered that the local crane population summers in Homer.

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Visiting Vancouver Western Canada's premier destination has much to offer


Photos courtesy of TOURISM VANCOUVER
Outdoor adventures abound in and around Vancouver, including a boat excursion into Horseshoe Bay and a jaunt on the Cliffwalk at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, among the most popular attractions in British Columbia.

Last month, the Town Crier published our travel feature on Victoria, Richmond and Steveston in British Columbia. As an extension of that trip, we spent a busy, fun-filled 10 days in Vancouver.

As much as we enjoyed the other three cities, the cosmopolitan and larger Vancouver offered more attractions and activities than the other cities combined. Following are the highlights.

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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’


Town Crier Staff Photos
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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