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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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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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Simple strategies can help make road trips run smoothly


Courtesy of Costanoa Lodge
Consider a road trip along the coast to Pescadero, where the Costanoa Lodge awaits. The resort also features tent cabins for under $100 per night.

If you’re hitting the road this summer, take time to plan your adventure to reduce agony levels later on.

Whether you’re driving to a Tahoe cabin or touring the Icelandic outback, road trips can save money and get you closer to points of interest.

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They had me at hello: RedCap service offers private drivers

He showed up at my door at the appointed hour, carrying a Starbucks tray with a large dark-roast coffee, my favorite. Several Equal and sugar packets spilled out of the cup holder.

“I didn’t know if you liked nonfat or low-fat, so I brought both,” he said eagerly.

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