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Rundown for the week of November 28, 1998

The Pacific Northwest has been pummeled by rain recently, but when the skies clear you may want to think about visiting Astoria, Oregon. Flush with the spirit of Thanksgiving, The Open Road's Hal Cannon and Teresa Jordan were drawn to Astoria by bounty and gratitude. Located on the Pacific coast, Astoria is a welcoming place, filled with bed and breakfasts, lighthouses and covered bridges--sort of the Western equivalent to the New England coast. The area is famous this time of year for its crab -- Dungeness crab, which may very well be the sweetest, juiciest crab around. Hal and Teresa take us along on their journey.

Q & A I --
Rudy talks to listeners about the strangest foods they've eaten.

Interview: Peter Mayle
Author Peter Mayle reads from his most recent book, "Chasing Cezanne." The world first enjoyed Mayle's luscious descriptions of French food, French culture and the French countryside in his earliest book, "A Year in Provence"--it was an instant success, appearing on the New York Times bestseller list for three years. Now with subsequent books like, "Toujours Provence" and "Hotel Pastis," his name is nearly synonymous with the South of France, and his familiarity with the region is so intimate, the reader often wonders if he discovered the place. Peter Mayle actually began his professional life as an advertising executive in New York City. But in the mid-seventies, after 15 years of the grind, he gave up the glamour and fast-pace of Manhattan and moved, with his wife Jenny, to Provence.

Deal of the Week
United offers an Internet-based program called United College Plus. Sign up, and you'll get savings certificates and discount coupons for domestic travel. Plus you get a twenty-five hundred mile bonus when you take your first and third United flights and a 1,000-mile bonus for booking your trips on line. Refer other students and get more miles. They'll even throw in a graduation present: 10,000 miles, nearly half of what you need to collect a free ticket for round-trip travel in the U.S. Check it out at ual.com.

And American's got a deal with Citibank, who'll give you a credit card, no annual fee, that comes with eight discount travel certificates on American. One of them is good for up to $250 off travel to Europe, Mexico, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and Central or South America. Plus you get a free six-month subscription to Time magazine. Check it out at citibank.com. Now there's no excuse not to go home to see the folks.

Q & A II -- General Questions
Rudy takes listeners' general questions about travel. He mentions:

Climbing Mount Fuji

  • Guides for All Seasons organizes climbing trips to Mount Fuji. Call 800-457-4574

Singaporean Culture:

Bahamas Vacation:

  • Miami is the best city from which to depart. For good fares and many flights, call American Airlines at 800-433-7300 or Continental Airlines, 800-523-3273.
  • Atlantis resort can be found on the web at www.sunint.com/atlantis/.

Airport Smoker
With the latest $206 billion settlement by tobacco companies, it's apparent that anti-smoking advocates are finally having their day. The first smoking bans took effect on airplanes, then airports, restaurants and now even bars. For most people it's a relief to be in a smoke-free environment, and I don't think anyone would argue that it's a lot more healthy. But consider for a moment the smoker. Mark Glass shares his thoughts.

Next Week on The Savvy Traveler
We're off to south Florida to sink our teeth into some key lime pie:

Clip: "Now, if you've never seen one, key lime pie is yellow, not green. It rests on a graham cracker crust and is topped by either whipped cream or meringue."

As if we haven't eaten enough lately! Well, we'll work it off with an exotic trip to far-away Patagonia. And we're visited by radio legend Norman Corwin who takes us back in time as he reflects on travel as it used to be. Like getting from New York to Los Angeles:

Clip: "I mentioned to a friend I was going to fly to California, and he asked how long it would take. `Only 18 and a half hours,' I told him. His jaw dropped in disbelief."

You really get a sense of how travel has changed. And we're taking your calls about the great...and not so great travel gifts you've exchanged. That and more, so please come along for the ride in next week's edition of The Savvy Traveler.

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