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Rundown for the week of March 27, 1999

The Real Hawaii: Part 1
Hawaii...perhaps the closest America gets to paradise. It's a place most people dream of visiting in their lifetime. So this week, our friends from the Open Road, Hal Cannon and Teresa Jordan, take us to the 50th state, on a journey that starts out like most trips to Hawaii.

Rudy talks to listeners about their authentic travel experiences.

The Open Road Interview
Rudy talks with Hal Cannon and Teresa Jordan of The Open Road about their trip to Hawaii.

The Real Hawaii Part 2: Hawaiian Treasure
We're taking an extended journey through Hawaii today. Our guides are Hal Cannon and Teresa Jordan of The Open Road, who will be guided themselves by a Hawaiian native and old friend, Kindy Sproat. We rejoin Hal and Teresa as they arrive at Kindy's house, where he lives with his wife Cheri.

Deal of the Week

Major League Fishing in Alaska

If Hawaii isn't your cup of tea, maybe you'd like to visit that other new state, Alaska. Late in May, the weather is gorgeous in southeastern Alaska, and two upscale fishing lodges there offer early-season deals on four day, three night, all-inclusive packages.

Take it from this non-fisherman: You don't have to love fishing to have a ball. I've been to Waterfall Resort, a short seaplane hop away from Ketchikan, and it's a splendid place set at the edge of a lush forest on pristine water.

You're provided with all the fishing gear and taken out on one of the property's modern boats. King salmon and halibut nearly leap into your boat and introduce themselves. Your catch is cleaned and vacuum-packed in ice chests, so you can take it home on your commercial flight. If you visit between May 21st and 31st, Waterfall costs $1,800 a person. Check out http://waterfallresort.com/ for more details.

Another lodge called Yes Bay offers a similar deal between May 26th and June 10th. This includes your float-plane flight to and from Ketchican, lodging, meals, and guided fishing. And that's between $600 to $1,000 off the regular season tariff. Visit http://www.yesbay.com/.

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

40th Birthday in Prague

  • Some excursions as follows. Castles: Karlstejn, Krivoklat. Concentration Camp: Terezin, know by German name Theresienstadt. Spas: Karlsbad, Marienbad. Wild architecture: town of Cesky Budejovice.
  • Don't miss the opera in Prague. It's unbelievably cheap. Catch a performance at the dramatic Estates Theatre or National Theatre where Mozart performed back in the day.
  • Things to know: Watch out for tourist-trap markets in city squares and on the Charles Bridge. Crystal is unbelievably cheap, but head to factories in outlying cities, not markets within the city.
  • Hotel Unitour. Old Town, great value. Doubles start at $25, extra for private bathroom. Call +42-02-2423-1754. Location: Senovazne nam. 21.
  • Hotel Pariz. Very elegant, historical, European flair. Rooms start at $216 per night. Location: U Obecniho Domu 1. Book through Concorde Hotels, 800-888-4747, on the web at http://www.concorde-hotels.com.
  • Hotel Inter-Continental Praha. Rooms start at $250 per night. Call 800-327-0200. Location: namesti Curieovych 5/43.

Skiing Inn-to-Inn in New England

  • Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring and Snowshoe Center of Intervale, NH has a network of 20 shops, restaurants and inns along its 65 km of trails that lets you ski or snowshoe from inn to inn, stopping off for food or lodging whenever you like.
  • Call the center at 603-356-9920 or visit their webpage, www.crosscountryskinh.com.

The Real Hawaii Part 3: Wide-Eyed Slowness
Well, were going to stay inland for now as we head into a gentler Hawaii. When we last left Hal Cannon and Teresa Jordan, they were hiking along the Pololu Valley with their guide and Hawaiian native, Kindy Sproat. We met Kindy earlier, along with his wife Cheri and godson Josh. Kindy's been talking about the valley's history and the threat to its future. We rejoin the group now to continue our glimpse into Hawaiian culture and learn some of the meaning behind the usual trappings of a Hawaiian vacation.

Escape from America
With the world being wired as it is, it's not easy to completely immerse yourself in another culture these days. The Savvy Traveler's Jesse Kalisher thought he'd avoid America for a while by traveling through Southeast Asia for a couple of months. He says he didn't see a lot of American people, but American influence wasn't so easy to escape.

Next Week on The Savvy Traveler
Beginning with some of the highest and most daunting mountains in the world. We'll view the Himalayas as we fly into Nepal.

Clip: "As it floats on a sea of clouds, the harsh peak that has swallowed so many accomplished mountaineers looks almost benign."

A close-up view of Everest. And a different kind of religious experience during a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France where folks are drawn to the miracles and...the souvenirs.

Clip: "Plastic water bottles in the shape of Mary. Pictures of Christ being crucified with eyes that blink...pilgrims crowd 'round the shelves buying the stuff. Maybe the miracle of Lourdes is that it sells."

That and more so please come along for the ride during next week's edition of The Savvy Traveler.

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