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Rundown for the week of June 26, 1999

Airport Dentist
One of the good things about being an air courier is that you're literally forced to travel with only a carry-on, so you don't have to waste time hanging around the airport waiting for all of your bags. Not that it's all that bad, being stuck at an airport these days. Now there are bookstores, cyber-centers, Body Shops, play areas for kids... But while airport commerce has diversified, The Savvy Traveler's Wesley Weissberg has noticed one service at New York's Kennedy Airport that has her puzzled.

Q&A: Your Answers
Rudy talks to listeners about places they've gone that make history come alive for them. He mentions:

  • Cabinet War Rooms in London
  • Canyonlands National Park and Anasazi Ruins
  • Skellig Island off the west coast of Ireland
  • Independence Hall in Philadelphia

Hemingway's Cuba
To the delight of tourist agencies around the world, a bevy of Hemingway festivals and conferences are to be held in Spain, China, Ukraine, Key West and Cuba. Cashing in on Papa is nothing new in Havana. There are plenty of landmarks associated with the writer in Cuba...many of them playing into the myth of a myth-maker. To find out what lives on besides the souvenirs, we sent Jeff Tyler on a Hemingway tour of Havana.

Deal of the Week
Summer airfare bargains, both at home and abroad.

Q&A: Ask Rudy
Rudy takes listeners' general questions about travel. He mentions:

  • Living in France
  • Traveling with Kids to San Francisco
  • Becoming an Air Courier

  • Summer Travelers
    A couple of months ago we put out the word that we were in the market for a Savvy Traveler Summer Correspondent. We won't all be able to hit the road this summer, so we figured, why not tag along with someone who's going to have a great adventure. Well, the letters and tapes poured in, and it was a very tough call, but we finally settled on a couple of people who's stories really intrigued us.

    Culture Watch
    Finally, after being closed for 10 months, the Van Gogh Museum reopened it's doors on Thursday. It was closed for renovations in order to hold the million or so tourists who drop in every year. The original part of the museum is now dedicated exclusively to the permanent collection which includes about 200 paintings and 500 drawings...not to mention van Gogh's letters and his own collection of Japanese prints.

    Next Week on The Savvy Traveler
    Next week we, once more, discover that this country is full of surprises.

    For instance, you're driving through the Rocky Mountains...you see some snow, a small- town or two...some hikers...and then you notice there's alligators in them thar hills!

    Clip: "Am I hallucinating? It's an alligator farm. I wouldn't even blink if I was in the Louisiana Bayou or Florida swamps, but Colorado?"

    It's very strange, you must hear it for yourself. And we pay a visit to the leaning towers of Pisa....yes, I said, "towers" -- with an "s." There are apparently three of them, not one. And you can tell me all the weird, wonderful and inspirational quirks about the place you live, as you give me a guided tour of your hometown. All that plus deals and stuff you should know about the travel industry, during next week's journey with The Savvy Traveler.

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