Rundown for the week of July 31, 1999
Santa Fe Spanish Market
New Mexico's unique religious art came to this country from Spain in the
1600s, but by the early 1900s, it was disappearing. So, the Spanish
Colonial Arts Society was soon founded to keep the tradition alive. And
thus developed the
Santa Fe Spanish Market. Every year, in the city's downtown plaza, 50,000
locals and tourists jostle each other to buy this one-of-a-kind Spanish
art. The Savvy Traveler's Judie Fein went to Santa Fe's Spanish Market last
weekend to feed the art habit she began when she moved to New Mexico six
Q&A: Your Answers: Nostalgic Travel
Rudy talks to listeners about trips they wish they could relive
Bed & Blessings Interview
"Get thee to a nunnery" said Hamlet to Ophelia. Turns out that's good
advice for anyone traveling to Italy, where the price of staying in a
convent or monastery is considerably less than even a moderate hotel room
in the country. June and Anne Walsh are a mother daughter team who've
scouned out the best and most interesting convents and monasteries in Italy
that are open to guests. The women share their discoveries in their book
Bed and Blessings Italy: A guide to Convents and Monasteries Available
for Overnight Lodging.
There's an area in Cekirge, Turkey which has thermal mineral springs that
have attracted visitors since the sixth century. Cekrige is just outside of
the Turkish city of Bursa, which was the original capital of the Ottoman
Empire. In search of a traditional Turkish bath experience, The Savvy
Traveler's Jim Metzner traveled to Cekirge, a three hour journey by ferry
and bus from Istanbul. Jim takes us with him inside a hamam -- a
bathhouse which dates back to the fourteenth century.
Deal of the Week
Cruising the Mediterranean for half price.
Q&A: Ask Rudy
Rudy takes listeners' general questions about travel. He mentions:
- Camping with Kids
National Parks Interview
Have you been to a national park lately? You may have found that instead
of spending an idyllic day in nature, you had to contend with increasing
crowds and traffic. Visitors have been arriving in record numbers this
year. On the other hand, recent troubles in Yosemite seem to have scared
off potential tourists to that California park. The National Parks and
Conservation Association is a citizen group dedicated to preserving the
U.S. national park system. Pacific Region Director Brian Huse sheds some
light on the problems in our parks.
When is a vacation not a vacation? When you lose your luggage? When you
get bumped from a flight? How about when you're stuck in a hotel with your
entire extended family instead of lounging some exotic beach somewhere?
Getting warmer? Well, The Savvy Traveler's Debra Monroe has suffered just
such a "vacation." She sent us this postcard.
Be sure to come back again next week as we learn what drives people to
travel the world just to see a solar eclipse.
"Unless you happen to have seen one for yourself, you'll never really fully
comprehend or understand just how beautiful and how eerie this whole thing
Catch a sneak preview of what it'll be like when the skies darken in
Eastern Europe during the upcoming solar eclipse. And, for those of us in
the lower 48, just the name "Alaska" conjures up images of a wild, rugged,
mysterious land don't you think? It seems like a place where a you never
know what you might encounter.
"I had to stop the ship for a bear swimming across the channel in front of
us ... I had to dodge some deer about a month ago."
Discovering the last frontier, and your travel resolutions. All that and
more so come along for the ride during next week's edition of The Savvy
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