Rundown for the Week of June 17, 2000
Alaska Summer Solstice
About this time of year, the folks up north are getting ready for
June 21st, the Summer Solstice and the longest day of the year. It's
a time of celebration in many parts of the world, but who could
appreciate all that light more than those in Alaska? Geo Beach sent
this postcard to tell us how Alaskans do it.
The Birthplace of a Leader
When you travel to China you have to see the Great Wall. Then, of
course, you must visit the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace.
But our contributor Marty Goldensohn stumbled upon a lesser-known
attraction. It's Shaoshan, the birthplace of Chairman Mao and it's
about 600 miles southeast of Shanghai. As Marty found out, Shaoshan
offers history . . . and plenty of kitsch, too.
Beach Bummin' It
The bug to chuck it all and live out the rest of your days on a
tropical island bites all of us at some point, usually while sitting
in a ten mile back-up. But as The Savvy Traveler's Susan Butler has
discovered, it takes a millionaire's purse or a monk's mentality to
be truly happy as a professional beach bum.
Listener Dave Karlotski always had this dream of hopping on his
motorcycle and traveling until the money ran out. Well, one day Dave
found $751 on the sidewalk. He turned it in to the police, but when
no one claimed the money, it reverted back to Dave. So, Dave took the
money and hit the road, sending us postcards along the way. This one
comes from Canada.
Beach: Stories by the Sand and the Sea
Lena Lencek and Gideon Bosker have put together a collection of
stories by famous writers called Beach: Stories by the Sand and the
Sea. Our host Rudy Maxa asked them what they think it is about the
beach that's so inspirational to writers.
Deal of the Week
Getting Away from It All for Less: The Caretaker Gazette
Question of the Week
Brushes with Fame
Online Travel Resources
Kicks Keep Getting Harder to Find
York Mystery Plays
We're going to travel as close to home as the boardwalk in New Jersey
and go as far away as Fez, Morocco, where more than 1,100 years of
sights and sounds collide all over the city.
"In a tunnel passageway, with children playing nearby, and tourists
and tradespeople walking past, an old man intones praises to Allah."
We'll also have some tips for surviving a road trip with kids. Maybe
you'll remember your days of asking, "Are we there yet"? More
memories and odysseys during next week's edition of The Savvy
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