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Rundown for the Week of August 10, 2001

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Manhattan Hiker by Molly Murphy
How many times have you taken a bus tour of a big city? You see them all the time. In Washington, DC they have the orange and green trolley buses, in London it's the red double-deckers. Well, if you've done it, you probably know that while it's a good way to hit the big sights in one day, you don't necessarily get a very good sense of a place. To do that, walking is usually the preferred method. Next we go to New York to meet a man who's turned walking into an art form. Molly Murphy reports.

Airstream Dream by Deborah Clark
I've had a lot of fun listening to many of the stories that have aired on The Savvy Traveler over the years. Of course, many of our reports are filed by Americans discovering a foreign part of the world. But I found this one-from our very first program - both eye-opening and amusing in that it is an English reporter experiencing a largely-American phenomenon, the roadside motel. Here, Deborah Clark, immerses herself in one unique version of The American Dream.

Beautiful Bhutan by Simitha Paul
It's hard to find places on this planet any more where few people ever go. The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is one of the most isolated countries in the world, both by geographic accident and by government design. Bhutan strictly limits its number of tourist visitors, in an attempt to keep its beauty and its traditions relatively untouched. Only about 7,500 visitors were allowed into the country last year. As a matter of fact, Bhutan issued its very first tourist visa less than thirty years ago. We traveled to Bhutan three years ago, along with reporter Simitha Paul. What we found was a place not frozen in history, but still out of synch with the modern world.

Floating Worlds: Sounds of Istanbul by Jim Metzner
Jim Metzner visited Turkey just months before the devastating 1999 earthquake that took 17,000 lives there. He came back with a story that really conveys what it's like to live in the historic place where East meets West, a city that spans Europe and Asia.

Floating Worlds: Luxury and Ease Aboard the QE2 by Lena Lencek and Gideon Bosker
The Queen Elizabeth II boasts 'round the world luxury. Last year, authors Lena Lencek and Gideon Bosker invited us into the elite club of travelers who sail with the QE2...a taste of what "traveling in style" really means.

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Repeat Vacations - Happy Birthday to Us!

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Crime on the Road

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