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Rundown for the Week of December 12, 2003

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South America

It’s an ideal time of year to go to South America. The seasons of the southern reaches of the continent are opposite of the U.S., which means they’re just coming into the peak of summer. So, we’re kicking into capoeira and paddling into the Caldas river in Brazil, and taking time to sip wine leisurely and cheaply in Argentina.

Web resource: Click here for tips on travel to and within South America


Not the Ozarks
by Jim Bogan
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When we travel, we notice the similarities between different landscapes and cities. Jim Bogan is from the Ozarks of Missouri, and when he went to the remote areas of Northern Brazil, it seemed liked a very different kind of place for him. But how does that saying go? “You can take the boy out of the Ozarks, but you can’t take the Ozarks out of the boy"? Jim Bogan wrapped himself in mosquito netting and dived into the Amazon experience on a river called the Caldas.

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"Not the Ozarks" originally aired on March 15, 2003.




photo: J. Zefran
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Mendoza Wine
by Joe Zefran
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Not to take advantage of others’ misfortunes, but it’s a propitious time to travel to countries where the economy is suffering worse than ours. At least, that’s what the director of our sister show “Marketplace” was thinking when he decided -- almost overnight -- to zip down to Argentina. Joe Zefran appreciates a good bottle of wine, and the Argentine wines have a great reputation. So, when Joe was browsing the Web and came across a dazzling fare to Buenos Aires, he packed in a hurry -- and took a spontaneous vacation.

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"Mendoza Wine" originally aired on February 28, 2003.


Kicking into Capoeira
by Sylvia Maria Gross
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Instead of lounging in the sun or reveling at Carnival, thousands of folks from around the world are coming to Brazil to train in capoeira, a martial art of kicks, sweeps and handstands developed from African movements by slaves in northeastern Brazil. Capoeira is a game played to the beat of percussion and song. And, as Sylvia Maria Gross found, many make the pilgrimage to Salvador de Bahia, where the real capoeiristas come to test themselves.

Learn more about Capoeira
www.capoeira.com/: Online community of capoeiristas
www.capoeiraarts.com: Capoeira Arts Store, for everything you need to get started in capoeira
www.capoeirista.com: Learn the history, find a school, get involved

Web resource: Click here for tips on travel to and within South America

Looking Back on 100 Years of Flying



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Red Cary

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Flying on the National Air Tour
by Hal Humphreys

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It was exactly 100 years ago this month, that Orville and Wilbur Wright were the first in history to maintain flight in a plane. In the early years of flying, with World War I over and the '20s roaring, aviation and its vast potential caught the imagination of many Americans. More than 70 years later, we thought reporter Hal Humphreys, a pilot himself, would be the ideal person to hop a ride on the 2003 National Air Tour, a recreation of the original Ford Air Tours: 17 days, 27 cities, 4,000 miles and 28 vintage aircraft.

Web resources
www.nationalairtour.org: Nation Air Tour Web Page
www.historicaviation.com: HistoricAviation.com
www.aopa.org: Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association


An interview with flying legend Red Cary

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Most of us are too young to remember the early air tours. But 94-year-old Red Cary doesn't have to imagine, because Red was a barnstormer. He took thousands of passengers on their first plane ride in a 15-seat Ford Tri-Motor. Red tells us what the flying experience was like when commercial aviation was just taking off. genres.

To learn more about aviation history
www.aviation-history.com/othersites.html: Online portal for aviation history sites



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Captions written by Rico Gagliano.
The World Mustache and Beard Championship
by Rico Gagliano

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Every two years, hirsute men from around the world convene at the World Beard and Mustache Championships. The 2003 event took place in Carson City, Nevada -- the first time it has ever been held in America. The Savvy Traveler's own Rico Gagliano traveled to this former frontier town and found the multinational army of bizarrely bewhiskered gentlemen fit in just fine.

Web resources:
www.worldbeardchampionships.com: The 2003 World Beard Championship Web site
www.guinnessworldrecords.com: The longest male beards, according to the Guiness Book of World Records
www.guinnessworldrecords.com: The longest female beard
www.georgecaroll.com: How and why to grow a beard worthy of a celebrity

Back in 1973, During sesquicentennial week in the town of Milo, Maine, some shops forced their employees to grow facial hair: "Men not sporting a beard, mustache or sideburns...will be fined." The sesquicentennial weekend featured a "wear face hair or be arrested" day. www.milohistorical.org/150/

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Sex in the City Tour
by Cash Peters

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Cash Peters takes us on a pop culture tour this week. Sure, you can tour the back alleys of New Jersey where Tony Soprano does his mob dirty business on “The Sopranos” -- or, you can tour the hot spots showcased in another HBO hit, “Sex in the City”. Cash goes to New York and gets utterly lost in the world of characters Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda.

Web resources:
www.sceneontv.com/tour.php/satc/: Sex and the City Tour
www.cashpeters.com: Cash's Web site
Cash's book, "Gullible's Travels: The Adventures of a Bad Taste Tourist", is available for purchase on Amazon.com. Your purchase helps support The Savvy Traveler.

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Sound Travels
Annapurna region, Nepal

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Sound Travels takes us to rural Nepal. The Annapurna region is the most heavily trekked area of that very trekked country. Every year, tens of thousands hike through the beautiful valleys and mountain passes, and up the 26,000-feet of Annapurna Mountain. Sound recordist Aaron Ximm went there and found himself surrounded, descending into the Jomsom valley, wedged awkwardly between two sections of sacred mani wall, trapped by a train of passing donkeys.

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Deal of the Week
Ski and See Montreal!

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If time, money or politics are reasons to keep you from visiting France, our Dealmeister Rudy Maxa has a question for you: How about a “See & Ski Package” in Montreal? Shopping, world-class restaurants and skiing await you for a sweet price.

DEAL:
Not only is Montreal a sophisticated city with great shopping and terrific restaurants, but also you’re only a 90-minute drive away from great skiing at Tremblant. Why not be the urban sophisticate and practice your French, plus get in some skiing on Tremblant’s 94 ski runs?

This deal is offered by the Fairmont hotel chain, which has a great hotel in downtown Montreal, the Queen Elizabeth, as well as the Fairmont Tremblant. You can get two nights at both hotels -- a four-night stay -- plus extras, such as a couple of tickets to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, two days of lift tickets for two adults at Tremblant, $20 in casino cash, and access to indoor pools and health clubs for…$375 U.S. per person.

The package is good Sunday through Thursday until December 21st; it’s available again from January 5th to the 31st. Taxes, gratuities and a resort fee are not included. If you call Fairmont to get more details, remember to tell them they’re for the “See & Ski Package.”

Web resource: For more information on the Fairmont’s “See & Ski” package in Montreal, call (800) 441-1414, or visit www.fairmont.com/queenelizabeth.

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