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Rundown for the Week of August 18, 2000

History of Cairo
Cairo is one of the most visited cities in human history and two million tourists continue to flood the city daily. Were Cairo's historic visitors able to come back and join this throng, would they recognize the place? This week, we take a look at Cairo through their eyes and begin our journey with The Savvy Traveler's Tom Verde, just south of Cairo in Memphis.

Packing Up...For Good
Have you ever wanted to take off and travel around the world indefinitely? That's what reporter Jeff Tyler is doing. He's cutting his domestic ties, leaving the security of a steady job and taking off to travel around the South Pacific and Asia. Over the coming months, he'll bring us stories from that corner of the globe. But first, we asked him to focus on himself and consider what it's like to leave the place you think of as home. He wrote this postcard.

The Eden Project
Great Britain went into this year with a spate of tourist projects for the Millennium which, to put it kindly, didn't come off very well. The violently swaying foot bridge across the Thames which is now closed, the huge Ferris wheel which didn't start on time and the Dome which, after a disastrous launch, is well, still kind of a dud. But there is one Millennium development few have heard about yet. It's out in Cornwall and producer Robert Lyle says this one promises to be very different.

Clearing the Runway
Aviation officials in London recently concluded that a burst tire was the "primary cause" of last month's fatal Concorde crash. The tire is thought to have exploded after hitting a strip of metal on the runway and pieces from that tire may have punctured one or more of the fuel tanks. Turns out, debris on the runway isn't all that uncommon. Our Vagabond Traveler Doug Lansky recently spent some time at Heathrow airport, hanging out with the guys who clean the runway there. Doug sent us this postcard.

Airline Identity: An Interview with Keith Lovegrove
Our host Rudy Maxa speaks with Keith Lovegrove, author of Airline: Identity, Design and Culture, which includes 300 photographs and illustrations and gives a history of fashion and design in commercial air travel over the past 75 years. We asked him to explain when and why commercial airlines started spiffing up the their image.

Deal of the Week
Canada on the Cheap

Question of the Week
Prolonging Your Vacation High

Travelers' Aid
How to Complain Effectively

Rudy's View
Irrational Exuberance in East Hampton

Culture Watch
Beatles Fest vs. Medieval Fest

Next Week

What do you do when your fantasy of leaving the rat race for the easy life on an exotic island actually comes true?

"The pleasure of doing nothing can only be enjoyed for so long. And that cut off from the rest of the world feeling that had been so lovely on holiday seems pretty lousy as a lifestyle."

We hear from one traveler who found that the dream of the never-ending vacation can actually be something of a nightmare. And no matter where you are, no matter what kind life you lead, there's something that everyone for centuries has had in common: the desire for dripping, cold ice-cream on a hot summer day.

"For instance, as early as 200 B.C., the Chinese mixed snow with milk and rice. Visitors also learn about the birth of the ice-cream cone at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904"

It's every child's... and grown-up's... fantasy when we visit the self-proclaimed Ice-Cream Capital of the World during next week's edition of The Savvy Traveler.

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