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Rundown for the Week of September 1, 2000

The Streets of Cairo
Cairo is one of the worlds' most populous cities. Along its bustling streets, taxi cabs and donkey carts compete for traffic lanes. High heeled ladies click past street vendors straight out of the pages of Arabian Nights. It's the riotous and timeless street life of the city that we explore in this segment of our series on Cairo through the eyes of historic visitors. The Savvy Traveler's Tom Verde is our guide.

Travel the Palestinian West Bank
Many visitors to the Middle East go to Israel, but few tourists venture into the Palestinian National Authority on the West Bank. The Savvy Traveler's Judie Fein tells us how she tracked down some hard-to-find guides and became a two-timer in the Palestinian Territories.

Singles Vacation
Club Med isn't really a club. It's 50 so-called villages sprinkled along the equator. The villages are categorized into three groups. Family Villages for parents and their kids, Adult Villages and Everybody Villages. But it's not for everybody. Especially not reporter Alex Blumberg. But we sent him anyway, to check out the singles scene at an Adult Village on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Alex discovered that,it takes a village to act like a child.

India in the 21st Century
Since she was a teenager, Maxine Davis dreamed of traveling to India. Her mother had been there many times, and the films she took had given Max images she held in her mind for decades. For her 50th birthday, she took a month off and finally got her dream trip. Later, she sent us this postcard.

Intvw: Armistead Maupin
When you think of San Francisco in the '70s, nothing is more evocative of the city's freewheeling and provocative lifestyle than Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City. So when we invited Armistead to tell us about a place he loves we expected him to talk about his city by the bay. Instead, he surprised us and said that he'd like to talk about a tiny village in New Zealand where he used to have a weekend place.

Deal of the Week
Last-Minute Cruise Vacations

Question of the Week
Language Mistakes

Travelers' Aid
Travel Agents

Rudy's View
Air France does the right thing

Culture Watch
The Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater

Next Week

Steel yourself because we're embarking on one of our infamous Bad Taste Tours. This one takes us to Kansas which, I'm sure you're aware, is the Barbed Wire Capital of the World!

"I spent most of my time walking around saying, 'Ooh, more barbed wire. And just when you think it can't get any more interesting. It doesn't.'"

The Barbed Wire Museum. And if that isn't weird enough, meet a guy who gives new meaning to traveling the hard way. You think a couple of suitcases are tough to lug around, try carrying a refrigerator with you wherever you go!

"It was a Friday night and I said, 'Well, I'll just put my stuff in the guest house', and they said, 'Well, bring the fridge, you can't leave the fridge in a hotel on a Friday night. You'll have to bring the fridge with you now, come on now don't be silly.'"

Is a refrigerator the perfect travel companion? Find out when you come along for the ride during next week's edition of The Savvy Traveler.

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