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Rundown for the Week of September 19, 2003

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Romantic Rhine Train by Naomi Lewin

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Once upon a time, correspondent Naomi Lewin spent a couple of years living in Germany. While she was there, she fell in love with the train trip along the Rhine River. Every time she goes back for a visit, she finds an excuse to ride the rails -- and this summer was no exception. Naomi takes us on this romantic train ride through the German countryside, full of the majesty and the monuments of the Rhine: dazzling castles perched high atop steep cliffs, small towns snuggled against the riverbanks, and the lush, green forests that border it all. Feel free to press your nose against the window.

Online resources
www.bahn.de: Die Bahn, the German rail system
www.k-d.com: Köln-Düsseldorfer, a company that operates passenger ships on the Rhine
www.cometogermany.com: German National Tourist Office Web site

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  Slideshow, with travel advice from S. Featherstone
Honeymoon, Interrupted, in Spain by Steve Featherstone

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Sometimes the classic, memorable trip is the one that turned out completely different than you had imagined. That's the point of this story. Steve Featherstone was on his honeymoon with his wife, Debbie, in Spain, driving south from Madrid to the coast when they stumbled onto an event that changed the trip in many ways: a car accident, with a man clutching to life in the street. Debbie, an emergency room doctor, used all of her skills that day -- and her and Steve looked at that trip very differently from then on.

Web resources
www.parador.es: Link to Spain's state-run network of Parador hotels.
www.tourspain.es: Link to Spanish board of tourism.
www.andalucia.com: Link to Andalucia, a region in southern Spain.

Other Savvy adventures to Spain
06/28/2002 - "Music on Spain's Silver Route"
06/24/2000 - "Driving in Spain"
06/19/1999 - "The Pilgrim's Way"
01/19/2001 - "Spanish Castles"

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"Blues Highway" Interview with author Richard Knight

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Ever driven the Blues Highway? You can start in New Orleans and follow Highway 61 all the way up to Davenport, Iowa, then take a right and head up to Chicago. Along the way you can hear the best blues and jazz in the world. In the early 20th century, hundreds of thousands of black Southerners left Louisiana and Mississippi for a better life in the North, in St. Louis and Chicago, and they took their music with them. It was called "The Great Migration." Recently, an Englishman named Richard Knight spent four months traveling in an RV with his girlfriend, retracing The Great Migration. He wrote about the juke-joint music he heard in a new book called "The Blues Highway." Richard and host Diana Nyad talk about his experiences.

Online resources
"The Blues Highway: New Orleans to Chicago, 2nd: A Travel and Music Guide" by Richard Knight is available at Amazon.com. Your purchase helps support The Savvy Traveler.
www.rootsofrhythm.com: Everything blues: tours, books, music and venue information

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The Sounds of the Yanomami by Stephen Vitiello & Michael Raphael

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Watoriki is a village in Northern Brazil that is home to 140 Yanomami men, women and children. The Yanomami have a reputation of once being among the most violent people in the annals of anthropology. The Cartier Foundation in France currently has an exhibit featuring the work of five different artists that traveled to Watoriki for one week with the intention of interacting with the Yanomami on an artistic level. Sound artist Stephen Vitiello set out to do series of field recordings within the village and the surrounding forest. The segment was produced by Michael Raphael.

Online resources
www.fondation.cartier.fr official Web site for the exhibition on the Yanomami

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Weather Delays Interview with Sam Halpern of WorldTravelCenter.com

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Click here to learn
about what to do
if your trip
is threatened
by weather
Hurricane Isabel pounded the East Coast this past week, leaving many travelers holding tickets for canceled flights. In general, airlines allowed passengers to reschedule their flights without a change fee -- some even offered full refunds. But what if you really had to be somewhere? What if you missed a cruise or tour departure because your flight was grounded by the hurricane? That's where trip interruption and cancellation insurance comes in. Host Diana Nyad talks with Sam Halpern, the executive vice president of World Travel Center.com, about what it is, how and when it's useful and where travelers can buy a policy.

Online resources
www.TravelGuard.com: Intergrated travel insurance, assistance and emergency travel services

Music with Bob Duskis, "Verve Remixed 2" and "Arabian Travels 2"

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Bob Duskis, co-founder of Six Degrees Records in San Francisco, is our world music guide. This week, he joins us with sounds from the second volume of the very successful "Verve Remixed" series, where DJs and electronic artists put their spin on the music of jazz greats, and the second edition of the "Arabian Travels" series, which chronicles the influence that music from the Middle East has had on the world's of electronic dance and ambient music.

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Music in this segment is available at the Public Music Radio Source:
"Verve Remixed 2" ; "Arabian Travels 2"
Your purchase helps support The Savvy Traveler.

Additional artists information
www.sixdegreesrecords.com: Web site for Six Degrees Records
www.vervemusicgroup.com: Verve Web page for "Remixed 2"

Sound Travels St. Lazarus Day, Brazil

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Sound travels, the part of our show when we travel with just our ears as our guide, takes us to Salvador de Bahia, in northern Brazil, where this time of year marks the feast of St. Lazarus. It's a festival with Catholic roots that has come to mean so much more. It begins inside a Catholic church, then quickly moves outside. You can hear the ceremony over loudspeakers, but other groups have begun singing to their idea of the saint: the African deity "Omolu." Small groups of worshippers stand in circles, light candles, throw popcorn in the air, clap and chant. Jim Metzner was there and recorded the scene.

Recent Sound Travels
"Speaker's Corner," Sydney, Australia
"Singing Frogs of the Pantanal"
"Climax Golden Twins"
"The Palio, Siena, Italy"
"Mongul Music"
"Summer in New York"
"Summer in Los Angeles"
"Summer in Seattle"
"Summer in Chicago"

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Traveler's Aid Interview with Nuala O'Connor Kelly of the Office of Homeland Security

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This week, we give you the inside scoop on CAPPS II: a new airport security system, currently being developed by the federal government's Transportation Security Administration, which will use computer records to assign passengers a color code: red, yellow or green. Host Diana Nyad learns the details of CAPPS II from Nuala O'Connor Kelly, chief privacy officer at the Office of Homeland Security. Then, she chats with lawyer and privacy advocate Mark Rotenberg about the civil rights implications of the new system.

Online resources
Department of Homeland Security

Deal of the Week Europe in the Fall

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Europe's long, hot spell is over, the crowds have dissipated, and now is a great time to be on the sixth-largest continent. So, how can we get there economically? Good thing our Travel-Expert-in-Residence, Rudy Maxa, calls in from Bergen, Norway, with some amazing bargains to get you to Europe this fall!

DEAL: The summer airfares of $900 to $1,300 between the U.S. and Europe are evaporating. Delta has a ticket sale good for travel through the end of October with round-trip fares like these:

New York to Madrid: $344
Houston to Munich: $476
Chicago to Frankfurt: $475
As usual, these don't include taxes, which add at least $100 to the total, but even so, these fares are about half what they were a month ago.

Of course, Delta's not the only place to turn for good deals. You can expect airlines that fly similar routes to compete, so if you find all the sale tickets on Delta gone for the day you want to fly, shop around. Check with airlines' vacation arms -- like Virgin Vacations, for example, from Virgin Airlines -- which have huge lists of package deals:

Like, a London midweek special that gives you a roundtrip flight to London and 6 nights in a hotel with breakfast. For travel through October, book by Sept. 29th.
FINE PRINT? Book 7 days in advance, stay over a Saturday night, and the cheapest fares are for travel Monday through Thursday. But you don't have to be two people traveling together, and there are no blackout dates. But you must book by next Tuesday, Sept. 23rd!

Web resources
To view details on Delta's Europe sale, visit: www.delta.com
For a look at dozens of packages from Virgin Atlantic, check out: www.virgin-vacations.com

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