Destination: Africa

April 17, 2005

A BRUSH WITH TRADITION

The battered sign beside the road proclaimed, "Esther is here. The 1st woman who visited oversea. Art Woman."

March 27, 2005

NEWS, TIPS & BARGAINS

Libya the newest hot ticket

The latest chic ports of call for the jaded or adventurous cruiser are in Moammar Kadafi's socialist Libya, despite a U.S. State Department warning discouraging visits there. Little more than a year after the U.S. lifted its long-standing ban on travel to the North African nation, Holland America, Silversea and several other cruise lines are putting Libya on their itineraries. And it's a hot ticket.

October 24, 2004

DESTINATION: SOUTH AFRICA

A gentler time on the 'Wild Coast'

IT'S almost dawn. Here, where the Mbotyi River flows into the Indian Ocean, the lush vegetation is still damp from night mists. As the light ripens from purple to gold, I knock softly on the cabin doors of my fellow travelers. None of us wants to be late for our appointment with the sangoma, or medicine man.

November 23, 2003

TRAVEL TURKEYS

The parasites of paradise

"It's not contagious," I kept trying to explain, as friends backed away from me, horrified by the parasite that had wormed its way under my skin in Africa.

March 28, 2004

DESTINATION: SOUTH AFRICA

Hide and seek in Addo park

"Roll up your window," my husband, Paul, muttered, easing his camera down.

Two ways to cruise the Nile

March 7, 2004

DESTINATION: NILE

Two ways to cruise the Nile

The night train from Cairo pulled into Luxor station at 5:15 a.m. — a hard hour to push the sleep from my eyes, toddle down the companionway, find my footing on the concrete train platform and count my bags.

November 30, 2003

DESTINATION: UGANDA

Misty-eyed on a search for gorillas in Bwindi

Bwindi Impenetrable

November 16, 2003

DESTINATION: SOUTH AFRICA

New shine on City of Gold

I was sitting at a restaurant when the Canadian woman across the table from me said something that caught me off-guard.

May 23, 2004

DESTINATION: LIBYA

The curtains part, revealing wonders

"Inshallah" means "God willing" in Arabic. It's good to know if you visit this Muslim country on the north coast of Africa, now open to Americans after 20 years of U.S. sanctions.

May 23, 2004

DESTINATION: LIBYA

Trailblazing trek on blazing Sahara trails

Scientists think the Sahara Desert has been hot and dry for the last 3,000 years. I can't speak to that, but I can attest to its profound hostility to humankind for four days last month on a trek in southwest Libya with Mountain Travel Sobek, an American travel company.

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