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NEW: Little Mama, oldest living chimp, dies at Lion Country Safari

A Palm Beach County institution has died. Little Mama, the oldest living chimpanzee on record, passed away Tuesday at Lion Country Safari, the park said Tuesday. She was in her late 70s. PHOTOS: Lion Country’s Little Mama: The little chimp with a big heart The chimp, a favorite of the safari park’s staff and visitors, died surrounded by her family group of eight other chimpanzees and some...
Palm Beach airport has the fastest customs line in U.S., study finds

Palm Beach airport has the fastest customs line in U.S., study finds

Palm Beach International Airport has the fastest customs line in the United States, with an average wait time of 5 minutes, according to a new study released by MileCards.com. Even during the 7 a.m. travel rush, the wait at PBIA’s customs line stood at just 11 minutes, the study found. Palm Beach International will offer service this winter to Toronto, Montreal, Nassau and Marsh Harbour. Among...
Icky brown waters off Palm Beach County concern tourism leaders

Icky brown waters off Palm Beach County concern tourism leaders

The topaz-blue waters off Palm Beach County have had more noticeably brown days this fall – an opaque sea of tea that is less inviting and even dangerous as high bacteria levels have forced a handful of temporary no-swimming orders. Officials from the South Florida Water Management District and county agree the icky looking stew is the result of storm water runoff from...
Taking laps of luxury at a Vail resort

Taking laps of luxury at a Vail resort

On a bright, Colorado bluebird day in January, I found myself slaloming through an evergreen forest at high speed on skis, madly chasing my husband, who was pushing his own gear to its limits. Every muscle in my body burned as we flew through Beaver Creek Resort's Royal Elk Glades, an expert-only zone that demands tight turns, the occasional jump off a boulder and speed.  We were killing time...
NEW: Protesters decry alleged animal abuse at Monkey Jungle

NEW: Protesters decry alleged animal abuse at Monkey Jungle

Closed since Hurricane Irma caused damage in September, Monkey Jungle is still drawing crowds. Unfortunately for the southern Miami-Dade County tourist attraction, the 50 people who showed up Sunday were there to protest what have been called "abysmal" conditions in which hundreds of animals live. A former employee recently accused the 80-year-old wildlife park of abusing its animals. Sunday's...
Japan's Byodoin temple all aglow

Japan's Byodoin temple all aglow

The Phoenix Hall of Byodoin temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Uji, Japan, glows at night during a trial illumination on Friday. The luminous hall, a national treasure, and colorful autumn leaves of Japanese maple trees are reflected on the surface of the water. Monsho Kamii, the temple's chief priest, said: "With the recent drop in temperatures, the autumn leaves have turned vibrant colors...

Family travel: Planning for year ahead

It’s that time of year when we review recent adventures and plan for the year ahead. Here are five ideas to inspire your family’s travels:  1. Travel for adventure. Stoke your family’s passion for new experiences with Lindblad Expeditions and partner, National Geographic, through their recently launched Global Explorer’s program. Designed to inspire the next generation...
7 Cyber Monday travel deals

7 Cyber Monday travel deals

Cyber Monday, on Nov. 27 this year, isn’t just a day to score discounts on retail goods — in the world of travel, it means attractive deals on hotel stays, safaris, group tours and more.  But buy with caution, said Henry Harteveldt, a travel industry analyst and the founder of Atmosphere Research Group. “Travel brands discount throughout the year so make sure that the sale you&rsquo...
Holiday gift guide: Travel

Holiday gift guide: Travel

This year's gifts will help the travelers in your life stay charged, organized, caffeinated and sand-free - and document their every move, of course.  Aspinal of London: Multi Currency Wallet   The sleek wallet has four deep pouches - two per side - to separate cash and coins from different countries. You can match the colored zipper to the currency, such as red for the Chinese yuan...
Dept. of State issues 'Europe Travel Alert' due to heightened risk of terrorist attacks

Dept. of State issues 'Europe Travel Alert' due to heightened risk of terrorist attacks

As the holiday season approaches, many families are preparing to take advantage of school breaks, federal holidays and remaining paid time off by traveling out of state to see family and friends and desirable international destinations. But according to the U.S. Department of State, prospective travelers might want to reconsider any plans to journey across the pond. In a travel advisory issued...
New Julia Child exhibit to premiere in Napa

New Julia Child exhibit to premiere in Napa

Yountville’s Napa Valley Museum will be celebrating the legacy of culinary luminary Julia Child this winter with a new photographic exhibit that features black and white photos taken by Paul Child during the Childs’ postwar days in Paris and the French countryside. The exhibit, “France Is a Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child,” opened on Nov. 11 with a celebration...
How to help a stricken island called home

How to help a stricken island called home

For two weeks after the devastation of Hurricane Maria in September, Frances Westerman, a retiree from Kent in northwestern Connecticut, got information from Puerto Rico only in dribs and drabs, she said. Power and cellular towers were down, and she couldn’t connect with anyone at the condo complex in the island’s southwest where she spends the winter every year.  “It was very...

Travelers love airline flash sales but the ultra-cheap fares are becoming less common

The Twitter ad seemed too good to be true: fares starting at $20 on JetBlue Airways.  A few hours after the ad appeared last week on the social media site, it was gone, leaving would-be travelers frustrated that they missed the remarkable deal.   Those who clicked too late ended up on a page advising: “This promotion has ended. Act fast! In some cases, a fare may not even last...

Talk Travel: Is Puerto Rico ready for visitors?

Q: Do you have any idea when resorts in Puerto Rico will be open and local attractions ready for visitors? I'd like a warm weather vacation, and support the island.  A: According to the most recent status report from the Caribbean Tourism Organization, 72 percent of Puerto Rico's hotels are now open, with many of those located in the San Juan area.   - Carol Sottili   I met...
A warm winter welcome amid the snowy mountains of Wyoming

A warm winter welcome amid the snowy mountains of Wyoming

It was dark by the time we made the short drive from the city of Casper, Wyoming, up the winding switchback road to the top of Casper Mountain. The moon the only light. The wind the only sound in the chill night. With snow piled several feet high from November until mid-May, the only way in to the cabin where we'd be staying on Crooked Pine Trail was either by ancient snowcat or snow machine. ...
15-acre crystal-clear lagoon to be built in Orlando

15-acre crystal-clear lagoon to be built in Orlando

A resort and 15-acre crystal-clear lagoon is being planned for Orlando's Lake Nona development, officials with the Tavistock Development Company said Wednesday. >> Read more trending news Company officials said crews will break ground on the Lake Nona Resort on Lake Nona's southern shore next year. It's expected to open in 2020. The eight-story resort will feature 250 rooms, 80 condominium...
Thanksgiving travel to grow, despite higher gas prices

Thanksgiving travel to grow, despite higher gas prices

More than 50 million Thanksgiving revelers are expected to hit the road this year, marking the holiday’s busiest travel weekend since 2005, according to AAA’s annual travel forecast released Thursday. In Florida, more than 2.6 million residents will travel at least 50 miles from their home for the holiday, a 3.2 percent increase from this past year. Locally, Palm Beach International Airport...
What Southwest Airlines’ Hawaii plans mean for customers and competitors

What Southwest Airlines’ Hawaii plans mean for customers and competitors

For years, customers, employees and investors at Southwest Airlines have wondered aloud about when the nation’s largest domestic carrier would finally launch flights to Hawaii, one of the country’s most popular leisure destinations.  With the announcement last month that Southwest plans to begin flights to the Aloha State in late 2018 or possibly 2019, the question becomes what kind...
Leave the cooking behind; These Caribbean cruises still have space for the holidays

Leave the cooking behind; These Caribbean cruises still have space for the holidays

Procrastinators are getting a break.  In a typical year, trying to book a cruise in November for the December holidays would be a task for the Mission: Impossible team. But in 2017, the storms that strafed part of the Eastern Caribbean have left some travelers with the mistaken impression that the islands are still off-limits. (All western Caribbean ports are open, and even the hard-hit eastern...
Frank Stella’s favorite cities for art

Frank Stella’s favorite cities for art

American artist Frank Stella, 81, best known for his minimalist and abstract styles, will tell you that, without travel, he wouldn’t have been able to sustain his career as long as he has.  “Seeing great art in different destinations gives me the motivation to keep going and holds me to a high standard professionally,” he said.   Now, Stella’s 60-year trajectory...
You're going where? Eugene, Oregon

You're going where? Eugene, Oregon

I dropped into Eugenelandia - a real place, not one played on TV - and what did I see? Characters sporting Gore-Tex jackets or fleece vests paired with running pants, a sensible uniform for a city nicknamed "Track Town, USA." On their feet, they wore hiking boots, even if they didn't have immediate plans to trek up Mount Pisgah, or sneakers, so they were ready to fly on Pre's Trail, a four-mile...

Travelers happier with rental cars despite longer lines, survey says

Travelers are happier with the car rental industry than in the past despite longer lines and problems when picking up or dropping off cars, a survey found.  The survey report by research firm J.D. Power attributed the increased satisfaction to daily rates that have dropped an average of $11 per day in 2017.   “Several other key quality measures — notably, wait times and...

Finally, you can have breakfast at Tiffany

NEW YORK — There are certain movie scenes that are so iconic that they still retain their importance in the pop-culture lexicon, even decades later. When Holly Golightly, played by Audrey Hepburn, stepped out of a yellow cab and sauntered to the window of Tiffany & Co. in the 1961 film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” with Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer’s “Moon River&rdquo...
After fires, businesses urge visitors to spend in Wine Country

After fires, businesses urge visitors to spend in Wine Country

SAN JOSE, Calif.—As the recovery continues from last month’s devastating Northern California wildfires, the iconic wine regions are looking to kick-start their important hospitality and tourism industry with a simple message: We are open for business.  The damage to some areas was indeed devastating. In the 22 days from the start of the fires to when they were completely contained...

Don't be a 'disaster gawker': 6 travel tips on how to help after a catastrophe

Hurricanes. Flooding. Wildfires. Earthquakes. The deadliest mass shooting in history. The United States and its neighbors have been hit with one-two punch after one-two punch of disasters and tragedies in recent months, and figuring out where and how to help can be head-spinning.  Greg Forrester, president and chief executive with National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National...
Drinks at high-end hotel bars — hold the booze

Drinks at high-end hotel bars — hold the booze

Renowned hotel bars — the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel in London, for example, or Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle in New York — are often well-regarded for their innovative cocktails. Today, creative nonalcoholic concoctions are catching on, most notably in London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles. Just don’t call them mocktails. “I consider our nonalcohol cocktails to be as...

Get aloha (and dinner) at the night market in Hawaii’s lava-buried Kaimu

KAIMU, Hawaii — In 1990, this Big Island village south of Hilo got famous when the Kilauea volcano buried most of it beneath more than 50 feet of lava.  What remains of the community where the road ends has re-energized with a weekly night market that draws lines of cars to fill a parking lot ($3 a car) edging a sprawling black field of lava rock that is younger than Taylor Swift. ...
If it's dramatic and exaggerated, it must be Baroque

If it's dramatic and exaggerated, it must be Baroque

Maybe it's not surprising that there aren't many museums devoted to the Baroque, the artistic and architectural style that's been described as "clumsy in form and extravagant in contorted ornamentation" and whose name may derive from the Spanish word for "wart." Even little-b "baroque" can be synonymous with having bad taste.  And yet, the Baroque is also "Don...
A Big Island farm stay: Off-the-grid adventure in Hawaii

A Big Island farm stay: Off-the-grid adventure in Hawaii

PAHOA, Hawaii — Shortly after we’d settled into bed in our tiny cabin under the guava trees at remote I’olani Farm, I wondered if the coqui frogs crowding the woods around us would keep me awake. Their loud mating call, at roughly the same decibels as a lawnmower, sounded to me like “BO-PEEP, BO-PEEP.”  The wakefulness question was soon rendered moot as the sky opened...

Traveling to Portugal? Consider the offseason

Summer may be Portugal’s peak tourist season, but more travelers from the United States are heading there this fall and winter than they have in recent years. The travel search engine Kayak has seen searches to Lisbon for this fall increase 46 percent compared with last fall, and according to American Express Travel’s internal booking data, trips to Portugal for travel between this September...
Living history performance lets you meet Hawaii’s ‘Dr. Volcano’

Living history performance lets you meet Hawaii’s ‘Dr. Volcano’

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK — You might call him “Dr. Volcano.”  All of a sudden, it’s 1912, and the man wearing the Roosevelt button (Teddy) and the big felt hat with a Yosemite Sam brim is telling you all about how he came to be here studying volcanoes in a remote part of the Hawaiian Islands.   It had a lot to do with a volcanic explosion 10 years earlier...
Chicago hotel available for $11.14 a night -- but only for a limited time 

Chicago hotel available for $11.14 a night -- but only for a limited time 

Planning on booking a trip but still haven’t settled on a destination? Or maybe you have and you decided you’ll brace the Windy City? Then you better act fast because this deal is not going to last long: Through 11 a.m. Central time on Wednesday, you can book a room at the Conrad Chicago hotel for only $11.14 a night. >> Read more trending news    Why are the...
Thanksgiving 2017: The best and worst times to drive and fly this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2017: The best and worst times to drive and fly this Thanksgiving

Don’t let road rage or flight delays ruin your Thanksgiving. To ensure you make smart travel plans this November holiday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reached out to popular navigation app Waze for national historical traffic data to determine the best and worst days to be on the move around Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 23). The AJC also incorporated Google Flights ...

A close encounter of the Florida kind

In the 1930s, the Federal Writers Project employed hundreds of writers to compile a series of travel guides to the 48 states. Florida: A Guide to the Southernmost State, whose contributors included Zora Neale Hurston and Stetson Kennedy, featured 22 driving tours of the state's roads.  Gulfport resident Cathy Salustri, who is the arts and entertainment editor at Creative Loafing Tampa, re-created...
Airport’s ‘flight to nowhere’ helps people get comfortable with flying

Airport’s ‘flight to nowhere’ helps people get comfortable with flying

When Linda Diaz was planning a family vacation to Disney World four years ago, she called Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to see what could be done to make flying a successful experience for her son, Andy, who has autism.  “He doesn’t like people to touch him and he’s nonverbal,” the White Bear Lake mother said. “He can get aggressive.”  ...

Tips for flying with special needs

1. Let reservation agents, gate agents and flight attendants know that you or someone you are traveling with has special needs.  2. Book early to get the seats you want. Seats in the front of the aircraft are quieter and you can exit sooner.   3. When booking, consider putting the child with special needs in the center seat if traveling with two adults, or the window seat. Or, have...

In time for the holidays, a seasonal primer on luggage etiquette

It's the season of the squeeze.   That should require absolutely no explanation, but just in case: Picture thousands of stressed-out holiday travelers in airport terminals, train stations and bus terminals, bundled up in winter clothing, all piling into a claustrophobia-inducing cattle-class cabin.   With luggage.   Is your blood pressure rising yet? Mine, too.  ...
Museum of the Bible expects capacity crowds for opening

Museum of the Bible expects capacity crowds for opening

WASHINGTON - When the Museum of the Bible throws open its bronze doors Nov. 17, it will invite the world to engage with the Great Book free.  But not everyone will get in.   Washington's newest museum is expecting capacity crowds for its opening celebration, beginning with a formal dedication Friday and stretching through the weekend. All of the timed tickets for Saturday and Sunday...
Travel Tips: A luxury vacation to Brazil for less

Travel Tips: A luxury vacation to Brazil for less

A luxury vacation to Brazil can cost a king’s ransom or be easier on the wallet, according to Jennifer Gillmore, a Brazil specialist at Travel Beyond in Wayzata, Minnesota.  “Hotels and restaurants in Brazil can be very pricey, and tourists who are unfamiliar with the country can end up spending a lot without getting a lot,” she said.   But follow a few of her insider...

What to read before heading to the Caribbean

As the Caribbean recovers from a devastating hurricane season, here are three books by writers from the region that tackle the culture and resilience of the people of Grenada, Haiti and the West Indies.  —   “LADY IN A BOAT"By Merle Collins95 pages. Peepal Tree Press. (2003)   In this book of poetry, Collins reflects on her childhood in Grenada, the failed...
How sheep with cameras got some tiny islands onto Google Street View

How sheep with cameras got some tiny islands onto Google Street View

The Faroe Islands, a remote archipelago that juts out of the cold seas between Norway and Iceland, doesn't even appear on some world maps. But as of last week, the verdant slopes, rocky hiking trails and few roads of the 18 islands are on Google Street View - and a team of camera-toting sheep helped get them there.  When the islands' tourism board decided last year that it wanted to get the company's...
‘Primal Survivor’ host brings home insights on indigenous ways around the globe

‘Primal Survivor’ host brings home insights on indigenous ways around the globe

SPOKANE, Wash. — Most people will need a few Google searches to peg where Hazen Audel has survived the elements in 2017.  But while Namibia and Siberut are off the beaten path, the host of “Primal Survivor” is home in Spokane now, recuperating after filming his third season of the series that puts him into uncomfortable situations around the globe to learn what makes indigenous...

TripAdvisor, under fire for removing claims of rape, will now flag hotels with reported incidents

In response to widespread criticism for removing claims of sexual assault from its forums to keep them "family friendly," TripAdvisor has started placing warning symbols - or "badges" - on the review pages of hotels and businesses where rape and other safety incidents have been reported.  The travel and restaurant review website has so far placed warnings on the pages of three...

Plenty of sunshine for Caribbean travelers

Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated many islands in the Caribbean region, including Puerto Rico, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Dominica and St. Martin. They also battered Anguilla, St. Barts, the Turks and Caicos and others.  But many islands, including Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao in the southern Caribbean, and the central Cayman Islands and Jamaica were unaffected, prompting tourism...
US tightens travel rules to Cuba, blacklists many businesses

US tightens travel rules to Cuba, blacklists many businesses

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans seeking to visit Cuba must navigate a complicated maze of travel, commerce and financial restrictions unveiled Wednesday by the Trump administration, part of a new policy to further isolate the island's communist government.  Now off-limits to U.S. citizens are dozens of Cuban hotels, shops, tour companies and other businesses included on a lengthy American blacklist...
From whiskey den to adventure vessel, resurrected tall ship sets sail for points south

From whiskey den to adventure vessel, resurrected tall ship sets sail for points south

TACOMA, Wash. — Jordan Hanssen says he’s doesn’t use the word resurrection lightly, but he can’t think of a better word to describe the story of the tall ship where he’ll spend the next month.  The 72-foot topsail schooner named Dirigo II was hidden away for its protection during World War II, it sailed twice around the world, it nearly sank in Mexico, it won races...
This is not your sausage-in-a-can Vienna

This is not your sausage-in-a-can Vienna

Vienna is a sugar rush kind of city - so well known for its sweets that there never seems to be enough time to sample all of its tortes and pastries, including the ones named for Mozart, the ones created by Sacher and the ones honoring various eminences of the Austro-Hungarian empire. The good news is that it's possible to steep yourself in Austria's grand food traditions - Wiener schnitzel! coffee!...
UPDATE: Second 71-year-old woman airlifted from cruise ship

UPDATE: Second 71-year-old woman airlifted from cruise ship

9 P.M. UPDATE: A second 71-year-old woman was evacuated from a cruise ship today, the Coast Guard in Miami reported. Around 7 p.m., a passenger suffering from stroke-like symptoms was taken from the AIDAmar near the Bahamas and air-lifted to a hospital in Nassau. The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter today to a Carnival cruise ship off Miami to airlift a 71-year-old-woman suffering from hypertension...
5 East Coast ski resorts for the snow novice

5 East Coast ski resorts for the snow novice

As “Game of Thrones” fans would say, winter is coming. And while the snow and ice won't hit most of the South as hard as other parts of the country (and the White Walkers are almost certain not to be a threat), it's about time to start planning for the season. If you're thinking about a winter ski trip, instead of heading west to Colorado, why not consider trekking east? Whether your'e...

Talk Travel: The reasons why someone might have multiple passports

The Washington Post's Travel section writers and editors recently discussed stories, questions, gripes and more. Here are edited excerpts:  Q: I read recent news about the businessman with three U.S. passports, including one in a different name. In view of the documentation (including birth certificate) anyone must submit in order to apply for a passport, how is it even possible to get one in...
On Molokai island, the site of an 1860s leper colony draws determined travelers

On Molokai island, the site of an 1860s leper colony draws determined travelers

My old mule Tita clopped straight up to the edge of the first switchback. One more step and we'd tumble down a sheer cliff, falling almost 1,600 feet to the sea. But mules are smart creatures and, at the last instant, she swiveled 120 degrees onto the next leg of the pali trail, a rugged path that zigzags down 26 switchbacks to the historic leper colony of Kalaupapa.  The isolated site is the...
Ghosts live on in Galveston legend

Ghosts live on in Galveston legend

The evening began innocently enough. After arriving in Galveston, Texas, my travel companion and I were sipping gin gimlets at dusk inside the Hotel Galvez, a turn-of-the-century beauty built on the Gulf of Mexico’s edge. The grand hall — the pinnacle of the island city’s glamorous old architecture — buzzed with imbibers clinking glasses, chattering among tall limestone columns...
If you only eat three meals in Charleston, S.C., make them at these three spots

If you only eat three meals in Charleston, S.C., make them at these three spots

With an ocean and two estuarine rivers lapping at Charleston, South Carolina's hem, it's no surprise that this lively, historical city is awash in seafood. But that piscine bounty is only half the story of low-country cuisine, which also leans heavily on regional crops to create the staples that still anchor many a Charleston menu - shrimp and grits, hoppin' john, she-crab soup, okra and rice-based...
Entry fees could double at some national parks

Entry fees could double at some national parks

Fees at 17 popular national parks may soon be rising sharply. On Oct. 24, the National Park Service announced a proposal to begin charging higher peak-season fees for five months per year at some of the country’s most beloved parks, including Yosemite National Park, Yellowstone and Joshua Tree National Park.  The park service said that the increase in funds would be used to address maintenance...
Louvre Abu Dhabi prepares to unveil itself to the world

Louvre Abu Dhabi prepares to unveil itself to the world

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Stepping into the Louvre Abu Dhabi, one of the first artworks a visitor sees is a two-headed Neolithic statue from Jordan, one of the oldest known in human history.  That duality — looking back and toward the future, encompassing both East and West — is a theme that extends throughout the new museum, which is opening to the public on Saturday...
The pros’ snow: Lake Tahoe a big draw for skiers of all stripes

The pros’ snow: Lake Tahoe a big draw for skiers of all stripes

Lake Tahoe isn’t just a ski destination. It’s a way of life — one that attracts both powder-hungry tourists and professional athletes to this scenic area, anchored by an alpine lake straddling the California-Nevada state line. “Your backyard is basically a giant playground,” said Olympic gold medalist Julia Mancuso, who grew up in Squaw Valley (aka Olympic Valley), host...
Venue and park operators search for solutions to ‘overtourism’

Venue and park operators search for solutions to ‘overtourism’

LOS ANGELES — So many tourists head up to the Hollywood sign to snap selfies that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has suggested building a gondola to reduce congestion on nearby streets and hiking trails. At Zion National Park, the crowds are so heavy that park officials are considering a congestion management plan that would require visitors to make reservations to enter the popular Utah park...

Travel deals: Six-night package to Greece for less than a grand

This week's best travel bargains around the globe.  Land   - Spring Creek Ranch is offering nearly 40 percent off stays at the mountain resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The 5th Season Special starts at $190 per night for two people and includes deluxe room accommodations with a log fireplace and outdoor deck, and breakfast and dinner at the Granary Restaurant (worth about $122). Add...
From electronics to sleep aids, don’t leave home without these items

From electronics to sleep aids, don’t leave home without these items

Traveling away from home can be fun, but it can also be unfamiliar and perhaps even uncomfortable. Packing everything you might need to make the venture better is a lot to keep track of, but there are some products — from electronic devices to sleep aids — that people swear by and won’t leave home without. Essential Oils India K. Robinson, president & CEO of The H.I.S Agency, LLC...
A chartered sailboat breezes by a cruise liner as the best way to hop the Greek islands

A chartered sailboat breezes by a cruise liner as the best way to hop the Greek islands

Like vagabonds, the seven of us, duffels in tow, loitered leisurely along the bustling quays, tavernas and kafenia of Naoussa harbor on the Greek island of Paros. (Perhaps only in the Mediterranean do "leisurely" and "bustling" not seem contradictory.) We were killing time, on the lookout for Stuart and Monique, neither of whom we'd ever met. They were, respectively, the skipper...
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