Travel Photo Gallery – August 27, 2008

This Week’s Travel Photo Gallery
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Here are some of the most compelling travel photos submitted by our listeners this week. Clark will comment on one photo each week in the Thursday Travel E-Scapes newsletter. (Subscribe.) Leave YOUR comments below!

Submitted by: Rebecca F.
Destination: Paris
Best deal found: We were going to take a picture of the Arc De Triumph but a bus drove by. Sometimes you feel like a nut!

Submitted by: Mike O.
Destination: Tunisia
Best deal found: This old Roman Coliseum in El Jem, Tunisia (part of the old Roman Empire) hosts an international music festival each year. For $10.50 we got to see an ancient reminder of history, beautifully lit for the event, and wonderful music ! Mike O.

Submitted by: Justin Z.
Destination: Kachemak Bay, Alaska
Best deal found: I took Clark’s advice and did not get the optional rent a car insurance, which is note worthy because I took this pic while driving 30 mph with one leg on the wheel and the camera out the window.

Submitted by: Carol S.
Destination: Tybee Island, GA
Best deal found:  None, really. Tybee Island is usually pretty affordable. Sunset Cafe is a DELICIOUS buffet breakfast cafe that is very inexpensive to eat in.

Submitted by: Sam B.
Destination: Alaska
Best deal found: I used skymiles for 4 free tickets from Atlanta to Anchorage ($1,200 tix) and then gave up 2 seats on the way back for two $400 vouchers. The delay for the other flight was a mere 30 minutes and our bags were waiting on us when we arrived! We also backpacked for free in Denali and talked to locals for fishing advice versus taking the $250 per day/per person guides.

Submitted by:  Troy P.
Destination: Leavenworth, WA
Best deal found: The Bavarian Lodge. 4+ star accommodations at very reasonable prices. Free DVD rentals and a “real” breakfast buffet were included in the price of the room. Located directly across the street from the German “village”.

Submitted by:  Marta M.
Destination: St. George’s Island, Florida
Best deal found:  Great deal on camping at the State Park. Full hook up for 21.00 a day. Although we had to leave two days early because a water spout formed from this storm and knocked out four power poles in the gulf and power to the entire Island for days.

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Marilyn R.
Destination: Viet Nam
Best deal found: This photo is of the Tortoise Tower on a tiny island in the middle of Hoam Kiem Lake in Hanoi. The best travel deal was using a Vietnamese Company to make our travel arrangements. 7 flights, all hotels, all breakfasts, no other tour members, access to a driver and admission fees including a boat trip overnight on Halong Bay and five days in Cambodia for $2400 a person. Five star hotels. 5 times cheaper than using an American co. No mess ups. It was cheaper than staying home. 31 days total trip. We only gave a $500 per person deposit and paid the rest of the money when we received all our vouchers at the hotel in Hanoi. Worst case scenario would have been to be out $500. Go now before the world finds out what a beautiful place this is.

Submitted by: Edward M.
Destination: Korea
Best deal found:

Submitted by: Ross B.
Destination: Tampa, FL
Best deal found: Best deal for me was staying at my in-laws for free! I just wanted to share this fun picture with you! Enjoy!!


Submitted by: Deborah P.
Destination: Giverny, France
Best deal found: Seeing Monet’s house and his garden in Giverny was a dream come true for me, a retired French teacher! We spent the night at La Musardière, the little hotel there in the village. It was not elegant, but it was not expensive and it allowed us to be there after all of the day-trippers left. We had the gardens all to ourselves. What a treat to be able to stand on the Japanese bridge all alone and look at the famous water lilies!

Submitted by:
Richard S.
Destination: Kyiv, Ukraine
Best deal found: Nighttime stroll on the Maidan City Square … walk down Kreshchatyk .. enjoy the sights, the sounds and the people …. ALL FOR FREE!

Submitted by: Nathan M.
Destination: Tulum, Mexico
Best deal found: In the village of Akumal we found beautiful beaches, excellent reef snorkeling, and excellent freshwater lagoon snorkeling. The accommodations were right on the beach: $150 per night for a large 1 BR villa. A handful of wonderful quaint restaurants, including Lunita’s which had chef-prepared fresh seafood dinners right on the beach for less than $20. Don’t expect a lot of air conditioning.

Submitted by: Jeffrey B.
Destination: Kona, Hawaii
Best deal found: Kona Coffee

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Karyn H.
Destination: Atlanta Zoo
Best deal found: Free day at the zoo for Atlanta residents!

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Yamileth A.
Destination: St. Thomas-St. John
Best deal found: Atlantis Submarine tour $80 per person, $30 per child.

Submitted by: Don R.
Destination: Dubai
Best deal found: Best deal found at the gold souk after dark….plenty of deals there to go around for anyone who knows how to bargain.

…and now, the next installment in the adventures of Dana F. and his 1976 bicentennial Appalachian Trail  hike!
Submitted by:
Dana F.
Destination: Appalachian Trail
Best deal found:  Here I am heading toward the peak of Mt. Lafayette about a mile away in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The White Mountains area is the only part of the trail that is above the tree line.


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