Travel and Adventure from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 16 Sep 2019 01:23:50 -0700 Travel and Adventure from Creators Syndicate 0a59fd8baff9c9bf15ece167e864caaa Remember Favorite Movies by Visiting Where They Were Filmed for 09/15/2019 Sun, 15 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>By Victor Block</p> <p>Bob Burrus is channeling John Travolta. He enters Lenny's Pizza in Brooklyn and orders a slice. After devouring the snack, he emerges onto 86th Street and struts down several blocks as the song "Staying Alive" plays in his head. Bob is reliving the opening scene of the 1977 motion picture "Saturday Night Fever." And he's not alone. As he mimics one of his favorite movie sequences, others around the country are fantasizing theirs.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">From Maine to Hawaii, places where parts or all of movies were filmed attract visitors seeking to hold on to memories of beloved motion pictures.</span> At places ranging from a delicatessen in New York to a beach in Hawaii, from a state reformatory in Ohio to an island off the coast of South Carolina, people recapture treasured scenes. <p>Updated: Sun Sep 15, 2019</p> 5bbf346cc597dd7d439bac431a23a9a2 They Do It Right in Branson, Missouri for 09/14/2019 Sat, 14 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>By Fyllis Hockman</p> <p>OK, I know not everyone believes in the Loch Ness Monster, the Easter Bunny or even Santa Claus, but everyone believes in Bigfoot, right? Right? I know this because I've actually been to his very own park in Branson, Missouri, dedicated to all things related to the big hairy guy. It's hard to argue with that much information. </p> <p>As we embarked on our Exploratory Expedition at Bigfoot Fun Park we were forewarned that we would be seeing a large hairy beast during our very off-road tour of the rural Ozarks. The voice of an English-sounding narrator who's been searching for Bigfoot for decades was piped in warning us not to exit even if threatened, not to shoot firearms and &#8212; the most damning of all &#8212; not to go on social media. <p>Updated: Sat Sep 14, 2019</p> 337bac357517bc3608e10ec1b481d94d Explore Southeast Asia on a Mekong River Cruise for 09/08/2019 Sun, 08 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Steve Bergsman</p> <p>When considering a cruise down the Mekong River in Southeast Asia, one is tempted to think back to the patrol boat in the movie "Apocalypse Now." But let me offer a far different cinematic reference, the 1939 Hedy Lamarr and Robert Taylor romance, "Lady of the Tropics," which begins with a cruise ship landing in Saigon before Taylor's character, Bill Carey, joins the mixed-race beauty Manon, played by Lamarr, on board a riverboat steaming up the Mekong River to Angkor Wat, where Manon is pledged to be married to a local prince.<p>Updated: Sun Sep 08, 2019</p> 95646f28cae21247d63af8a41313b65b 'The Lover's House' Lures Dumas Fans to Sa Dec, Vietnam for 09/07/2019 Sat, 07 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Steve Bergsman</p> <p>"He says he's just back from Paris where he was a student, that he lives in Sa Dec too, on this same river, the big house with the big terraces with the blue-tiled balustrades." &#8212; Marguerite Duras<p>Updated: Sat Sep 07, 2019</p> 22aadbbb9a130df4f3ec5fbc19d41d93 Chocolate and Honey Heaven in Grenada for 09/01/2019 Sun, 01 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Nicola Bridges</p> <p>The Spice Isle of Grenada in the Caribbean West Indies is known for its tropical lushness, azure seas lapping white, palm-tree-sprinkled beaches and jagged coves &#8212; and just that, the fragrant array of spices this island paradise has been providing the world dating back to the 1600s. Its natural-grown nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric, curry, cardamom, coriander, pepper, saffron and more were, literally, worth more than their weight in gold and caused wars between continents fighting to ship these island delights back to Europe. <p>Updated: Sun Sep 01, 2019</p> af909be6dc0993279b12064fe5dbf295 River Cruising Offers Carefree European Travel for 08/31/2019 Sat, 31 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Sondra L. Shapiro</p> <p>It was early morning as our Viking longship, Alruna, docked in the little town of Breisach, Germany. Day seven of our eight-day Rhine getaway was sunny and promised to be comfortably warm. The air was clean with sweet floral scents that tickled our nostrils. It was the perfect day for a 26-mile e-bike ride through the Black Forest.<p>Updated: Sat Aug 31, 2019</p> b1dde47bc70f11c40b5a301067c03084 Castle-Hopping Through Scotland for 08/25/2019 Sun, 25 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Candyce H. Stapen</p> <p>Ailsa balanced on my hand when we paused on our woodland walk at Ayrshire's Glenapp Castle Hotel in Scotland. A striking figure with chestnut red patches that highlighted her brown coloring, Ailsa, looked like she belonged amid gentry. After eyeing me intently, she showed her approval by waggling her tail before flying off to touch down on the branch of a spruce tree. <p>Updated: Sun Aug 25, 2019</p> 0b77b11717985149ed5309753e785ded Hitting the Highlights of Glasgow, Scotland for 08/24/2019 Sat, 24 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Candyce H. Stapen</p> <p>A former gritty industrial city, Glasgow now pops with trendy neighborhoods, digital startups, a lively music scene and plenty of history. "People Make Glasgow," the city slogan that debuted in 2013, is plastered on buildings and proclaimed on banners. The motto celebrates Glasgow's vivacity and diversity. <p>Updated: Sat Aug 24, 2019</p> d23844022910ec1746be6af42e01582b The Canal Is Just One of Panama's Treasures for 08/18/2019 Sun, 18 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Fyllis Hockman</p> <p>When I read about our upcoming visit to the Embera tribe of indigenous peoples as part of our Caravan tour to Panama and the fact that the women were naked from the waist up, I promised myself I wouldn't stare. I'm not sure whether I was disappointed or relieved to find them fully clothed - clearly dressing up for the tourists.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 23, 2019</p> d55b2552c7c8f81b0432a03041bda4c2 Celebrate Nina Simone in Tryon, North Carolina for 08/17/2019 Sat, 17 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Steve Bergsman</p> <p>When I arrived in Tryon, North Carolina, populated by 1,700 souls and located on the South Carolina border, my GPS directed me along the hills and gullies that formed the outskirts of the hamlet. Here I encountered a work crew from the National Trust for Historic Preservation hard going on the stabilization and preservation of Nina Simone's childhood home &#8212; in fact, the house where she was born.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 23, 2019</p> 0d51fafd6da7411d50cae9b70488b2e3 The U.S. Virgin Islands: Caribbean Sun, Sand and Savings for 08/11/2019 Sun, 11 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Victor Block</p> <p>One island resembles a U.S. city, with teeming streets and sidewalks and shops galore. Another is a tiny dot of mostly unspoiled wilderness. The third bridges the gap, with a something-for-everyone variety of ambience and activities. Adding to the appeal is that the three very different Caribbean atolls are close enough to be easily combined into a single visit. <p>Updated: Sun Aug 11, 2019</p> c8759e48474e41e2fc71c7cd031c844a History, Horticulture and Hospitality in St. Croix for 08/10/2019 Sat, 10 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Fyllis Hockman </p> <p>The manor house, still in use today, was built in 1653 by the Knights of Malta. The sugar mill, constructed in 1733, now serves as a venue for weddings. Former slave quarters dating back 250 years provide lodging.<p>Updated: Sat Aug 10, 2019</p> 483ad7c91fa0498a89b3ca57bdc2bb5e Laidback Luxury in Zihuatanejo, Mexico for 08/04/2019 Sun, 04 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Nicola Bridges</p> <p>Looking out at Zihuatanejo Bay through a frame of bougainvillea from our private pool is like viewing an understated Mexican Monte Carlo. Luxury boats moored in the bay lazily languish in the moist heat of the day, protected from the Pacific Ocean just visible between two headlands. But unlike the pizzazz and bustle of Monaco, Zihua (as it's affectionately known) is a laid-back piece of paradise just 120 miles south of Acapulco's high-energy nightlife and packed beaches.<p>Updated: Sun Aug 04, 2019</p> cbf745abbb83cf4f81e9ae1319c2fec2 Happening Hotels in LoDo, Denver for 08/03/2019 Sat, 03 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>By Nicola Bridges<p>Updated: Sat Aug 03, 2019</p> c37b3d7813f3e6642e47ed82c46fa8a8 Holland America Line's Nieuw Statendam: a Cruise for Music Lovers for 07/28/2019 Sun, 28 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Candyce H. Stapen</p> <p>Our after-dinner stroll on Holland America Line's Nieuw Statendam landed us in the middle of a lively indoor street bash. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Outside the Rolling Stone Rock Room several couples boogied to "A Hard Day's Night," others clapped along and more than a few junior cruisers wiggled to the familiar tune.</span> As my husband, David, and I and our cousins, Wayne and Mary Jane, sashayed along the Deck Two Music Walk we heard a throaty songstress belting out Aretha Franklin's "Respect." Pied Piperlike, we followed the powerful beat along the corridor to the next venue, B.B. King's Blues Club. <p>Updated: Sun Jul 28, 2019</p> 61b9149fcf883ff01f877a54c4bb9add Have a Blast at Huntington Beach for 07/27/2019 Sat, 27 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>By Richard Carroll<p>Updated: Sat Jul 27, 2019</p> 0b5059fb2e0522719e25d555c50c97ac There's More Than the Beach on Alabama's Gulf Coast for 07/21/2019 Sun, 21 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Victor Block</p> <p>My first thought was that I had taken a wrong turn. This couldn't be Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, perched on the Gulf Coast of Alabama. That place is known for its long stretches of magnificent sand and expanses of unspoiled nature. I was passing a line of high-rise condominium buildings that seemed to be competing for the title of most glitzy. Restaurants ranging from gourmet elegant to beach-dive casual tempted hungry passersby. <p>Updated: Sun Jul 21, 2019</p> 2d274b0dd0a7fe38bb172aed02270a7c The World's Largest Food Fight and Feeding Frenzy for 07/20/2019 Sat, 20 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p><p>Updated: Sat Jul 20, 2019</p> f67f75eee7f5f7968239f39af80acdc3 Toasting Magical Greenland for 07/14/2019 Sun, 14 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>By Sharon Whitley Larsen<p>Updated: Sun Jul 14, 2019</p> d43c807819862a4ce9054a05cba58ef3 Rafting on Idaho's 'River of No Return' for 07/13/2019 Sat, 13 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Nicola Bridges</p> <p>Trussed up in our soggy wetsuits, splash tops, life jackets and helmets, my (mature) river mates and I are daring each other to jump off a 25-foot-high rock into the freezing-cold water at the mouth of a waterfall that gushes into the rapidly running river we've been rafting for the past five days. We're too old for this craziness, but as we watch the teens on our trip scream with glee as they plunge into the waters below, the kids in us exclaim, "Let's do this!" I take the plunge. <span class="column--highlighted-text">It's exhilarating and I'm beaming as I'm hauled onto a raft like a 5-foot-4-inch flapping wet fish after popping up from the depths.</span><p>Updated: Sat Jul 13, 2019</p>