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OUT OF THE ASHES, SURVIVORS’ GHOSTLY WALK

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Bud wrote this column after his experince living through 9/11 in NYC.  It is being reprieved in honor of the 10th anniversary: New York, NY — The ghosts of New York’s Third Avenue will stay with me.It was Black Tuesday, 12 days ago, and the ghosts were easily identified: those survivors able to walk away …

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WOMAN NEEDS A FIX: NEW MEX STYLE

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SANTA FE, New Mexico — Woman needs a fix. Has to feed her habit. The habit is called eating — specifically NewMex. Once a year the craving for victuals of a Southwestern nature, injections of fiery red and green chili, overcomes my friend, Aurelio, and she takes off for the so-called “Land of Enchantment” (as …

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA ADVENTURE

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Probably I should clean my walking shoes. But the smudges of muck and salt from Lake Eyre remind me of the wondrous journey into the South Australian Outback, of unimaginable vastness and sights, and extremely friendly – if few – people encountered along the way. Besides, I knew that snow at home, Boston, would do …

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THERE’S A SMALL HOTEL — RODGERS AND HART WOULD HAVE LOVED THIS MOUNTAIN-KISSED REFUGE IN THE ITALIAN ALPS, PLUS THE FOOD

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COGNE, Italy – It’s a hideaway that makes you recall the longingly romantic lyric: “There’s a small hotel, with a wishing well. I wish…we were there together.” We have the bygone American songsmiths, Richard Rodgers and Lorenze Hart, to thank for that gem. And we have the Jeantet-Roullet family to thank for 81 years stewardship …

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AN INSPIRED RIDE THROUGH CHABLIS

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CHABLIS, France – This town tastes good. Sounds good, too, rolling along the tongue like its namesake product, the golden elixir: shah-BLEE. Or, as my friend, Stefano “Frugal” Furgal, pronounces it, “shaaahhh-blee. Because, “That’s the feeling this wine gives me – an extended, ‘Ah!’ ” He is saying, “Ah!” a lot today since the hospitable …

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A GALAXY UNTO ITSELF, L’ETOILE CONFOUNDS US

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PARIS, FRANCE – Fasten your seat belts and unfasten the cap on the Valium bottle because we’re going to be starstruck, enclosed, embroiled, trapped in l’Etoile. It sounds like a swell place, l’Etoile (the Star), but beware. It’s a nice place to visit – in a tank or armored car – but you wouldn’t want …

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BHUTAN 2001

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THIMPU, Bhutan — They look like springer spaniels on steroids, but with imposing horns: husky black-and-white yaks crowd the so-called road, abruptly eyeball-to-eyeball with the driver, Tshering, and our leader, Dr. John Constable, in the front seat as the van rounds a rock-walled curve. The van is not labeled with a bumper sticker such as …

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A COOK’S TOUR OF THE ENDEAVOUR

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Is Captain Cook receiving visitors today? Alastair Shaw, standing on the deck of Cook’s glorified (nonetheless illustrious) sailboat called the Endeavour, replies, “Sorry, you’re 222 years too late. The good captain departed this earth in 1779. Actually you’ve missed him by 232 years, since the Endeavour reached New Zealand in 1769.” …

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LIVING LIFE ON A BARGE

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SENS, France – Whenever boating is the topic, a hot flash goes through my brain in the form of a vivid oil painting, a piece about the size of Rhode Island, from the brushes of a Frenchman named Jean Louis Andre Theodore Gericault.   I saw it again recently at the Louvre, this 182-year-old canvas …

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A HOLY STAIRWAY THAT’S TOUGH ON THE KNEES AND THAT’S JUST THE START IN GAINING A PILGRIM’S GRAND SLAM DURING ROME’S JUBILEE YEAR

ROME- Amid a black cloud of habited nuns, all of us playing kneesies with a rising series of walnut planks, I wonder if a cluster of orthopedic surgeons will be at the top, offering a Jubilee Year discount on arthroscopic carving.   “It will be good for your soul,” Brother Marcelo, a Benedictine monk in …

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RAKITA: A MAN YOU CAN RELY UPON

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ALONG THE MARA RIVER, KENYA – Going . . . going . . . however, not quite gone are Rakita and his kind. Downsized, to use a word he would not recognize, but, thankfully, not yet down and out is this good-humored, fearless little guy’s self-reliant way of making a living: hunting and gathering. As …

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CURING MILLENNIUM MALAISE

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand – Is there a pill, a vaccine, an anti-inflammatory to ward off or relieve the dreaded plague called Millennium Malaise? Here it is only April, and the toll is horrific. Millions, maybe billions, infected – sick of thinking, planning, contemplating, wondering how and where to deal with distant Dec. 31. Could anyone …

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POIROT WOULD LOVE THIS TRAIN!

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CAIRNS, Queensland, Australia – Is that Hercule Poirot, the debonair detective, seated on the observation platform, mulling over clues and sipping booze – champagne, of course – as endless green waves of sugar cane are parted by the train’s engine? “Should be drinking rum, my dear,” he mutters to his stunning companion, who resembles Agatha …

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