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The Isle of Capri tour promised spaghetti with clams — or anything you want

When my wife, Catharine, and I were traveling around Europe for six months in 1974 — back when touring Europe was literally cheaper than staying home — we took a ferry from Naples to the Isle of Capri early one sunny morning and settled into seats on deck.

On the ferry was an English-speaking tout trying to line up customers for Capri tours, approaching all the deck passengers who looked to be tourists and showing off booklets of pictures that highlighted the sights of Capri.

One of his key selling points was a restaurant lunch that featured “spaghetti with clams — or anything you want!”

This would have been forgettable except that his voice carried across the deck and by the time he reached us, we had heard him say “You can have spaghetti with clams… Continue reading

Today I received a disheartening email from the director of the Cyprus Tourism Organization office in New York City.

The CTO is permanently closing the office as an apparent money-saving measure.

Cyprus, an island nation in the Mediterranean, is closing its New York tourist office.

Cyprus, an island nation in the eastern Mediterranean, is closing its New York tourist office.

The Republic of Cyprus, like Greece and some other southern European countries, has been undergoing fiscal crisis of late, and I’m sure that keeping a New York office in operation has proved expensive.

Still, this action seems incredibly short-sighted to me.

Cyprus is one of the most alluring countries to visit in all of Europe, but I think it’s safe to say that it’s off the beaten track and overlooked by most Americans.

The island is a popular sun-and-sea escape for northern Europeans, but there’s much more to see and do there than beach life.

It has an amazing history, occupying a… Continue reading






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