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May 08, 2017

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Hi all, and welcome to Talk About Travel. In Sunday's Travel section, we toured South Carolina's Congaree National Park, "the Redwoods of the East," by canoe. If you have a favorite canoeing destination -- with or without Spanish moss and falling snakes -- tell us about it below. Most compelling answer gets a Cabeau Evo Microbead neck support. On to your questions! 

Enjoyed the article on the transformation of old buildings into hotels. My grandmother worked at an Armstrong factory in Lancaster, PA - I wonder if it was the one in the slide show? She died a few years ago so I can't ask her, but maybe my mom will remember.

Glad you enjoyed the piece! Chatters who missed it can read it here

Turning old seminaries, convents, and monasteries into hotels is very logical, since the bones of a hotel are already there. A department store must be much more difficult! Lots of converted church buildings have become hotels in the Americas. I have stayed at two lovely ones - the former Santa Clara convent in Cartagena (now a Sofitel - in the late 90s when I stayed there, I don't think it was part of a chain) and the Hotel Monasterio in Cuzco. Really lovely, atmospheric places.

We may need to follow up with an international version of the story!

A friend and I will be visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY in early September. Have any chatters visited there? Thanks. 

Chatters, any insider Baseball Hall of Fame tips?

I'm going to be on one of the flights into the US where electronics can't be carried on the plane and must be placed in checked baggage. I will be connecting onto that flight in Doha. Do you all know whether I'll be able to access my bags between flights while going through customs in Doha (collecting and then rechecking the bags like we do in the US) or will I need to place my electronics in my checked bag at my origin? I.e., can I keep my iPad with my on my first flight and stash it in my bag for my connection back to the US?

There's an excellent roundup of the in-flight restrictions in this story. Typically, when you go through customs, you have to take all of your bags with you to make any declarations. So you would probably have access to your bags then. The ban applies to the points of departure.

First time I've seen this site which kayak is recommending. Im trying to get a flight from JFK-CHQ and the only decent price is through "kiwi.com. Any suggestions?

I'm not personally familiar with Kiwi.com, but this is the  description from its Web site: Kiwi.com, formerly known as Skypicker, is an online travel agency with groundbreaking Virtual Interlining technology and a focus on exceptional customer service. Our unique flight search algorithm allows our customers to combine flights from airlines who do not normally collaborate onto a single itinerary, often resulting in significant savings.

I'm not a huge fan of third-party booking sites, especially those that piece together flights from different airlines,  as I've seen too much finger pointing when things go awry. But they do often offer substantial savings. 

Hi Crew - I have a work trip to Chicago that I can extend for a three day weekend and as much as I love that town, I have been there many times. So I am looking for suggestions for places within a 3 hour drive where two adults can spend a couple of nights with some outdoors activities, good eats, and options for nice accommodations. Are the Wisconsin Dells an option? Other thoughts? Thx!

I have never been to the Dells, but I believe it is best for people who love water parks. If that's not you, I would consider Madison, Lake Geneva or Monroe, Wisc. Monroe, for one, has the National Historic Cheesemaking Center and lots of breweries. For Dutch heritage by way of Michigan, check out Holland, which of course has a tulip garden. Indianapolis, about three hours away, has the attractions of a big city (great museums) but the charms of a small town.

I had submitted a question early last week regarding travel to Spain, but the chat was cancelled. Is there a chance it will be answered this week, or should I resubmit it?

Resubmit, if you don't mind. Unfortunately they don't carry over from week to week.

So I couldn't figure out a way to extend my work trip to Vancouver, so all I have is a late afternoon/evening after a flight and the following morning to check out the city before the meetings and the subsequent flight back. This is my first time going, but hopefully not the last (my family wants to ski there eventually). I'm thinking Stanley Park and Granville Island/Market; am I missing anything? I'm having difficulty searching the Post for other Vancouver options, so food/drink suggestions would be nice too!

I had an afternoon in Vancouver and went to Stanley Park and Gastown and explored the waterfront. I wish I had made it to Granville Island; it was on my list, as well. I think you have the perfect itinerary for a short visit.

For food, here is a recent Travel piece about restaurants in Chinatown.

There was an article published on NPR today discussing the recent PR nightmares all the legacy carriers have had, potentially pushing them to begin offering a better soft product and customer service. Do you believe in the near future we will see a better product from the point of view of the consumer and maybe potentially at some point have planes configured where we aren't crammed like cattle? Or are we forever doomed...

Here's the story you're referring to. While it's true that airlines are on their best behavior now, I don't believe for a moment that this will cause any long-term changes. Bad service is part of the legacy carriers' corporate DNA, and I'm afraid the only solution is to regulate customer service. That means the government tells airlines how much personal space they must offer their passengers, how to advertise their tickets, how to compensate delayed passengers. I hope I'm wrong about that.

I'll be in Florence for a week next month and need to be able to run. Can you or the chatters point me towards any running groups that don't mind tourists joining? Or running stores that may have a running group? Thanks!

Have you looked at a Web site called The Florentine? Its targeted toward the English-speaking community in Florence and has articles about running groups. Any chatters have any other suggestions? 

My daughter and I stayed in such a hotel in Prague. It was a left over from the Communist era (possibly offices) and wasn't glamorous or elegant. However, we were out doing tourist activities most of the days and used the hotel for sleeping and breakfast.

Another one for our re-purposed hotels list, international edition.

Chatters share their favorite canoeing destinations:

My favorite place to canoe is the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) in Northern Minnesota. No motorized vehicles are allowed and you can totally disengage from technology as you paddle along to your next campsite. You carry all your gear with you and portage from lake to lake. The wildlife and scenery are amazing. There is nothing like floating near a moose and realizing how tall they really are 'in real life.'

Lower Lake at Mount Holyoke... but only during canoe sing. It's a fabulous tradition the night before commencement, complete with a ridiculous goose!

Went with a friend once on the Concord River (starting in Lexington). A lot of it was just lovely, summer river paddling. Waved to some people in their back yards. Picked some leaves from a grape arbor to stuff for dinner that night. And then there was paddling through Concord itself and under the Old North Bridge on the site of the Battle of Lexington and Concord and the "shot heard round the world." Filled with tourists and quite crowded. We had by far the better view.

I was the Travel Chat winner two weeks ago and wanted to say thank you for the awesome Moon guide to California and Las Vegas! I've been wanting to go back to see friends who recently moved and this guide is the perfect way to start planning.

You're very welcome -- let's hear it for serendipity!

Today's code is TT5056. It expires at midnight, so be sure to enter it on Monday to get credit for participating.

My wife and I are hoping to go to Costa Rica for a week next January. She's been before, but only on a church work trip, and I've never been. Can you recommend a good guidebook and some tips on things to do and see that don't involve a great deal of walking? Thanks!

Have you figured out how you are going to get around? Or do you want to go to one resort and stay put? Lots of different ways to see Costa Rica. If you're doing a beach vacation, best to fly into Liberia and then head to the Pacific side. If you want to see the entire country, you may want to do a tour. Lots of companies offer Costa Rica tours at many different price points, including Caravan, Gate 1, Trafalgar and Globus. As for guidebooks, I'd start with the country's tourism site

Help! While our girls (mid twenties) are still interested in vacationing with their parents, I need to come up with somewhere to go soon – July! Our criteria are – warm calm water on a beach with something more to do than just beach. My husband is not an all day beach person and one daughter burns easily; so a few days of that is plenty, but desired. Florida seems to only have golf as something more to do (and we’re not golfers). An island would be nice but we only have one week and I’m told most are too far to go by cruise ship out of Baltimore. To fly directly to an island would be nice but they all seem to only have beach. Puerto Rico seems enticing with highlights of a rainforest, volcanic mt and historic Old San Juan to walk around. Please give me some pros and cons for there. Any other places to suggest would be greatly welcomed. From, a harried mom !

If you're not against cruising, have you considered flying to a Florida port and then taking a cruise to Caribbean from there? Cruise ships offer a plethora of things to do. You won't be bored, but works best for joiners who like people. PR would also be a good choice, as it does have sites and activities that don't involve the beach. Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula has jungle tours and Mayan ruins. Costa Rica is also a favorite destination for those who like activity. 

Hi! It's been 3 yrs since I've traveled to Europe -- now both my debit card and main credit card (both issued by Cap One) are chip cards, but it seems I keep seeing/hearing strange horror stories of these types of cards somehow being incompatible with the European system and not working properly there. Tips, hints, advice? As of right now I don't plan to have more than 10 Euro along with me in cash. :) (Relatives meeting me at airport - yay!)

I have not had any issues with my chip card abroad (I too am a Cap One customer). But Rick Steves has some great advice on using your card in Europe and warns of potential hassles.

Can I bring an Epipen in my pocketbook? If so does it need to be in packaging with my name on it? Also how about meds in tablet form...can they be in pillbox or do I need to bring in checked baggage?

You may bring an Epipen onboard, according to the Transportation Security Administration. Generally, you can bring your pills on the plane, too. Here are a few specifics.

In the land of repurposed buildings: El Convento in Old San Juan. As the name impies, it was once a convent.

One more for the list!

Go early and don't pay to get your miniature bat engraved- it's not worth it. If you can arrange for a baseball great to die just before you visit seeing the place decked out in their memory is pretty cool.

Great advice! Thanks!

When I was there years ago, I purchased my ticket late in the day and was able to use it the next day too. I'm not sure when the afternoon cutoff is for use the next day.

Sadly, they don't offer that perk anymore. So best to arrive early in the day!

Heading to Nashville for the first time for four days over memorial day weekend (no kids). Any quick tips?

Catch a show at the Grand Ole Opry. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame (give yourself lots of time). Go to Bluebird Cafe to see the songwriters-in-the round series. Pop into Station Inn for live bluegrass. Get biscuits at the Loveless Motel and Cafe, fried chicken at Arnold’s Country Kitchen and dinner at Husk.

Here are some other tips from Callie Khouri, creator of the show, "Nashville."

My husband and I are celebrating our 45th anniversary this year and are taking a trip to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. We are interested in visiting not only Niagara Falls but any other areas of interest while there. Please highlight any significant areas of interest.

I'd start by scanning the area's tourism Web site. It's been years since I've been there, but I enjoyed the Botanical Gardens

I'm going on a two-week tour to Hawaii with Road Scholar in October and am considering trip insurance to cover the tour and transportation costs. Are there any guides that compare trip insurance companies' coverage and costs. If there are no such guides, which firms can you recommend?

These three Web sites compare travel insurance policies: QuoteWright, SquareMouth and InsureMyTrip

Apparently you can take your bike on a Lufthansa flight without putting it in a box. It would be your checked luggage. I am wondering, though, how it gets inspected. It seems like it would be risky (to the bike) to send it on the conveyer belt through the x-ray machine. Does anyone know? Thanks!

You don't have to box it but I would suggest you do, for its own protection. The airlines don't use the same machines for checked bags as they do for carry-on. The inspections take place behind the scenes. You just have to bring your bike to the checked bag drop-off area.

What's the deal with food on the plane? I was going to take snacks for the trip (WBI to Frankfurt via Iceland) but would they throw out any food that's in my luggage when I get to Iceland? Germany?

Depends what food items you plan on taking along. If it's packaged, you should be fine. Fresh produce, dairy or meat may be an issue. 

I will be flying from Denver to Frankfurt via Seattle. Originally I had a good 2 hours in Seattle, now the itinerary is being changed and they're offering a connection with just over an hour. Will that be enough or should I try for more time?

It is impossible to say. Yes, if your flight is on time and the connecting gate is nearby. No, if it is delayed and the gate is far, far away. If you miss the Frankfurt leg, the airline is responsible for putting you on the next available flight, but that could be hours or even a day later. You might want to contact the airline and see if they can offer you more time between flights.

hello, my partner travels a lot for work and can have an unpredictable schedule, even once we've confirmed vacation time. I normally insist we use travel insurance, just in case his availability changes, so we can adjust (sometimes cancel) reservations without too much headache. On a recent trip, I fell ill and needed to be hospitalized. We had trip insurance but I am unclear if we submit the claim to the trip insurance company or our through regular medical coverage. Any tips? I have copies of the receipt and also took photos of every form i signed. Thanks!

Submit through your travel insurance. The company's Web site should have detailed instructions on how to do this. 

First a house, then railroad offices now a hotel with a fabulously invented backstory. Well worth a detour!

And one for a domestic follow-up as well!

Are there travel companies that specialize in affordable walking and hiking vacations? Some of the well-known companies out there are pricier than I can afford.

Hello! The State Department website says that if you are flying to/from Canada, parents and kids need passports. However, if you are driving, the parents need passports, but the kids just need to have proof of citizenship (i.e., birth certificate). Has anyone actually done this? We are not international travelers, and I don't want to spend a bunch of money for passports for three kids under 5...but I also don't want to get up to the border and find that we should have had a passport for them! I guess I just want reassurance that we can trust the information on the website... Thank you!

It's true, if your children are under 16 you only need to provide proof of citizenship, according to the State Department. But this is one place where I would not cut corners. If you can afford a passport, I would consider applying for one. You may decide to travel outside the country later. You're also buying peace of mind. You wouldn't want a U.S. Customs or CBSA agent to insist on seeing a passport, even though none is required.

Is it possible? My flight to Iceland leaves BWI at 6:30 and lands there at 5:00AM, finally getting to Frankfurt at 11:30 PM, so I figure my best shot for sleep is in the few hours of dark that I have. Any tips?

Remember, 5 a.m. in Iceland will be 1 .am. here, so you're landing in the middle of the night. If you are intent on getting as much shut-eye on plane as possible, get a window seat, eat before you go, put on your eye shield and noise-cancelling earphones with soothing music, and give sleep a chance. But I wouldn't count on getting a lot of zzzzzs. 

I also just had a Navigator column on how to sleep on planes. Might be helpful.

In the recent Congressional hearings, the blame for all the oversold flight problems was placed on the passengers. Just after that, American Airlines announced that they were going to move seats even closer together and reduce/remove toilets. If this is airlines on their best behavior, I shudder to see their worst.

I can't believe American had the audacity to do that right after the hearings. I hope they didn't plan the news to coincide with the hearings. But guess what? They're probably going to get away with it.

As someone who travels a fair bit for work, I fly Southwest if they go anywhere near my destination. They're relatively inexpensive and the staff all seem to actually, ya know, want to be there! They're helpful and friendly - who'd-a-thunk? And their flights generally run on time. Of course, I fly out of BWI, one of their hubs, so that helps.

Southwest's policies are pretty customer-friendly, compared with the legacy carriers. I can understand why you would be loyal to the airline.

My friends go every year to theater at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown. I believe it is repertory theater. I have not been but they go every year.

Thanks for the suggestion.

The Baseball Hall of Fame is pretty cool. As a casual baseball fan I enjoyed the exhibits, the actual Hall with all of the members monuments and it has a really comprehensive gift shop. The museum is right in the center of a cute downtown not far from a lakeside park, with baseball memorabilia shops everywhere and a baseball field that still host kids games. If you are into beer, there are several breweries in the area, most notably the Ommegang brewery. That's a little further out than the downtown area.

Thanks for the tips!

St. Ermin's Hotel, not too far from Victoria Station in London, was a monastery. We really enjoyed our stay in the original section (it expanded into adjacent buildings with less interesting views). Just checked and it's become a Marriott property. It was part of a different group when we were there, but is still getting good reviews.

Thanks!

Starved Rock is apparently a very popular destination west of Chicago. Downstate there's Springfield. Whenever we travel we check out state parks which are good for hiking, historical stuff. The person didn't say when he would be in Chicago.

Thanks! And, sorry, Mr. Lincoln. I forgot about Springfield.

We are heading to Ireland (flying into Dublin) next week and will have a rental car. We have done the Cliffs of Moher and the Giant's causeway before. Any other touristy suggestions?

Not sure whether you want to stay close to Dublin. If you want to go farther afield, head to the Dingle Peninsula, about four hours southwest of Dublin. Chatters have favorite spots in Ireland? 

Through an unfortunate turn of events, I've ended up with about $340 in Spirit Airlines vouchers. Any chance you could advise me on where to go, if I should go anywhere? I hate to waste the money, but I also don't want to throw good money after bad in a misguided effort to spend the vouchers, and I'm initially a little underwhelmed by my options from EWR. Ideally, I'd like to make an interesting weekend trip where I'm not required to spend too much more on lodging/transportation/sites, etc. of interest. Thanks!

The Florida destinations will be cheaper now that the weather is getting hotter. And the beach is free! But if it were up to me, I would go even farther south -- to Cartagena, Bogota or Lima. Lodging and food are very reasonable in Colombia and Peru.

A lovely dinner venue in Stanley Park is the TeaHouse (not touristy, reasonably priced dining with great service). Cozy historic building with limited seating and beautiful garden/water views nearby. For shopping, Gastown has a good variety of local merchants for home items and clothing. The bar at the PanPacific Hotel is good for a harbor view and small plates.

Thanks for the Vancouver tips.

Milwaukee can keep you entertained for a few days, and it's just a bit over an hour away.

Great idea! Thanks!

We haven't had a problem since getting the Chase Sapphire card. Used in UK, Ireland, Spain, and Portugal. It is chip and sign, not chip and PIN; but everywhere just gave us a receipt to sign with no issues.

Good to know. And that card has great travel benefits!

I just want to second the recommendation for the Yucatan peninsula. If you go to Playa del Carmen, in addition to the standard beach/spa activities, you can go see the ruins at Tulum and Chichen Itza (Chichen Itza is a day trip) and also go to the nature preserve at Xicaret. Be warned though - it will be truly HOT.

That's why I always advise taking a cab early in the morning to the ruins rather than going with a tour bus later in day. You beat the heat of the day and the crowds. 

I'll be traveling to Prague in three weeks and am interested in knowing if I should convert dollars before I arrive or wait until I am actually in Prague.

I think it's always nice to arrive with the country's currency, so that you don't have to waste time looking for a money changer or ATM. I suggest ordering the currency through your bank (submit your order at least a week in advance) or if you are a AAA member, order from a nearby travel center.

I am an active member of a local bicycling club. Many people use BikeFlights to ship their bicycle to their destination ahead of time. It typically costs half as much as checking it as baggage on the plane. For myself, I rented a bike in Quebec for a weekend, rather than transporting my own. For a short-duration trip, that was cheaper.

I'm with you -- I think renting is the way to go. I covered the issue of bikes on planes in a previous Navigator column. It's just getting too expensive to fly with a bike.

If you are flying Icelandair, be sure to bring lots of snacks and food: I've always been able to bring sandwiches, fruit, candy, etc. Everything other than bottled beverages but those are provided on the flight. I learned the hard way that Icelandair no longer has free meals on either leg of their transatlantic flights and now come prepared with my own picnic. There's a cool gift shop at the terminal where you can get snacks like licorice chocolate bars and cute mustard bottles but the fast food options are very limited and expensive.

You can also buy food on the plane, but not a huge selection. 

Don't forget beautiful Niagara on the Lake. Also Toronto is close by. We are in our sixties and found it difficult to be entertained by Niagara Falls for more than 24 hours.

Agreed.

Europeans are used to chip and pin credit cards, but I had no problem using my U.S. chip card that doesn't have a pin. I used it in the U.K. and Netherlands and sometimes told people, "it's chip and signature," but in most places, they could tell the moment I inserted the card that I had to sign for it and it wasn't an issue.

Comforting to know! Thanks.

Hello! I'm planning a family trip to Italy for Christmas this year. There will be 7 of us total - 5 adult kids in their twenties and our parents. Right now, our only plan is to be in Rome for Christmas and then spend the next 4-5 days exploring. I'd like to make it a mix of tourist spots and more relaxing activities, with a major emphasis on great food. Given that December is not the best time to visit in terms of weather, are there any cities or regions you'd recommend? We were thinking of heading north to find some snow, but we're open to anything!

If you've not been to Venice, I'd recommend it. The Italian Alps are also beautiful, especially if your crowd enjoys winter sports. I particularly enjoyed the Val Gardena region. Be aware that some restaurants may be closed for the holidays, so plan ahead. 

Consider going up to Niagara-on-the-Lake, on the south shore of Lake Ontario (where the Niagara River empties into it). Charming town, lovely scenery, great places to dine! Shaw Festival in season.

Thanks for the tips!

Will I need to go through customs/passport control if I only have a layover at Attaturk? I hadn't thought it would be necessary but I was scoping out coffee options and they have different floors for international arrivals and departures.

If you leave the secure area and are flying internationally, then, yes, you will have to go through customs and immigration again. If you are flying domestically, you will just have to go through security. Best to find a coffee spot post-security.

Not terribly far (about half an hour) from the Canadian side of the Falls is the picture-postcard town of Niagara on the Lake. It's a lovely place to stroll around and go to lunch, or even better, Afternoon Tea.

Another vote for Niagara-on-the-Lake. 

A few more canoeing destinations for good measure:

Through the mangroves in the bio-luminescent bay in Puerto Rico. Pitch-black, with branches that we were sure were snakes getting ready to fall on our heads as we paddled by. Literally breathtaking. I'm told that there are other bio-luminescent bays in the world-I'm going to have to add them to my bucket list.

Princeton, NJ - just south of campus and only 10 minutes from the Princeton train station, you can rent a canoe for $15-20 and spend the afternoon in one of the prettiest parts of New Jersey (it's an underrated state - that's saying something). And it's a quick and pretty walk from the Wawa, so it's very easy to pick up a classic NJ picnic before setting out on the D&R canal and Lake Carnegie. For any making college visits this summer, don't miss it!

Glendolough in Wicklow National Park is a place I recommend for the Dublin traveler. Also, we enjoyed Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland (and the Carrick-a-reed Rope Bridget nearby), which are both just a few hours drive north of Dublin. Be sure to bring British Pounds for that adventure as only the Republic of Ireland uses the Euro.

Thanks for the tips. 

Senior Tours Canada, a great Canadian company, has added rambling tours to its stable of tours. There are several in Europe. You could fly/drive to a Canadian gateway city to join the tour or fly on your own to the starting place in Europe and join the tour there.

Thanks for recommendation. 

Has some really nice wine country, too.

Thanks!

Back in the '80s, I stayed in two convents where the sisters provided hospitality to travelers as the main ministry. There were definite drawbacks, including very strict curfews. Fortunately, I'm not a night person. But the places were clean and quiet, the nuns were kind and friendly, and they were incredibly cheap. Who could ask for more?

Who indeed? That actually sounds very peaceful.

Years ago, I had to cancel a trip to Europe due to medical emergency. Virgin Atlantic gave me no grief at all. They just wanted a doctor's letter. Amazing how much I was able to get their attention with the words "brain" and "tumor" in that order with no words in between. FYI, I'm fine. It was removed safely years ago.

Glad it hear it!

There is a convenient ATM in baggage claim without too annoying a surcharge. Be cautious, however, and do not simply opt for the lowest withdrawal offered; punch in what you'll need, and have the exchange rate figured out before you do so. In my jet-lagged state last June I accidentally pulled more than $800 for a three-night stay and had to convert the remainder to Euro at a less-favorable rate.

Great tip, thanks!

If chatters have the time, the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario (just outside Hamilton). We spent two days there last time, and could've stayed even longer.

Good to know, thanks! 

Thanks- that puts a terrifying spin on my 90 minute layover before flying to Italy! Guess I should fit some sprint workouts into my gym routine :)

Hahaha -- let us know how it works out!

The last word(s) on canoeing destinations before we sign off:

The BWCA is truly wonderful, but I have to put a plug in for canoeing on Lake Itasca. There's something about canoeing on the smooth, calm surface of a lake that is the source of the Mississippi River!

About 45 years ago, friends I was visiting in the St. Louis area took a group on a day-trip to a river in Creve Coeur county, Missouri. Hot, but lovely experience.

Looks like we're out of time -- join us again next week for more Talk About Travel. Bioluminescent paddler, drop us a line at travel@washpost.com to claim your prize!

One fascinating place not too far from Dublin is New Grange, a pre-historic passage tomb. It's Ireland's answer to Stonehenge (sans monoliths). Another lovely area is Cobh on the west coast. If you have Irish ancestry, Cobh is probably where your forebears caught their last glimpse of the Emerald Isle. Cobh features a museum about the emigrant experience. Another attraction in County Cork is a monument thanking the Choctaw Tribe for its contribution ($170 in 1847) to the Irish who were starving during the Great Hunger, as the potato famine is known in Ireland. A much less touristy area is New Ross in County Wexford, the ancestral home of the Kennedys. There is park there named after JFK.

And one more for the road!

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