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PASSPORT Travel News

WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO SEE AND WHAT TO DO AROuND THE WORLD by AMbER ALENT

CHAGUARAMAS, TRINIDAD

Gadgets For On the Road

Explore the local side of this Caribbean island

Techstars to streamline your travel SAMSuNG GALAxy Note 4, Reimagined S Pen, a 5.7-inch quad HD Super AMOLED screen, fast charging and 16MP rear-facing camera and Smart Optical Image Stabilizer, samsung.com

CAbLEkEEPS combine charger and cable into one neat, stylish and tidy package. Come in 3 designs and 6 colors - Goldie for iPhone, Nibbles for iPad, and Gulp for iPad international. Each sells for $13. Goldie Plus (For non-Apple products ) combines a Goldie Cablekeep with a 5W charger and optional Micro uSb cable. $29.99 with cable, $24.99 without. nicebydesign.com

GASPAREE CAVES

COURTESY MAGELLANS; NICEBYDESIGN; CABLEKEEPS; TOM REEVES

MAGELLAN'S Ridged Aluminum Wallet, keeps the data chips in your personal cards (up to 12 cards) safe with RFIDblocking materials, $29.50, magellans.com

PARIS FOR GOURMANDS

The author of Dining Out in Paris What you Need to know before you Get to the City of Light, Tom Reeves talks to CSL about how to find the best places to eat in France’s capital

THE CSL GREEN TICkER

>> When locals talk about going down the islands they mean the bocas Islands west of the capital Port of Spain and accessible only by boat. One of the most visited is Gaspar island home to limestone caves, including the blue Grotto with a bright blue tidal pool and eerie stalactite and stalagmite formations. >> For breathtaking views of bocas del Dragon, the strait between Trinidad and Venezuela, head to the verandah of the recreational facility on Gaspar Island.

MACquERIPE TRAIL AND bAMbOO CATHEDRAL >> begin at Macqueripe Road in Tucker Valley Chaguaramas where century’s old bamboo whistle mysteriously and bend inward to form enclosed archways. be sure to listen for howler monkeys that frequent the area. >> The 2.5 kilometer trail from the Chagaramas Golf Course to Macqueripe beach provides stunning views of jungle, valleys, and ocean. Look out for exotic birds and WWII remains from American Armed Forces. At Macqueripe beach don’t miss the opportunity to zip line.

As a 20 year veteran of Paris how do you find new and interesting places to eat? There are three ways that my wife and I learn about new and interesting places to eat: recommendations by word of mouth; restaurants that we spot while strolling around the city; and The Fork, a restaurant reservation service. Is there a litmus test dish that you use in Paris (for example, the chef 's cassoulet alone wil l tell you the quality of the restaurant)? We don’t use dishes as litmus tests. We do, however, note how a restaurant prepares a particular dish compared to how other restaurants prepare it. For example, we enjoy noting the way different restaurants prepare velouté de potiron (pumpkin soup), blanquette de veau (veal stew), and pain perdu (French toast, which is served as dessert).

Travel by bike, kayak, or sailboat or other non-fossil fuel transportation methods./ Consider a home stay to soak up local culture.

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