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August 2016 TPMDear Reader,

This month’s Travel Post starts out in a place where you can have three freshly-prepared meals, rich cultural experiences, and plenty of photo opportunities — all in one day and all for $5.

Long airport security lines are a headache for travelers. Our writer tells us how to pass through airports more easily by getting TSA PreCheck status.

Rome doesn’t have any trouble attracting visitors. So finding somewhere to stay — particularly if you don’t have a lot of time or money to spend — can be an issue. Our writer found Albergo Cesari to be the perfect answer: centrally located and inexpensive but with an element of luxury.

Mountainside Café in Falls Village, Connecticut, serves locally-sourced food in a “comfortably casual” environment. The café also has a more serious mission.

What sets Cliffhanger in Lynnwood, Washington, apart from other sports bars and restaurants? “The large number of pull tabs.” (And, for non-gamblers, the fact that the kitchen is open until 1 a.m.)

Read these stories — and see the great photos that go with them — below.
Safe travels,

Janette Jones
Editor, Travel Post Monthly

 This Month …

  • Vietnam Cheap Eats: Fill Your Stomach (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner), Your Senses, and Your Camera — All for $5 Total Cost (8/1/2016) - The meals are interchangeable between breakfast, lunch, and dinner. These are usually small places (10 to 15 chairs) specializing in one or two dishes. Often no menu is provided. Expect low tables, plastic chairs, and elbow to elbow eating. If it’s busy (a good sign), have patience, they’ll find room for you. Only the Nem Nuong restaurants tend to be larger in size.
  • TSA and KTN: The New Buzzwords in Travel (8/1/2016) - With cheaper airline fares rivaling those of 2009, more people are flying this summer. It is projected that there will be over 700 million passengers departing from U.S. airports by the end of the year. (And it may seem that they are all at the terminal the same day as you!)
  • Albergo Cesari: The Best Hotel for a One-Night Stay in the Eternal City (8/1/2016) - The Albergo Cesari is a three-star, family-owned hotel located at 89/A Via di Pietra. It’s within easy walking distance of the shopping district, the Parthenon, and the Trevi Fountain.
  • The Mission of Mountainside Café (8/1/2016) - In addition to serving its customers outrageously good fare, Mountainside Café serves another mission. As an integral part of Mountainside Treatment Center (a drug and alcohol rehab center located in Canaan, Connecticut), the café draws much of its staff from the Center’s extended care clients. While serving its customers, Mountainside Café is, as well, serving its staff. The goal, says a Center spokesman, “is not to turn out bus boys, servers, and dishwashers,” but instead “to help people transition back to sobriety in a work environment.”
  • Cliffhanger, Lynnwood’s Late Night Place of Plenty (8/1/2016) - Seems like Lynnwood rolls up the carpet at 10:00 p.m. By then most of the good eating places are closed. Even Cliffhanger’s restaurant lobby is closed, but the good news is the kitchen is open until 1:00 a.m. They serve their full menu of homemade dishes -- yes, even their signature $5.99 breakfast is available. So if you’re hungry, you’re in luck, and you don’t have to put up with cafeteria food from Applebee’s, Sheri’s, or Denny’s.