JUST BEAR-LY ES­CAPED

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - YOUR VIEW -

When walk­ing out from see­ing the bears in Wrangell, Alaska, at the Anan Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary, we rounded the bend on the nar­row path and came face-to-face with a large male black bear, his brother be­hind him. We’d been to the view­ing plat­form over the stream filled with salmon to watch bears do­ing paw leaps into the fast-flow­ing wa­ter to pounce on the fish, while the ranger had watched over us as we were close enough to touch the mothers and their cubs.

When we met the bear on the nar­row path out, the ranger told us to slowly turn around and start walk­ing back­wards while he reached for his gi­ant can of bear spray. For­tu­nately, the bear didn’t much like the look of us ei­ther and saun­tered off the track up the slope to join his brother. Highly rec­om­mended, don’t miss it! DE­SIREE WADMAN

VASA BIG SHIP!

I just read your ar­ti­cle about what to do in Stock­holm (Escape Liner Notes, Sept 30). I am a Swede and took my part­ner to Vasa Mu­seum and he was ab­so­lutely amazed. In the mu­seum is a ship, the Vasa, that was built and was too heavy – so it sank in 1628. YVONNE LINDQUIST

SEINE(S)ABLE AD­VICE

Get away from the crowds to the other side of Seine River in Paris for beau­ti­ful clear pho­tos of the Eif­fel Tower. SUE DREW

RECHARGE YOUR­SELF

My “recharg­ing sta­tion” is a must for ev­ery trip. Sev­eral years ago on a work­ing trip I be­grudg­ingly packed a power board to use with my Europe plug so I could recharge all my tech de­vices. What a god­send! And eas­ily left be­hind if space is needed for spe­cial pur­chases like new shoes. GABRIELE TAY­LOR

PAY­ING TRIB­UTE

We re­cently had the priv­i­lege to visit the Somme and Fromelles bat­tle­fields, and at­tend the Last Post Cer­e­mony at Menin Gate in Ypres, Bel­gium. This cer­e­mony, which draws a large crowd, has taken place at 8pm ev­ery evening since 1928. The bu­glers are vol­un­teers from the lo­cal fire bri­gade.

I’d learned of a rel­a­tive who was killed near Tyne Cot and whose name is in­scribed at Menin Gate. We wanted to pay trib­ute to him. What I wish we had known is that prior to our travel to Europe we could have ap­plied to lay a wreath at the cer­e­mony. I have since learned that web­site last­post.be has in­for­ma­tion about cer­e­monies and par­tic­i­pa­tion, in­clud­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion form for those wish­ing to lay a wreath. JENNY WIL­LOUGHBY

PEN­CIL IT IN

By buy­ing sev­eral large pen­cil cases I no longer have to rake through our suit­cases for the ev­ery­day essentials. Undies, socks and sin­glets can be in­serted flat into the pen­cil cases and popped on top of clothes so when you open your bag they are right on top.

This is a cheap, stress-free and ef­fec­tive way to or­gan­ise the basics when trav­el­ling. I came up with this idea af­ter pric­ing or­gan­is­ing packs which were ex­pen­sive. KAREN KING

PIC­TURE: LIN­DEN ROSIER/ @LINDRAGON_R

This pic­ture of a girl in the wa­ter was taken at Ml­jet, an is­land in Croa­tia.

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