JUST BEAR-LY ESCAPED
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
Get away from the crowds to the other side of Seine River in Paris for beautiful clear photos of the Eiffel Tower. SUE DREW
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
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
This picture of a girl in the water was taken at Mljet, an island in Croatia.