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Ready for the season of lights? It’s about to begin: Stupendous displays of fall foliage followed by yuletide illuminations that’ll take you through the end of the year.

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Elizabeth Zach is a 43-year-old native of Sacramento, Calif., who has lived in Berlin for 14 years. She is a writer ( as well as director of communications for a cancer research nonprofit there.

Kerry Christiani, 34, is a native of Essex, England, who first visited Lisbon – Portugal’s capital and largest city – as a child. She is the author of the recently updated “Pocket Lisbon” (Lonely Planet, $13.99).

Jerry Bogar and his wife, Carrie, own The Veya Restaurant on the Caribbean island of Anguilla. The Bogars, both 40, moved to this British dependency from Pennsylvania 2 1/2 years ago. Jerry is the restaurant's manager and sommelier.

Ari Hiltula, 48, is owner of Taxari Travel Agency ( in Kami, Finland, and director of the Simon Wanha Pappila (Old Priest House) hotel there.

Ken Karas, originally from Long Island, N.Y., has lived in Belize about 12 years. Karas, 48, is the managing director of Belize Lodge & Excursions (

Explorer, author and wilderness educator Josh Bernstein is host of Discovery Channel's “Into the Unknown” program, shown at 10 p.m. Mondays. The 37-year-old New Yorker's episode on the vanished Chachapoya tribe of northern Peru will air in September. One of his favorite places is Cuzco, in Peru's southern mountains.

Ellen Hoffman divides her time between metro Washington and Mendoza, Argentina, due west of Buenos Aires and near the Chilean border. In Mendoza, Hoffman, who is in her 60s, owns an inn with her partner, Riccardo; last year she started Amazing Mendoza (www.amazingmendo

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John Bordsen
John Bordsen is the Travel Editor for The Charlotte Observer.