By Kenneth Paul Mink PARIS -- This summer I joined thousands of people for a Viking river cruise in Europe. What I discovered was that the trip was truly mislabeled.  It should have been billed as a “Viking River/Bus Tour.” I had the impression my wife and I and 159 others  who signed up for the “City of Lights Tour – Paris to Luxembourg to  Heidelberg to Prague and back to Paris” – would be spending most of our time on the cruise boat on three major rivers. I had not counted o...

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By Ken Mink and regional web sites BOONE, N. C. –“How much do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Famed poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote those words more than 150 years ago. Had she lived in the High Country of Western North Carolina she would have been hard-pressed to keep her list short enough to fit into a …