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Anne Tyler
Nothing accidental about this tourist, abroad for the first time in 35 years

Richard Nixon was president, Charles de Gaulle Airport had just opened and People magazine had just begun. No bar codes were on products, no one had a personal computer and online booking was impossible for hotels and airlines. Travelers' checks, not plastic cards, were used when travelling. I had recently begun a job at the Maryland Center for Public Broadcasting, and my sister was a rising senior at Duke University the last time I was in Paris. That was June 1974, my last trip to my favorite city until this month. Unlike Macon Leary, Anne Tyler's main character in "The Accidental Tourist," I do not hate travel. The number of years, 35, since I have been out of the...