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5. The Best of the Outdoors

Reid Bramblett FrommerMedia ePub

More than 215 miles of trails exist within the 9,200-plus acres that make Fairmount Park the world’s largest landscaped city park (for comparison: NYC’s Central Park is a mere 843 acres). This 18 to 22-mile route explores areas easiest accessed from Center City, via trails that are paved or gravel-covered, beginner-friendly, and bucolic. START: Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row, behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

 

Lloyd Hall. This community boathouse has a bike-rental shack operated by Wheel Fun Rentals that’s open whenever it’s sunny and over 55ºF. ¼ hr. 1 Boathouse Row. 215/232-7778. www.wheelfunrentals.com. Rentals from $10/hr.; $32/day. 9am–sunset (10am Sept–Oct and on weekdays in Apr and May). Nov–Mar weekends only, 10am–sunset (see “Bike Rentals” on Go to page for other options, including winter weekdays).

Boathouse Row. You’ll quickly whiz by these 10 Victorianera crew-team clubhouses, so take some time to peep inside; note no. 13, Undine Barge Club, designed by Frank Furness (1839–1912); and perhaps see a college or high school athlete preparing to go sculling. 10 min.

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13. Dave Wilson

John R. Erickson University of North Texas Press PDF

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Through Time and the Valley

less prairie blazing white in the afternoon sun. For hours we hardly spoke a word. Even if we'd had the energy to talk, which we didn't, our conversation would have returned to the heat, the sand, the cursed flies, the stillness and desolation that lay all around ussubjects which didn't need discussing. And so we bobbed along, trying to occupy ourselves with other thoughts.

Slumping in the saddle, I gazed off to the north where the prairie suddenly gave way to the caprock that rose two hundred feet into the air, forming sheer rock walls and deep canyons. That was Dave Wilson's country. With nothing better to do, I tried to remember all the tales I had heard about Dave Wilson.

Down on the river, when the conversation turns to roping, it either begins or ends with Dave Wilson, one of the best ropers the country ever produced. In his youth, Dave used to drive cattle from

New Mexico to the Wilson ranch north of the river, a distance of several hundred miles. To pass the long hours in the saddle, he would practice heeling, throwing one loop after another, hour after hour, day after day, until he could hit just about anything he threw at. In his hands a rope became more than a piece of line; it was a specialized tool with which he could perform a number of jobs. For some jobs he threw for the head, for others the horns, heels, or forefoot. He always rode a good roping horse, and the first thing he did when he mounted up was to make a big loop in his rope and lay it over the saddlehorn.

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North Shore

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

North Shore

NORTH VANCOUVER | WEST VANCOUVER

For more detail of this area see Neigbourhood Map»

Inching gingerly, with ever-increasing jelly legs, over the Capilano Suspension Bridge, especially early or late in the day when few others are around.

Skiing or snowboarding at Grouse Mountain, particularly on a floodlit winter evening.

Sliding across the glassy, mountain-shadowed waters of Deep Cove in a kayak.

Careening down the North Shore mountain-bike trails on an Endless Biking tour.

Stuffing your face with a bulging Skookum Chief burger at Tomahawk Restaurant.

The North Shore area comprises North Vancouver and West Vancouver. Most visitors arrive here from downtown via the SeaBus ferry from Waterfront Station. You’ll have an easy couple of hours of on-foot exploration straight off the boat: the Lonsdale Quay Public Market is just a few steps from the dock, and the waterfront on the market’s eastern side has been reclaimed from its grungy shipyard past and now sports pleasant shoreline boardwalks. You’ll also be well situated at the bottom of Lonsdale Ave, North Van’s main thoroughfare. The avenue has loads of restaurants for when you get peckish: there are several at the waterfront end and more as you head up towards the mountains. Keep in mind this street is quite steep.

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Shopping

Blair Howard Hunter Publishing ePub

There are four main shopping areas in Bermuda: the City of Hamilton,  St. George's, SomersetVillageand the Royal Naval Dockyard. Most of them have been covered in the section on sightseeing. Despite the small size of the island, you won't be disapointed by the high number of sophisticated, multi-story department stores, specialty shops, gift stores, jewelry outlets and perfumeries on the main streets and waterfronts of all four areas, not to mention the hidden shops tucked away all around the islands.

Service in retail stores is, for the most part, helpful and courteous. Sometimes, however, the pressures of the tourist industry will overcome even the most patient of service personnel, who tire toward the end of the day and whose tempers can become a little ragged. This doesn't happen often, but if it does, just smile and pass right along. There's always another store just down the road.

The best bargains in Bermuda are goods imported from Europe. Such items as Italian, German, English and French knitwear can often be purchased at prices far below those in the United States. Watches (Rolex, Omega, Patek Philippe), jewelry, French perfumes, Icelandic woolen goods, and fine china can be 50% cheaper than at home.

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Top Sights - Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

From the outside, this humble hermitage gives no hint of the splendour that lies within. But make no mistake, this small church ranks alongside Madrid’s finest art galleries on the list of must-sees for art lovers. Recently restored and also known as the Panteón de Goya, this chapel has frescoed ceilings painted by Goya in 1798 on the request of Carlos IV. As such, it’s one of the few places where you can see Goya masterworks in their original setting.

* Metro Go to Príncipe Pío station (lines 6 and 10). The Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida is the southern of two chapels, a 500m walk northwest along the Paseo de la Florida.

GOOGLE MAP
% 91 542 07 22 ; www.sanantoniodelaflorida.es ; Glorieta de San Antonio de la Florida 5 ; h 10am-8pm Tue-Sun, hours vary Jul & Aug ; m Príncipe Pío

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12 Sultry Shores: Exotic Lands

Pepper Schwartz FrommerMedia ePub

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Sultry Shores: Exotic Lands

Beyond the time you’ll spend lolling on the gorgeous sands, a trip to Bali, Tahiti, the Maldive Islands, and Thailand will introduce you—and your very significant other—to cultures where having “me” (and “us”) time is considered essential to a well-rounded life. It seems to us that no Puritan work ethic pushes the people here to toil all day. Instead, locals seem to be raised with the understanding that meditation and contemplation are important practices; that spending time with the one (or ones) you love is more important than climbing the career ladder. So relax and spend all afternoon gazing into one another’s eyes. In these places, that’s considered a very appropriate way to spend the day.

Bali

Peace, Passion, Perfection

Bali is one of the world’s great romance capitals, with white-sand beaches, crystalline waters, electric green rice paddies, and lush jungles. Before that passion-perfect background, romance really comes down to something very simple—exquisite attention to detail.

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Yeats’ Country

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

County Sligo’s lush hills, ancient monuments and simple country life inspired Nobel laureate, poet and dramatist William Butler Yeats (1865–1939) from an early age. Despite living almost all his life abroad, Yeats returned here frequently, enamoured by the lakes, the looming hulk of Benbulben and the idyllic pastoral setting.

Sligo is littered with prehistoric monuments and has a rich tradition of myth and folklore, all of which influenced Yeats and his work. You can tour the locations that inspired him, from the waterfall in Glencar referred to in ‘The Stolen Child’, to picturesque Innisfree Island and rugged Dooney Rock.

Yeats’ great legacy is celebrated with 10 days of Irish poetry, music, literature and festivals during the 'Tread Softly' portion of the 'Season of Yeats' festival held in Sligo each year, while you can get a sense of his life and work at exhibits devoted to him in Sligo town.

Top Stops

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Highseas

Thayer, Robert Down East Books ePub

The beautiful mansion has a tragic and romantic history.

Highseas is the only

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Egyptian Museum

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

One of the world’s most important collections of ancient artefacts, the Egyptian Museum takes pride of place in Downtown Cairo, on the north side of Midan Tahrir. Inside the great domed, pinkish building, the glittering treasures of Tutankhamun and other great pharaohs lie alongside the grave goods, mummies, jewellery, eating bowls and toys of Egyptians whose names are lost to history. To walk around the museum is to embark on an adventure through time.

This is in part due to the museum structure itself. There’s nary an interactive touch screen to be found; in fact many of the smaller items are in the same vitrines in which they were first placed when the museum opened in 1902. The lighting is so poor in some halls that by late afternoon you have to squint to make out details and read the words on the cryptic, typed display cards placed on a few key items.

In this way, the Egyptian Museum documents not just the time of the pharaohs, but also the history of Egyptology. Some display cards have turned obsolete as new discoveries have busted old theories. And the collection rapidly outgrew its sensible layout, as, for instance, Tutankhamun’s enormous trove and the tomb contents of Tanis were both unearthed after the museum opened, and then had to be shoehorned into the space. Now more than 100,000 objects are wedged into about 15,000 sq metres.

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ANIMAL LIFE

Vivien Lougheed Hunter Publishing ePub

Belize City

Vivien Lougheed

HUNTER PUBLISHING, INC,

 

michael@hunterpublishing.com

  

 

 

2012 Hunter Publishing, Inc.

 

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form, or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the written permission of the publisher.

This guide focuses on recreational activities. As all such activities contain elements of risk, the publisher, author, affiliated individuals and companies disclaim responsibility for any injury, harm, or illness that may occur to anyone through, or by use of, the information in this book. Every effort was made to insure the accuracy of information in this book, but the publisher and author do not assume, and hereby disclaim, liability for any loss or damage caused by errors, omissions, misleading information or potential travel problems caused by this guide, even if such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident or any other cause.

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Kyiv

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Kyiv

044 / pop 2.9 million

In the beginning there was Kyiv. Long before Ukraine and Russia came into being, its inhabitants had already been striding up and down the green hills, idling hot afternoons away on the Dnipro River and promenading along Kreshchatyk – then a stream, now the main avenue. From here, East Slavic civilisation spread all the way to Alaska.

But thanks to its many reincarnations, there are few signs of ageing on Kyiv’s face. Wearing its latest national capital’s hat, it reveals itself as a young and humorous gentleman, elegant on the eating/drinking front, but prone to kitsch when it comes to urban development.

It has a fair few must-sees, mostly related to the glorious Kyivan Rus past, as well as both charming and disturbingly eclectic architecture. But its main asset is the residents – a merry, tongue-in-cheek and perfectly bilingual lot, whose distinct urban identity outweighs their ethnic allegiance.

Jan Party on New Year’s night, then repent at an Orthodox Christmas service a week later.

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Wiesbaden

Michelin Michelin Travel & Lifestyle ePub

Frankfurt am Mainaa

Germany’s financial and commercial capital, Frankfurt is characterised by a forest of skyscrapers in its centre, filled with international companies, government organisations and banks. Some of the world’s biggest trade shows, including the famous Frankfurt Book Fair, take place in high-tech halls near the airport, the largest and busiest on the continent. But Frankfurt isn’t all business. Join the locals in the traditional cider taverns, visit Goethe’s birth house or take in the stellar exhibits in the string of museums hugging the south bank of the Main River.

=     Population: 643 000

i      Info: Lobby of Hauptbahnhof (main train station). t(069) 21 23 88 00. www.frankfurt.de.

Ñ   Location: Two major autobahns join near Frankfurt: The A3 (Köln–Nuremburg) and the A5 (Karlsruhe). The city is 2hrs from Köln and 2hrs 30min from Nuremburg.

õ   Parking: Garages are located throughout the city. Visit www.frankfurt.de for specific locations and fees.

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Bonn

Michelin Michelin Travel & Lifestyle ePub

The West

 Cologne

 Aachen

 Ruhr Region

 Düsseldorf

 Sauerland

 Bonn

 Eifel

 Trier

 Moselle Valley

 Koblenz

 Rhine Valley

 Frankfurt am Main

 Wiesbaden

 Mainz

 Mannheim

 Heidelberg

 Pfalz

 Speyer

 Saar­brücken

The West

Germany’s western regions deliver a cornucopia of diverse and awe-inspiring sightseeing opportunities. Soak up cosmopolitan flair and stunning art and architecture in cities such as Düsseldorf, Cologne and Frankfurt or escape to historic villages in the hilly Sauerland or the gentle Eifel. Follow the mighty Rhine or the meandering Moselle rivers past a fairytale setting of medieval castles, steep vineyards and little towns that are veritable symphonies in half-timber. Walk in the footsteps of the Romans in Trier, check out Charlemagne’s legacy in Aachen and see for yourself the beauty of Heidelberg, which has inspired so many great poets and artists.

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A. Ghost Towns and Mining Camps

Betty Tucker-Bryan University Press of Colorado ePub

Ghost towns and mining camps are numerous in the Death Valley region. To many authorities, the difference between “town” and “camp” is whether or not there was a post office. In either case, these are places where people from diverse backgrounds gathered together to live in hopes of making a living. Often there were commercial businesses such as stores, hotels, saloons, newspapers, and stage lines; services were provided by doctors, barbers, butchers, blacksmiths, and “ladies of the night.” Most of these communities existed for only a few months, but a few persisted for several years. They were exciting places to be, filled with hopes and dreams. Now they are abandoned or are bare shadows of what they once were. Sometimes it is difficult to imagine that a remote and quiet mountain valley was home to hundreds of people. Listen for the echoes. See Map 16 for the locations.

In much the same way that a geologist uses fossils to pinpoint the age of a rock, the explorer can date ghost towns and mining camps by their historical debris—the trash of another era. It is rare to find something like a scrap of newspaper that gives a specific date, but bottles, tin cans, and other items exist by the thousands. Like the index fossils of geology, each type was in use for a specific span of time. By comparing a number of pieces of this litter, one can often date a site to within a handful of years.

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5 Around Florence

Stephen Brewer FrommerMedia ePub

5

Around Florence

As if Florence wasn’t endowed with enough attractions to keep you interested for months, within a very small radius of the city is a wealth of other attractions. Some, like Prato and Pistoia, are art cities filled with sculpture and painting that can easily contribute to your sensory overload. The Chianti wine county is a good antidote, providing a tonic of rolling green hillsides and a taste of some of Italy’s best wines. Fiesole is the easiest break from city life, topping a hilltop that’s a bus ride of a mere half hour or so away from Florence. You will lengthen the list of possibilities almost inordinately if you consider that just about anywhere in Tuscany, and many places in Umbria, are an easy train journey away from Florence—Lucca, Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, and Volterra are short trips away (see chapter 6), as are Arezzo, Cortona, and Montepulciano (see chapter 7). Umbria’s Perugia and Assisi are also relatively short journeys away (see chapter 8). In the meantime, though, here are some worthy choices well under an hour away from the Tuscan capital.

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