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8 SHOPPING

Anna E. Brooke FrommerMedia ePub

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Shopping

V uitton, Chanel, Baccarat—the names of famous French luxury brands roll around the tongue like rich chocolate. But while it’s fun to window-shop at Cartier, few of us can actually afford to buy anything there. Guess what? Neither can most Parisians. And yet they manage to look terrifically put together. What’s their secret? I’ll attempt to shed some light on this puzzling mystery; the shops below will give you a point of departure for your Parisian shopping adventure.

Paris has always been the capital of luxe. As early as the 16th century, the city was known as the place to go for luxury goods, and over the centuries an entire industry grew up around the whims and whimsies of the French aristocracy. To keep up appearances, nobles spent outrageous amounts of money on sumptuous clothing, opulent homes, and lavish dinner parties for dozens of similarly well-heeled aristocrats. By the 18th century, thousands of merchants and artisans were working full-time to fill the voluminous orders of some 150 grand families, not to mention Louis XIV and his court in Versailles. So it’s no wonder that even today, the high and mighty, or just plain rich, come here to deck themselves out in the best of the best.

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3 SUGGESTED SPAIN ITINERARIES

Harris, Patricia FrommerMedia ePub

The Patio de los Arrayanes at the Alhambra.

It would be a delight to get “lost” in Spain, wandering about at your leisure, discovering unspoiled villages off the beaten path. Indeed, we highly recommend this approach. But we also recognize that few of us have enough time (or money) for an unstructured love affair with a country. A schedule lets you get the most out of your available time, but just because you have a point of departure doesn’t mean that serendipity and surprise can’t intervene from time to time.

Plan on using several kinds of transportation. Because Spain is big, it’s worth covering long distances either by plane or, except in the north, by high-speed train. You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona nearly as fast as going to the airport and waiting to get through security. In practice, you’ll end up using trains, planes, buses, and rental cars for maximum convenience and efficiency.

Highlights of Spain in 2 Weeks

Spain is so large and so diverse that it’s hard to think of hitting all the highlights in just 2 weeks. But this tour strikes most of the notes in the Spanish chord. And all your travel is on RENFE trains, making a Eurail Spain Pass an economical way to go.

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Petit Manan Light

Caldwell, Bill Down East Books ePub

Petit Manan is shortened in speech to “Titmanan,” and sometimes Anglo-Saxonized and abbreviated further to “Titman.” Petit Manan Light is beautiful and graceful, and the tallest lighthouse in Maine after Boon Island. From high-water mark to the top of the lantern is 123 feet. (Boon Island Light is 137 feet high.)

The light, authorized by President James Monroe, was first built in 1817. There is little available information about the light and its keepers in its earliest years; but by the time it was fourteen, it was in real trouble.

The auditor of the Treasury in charge of lighthouses was Stephen Pleasonton, and in 1831 he wrote an upbraiding letter to John Chandler, superintendent of lights for Maine:

Petit Manan … is stated to be in “Very Bad Condition” indeed—built of worse materials than Desert Light—the lantern is in good working order, but otherwise the place is positively dirty; dwelling house much out of repair and leaking badly; the keeper has gone off, being tired of his state of independence and left his wife in charge of the whole concern …You will cause the necessary repairs to be made: and if the keeper has actually left the establishment to his wife, another appointment will be recommended.”

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9 TASMANIA & HOBART

Lee Mylne FrommerMedia ePub

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tasmania & hobart

A place of wild beauty colored by a tragic past, the Australian island of Tasmania—of which Hobart is the capital and largest city—stands separated from the rest of Australia by Bass Strait. For centuries, this island state has forged its own, not always smooth, path. While geographical isolation has preserved much of its unique wilderness, it has still had to contend with the worst efforts of man to spoil it at times.

Tasmanians have always been at the forefront of Australia’s environmental movement and some of Australia’s fiercest battles over development have been waged in Tasmania. Among the issues Tasmania is grappling with right now are the possible extinction of Tasmanian devils due to a spreading facial-tumor disease (see p. 283), reports that foxes have been introduced to this predator-free environment, and ongoing vigilance against proposals for pulp mills that may hasten destruction of forestlands. You will not, despite local legend, run into any Tasmanian tigers here (the last known one died in 1936 despite more recent “sightings”).

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St. Thomas

Brooke Comer Hunter Publishing ePub

Christopher Columbus didnt stop to enjoy the islands pristine beauty when he was here in 1493. He left that to another first, the first family of President Bill Clinton, who chose St. Thomas for the second year in a row as a New Year vacation spot in January of 1998. The President, First Lady Hillary and their daughter Chelsea, as well as Buddy, the familys Labrador puppy, stayed at the Sand Dollar, a private luxury villa overlooking world-famous Magens Bay, where they vacationed the previous year. It was Vice President Al Gore who had recommended the Sand Dollar to the Clintons. Gore also tipped off the Clintons to Eunices Terrace, where owner/chef Eunice Best was moved to tears when the first family chose to dine on her home-style island cuisine. Greek fare at Zorbas provided another Presidential meal.

Guests of the island can sightsee, shop, get into watersports (sailing, swimming, snorkeling, diving, windsurfing and kayaking) play tennis, hike, tour the botanical garden, touch a starfish at Coral Worlds marine park, go underwater in a submarine or take a tram 700 feet up Flag Hill for a panoramic view from Paradise Point. There are plays, concerts, a variety of restaurants and dancing till dawn to the rhythms of a Caribbean band. Avid golfers are not left out of the range of activities; St. Thomas Mahogany Run, a George and Tom Fazio design, is one of the most beautiful and challenging in the Caribbean, with a formidable stretch of Caribbean Sea that sprawls between the tee and the green. President Clinton tackled the challenging contours of Mahogany Run on both his visits to St. Thomas.

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3 LAS VEGAS IN CONTEXT

Grace Bascos FrommerMedia ePub

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Las Vegas in Context

The global recession hit Vegas hard, but like the rest of the world, Sin City is recovering with improved visitation numbers, the most new development projects in years, and a little bit less red on the balance sheets at the major casino corporations. That recovery, though, is creating a Las Vegas that looks different than it used to, with more of a focus on value and a renewed sensibility that the city is open to more than just the traveler willing to blow $400 per night on a hotel room.

Las Vegas Today

No major city in America has reinvented itself as many times, especially in such a short period, as Las Vegas. Just look at the recent decades. In the ’80s, it was a discount afterthought. In the ’90s, it was family and theme heaven. The new millennium brought in ultra-luxury and sky-high prices on everything from rooms to shampoo in the sundry stores.

For the better part of the new millennium, the watchword was “expensive.” The average room rate soared to over $200 a night, significantly higher than what visitors, once lulled by lower double-digit bargains, were used to paying. It was not unusual for the high-end hotels to charge $400 or even $500 for a standard room.

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• Special Interest Vacations

Marina Carter Hunter Publishing ePub

For visitors who wish to combine a vacation in Italy with the acquisition of a skill, or the indulgence of a favorite hobby, a number of organizations offer special interest tours. Couples wishing to get married in the Bay of Naples have an impressive range of options to choose from.

Language & Culture Classes

The Centro Italiano, 17 Vico S. Maria dellAiuto, tel. 081 552 4331. A selection of Italian language and culture courses are offered, including an intensive two-week course. Specialist courses on Neapolitan nativity scenes and archaeology are also offered.

Centro Linguistico Internazionale, 9 Via S. Francesco, Sorrento, tel. 081 807 5599. Located in a 16th-century palazzo, the school offers courses in Italian language for foreigners, voice training by a tenor from San Carlo, and lessons in local culinary and ceramic-making skills.

Capritime Tours, 9 II Traversa La Guardia, Anacapri, tel. 081 838 2188, www.capritime.com. 11-day/10-night Art & Archaeology in Capri tour, with visits to important sites on Capri, the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii.

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4 The Hotel

George Gmelch Indiana University Press ePub

4    THE HOTEL

Most visitors to the Caribbean stay in hotels, though guest houses, resort cottages, and apartments are also available. Barbados has 150 hotels; most of the island's medium-sized and large hotels are owned by international chains headquartered in Britain and the United States.1 Because hotels are the preferred form of accommodation, their development is key to the growth of local tourism. Rather than being nucleated, as on some islands, the hotels of Barbados are spread along the south and the west coasts, where the island's best beaches are located. In the hyperbole of one tourist brochure, the hotels “embrace the Caribbean coastline like a strand of glittering gems.”2 Often interspersed with other urban development, the hotels of Barbados allow for more mixing between locals and visitors than is true on many Caribbean islands.

The most luxurious hotels are on the west coast in the parish of St. James, an area variably referred to as the “Gold Coast” or “Platinum Coast” because of its abundance of wealth. Many are cottage, colony-type resort hotels and are among the finest in the Caribbean. These upscale properties have luxuriant tropical gardens brimming with colorful hibiscus and bougainvillea and fragrant frangipani. A few of the resorts are located on former sugar estates, which some observers view as a visible symbol of the link between the old plantation colonialism and the new tourism-dependent neocolonialism (Pattullo 1996, 136).

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Route 19

Gibson, John Down East Books ePub

Route 19

Island Falls to Lincoln

Highway: U.S. Route 2

Distance: 53 miles (one way)

PARALLEL to Interstate 95 but on the other side of Molunkus Stream and, later, the Penobscot River, US Route 2 rolls south from Island Falls in deep woods, over high ridges with spectacular views of Katahdin and Baxter State Park, on south to Macwahoc and Mattawamkeag, and thence along the Penobscot into Lincoln. With the exception of the area right around Lincoln, it is possible to drive this route rarely seeing another car from Island Falls southward. The drive begins in Aroostook County amidst high potato fields and ends in Penobscot County in the shadow of great pulp yards and paper mills.

The center of Island Falls lies just east of Interstate 95. Begin on U.S. Route 2 at a bridge that crosses the combined waters of the Mattawamkeag River, Fish Stream, and Sly Brook in Island Falls. All of these watercourses come together a mile or so upstream. There are attractive falls below this bridge where the river heads eastward around an island for a short distance to Upper Mattawamkeag Lake. In spring, the torrents here are highly impressive.

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13 Amorous adventures: North America

Pepper Schwartz FrommerMedia ePub

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Amorous adventures: North America

The thrill of white-water rafting, climbing rugged mountains, or being in the heart of nature, with no sign of humankind for miles—that adrenaline charges every part of our beings. Adventure makes us depend on each other and watch out for each other. In some ways it’s the most intimate kind of vacation because it reminds us how much we love life and love each other, and, frankly, how much we need each other. We are never more aware, more focused, or more fully present than when we have adrenaline coursing through our veins. To share this with the one you love is magical and, if you’re not too scared, romantic. The trick is finding something that is perhaps slightly dangerous, but not so dangerous that it is folly to do it. In this chapter we offer destinations and activities that provide a thrill but, if the rules are followed, do not create unreasonable vulnerability.

Alaskan Cruise

Into the Wild

We think that everyone, at some point in their lives, should witness the majesty of the Inside Passage, the network of waterways that weaves through the islands on the Pacific Coast of North America from Puget Sound into southeastern Alaska. The best, and really the only, way to see it is from a ship during the summer, the only time you are likely to get predictably good weather. A huge number of cruise ships are lined up to take you there. They vary in size, and smaller ships can explore areas the larger ships cannot. Still, especially for couples with children, we like the larger ones that offer many romantic services and give parents, and grandparents, some romantic time for themselves, not to mention great programs that keep the kids entertained from sunrise to sunset.

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5 SAN JOSÉ

Karl Kahler FrommerMedia ePub

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San José

Founded in 1737, San José was a forgotten backwater of the Spanish empire until the late–19th century, when it boomed with the coffee business. Sure, the city has its issues: gridlock traffic, poorly maintained sidewalks, and street crime. But, at 1,125m (3,690 ft.) above sea level, San José enjoys springlike temperatures year-round, and its location in the Central Valley—the lush Talamanca Mountains to the south, and the Poás, Barva, and Irazú volcanoes to the north—makes it a convenient base of exploration.

Essentials

Arriving

By Plane

Juan Santamaría International Airport (www.fly2sanjose.com;  2437-2626 for 24-hr. airport information; airport code SJO) is near the city of Alajuela, about 20 minutes from downtown San José. A taxi into town costs between C15,000 and C29,000, and a bus is only C555. The Alajuela–San José buses run frequently and will drop you off anywhere along Paseo Colón or at a station near the Parque de la Merced (downtown, btw. calles 12 and 14 and avs. 2 and 4). There are two lines: Tuasa ( 2442-6900) buses are red; Station Wagon ( 2442-3226) buses are yellow/orange. At the airport, the bus stop is directly in front of the main terminal, beyond the parking structure. Be sure to ask whether the bus is going to San José, or you’ll end up in Alajuela. If you have a lot of luggage, you probably should take a cab.

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10 THE BEST SIDE TRIPS

Donald Olson FrommerMedia ePub

Vista House at Crown Point, overlooking the Columbia River Gorge.

Mount Hood

Portland’s snow-capped icon shimmers on the eastern horizon whenever the skies are clear. At 11,240 feet, the stratovolcano Mount Hood is Oregon’s highest point, with year-round skiing on the Palmer Glacier—one of twelve glaciers on Mount Hood—above the classic Timberline Lodge. The road there, U.S. 26, is a National Scenic Byway that generally traces the historic Barlow Road, the final stretch of the Oregon Trail. START: Troutdale, I-84 exit 18, 17 miles east of Portland.

❶ ★ Mirror Lake. A trailhead on Hwy. 26 between mileposts 51 and 52 accesses an easy 1.6-mile trail to a picture-perfect lake with spectacular views of Mt. Hood. A Northwest Forest Pass ($5/day per car) is required to park at the trailhead.

❷ ★ Government Camp. First settled in 1900, this tiny mountain resort community sits at the foot of Mt. Hood amid fir and cedar forests. It has a handful of restaurants, hotels, and rental condos, making it a good base in summer or winter.

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13 WHERE TO EAT IN QUÉBEC CITY

Matthew Barber FrommerMedia ePub

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Where to Eat in Québec City

With a little research, it’s possible to eat extraordinarily well in Québec City. It used to be that this gloriously scenic town had no temples de cuisine comparable to those of Montréal. That’s all changed. Québec City now has restaurants equal in every way to the most honored establishments of any North American city, with surprising numbers of creative, ambitious young chefs and restaurateurs bidding to achieve similar status.

best Eating Bets

Best Restaurants for a Special Evening: Le Saint-Amour may be the most romantic restaurant in the city. Initiale is hushed and elegant. Both stellar establishments woo you at the door. See p. 201 and p. 203 respectively.

Best Bistro: In a city that specializes in the informal bistro tradition, Le Clocher Penché Bistrot offers a cozy atmosphere and a reason to explore the trendy St-Roch neighborhood. See p. 209.

Best Bargains: A main course at Aux Anciens Canadiens can set you back C$64 or more (yikes), but every day until 5:45pm this purveyor of classic Québécois fare offers three-course meals with wine or beer for less than C$26. The ritzy Laurie Raphaël also has a lunchtime deal of three courses for about C$29. See p. 197 and p. 203 respectively.

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1 THE BEST OF IRELAND

Jewers, Jack FrommerMedia ePub

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The Best of Ireland

Tiny, and with ever-changing scenery, Ireland is an addictive place to explore. Within a few miles you can travel from plunging cliffs and flat pastureland to towering mountains and gloomy peat bogs. You can spend the night in ancient castles or state-of-the-art spa hotels, dine on fine Irish cuisine or snack on crispy fish and chips served in a paper bag. The sheer number of sights, little villages, charming pubs, and adorable restaurants and shops can be overwhelming—that’s why we’ve put together this list of some of our favorite places and things to do in Ireland. We hope that while you’re exploring this magical country, you’ll find a few of your own.

The best Authentic Experiences

Seeing a Traditional Music Session at a Proper Irish Pub: While there are plenty of shows for the tourist crowd, nothing beats the energy, atmosphere, and authenticity of a genuine small-town traditional music session. Buy a pint, grab a seat (preferably one near a smoldering peat fire), and wait for the action to begin. We’ve listed some of the best places in this book, including the Long Valley in Cork (see p. 133) or Gus O’Connor’s and McGann’s in little Doolin, County Clare (see p. 188).

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Sunup To Sundown

Susan Brushaber Hunter Publishing ePub

Caracas Venezuela Alive


Susan Brushaber & Arnold Greenberg

Hunter Publishing, Inc.

Alive Travel Books Ltd.


All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, transmitted or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. Brief extracts to be included in reviews or articles are permitted.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information in this book is correct, but the publisher and authors do not assume, and hereby disclaim, liability to any party for any loss or damage caused by errors, omissions, misleading information or potential problems caused by information in this guide, even if such errors or omissions are a result of negligence, accident or any other cause.

We first visited Caracas in 1966 to research the city for inclusion in an upcoming edition of our best selling guidebook South America on $45 A Day ($10 then). Although we spent some time visiting other parts of the country, space considerations did not allow us to include them in that guide. But we were so impressed with the variety of the experiences we had that a few years later we wrote Caracas Alive, followed by Venezuela Alive. Most travelers picked up a copy of Caracas Alive, visited that cosmopolitan city and its nearby beaches, then headed home, failing to appreciate that the interior (as Caraqueos call the rest of the country) can be a fascinating travel experience albeit, at that time, an expensive one, since prices in Venezuela were among the highest in the world.

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