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Dutch Painting

Planet, Lonely Lonely Planet Publications ePub

They don't call them the Dutch Masters for nothing. The line-up includes Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Johannes Vermeer – these iconic artists are some of the world's most revered and celebrated painters. And then, of course, there's Vincent van Gogh, who toiled in ignominy while supported by his loving brother Theo, and 20th-century artists including De Stijl–proponent Piet Mondrian and graphic genius MC Escher. Understanding these quintessential Dutch artists requires a journey back into history.

Female painters during the Dutch Golden Age were rare. Judith Leyster (1609–1660) was the only woman registered with the artists' guild during the time. She trained with Frans Hals, and his influence is seen in her fluid portraits. Leyster had her own studio in Haarlem, but once she married she vanished from the scene. The Rijksmuseum has some of her works.

Prior to the late 16th century, when Belgium was still part of the Low Countries, art focused on the Flemish cities of Ghent, Bruges and Antwerp. Paintings of the Flemish School featured biblical and allegorical subject matter popular with the Church, the court and (to a lesser extent) the nobility, who, after all, paid the bills and called the shots.

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18. The funeral Postponed

Amos Jay Cummings University Press of Colorado ePub

TEARS FROM THE EYES OF THE HARDEST MORMON.

An Interesting Scene in the Streets of Salt Lake City—The Story

of Mr. Charles Yeomans and Poor Little Dick—Shot Dead while

Playing with the Muzzle of a Gun.

Correspondence of The Sun.

SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 2.—Mr. Charles Yeomans is a character well-known on the Pacific coast. He went to California in 1849, knocked around that State for twenty years or more, and has finally settled down among the Mormons. He keeps a popular restaurant and reading room. Charles is built like a fifty-year-old Adonis. His hair curls tight to his head, and is parted just off centre, à la Jimfisque.1 His features are singular, but intensely bronzed. He is said to have been blown up in California seventeen times, and his cheeks and chin bear the scars of these accidents. The last time he was shattered was by the explosion of a locomotive in Sacramento. It cost Mr. Yeomans a hole in the cheek and three tobacco-stained teeth, and it cost the Central Pacific Railroad Company $10,000 in gold besides the locomotive. Charles is pigeon-toed and walks like a Piute.2 Major Wheeler3 of the United States Engineers declares that he has six toes and a bunion on each foot. He wears a loose shirt without suspenders, a Byron collar4 buttoned over his collar bone, coral studs, and a great variety of flaming neck ties large enough to cover the ground for a Mormon temple. He is never seen with a coat or waistcoat, and his pantaloons are so tightly strapped behind that the tops of his boots occasionally crop out below.

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6. The fate of a Gold seeker

Amos Jay Cummings University Press of Colorado ePub

SURPRISING ADVENTURES OF AN OBERLIN GRADUATE.

Lost in the Rocky Mountains—The Discovery near Fort

Garland—Ho, for the Rio Grande—Fighting Death by

Inches—The Humane Ute—Starting for the Great Canyon of

the Colorado—The Gold Diggings in the Crater of a Volcano—

Disappearing in the Deserts of Arizona.

Correspondence of The Sun.

COLORADO SPRINGS, July 1.—I received the particulars of the fate of Robert McGonigle from the lips of Wilbur F. Stone of the Pueblo People.1 Mr. Stone is a lawyer. His legal duties forbid his writing poor McGonigle’s history. Believing that the story of the life of this extraordinary man will interest the readers of THE SUN, I give it as it was told me in Mr. Stone’s little law office, a block above the Lindell Hotel in Pueblo.2 The day was very hot, but the office stood in the shade of a few thriving cottonwood trees, and a cool breeze poured into the room through the open windows. Mr. Stone sat with his heels upon a square table. After listening to the shrill piping of a Mexican locust,3 which had alighted upon the door sill, the lawyer said:

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4. The Best Shopping

Reid Bramblett FrommerMedia ePub

Shopping Best Bets

 

Best for Gifts

Open House, 107 S. 13th St. Go to page)

Best Bookshop

Joseph Fox, 1724 Sansom St. (Go to page)

Best for Precious Baubles

Halloween, 1329 Pine St. (Go to page)

Best for Antiques with Provenance

M. Finkel & Daughter, 936 Pine St. (Go to page)

Best for Emerging Art

Larry Becker Contemporary Art, 43 N. 2nd St. (Go to page)

Best Children’s Shop

Happily Ever After, 1010 Pine St. (Go to page)

Best Edible Souvenirs

Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch sts. (Go to page)

Best for Crafters

Loop, 1914 South St. (Go to page)

Best Women’s Designer Clothing

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Oaxaca

Planet, Lonely Lonely Planet Publications ePub

Oaxaca

The state of Oaxaca (wah- hah -kah) has a special magic felt by Mexicans and foreigners alike. A redoubt of indigenous culture, it’s home to the country’s most vibrant crafts and art scene, some outstandingly colorful and extroverted festivities, a uniquely savory cuisine and varied natural riches.

At the center of the state in every way stands beautiful, colonial Oaxaca city, an elegant and fascinating cultural hub. Nearby, the forested Sierra Norte is home to successful community-tourism ventures enabling visitors to hike, bike and ride horses amid delicious green landscapes.

To the south, across rugged, remote mountains, is Oaxaca’s fabulous coast, with its endless sandy beaches, pumping Pacific surf, seas full of dolphins, turtles and fish, and a string of beach towns and villages that will make any traveler happy: lively Puerto Escondido; planned but relaxed Bahías de Huatulco; and the mellow delights of Zipolite, San Agustinillo and Mazunte.

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The Alentejo

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Go to be bewitched. Portugal’s largest region, covering a third of the country, truly captivates. Think dry, golden plains, rolling hillsides and lime-green vines. A rugged coastline, traditional whitewashed villages, marble towns and majestic medieval cities. Plus a proud if melancholic people, who valiantly cling to their local crafts.

Centuries-old farming traditions – and cork production – continue here. Alentejo’s rich past offers Palaeolithic carvings, fragments from Roman conquerors and solid Visigothic churches. There are Moorish-designed neighbourhoods and awe-inspiring fortresses built at stork-nest heights.

And the cuisine? Alentejo is the destination for traditional food. Gastronomic delights are plentiful – pork, game, bread, cheese, wine, and seafood along the coastline. Bird life and rare plants are prolific, and walking opportunities abound.

The world is (finally) catching on to Alentejo. Get there before it does.

AApr & May Red and yellow flowers mingle with golden plains, and it’s baby stork time!

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Scottsville

Norman Renouf Hunter Publishing ePub

This Sleepy River Town is a Dream Come True

Let your imagination roam. Where do you want to take the love of your life for a peaceful and undisturbed romantic break?

How about an early 19th-century house that was once left to ruin, but has now been lovingly and painstakingly restored? Each of the rooms has been individually furnished with a tasteful combination of antiques and fabrics. The proprietor is an accomplished chef capable of whipping up distinctive European and Mediterranean cuisine. It has its own vineyards yielding delicious wines. Located on 50 acres dotted with gazebos, ponds and forests, it is high on a hill above the James River. It boasts both spectacular views of the distant Blue Ridge Mountains and proximity to a 250-year-old town of considerable historical interest.

High Meadows Vineyard & Mountain Sunset Inn is all of this - and more. Toward the end of his 30-year service in the Navy, Peter Sushka and his partner Mary Jae Abbitt were stationed in London, where he was the US/UK liaison naval officer. During this period they became interested in country inns and auberges - so much so, that they decided to open one in the US after his retirement. Planning ahead, they accumulated antiques and other unique pieces of furniture while still in Europe. During visits back home, they started searching for a suitable property. Finally, in 1984, they discovered and fell in love with High Meadows. The original Federalist-style building dated from 1832 and a Victorian addition was made in 1882. By 1984, it was merely an empty shell. But this did not discourage Peter and Mary Jae. They purchased the property in 1985 and began the arduous task of restoration. First came extensive hours of research and documentation. They wanted to capture the original character as authentically as possible, while adding the modern facilities expected by discriminating guests. A 1-acre vineyard was installed, and High Meadows' high quality Pinot Noir grapes now produce over 180,000 bottles of wine annually.

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9 DAY TRIPS FROM VENICE

Stephen Keeling FrommerMedia ePub

9

Day Trips from Venice

By Stephen Keeling

If you only have 3 days or so, you will probably want to spend them in the center of Venice. However, if you are here for a week—or on your second visit to the city—head over to the mainland to see some of the old towns that lie within the historic Veneto region.

Padua

40km (25 miles) W of Venice

Tucked away within the ancient heart of Padua lies one of the greatest artistic treasures in all Italy, the precious Giotto frescoes of the Cappella degli Scrovegni. Although the city itself is not especially attractive (it was largely rebuilt after bombing during World War II), don’t be put off by the urban sprawl that now surrounds it; central Padua is refreshingly bereft of tourist crowds, a workaday Veneto town with a large student population and a small but intriguing ensemble of historic sights.

Like much of the region, Padua prospered in the Middle Ages, and Italy’s second oldest university was founded here in 1222. Its fortunes grew further when St. Antony of Padua died in the city in 1231, making it a place of pilgrimage ever since. In the 14th century, the da Carrara family presided over the city’s golden age, but in 1405 Padua was conquered and absorbed by Venice, losing its independence. With the fall of the Venetian Republic in 1797, the city was ruled by Napoleon and then became part of the Austrian Empire in 1814. Finally annexed to Italy in 1866, the city boomed again after World War II, becoming the industrial dynamo of northeast Italy.

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THE SAVVY TRAVELER

Jewers, Jack FrommerMedia ePub

Dublin Bus.

Before You Go

The Best Times to Go

May to September is the busiest time to visit, with myriad festivals throughout the summer, although it’s also the time when you’re least likely to snag an inexpensive hotel room. The months of May and September are often good choices, since your visit doesn’t clash with the school summer vacation period. Hotels are invariably cheaper from November to February. There’s no particular month to avoid, although be prepared for huge crowds in March for the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, a public holiday. The Christmas season sees shopping areas packed in the build-up, with special holiday markets opening. It’s also a popular destination for New Year’s Eve, especially to hear the midnight bells peal from Christ Church Cathedral, and see the New Year’s Day parade. As Ireland’s capital and a base to explore the country, Dublin enjoys year-round tourism plus major sporting events, so mid- to high-range hotels should be booked well in advance.

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Chinatown, CBD & Tanjong Pagar

Planet, Lonely Lonely Planet Publications ePub

These 'hoods keep things interesting with diverse architecture, culinary riches and top-notch bars. Not huge on must-see sights, it's about the vibe. Dive into Chinatown for wet markets, hawker food and temples, and into the CBD to sip and party in converted banks. South of Chinatown, Tanjong Pagar is great for contemporary galleries, artisan coffee, cocktails and heritage shophouses.

MBreakfast at veteran Ya Kun Kaya Toast, then get the dirt on the area's past at the Chinatown Heritage Centre. Picture those opium dens as you saunter down Pagoda St to bursting-with-colour Sri Mariamman Temple. Across the street, scour for antiques at Far East Legend and Chinese remedies at Eu Yan Sang.

RHunt down a table at Maxwell Road Hawker Centre and taste-test the city's legendary street food, then lose yourself in the glittering excess of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. Collect your thoughts on the peaceful rooftop garden, before making your way to Yixing Xuan Teahouse for old-school tea and nibbles. Alternatively, treat yourself to a little pampering at cut-price Mr Lim Foot Reflexology.

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The Hot Pot Hop

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Slap on those swim trunks and enjoy Iceland’s favourite pastime: wading in warm, mineral-rich hot springs that soothe the mind and soul. Hop across this geothermic kingdom, dipping your toes in each source.

2 weeks

Start in Reykjavík and do as the locals – bring your backstroke and some gossip to share at the public pools.

Next, try Blue Lagoon, the Disneyland of swimming spots, and spread gobs of rich silica on your face.

Pause in Hveragerði, one of Iceland’s most geothermally active areas – bubbling water abounds.

Head to Landmannalaugar, where a steaming stream is the perfect cure-all after some serious hiking.

Cruise by Flúðir and see just who else is in on the secret of the locals' natural, meadow-surrounded lagoon

Swing through mod Fontana, in Laugarvatn, with its naturally occurring geyser-sauna (you’ll see!).

Soak in Lýsuhólslaug and emerge from the algae soup with baby-soft skin.

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3 PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO BELIZE

Wunderman, Ali FrommerMedia ePub

3

Planning Your Trip to Belize

Belize offers a wealth of vacation options, including sun-and-fun beach time, dedicated scuba diving or fishing trips, and themed vacations exploring the ancient Mayan culture and archaeology. Moreover, given the compact size of the country, it’s very possible to cover a lot of ground in a short time, and to mix and match these options. Whatever your interests, this chapter (as well as chapter 5) will provide you with all the tools and information necessary to plan and book your trip.

When to Go

Belize’s high season for tourism runs from late November to mid-April, which coincides almost perfectly with the chill of winter in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. The high season is also the dry season. If you want some unadulterated time on a tropical beach or private island and a little less rain during your rainforest experience, this is the time to visit. During this period (and especially around the Christmas and Easter holidays), the tourism industry operates at full tilt—prices are higher, attractions are more crowded, and reservations need to be made in advance.

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Little India & Kampong Glam

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

1Kicking off your flip-flops and braving the infamous chilli challenge at mouthwatering Lagnaa Barefoot Dining, one of Little India's tastiest nosh spots.

2Customising the perfect fragrance at Sifr Aromatics, one of a string of one-off shops in eclectic Kampong Glam.

3Shopping for saris at the Tekka Centre, then heading downstairs for lip-smacking street eats at Little India's liveliest hawker centre.

4Taking a back seat during puja (prayers) at Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Little India's most atmospheric Hindu temple.

5Kickstarting your night with bolshy margaritas at Piedra Negra, slap bang on buzzing Haji Lane.

For more detail of this area see Map Click here

The heart of Little India lies in the colourful, incense-scented lanes between Serangoon Rd and Jln Besar, stretching from Campbell Lane in the south to Syed Alwi Rd in the north. The best way to take in this area's bewitching sights, smells and sounds is to simply wander the lanes on foot. Shopping and temple-hopping rank highly, but the main attraction is authentic Indian food. Arm yourself with an empty stomach and dive in.

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Santa Catarina

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Pop 6.25 million

Life’s a beach. At least in sunny Santa Catarina, which boasts 560km of spectacular coastline. If you like your beach deserted, there is a spot of sand for you in the south of Ilha de Santa Catarina. If you prefer a party scene, head further north on that same island. If you’re all about big surf, it's up in Guarda do Embaú and Praia do Rosa, two absolutely stunning surf villages south of Florianópolis.

Sun and sand aside, the inland regions are also where Santa Catarina exhibits the profound influence of its German ancestry, most evident during Oktoberfest, Blumenau’s huge festival for folk dancing, accordion playing and beer drinking (mostly beer drinking). But the Alpine architecture and fresh-brewed beer are here to enjoy year-round.

Like the other southern states, Santa Catarina enjoys some of Brazil’s highest standards of living, with sound infrastructure and a blonde-haired, blue-eyed population that often feels more European than Latin.

AJan, Feb & Oct Whether Sommerfest or Oktoberfest, Blumenau is awash in beer and brats.

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San Marco

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

1Joining the chorus of gasps rippling through the crowd as you enter the Basilica di San Marco while looking up to discover angels dancing across 8500 sq metres of glittering golden mosaics.

2Shouting brava! for encore performances at La Fenice, Venice’s jewel-box opera house.

3Discovering dark secrets and blockbuster exhibitions behind the rosy facade of Palazzo Ducale.

4Adopting a philosopher painted by Veronese, Titian or Tintoretto as your personal mentor at the Libreria Nazionale Marciana in Museo Correr.

5Tangoing across Piazza San Marco at sunset to the tune of the Caffè Florian orchestra.

The neighbourhood of San Marco is Venice’s oldest and most famous. Everything started here when Doge Partecipazio built his rosy palace overlooking the lagoon and commissioned Venice’s fairytale golden basilica to house the bones of St Mark the Evangelist.

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