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5 The Best of the Outdoors

Patricia Harris FrommerMedia ePub

Bicycles lined up in Parc de la Ciutadella.

Montjuïc

The largest green space in Barcelona, this gentle hill overlooking the city and out to the Mediterranean is treasured by families for its serene parkland as well as its museums and cultural attractions. First settled by Iberian Celtic peoples and then used by the Romans for ceremonies, Montjuïc has continued to play a central role in modern celebrations, including the 1929 International Exhibition and the 1992 Olympic Games. For other attractions in Montjuïc, see “The Best in Three Days,” p 18, and “Barcelona with Kids,” p 50. START: Aerial cable car or funicular to Montjuïc.

Transbordador Aèri del Port. The best way to get to the green expanse of Montjuïc is to soar over the city in this aerial cable car that travels from the harbor up to the hill—and drops you off near the spectacular cactus gardens of Mossèn Costa i Llobera (Ctra. Miramar, 1), the largest of their kind in Europe. See p 89, .

Castell de Montjuïc. Pass the Plaça de la Sardana (marked by a sculpture of the folkloric Catalan group dance) and continue through the Miramar and Mirador gardens in Parc de Montjuïc. Then head up Carretera Montjuïc to Mirador de l’Alcalde, a viewpoint overlooking the sea. Just beyond is a castell (fortress) built in the 18th century to defend Barcelona. The courtyard is open to the public, and inside the castle is a modest military museum. The views of the sea, though, are the star attraction. Ctra. de Montjuïc, 66. 93-256-44-45.

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Back to South Africa

Annya Strydom Hunter Publishing ePub

  

 

 

We decided we had more than enough of the cold wet weather in England. So one evening Tony, my husband, took out the map of the world. He spread it on the table, closed his eyes and stuck his finger on a spot on the map, saying "This is where we will go!" It turned out to be Africa, Zambia to be exact. So we began scanning all the newspapers for jobs in his field in Zambia. It wasn’t long before we found one in Lusaka. Tony applied and we were soon on our way to London to be interviewed. The job was with Ford Motor Company and they would be giving us an apartment in Lusaka.

It was decided Tony would leave first to arrange everything at that end and I would pack up what we wanted to take with us and sell the car and furniture, etc. Then in a month or so the boys and I would join him. We held a going-away party for all of our friends. When his departure day arrived the boys and I stayed with my in-laws and we took him to the airport. It was around six weeks before I managed to sell everything. Then I packed our boxes and they were picked up ready to ship out. My in-laws looked after the boys for me while I went shopping for new clothes for us all and then we were back to the airport once more and, after tearful goodbyes, we were off.

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Santa Maria Novella

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Anchored by its magnificent basilica, this ancient and intriguing part of Florence defies easy description – from the rough-cut streets around the station it’s only a short walk to the busy social scene around recently gentrified Piazza di Santa Maria Novella and the hip boutiques on the atmosphere-laden ‘back streets’ west of Via de’ Tornabuoni.

Basilica Santa Maria Novella (Click here)

Letizia Fiorini (Click here)

Mio Concept (Click here)

Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella (Click here)

Dolce Forte (Click here)

Grevi (Click here)

Alessandro Gherardeschi (Click here)

Alberto Cozzi (Click here)

Loretta Caponi (Click here)

Sei Divino (Click here)

Caffè Giacosa (Click here)

Mariano (Click here)

L’Osteria di Giovanni (Click here)

From Piazza della Stazione Turn south into Via degli Avelli and you will almost immediately come to Piazza di Santa Maria Novella and its magnificent basilica.

Enjoy one of Florence’s finest cappuccinos at Caffè Giacosa (Click here) amid the engaging, prework hubbub of Florentines downing espresso shots. Then meander north to the monumental hulk of Basilica di Santa Maria Novella (Click here). Spend the morning exploring the sacred complex and its repository of Renaissance frescoes.

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Austria

Krista Dana Hunter Publishing ePub

(sterreich)

Languages: German

Population: 8,169,929

Phone Country Code: +43

Currency: Euro

The Republic of Austria spans some 83,853 square km in south-central Europe. The entire western third of the nation lies in the Alps, and much of its central and southern territories are Alpine as well - some 75% of the country is mountainous. The nation boasts a greater percentage of forested land than any other European nation - about 39% of its terrain is covered with trees. Austria shares its borders with eight other nations: Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west, Germany and the Czech Republic to the north, Slovakia to the northeast, Hungary to the east, and Italy and Slovenia to the south.

Austria's government is partitioned into nine states and its capital is Vienna. It maintains a parliamentary democracy, with a strong central government. The president presides as the chief of state, and the head of government is the chancellor. From 1955, Austrian politics have vacillated between conservative and socialist policies. Recent issues include the influx of Yugoslav refugees and subsequent right-wing anti-immigration movements. Also controversial over the past decade have been growing unemployment levels, tax increases, and cuts in social services. Austria's unemployment rate hovers around 5.1%..

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Dallas & the Panhandle Plains

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Dallas the Panhandle Plains

Dallas and Fort Worth may be next-door neighbors, but they’re hardly twins – or even kissing cousins. Long regarded as being divergent as a Beemer-driving sophisticate and a rancher in a Ford pickup truck, these two cities have starkly different facades. Beyond appearances, however, they share a love of high (and low) culture and good old-fashioned Texan fun. In the surrounding area is a plethora of fabulous small towns worthy of a road trip, including Waxahachie and McKinney.

Leave the big smoke behind and you’ll find that the Panhandle and Central Plains may be the part of Texas that most typifies the state to outsiders. This is a land of sprawling cattle ranches, where people can still make a living on horseback. The landscape appears endlessly flat, punctuated only by utility poles and windmills, until a vast canyon materializes and seems to plunge into another world.

Mar–May Spring comes early to Texas and the wildflowers stage a grand show.

Jun–Aug It’s hot! But air-con and swimming in water holes will cool you down.

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6. THE DEAD SEA & MASADA

Robert Ullian FrommerMedia ePub

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THE DEAD SEA & MASADA

Israel has many dramatic sights. But these two—one an unparalleled natural wonder, the other the site of extraordinary courage and tragedy—may well top the list. And happily, they can be seen in easy day trips from Jerusalem, either separately or in tandem.

THE DEAD SEA

The Dead Sea, so dense with salt and other minerals that it’s impossible to sink, is the lowest point by far on the face of the earth. It’s also the most otherworldly body of water on the planet.

The southern part of the Dead Sea, where travelers like to experience the floating sensation, can have a metallic sheen in soft daylight, while in noon sunlight, it can be sky blue with miragelike white “saltbergs” floating on its surface. The northern coast (along Hwy. 1) is rugged and beautiful. At Ein Gedi and the spa hotel strip at Ein Bokek, the water is the most dense and helpful for skin diseases such as psoriasis. These were Cleopatra’s favorite waters for her beauty needs, and today the water and the mud are said to be cleansing for the skin and scalp, improving skin texture and even smoothing wrinkles.

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Ubud & Around

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

A dancer moves her hand just so and 200 pairs of entranced eyes follow the exact movement. A gamelan player hits a melodic riff and 200 pairs of feet tap along with it. The Legong goes into its second hour as the bumblebee dance unfolds with its sprightly flair and 200 backsides forget they're still stuck in rickety plastic chairs.

So another dance performance works its magic on a crowd in Ubud, the town amid a collection of villages where all that is magical about Bali comes together in one very popular package. From nightly cultural performances, to museums showing the works of artists whose creativity flowered here, to the unbelievably green rice fields that spill down lush hillsides to rushing rivers below, Ubud is a feast for the soul. Personal pleasures like fine dining, shopping, spas and more only add to the appeal.

The weather is slightly cooler but much wetter than in the south; expect it to rain at any time. At night, mountain breezes make air-con unnecessary and let you hear the symphony of frogs, bugs and distant gamelan practices echoing over the rice fields through your screened window.

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Viðey Island

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

On fine-weather days, the tiny uninhabited island of Viðey (www.videy.com) makes a wonderful day trip. Less than 1km off Reykjavík’s Skarfabakki harbour, it feels a world away. Surprising modern artworks, an abandoned village and great birdwatching add to its remote spell. The only sounds are the wind, the waves and golden bumblebees buzzing among the tufted vetch and hawkweed.

f Only five minutes from Skarfabakki, 4.5km east of the city centre.

g 5 stops near Skarfabakki; on the hop-on, hop-off tour-bus route.

Viðey was settled around AD 900 and farmed until the 1950s. It was home to a powerful monastery from 1225, but in 1539 it was wiped out by Danish soldiers during the Reformation. When you arrive, look for a small monument to Skúli Magnússon (1711–94), the powerful sheriff who built his home, Viðeyarstofa, here in the 1750s. He's buried here.

Just above the harbour, Iceland's oldest stone house, Viðeyarstofa, was the residence of Skúli Magnússon. It now houses a cafe ( GOOGLE MAP ; mains Ikr800-2900; h11.30am-6pm Wed-Mon, to 8pm Tue mid-May–Sep, 1.30-4pm Sat & Sun Oct–mid-May) serving goodies like salmon, mussels and waffles. There's a display of local finds in the basement. Also explore the 18th-century wooden church and the ancient monastery foundations.

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The Lake District & Cumbria

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

'No part of the country is more distinguished by its sublimity', mused the grand old bard of the lakes, William Wordsworth, and a couple of centuries on his words still ring true. In terms of natural splendour, nowhere in England can compare to the Lake District. For centuries, poets, painters and perambulators alike have been flocking here in search of inspiration and escape, and it's still the nation's favourite place to revel in the majesty of the English landscape.

The main draw here is undoubtedly the Lake District National Park – England’s largest, at 885 sq miles. Every bend in the road reveals more eye-popping views: deep valleys, plunging passes, glittering lakes, whitewashed inns, barren hills. But it's worth exploring beyond the national park's boundaries too: the old towns of Carlisle, Kendal and Penrith are full of historical interest, and Cumbria's coast has a windswept charm all of its own.

The Lake District is the UK's most popular national park; visit in early spring and late autumn for the fewest crowds. Its weather is also notoriously fickle – showers can strike at any time of year, so bring wet-weather gear just in case. Cumbria’s largest mountain festival is held in Keswick in mid-May, while the Beer Festival in June welcomes ale aficionados from across the globe. Ambleside’s traditional sports day on the last Saturday in July features events such as hound trailing and Cumbrian wrestling; Grasmere’s annual sports day takes place on the August Bank Holiday. In November, the world’s greatest liars congregate on Santon Bridge for their annual fibbing contest.

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6 THE BEST NIGHTLIFE, ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Gavin Thomas FrommerMedia ePub

Koubba Bar at Jumeirah Al Qasr.

Dubai Nightlife

Dubai Arts & Entertainment

Nightlife, Arts & Entertainment Best Bets

Best Bar

★★★ Bahri Bar, Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (p 105)

Best Chill-Out Venue

★★★ 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (p 109)

Best for Quirky Decor

★★ Double Decker, Al Murooj Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (p 110)

Best Cocktails

★★ Skyview Bar, Burj Al Arab, Umm Suqeim (p 106)

Best British Pub

★★ Fibber Magee’s, Sheikh Zayed Road (p 111)

Best Wine Bar

★★ The Agency, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (p 112)

Best for High-Rise Chic

★★ Bar 44, Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai Marina (p 105)

Best for Beachside Partying

★★ Barasti, Mina A’Seyahi, Dubai Marina (p 105)

Best Belgian Beer

★★ Belgian Beer Café, Crowne Plaza, Festival City (p 105)

Best Old City Views

★★ Up on the Tenth, Radisson Blue Deira Creek, Deira (p 108)

Best Arabian Atmosphere

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The Saint of Assisi

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

That someone could found a successful movement based on peace, love, compassion, charity and humility in any age is remarkable; that Francis Bernardone was able to do it in war-torn 13th-century Umbria was nothing short of a miracle. But then again, in his early years Francis was very much a man of the times – and anything but saintly.

Born in Assisi in 1181, the son of a wealthy cloth merchant and a French noblewoman, Francis was a worldly chap: he studied Latin, spoke passable French, had a burning fascination with troubadours and spent his youth carousing. In 1202 Francis joined a military expedition to Perugia and was taken prisoner for nearly a year until his father paid ransom. Following a spate of ill health, he enlisted in the army of the Count of Brienne and was Puglia-bound in 1205 when a holy vision sparked his spiritual awakening.

Much to the shock, horror and ridicule of his rich, pleasure-seeking friends, Francis decided to renounce all his possessions in order to live a humble, ‘primitive’ life in imitation of Christ, preaching and helping the poor. He travelled widely around Italy and beyond, performing miracles such as curing the sick, communicating with animals, spending hermit-like months praying in a cave, and founding monasteries. Before long, his wise words and good deeds had attracted a faithful crowd of followers.

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4 Belgium

Arthur Frommer FrommerMedia ePub

Brussels’s Grand-Place with flower carpet.

I t never fails to amaze. You round the corner of a perfectly ordinary street—in Ghent, in Brussels, in Bruges—and there rushes toward you a mammoth medieval square. Soaring belfry towers of the 1200s, flying red-and-yellow heraldic flags, giant Gothic cathedrals surging with vertical lines into the sky above. Turreted town halls adorned with streaming pennants. Intricately sculpted cloth halls and guild houses of the 1300s, the 1400s. Again and again, on every visit, in an experience that never grows stale, you react with physical thrill to the most radiantly beautiful city squares in all the world—in Belgium.

In a country of frequent grey skies, the predominant impression is nevertheless one of color. It is color that best recalls a Belgian vacation: the bright, vibrant reds and greens of Flemish masterworks of the late Middle Ages, the Memlings and van Eycks, the Brueghels and Rubenses, found in no fewer than 16 major museums; the warm, orange-yellow glow glimpsed through the casement windows of more restaurants per capita than anywhere else on earth, their interiors brightened by dancing firelight from open hearths, their entrances stacked with displays of red lobsters and black mussels; the festive rose-and-lavender stripes of the canvas bathing huts along the 70-kilometer beach of the Belgian coast.

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San Isabel National Forest, Colorado

Fred Dow Moon Canyon Publishing PDF

San Isabel National Forest

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San Isabel National Forest

Colorado

The San Isabel National Forest is located in south-central Colorado and is comprised of 1,117,131 acres. There are 43 developed campgrounds of which 35 meet the selection criteria.

The San Isabel National Forest is a forest of many faces. Stretching from Leadville, Colorado southward to La Veta and Canon City in the east, the San Isabel National Forest contains alpine lakes, Englemann spruce topped mountains, Ponderosa-pine dotted meadows, breathtaking mountain passes, and portions of six different Wilderness Areas. With nearly 800 miles of trails, nineteen peaks over 14,000 feet, and numerous developed campgrounds, the San Isabel National Forest provides recreation opportunities for everyone.

Probably the most popular and most developed areas in the San Isabel National Forest are the two recreation areas, Turquoise Lake and Twin Lakes, near Leadville, Colorado. Turquoise Lake boasts seven campgrounds, many with flush toilets, and a centrally located dump station. Two boats ramps, one located near Silver Dollar campground and the other in Tabor campground, provide convenient access to the lake for boaters and anglers. The west side of Turquoise Lake has only one campground, May Queen. This campground is the first to receive the morning sunlight and enjoys magnificent views of Mount Massive and Holy Cross Wildernesses. The Turquoise Lake Recreation

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Québec City Top Five

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Québec City’s historic architecture, dramatic setting and French-Canadian flair make it one of North America’s most irresistible destinations. The city's simple charms – strolling atop the old town walls or indulging in classic boulangeries and bistros – are accessible year-round. Here are five don’t-miss attractions that will make your visit especially memorable.

Centerpiece of Québec City’s 17th- century Old Lower Town, narrow Rue du Petit-Champlain is most picturesque when seen from the steep heights of Escalier Casse-Cou (Break-Neck Stairs) or from Québec’s cliff-hugging funicular. Turn the corner to discover Place-Royale, the city's original square, and the Fresque des Québecois, a whimsical mural featuring Samuel de Champlain and other historical figures.

The crowning jewel in Québec City’s harmonious collection of architectural treasures, this 19th-century hotel is magnetically attractive inside and out. Admire it from the boardwalk below, or grab a seat inside the hotel bar for sweeping river views.

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9. Walking on Water

Peter Wortsman Travelers' Tales ePub

TODAY I WENT WALKING ON WATER, A LONGSTANDING Semitic tradition. I waited till the molecules hardened to a marble finish, until I saw ducks and dogs, lone skaters and competing teams of husky hockey players, and even a young mother on skates pushing a baby carriage before her, skidding across the lake. The first steps were the most unnerving. Would it hold up under Reinold’s rich cooking and all that Wurst? I held my breath and took my first step. And when the ice cap proved dependable, I advanced, albeit gingerly, with mincing steps, farther and farther out into the middle of the lake, admittedly feeling somewhat unsettled by the glug glug sound of an underwater current flowing underfoot and thumping with a worrisome insistence against the moorings.

There I was, standing, like my sainted ancestor from Nazareth, next to, not inside, sailboats docked for the winter. Oh ye of little faith! I followed the footsteps other foolhardy ice strollers had made, like walking along the minefield of a frozen war. (Allied bombs with unexploded payloads are still being dug up at East Berlin construction sites and defused by robots.) If the hockey players and the mother with the baby carriage hadn’t fallen in yet, I figured, I wouldn’t either.

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