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Nile Valley: Beni Suef to Qena

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

If you’re in a hurry to reach the treasures and pleasures of the south, it is easy to dismiss this first segment of Upper Egypt between Cairo and Luxor. But the less touristed parts of the country almost always repay the effort of a visit.

Much of this part of the valley is less developed than the other valleys – you will see farmers still working by hand – but people here also have to grapple with the issues of modernity, with water and electricity shortages, and since the downfall of the Muslim Brotherhood, with sectarian tension and security issues.

However much a backwater this region might seem, it played a key role in Egypt’s destiny as its many archaeological sites bear witness – from the lavishly painted tombs of the early provincial rulers at Beni Hasan to the remains of the doomed city of Akhetaten, where Tutankhamun was brought up, and the Pharaonic-inspired monasteries of the early Christian period.

AApr Sham el Nessim, the spring festival, is celebrated in style in the region.

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Central Scotland

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The country's historic roots are deeply embedded in central Scotland. Significant ruins and castles from the region's history pepper the landscape; key battles around Stirling shaped Scotland's fortunes; and Perth, the former capital, is where kings were crowned on the Stone of Destiny.

Arriving from Glasgow and Edinburgh, visitors begin to get a sense of the country further north as the Lowland belt gives way to Highland splendour. It is here that the majesty of Scotland's landscape unfolds in deep, dark, steely-blue lochs that reflect the silhouettes of soaring, sentinel-like craggy peaks on still days.

Whether in the softly wooded country of lowland Perthshire, or the green Fife coastline dotted with fishing villages, opportunities to enjoy the landscape abound: walking, cycling and angling are all easy possibilities. The region also has some of the country's best pubs and eateries, which greet weary visitors at day's end.

AMay A magical time to explore before summer crowds arrive, and to enjoy the cultural delights of the Perth Arts Festival.

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Brooklyn

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1Brooklyn Bridge Park Taking in the incredible views of Lower Manhattan from this new park on the waterfront.

2Brooklyn Museum Catching the latest critically acclaimed art exhibitions at the followed by a meal at Saul.

3Williamsburg Downing cocktails at Maison Premiere, one creative gastropub among the many that pack this neighborhood.

4Prospect Park Strolling past meadows, lakefront, scenic bridges and forest-covered hillocks.

5Atlantic Ave & Smith St Browsing a bygone era at Dry Goods, one of many enticing boutiques along Atlantic Ave, followed by microbrews and snacks at a spot near Smith St such as 61 Local.

If Brooklyn were its own city, it’d be the fourth largest in the US – bigger than Houston, Philadelphia and Phoenix. It is home to more than 2.6 million people and is a rambling 71 sq miles (easily three times larger than Manhattan). It is split in two, with one set of subway lines servicing the north end of the borough, and another set traveling to points south. So if you think you can see it all in a day, as old-school Brooklyners might say: ‘Fuhgeddaboudit!’

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ECONOMY

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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Gold Country

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Hollywood draws the dreamers and Silicon Valley its fortune-hunters, but this isn't the first time droves of young folk looking to hit paydirt streamed into the Golden State. After a sparkle in the American River caught James Marshall’s eye in 1848, more than 300,000 hungry prospectors from America and abroad started digging for gold in the Sierra foothills. Soon California entered statehood with the official motto, 'Eureka,' solidifying its place as the land of discovery and opportunity.

The miner forty-niners are gone, but a ride along the aptly named Hwy 49 through sleepy hill towns, past clapboard saloons and oak-lined byways, is a journey back to the wild ride that was modern California’s founding. Between the quaint antique stores and sprawling wineries, fading historical markers still tell tales of Gold Rush violence and banditry. Many travelers hardly hit the brakes while rushing between California’s coasts and mountains, but those who slow down will be rewarded with a taste of the helter-skelter era that first kick-started the heartbeat of this state.

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Seville & Andalucias Hill Towns

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A parched region fertile with culture, a conquered land that went on to conquer, a fiercely traditional place that has accepted rapid modernisation: western Andalucía has multiple faces. Here, in the cradle of quintessential Spain, the questions are often as intriguing as the answers. Who first concocted flamenco? How did tapas become a national obsession? Could Cádiz be Europe’s oldest settlement? Are those really Christopher Columbus’ bones inside Seville cathedral? And where on earth did the audacious builders of Córdoba’s Mezquita get their divine inspiration from? Putting together the missing pieces of the puzzle is what makes travel in the region the glorious adventure that it is. Seville is western Andalucía’s Holy Grail, Córdoba deserves more than a day trip, while the white towns will lure you into quieter rural areas and perhaps inspire you to visit the region’s only national park amid the bird-rich wetlands of Doñana.

AApr Sombre Semana Santa processions are followed by the exuberance of the spring fairs.

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SURVIVAL GUIDE

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Survival Guide

Transport

Air

Bus

Minivan

Train

BTS & MRT

Taxi

Boat

Motorcycle Taxis

Túk-Túk

Car

Bus

Directory A–Z

Customs Regulations

Electricity

Embassies & Consulates

Emergency

Health

Internet Access

Legal Matters

Medical Services

Money

Opening Hours

Post

Public Holidays

Safe Travel

Taxes & Refunds

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Directory A–Z

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For more accommodation reviews by Lonely Planet authors, check out http://lonelyplanet.com/hotels/. You’ll find independent reviews, as well as recommendations on the best places to stay. Best of all, you can book online.

Accommodation in Borneo runs the gamut from international-standard hotels to upland Dayak longhouses, which themselves range from mod-con central to wood-and-palm structures deep in the jungle. In smaller towns, on outlying islands and in the hinterlands, your options may be limited to very simple lodgings. Sabah and Sarawak have the best range of accommodation, particularly in the upper brackets, while Kalimantan has fewer top-end hotels and resorts. Brunei boasts one of the world's most opulent hotels, but has limited budget options.

On the ceilings of some hotel rooms, arrows point towards Mecca so Muslim guests know which direction to face when praying.

All of Borneo's major cities have hotels with the full range of mod cons and amenities, but standards vary, from top-notch in Kuching, Kota Kinabalu (KK), Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) and Balikpapan to close-but-no-cigar in places such as Miri and Sibu.

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Middle Chile

Planet, Lonely Lonely Planet Publications ePub

If you love wine, fine dining, never-ending springs, street art, skiing, hiking, mountain biking, surfing or just lazing for days on lost coasts, there's a spot in Middle Chile that was created just for you. This is Chile's most important wine-producing region, and the wineries and cozy bed and breakfasts of the sun-kissed Colchagua, Maule and Casablanca Valleys will tickle your palate and travel your senses. For board riders, there are killer breaks up and down the coast, with surf culture exploding in towns like Pichilemu and Buchupureo. Hikers and skiers will love the lost lagoons and steep pistes found eastward in the Andes, while cultural explorers won't want to miss the murals and tumble-fumble alleyways of Valparaíso and the hard-rocking musical exploits of Concepción. The 2010 earthquake hit this region especially hard, but the recovery continues, and most businesses are back up and running.

AJun–Sep Frequent snowfall brings skiers and snowboarders to the slopes in full force.

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Austin

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Austin

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You’ll see it on bumper stickers throughout the city: ‘Keep Austin Weird.’ And while old-timers grumble that Austin has lost its funky charm, the city has mostly managed to hang on to its laid-back vibe. Though this former college town with a hippie soul has seen an influx of tech types and movie stars, there’s still a strong contingent of residents who just want to focus on their music or write their novel or annoy their neighbors with crazy yard art.

You may have heard Austin is a music town, earning it the title of ‘Live Music Capital of the World.’ The city now hosts two major music festivals, South by Southwest (SXSW) and the Austin City Limits Festival, but you don’t have to endure the crowds and exorbitant hotel prices to experience the scene, because Austin has live music all over town every night of the week.

Mar Apr Wildflowers and mild weather make this the perfect time of year to visit.

May Jun The weather is hot but bearable, and everything is still green for the most part.

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Southeast Colorado & the San Luis Valley

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Southeast Colorado & the San Luis Valley

Colorado’s arid southeast is a place of high desert landscapes backed by craggy peaks and flat-topped mesas, where silvery sage and scraggly juniper trees begin to replace the aspen and pine forests of the central mountains. Dotted with signature landmarks – Pikes Peak, the Great Sand Dunes, the Royal Gorge – southern Colorado interweaves dramatic vistas with hardscrabble history to great effect.

In this stripped-down setting, the bones of the earth are particularly evident: fossilized dinosaur footprints, massive petrified sequoias and the volcanic vestiges of the Spanish Peaks serve as a stark reminder of a geological timescale in which human life is no more than the blink of an eye. But a fascinating human element lingers here, too: come discover a time when the Southwest belonged to Mexico and played host to the Santa Fe Trail, which brought together the intersecting lives of Native Americans, Mexican pioneers, French trappers, Pikes Peak-or-bust miners and the covered wagon trains of hope-filled American homesteaders.

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Colorado Springs

Don & Marge Young Hunter Publishing ePub

By car: Just an hour's drive south of Denver, Colorado Springs is served by a single interstate, I-25, which skirts the eastern face of the Rockies and roughly parallels US highways 85 and 87. East and west, the main artery is US 24 - Platte Avenue as it enters the city from the east and the Midland Expressway as it exits the city to the west.

By air: Colorado Springs Airport, 7770 Drennan Rd., 719/550-1900 or 800/462-6774, receives over 100 direct flights a day via American, America West, Continental, Delta, Northwest, TWA, United, Western Pacific, and several smaller airlines.

From its origin as a railroad town, Colorado Springs grew rapidly into Colorado's second largest city. In the 1950s, the area benefited tremendously when it was selected to be the sight of the US Air Force Academy. Subsquently, it also has become the headquarters for the US Olympic Committee.

Many of the state's most popualr tourist attractions are located nearby, including Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, Royal Gorge, and several others.

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Day Trips from Hong Kong

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For most day visitors, Shēnzhèn is mostly about bargain shopping (followed by a cheap massage or good dim sum). Although the bargains are still Shēnzhèn’s main draws, many exciting cultural spaces have emerged that are subverting the city's reputation for vacuous consumerism. Shēnzhèn hosts the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecuture and China's major music festivals all have SZ editions. You can buy a five-day, Shēnzhèn-only visa at the Lo Wu border crossing (Americans, and sometimes British, excluded).

Known to many as Canton, Guǎngzhōu, the capital of Guǎngdōng province, is a sprawling city with 12 million people that may seem chaotic to the uninitiated. But with patience, you'll discover graceful Chinese gardens, magnificent temples, throbbing indie dives, tea houses rich with culture, and sites of uprisings that changed the history of China. And fittingly enough, in Canton, you’ll find Cantonese cuisine at its best.

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On arriving at Shēnzhèn train station, take bus 101 or 204 for an hour’s ride west to Window of the World in Nánshān District. Spend about two hours there, before taking the metro to the next two stops east, respectively Huáqiáochéng station and Qiáochéngdōng station, to visit art galleries and the OCT-LOFT Art Terminal. Have a snack at one of the cafes at OCT-LOFT, before heading east to Chēgōngmiào station to shop for knock-off designer furniture and a proper lunch. Then head east to the Shēnzhèn Museum near Shìmín Zhōngxīn station to get some context for your impressions. Spend an hour or so there. If you’re up for more shopping, check out Luóhú Commercial Centre, and enjoy dinner in the Luóhú District, before catching the train back to Hong Kong.

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5. Of Sublime Ecstasy and Guttural Disgust

Peter Wortsman Travelers' Tales ePub

WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE GERMAN LANGUAGE THAT so moves me? That push and pull of contradictory impulses, that never-ending string of nouns and adjectives in search of a predicate verb to bind meaning, that strange amalgam of superlatives and expletives exuding sublime ecstasy and guttural disgust! German curses and cajoles, belches, farts, and philosophizes with boundless delight, then retreats suddenly, tightening its belt, squelching its own wild urges with the syntax of discipline and restraint. German sentences are chiseled, each a miniature Gothic cathedral, replete with grinning gargoyles, stained glass, and flying buttresses; each a catacomb of neatly stacked bones crowding the unconscious.

How much German infuses every fibril of my being!

Two tongues tugged at my childhood heart and mind, two takes on the world, two flavors of consciousness.

English was the public channel of communication at school and on the street, a peppermint tongue that stung and excited. German, all chocolaty, viscous, and sweet, was the private funnel of intimacy in my first generation German-speaking-Jewish immigrant family. And though I’m a native New Yorker, my emotional grounding is still and always will be in German, the dialect of that tiny city-state of five afloat in the teeming megalopolis.

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Do you know what this structure is known for?

Andrew Vietze Down East Books ePub

Since its construction in 1868, this midcoast mill has been many things to many people. Ask passersby and they’ll likely mention that the island manufactory once churned out massive quantities of paper. In its heyday around the turn of the twentieth century, the company housed here exported newsprint, book, and school papers as far away as Chile and Australia, and legend has it that the mill holds a world record for paper output. At the height of its production, it could provide a small daily newspaper with six years’ worth of paper in a single day. The mill’s more recent history has been just as memorable. Many will recall that the compound was awash with floodwaters in 1936 and 1987; one of the state’s most industrious rivers runs around the mill’s rocky spit on three sides — four in spring — and the river has been known to bloat with runoff from melting snow and heavy rains. The green bridge out front has given commuters passing through this bedroom community of nine thousand plenty of time to familiarize themselves with the mill. Traffic across the span is often dense, bottlenecked by congestion on the busy main street across the river; and all the new businesses located in this area let out. It wasn’t always so. When the buildings were first erected, Main Street went purposefully between them, and its pace was far more sedate — except during one of the state’s largest agricultural fairs. But that only came once a year. Turn to page 100 to find out more about this industrious spot.

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