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8. The Best Arts & Entertainment

Donald Olson FrommerMedia ePub

Arts & Entertainment Best Bets

 

Best Cabaret

Bar Jeder Vernunft Schaperstrasse 24 (Go to Page)

Best Jazz Club

Quasimodo Kantstrasse 12a (Go to Page)

Best Contemporary Opera

Komische Oper Behrenstrasse 55–57 (Go to Page)

Best Symphony Orchestra

Berliner Philharmoniker Herbert-von-Karajan-Strasse 1 (Go to Page)

Best for Rock & Indie Concerts

Columbia Halle Columbiadamm 13–21 (Go to Page)

Best for Drama Classics

Deutsches Theater Schumannstrasse 13a (Go to Page)

Best Opera Company

Staatsoper Unter den Linden Unter den Linden 7 (Go to Page)

Best Arthouse Cinema

Arsenal Potsdamer Strasse 2 (Go to Page)

Best for Classical Concerts

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Central Indiana

Nunemaker, Jessica Indiana University Press ePub

Founded in 1849, Arcadia has a unique history surrounding glass. When natural gas was found during the gas-boom age, Arcadia was thriving. With what seemed like a never-ending supply of gas, D. C. Jenkins opened a second sister business to his Kokomo factory in downtown Arcadia in 1894. Known for wearing white flannel suits and donating large quantities of glassware to churches, he even ran for Senate, so the rumor goes.

Chipped or uneven products, anything not up to retail standards, were sent home with workers. Many residents have stories to tell about that one. But all good things must come to an end. The gas ran out, and the business went under in the 1930s. The business long since abandoned, the glass vat and furnace are both still visible today.

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Facing demolition in the 1970s, the 1869 depot was moved and is now home to the tidy Arcadia Arts and Heritage Depot, off the downtown. Once used as a town library, the compact building now houses old documents, images, and artifacts. Arcadia Glass sparkles everywhere. Case after case of glass highlight patterns, many of which are labeled, from the glory days of the town.

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Design

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Better living by design: what could be more Italian? From the cup that holds your morning espresso to your bedside light, there’s a designer responsible and almost everyone in Milan will know their name. Design here is a way of life.

The roots of Italian design stretch back to early-20th-century Milan, with the development of the Fiera trade fair, the rebuild of the Rinascente department store (Giorgio Armani started there as window dresser), the founding of architectural and design magazines Domus and Casabella and the opening of the Triennale in 1947. Where elaborate French rococo and ornate Austrian art nouveau had captured the imagination of a genteel prewar Europe, the dynamic deco style of Italian futurism was a perfect partner for the industrial revolution and Fascist philosophies.

Fascist propaganda co-opted the radical, neoclassical streamlining that futurism inspired and Italy implemented these ideas into architecture and design. Modern factories had to aid the war effort and Fascist tendencies towards centralised control boosted Italian manufacturing. Through an inherent eye for purity of line, modern Italian design found beauty in balance and symmetry. This refreshing lack of detail appealed to a fiercely democratising war-torn Europe where minimalism and utility came to represent the very essence of modernity.

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The Trans-Mongolian Route

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

The Trans-Mongolian route is the most diverse leg of the cross-continental journey, cutting across three distinct cultures, landscapes and languages. It includes some of the most awe-inspiring sights of the long journey, not the least of which is the Gobi Desert, but also the vast Mongolian steppes and the stunning gorges outside Běijīng. The major jumping-off point is Ulaanbaatar, where many travellers head for the colourful Naadam Festival, but any time of year reveals a surprisingly fast-paced city with great cultural attractions and heady nightlife. For the full Mongolia experience, venture outside the capital, where nomads pitch their gers on the open prairie alongside their huge herds of livestock. Before leaving Russia, pause to explore Ulan-Ude, where you could take in the historic towns of Novoselenginsk and Kyakhta. The China leg is a relatively short hop but has its own unique character, highlighted by the beguiling Yungang Caves near Dàtóng.

Amid-Jul Naadam grinds Ulaanbaatar to a halt to make way for wrestling, archery and horse racing.

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11. PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO COLORADO

Eric Peterson FrommerMedia ePub

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PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO COLORADO

The beauty of a Colorado vacation is that there’s truly something for everyone. Depending on where you choose to go, you can have an affordable and fun time, or you can spend a bit more and have a truly world-class experience. The more expensive resorts—Vail, Aspen, Steamboat, and Telluride—tend to fill up quickly, especially during ski season (and even more so the holiday week of Dec 25–Jan 1, when ski-in/ski-out room rates hit their zenith); you’ll want to book as far in advance as possible. The same is true for the state’s most popular attractions, such as the national parks—which are especially busy over school summer vacations. This chapter gives you the information you need to get started.

Getting There

BY PLANE

Those flying to Colorado will probably land at Denver International Airport or Colorado Springs Airport. Each airport is on the fringe of its respective city, so, depending on your itinerary, it can be a tossup as to which is best. Denver certainly has the better average airfares. Both offer car rentals and shuttle services to hotels.

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9 Spanish & Mayan Terms & Phrases

Christine Delsol FrommerMedia ePub

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Spanish & Mayan Terms & Phrases

Most Mexicans are very patient with foreigners who try to speak their language; it helps a lot to know a few basic phrases. Included here are simple phrases for expressing basic needs, followed by some common menu items. We have also included a selection of Mayan words and phrases, since many Maya living on the Yucatán Peninsula today still speak their mother tongue.

English-Spanish Phrases

English

Spanish

Pronunciation

Good day

Buen día

Bwehn dee -ah

Good morning

Buenos días

Bweh -nohs dee -ahs

How are you?

¿Cómo está?

Koh -moh eh- stah

Very well

Muy bien

Mwee byehn

Thank you

Gracias

Grah -syahs

You’re welcome

De nada

Deh nah -dah

Goodbye

Adiós

Ah- dyohs

Please

Por favor

Pohr fah- bohr

Yes

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Parks and Gardens

Michelin Michelin ePub

The Willamette’s loamy soil gives rise to a feast of foods that enrich the plates of the finest restaurants in Portland. The climate and soil are ideal for vineyards, and more than 500 wineries, mostly west of Interstate 5, draw visitors from around the world to wine-country tasting rooms. Charming small towns, bucolic countryside and farm stands provide additional reasons to stop and savor Oregon’s wine country.

A string of cities, including the state capital of Salem and the free-spirited town of Eugene, are situated along I-5, which runs north to south through the center of the valley. To the west, the forested Coast Range cradles the valley, and 30mi to the east, waterfalls plummet down mossy Cascade Range hillsides alongside wooded hiking trails whose vine maple trees turn crimson and orange in the fall.

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The capital of Oregon is the state’s third-largest city (pop. 156,000). Salem traces its founding to 1840, when Jason Lee moved the headquarters of his Methodist mission to this mid-Willamette Valley location. Lee’s house and other early buildings still stand at the Willamette Heritage Center at the Millaa (1313 Mill St.; t 503-585-7012; www.willametteheritage.org; open year-round Mon–Sat 10am–5pm ;$6), a five-acre historical park that includes the 1889 Thomas Kay Woolen Mill. A millstream courses beneath the main mill building, and inside, massive looms operate with water-powered turbines. Four buildings, filled with period furnishings, were moved to this site, and are considered the oldest in the Northwest, dating to the 1840s.

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3 The Best Neighborhood Walks: The Old Center, Amsterdam’s Canal Ring, The Jordaan, and Jewish Quarter.

Sacha Heselstine FrommerMedia ePub
Stroll through The Old Center, Amsterdam’s Canal Ring, The Jordaan, and  Amsterdam’s Jewish Quarter.

Biking in the Jordaan neighborhood. The Old Center Take a stroll through the medieval core of old Amsterdam, the epicenter from which the city expanded outwards in the 1660s. Here you’ll find the oldest and narrowest houses, ornately decorated facades, and one or two surprises in a confusing tangle of narrow streets that’s a world away from the gridlike regularity of the Grachtengordel (Canal Ring).

START: Tram 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 14, 16, or 24 to Spui.The Begijnhof garden. Begijnhof. Entered through an ornate gate off Spui, this cluster of photogenic gabled houses around a leafy garden courtyard is the perfect place to feel the ambience of old Amsterdam. Black-painted no. 34 is the city’s oldest house, built around 1455, and is one of only two timber houses remaining in the city. Amsterdam was a destination for religious pilgrims and an important Catholic center before the Calvinist rebellion and Alteration in 1578.

The Begijnhof was a hofje (almshouse, see p 50) built to offer devout women (beguines) the option to live independently of husband and children, and without becoming a nun, at a time when such a thing was unheard of. The hofje remained in operation for centuries after the changeover of the city from Catholicism to Protestantism and the last beguine died in 1971 at the age of 84.

The Engelse Kerk (English Church) dates to 1607 and is used today by British ex-pats. Opposite the church, at no. 30, is the Begijnhofkapel, a secret Catholic chapel dating from 1671 that’s also still in use today. The Begijnhof is now a residence for seniors.  30 min. Spui and Gedempte Begijnensloot. No phone. Free admission. Daily 9am–5pm. See All Chapters
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6 EXPLORING PARIS

Anna E. Brooke FrommerMedia ePub

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Exploring Paris

W ith more than 130 world-class museums to visit, scores of attractions to discover, extraordinary architecture to gape at, and wonderful neighborhoods to wander, Paris is an endless series of delights. The hardest part is figuring out where to begin. Fortunately, you can have a terrific time even if you don’t see everything. Some of your best moments may be simply roaming around the city without a plan. Lolling on a park bench, dreaming over a drink at a sidewalk cafe, or noodling around an unknown neighborhood can be the stuff of your best travel memories.

Area by area, the following pages will highlight the best that Paris can offer, from iconic sights known the world over to quirky museums and hidden gardens, from 1,000-year-old castles to galleries celebrating the most challenging contemporary art, and from the must-sees to the only-if-you’ve-seen-everything-else-sees. Here, then, is the best of Paris’s attractions.

The Right Bank

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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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16 PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO GERMANY

Stephen Brewer FrommerMedia ePub

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Planning Your Trip to Germany

Germans are famously organized. Travelers would be wise to follow their example and do a little advance planning for a trip to Germany, including how to get there, the best ways to get around, and where to stay.

Getting There

By Plane

Lufthansa (www.lufthansa.com;  800/645-3880 in the U.S., 800/563-5954 in Canada, or 06986/799-799 in Germany) operates the most frequent service from North America, with a nonstop service from around 20 cities. Given the quality of the fleet and service, as well as timeliness, a flight on Lufthansa is a good kickoff to a trip to Germany.

American Airlines (www.aa.com;  800/433-7300) flies nonstop from Dallas to Frankfurt daily, and serves other routes including Chicago–Düsseldorf. Delta Airlines (www.delta.com;  800/241-4141) offers daily nonstop service to Frankfurt from Atlanta, Detroit, and New York’s JFK; a nonstop to Munich from Atlanta and Detroit; and connections to Berlin via Amsterdam and Paris. United Airlines (www.united.com;  800/864-8331) offers nonstops from Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Chicago to Frankfurt; and Charlotte, Washington DC, and Boston to Munich, among others. Air Berlin (www.airberlin.com;  866/266-5588) flies from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, New York, and Vancouver to Berlin. Eurowings (www.eurowings.com), which is owned by Lufthansa, offers a direct flight to Cologne from Boston.

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Romania

Planet, Lonely Lonely Planet Publications ePub

Beautiful and beguiling, Romania’s rural landscape remains relatively untouched by the country’s urban evolution. It’s a land of aesthetically stirring hand-ploughed fields, sheep-instigated traffic jams, and lots of homemade plum brandy.

Most visitors focus their attention on Transylvania, with its legacy of fortified Saxon towns like Braşov and Sighişoara, plus tons of stirring natural beauty. Similar in character but even more remote, the region of Maramureş offers authentic folkways and villages marked by memorable wooden churches. Across the Carpathians, the Unesco-listed painted monasteries dot southern Bucovina. The Danube Delta has more than 300 species of birds, including many rare varieties, and is an ideal spot for birdwatching.

Energetic cities like Timişoara, Cluj-Napoca and, especially, Bucharest offer culture -- both high- and low-brow -- and showcase Romania as a rapidly evolving modern European country.

AMay Good for festivals, including the ever-popular Sibiu Jazz Festival.

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4 Florence

Stephen Brewer FrommerMedia ePub

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Florence

It’s the city of Botticelli, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci, and the cradle of Europe’s Renaissance. Florence is a place where history still lives on the surface. With Brunelleschi’s dome as a backdrop, follow the River Arno to the Uffizi Gallery (Florence’s foremost museum) and soak in centuries of great painting. Wander across the Ponte Vecchio (Florence’s iconic bridge), taking in the tangle of Oltrarno’s medieval streets. Then sample seasonal Tuscan cooking in a Left Bank osteria. You’ve discovered the art of fine living in this masterpiece of a city.

Michelangelo’s “David” stands tall (literally) behind the doors of the Accademia, and nearby are the delicate paintings of Fra’ Angelico in the convent of San Marco. Works by Donatello, Masaccio, and Ghiberti fill the city’s churches and museums. Once home to the Medici, the Palazzo Pitti is hung with Raphaels and Titians, and backed by the fountains of the regal Boboli Garden.

And it’s not only about history, art, and architecture. Florentines love to shop: Italy’s leather capital strains at the seams with handmade gloves, belts, bags, and shoes sold from workshops, family-run boutiques, and high-toned stores, as well as at tourist-oriented San Lorenzo Market. Splurge on designer wear from fashion houses along Via de’ Tornabuoni—this is the city that Gucci, Pucci, and Ferragamo call home.

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Óbuda & Buda Hills

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

1Touring the Buda Hills by three of the most unusual conveyances you’re likely to encounter: the Cog Railway up into the hills, the unique Children’s Railway through them, and the Chairlift down.

2Walking backwards in time by strolling through the fabulously upgraded Roman-era Aquincum.

3Exploring the world beneath you by visiting any or all of the Buda Hills’ trio of caves: Mátyáshegy, Pálvölgy or Szemlőhegy.

4Spacing out while viewing the truly mind-blowing works of op art at the Vasarely Museum.

5Enjoying Bartók’s music in the very place of its birth: the Béla Bartók Memorial House.

Ó means ‘ancient’ in Hungarian, so no prizes for guessing that Óbuda is the oldest part of Buda. The Romans established Aquincum, a military garrison and civilian town, north of here at the end of the 1st century AD, and it became the seat of the Roman province of Pannonia Inferior in AD 106. When the Magyars arrived, they named it Buda, which became Óbuda when the Royal Palace was built on Castle Hill and turned into the real centre.

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Barcelona

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Barcelona is a mix of sunny Mediterranean charm and European urban style, where dedicated hedonists and culture vultures feel equally at home. From Gothic to Gaudí, the city bursts with art and architecture; Catalan cooking is among the country's best; summer sun seekers fill the beaches in and beyond the city; and the bars and clubs heave year-round.

From its origins as a middle-ranking Roman town, of which vestiges can be seen today, Barcelona became a medieval trade juggernaut. Its old centre holds one of the greatest concentrations of Gothic architecture in Europe. Beyond this are some of the world's more bizarre buildings: surreal spectacles capped by Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Família.

Barcelona has been breaking ground in art, architecture and style since the late 19th century. From Picasso and Miró to the modern wonders of today, the racing heart of Barcelona has barely skipped a beat. Equally busy are the city's avant-garde chefs, who compete with old-time classics for the gourmet's attention.

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