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Hiking

Don Young Hunter Publishing ePub

Iceland Adventure Guide

HUNTER PUBLISHING, INC.

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This guide focuses on recreational activities. As all such activities contain elements of risk, the publisher, author, affiliated individuals and companies disclaim any 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, any liability for 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.

Where in the world can you find fantastic scenery that includes 3,100 miles of gorgeous coastline, a host of lakes and rivers, geysers, numerous waterfalls, roughly 100 volcanoes, and the largest glacier in all of Europe? Where could you find a country that enjoys some of the purest water and cleanest air in all the world? A country that features unparalleled opportunities to enjoy birdwatching, riding among the whales on a ferry, biking, hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, golfing, swimming, touring the mountains in a Jeep, pony trekking, river rafting... and then where you can end your day with a wonderful dinner, followed by some of the most unbelievable nightlife on earth?

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Myrtle Beach and The Grand Strand

Michelin Michelin Travel & Lifestyle ePub

The sights in this section are organized from north to south, beginning with Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beacha

98mi north of Charleston on US-17. Visitor information: 843-626-7444 or 800-356-3016. www.myrtlebeachinfo.com. Visitor centers at1200 N. Oak St. and 3401 US 17 Business S. in Murrells Inlet (for visitor center hours and more practical information).

The pulsing playground that is Myrtle Beach booms nearly year-round with people, traffic, and more entertainment options than you could possibly find time to do. But it wasn’t always this way. Before 1900, this part of the coast was a quiet backwater. Enter the Burroughs & Collins Company, a turpentine manufacturer who built the first hotel on the beach in 1901. The wife of the company’s founder named the area Myrtle Beach, for the abundance of wax myrtle trees that grew wild along the shore.

After Hurricane Hazel razed the Grand Strand in 1954, the rebuilding boom included something new—golf courses. Throughout the 1970s and 80s, residential and commercial projects mushroomed, resulting in the megaresort you see here today—one of the fastest-growing areas in the country.

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Trip to Macau

Planet, Lonely Lonely Planet Publications ePub

China’s Special Administrative Region (SAR) of Macau may be known as the Vegas of the East, but the city has much more to offer than casinos. There are fortresses, churches and neighbourhoods that evoke the style of its former Portuguese masters, intermixed with Chinese temples and shrines. And of course, no trip to Macau is complete without tasting Macanese food, a delicious celebration of hybridism.

MSpend 90 minutes at the Ruins of the Church of St Paul, its small museum, and the nearby Macau Museum. Wander southwest through the tiny streets towards the Inner Harbour, stopping at the Mandarin’s House, St Joseph’s Seminary & Church and A-Ma Temple. Have lunch at Alfonso III, then cab it north to the lovely St Lazarus Church District to browse the boutiques and art spaces for a while.

RAfter lunch, head up to Guia Fort for a visit to the tiny but gorgeous Chapel of Our Lady of Guia. Don’t miss the lighthouse and the panoramic views of the city. Then, if you like, pay a visit to the magnificent Kun Iam Temple.

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The Mountains

Barbara Rogers Hunter Publishing ePub

The Appalachian Range provides eastern Canada's highest elevations. It's an area with very few roads, but uninterrupted miles of climbing, hiking, skiing and snowmobile trails. A downhill ski area and a long winter's ice cover for fishing add to the trails to make this a winter sports center. The Tobique River winds through scenic miles, with just enough whitewater to make canoeing an adventure. The Restigouche River, which shares its name with the county encompassing this region, is so legendary a fishing stream (a 90-pound salmon was caught - and released - here not long ago) that unless you know somebody who owns one of its pools it's hard to find a place to fish in it. 

The region known as the Restigouche is largely wilderness, stretching west from Rte. 17 to the Qubec border for about 50 miles without encountering a road or a town, and east even farther, as far as Bathurst, with only the tenuous dotted line of the seasonal Rte. 180 across it. It's rough terrain, with the Appalachian Mountains rising to more than 2,500-foot altitude at Mount Carleton. 

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Gulf Coast & South Texas

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Gulf Coast South Texas

America’s ‘Third Coast,’ as it’s dubbed itself, is a place of many contrasts. The mellow beach-town scene of Port Aransas is a sea of calm compared with the frenetic hedonism of South Padre Island (SPI), for one. Yet they also have much in common. At both Aranasas National Wildlife Refuge and Padre Island National Seashore, you can get lost in nature. Much of the coast is undeveloped.

Besides SPI, there’s fun to be had in Corpus Christi (and even Port Aransas can kick up its heels for some merriment). Inland you’ll find reminders of the state’s dramatic history from the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site to the legacies found in stone around Goliad.

History is still being made in the very south along the Rio Grande. Border politics affect all aspects of life and Mexican culture accents the towns and remote stretches from Brownsville to Laredo and beyond.

Mar Spring Break! Hordes of partying teens may appeal or cause you to go scurrying.

Apr–May Sep–Oct The weather is reliably balmy but crowds are few.

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Airlines

John Waggoner Hunter Publishing ePub

Brazil recently had a shortage of domestic flights and overbooking or delays were common. It is advised to make reservations well ahead of time and arrive at the airport at least two hours before your flight. The main domestic carriers have code-sharing agreements with international airlines so you should also check with them. Direct international flights are usually available to So Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Recife, Fortaleza, Belm, Manaus and Belo Horizonte. Charter flights are available through a travel agent.

International and domestic airport locations are noted in each chapter.

International airlines serving Brazil include Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Aerosur, Air Canada, Air France, Air Nippon Airlines, Alittlia, American Airlines, Avianca, British Airways, Continental, Delta Airlines, Iberia, JAL, KLM, Korean Airlines, LAN Chile, Lufthansa, South African Airways, Swissair, and United Airlines.

Domestic carriers with international, regional and Ponte Aerea flights (airbus service between Rio and So Paulo) include Varig(tel.4003-7000, www.varig.com.br), Tam (tel.4002-5700, in US 888-2 FLYTAM, www.tam.com.br), Gol (tel.0300-789-2121, www.voegol.com.br), and BRA (tel.11-6445-4310, www.voebra.com.br).

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Batópilas

Vivien Lougheed Hunter Publishing ePub

Batpilas is 70 miles/120 km south from Creel and occupies one narrow street that runs along the river. Coming into town by car you'll have the canyon wall on one side and the river down below on the other. The canyon walls go up from every direction in town, keeping the heat in and the humidity high. Because of the accommodations, the setting and the remoteness, this town has become a destination in itself and everyone who visits should consider spending at least three days here.

Batpilas Canyon

Batpilas was once a wealthy mining city reminiscent of Potosi in Bolivia. The first mines were opened in 1632 and, during the colonial years, over 300 mines were explored and worked. The most notorious miner/developer of the area was Alexander Shepherd, who had quite a history before coming to Mexico.

Alexander Shepherd

In 1871, Alexander Shepherd became the territorial governor of the District of Columbia. During his time in office he constructed roads, built sewer lines and put in gas and water mains. He was expelled from office after congress discovered that he had overspent by $15 million. He moved to Batpilas in 1880 just after John Robinson discovered a rich silver vein that he was unable to work due to lack of funds. Shepherd purchased the mine for $600,000 and, always the profiteer, filed over 300 claims and consolidated the Batpilas Mining Company. El Peasquito Silver Mine, owned by Shepherd, became one of the richest in the world.

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People

Blair Howard Hunter Publishing ePub

Although Bermuda's roots are buried deep within its British heritage, the people have also been heavily influenced over the past three hundred years by its location. While the average Bermudian is very British, one finds the Caribbean influence and its African roots here, especially among the black population. The colorful clothing and many of the important festivals reflect beginnings born in slavery. Caribbean music, reggae and calypso wafts gently across the islands, bringing with it a feeling of well-being and a happy attitude.

Daily life on Bermuda is much the same as in England. Darts are played in pubs; fish and chips, sausage rolls, and meat pies are on most menus; and afternoon tea is a tradition that's inviolable. Everything stops for tea.

On an island nation this small, no place is exclusive to locals; where they go, you go. And, as most people use the public transportation system, you'll find yourself in close contact with the residents. Today's Bermudian is, for the most part, an extremely friendly soul, easy to like and easy to get to know. Locals have no qualms about striking up a conversation with visitors on buses, the ferry, in pubs or on the beach. If you need help of any sort, you have only to ask. Bermudians are well educated and extremely articulate; you'll have no trouble understanding them. Treat them with courtesy and respect.

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Bangkok

Christopher Evans Hunter Publishing ePub

 

 

The modern city

 

Bangkok is a wonderful city to visit but not a place in which we would choose to live. However, close to nine million people call this home and endure the traffic chaos, noise and air pollution with no apparent complaint. This is a city that is full of architectural wonders, ancient and modern, on both sides of a flourishing river. It is full of rare contrasts. The saffron-robed monks wander along congested sidewalks where ladies of the night ply their trade. The smartly dressed European businessperson towers over the short Thai street trader. It is religious and risqu. There is noise in the markets and silence in the temples.

This mega-metropolis is the starting point for most Thailand adventures. If you plan properly you can see the best of Bangkok in three or four hectic days and then get going to see to the wonders Thailand has to offer away from its capital.

The city's spacious new Suvarnabhumi Airport (pronounced soo-wan-na-poom), which comes into operation in 2006, replacing the Don Muang airport (dorn meu-ang), is to be the first point of arrival for 85% of all visitors to the kingdom. The airport is 30 kilometers east of Bangkok.

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Central Mountains

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

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Those who explore these winding roads gain a dramatically different perspective on the island and a chance to commune with Puerto Rico

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Dominica

Rapp, Laura & Diane Hunter Publishing ePub

Columbus sailed past Dominica (pronounced DOM-en-eeka) on a Sunday, so the island was named after that day of the week. To describe the land when he returned to Spain, Columbus crumpled a piece of stiff paper and placed it on a table, telling his audience that Dominica was an island of jagged peaks rising from the sea an apt description, since it is composed of towering mountains, deep river gorges, cascading waterfalls and boiling lakes and was formed by the eruptions of several volcanoes.

At least two-thirds of Dominica's land area is covered by forest or other vegetation, with two mountain peaks over 4,000 feet. Thousands of acres are under the protection of the National Park Service, an example of Dominica's farsighted government. The mountainous terrain is dissected by deep valleys and gorges, with some 365 streams and rivers, a hiker's paradise and a gardener's dream. With almost 350 inches of rain each year, almost anything will grow in the rich volcanic soil.

Dominica's inaccessible territory produced a turbulent history for the island, which changed ownership between the English and French many times. Both armies found it difficult to wage a successful land campaign, as the steep cliffs prevented conventional invasions. An invading army was forced to trudge through miles of extremely rugged land to wage a sneak attack on the enemy. Two armies once passed within a mile of each other without meeting, and the forces of nature could defeat both armies before a battle was actually waged.

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< class="calibre2">Pine Island & OutIslands</>

Chelle Koster Walton Hunter Publishing ePub

< class="calibre4">You must be a specialty traveler to truly appreciate Pine Island. Only utterly devoted fisherfolk, history buffs, or exotic fruit and fresh seafood connoisseurs need apply.</>

< class="calibre4">Don't come here looking for beaches and yuppie bars. Go to neighboring Sanibel Island or Fort Myers Beach if that's what you want. Beaches do not really exist on Pine Island (there's one man-made beach in St. James City) and that is the very reason it has ducked tourism's inherent damage to island heritage and identity. Tucked between barrier islands and the Cape Coral mainland, Pine Island hides from hedonistic sun-seekers. Still today, as in centuries past, it is about Amerindian villages, farming, and fishing.</>

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Pine Island's south-end < class="bold">Galt Island</> and the separate community of Pineland once held major < class="bold">Calusa</> < class="bold">Amerindian</> religious centers with elaborate canal systems and sizable shell midden mounds. In the Calusas' wake settled Cuban immigrants who set up fishing camps and began a way of life that continues to this day. In recent years, a ban on net-fishing has changed life somewhat for Pine Islanders. Many have turned to related careers, such as crabbing and charter fishing. < class="bold">Artists</> inspired by the fishermen, their boats, and their way of life have now become more representative of Pine Island occupation.

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Taxes

Lynne Sullivan Hunter Publishing ePub

It's easy to love the US Virgin Islands. St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix have all the amenities and indulgences you'd expect to find in a tropical paradise, plus a breathtaking Caribbean setting and just enough "foreign" quirks to convince you that you've left the mainland.

Menus are written in English, but the choices are exotically West Indian. Traffic travels on the left side of the road, but cars have state-side-designed steering. Mocko jumbies march in the Fourth of July parades, and you'll pay US dollars for locally made Africa-inspiredart sold from an 18th-century Danish warehouse.

Together, the 60 or so islands and cays in the USVI offer something for every type of vacationer. The small outer islets are mostly uninhabited and appeal to day-trippers in search of lazy hours under a palm tree on a secluded beach. Each of the main islands have enough differences to make them interesting destinations on their own. St. John lures nature lovers, St. Thomas draws high-energy shoppers and doers, and St. Croix attracts those who relish a bit more history and architecture with their sun and fun.

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The Berry Islands

Blair Howard Hunter Publishing ePub

Less than 35 miles to the north of Nassau, close to the fishing grounds on the eastern edge of the Great Bahama Bank, these little-known islands have long been a favorite stop for divers, anglers and yachtsmen. There's not much to them; just 12 square miles of land scattered across a dozen, or so, small cays, most of them privately owned. Small and isolated as the archipelago is, there's plenty for the outdoor enthusiast to see and do. Tiny communities with colorful names - Cockroach Cay, Goat Cay, Hog Cay, Devil's Cay - conjure images of James Bond. Divers can explore the coral reefs off Mamma Rhoda Rock and unidentified sunken ships.

Anglers know the Berrys are renowned for championship sport fishing and that they can hunt the "big one" on the Banks, or just off-shore in the deep blue waters to the east. Naturalists can walk the deserted beaches, ply the waters between the islands in a rented boat and perhaps visit the private bird sanctuary on Bond's Cay. These islands are perfect for yachtsmen; they lend themselves beautifully to inter-island day-sailing.

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Margaret Island & Northern Pest

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

1Revisiting Budapest’s medieval past on Margaret Island by strolling from the ruins of the Franciscan church and monastery, past the one-time Dominican convent where St Margaret is buried and on to the Romanesque Premonstratensian church.

2Pampering yourself at the Danubius Health Spa Margitsziget, one of the most modern spas in town.

3Paying homage to the heroic Raoul Wallenberg at his statue in Szent István Park.

4Exploring the length and breadth of Margaret Island on two or four wheels with a rental bicycle or pedal coach. (Click here)

5Getting behind the wheel of one of the big locomotives at the Hungarian Railway History Park.

Neither Buda nor Pest, though part of district XIII, 2.5km-long Margaret Island (Margit-sziget) in the middle of the Danube was always the domain of one religious order or another until the Turks arrived and turned what was then called the Island of Rabbits into – appropriately enough – a harem, from which all ‘infidels’ were barred. It’s been a public park open to everyone since the mid-19th century.

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