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Boston Today

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Boston is at a turning point. Major urban development projects have been completed, neighborhoods have been transformed, the waterfronts are sparkling and the cityscape looks fantastic. Boston is thriving economically. There's a new mayor at the helm – and he's thinking big. Predictably, the challenges facing Boston are also big. That's okay…we need something to grumble about.

The Verdict (1982) Paul Newman as a Boston lawyer.

Good Will Hunting (1997) Put Southie on the Hollywood map.

Next Stop Wonderland (1997) Heartwarming independent film with a bossa nova soundtrack.

The Departed (2006) Suspense-filled mob movie that won Best Picture.

John Adams (2008) Critically acclaimed TV series chronicling the life and times of the second US president.

The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne; 1850) Hypocrisy and malice in Puritan New England.

The Given Day (Dennis Lehane; 2008) A suspense-filled historical novel, following two families through the turmoil of post–WWI Boston.

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222 / pop 3.36 million

If West Africa is a playground for overlanders, then Mauritania often seems to be little more than a transit between the better-known attractions of Marrakesh, Dakar or Bamako. That’s a shame because Mauritania has some tremendous secrets to reveal.

Just as impressive as the cultural diversity is some of the continent’s grandest scenery. The Adrar region offers epic sand dunes, eye-popping plateaus and Africa’s biggest monolith. The Tagânt has similar charms, and both hide ancient (and World Heritage–listed) caravan towns – Chinguetti, Ouadâne and Oualâta. The World Heritage feast continues along the coast at Parc National du Banc d’Arguin, which attracts millions of migratory birds and is a renowned birdwatching site.

If you just breeze through, you’ll miss out on a truly incredible country. No one in Mauritania is in a rush, and you shouldn’t be either.

Nov–Mar The most pleasant months to visit the desert, although nights can be cold.

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Bilbao, Basque Country & La Rioja

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The jade hills and drizzle-filled skies of this pocket of Spain are quite a contrast to the popular image of the country. The Basques, the people who inhabit this corner, also consider themselves different. They claim to be the oldest Europeans and to speak the original European language. Whether or not this is actually the case remains unproven, but what is beyond doubt is that they live in a land of exceptional beauty and diversity. There are mountains watched over by almost forgotten gods, cultural museums and art galleries, street parties a million people strong and, arguably, the best food in Spain.

Leave the rugged north behind and feel the temperature rise as you hit the open, classically Spanish plains south of Pamplona. Here you enter the world of Navarra and La Rioja. It’s a region awash with glorious wine, sunburst colours, dreamy landscapes, medieval monasteries and enticing wine towns.

AMay Spring brings crowds, and a bustling modern art scene, in the museums and galleries of Bilbao.

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Hong Kong Island: Wan Chai & the Northeast

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1Combing the rows of narrow streets sandwiched between Queen’s Rd East and Johnston Rd for old houses, Taoist temples, traditional shops, open-air bazaars and screaming wet markets.

2Feeling your adrenalin soar at the Happy Valley Racecourse on a Wednesday night, beer in hand.

3Experiencing sublime taste in Admiralty: aesthetic at the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre and culinary at its resident restaurant, AMMO.

4Shopping for Japanese and Korean fashions among the hordes of teeny-boppers in Causeway Bay.

5Having a night of debauchery on Lockhart Road in Wan Chai.

Stroll through the Pacific Place mall connected to Admiralty MTR station and pay a leisurely 2½-hour visit to Hong Kong Park and the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre. Head downhill and over to Queen’s Rd East nearby. Spend two hours exploring the ‘old’ Wan Chai area. Have some ethnic food; choices are plenty. Continue your journey to ‘new’ Wan Chai, closer to the harbour, to the Wan Chai Computer Centre or further north to the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. Tram it to Causeway Bay, arriving after the lunch hour to avoid the crowds. Spend some time shopping or head east to Victoria Park to people-watch under a tree. Enjoy happy-hour drinks here or hop on an eastbound ‘ding ding’ and play it by ear.

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Near West Side & Pilsen

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The Near West Side covers a large swath including Greektown and the booming West Loop. Here chic restaurants, clubs and galleries poke out between meat-processing plants, and it seems like a new, all-the-rage chef opens an eatery (or two) weekly. Nearby in Pilsen, Mexican culture mixes with Chicago's bohemian underground, and colorful murals, taquerias and cafes result.

MA tough breakfast decision awaits: Lou Mitchell's has Milk Duds and convenience going for it. Sweet Maple Cafe has biscuits and grits, but it's a bit far flung. If it's the last weekend of the month, Randolph Street Market is a big to-do.

RTake the train to Pilsen. The National Museum of Mexican Art has terrific (and free) exhibits, while 18th St rolls out groovy shops like Knee Deep Vintage and Comet Vintage. They share the sidewalk with Don Pedro Carnitas, La Catrina Cafe and other Mexican spots, as well as hipster halls such as Dusek's.

NThe West Loop is one of Chicago's richest zones for dinner. But you won't be the only one with the idea. Try for reservations at Girl and the Goat or Little Goat, or get in line at Avec. Bubbly drinks at RM Champagne Salon is a fine finale.

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Northern Honshū (Tōhoku)

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Tōhoku (東北; 'northeast') is Japan's rugged north, a land of hulking volcanic massifs, remote hot springs, ancient folklore and unique customs born of centuries of isolation.

This was a land where, aside from the dramatic and beautiful passage of the seasons, nothing much changed, until suddenly, the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami changed everything, levelling many coastal communities in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures with totality. Today, new life emerges slowly, with trepidation and courage from the devastation.

The undamaged landscapes of Niigata, Yamagata, Akita and Aomori prefectures are as dramatic and rewarding as ever, home to vibrant festivals and traditions, sensational snow resorts, healing hot springs, mountain hikes along ancient pilgrimage routes, and samurai-era villages.

There’s never been a better time to explore Japan’s culturally diverse, stunningly beautiful, rugged, great north, and your visit can really make a difference.

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Blair Howard Hunter Publishing ePub

There are four main shopping areas in Bermuda: the City of Hamilton,  St. George's, SomersetVillageand the Royal Naval Dockyard. Most of them have been covered in the section on sightseeing. Despite the small size of the island, you won't be disapointed by the high number of sophisticated, multi-story department stores, specialty shops, gift stores, jewelry outlets and perfumeries on the main streets and waterfronts of all four areas, not to mention the hidden shops tucked away all around the islands.

Service in retail stores is, for the most part, helpful and courteous. Sometimes, however, the pressures of the tourist industry will overcome even the most patient of service personnel, who tire toward the end of the day and whose tempers can become a little ragged. This doesn't happen often, but if it does, just smile and pass right along. There's always another store just down the road.

The best bargains in Bermuda are goods imported from Europe. Such items as Italian, German, English and French knitwear can often be purchased at prices far below those in the United States. Watches (Rolex, Omega, Patek Philippe), jewelry, French perfumes, Icelandic woolen goods, and fine china can be 50% cheaper than at home.

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Population 460,400 / Area 116 sq km

Edinburgh is a city that begs to be explored. From the vaults and wynds (narrow lanes) that riddle the Old Town to the urban villages of Stockbridge and Cramond, it's filled with quirky come-hither nooks that tempt you to walk just a little bit further. And every corner turned reveals sudden views and unexpected vistas – green sunlit hills, a glimpse of rust-red crags, a blue flash of distant sea.

But there's more to Edinburgh than sightseeing – there are top shops, world-class restaurants and a bacchanalia of bars to enjoy. This is a city of pub crawls and impromptu music sessions, mad-for-it clubbing and all-night parties, overindulgence, late nights and wandering home through cobbled streets at dawn.

All these superlatives come together in August at festival time, when it seems as if half the world descends on Edinburgh for one enormous party. If you can possibly manage it, join them.

In May there's good weather (usually), flowers and cherry blossom everywhere, and (gasp!) no crowds. August is festival time – crowded and mad, but unmissable. In December there are Christmas decorations, cosy pubs with open fires and ice skating in Princes Street Gardens.

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Michelin Travel Lifestyle Michelin Travel & Lifestyle ePub

Chrysler Buildingaaa

405 Lexington Ave. at E. 42nd St. 4, 5, 6 or 7 train to Grand Central Terminal. See map opposite.

When you have money, you can do anything; or so Walter P. Chrysler must have thought when he commissioned architect William Van Alen to design the world’s tallest building. One of the first large buildings to use metal extensively on its exterior, the 77-story Art Deco landmark pays sparkling homage to the car. It was briefly the world’s tallest building in 1930, after its architect secretly ordered a 185-foot spire attached to its crown, edging out the Bank of Manhattan, which was two feet taller. Alas, the distinction lasted only a few months; the Empire State Building blew both buildings away when it opened in 1931.

Stylistically the Chrysler Building has stood the test of time: the

six semi-circular arches of its stainless-steel pinnacle, patterned after a 1930 Chrysler radiator cap, glimmer majestically during the day and are dramatically lit at night.

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South End & Chinatown

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1Hitting Chinatown for pork buns, dumplings and other dim sum delights.

2Browsing at the SoWa Open Market and SoWa Vintage Market followed by Sunday brunch in the South End.

3Packing into Wally's Café for old-time jazz and blues.

4Sampling the stylish vintage threads at Bobby from Boston.

5Dressing to the nines and going out for a night in the Theater District, whether for comedy at the Wilbur Theatre, opera at the Shubert Theatre or dance at the Wang Theatre.

Four side-by-side neighborhoods are home to Boston's lively theater scene, its most hip-hop-happening nightclubs and its best international and contemporary dining.

Once downtrodden, the South End was claimed and cleaned up by the gay community, and now everyone wants to live there. And why not? The neighborhood boasts the country's largest concentration of Victorian row houses, the city's most innovative and exciting options for dining out, and a vibrant art scene.

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Exploring Naples

Marina Carter Hunter Publishing ePub

Naples, Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast

2nd Edition

Marina Carter




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 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.

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17 Ellsworth

Publishers of Down East Down East Books ePub

Route 184, 207-667-2242

Latitude: 44.4515

Longitude: -68.2856

Many of Maine’s beaches have fine views—it comes with the territory. But few offer sights quite like those at Lamoine Beach. From its sand you look out at an astonishing panorama—the mountains of Acadia National Park, all soaring and green. Mount Desert Island is less than a mile away across Eastern Bay. It’s rather magnificent and, when you combine it with a rare beach in the Down East region, it makes for a very appealing stop.

A lot of people confuse this little gem with nearby Lamoine State Park. This beach is the centerpiece of the town-run Lamoine Beach Park. It sprawls for more than 2,740 yards—yes, more than a mile of sand. Sand such as it is. Like many of the beaches of the eastern half of Maine, it’s comprised of a small-grained, course gravel. It is fairly narrow, and the sand gets grittier the farther toward the water you go, but there’s quite enough shore to go around.

The swimming is cold, as you can imagine, and the only surfing you’ll do here is the wind kind. The facilities are limited to picnic tables and a boat ramp. It’s a great place to launch a kayak for an exploration of Eastern Bay, and the wide grassy lawns that back up to the beach make for nice picnicking.

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Mountainous Gangwon-do (강원도) gives you some of South Korea’s most spectacular landscapes, up-close Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) experiences, and laid-back coastal towns and beaches on the East Sea. This is where many Seoulites escape – to get lost in the mountains, to chow down on Chuncheon’s fiery chicken dish dakgalbi or the raw fish of the coastal towns, or to leap into a frenzy of sports such as skiing in Pyeongchang county, host of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

While the province may not have that much by way of cultural antiquities, what it does have – Gangneung’s 400-year-old Dano Festival, for instance – it celebrates with zest. And Gangwon-do can be quirky too. Near Samcheok you’ll find a park full of unabashed phallic sculptures standing cheek by jowl with a humble fishing village, while Gangneung has a museum dedicated to its founder’s lifelong obsession with all things Edison.

AJan–Mar This is the best time to hit the ski slopes at Yongpyong and Alpensia.

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Eastern Washington

Michelin Michelin Travel & Lifestyle ePub

Lake Chelan aa

Hwy. 97, 103mi north of Ellensburg. t 509-682-3503. www.lakechelan.com.

This narrow, 50mi-long lake is a recreational haven at its southern end, anchored by the tiny town of Chelan. At its northern end, wilderness terminates at the deeply forested community of Stehekin, a backpackers’ launch pad into the rugged North Cascades National Forest. The Lady of the Lake passenger ferry and float planes carry travelers between the two points. In and near Chelan are pleasant beaches, including Lake Chelan State Park, with 6,000ft of shoreline. Slidewaters waterpark, in Chelan, offers another water-play option.

Dry Fallsa

On Rte. 17, 17mi north of Soap Lake. www.parks.wa.gov. Open summer daily 6:30am–dusk. Winter 8am–dusk.

Few places offer as raw and memorable a look at geological forces as Dry Falls. The “falls” are a bowl-shaped 400ft chasm, 3.5mi wide, carved into volcanic bedrock in the Columbia Basin desert. Thousands of years ago, catastrophic Ice Age floods surged through here as prehistoric Lake Missoula in Montana periodically broke though its ice dam and sent billions of gallons of water west to the Pacific, carving the Columbia Basin landscape.

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It’s a cardinal rule of urban development: if your city is on the sea, you cannot modernise without giving the docklands a revamp. And so it was with Dublin: the eastern banks of the Liffey – aka ‘Canary Dwarf’ – have been given a major makeover and now sport an impressive array of contemporary office blocks and snazzy public buildings.

MAfter you've photographed the Custom House, take a close look at Rowan Gillespie's Famine Memorial just to the east. Then board the Jeanie Johnston and imagine the real-life versions of the sculptures making their way across the Atlantic for a new life in America.

RDevote the afternoon to a spot of sightseeing: the dockland bridges make a great photo op, as does the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and the modern square in front of it. Grand Canal Dock is lined with cafes: pick one and while away the afternoon.

NAfter dinner – Juniors Deli & Cafe or Paulie's Pizza – you've a choice between a big ticket gig at the 3 Arena or a concert at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. In the event that neither has something on when you visit, a night in the pub – Slattery's, for instance – will be more than enough consolation.

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