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5 EXPLORING SANTA FE

Laine, Barbara FrommerMedia ePub

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Exploring Santa Fe

One of the oldest cities in the United States, Santa Fe has long been a center for the creative and performing arts, so it’s not surprising that most of the city’s major sights are related to local history and the arts. The city’s Museum of New Mexico, art galleries and studios, historic churches, and cultural sights associated with local American Indian and Hispanic communities all merit a visit. It would be easy to spend a full week sightseeing in the city without ever heading out to any nearby attractions.

What to See & Do in Santa Fe

The Top Attractions

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum MUSEUM    Some artists will always be connected to specific places: Ansel Adams to Yosemite, Claude Monet to his gardens at Giverny, and Georgia O’Keeffe to New Mexico. O’Keeffe (1887–1986) fell in love with the Southwest deserts in the 1930s, and in 1949 she moved from the East Coast to Abiquiu, about 70 miles northwest of Santa Fe. Her paintings of flowers, skulls, and stark landscapes, simultaneously voluptuous and semi-abstract, made her an international art icon who is now considered the “Mother of American Modernism.” This museum, set in a former Baptist church, holds the largest collection of her works in the world. In keeping with O’Keeffe’s style, the museum’s interior features stark white walls and paintings displayed in minimalist silver frames that the artist herself designed. While you’re here, you can also book guided tours of her historic home and studio in Abiquiu, which is just south of I-84, slightly more than an hour’s drive away.

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6 SAN JOSÉ

Karl Kahler FrommerMedia ePub

National Theater of Costa Rica in San José.

Although most tourists enter Costa Rica through the international airport just outside this city, San José is not a place where most travelers linger. Costa Rica’s bustling capital and population center is a good place to visit briefly, or to get things done that can’t be done elsewhere, but it isn’t a major tourist destination. Still, San José is the country’s biggest urban center, with varied and active restaurant and nightlife scenes, several museums and galleries worth visiting, and a steady stream of theater, concerts, and other cultural events that you won’t find elsewhere in the country.

San José can come across as little more than a chaotic jumble of cars, buses, buildings, and people. The central downtown section of the city exists in a near-constant state of gridlock. Antiquated buses spewing diesel fumes and a lack of emission controls have created a brown cloud over the city’s sky. Sidewalks are poorly maintained, narrow, and overcrowded, and street crime is a perennial problem.

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Part One Day 2

Geraldine Ellis Watson University of North Texas Press PDF

Part One, Day 1

Part One

Day 2

BURIED FOREST

River Mile 103.5 10:30 A.M.

It was a misty, magical morning. The gentle rain lasted a short time; a dense fog lay over the water, but it was dispersing, so I packed and stowed my gear and pushed off over the glassy water into the mist.

About ll:00 A.M. just below Cowart’s Bend, I came upon a high, colorful bluff. It was once a steamboat landing, and was the terminus of a branch of the Magnolia Springs road. The cutting action of the river here reveals about

25 feet of floodplain history covering possibly 5,000 years. At normal water level, there is at the bluff base a shelf of the rock-like gray clay found at various shoal sites between Dam B and Sheffield’s Ferry. It appears to be of

Fleming Formation age as it tests high on the pH scale. (I carry a small bottle of 10 percent hydrochloric acid to test materials suspected to be calcareous.)

Above this rocklike clay are several strata of different materials. There is a layer of ocher-colored silt above the clay, then a layer of compressed snowwhite, fine-grained sand, over that a layer of red iron oxide sandy clay, all topped by a dark topsoil. The erosion of these materials has created many strange and beautiful shapes and colors. They are transient in nature as the heavy rains, water seepage, and floods erase them and make blank walls for new creations. One white wall had an abstract design of brilliant red oxide painted onto the surface by water seepage from above. Buff-colored walls

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Southwest Washington

Michelin Michelin ePub

Open year-round daily. Visitor center at 3029 Spirit Lake Hwy., Toutle; t 360-274-0962; www.parks.wa.gov/stewardship/mountsthelens; open May–mid-Sept daily 9am–5pm, rest of the year 4pm; closed major holidays. t 360-449-7800. www.fs.usda.gov/mountsthelens. $5.

One of the world’s most famous volcanoes, Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980 with the intensity of 500 atomic bombs, destroying its northern flank and blasting away more than 1,300ft of elevation. In 1982 the US Congress declared Mount St. Helens a National Volcanic Monument. Today the eviscerated mountain, surrounded by a 172sq-mi preserve, is a leading visitor attraction.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
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Practical Information

When to Go

July is the best time to see flower-filled alpine meadows at Mt. Rainier, but any summer day through September offers the best opportunity for clear weather and great views at both Rainier and Mount St. Helens. Summertime frequently brings fog to the Washington coast, so the best times to visit are the shoulder seasons or winter-storm season.

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3 EXPLORING MILAN

Schoenung, Michelle FrommerMedia ePub

Milan's famous Duomo.

Milan—or Milano, as the Italians say it—is elegant, chaotic, and utterly beguiling. Traffic chokes the streets, and it can be bitterly cold in winter and stiflingly hot in summer, yet its architecture is majestic and the robust Northern Italian cuisine warming. It’s a world-class stop on the international fashion stage, the banking capital of Italy, a wealthy city of glamorous people and stylish shopping streets.

And Milan has history. As well as the Roman ruins, the soaring Duomo and its majestic piazza, the galler ies are stuffed with price less artworks, and there are ancient churches, medieval castles, Renaissance pal aces, and amazing contemporary architecture to admire.

552km (342 miles) NW of Rome, 288km (179 miles) NW of Florence, 257km (159 miles W of Venice) 140km (87 miles) NE of Turin, 142km (88 miles) N of Genoa

In 2015, Milan hosted the 6-month-long Expo Milano 2015, focused on the theme “Feeding the Planet. Energy for Life,” in a suburban area northwest of the centro storico. Massive changes were made to the city in preparation, including a new cluster of buildings constructed in the CityLife district, featuring innovative towers by international archistars Arata Isozaki, Daniel Libeskind, and Zaha Hadid.

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Museums

Michelin Michelin ePub

For museums in boroughs outside Manhattan, see Best of the Bor oughs.

American Museum of Natural Historyaaa

Central Park West between 77th & 81st Sts. 212-769-5100. www.amnh.org. Open year-round daily 10am–5.45pm. $16 (includes all exhibits); $24 includes exhibits and space show. Closed Thanksgiving Day & Dec 25. B, C train to 81st St.; 1 train to 79th St.

If you think of natural history museums as places with case after case of beetles pinned onto cork board, this place will make you think again. A famed research facility, the AMNH is working hard to make the natural world as fascinating to today’s young people as it was to those who never experienced television, air travel or the Internet. The cornerstone of the present facility was laid in 1874 by President Ulysses S. Grant. Theodore Roosevelt, an ardent naturalist, contributed a bat, a turtle, four bird eggs, 12 mice and the skull of a red squirrel. Today, only a small portion of the museum’s more than 30 million artifacts and specimens, gathered from more than 1,000 globe-trotting expeditions, are on view at any given time. The following exhibits, several of which were recipients of major renovations in recent years, are by far the most compelling you’ll find here.

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8 Side Trips from Brussels & Bruges

Sasha Heseltine FrommerMedia ePub

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side trips from Brussels & Bruges

Brussels and Bruges may be Belgium’s Big Two visitor destinations, but to ignore the delights of other cities would be doing both yourself and this cultured country a huge disservice. Although not many places can match Bruges for sheer medieval good looks, Ghent and Antwerp make a jolly good attempt, and many Belgians consider them the true heartland of Flemish culture; certainly when it comes to contemporary dynamism, they are hands-down winners.

Historic Mons is the capital of French-speaking Hainaut, the green and pleasant, lake-speckled land that stretches along most of Belgium’s border with France. 2015 sees the city take on the mantle of European City of Culture for the year, so this polished little city has been all spruced up. Geared up as a partner city in this City of Culture honor is handkerchief-size Mechelen in Flanders—your chance to discover a hitherto little-known Flemish treasure house. And given that the years 2014 through 2018 see the centenary of World War I, now’s an appropriate time to attend the emotional Last Post service in Ypres to commemorate those who died in the trenches of Flanders Fields.

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5 SIDE TRIPS FROM LIMA

Nicholas Gill FrommerMedia ePub

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Side Trips from lima

A short drive out of Lima seems like entering a different world. Scenic river valleys dotted with small farming communities add a touch of green to the central coast, while to the south, a string of beach communities are a welcome change from the frantic pace of the capital. For those with a few days to explore what the central coast has to offer, you will be pleasantly surprised. Major archeological sites, such as Pachacámac to the south and Caral to the north, pre-date the Incas and reveal some of the oldest civilizations in the Americas. The vast Carretera Panamericana (Pan-American Hwy.), a two-lane strip of asphalt that extends the length of Peru from the Ecuadorian border all the way down to Chile, slices through this section of the desert lowlands, and bus travel is direct, if not always visually stimulating. South of Lima along the coast, the hot and extraordinarily dry desert province of Ica is one of the most arid places on earth. There is sandboarding and dune buggy rides, not to mention vineyards hidden amid the sand dunes, though it is also where the South American Plate collides with the Nazca Plate, one of the most seismically active regions of the world. The most recent tragedy struck in August 2007 when a massive earthquake struck around Pisco and Ica, registering 7.9 on the Richter scale.

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12 Sultry Shores: Exotic Lands

Pepper Schwartz FrommerMedia ePub

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Sultry Shores: Exotic Lands

Beyond the time you’ll spend lolling on the gorgeous sands, a trip to Bali, Tahiti, the Maldive Islands, and Thailand will introduce you—and your very significant other—to cultures where having “me” (and “us”) time is considered essential to a well-rounded life. It seems to us that no Puritan work ethic pushes the people here to toil all day. Instead, locals seem to be raised with the understanding that meditation and contemplation are important practices; that spending time with the one (or ones) you love is more important than climbing the career ladder. So relax and spend all afternoon gazing into one another’s eyes. In these places, that’s considered a very appropriate way to spend the day.

Bali

Peace, Passion, Perfection

Bali is one of the world’s great romance capitals, with white-sand beaches, crystalline waters, electric green rice paddies, and lush jungles. Before that passion-perfect background, romance really comes down to something very simple—exquisite attention to detail.

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8 Earthy Delights: Europe

Pepper Schwartz FrommerMedia ePub

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Earthy Delights: Europe

If you thought that Europe’s glories all reside in its cities, think again. Some of the most soul-stirring spots in the UK, Ireland, Italy, France, and the other countries of Europe are rural and not only that, wonderfully serene. Which makes them perfect places to head to when you and your honey want to have a vacation that’s both wonderfully relaxing and often intellectually stimulating.

Cotswolds, England

Strolling through Storybook England

This is quintessential rural and village England. It is totally charming—but you could have a lot of company, particularly in summer and early fall. For romance, that makes a shoulder-season visit a great idea. High season is July through August. Aim for spring or late fall to avoid having your sentimental journey to the Cotswolds run over by tour buses.

One of the best ways to see the adorable villages, quaint inns, and gentle landscape is on foot. Numerous tour operators can take you on short or long hikes to famous towns as well as tiny villages off the tourist path. Walk the Landscape (www.walkthelandscape.co.uk) and Compass Holidays (www.compass-holidays.com) organize guided and self-guided hikes in the Cotswolds.

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7 THE ISLANDS: CAPRI, ISCHIA & PROCIDA

Stephen Brewer FrommerMedia ePub

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The islands: Capri, Ischia & Procida

Just about the only thing these three islands floating in the Bay of Naples have in common is their proximity to one another. While travelers might rightfully lump the three together as idyllic Mediterranean getaways lapped by warm turquoise waters, each has a character so much its own that it can be hard to believe how easy it is to float from one to the other. It’s hard to try to sum up these fabled islands in a few words, but Capri has long been a glamorous getaway, still as popular with tabloid celebrities and day-trader zillionaires as it was with Roman emperors and 1950s movie stars. Ischia is all about laid-back relaxation, on long beaches, in hot springs, and in the pools of dozens of quirkily charming thermal bathing establishments. Procida is just plain pretty, so picturesque that it’s hard to remember the real world is just a short hop away.

It’s easy to reach any one of the islands on a day trip, but here’s some advice you’d be wise to listen to: Don’t. You will want to spend some time on any of them. Do so and each will soon become your own. On Capri, the sound of birdsong in the morning and the cliff-side views of the Faraglioni, the three rock formations rising out of the sea, are pleasures that far outweigh the island’s sophistication and really can make you think you’re in heaven. On Ischia, sitting back in one of the island’s hundreds of thermal pools, many of them surrounded by umbrella pines and luxuriant foliage, might easily make you into a sybarite. On Procida, leave time to lounge on one of the spectacular lava beaches and wander through the labyrinth of lanes that spread across the tiny island.

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10: The Social Self on Pilgrimage: Intercession and Mediation

McIntosh, I.S.; Harman, L.D. CABI PDF

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The Social Self on Pilgrimage:

Intercession and Mediation

Steven Muir*

Concordia University of Edmonton, Canada

Introduction

Scholars of pilgrimage often define the practice according to personal aspects. This chapter examines a less discussed aspect of pilgrimage: its interpersonal side. An example is when someone undertakes a pilgrimage on behalf of another person, and receives a benefit for that person. This sort of pilgrimage suggests an important issue: persons do not exist in isolation or act only for personal gain. The life of the individual is woven into the fabric of their family, friends and community. People are in social networks, they may be familiar with mediators and go-betweens interacting on their behalf and thus one person’s intervention benefits others. I use ancient Greece and

Rome as a case study of this issue. In that setting, we see highly developed cases of social networks and social identity in pilgrimage to healing sites.

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9 PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO FRANCE

Heise, Lily FrommerMedia ePub

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Planning Your Trip to France

Of almost any destination in the world, flying into France is one of the most effortless undertakings in global travel. There are no shots to get and no particular safety precautions, and more and more French people now speak English. With your passport, airline or train ticket, and enough money, you just go. In the pages that follow, you’ll find everything you need to know to plan your trip: finding the best airfare, deciding when to go, getting around the country, and much, much more.

Getting There

By Plane

The two Paris airports—Orly (airport code: ORY) and Charles de Gaulle (airport code: CDG)—are about even in terms of convenience to the city’s center. Orly, the older of the two, is 13km (8 miles) south of the center; Charles de Gaulle is 22km (14 miles) northeast. Air France serves Charles de Gaulle (Terminal 2C) from North America. U.S. carriers land at both airports—although note that both can be very busy depending on the season and security checks. Flight status and transport information for both airports can be found online (www.aeroportsdeparis.fr). If you’re heading to the South of France, Nice Côte d’Azur (airport code: NCE; www.nice.aeroport.fr) is served by direct flights from New York, and most European cities.

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4 Where to stay

Jeanne Cooper FrommerMedia ePub

The St. Regis Princeville.

To avoid long drives, it pays to base your lodgings on the kind of vacation you envision, and consider dividing your time among locations. The island’s East Side makes the most sense for those planning to divide their time equally among island sights; however, the best resorts for families and winter weather are on the South Shore. The most gorgeous scenery and best summertime ocean conditions are on the North Shore. If you’re planning more than a day of hiking in Waimea Canyon or Kokee, or just want to experience the low-key island lifestyle, the West Side will definitely suit.

Taxes of 13.42% are added to all hotel bills. Parking is free, and pools are outdoors unless otherwise noted. Parking, Internet, and resort fees where applicable are charged daily; “cleaning” fees refer to one-time charges for cleaning after your stay, not daily housekeeping—the latter may be available for an additional fee for condos and other vacation rentals.

East Side

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1 INTRODUCING YELLOWSTONE & GRAND TETON

Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan FrommerMedia ePub

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Introducing Yellowstone & Grand Teton

Y ellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are life-list destinations for millions of people—not just Americans—the world over. That’s because you won’t find places like these anywhere else on the planet: No other region combines rare geothermal fireworks, skyscraping mountains, glaciers, and a huge variety of wildlife such as grizzly bears, wolves, elk, and moose in one spot the way the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem does. Here, you can spend days getting lost among the geysers and hot springs, gazing up at or down from towering peaks, marveling at incredible waterfalls, sniffing carpets of wildflowers, and scoping for that next thrilling wildlife sighting. There’s something for everyone at these two exceptional parks—and as soon as you check this place off your life list, you’re bound to start dreaming about your next visit.

Creatures great and small thrive in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. In the wilderness of Yellowstone’s southern corners, grizzlies feed on cutthroat trout during their annual spawning run to the Yellowstone headwaters. In the soft blue depths of Octopus Pond, microbes of enormous scientific value are incubated and born; in the mountain ridges, gray wolves make their dens and mountain lions hunt bighorn sheep. Bald eagles and ospreys soar above the banks of the Snake River in Grand Teton, moose munch their way through meadows, and elk and bison traverse the park on the same roads as visitors.

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