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19 Pilgrimage and Identity along the Mormon Trail

Olsen, D.H.; Trono, A. CABI PDF

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Pilgrimage and Identity along the Mormon Trail

Daniel H. Olsen* and Brian J. Hill

Brigham Young University, Utah, USA

Introduction

The year 1997 marked a time of much excitement among members of The Church of Jesus

Christ of Latter-day Saints (Latter-day Saints or

Mormons) in North America and around the world. Not unlike the year 2000 which was significant for technological and religious/eschatological reasons (e.g. Horrocks, 1999; Olsen and

Timothy, 1999; Cowan, 2003; Schaefer, 2004;

Pärna, 2010), 1997 was an important year for

Latter-day Saints, marking the sesquicentennial of the crossing of the early Mormon pioneers from the United States into Mexican territory to establish a religious utopia in the midst of the

Rocky Mountains. Every year Latter-day Saints around the world celebrate Pioneer Day, a commemoration of the entry of the first pioneer company into the Salt Lake V

­ alley in modern-­day Utah after a journey along what is known today as the

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Port Angeles

Michelin Michelin ePub

Point Defiance Park a

5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma. t 253-305-1000. www.metroparkstacoma.org. Open daily half hour before dawn–half hour after dusk.

At 702 acres, Point Defiance Park is one of the largest city parks in the nation. It has plenty of places to enjoy the out-of-doors, whether hiking through the park’s dense stands of old-growth Douglas-fir forest; watching bald eagles dive for salmon in the tidal rapids below 250ft cliffs; beachcombing at Owen’s Beach or strolling through the rose, dahlia or Japanese gardens. The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquariuma sits near the park’s entrance, and the Fort Nisqually Living History Museumaa is located on a 5mi forested loop drive that offers viewing opportunities of raccoons as they scamper along the road shoulder, and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and waterway. Outside the park’s entrance is a Washington State Ferries dock for ferries bound for nearby, rural Vashon Island.

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9 The Best Lodging

Patricia Harris FrommerMedia ePub

A room at the Hotel 1898.

Lodging Best Bets

Best Old-City Location

Hotel Neri $$$ c/ Sant Sever, 5 (p 142)

Best In-House Restaurants

ABaC $$$$ Av. Tibidabo, 1 (p 136); and Hotel Omm $$$$ c/ Rosselló, 265 (p 142)

Best for Would-Be Aristocrats

El Palace Barcelona $$$$ Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes, 668 (p 138)

Best Affordable Design

Praktik Rambla $$ Rambla de Catalunya, 67 (p 143); and The 5 Rooms $$ c/ Pau Claris, 72 (p 144)

Best Cutting-Edge Design

Hotel Omm $$$$ c/ Rosselló, 265 (p 142)

Best Antidote to Minimalism

Hostal L’Antic Espai $$ Gran Vía de les Cortes Catalanes, 660 (p 139)

Best Business Hotel

Hotel Arts $$$$ c/ de la Marina, 19–21 (p 139)

Best In-House Museum

Hotel Claris $$$$ c/ Pau Claris, 150 (p 140)

Best Service

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona $$$$ Pg. de Gràcia, 28–30 (p 142)

Best Gay Hotel

Hotel Axel $$$ c/ Aribau, 33 (p 139)

Best Boutique Hotels

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14 THE FAIRY-TALE ROAD

Stephen Brewer FrommerMedia ePub

The Bremen Town Musicians, immortalized in bronze on Bremen’s Marktplatz.

Once upon a time, folks in a pretty, rural, and relatively untraveled part of central Germany between Frankfurt and Bremen got together to see how they might put their region on the map. “Let’s see, who’s lived here that anyone really cares about?” they wondered aloud.

“I’ve got it!” someone ventured. “How about those Grimm boys? Quiet, mousy types, always had their noses in a book. Cared more about words than they did about people. But they sure told a whopper of a tale. Plus, all those characters they wrote about, Goldilocks, the Pied Piper, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel . . . they all lived in these parts, too.”

“Meine Gütte, we’re on to something,” the crowd roared. And that, if you choose to believe it, is how the Fairy Tale Road came to be.

The so-called Fairy-Tale Road (Märchenstrasse) meanders for 595km (369 miles) north from Frankfurt through the states of Hesse and Lower Saxony, from Hanau, where the Brothers Grimm were born, to Bremen. Following the entire route is a five-day adventure at least, taking many twists and turns to the towns and villages where the librarian brothers lived, worked, and studied, until they left the region for Berlin in 1840. Along the way are half-timbered houses strung along cobbled lanes, castle towers on the horizon, and green river valleys edged with dark, gnarly forests. This is the land that inspired the tales that still fascinate children and adults around the world. While some towns and villages on the long route have no bona fide association with the Grimms, they are picturesque enough to qualify—you’ll find yourself wondering if a witch or wizard might live in that thatched cottage by the road, or if a princess is taking a century-long snooze in the castle tower you see in the distance.

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11 CAMBRIDGE & EAST ANGLIA

Stephen Brewer FrommerMedia ePub

Approaching King’s College Chapel, Cambridge.

The farther north and east you go, East Anglia—Essex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, and Norfolk—the lower and flatter the landscape becomes; swathes of open fields, crisscrossed by dykes and ditches, turn to ­forest and heath until you come to the watery haven of the Norfolk Broads and then the coast.

East Anglia’s most famous town is Cambridge, with its ornate colleges and chapels, while to the northeast is Norwich, the region’s largest town, with a Norman castle and cathedral to show for its power and prosperity. Rising from the very flat landscapes are fine old wool towns—Lavenham and Saffron Walden are two of the prettiest—and many remarkable architectural landmarks, including the tall spire of Ely cathedral. Then there are those landscapes themselves—reed-lined waterways that are an adventure to explore by boat, long empty beaches, shimmering rivers, and broad skies that once inspired painter John Constable and will stir you, too.

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