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Neighborhoods

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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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Munich and Southern Bavaria

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Munich and Southern Bavaria

 Munich

 Augsburg

 Ottobeuren

 German Alpine Road

 Oberstdorf

 Schloss Neuschwanstein

 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

 Chiemsee

 Berchtesgaden

 Regensburg

 Eichstätt

 Burghausen

 Passau

Viktualienmarkt maypole and Peterskirche

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Munich and Southern Bavaria

Germany’s southernmost region bewitches visitors with gorgeous scenery, quaint villages, ancient traditions and art-filled cities. Whether you want to raise a mug of beer at Munich’s Hofbräuhaus, cheer on the championship football team FC Bayern München, ski the slopes above Garmisch-Partenkirchen, soar to the “top of Germany” called the Zugspitze, or go underground in a Berchtesgaden salt mine, Munich and southern Bavaria have it all. A more sobering visit can be made to confront the darkest chapter in German history at Dachau concentration camp memorial site.

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THE ITALY OF WINE

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THE ITALY OF WINE

Italy boasts front stage positioning in today’s wine production worldwide, amongst the main wine producers. 36% of Italy’s territory is mountainous, 42% hilly, 22% planes; viticulture is widespread throughout much of the country, and is particularly concentrated in hilly areas where, moreover, the best wine is produced.

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On a historic note

The land of Italy, of Miocene origin, is very well adapted to viticulture. Grapevines were already known in prehistoric times and the fact that grape juices fermented naturally was an acquired fact. We only know of viticulture and winemaking techniques from the 2nd millennium BC when first Creto-Mycenaean civilisations and then, Phoenician and Greek ones spread their know-how to many Italian coastal areas, where they introduced sapling cultivation, which is still used in many regions.

ETRUSCANS AND ROMANS

The Etruscans made a decisive contribution to the development of vine cultivation. When Rome was founded in 753 BC Lazio was one of the areas on the peninsula with the fewest vineyards, whereas Greek dominion in the south of Italy and Etruscan in central Italy had been influential even from this point of view. With Rome’s gradual rise in power, the Romans learned the uses and customs of the populations it controlled and embarked upon viticulture, and even perfected techniques and became great amateurs and promoters. A protagonist of bacchanal pleasures and more cultivated symposia (a term derived from the Greek expression meaning “drink together”), wine became a symbol of social aggregation. For the most part these wines were diluted with water and flavoured with honey and spices. Many Roman scholars wrote about wine, including the poet Horace and Pliny the Elder who mentioned oenology in Naturalis Historia, listing over one hundred wines in the Roman Empire.

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Museums

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USS Yorktown, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museumaa

3mi north of Charleston in Mt. Pleasant. Take US-17 North across the bridge and follow signs for Rte. 703. Take the first right on Patriots Point Rd. 843-884-2727. www.patriotspoint.org. Open year-round daily 9am–6:30pm. Closed Dec 25. $15 adults, $8 children (ages 6–11). Free for children under age 6. Parking $3.

You may have wondered what that huge gray shape is across the harbor from Charleston. It’s the World War II aircraft carrier the USS Yorktownaa, the centerpiece of Patriots Point. Built to honor the men and women who have served the US Navy in the 20C, Patriots Point features four historic vessels, a mock-up of a US Navy base camp in Vietnam, the Medal of Honor Museum and the Cold War Submarine Memorial (across the parking lot on Charleston Harbor).

Dubbed the “Fighting Lady,” the Yorktown was commissioned in Newport News, Virginia, in 1943. During World War II, she carried a crew of 380 officers and 3,038 enlisted men, along with 90 aircraft on board.

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ART AND CULTURE

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Art and Culture

HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE

The Riviera enjoys an incredibly rich art and architectural heritage, dating from Antiquity right up to the present day. Whether you’re exploring the alleyways of picturesque perched villages or strolling along the coast, you’ll find every major architectural movement reflected in this region.

GALLO-ROMAN REMAINS

Provence and particularly the Riviera have enjoyed a high level of prosperity since Roman times. As later generations took the materials used by the Romans to construct their own new buildings, only a few fragments of this ancient civilisation have survived. Despite this fact, in the districts of Fayence, Fréjus and St-Raphaël, Roman canals are still being used to carry water to this day!

The Roman ruins at Cimiez are extensive and consist of one of the best preserved bath complexes in southern Europe. Fréjus still boasts an impressive restored arena and fascinating traces of a Roman harbour.

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