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Guaymas/San Carlos

Vivien Lougheed Hunter Publishing ePub

Guaymas marina at sunrise

Guaymas, also called San Jos de Guaymas, is set on the Sea of Cortez and is back-dropped by rust-colored mountains. This bustling port has a population of about 200,000. Just over the mountains is the town of San Carlos, with a population of about 7,000. San Carlos has more drive-down tourist traffic than any other Mexican mainland destination. It is a mere five-hour drive from Arizona and is the sister city of Mesa.

The two towns are located on a large bay with isolated beaches within walking distance of each town. San Carlos is starting to get luxury hotels, gourmet restaurants, coffee bars and discos, making a vacation here a true rest in an exotic setting. At present, 68% of the population of San Carlos is American or Canadian.

The 16 miles/24 km of highway between San Carlos and Highway 15 joins Algodones Beach, where accommodations are luxurious. The highway passes through a landscape that has desert on one side and beaches on the other. There are 2,200 palm trees lining the way. The road passes beside Tetakawi Hill, a distinct landmark between the two towns.

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Where to Stay in the Massif des Maures

Ferne Arfin Hunter Publishing ePub


 

Hotel Price Codes

No $ symbol = under 55 euros

$ = 56-96 euros

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$$$ = 136-195 euros

$$$$ = over 195 euros

 

Htel Restaurant Notre Dame, Logis de France, Collobrires (15 avenue de la Libration, 83 610 Collobrires, tel. 33 0 4 94 48 07 13, fax 33 0 4 94 48 05 95, 14 rooms, with half board $). Logis de France (see Useful Contacts gives this hotel "one chimney" which, in their rating system, means "simple but comfortable furnishings, good cuisine, excellent value."

Hotel La Sarrazine, La Garde Freinet (Route Nationale, 83680 La Garde Freinet, tel. 33 0 4 94 55 59 60, fax 33 0 4 94 55 58 18, reservations@lasarrazine.fr, www.lasarrazine.fr, four rooms and five suites, air conditioning, minibar, room service, private gardens and balconies, $-$$). A small charmer that offers terrific value for the standard. Rooms have beamed ceilings, stone walls, wrought-iron bedsteads, modern marble bathrooms. The hotel has an ambitious restaurant ($$-$$$).

L'Amandari, Plan de la Tour (Vallat d 'Emponse, 83120 Le Plan de la Tour, tel. 33 0 4 94 43 79 20/33 0 6 03 45 37 39, fax 33 0 4 94 43 10 52, www.provence-holidays.com, B &B, six rooms, $-$$). Individually decorated, colorful accommodations in a friendly, family-run chambre d'hte. Dinners can be arranged ($ without wine).

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New Hope

Mycek, Shari Hunter Publishing ePub

In his book Michener and Me (Running Press, Philadelphia and London, September 1999), Bucks County author Herman Silverman, who shared a 50-year friendship with Michener, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, reminisces about some of the old New Hope luminaries:

"In the summertime during the late '40s, on most Saturdays our house was bustling late into the night with show-business people who were performing at the Bucks County Playhouse, which was going full tilt in nearby New Hope, or at the Music Circus, a summer theater just across the Delaware River in Lambertville, New Jersey. Ann and I would spread the table with cold cuts and snacks and open up the house. The theater crowd was drawn by the food, the fun and our swimming pool, one of the few around at the time. The "big shots" (Hammerstein, Kaufman, Hart) weren't frequent guests at our parties but the "little shots" were. Then-aspiring actors such as George C. Scott, Walter Matthau, and Janis Paige would join us at the gatherings. Jim (Michener) often showed up at these late-night parties. But few knew much about him, as he had not yet won the Pulitzer Prize."

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Penobscot Bay

Robert and Patricia Foulke Hunter Publishing ePub
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Fishing

Blair Howard Hunter Publishing ePub

Nothing beats heading out to sea in the early morning just as the sun is peeping over the horizon, when the air is crisp and cool, with the breezes blowing gently in your face. And few things compare with the feeling one gets aboard a slowly trolling boat on a calm sea under a hot summer sun, a heavy rod between your knees, and a can of something cold in your hand. The ultimate experience comes when you hook your first billfish and you find yourself involved in the fight of a lifetime as the fish does its utmost to tear rod and line from your aching fingers. In the distance, you see him hurl himself many feet into the air and drop down with a mighty splash as he tries to rid himself of the hook. And then you have him there at the side of the boat, exhausted, docile, deep blue back glistening in the sunlight, your first sailfish. And so it begins.

You don't have to be a world-class angler to take advantage of what Bermuda has to offer. In fact, it's okay if you've never fished in your life. There are plenty of skilled guides on the islands willing to take you in hand and show you how it's done. A couple of hours of instruction, a fast boat or a calm, shallow-water flat, and you're in business, as surely hooked as any wahoo or amberjack - doomed to spend the rest of your days in search of The Big One."

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