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    Togo

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Togo

pop 6.9 million

For those fond of travelling off the beaten track, Togo will prove a rewarding destination. It offers a great diversity of landscapes, from the lakes and palm-fringed beaches along the Atlantic coastline to the rolling forested hills in the centre. As you head further north, the landscape leaves its mantle of lush forest green for the light green and yellowy tinges of savannah land. The cherry on top is Lomé, the low-key yet elegant capital, with its large avenues, tasty restaurants and throbbing nightlife – not to mention the splendid beaches on its doorstep. Togo is also an excellent playground for hikers – there’s no better ecofriendly way to experience the country’s savage beauty than on foot.

Another highlight is the culture. Togo is a melting pot. The fortified compounds of Koutammakou are a reminder that the country’s ethnically diverse population didn’t always get along. Nowadays, however, voodoo, Muslim, Christian and traditional festivals crowd the calendar and are often colourful celebrations for all.

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Southwest Coast

Robert and Patricia Foulke Hunter Publishing ePub
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Ibiza

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Top Experiences

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National Gallery & Covent Garden

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

At the centre of the West End – London’s physical, cultural and social heart – the neighbourhood around the National Gallery and Covent Garden is a sightseeing hub. This is London’s busiest area, with a grand convergence of monumental history, stylish restaurants, standout entertainment choices and pubs. And if you’re in town to shop, you’ll be in seventh heaven.

MStart with the National Gallery, but aim for a selective tour of your favourite artists. Trafalgar Sq is perfect for a break and sublime views, and the National Portrait Gallery has some outstanding exhibits. Lunch can be expediently supplied by its splendid Portrait restaurant on the 3rd floor.

RWalk off your meal, heading east along the Strand to browse around Covent Garden Piazza, shopping, exploring and watching the street performers. The London Transport Museum is excellent, especially if you’re with kids.

NHave a table booked at Yauatcha for superb dim sum, or brave the queues for authentic Japanese fare at Koya. If post-dinner drinks are in order, go for a cocktail at LAB; otherwise buy tickets for a West End musical, theatre performance or opera to round out the night.

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A Professional Staycationer

Riegel, Dena Down East Books ePub

Certain people seem to be born with an innate ability to staycation. They

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The Best of Sydney

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

There's no better introduction to Sydney's top sights than this stroll through the corridor of parkland that runs through the heart of Sydney, ending in the organised chaos of Circular Quay. The route can be marched in an hour, or stretched out to the best part of a day, with extended stops along the way.

Start Anzac Memorial; train Museum

Finish Circular Quay; train Circular Quay

Length 5km; two hours

There are cafes and restaurants in the Art Gallery and Royal Botanic Garden, or you could hold on until Circular Quay for a ritzy meal at Aria ( MAP GOOGLE MAP ; %02-9240 2255; www.ariarestaurant.com; 1 Macquarie St; lunch & pretheatre mains $46, 2-/3-/4-course dinner $105/130/155; hnoon-2.30pm Mon-Fri, 5.30-11pm daily; dCircular Quay) or a cheaper bite at Sailors Thai Canteen ( MAP GOOGLE MAP ; %02-9251 2466; www.sailorsthai.com.au; 106 George St; mains $24-29; hnoon-3pm Mon-Fri & 5-10pm daily; dCircular Quay).

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Route 7

John Gibson Down East Books ePub

Route 7

Damariscotta to South Bristol, the Gut, and Rutherford Island

Highway: Route 129

Distance: 28.5 miles (round trip)

THIS meander to the sea begins in Damariscotta, one of Maine’s most inviting villages, on the bank of the river of the same name. The village is approached from north or south on U.S. Route 1. Damariscotta has an inviting traditional main street with shops, restaurants, bookstores, and other amenities. Plan to pause here for lunch at one of the several eateries and enjoy browsing at Maine Coast Bookshop and Café on Main Street.

Begin this pretty drive down one of the midcoast’s narrowest peninsulas by turning south off Main Street onto Route 129 (Bristol Road). The turn is made on the rise at the east end of the shopping district, by the old fire station. Follow ME 129 south and southeast as it roams through a district of pretty homes and passes Cottage Point with river views to the west. The Down Easter Inn is passed on the left at mile one, and there are occasional artist and antique galleries along here, too, worth visiting in season.

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Quick-Start Planning

Krista Dana Hunter Publishing ePub

Planning an adventure vacation is for many a daunting task. Selecting a destination is, of course, a critical part of that process and a particularly difficult decision for both those unaccustomed to international travel and those wishing to venture away from the tourist-trod path. The most straightforward planning method suits travelers with a particular culture, country, or route in mind - simply look at a map and peruse this book's chapter intros to hunt down an ideal base.

For readers who want a bit more guidance, we make it easy with a quick-start strategy: three lists, each highlighting the best Alpine destinations by theme, vibe, and adventure. Here, we reach out beyond Italy to touch on the other countries of Europe, all of which are covered in depth in our complete Adventure Guide to the Alps.

Pick-A-Theme - For those seeking the best of the Alps, we offer Pick-A-Theme lists. Here, round-ups assist in planning travel based on features such as Olympic resorts, best old-town centers, historic hotels, and dramatic drives.

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6 THE BEST NIGHTLIFE, ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Gavin Thomas FrommerMedia ePub

Koubba Bar at Jumeirah Al Qasr.

Dubai Nightlife

Dubai Arts & Entertainment

Nightlife, Arts & Entertainment Best Bets

Best Bar

★★★ Bahri Bar, Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (p 105)

Best Chill-Out Venue

★★★ 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (p 109)

Best for Quirky Decor

★★ Double Decker, Al Murooj Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (p 110)

Best Cocktails

★★ Skyview Bar, Burj Al Arab, Umm Suqeim (p 106)

Best British Pub

★★ Fibber Magee’s, Sheikh Zayed Road (p 111)

Best Wine Bar

★★ The Agency, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (p 112)

Best for High-Rise Chic

★★ Bar 44, Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai Marina (p 105)

Best for Beachside Partying

★★ Barasti, Mina A’Seyahi, Dubai Marina (p 105)

Best Belgian Beer

★★ Belgian Beer Café, Crowne Plaza, Festival City (p 105)

Best Old City Views

★★ Up on the Tenth, Radisson Blue Deira Creek, Deira (p 108)

Best Arabian Atmosphere

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7 Central & Eastern Tuscany

Stephen Brewer FrommerMedia ePub

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Central & Eastern Tuscany

The Tuscan lands that flank either side of Italy’s big central valley, the Valdichiana, are first and foremost places of distinctive landscapes. Silvery olive groves sweep up and down hillsides, large swaths of otherwise barren-looking countryside are ablaze with sunflowers and punctuated with pointy cypresses, and vineyards produce two of the world’s favorite red wines, Rosso di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino. This part of the world, from Arezzo in the north to Montepulciano and a string of nearby towns in the south, welcomes you with an everyday beauty and unsophisticated, easy charm that leaves no doubt you are in a place apart.

You’ll experience the region’s warm hospitality in sun-drenched hill towns that are almost eponymous with everything that’s good about Italy, from friendly little restaurants serving homemade pasta, to bright, warm-stoned piazzas that are the centers of town life, to masterpieces tucked away in dusty little museums. An overnight stay in any of the towns below introduces you to some memorable experiences of real, everyday Tuscan life, and a visit to any or all of them will fill as many pleasant days as you can spare.

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Miami

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Miami is so many things, but to most visitors, it’s mainly glamour, condensed into urban form.

They’re right. The archaic definition of ‘glamour’ is a kind of spell that mystifies a victim. Well, they call Miami the Magic City. And it is mystifying. In its beauty, certainly: the clack of a model’s high heels on Lincoln Rd, the teal sweep of Biscayne Bay, flowing cool into the wide South Florida sky; the blood-orange fire of the sunset, setting the downtown skyline aflame.

Then there’s less-conventional beauty: a poetry slam in a converted warehouse, or a Venezuelan singing Metallica en español in a Coral Gables karaoke bar, or the passing shalom/buenas días traded between Orthodox Jews and Cuban exiles.

Miami is so many things. All glamorous, in every sense of the word. You could spend a fun lifetime trying to escape her spell.

AJan–Mar Warm and dry, with lots of tourists; snowbirds from the northeast and Europeans.

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J. E. Stimson, Photography, Rephotography, and Me

Michael A. Amundson University Press of Colorado ePub

Between 1889 and 1948, Joseph Elam Stimson photographed Wyoming and the American West, producing more than 7,500 images of landscapes, mining, railroads, community life, ranching and farming, and tourism. Most of these shots were made on 8×10-inch glass plates and are artistically composed and incredibly sharp. They are not a cross-section of the Progressive Era West but instead promotional photographs, specifically composed and created for Stimson’s various employers—including the Union Pacific Railroad, the Wyoming state government, and the Federal Bureau of Reclamation. On many of the images Stimson placed a small stamp, circumscribed by the boundaries of a sun, that proclaimed “J. E. Stimson, Artist, Cheyenne, Wyo.” He was indeed an artist, as he carefully composed and then often hand-colored his prints in an era long before the advent of color film.

J. E. Stimson was born in Virginia in 1870 and spent most of his childhood in the southern Appalachian Mountains of South Carolina. At age thirteen he moved with his family to Pawnee City, Nebraska, southeast of Lincoln, near the Missouri and Kansas borders. Three years later he left for Appleton, Wisconsin, to work as an apprentice for his cousin, photographer James Stimson. While in Appleton, he learned the requisite skills of portrait photography and the details of both the wet-plate and newer dry-plate negative processes. In 1889 Stimson moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming, probably at the suggestion of two brothers who worked for the Union Pacific Railroad. At the time, he was only nineteen years old. Wyoming became a state in July 1890, and by that October Stimson had made a deal to purchase the studio and equipment of Cheyenne photographer Carl Eitner. He renovated the studio and within two weeks began running advertisements in the Cheyenne Daily Leader that read “Go to Stimson the Photo Artist for Pictures.” Four years later he married Anna Peterson, and in 1895 they had the first of three daughters.1

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The Waters of Stockholm

Elizabet Olesen Hunter Publishing ePub

One third of Stockholm is water, with Gamla Stan as a divider between Lake Mlaren and Lake Saltsjn, which leads out to the archipelago and the Baltic Sea. The narrow waterways in between the small and large islands are perfect for leisurely paddling a rented kayak or canoe. And for a unique fishing expedition, just place yourself on a pretty city bridge, fishing pole in hand, and look down into the clear, sparkling and pollution-free city waters. Fishing has been allowed here since the 15th century and today, in a most unusual fishing environment, perch, pike, trout, salmon and some additional 25 varieties of fish are thriving. For city island-hopping and for guided nautical tours, see page 73.

Canoe, Kayak & Rowboat Rental

Djurgrdsbrons Sjcaf, Galrvarvsvgen 2, tel.08-660-5757.

Brunnsvikens Kanot Central, Hagavgen 5, Frescati, tel.08-155-060.

Kaf Kajak, Smedsuddsvgen 23, tel.08-738-0600.

Fishing Equipment Rental

Berras Sportfiske, Valhallavgen 46, tel.08-158-470.

Fiskarnas Redskapshandel, St Paulsgatan 2-4, tel.08-556-6050.

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A GRAVE IN THE AIR

Forrie, Allan Thistledown Press ePub
In “A Grave in the Air”, a novella by Stephen Henighan, Darryl is an investigative journalist who has given up his career covering political stories in Canada, South America, and Eastern Europe and moved to Weimar. When an old musician friend and his band stay with Darryl, the presence of a young Bosnian groupie causes Darryl to reflect on her country’s turbulent past and his own history as a reporter stationed there.
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9 THE BEST DAY TRIPS & EXCERSIONS

Matthew Barber FrommerMedia ePub

Ice skating at Manoir Hovey.

Québec City

Québec City seduces from first view. Situated along the majestic Fleuve Saint-Laurent (St. Lawrence River), much of the oldest part of the city—Vieux-Québec, or, in English, Old Québec—sits atop Cap Diamant, a rock bluff that once provided military defense. Fortress walls still encase the upper city, and the soaring Château Frontenac, a hotel with castlelike turrets, dominates the landscape. A revitalized Lower Town, by the water, is thick with boutique hotels and cafes. The city is almost entirely French in feeling, spirit, and language: Almost everyone—95% of the population—is Francophone, or French speaking. But many of the area’s 677,000 residents do know some English, especially those who work in hotels, restaurants, and shops. START: A full day stroll can take in the sites below in the order presented. Start at Place d’Armes, the central plaza in the upper city.

The striking Château Frontenac is the most photographed hotel in the world.

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