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For Kids

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American Museum of Natural Historyaaa

Upper West Side

Central Park West between 77th & 81st Sts. 212-769-5100. www.amnh.org. Open year-round daily 10am–5.45pm. $16 adults, $9 children. Closed Thanksgiving Day & Dec 25. B or C train to 81st St. or 1 train to 79th St.

There’s plenty of awesome stuff here to keep kids mesmerized for hours. Dinosaurs are a good place to start. Check out the huge barosaurus skeleton in the entrance rotunda, then ogle hundreds of specimens in six dazzling fossil hallsaa on the fourth floor – the museum has the largest collection of vertebrate fossils in the world. Then proceed to the adjoining Rose Center for Earth and Spaceaa. Exhibits on the blue planet and its place in the universe are high-tech marvels, as are the space shows, which take place every half-hour in the Hayden Sphere: tip back in your comfy chair and let Robert Redford be your guide (advance tickets: 212-769-5200). For more kid-friendly activities at the museum, go to www.amnh.org/ology.

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Museums

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First settled after the Civil War, Central Oregon was sparsely populated for a century until a tourist economy took root in outdoor recreation in the 1960s. Long an Indian home, eastern Oregon was passed up by early pioneers en route to the fertile Willamette Valley. Later arrivals found this country excellent for ranching and mining.

Today, with 120 days of sunshine annually and plentiful outdoor recreation, including snow skiing, mountain biking, golf and white-water rafting, the Bend area is popular with outdoors enthusiasts, and retirees. To the southwest, Mount Bachelor and the Cascade Lakes beckon anglers, skiers and hikers. To the south, the wildlife-rich Hart and Steens ranges thrust skyward. South of Bend, remnants of ancient volcanic activity can be seen at Newberry National Volcanic Monument. To the east, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument affords a glimpse into the distant past of this geologically rich area.

Despite Oregon’s public image as a land of deep forests, almost two-thirds of the state lies within this vast, thinly populated, largely arid landscape of sagebrush and pine, hawk and coyote.

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5 side Trips from Charleston

Stephen Keeling FrommerMedia ePub

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side Trips from Charleston

If you only have a couple of days or so, you will probably want to spend them in the center of Charleston. However, if you are here for a week—or on your second visit to the city—make time for the surrounding Lowcountry to see some of the old plantations and islands that lie within this historic region. The most popular of the latter are the Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island (p. 80), and Kiawah Island. In July and August, these breeze-swept barrier islands are the place to be. Some of the islands now contain upscale resorts, and all have long, sandy beaches. White-tailed deer and bobcats live in the maritime forests in the area, and the endangered small tern and loggerhead turtles still nest and lay their eggs on some of these islands. There are no tourist information offices on these islands except at Kiawah. For information, see the Charleston Visitor Center (p. 44).

To the north lies the section of coast known as the Grand Strand and, eventually, Myrtle Beach. The Grand Strand annually hosts as many as 14 million visitors, who also come for shopping, excellent golfing, sightseeing, and live theater. Myrtle Beach has grown into a year-round family destination, with theme parks and beaches galore. I’ve also covered historic Georgetown, Pawley’s Island, and Murrells Inlet. For Beaufort and Hilton Head Island, see p. 159.

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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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Appendix: The Storytellers

John R. Erickson University of North Texas Press PDF
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CALABRIA

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CALABRIA

A combination of almost nothing but mountains and coastline, Calabria is a region of enormous beauty that greatly repays the effort invested to explore its geography and gastronomy. Called Enotria by the ancient Greeks due to its thriving viticulture, today Calabria cultivates an abundance of varieties. The most common black grapes are Gaglioppo, Magliocco, Marsigliana, Nerello Mascalese, Prunesta, Sangiovese and Alicante, and among the whites Greco Bianco, Mantonico, Pecorello and Guardavalle. The local varieties are of course joined by international cultivars, in particular, Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon. Grapes are also grown high on the Sila plateau, allowing Calabria to claim the record for the highest vineyards in Europe.

A promontory under vine at Bagnara Calabra on the “Violet Coast”

B. Ienco/PROLOCO BAGNARA CALABRA

The terroir

Despite a glorious past, the image today of Calabria’s winemaking industry has deteriorated due to the excessive division of the vineyards into small plots and the production of wine in bulk. Happily the situation is changing thanks to a reappraisal of the value of local varieties and the improved quality of the grapes and production methods. New growing and cellar techniques are being introduced to replace obsolete methods.

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4 DUBLIN

Jewers, Jack FrommerMedia ePub

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Dublin

For such an ancient town, Dublin is doing a pretty good job of not showing its age. Despite its stony gray appearance, the Irish capital is actually one of Europe’s most youthful cities, with the average age of its population somewhere around 36 years old. It’s growing rapidly, too—a full 50% more people now call Dublin home than did in the year 2000, and almost a third of Ireland’s entire population now lives in the greater Dublin area. This is by far Ireland’s most cosmopolitan city, and its most diverse; at times it feels more like a modern European city than it does the Irish capital. Edgy bars and cafes buzz alongside pubs that have stood for centuries, and chic boutiques are snuggled into the medieval precincts of the old city. It’s yours to discover afresh—and even if you think you know what to expect, you’re almost certain to be surprised by what you find.

Essentials

Arriving

By Plane    Aer Lingus (www.aerlingus.com;  081/836-5000), Ireland’s national airline, operates regular, direct, scheduled flights between Dublin International Airport and numerous cities worldwide. Direct routes from the United States include Boston, Chicago (O’Hare), New York (JFK), Orlando, and San Francisco. American Airlines (www.aa.com;  1800/433-7300), Delta (www.delta.com;  800/241-4141), and United (www.united.com;  1800/864-8331) all fly direct to Dublin from at least one of those same cities. From Canada, direct flights are operated by Air Canada (www.aircanada.com;  1888/247-2262). From Australia, Qantas (www.qantas.com;  13-13-13 from within Australia) flies to Dublin with a change in London or Dubai. Air New Zealand (www.airnewzealand.co.nz;  080/0737-000) flies to Dublin, changing in San Francisco or Los Angeles and then London. Most major European airlines have direct flights to Dublin.

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7 WHERE TO STAY & EAT IN THE PARKS

Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan FrommerMedia ePub

7

Where to Stay & Eat in the Parks

D o all you can to stay inside park borders at least 1 night. It’s not that the gateway towns around the parks don’t have excellent lodging options: They do. But there’s something absolutely magical about bunking right where the action is. You’ll be treated to a quieter, wilder park after the daytrippers depart, and without the light pollution from civilization, a dazzling night sky awaits. You’ll also be inside the park during the prime wildlife-watching times of dawn and dusk; it’s quite something to be able to roll out of bed and spy elk, bison, and even bears and wolves steps from your room. What’s more, you’ll skip the sometimes- lengthy drive into the heart of the parks from the gateway towns, maximizing your time.

Carefully consider your lodging choices before you book. Yellowstone is a vast park, and you might spend several hours driving between its top attractions even when you start inside—so where you sleep can have a big impact on what and how much you’ll be able to see in a day. Grand Teton is a bit more manageable, but staying at the southern versus northern ends can determine whether you can venture into Yellowstone the same day, too. If you’re most interested in geysers, shoot for a room at Old Faithful; grab a cabin at Roosevelt Lodge or a campsite in the Lamar Valley if you want to join the dawn wolf-watching patrol; go for Lake Yellowstone Hotel, Colter Bay Village, or Jackson Lake Lodge if you’re into water activities. That said, though, take advantage of any park lodging you can. Hotels and campsites are in high demand, and every one offers its own incredible experience.

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5 DAY TRIPS FROM DUBLIN

Jewers, Jack FrommerMedia ePub

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Day Trips from Dublin

Driving in or out of Dublin along the big, bland motorway, it’s easy to dismiss the region immediately surrounding the city’s urban sprawl. However, you’ll find plenty to do within a half-hour drive north, south, or west of Dublin. Rural landscapes, ancient ruins, stately homes—some of Ireland’s most iconic sights are surprisingly close to the city. And while it’s possible to see any of them on a quick day trip, some fine hotels and restaurants in the area reward visitors who opt to stay overnight instead.

North of Dublin, you’ll find the remnants of ancient civilizations at prehistoric sites Newgrange and Knowth, while the nearby green hills of the Boyne Valley hold the long-lost home of early Irish kings. To the west, Kildare is Ireland’s horse country, with a couple of handsome stately homes and interesting historical sites that also make this area worth checking out. South of Dublin, the Wicklow Mountains rise from the low, green countryside, dark and brooding. A beautiful region, dotted with early religious sites and peaceful river valleys, the hills also make a good starting point if you’re heading on to the south of Ireland (see chapters 6 and 7).

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ART

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Architecture

The palm-thatched wood dwellings Columbus saw in today’s Dominican Republic were similar to current vernacular Caribbean architecture. The Cuban bohío is a present-day example, though corrugated metal might have replaced the palm, and walls may be made of concrete block. Thatched structures known as malocas are still used in the indigenous Kogui village in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta near the Caribbean Sea.

Ancient Structures

At the thinnest point in Mexico, near the Gulf coast, what is known as Mesoamerica’s first civilization, the Olmeca (“men of rubber” in the Aztec language) established their earliest-known center. San Lorenzo Tenochtitlan, where 10 of the 17 known colossal heads were found, rests on a branch of the Coatzacoalcos River that diverges then rejoins its source downstream, forming the island of Tacamichapan. Here, the architecture of the Olmeca dots a rolling, man-made mesa, not unlike the Acropolis featured in the cities of its Maya successors. It boasts more than 200 earthen mounds that have revealed elaborate stone sculptures. Despite the simplicity of flattening out plazas as one builds earth up into strategic heights, these structures have stood firm since 2500 BC. Farther south, in Mexico’s Chiapas and Yucatán, as well asin Guatemala and Belize, are stone remains of grand Maya cities. Palenque is an elegant, artistic token of Maya creativity. At Chichén Itzá’s Castillo, an architectural and astrological phenomenon sends the feathered serpent Kukulcán slithering down the north steps each year at the spring and autumn equinox.

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12 USEFUL TERMS & PHRASES

Anna E. Brooke FrommerMedia ePub

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Useful Terms & Phrases

It is often amazing how a word or two of halting French will change your hosts’ disposition in their home country. At the very least, try to learn a few numbers, basic greetings, and—above all—the life-raft phrase, Parlez-vous anglais? (Do you speak English?). Many Parisians speak passable English and will use it liberally if you demonstrate the basic courtesy of greeting them in their language. Bonne chance!

The Basic Courtesies

English

French

Pronunciation

Yes/No

Oui/Non

Wee/Noh

Okay

D’accord

Dah -core

Please

S’il vous plaît

Seel voo play

Thank you

Merci

Mair -see

You’re welcome

De rien

Duh ree- ehn

Hello (during daylight)

Bonjour

Bohn- jhoor

Good evening

Bonsoir

Bohn- swahr

Goodbye

Au revoir

O ruh- vwahr

What’s your name?

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8 PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO SPAIN

Patricia Harris FrommerMedia ePub

The baths of the Alcazar in Seville.

G etting to Spain is relatively easy, especially for those who live in Western Europe or on the East Coast of the United States. If all your documents are in order, you should clear Customs and Immigration smoothly. The staffs of entry ports into Spain usually speak English, and they tend to speed you on your way. In this chapter, you’ll find everything you need to plan your trip, from tips on hotels to health care and emergency information.

Getting There

By Plane

From North America Flights from the U.S. East Coast to Spain take 6 to 7 hours. Spain’s national carrier, Iberia Airlines ( 800-772-4642; www.iberia.com ), has more routes into and within Spain than any other airline. It offers daily nonstop service to Madrid from New York all year, and from Chicago, Boston, and Miami sea sonally. Iberia flights are often codeshares with American Airlines ( 800-433-7300; www.aa.com ), which offers daily nonstop service to Madrid from New York (JFK) and from Miami. Following completion of the U.S. Airways merger, it may offer nonstops from Philadelphia as well.

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10 EILAT & PETRA

Anthony Grant FrommerMedia ePub

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Eilat & Petra

At the southern tip of Israel, a 4-hour drive across the Negev from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, the Red Sea resort of Eilat is a world apart from the rest of the country. It’s a place where Israelis and tourists love to unwind and relax. There’s no ancient history to absorb, just easily accessible coral reefs to snorkel and plenty of beaches. Even in winter, when Jerusalem can be cold and raw and Tel Aviv can be chilly, Eilat’s beaches are usually warm enough for sunbathing and at least a quick swim in the Red Sea. There are tons of hotels at every price range, and although most are not directly on the town’s beachfronts, they have large swimming pools, many heated in the winter. Summers in Eilat are blazing hot and usually filled with vacationing Israeli families.

View of the Red Sea at Eilat.

Eilat is also the closest and most convenient border crossing into Jordan if you plan to visit Petra—unlike the busy Allenby Bridge Crossing from the West Bank into Jordan (where you must have a visa issued at a Jordanian embassy ahead of time), visas are issued on the spot at the Eilat/Aqaba Crossing, and there are far fewer crowds and processing delays.

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11 PLANNING YOUR TRIP

Nicholas Gill FrommerMedia ePub

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Planning Your Trip

This chapter is designed to help you with practical matters in planning your trip to Iceland: when to go, how to get there, how to get around, how to prepare. Advance planning is especially important in high season (mid-June to August), because tourism is booming and services have trouble meeting demand.

When to Go

Iceland has a concentrated tourist season, peaking from mid-June until the end of August. Many Icelanders think the summer tourists don’t know what they’re missing. Iceland offers plenty to do in the other seasons, even winter, and prices are dramatically lower for airfares, car rentals, and places to stay. Icelanders are avid Christmas celebrators, and the aurora borealis is remarkably vivid in winter. Most off-season visitors use Reykjavík as a home base, and combine city culture and nightlife with activities such as horseback riding, snowmobiling, and visiting spas.

High Season

On the other hand, high season is high season for good reason. Most tours and adventure trips to Iceland’s most renowned natural attractions end after September. Roads in the hinterlands are generally closed from October to mid-May, and some don’t open until early July. Precipitation increases in September, peaking from October to February, and frequent storms and driving rain are enough to dissuade many would-be winter adventurers.

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2 Suggested Itineraries

Christine Delsol FrommerMedia ePub

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Suggested Itineraries

Los Angeles alone covers so much territory and so many sights you can easily become overwhelmed. Add San Diego to the mix and decision-making just might take all the fun out of vacationing. But we’ve tried to make it easier to plan your trip by creating itineraries to ensure you get to see and do what matters most in what inevitably will be too short a visit. You’ll likely find other things you want to do or see as you read about each city; use our itineraries as a base for your adventures. For longer visits, build on these using the suggestions in the following chapters.

ICONIC Los Angeles in 1 Day

I’ll refrain from yelling “What were you thinking?” and just say that L.A. in a day requires an early start, stamina, and (you’ll hear this a lot) a car. Using Sunset Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) as your main arteries between several L.A. icons gives you a broad overview of the L.A. microcosm (and often rivals the freeways for speed). Start: E. Observatory Road off N. Vermont Canyon Road.

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