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Stockholm & Around

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

%08 / Pop 881,235

Stockholm’s good looks and fashion sense could almost be intimidating. But this city is an accessible beauty, as easy to explore as it is to love. Though spread across 14 islands, connected by 57 bridges, it is compact and walkable. Each neighbourhood has a distinct character, yet they’re so close together you can easily spend time in several areas. In each, you'll find trend-setting design, inventive cuisine, unbeatable museums, great shopping, pretty parks and loads of atmosphere.

The old town, Gamla Stan, is one of Europe’s most arresting historic hubs, all storybook buildings, imposing palaces and razor-thin cobblestone streets.

Just a few metres from this time capsule, the modern city centre shines like the pages of a magazine. Downtown is a catwalk, showroom and test kitchen. Everything here is the very latest thing.

And it’s surrounded by pristine forests and a vast archipelago. What’s not to love?

AMid-Jun–mid-Aug Stockholm’s long days, uncannily pretty light and mild weather are dreamy.

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Guadeloupe

Planet, Lonely Lonely Planet Publications ePub

     Includes »

     Grande-Terre

     Pointe-à-Pitre

     Gosier

     Ste-Anne

     Basse-Terre

     Les Saintes

     Terre-de-Haut

     Marie-Galante

     La Désirade

     Understand Guadeloupe

     Survival Guide

Guadeloupe is a fascinating archipelago of islands, with each island offering travelers something different while retaining its rich Franco-Caribbean culture and identity. Guadeloupe’s two main islands look like the wings of a butterfly and are joined together by a mangrove swamp. Grande-Terre, the eastern of the two islands, has a string of beach towns that offer visitors marvelous stretches of sand to laze on and plenty of activities, while mountainous Basse-Terre, the western of the two, is home to the wonderful Guadeloupe National Park, which is crowned by the spectacular La Soufrière volcano.

South of the ‘mainland’ of Guadeloupe are a number of small islands that give a taste of Guadeloupe’s yesteryear. Ranging from sheer relaxation on La Désirade to the charmingly village-like atmosphere of Les Saintes, the smaller islands each have their own character and round out the long list of ingredients that make up Guadeloupe.

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Deep Creek Lake

Norman Renouf Hunter Publishing ePub
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Vacationland

Doudera, Victoria Down East Books ePub

“In our first year here we have met people and become involved in the community in a way that we hadn’t imagined. We have taken courses, attended concerts, volunteered, joined a health club, enjoyed hiking, kayaking, and the list goes on and on.”

—KATHLEEN HIRSCH*

Maine’s tourism industry began in the period following the Civil War. “Sports” from the Northeast were lured to the North Woods by tales of game and adventure, and wealthy families were attracted by cool coastal breezes. Railroad tracks for Maine Central crisscrossed the state, and steamships from Boston and ports south docked several times daily at coastal wharves. It wasn’t long before impressive Victorian resorts began to spring up along the coast, as well as inland on large lakes like Moosehead and Sebago. Soon business was booming. Restaurants served lobster thermidor, yacht clubs held regattas, and dancing pavilions hosted orchestras that played to throngs of summer visitors.

From the beginning, Maine was a haven both for the moneyed and the masses. Summer colonies like those in Bar Harbor, Islesboro, and York Harbor attracted presidents, socialites, and the scions of America’s wealthiest families, while nearby honky-tonk beach towns were frequented by working-class families who frolicked in the chilly surf. Religious groups held summer-long revivals here, the tang of the sea air lending a salty counterpoint to the sermons. For tourists then, as now, Maine represented clean air, relaxation, recreation, and nature.

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14 PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO COSTA RICA

Karl Kahler FrommerMedia ePub

A Costa Rican oxcart.

Costa Rica is no longer the next new thing. Neither is it old hat. As Costa Rica has matured as a tourist destination, things have gotten easier and easier for international travelers. That said, most travelers—even experienced travelers and repeat visitors—will want to do some serious pre-trip planning. This chapter provides a variety of planning tools, including information on how to get there, tips on accommodations, and quick, on-the-ground resources.

Getting There

By Plane

It takes between 3 and 7 hours to fly to Costa Rica from most U.S. cities, the origin of most direct and connecting flights. Most international flights still land in San José’s Juan Santamaría International Airport (www.fly2sanjose.com;  2437-2626 for 24-hr. airport information; airport code SJO). However, more and more direct international flights are touching down in Liberia’s Daniel Oduber International Airport (www.liberiacostaricaairport.net;  2668-1010; airport code LIR).

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Central Switzerland

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Pop 718,400 / Area 4484 sq km / Language German

To the Swiss, Central Switzerland – green, mountainous and soothingly beautiful – is the very essence of ‘Swissness’. It was here that the pact that kick-started a nation was signed in 1291; here that hero William Tell gave a rebel yell against Habsburg rule. Geographically, politically, spiritually, this is the heartland. Nowhere does the flag fly higher.

You can see why locals swell with pride at Lake Lucerne: enigmatic in the cold mist of morning, molten gold in the dusky half-light.

The dreamy city of Lucerne is small enough for old-world charm yet big enough to harbour designer hotels and a world-class gallery full of Picassos. From here, cruise to resorts like Weggis and Brunnen, or hike Mt Pilatus and Mt Rigi. Northeast of Lucerne, Zug has Kirschtorte (cherry cake) as rich as its residents and medieval heritage. Come snow-time, head to the Alps for Andermatt’s austere mountain-scapes or Engelberg for powdery off-piste perfection.

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Roanoke

Norman Renouf Hunter Publishing ePub

Star-Struck & Full of Sparkle

There is a mid-size town with unique origins deep in western Virginia and close to the mountains. Many people wouldn't consider it ideal for a romantic weekend, but they'd be wrong.

Roanoke at night

This town's history traces to the mid-18th century. It revolves around the salt marshes (salt licks) at the convergence of the Indian and natural animal trails. Originally named Gainsborough, this community - the first white settlement in the area - had grown considerably by 1834. Somewhere in this time frame, it became known as Big Lick. Shortly after this the railroad came by, but bypassed Big Lick. Not to miss an opportunity, the town moved to the railroad and in 1874 was chartered as the Town of Big Lick. The original settlement was renamed Old Lick. When the Shenandoah Valley Railroad arrived seven years later, Big Lick was renamed Roanoke, after the county in which it was located and the river nearby. "Roanoke" was derived from the Indian word "Rawrenock," their name for the shell beads both worn and used in trade. In 1882, Roanoke became a crossroads for what was later the Norfolk and Western Railway. The latter company was responsible for construction of the hugely impressive Queen Anne-style Hotel Roanoke. This hotel epitomized the era of economic and physical growth that led to the town's charter as the City of Roanoke in 1884. Also during this period, a farmer's market was organized and became the focal point of the downtown area. Continued growth made Roanoke the largest city in Virginia west of Richmond, with a population nearing 100,000.

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A Taste of the Marsh

Ken W Kramer Texas A&M University Press ePub

Susan Raleigh Kaderka

AS we walked down to the saltmarsh near the observation tower on Mad Island Marsh Preserve, Cathy Porter bent over and broke off a sprig of saltwort, a spiky succulent that grows in clumps by the water’s edge. “Taste it,” she said, offering me a piece and putting a bit into her own mouth. It was an idle gesture, something she’s probably done countless times leading groups of schoolchildren on tours of this 7,000-acre Nature Conservancy preserve. She had been naming off the various species of marsh vegetation for me—seablight, Gulf cordgrass, saltmarsh bulrush—and just come across one worth tasting.

True to its name, the plant tasted salty. As Porter no doubt points out to visiting students, it is well adapted to the conditions of the Texas Gulf Coast, thriving near salt water in a sandy soil. But as I chewed it, a different landscape suddenly came to mind. For a moment, I was back in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, where I lived up to the age of six.

Like most children growing up in the late 1950s, I spent almost all of my free time outdoors. This habit was not evidence of any special affinity for nature. It did not prefigure my later work in wildlife conservation. It was not unique to me at all; it was what everyone did. Childhood pretty much took place out of doors. If you were indoors, it meant it was raining, or nighttime, or, later, that you were in school. Even in winter we played outdoors, bundled up in hooded snowsuits, rubber boots, and mittens. Snapshots of my sister and me in the snowy field opposite our house show us smiling out at the camera from jackets so thick our arms stuck out from our sides. But unquestionably we were outside.

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Part 1: Physical Environment of the San Juan Mountains

George Bracksieck University Press of Colorado ePub

David A. Gonzales and Karl E. Karlstrom

THROUGHOUT TIME, PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DRAWN TO MOUNTAINS for inspiration, recreation, and scientific exploration. Mountains are also vast warehouses of natural resources and libraries of geologic history.

Mountains form in response to the dynamic forces of our planet. The life spans of mountain belts, from initial uplifts to erosion to base levels, run from tens of millions to hundreds of millions of years. Ancient and active mountain belts are part of the fabric of continental crust and provide clues to events that build and reshape continents. The concept of plate tectonics (Condie 1989) provides a framework within which to investigate and explain mountain building. (For a summary of plate tectonics, refer to The Western San Juan Mountains, chapter 2.)

The San Juan Mountains are part of the extensive Southern Rocky Mountains (figure 1.1) and are dominated by some of the highest and most jagged summits in the continental United States. The San Juans reveal a fascinating geologic story of the creation and demise of many mountain ranges in this region during the past 1.8 billion years, including probable current uplift from active mountain-building processes.

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Eat & Drink Like a Local

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

As you graze the Golden State, you’ll often want to compliment the chef – and they’re quick to share the spotlight with local farmers, fishers, ranchers and artisanal food producers. Best of all, California cuisine keeps redefining and refining itself – and along with it, the way the rest of the country eats.

In the Central Valley in late April

On the North Coast in mid-June

In Santa Barbara County in early October

Near Monterey on the Central Coast in May or June

In Sonoma County in mid-August

In San Diego in mid-October

On the North Coast in early November

(www.datefest.org) Outside Palm Springs in February

(http://sdbw.org) Held city-wide in early November

On the Central Coast in early August

‘Let the ingredients speak for themselves!’ is the rallying cry of California cuisine. With fruit, vegetables, seafood and meats this fresh, heavy French sauces and fussy molecular-gastronomy foams aren't required to make meals memorable. That said, California’s food fixations are easily exaggerated: not every Californian demands grass-fed burgers with heirloom tomato ketchup.

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Marin County & the Bay Area

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

The region surrounding San Francisco encompasses a bonanza of natural vistas and wildlife. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin and visit wizened ancient redwoods body-blocking the sun and herds of elegant tule elk prancing along the bluffs of Tomales Bay. Gray whales show some fluke off the cape of wind-scoured Point Reyes, and hawks surf the skies in the pristine hills of the Marin Headlands.

On the cutting edge of intellectual thought, Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley draw academics and students from around the world. The city of Berkeley sparked the locavore food movement and continues to be on the forefront of environmental and left-leaning political causes. South of San Francisco, Hwy 1 traces miles of undeveloped coastline and sandy pocket beaches.

ADec–Mar Elephant seal pupping season and the peak of gray whale migrations.

AMar–Apr Wildflowers hit their peak on trails throughout the region.

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13 PORTO & THE DOURO

Ames, Paul FrommerMedia ePub

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Porto & The Douro

Roughly translated, Rio Douro means “river of gold.” The name is appropriate—when the setting sun catches its waters they glow with the color of burnished bullion. The name may also refer to the riches that the river’s banks have brought to Portugal through the wine trade; in particular, the export of its legendary fortified ports.

From its source deep in the Spanish heartlands, the Douro winds westward 900km (560 miles) toward its meeting with Atlantic just beyond the city of Porto. For a while, it serves as the border between Spain and Portugal, carving a deep canyon through wild and remote country. For the 322km (200 miles) when it’s exclusively Portuguese, the Douro Valley provides some of the country’s most beautiful scenery. It contains three very different UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the historic but vibrant city of Porto, mysterious prehistoric artworks at Foz Côa, and vine-covered slopes that form what many view as the world’s most-beautiful wine region.

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Prologue

Paula Young Lee Travelers' Tales ePub

Prologue

Keaton always said, I dont believe in God, but Im afraid of him. Well I believe in God, and the only thing that scares me is Big Bird.

Verbal Kint, in The Usual Suspects, 1995

Parishioners believed he could heal them with his hands. As a kid, I knew my father was different, and it had nothing to do with the fact that he was a preacher. His legs were shriveled down to bone and he walked funny, sometimes with a cane. His face beamed. He forgot to eat. He liked Maine, because the rocky terrain reminded him of home. He and my mother came to the U.S. from Korea after the war. At first, there were four of us, and then there were five: my father, my mother, my brother, my sister, and me in the middle. My older brother and I fought mean and hard, locked in a death match from the day I was born. Oblivious to the slugfest, my baby sister sat back and let the adults admire her. She was the pretty one, and could never figure out why I was so furious all the time. She was born with grace. Predictably, her Korean name, Young-Mi, means flower. Mine is Young-Nan. It means egg.

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4 WHERE TO STAY

Kate Silver FrommerMedia ePub

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Where to Stay

Ready to spin through that revolving door, directly onto State Street—that great street—and the heart of downtown Chicago? The hotels here make that quite easy to do. Of course, you’ll pay for that convenient location. Chicago hotel rates rank among the most expensive in the country, at an average of just under $200 a night for leisure travelers. And with an occupancy rate surpassing 75%, don’t expect that number to go down any time soon.

Unlike other major cities, though (we’re looking at you, New York), most Chicago rooms don’t totally skimp on real estate. It’s entirely possible to find a spacious room in a central location at or even under that average rate. The thing you’ll really pay for here is the view. If you want to look out at Lake Michigan, expect to pony up. When deciding where to stay, keep in mind that your odds of landing good rates increase exponentially if you know where to look—especially if you’re open to staying in an area that’s a few miles from downtown, or in less traditional (non-hotel) accommodations, like a room in someone’s home or even a flat rented by a monastery. While some hotels are geared towards families and others have a distinct hipster vibe, the bulk of the properties here draw in a mixed crowd, packing in suits during the week and families and leisure travelers on the weekends.

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Gold Country

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Hollywood draws the dreamers and Silicon Valley its fortune-hunters, but this isn't the first time droves of young folk looking to hit paydirt streamed into the Golden State. After a sparkle in the American River caught James Marshall’s eye in 1848, more than 300,000 hungry prospectors from America and abroad started digging for gold in the Sierra foothills. Soon California entered statehood with the official motto, 'Eureka,' solidifying its place as the land of discovery and opportunity.

The miner forty-niners are gone, but a ride along the aptly named Hwy 49 through sleepy hill towns, past clapboard saloons and oak-lined byways, is a journey back to the wild ride that was modern California’s founding. Between the quaint antique stores and sprawling wineries, fading historical markers still tell tales of Gold Rush violence and banditry. Many travelers hardly hit the brakes while rushing between California’s coasts and mountains, but those who slow down will be rewarded with a taste of the helter-skelter era that first kick-started the heartbeat of this state.

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