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4 THE BEST SHOPPING

Maribeth Mellin FrommerMedia ePub

Sauvage in La Jolla.

Shopping Best Bets

Best Jewelry That Doubles as Art

★★★ Taboo Studio 16151⁄2 W. Lewis St. (p 79)

Best Sexy Beachwear

★★ Sauvage 1025 Prospect St. (p 77)

Best Stylin’ Chapeau

★★ Village Hat Shop 3821 4th Ave. (p 77)

Best Spot for Local Artists

★ Spanish Village Art Center 1770 Village Place (p 75)

Best Place to Find Dr. Seuss on the Loose

★★ Chuck Jones Gallery 232 Fifth Ave. (p 74)

Best Place for Mid-Century Modernists

★★★ Boomerang for Modern 2475 Kettner Blvd. (p 79) and ★★★ Mid-Century 3795 Park Blvd. (p 79)

Best Fashions for Moms-to-Be

★★ Mabel’s 136 S. Cedros Ave. (p 74)

Best Denim

★★ G-Star Raw 470 Fifth Ave. (p 77)

Best Zen-ful Gifts

★★ Vitreum 619 W. Fir St. (p 78)

Best Stuff from out of Africa

★★ Africa and Beyond 1250 Prospect St. (p 74)

Best Place to Buy a Trilobite

★★ Dinosaur Gallery 1327 Camino del Mar (p 77)

Best Beeswax

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12 PLANNING YOUR TRIP

Diana K. Schwam FrommerMedia ePub

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Planning Your Trip

No matter what your idea of the perfect New Orleans trip is, this chapter will give you the information to make informed plans about getting here, getting around, and the essentials for an easy Big Easy vacation. We’ll also point you toward additional resources, so you can let the bons temps begin even before you arrive.

Getting There

By Plane

Most major domestic airlines serve the city’s Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) (http://flymsy.com). All international flights connect through other cities. The airport is 15 miles west of the city in Kenner. Information booths are scattered around the airport and in the baggage claim area.

Southern Airways Express (www.iflysouthern.com) operates regional flights from Memphis, Destin, and other midsize Southern cities to Lakefront Airport (NEW). The Art Deco airport is 9 miles from downtown New Orleans.

Getting into Town from the Airport

Depending on the traffic and your mode of transportation, it takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes to get from the airport to the French Quarter or the Central Business District.

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Nukul’s Story

Cole, S. CABI PDF

Nukul’s Story

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Nukul’s Story

Nukul Jorlopo

Fig. S2.  Nukul with buffalo.

This country does not always feel like my home. My home is the jungle.

I, Nukul Jorlopo, am from the Karen hilltribe of Thailand. Though my ancestors settled here long before the Thai people, my tribe are treated like outsiders and made to feel like they do not belong. When

I speak Thai, they know I am from the hilltribe because I do not speak right. I feel I am lower than Thai people, especially Thai men. We are farmers and perceived as poor, uneducated and dirty by the dominant culture in Thailand. So most Karen women stay in their village where life makes sense and where they are not subjected to racism and discrimination. But while the work of a farmer takes care of the family’s land, it does not earn any income. So many Karen people venture to the city to find work. I was scared to go to the city. I’m scared of being lied to, taken advantage of or trafficked.

Four years ago an American social business entrepreneur, Alexa Pham, opened the Chai Lai Orchid, an ecolodge and empowerment programme for women at risk of human trafficking. In Thailand, the most at risk are women of ethnic minorities, like me. I became pregnant with my son when I was at university and had to stop my studies. I was struggling alone to support my son and help my parents. I had little hope. Two years ago, I joined the Chai Lai Orchid family women’s programme at Chai Lai Orchid, called

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Tortola

Lynne Sullivan Hunter Publishing ePub

Tortola means turtle dove in Spanish, and the 21-square-mile island is the largest, most populated and liveliest of the British Virgin Islands. Don't expect highrise hotels, glitzy nightclubs and contrived tourist attractions. Nature is the star here, and visitors primarily focus on watersports and sailing.

Sedate little Road Town, on the rugged south coast, is the capital of Tortola, which is, in turn, the capital of the BVI. Most of the population lives in or near Road Town, but there are settlements at West End (home to popular restaurants and shops at Soper's Hole) and East End, which is connected by a bridge to Beef Island and the main airport for the BVI. The islands's highest point is 1,700-foot Sage Mountain, and the best beaches are along the north shore at Cane Garden Bay, Smugglers Cove and Brewer's Bay.

Air service is increasing, but there still are no scheduled direct flights from North America, Canada or Europe to Tortola. You can make easy connections through Puerto Rico, St. Thomas or St. Croix on several small carriers. Flight time from St. Thomas is about 15 minutes and from Puerto Rico it's about 30 minutes. Since the planes fly low, you often get awesome views of the islands as you pass over them.

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Where to Stay

Ferne Arfin Hunter Publishing ePub

There are several different kinds of accommodation.Unless meals are included, prices are almost always quoted per room rather than per person. Auberges are country inns, sometimes the equivalent of staying in rooms over a British pub, but usually a bit more charmante. An auberge usually has a restaurant.

Hotels in France carry a government star rating, ranging from one star for a simple inn up to four stars for deluxe accommodation. Star ratings - which are based on room size, facilities, elevators, plumbing - are only loosely connected to price. A very charming three-star hotel may be more comfortable (and more expensive) than a nearby four-star.

A ferme or a chambre d'hte is an informal, often family-style accommodation. Chambre d'htes include meals - either full or half-board (breakfast and dinner). A ferme, which means farm, may often be a chambre d'hteas well. Gtes (see Eco-Travel) are for the do-it-yourselfer and can be an economical solution for families or larger groups planning to stay in one location.

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Scottsville

Norman Renouf Hunter Publishing ePub

This Sleepy River Town is a Dream Come True

Let your imagination roam. Where do you want to take the love of your life for a peaceful and undisturbed romantic break?

How about an early 19th-century house that was once left to ruin, but has now been lovingly and painstakingly restored? Each of the rooms has been individually furnished with a tasteful combination of antiques and fabrics. The proprietor is an accomplished chef capable of whipping up distinctive European and Mediterranean cuisine. It has its own vineyards yielding delicious wines. Located on 50 acres dotted with gazebos, ponds and forests, it is high on a hill above the James River. It boasts both spectacular views of the distant Blue Ridge Mountains and proximity to a 250-year-old town of considerable historical interest.

High Meadows Vineyard & Mountain Sunset Inn is all of this - and more. Toward the end of his 30-year service in the Navy, Peter Sushka and his partner Mary Jae Abbitt were stationed in London, where he was the US/UK liaison naval officer. During this period they became interested in country inns and auberges - so much so, that they decided to open one in the US after his retirement. Planning ahead, they accumulated antiques and other unique pieces of furniture while still in Europe. During visits back home, they started searching for a suitable property. Finally, in 1984, they discovered and fell in love with High Meadows. The original Federalist-style building dated from 1832 and a Victorian addition was made in 1882. By 1984, it was merely an empty shell. But this did not discourage Peter and Mary Jae. They purchased the property in 1985 and began the arduous task of restoration. First came extensive hours of research and documentation. They wanted to capture the original character as authentically as possible, while adding the modern facilities expected by discriminating guests. A 1-acre vineyard was installed, and High Meadows' high quality Pinot Noir grapes now produce over 180,000 bottles of wine annually.

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6 BARCELONA

Patricia Harris FrommerMedia ePub

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Barcelona

The Catalan language has a verb that must have been invented for Barcelona. “Badar” translates (more or less) as to walk around with your mouth wide open in astonishment. You’ll be doing a lot of that in Barcelona. The city’s artists have always had a fantastical vision—from the gargoyles along the roofline of the cathedral, to Antoni Gaudí’s armored warrior chimneys on La Pedrera, to the surreal amoeboid sculptures of Joan Miró. (They’re on a roof, too.)

Barcelona really is an original, with a unique history, language, gastronomy, and sense of style. When Madrid was still a dusty fortress village on the Río Manzanares, Barcelona was a force to be reckoned with on the Mediterranean. It has been at the intersection of cultures—Iberian, Roman, Visigothic, Moorish, French, and Aragonese—for 2,000 years. Today it is the capital of the autonomous region of Catalunya, forever chafing to leave the federal fold of Spain but enjoying near-country status within the European Union.

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Central New Mexico

Barbara Sinotte Hunter Publishing ePub


 

Location: 15 miles north of Albuquerque,along the Rio Grande in Barnalillo on NM 44.

A visit to Coronado State Park offers more than a place to set up camp or enjoy a picnic. Relax and take in an unobstructed view of the beautiful Sandia mountains to the east. Experience the quiet mystique of the Rio Grande as it flows gently through the valley below. Enjoy New Mexico's spectacular sunrises, and witness the Sandia's reflecting light from the setting sun. Tour the adjacent Coronado State Monument with its Indian artifacts and partially restored Adobe pueblo ruins.


 


 

In early 1539, an army of Spanish soldiers, Indians, horses, mules, and a traveling food reserve of pigs, chickens and cattle left Compostela, Mexico in search of the legendary City of Gold. Eighteen months later, their travels brought them to the Rio Grande, just north of present day Albuquerque. Instead of golden riches, they found centuries-old Indian villages. After spending the winter in the area, they traveled into Kansas and Oklahoma in their relentless quest. They returned a year later on their way back to Mexico, defeated in their search for power and wealth. The wintering grounds for Coronado and his 1,200 men were in the vicinity of the Kuaua Pueblo, which is the site of present day Coronado State Monument. This pueblo was among 12 to 14 others in the area which were first settled around A.D. 1300. Excavations of Kuaua indicate the pueblo contained approximately 1,200 ground-level rooms and rose three stories high.

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CHAPTER SEVEN Durian

Helen R. Haines University Press of Colorado ePub

Maxine E. McBrinn

Biographical sketch. Maxine McBrinn is an anthropological archaeologist who specializes in the arid lands hunters and gatherers of the western United States. While she has no formal background in the anthropology of food, she is an enthusiastic experimentalist of new tastes and cuisines. Maxine found her reaction to durian to be as complex as the flavor of the famed fruit itself.

Taste is one of the many ways to experience a new place. Enthusiastic visitors, including myself, seek out new foods and new dishes as part of being somewhere new. In an ideal scenario, the intrepid traveler tries the local cuisines and is rewarded by delicious or intriguing tastes. In the real world, however, squeamish eaters and sometimes even accommodating diners will find foods that repel them for one reason or another. In this manner, taste can also be a visceral and immediate indication that, to borrow from the Wizard of Oz, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore!” Yet there is something oddly satisfying about finding a repulsive new food, as it confirms that there are significant differences in eating habits and choices across the world. It would be disappointing if everyone everywhere ate the same things and yearned for the same flavors. There are foods that are highly sought after in one place but arouse immediate disgust in diners from other places. For example, ripe European cheeses can also be viewed as clotted, rotting milk, a view held by many Asians, who would never think of nibbling on such a thing. In turnabout, Asian delicacies such as kimchi and the so-called thousand-year-old eggs may be refused by suspicious Westerners. Some people are immediately repulsed by the idea of eating familiar (or not so familiar) animals, such as horses, dogs, snakes, or snails—meats that are enjoyed elsewhere. Many of the foods that arouse such divergent views are from animal sources, such as meat or dairy foods (Harris 1985; Simoons 1994), but there are also plant foods that are unappreciated by some diners. Many people, for example, dislike okra because of its texture when completely cooked, which some malign as “slimy” and for which the formal term, mucilaginous, suggests a comparison to mucus. One of the risks and rewards to traveling is to try these foods for oneself.

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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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4. GLACIER

Eric Peterson FrommerMedia ePub

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GLACIER

by Eric Peterson

Majestic and wild, this vast preserve beckons visitors with stunning mountain peaks (many covered year-round with glaciers), verdant mountain trails, and a huge diversity of plant and animal life. Every spring, Glacier is a postcard come to life: Wildflowers carpet its meadows; bears emerge from months of hibernation; and moose, elk, and deer play out the drama of birth, life, and death. The unofficial mascot in these parts is the grizzly, a refugee from the high plains.

Here you’ll see nature at work: The glaciers are receding (the result of global warming, many say), and avalanches have periodically ravaged Going-to-the-Sun Road, the curving, scenic 50-mile road across the park. For the time being, the park is intact and very much alive, a treasure in a vault that opens to visitors.

Named in honor of the slow-moving glaciers that carved awe-inspiring valleys throughout this expanse of more than 1 million acres, Glacier National Park exists because of the efforts of George Bird Grinnell, a 19th-century magazine publisher and cofounder of the Audubon Society. Following a pattern established with Yellowstone and Grand Teton, Grinnell lobbied for a national park to be set aside in the St. Mary region of Montana, and in May 1910 his efforts were rewarded. Just over 20 years later, it became, with its northern neighbor Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada, Glacier-Waterton International Peace Park—a gesture of goodwill and friendship between the governments of two countries.

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8 Planning Your Trip to Cancún & the caribbean coast

Christine Delsol FrommerMedia ePub

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Planning Your Trip to Cancún & the caribbean coast

by Maribeth Mellin

Any great vacation begins with pre-trip research. This chapter contains practical information to help with preparation; more specific details about navigating and finding local resources are in the “Essentials” section of the destination chapters.

When to Go

High season in the Yucatán begins around December 20 and continues to Easter week. This is usually the best time for reduced humidity and calm, temperate weather, though chilly rainstorms do pop up occasionally. Locals accustomed to steamy heat don jackets and jeans during the winter months; travelers from cooler climes are happy in shorts in daytime and a light jacket some nights.

Low season begins after Easter and continues to mid-December, with bursts of high tourism in August (popular with Europeans) and national and international holidays. During low season, prices may drop 20% to 30%. Many hotels in Cancún and the Riviera Maya subdivide these into as many as eight different mini-seasons; some hotels now charge high-season rates during June and July, when Mexican, European, and school-holiday visitors often travel, although rates may still be lower than in winter months.

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5 MAUI, THE VALLEY ISLE

Jeanette Foster FrommerMedia ePub

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Maui, the Valley Isle

Although it’s only 75 miles from bustling Oahu, Maui is a very different island—a collection of mostly small towns, plus natural wonders like Haleakala National Park, that introduce visitors to a slower way of life. It’s famous for its extensive beaches, tumbling waterfalls, romantic sunsets, and variety of adventures, from golf to snorkeling to scuba diving. Its climate varies greatly from region to region: The island’s as lush as an equatorial rainforest in Hana, as hot and dry as Mexico in Lahaina, and as cool and misty as Oregon in Kula.

Beaches    Hedonists looking for a day of lying on the soft sand head to D. T. Fleming Beach Park. More avid sorts, namely Jacques Cousteau types, can don a mask and fins and snorkel through rainbows of tropical fish at Wailea Beach or on the islet of Molokini, one of Hawaii’s most popular dive spots. When the big waves are up, surfers and surfer-wannabes make their way to Hookipa Beach Park.

Things to Do    For an awe-inspiring experience, drive to the highest point on Maui, the 10,000-foot volcano Haleakala, just before dawn, and watch the sunrise. Or take an entire day to drive along the Hana Highway, a barely two-lane road with the tropical jungle on one side and the churning ocean on the other. Get close to marine life at the Maui Ocean Center, a 5-acre facility housing sharks, reefs, and touch pools.

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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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7 SHOPPING

Grace Bascos FrommerMedia ePub

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Shopping

L as Vegas is one of the top shopping destinations in the world, and many visitors list the malls, stores, outlets, and boutiques as one of their primary reasons for coming to the city. Several top-grossing retail outlets are in Las Vegas, including the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, which makes more money per square foot than any other mall in the United States. But in between the big malls and high-end luxury stores are lots of fun and offbeat boutiques that help to make Vegas a shopper’s paradise, no matter your taste or budget.

Because they are as much tourist attractions as shopping destina tions, the malls, stores, and boutiques on the Strip are open longer than you may expect, generally from 10am until 11pm on weekdays, and until midnight on weekends. Once you get off the Strip, things become more normal, with typical operating hours between 9am and 6 or 7pm. Some of the smaller independent stores are closed on Sundays.

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