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4 Florence

Stephen Brewer FrommerMedia ePub

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Florence

It’s the city of Botticelli, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci, and the cradle of Europe’s Renaissance. Florence is a place where history still lives on the surface. With Brunelleschi’s dome as a backdrop, follow the River Arno to the Uffizi Gallery (Florence’s foremost museum) and soak in centuries of great painting. Wander across the Ponte Vecchio (Florence’s iconic bridge), taking in the tangle of Oltrarno’s medieval streets. Then sample seasonal Tuscan cooking in a Left Bank osteria. You’ve discovered the art of fine living in this masterpiece of a city.

Michelangelo’s “David” stands tall (literally) behind the doors of the Accademia, and nearby are the delicate paintings of Fra’ Angelico in the convent of San Marco. Works by Donatello, Masaccio, and Ghiberti fill the city’s churches and museums. Once home to the Medici, the Palazzo Pitti is hung with Raphaels and Titians, and backed by the fountains of the regal Boboli Garden.

And it’s not only about history, art, and architecture. Florentines love to shop: Italy’s leather capital strains at the seams with handmade gloves, belts, bags, and shoes sold from workshops, family-run boutiques, and high-toned stores, as well as at tourist-oriented San Lorenzo Market. Splurge on designer wear from fashion houses along Via de’ Tornabuoni—this is the city that Gucci, Pucci, and Ferragamo call home.

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Planning your Trip to British Columbia

Joanne Sasvari FrommerMedia ePub

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PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO BRITISH COLUMBIA

G etting to the southwestern corner of British Columbia is fairly easy, but it can take time—this part of the world is a long way away from just about anywhere. But with scenery this beautiful along the way, the journey is half the fun.

GETTING TO VANCOUVER

By Plane

FROM THE U.S.

All the major American airlines serve Vancouver, though you may need to route your trip through a hub such as Denver or Seattle. Among them are Alaska Airlines (   800/252-7522; www.alaskaair.com), American Airlines (   800/433-7300; www.aa.com), Continental (   800/231-0856; www.continental.com), Delta Airlines (   800/221-1212; www.delta.com), and United Airlines (   800/241-6522; www.united.com). In addition, both of Canada’s major airlines, Air Canada (   888/247-2262; www.aircanada.com) and WestJet (   888/937-8538; www.westjet.com) fly between Vancouver and many U.S. cities.

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National Parks

Michelin Michelin ePub

80mi northeast of Medford on Rte. 62. Open daily year-round. $10/vehicle. t 541-594-3000. www.nps.gov/crla. Steel Visitor Center open late Apr–early Nov daily 9am–5pm; rest of the year daily 10am–4pm; closed Dec 25. Rim Visitor Center open late May–late Sept 9:30am–5pm.

Crater Lake National Park
©Chrisboswell/Dreamstime.com

Crater Lake (elevation 1,932ft) is the world's deepest volcanic lake. The sapphire-blue lake rests in the basin of a collapsed volcano, surrounded by steep-walled cliffs. Wizard Island, a volcanic cinder cone, rises at its west end.

Ringed by mountains tinged with snow much of the year, the 6mi diameter lake attracts hikers and sightseers from around the world. The lake—so renowned for its clarity that its water has set new standards for water purity—was formed when the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Mazama 7,700 years ago created a bowl-shaped caldera that filled with snowmelt.

One of the most scenic drives in the world, 33mi loop Crater Rim Driveaaa has more than 20 overlooks, but there are ample other attractions here as well, including hikes through mid-elevation pine forests, and the famed boat touraa to Wizard Island.

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4 The Best Shopping

Olson Donald; Olson Donald FrommerMedia ePub

Furniture, Asian antiques, and more at Cargo.

Downtown & Pearl District Shopping

East Side Shopping

Shopping Best Bets

Best for Books

★★★ Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St. (p 78)

Best for Shoes

★★ Imelda’s Shoes and Louie’s Shoes for Men, 3426 SE Hawthorne Blvd. (p 80)

Best for Unexpected Discoveries

★★ Cargo, 81 SE Yamhill St. (p 81)

Best for Toys

★★★ Finnegan’s Toys, 820 SW Washington St. (p 78)

Best for Arty Surprises

★★ Ampersand Vintage, 2916 NE Alberta St. Ste. B (p 77)

Best for Handcrafted Gifts

★★ Crafty Wonderland, 802 SW 10th Ave. (p 78)

Best for Oregon Souvenirs

★★ Made in Oregon, Pioneer Place Mall (p 81)

Best for Hats

★★ John Helmer Haberdasher, 969 SW Broadway Ave. (p 80)

Best for Kids’ Clothes

★★★ Hanna Andersson, 327 NW 10th Ave. (p 78)

Best for Jewelry

★★ Gilt, 720 NW 23rd Ave. (p 82)

Best for Sheer Selection

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Puget Sound

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Woodland Park Zoo aaa

Phinney Ave. N. t 206-684-4800. www.zoo.org. Open May–Sept daily 9:30am–6pm. Rest of the year daily 9:30am–4pm. $17.75, $11.75 children.

Covering 92 acres, this world-class zoo is highly acclaimed for its conservation ethic (the zoo is home to 35 endangered species) and naturalistic habitats. It offers dynamic glimpses of 1,100 animals engaged in natural behavior: grizzly bears fish for trout in a stream on the Northern Trail, orangutans shimmy up trees in Trail of Vines, zebras dash about in African Savanna, and jaguars peer warily from behind a kapok tree in Jaguar Cove.

Pacific Science Centeraa

200 Second Ave. N. t 206-443-2001. www.pacificsciencecenter.org. Open year-round Mon–Fri 9:45am–5pm (til 6pm Sat–Sun). Closed Tue Sept–May. $16, $11 children (ages 6-15).

Pacific Science Center
©John Keatley/Pacific Science Center

Grizzly bear, Woodland Park Zoo
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12 Planning Your Trip to Europe

Arthur Frommer FrommerMedia ePub

Gare du Nord railway station, Paris.

A little planning goes a long way, especially when you are traveling to and through a continent with several different languages, transport systems, airlines, festivals, and sights to see. This chapter provides a variety of invaluable aids, including information on how to get there from the U.S. and Canada, the U.K., and Australia or New Zealand; the most efficient and budget-friendly ways of getting around; tips on where to stay; and quick, on-the-ground resources for savvy travel around Europe.

Getting There

By Plane

Pretty much every major world airline offers competitive fares to a variety of European cities. Price wars break out regularly, deals come on- and off-stream, and tariffs can change overnight. The key factor determining what you’ll pay is season: Tickets tend to be cheaper if you fly off season. High season on most routes is usually from June to mid-September and around Christmas and New Year—the most expensive and most crowded time to travel. Shoulder season in most countries is from April to May and mid-September to October. Low season—usually with the cheapest fares and regular aggressive offers—is from November to mid-December and January to March. You can sometimes save money by flying midweek, too, or by spending at least a Saturday night in your destination.

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ART AND CULTURE

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Art and Culture

HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE

The Riviera enjoys an incredibly rich art and architectural heritage, dating from Antiquity right up to the present day. Whether you’re exploring the alleyways of picturesque perched villages or strolling along the coast, you’ll find every major architectural movement reflected in this region.

GALLO-ROMAN REMAINS

Provence and particularly the Riviera have enjoyed a high level of prosperity since Roman times. As later generations took the materials used by the Romans to construct their own new buildings, only a few fragments of this ancient civilisation have survived. Despite this fact, in the districts of Fayence, Fréjus and St-Raphaël, Roman canals are still being used to carry water to this day!

The Roman ruins at Cimiez are extensive and consist of one of the best preserved bath complexes in southern Europe. Fréjus still boasts an impressive restored arena and fascinating traces of a Roman harbour.

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19. Lavender Cowboys at Springer's Ranch

John R. Erickson University of North Texas Press PDF

Lavender Cow-boys at Springer's Ranch

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We left the Hill place around six-thirty. The air was cool and damp and the valley lay blue and silent around us. About a mile south, we struck the river road and turned east, just as a big orange lollipop sun appeared over the tops of the trees. Trotting the horses, we made good time. About eight miles east of the Hill Ranch, we hit Highway 83 and rode the ditches another seven or eight miles to the Oasis Truck Stop on the Higgins highway, just north of Canadian. It was about noon when we got there, so we stopped and lunched on a Coke and a candy bar. When we stepped back into the saddle, we began to feel the heat. We had used up the best part of the day and the second leg of the trip would not be as pleasant as the first.

From the truck stop, we rode south a few hundred yards and turned back east on 2266, a farm-to-market road, which would take us all the way to Lake Marvin. As the afternoon set in, our conversation fell off to the bare minimum of grunting necessary to conduct our business, and for the next four and a half hours we amused ourselves by reading "Please Do Not Litter" on all the litter in the bar ditch.

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1 The Best Full-Day, Two and Three-Day Tours

Pauline Frommer FrommerMedia ePub

Gazing over Manhattan from the Top of the Rock viewing platform.The Best in One DayThe most wonderful—and maddening—thing about New York? The endless number of choices. Start your urban exploration in Midtown, the city’s business and commercial heart. The shopping opportunities here are legion, and the air space is spiky with corporate skyscrapers—but Midtown is also home to several quintessential New York landmarks. START: Subway 6 to 33rd Street or B, D, F, M, N, Q, or R to 34th Street.❶ ★★ Empire State Building. King Kong climbed it in 1933. A plane slammed into it in 1945. After September 11, 2001, the Empire State regained its status as New York City’s tallest building . . . at least for a few years. Through it all, it has remained one of the city’s favorite landmarks. Completed in 1931, the limestone-and-stainless-steel Art Deco dazzler climbs 103 stories (1,454 ft./436m). The best views are from the 86th- and 102nd-floor observatories, but I prefer the former for its windswept deck (upstairs you stay inside). From up here, the citywide panorama is electric. Lines can be long. N 2 hr. 350 Fifth Ave. (at 34th St.). www.esbnyc.com. ☎ 212/736-3100. Observatory admission (86th floor) $25 adults, $22 seniors, $19 children 6–12, free for children 5 and under. ESB Express pass: $48. 102nd floor observatory: $15 extra. Observatories open daily 8am–2am; last elevator goes up at 1:15am. Subway: 6 to 33rd St.; B/D/F/M to 34th St.

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ORKNEY ISLANDS

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Isle of Skyeaa

The very name Skye is enough to evoke the mystery and enchantment of this Hebridean isle, famous for its spectacular scenery and wealth of legends. Its mystic aura has its origins in Norse and Gaelic times when the isle was known variously as the Cloud Island, Misty Isle or Winged Isle. This enchantment derives in part from the isle’s rapidly changing weather moods. It is hard not to be spellbound when a heavy mist is pierced by fingers of sunshine prior to rolling away, or when persistent rain clears to reveal a landscape of purest sunlit colours.

= Population: 9,000.

i Info: The Car Park, Broadford; 2 Lochside, Dunvegan; Bayfield House, Bayfield Rd., Portree. All: t01845 22 55 121; www.visithighlands.com; www.skye.co.uk.

Ñ Location: At 48mi/77km long and up to 25mi/40km in breadth, Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebrides group. Portree is the capital. Skye is joined to the mainland by the Skye Bridge at Kyle of Lochalsh and it also has two mainland ferry connections from Mallaig (150mi/241km northwest of Glasgow) and Glenelg, the latter summer only. From Mallaig to Armadale is the most picturesque entrance route and takes 30mins by ferry (www.calmac.co.uk).

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3 Suggested Itineraries

Stephen Brewer FrommerMedia ePub

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Suggested Itineraries

Tuscany and Umbria are densely populated with things to see, perhaps more so than any other region in Europe. It could take months to experience all of the area’s art, architecture, food, and wine. Lovers of Renaissance art could spend a month in Florence and still discover new gems to admire. Wine buffs could sip and sniff their way through weeks in Chianti and Montalcino. Romantics could dream away days in Lucca alone. But most of us don’t have that kind of time, so we’ve designed the 1-week and 2-week itineraries for first-time visitors to discover the best of Tuscany, with a little bit of Umbria, too. Then there is a tour for families, and one for food-and-wine enthusiasts, as well as an art tour that takes enthusiasts well beyond Florence’s city limits.

A car will be indispensable in almost every case, because public transport connects the main towns efficiently—but no more. And the soul of central Italy is found in its countryside, through its sunflower fields and gently sloping vineyards, and its landscapes spotted with storied castles or lonely abbeys.

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3 IRELAND IN CONTEXT

Jack Jewers FrommerMedia ePub

A traditional Irish thatched cottage.

The past decade has been a time of great change for Ireland, as it reels from an ongoing economic crisis and struggles to forge a new political and economic equilibrium. The financial crash of 2008 hit Ireland harder than most other European nations (only Greece and Spain are generally considered to have come off worse) and in many ways the country is still recovering. But while the difficult times are not entirely over, things are getting better. This is certainly a fascinating time to visit and see Ireland in transition. A complex, small country with a tumultuous history, this is a land immensely rich with history, beauty, culture, and life.

Ireland Today

The Irish boom economy of the late 1990s changed the country monumentally, resulting in an unprecedented spread of wealth and a huge amount of property development. The excess associated with the boom—business executives flying from Dublin to Galway in their private helicopters for lunch at a particularly good oyster bar, for example, and small apartments in Dublin selling for millions of euro—always seemed unsustainable. And so it was. As suddenly as the boom started, it ended. Over the course of a few weeks in 2008, the economy crashed, sending the country into an economic and political tailspin. Ireland’s banks were faced with catastrophic levels of bad debt. As the wave of economic disaster crashed down across Europe, Ireland found itself among the very worst affected.

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16 Favorite Moments

Joseph Fullman FrommerMedia ePub

You can explore the wonders of science, history, and nature at world-class museums, eat yourself to a bigger dress size at top-notch restaurants, marvel at just how much gold and jewelry fill the royal palaces and castles, and say you’ve “done” London. But to get to know London, you need to experience the special moments that reveal the city’s true character. Here are some of the best:

 

Race to the top of the Shard. Two super-speedy elevators whisk you to the top of Western Europe’s tallest building for views that seem to stretch on forever in all directions. It’s a great experience at any time—particularly on the topmost viewing platform, which is exposed to the elements—but for a truly breathtaking photo opportunity, go in the evening when the sun starts sinking and the lights come on across the city. Go to page, .

Take an inter-art cruise aboard the Tate-to-Tate boat. Running between the sister galleries of Tate Britain and Tate Modern every 40 minutes, the boat allows you to instantly swap an eyeful of paintings and installations for views of some of the Thames’ most iconic sights, including the London Eye and Big Ben. The boat itself is a work of art with a colorful spotted livery by Damien Hirst. Go to page.

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5 Where to Stay in Miami

Appell, David Paul FrommerMedia ePub

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Where to Stay in Miami

Hotels and resorts have been part of the mix in Miami ever since magnate Henry Flagler’s railroad opened South Florida up to well-heeled tourism from chillier climes. The boom has gone on steroids in recent years, mostly in Miami Beach, whose renaissance from the late 1980s onward turned what used to be a beachfront retirement community dubbed “God’s waiting room” into a hot spot for an eclectic mix of both jetsetters and regular folks from across the planet. And while the fanciest/priciest spots get much of the attention, there are also affordable options that can put you right in the thick of the action.

Particularly in South Miami Beach, many of the old hotels from the 1930s through the ’50s have been transformed into chic new boutique hotels, and more come online each year (in fact, when booking you may want to ask if any construction or renovation will be going on during your stay). Also keep in mind when choosing a hotel that particularly in South Beach, the scene on streets like Ocean Drive or Collins and Washington avenues is all about the party, not getting a good night’s sleep (it may help a bit to ask for a room at the rear of the property).

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16 Favorite Moments

Olson Donald; Olson Donald FrommerMedia ePub

Strolling through the Portland Japanese Garden.

16 Favorite Moments

Sometimes Portland seems almost too good to be true. Just try to get locals to stop rhapsodizing about the cuisine, the liveability and bike-ability, the great neighborhoods, the nearby mountains and ocean, the beer and wine and coffee and—see what I mean? Once the “undiscovered city” between San Francisco and Seattle, the City of Roses has now been discovered in a very big way, becoming a magnet for creative, outdoorsy folks young, old, and in-between—in short, for anyone who wants a vibrant, forward-thinking city that’s also manageable. Popularity brings its own set of problems, of course, but let’s accentuate the positive and have a look at just a few of the highlights.

Cycling across the Hawthorne Bridge.

❶ Browsing Powell’s City of Books. The world’s top independent bookstore fills an entire city block (and that’s just this branch) with over 1.5 million new and used books. It’s pure bibliophile nirvana. See p 78.

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