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8. October—Elk of Buffalo River

Gary W. Vequist Texas A&M University Press ePub

8. October

Elk of Buffalo River

In terms of photographic appeal there may be no animal in North America more sought after and more impressive than the North American elk in autumn. The adult males, known as bulls, carry their massive antlers proudly and regally. They use the enormous antlers to thrash small trees and to send clods of earth flying, all in an effort to demonstrate their fitness. Then they tilt the antlers back, extend their head forward, and emit a loud buglelike call that carries for miles, as their breath turns to vapor in the crisp autumn air. And when two evenly matched bulls meet, an epic battle may ensue. For the photographer and wildlife observer it gets no better than elk in the fall. When most people think of elk they think of the Rocky Mountains, but surprisingly, there are many national parks outside of the Rocky Mountains where elk can be viewed. One of the better places to see these majestic animals in their fall glory is at Buffalo National River in the Ozarks of north-central Arkansas.

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22. Canadian: Queen City of the Panhandle

John R. Erickson University of North Texas Press PDF

Canadian: Queen City of the Panhandle

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world saw its first copy of National Geographic, Canadian was nothing more than a sprawl of tents and shacks along the Santa Fe Railroad. But in 1972, at the age of eighty-five, it was one of the oldest towns in the northern Panhandle; also one its most picturesque and interesting. It had character, grace, and elegance, and the mellow flavor that age brings to a place. You could see it in the old

Victorian houses, in the red brick streets, in the people, and in the stories that took root in the tracks of the last buffalo herds.

Drew Cantwell was one of the characters who gave Canadian its unique flavor. At the age of sixteen he went to work as a blacksmith, making his living over a coal forge. Out of pitchforks, rake teeth, and Model T springs, he made spurs and bridle bits which he sold to local cowboys. For thirty years he was a mechanic at

Hobdy Motor Company and moonlighted as the village fix-it man.

By the time he retired, he had established a reputation as a man who could fix anything.

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7 PROVENCE

Heise, Lily FrommerMedia ePub

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Provence

by Kathryn Tomasetti

The ancient Greeks left their vines, the Romans their monuments, but it was the 19th-century Impressionists who most shaped the romance of Provence today. Cézanne, Gauguin, Chagall, and countless others were drawn to the unique light and vibrant spectrum brought forth by what van Gogh called “the transparency of the air.”

Provence, perhaps more than any other part of France, blends past and present with an impassioned pride. It has its own language and customs, and some of its festivals go back to medieval times. The region is bound on the north by the Dauphine River, on the west by the Rhône, on the east by the Alps, and on the south by the Mediterranean. In chapter 8, we focus on the part of Provence known as the Côte d’Azur, or the French Riviera.

Avignon

691km (428 miles) S of Paris; 83km (51 miles) NW of Aix-en-Provence; 98km (61 miles) NW of Marseille

In the 14th century, Avignon was the capital of Christendom. What started as a temporary stay by Pope Clement V in 1309, when Rome was deemed too dangerous even for clergymen, became a 67-year golden age. The cultural and architectural legacy left by the six popes who served during this period makes Avignon one of Europe’s most alluring medieval destinations.

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4 WHERE TO EAT

Pauline Frommer FrommerMedia ePub

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Where to Eat

Its competitors are Hong Kong and Paris, Brussels and San Francisco, and Rome and New Orleans. But I’ll argue hard that none of these other great restaurant cities has quite the same number of serious, satisfying eateries as New York, nor its amazing variety of cuisines in every price range . . . and quirk. Would you believe there are restaurants that serve only mac ’n’ cheese or peanut butter concoctions—and flourish doing so?

How did the surprising volume and variety of NYC restaurants come about?

New York has a larger and more varied immigrant population than any of the other foremost restaurant cities—and that means ethnic specialties of every sort.

New York has an unprecedented number of top-notch cooking schools, the offices of international magazines devoted to the art of cooking, and the headquarters of the Food Channel.

The pace of life here is more hectic and pressured than in other famous restaurant cities, creating a vast population with “no time to cook.”

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3 The Best Neighborhood Walks: La Rambla and Barri Gotic, La Ribera, L'Eixample

Patricia Harris FrommerMedia ePub

Take a stroll through the historic Barri Gòtic.
La Rambla
Is there a finer boulevard for strolling in the world? Victor Hugo proclaimed La Rambla “the most beautiful street in the world,” while the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca said it was the “only street he wished would never end.” The tree-shaded, pedestrian-only promenade stretches nearly 2km (1.2 miles) down a gentle slope from the city’s hub, Plaça de Catalunya, to the waterfront. To the left (as you walk down it) is the Barri Gòtic; to the right is El Raval, an emerging artsy neighborhood. START: Metro to Plaça de Catalunya. Café Zurich. At the very top of La Rambla, to the west of Plaça de Catalunya (and at the base of El Triangle shopping mall), is this terrace cafe, the best spot in the city for people-watching and a jolt of coffee before you start your stroll. The cafe was much more atmospheric before it was rebuilt and sanitized a few years back (the mall’s to blame), but it remains a pivotal reference point in Barcelona. Pl. Catalunya, 1.

 93-317-91-53. $.

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