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Episodes for February 2010
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Bicycling through Britain
New long-distance bicycle routes make it easier than ever to explore this Sceptered Isle on two wheels. FMI – www.visitbritain.org
In 1886, the Punxsutawney Spirit reported that several of its residents had climbed to the top of a nearby knoll to consult with a prognosticating groundhog. The tradition continues tomorrow. FMI – www.groundhog.org
Corsica: the Isle of Beauty
Looking for an affordable Mediterranean refuge? Consider this 50 mile x 100 mile wide island south of Genoa, west of Rome. FMI - www.corsica-isula.com/
Dreams of Paradises Lost: Kashmir
30 years ago this verdant valley in the Himalayan foothills was a veritable Shangri-La. Today it's an absolute no-go area for foreigners and residents alike.
Do your homework before you go
Whenever you cross the border into a foreign country, it’s important to remember that much more than currency, food and language can change.
In Maeve Binchy’s Dalkey
Set on the Irish coast of just south of Dublin, Dalkey is a village of winding roads and irregularly shaped houses. For author Maeve Binchy, it has always been home. FMI – www.discoverireland.com
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The wilds of New Zealand – Part One
The islands of New Zealand are unique in all the world. Though mankind has wrought many changes, great tracts of land remained largely untouched. FMI – www.purenz.com
The wilds of New Zealand – Part Two
When Abel Tasman discovered New Zealand in the year 1642, he first met its natives and a large bay that was then and still is a most beguiling place. FMI – www.purenz.com
By their very nature, small inns tend to be unique places, which can be part of their charm. Finding one that suits your style and taste can be a hit or miss affair. FMI – www.innbook.com, www.abba.com
The world's best beaches
Somewhere over the rainbow, there is a stretch of sand, perfectly suited to your particular style and interests. We offer a few suggestions.
When you come to Washington, DC, you're still welcome at the White House. There's no charge to get in, but the lines can be very long and the tickets go quickly. FMI- www.whitehouse.gov/about/tours-and-events
Staying at Japanese ryokan
Steeped in the elegance of pure simplicity, these uniquely Japanese inns require travelers to leave their Western expectations at the door, along with their shoes.
A guidebook history
Herodotus, a Greek scholar who lived five centuries before Christ, wrote the first history of the Western civilization. He may also be the father of the travel guide.
Beware cut-rate travel deals
When it comes to evaluating unsolicited travel offers received by mail, phone, fax, e-mail, or the Internet, the best advice is still, "Buyer beware!" FMI - www.800helpfla.com/sotbus.html
Exploring the Turks and Caicos
This low-lying archipelago of some 40 lightly inhabited islands just off the tip of the Bahamas is a dream come true for romantics who would like a paradise to themselves. FMI – www.www.turksandcaicostourism.com/
Something left behind
Sometimes when something about a particular location truly speaks to you, it may also demand a sacrifice in return.
Getting to know Kraków
After more than a century of hard winters and autocratic rule, Kraków, Poland is regaining some of its former glory. FMI – www.krakow.pl
The American Birkebeiner
At 11:15 this Saturday morning in a small Wisconsin town, a sampling of the world's top cross-country skiers will set off on a 52 km – race through the woods. FMI - www.birkie.com
Skiing hut to hut
Backcountry ski huts across North America can provide a wintry access to some very unpeopled parcels of paradise. Here's where to find them. FMI – www.outdoors.org, www.huts.org, www.sierraclub.org/outings/lodges
In the gardens of Filoli
Over a century ago, a San Francisco water baron build a baronial mansion. Today, you're welcome to drop in for a visit whenever you're in the area. FMI - www.filoli.org
Snowmobiling in the Bitterroots
Here's a way adventurous travelers can get up close and personal with the Rocky Mountains in wintertime: riding a snowmobile. FMI - www.sledtherockies.com/idaho
Making Foreign Reservations
The best way to make reservations at many foreign hotels and restaurants is to contact them directly. Here’s how.
Making houses from hay bales
The first little piglet would have done better against the big bad wolf’s breathy blasts if he had he attended one of these weeklong workshops on how to make a house out of straw. FMI - www.caneloproject.com
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