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Episodes for April 2010
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Doing the DMZ
The great glacier of the Cold War has retreated from many places on the planet, but not everywhere. The Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas may be earth’s most fortified swatch of land. FMI - www.visitkorea.or.kr/intro.html
Spending Easter on Easter Island
On this day in 1722 a Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen happened on this previously unknown island in the Pacific Ocean, 2300 miles west of South America.
Avoiding spring break downs
Millions of undergraduates will take spring breaks. Most will have a great time, but too many of them come home bummed out by more than bad weather. FMI - Federal Trade Commission Consumer Response Center www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov
Europe’s high-speed rail links
The countries of Western Europe have all made steady progress constructing high-speed rail systems, but the U.S. just can’t seem to get rolling. FMI - www.eurail.com
Biltmore’s spring beauties
In 1874, when George Washington Vanderbilt started constructing a 250-room chateaux in the mountains near Asheville, NC, it was the largest private home in the U.S. It still is. FMI – www.biltmore.com
In search of inner peace
Across America and around the world, many spiritual communities offer travelers the prospect of peace and direction. Here’s a sampling on inner sanctums.
FMI – Daylesford Abbey (www.daylesford.org),
Dai Bosatsu Zendo (www.daibosatsu.org/dbzindex.html),
Holy Cross Monastery (www.holycrossmonastery.com),
Monastery of Christ in the Desert (http://christdesert.org),
Nada Hermitage (www.spirituallifeinstitute.org/Nada.html)
Most museums Web sites tell you about their treasures, but a variety of top museums provide stunning details of their masterpieces at the click of a mouse. FMI –
The Hermitage – www.hermitagemuseum.org
The Prado – www.museoprado.es
Galleria degli Uffizi – www.uffizi.com
Musee du Louvre – www.louvre.fr
National Gallery (London) – www.nationalgallery.org.uk
Tate Gallery – www.tate.org.uk
Natl. Gallery of Art – www.nga.gov
Museum of Modern Art – www.moma.org
Whitney Museum – www.whitney.org
Metropolitan Museum – www.metmuseum.org
Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) – www.mfa.org
Cleveland Museum of Art – www.clemusart.com
Carnegie Museum of Art – www.cmoa.org
Detroit Inst of Fine Arts – www.dia.org
Walker Arts Center – www.walkerart.org
Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco – www.thinker.org
Getty Museum – www.getty.edu/museum
Footloose in Friesland
The canals of Holland were once the best way to get around. In some ways, they still are. You can rent a house boat by the day, week, or month. FMI - www.europeafloat.com/nlno.htm
Nelson County, Virginia
Each Spring, the eastern foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains turn white as thousands of acres of apple trees come into bloom. FMI -
Going underground in Virginia
No one really knows how many caves there are along the base of the Blue Ridge, but we look into eight that have been turned into tourist attractions.
Where service is supreme
Spending a few days at a tennis resort can be a great way to give your game a “quick fix” or elevate it to a higher level. FMI - www.tennisresortsonline.com
Seeing the country on foot
A walking tour can help orient first time visitors and give veteran travelers a fresh look at a familiar city.
Bringing home good videos
A good video can bring your travel experience to life; a bad one can put your audience to sleep. We offer some suggestions.
As Others See Us
Millions of foreign visitors flock to the U.S. each year, but what are their expectations? What foreign guides books have to say offer some clues.
In the forest of the Brothers Grimm
Though not well known to foreigners, an 800-square mile area east of Frankfurt remains one of Germany’s most picturesque and legend shrouded regions. FMI – www.cometogermany.com
The risks of amusements
Across America amusement parks are prepping for the 2010 summer season, oiling old rides and rushing to finish new ones. But how safe are they?
An astronomical vacation
During a visit to Kitt’s Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona, amateur astronomers can get an insider’s view of the latest cosmic revelations. FMI – www.noao.edu/kpno/
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