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Episodes for June 2010
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The peak of the planet
Most people think Mt. Everest is the highest place on Earth, but it’s a geographic misconception.
Spring time in Helsinki
Though a tough and practical people, Finns have a love of nature, sense of style, and appreciation of beauty. The national capital reflects that national character. FMI: www.visitfinland.com
Cruising by freighter
Notions about that slow boat to China should be revised. Many ocean-going freight lines accept passengers at daily rates that make them ocean-going bargains. FMI: www.freighterworld.com/
Taking time at Taliesin
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright was born this day in 1867. We visit his home in the rolling green hills of southwest Wisconsin. FMI: www.taliesinpreservation.org
The canyons of Utah
Most travelers know about Arizona’s Grand Canyon. Fewer have found two other national parks further up the Colorado River, in Utah’s southeast corner. FMI: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Canyons_and_gorges_of_Utah
America’s railway treasures
The US has dozens of live steam train lines that let curious travelers experience an earlier era of transportation. Here are several of note.
FMI: Durango Silverton Railroad www.railsnw.com/tours/durango
Cass Scenic Railroad www.cassrailroad.com/
East Broadtop www.ebtrr.com
Strasburg Rail Road www.strasburgrailroad.com/
Valley Railroad www.essexsteamtrain.com
European rail passes
In Europe, trains are often still the best way to get from city center to city center, especially if you have a pass. FMI: www.raileurope.com
The walled city of Carcassonne
One of the most magnificent medieval bastions in France lies in the dry, stony foothills 40 miles from the Mediterranean coast. FMI: www.francetravelguide.com/visiting-carcassonne-frances-famous-medieval-walled-city.html
Jaunty and kinetic with wide “kerbs” and restored Victorian buildings, “Freo” is a well-preserved 19th century maritime town. FMI: www.fremantlewa.com.au/
A climbing experience
Rock climbing is reaching new heights. Here’s are glimpses of four great heights for novice climbers to scale.
The lure of Limerick
Best known for its doggerel and lace, this seaport on the Shannon River has other charms, not least of which are its many historic sites. FMI: www.discoverireland.com
Looking at lucky charms
Long before Freud traced travel anxiety to a childish terror, travelers have been finding ways to calm their fears.
Alberta’s Icefields Parkway
Provincial Route 93, one of North America’s most scenic highways, crosses Banff and jasper national Parks and crests the Continental Divide. FMI: www.icefieldsparkway.ca/
Gates of the Arctic
Just inside the Arctic Circle, 8.5 million wilderness acres of the north central Brooks Range have been set aside for the benefit of future generations. FMI: www.nps.gov/gaar/index.htm
Once known as Salonika, the second largest city of Greece lies in a sheltered harbor on the northern shore of the Aegean Sea. FMI: www.gnto.gr
With 6000 miles of paved paths in a pancake flat country half the size of Indiana, Holland also offers roller-blading adventures aplenty. FMI: www.skate-a-round.com/default.asp?refer=Reis&id=26&action=intro&taal=EN&c=NL
Getting cash out of town
With an ATM card, getting cash from a machine on the other side of the world can be as easy as getting it on the other side of town.
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