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Embassies and consulates
The U. S. Department of State maintains embassies and consulates in major cities around the world. One primary mission is to assist U. S. travelers in times of need. FMI: www.travel.state.gov
Serene in Sardinia
In addition to millennia of history, this rugged island of the coast of Italy boasts some of the Mediterranean’s cleanest, least crowded beaches. FMI:
Many cities have multiple airports, the big, new hub and smaller, older fields. Flying to these other airports can often save travelers both time and money.
Charmed by Charleston
South Carolina’s oldest city perpetually ranks among America’s most mannerly places. Life in Charleston is quaint, but it has not always been easy. FMI: www.preservationsociety.org/tour_dates.asp
National Historic Sites
Since 1935, Congress has designated more than 100 locations across the U. S. as national historic sites. This eclectic collection preserves places and honors people that helped shape the nation. FMI: www.nps.gov/nr/
Though Sweden’s capital is draped cross 14 islands, bridges, tunnels, and ferries stitch it seamlessly into a sophisticated, sparkling singularity. FMI: www.visitsweden.com/sweden/
Changing money south of the border
More travelers these days are heading to Latin America, for business, pleasure and eco-adventures. Here are some economic expedients they should keep in mind.
Ruining the places we love
Tourism has grown into one of the world’s top industries, but a tidal wave of travelers can inevitably changes a place, both for better and worse.
Louisiana Heritage Museum
Travelers interested in the Old South will find a pocket of the past preserved in the 450-acre collection of historic buildings and artifacts in Baton Rouge. FMI: http://appl027.lsu.edu/rlm/rurallifeweb.nsf/index
Seeing Spanish Salamanca
Cervantes wrote, “Salamanca casts a spell on all who have enjoyed its peacefulness, awakening the desire to return.” Modern visitors will concur. FMI: www.salamanca.es/inicio.aspx
Making the most of a long weekend
In these days of too much work and too few workers, many people find it hard to take long vacations. But most people can occasionally steal away for a long weekend.
Using a flash outdoors
Here’s advice on how to take the best pictures when the sky is too bright or the shadows too dark.
In the Pine Barrens of New Jersey
The 30 miles separating Philadelphia and Atlantic City are a surprisingly seductive expanse, a mysterious other-realm that has resisted centuries of civilization. FMI: www.state.nj.us/pinelands
A visit to Isla de Coco
The world’s largest uninhabited island lies in the Pacific Ocean miles off the coast of Costa Rica. A realm of steep peaks and impenetrable forests, it is the setting for the fictional Jurassic Park. FMI: www.isladelcoco.com
In Big Cypress Country
The entire southern tip of Florida is one vast wetland, a sodden prairie of saw grass and cattails dotted with stands of cypress and mangrove.
FMI: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary - www.corkscrew.audubon.org
Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve - www.floridastateparks.org/fakahatcheestrand
Big Cypress National Preserve - www.nps.gov/bicy
Standing on Mt. Sinai
According to the Bible, after the Israelites fled from their bondage in pharonic Egypt, they wandered to this rocky mountain in the southern desert where Moses received the Ten Commandments. FMI: http://wikitravel.org/en/Mount_Sinai
The lonely highways of Nevada
Mention Nevada and most people envision the electric glitter of Las Vegas and Reno, but there’s another, more traditional Nevada far from the bright lights and crowded casinos.
Erie Canal anniversary
When New York State governor Dewitt Clinton cut the ribbon on the Erie Canal 185 years ago today, he change the course of American history. FMI: www.eriecanal.org
Barging on the canals of Ireland
The Shannon Erne Waterway is a 200-mile long artery the cuts across Ireland’s green heart, through quiet villages and past medieval ruins and sights few tourists ever see. FMI: www.geographia.com/northern-ireland/ukifer02.htm
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