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Archive for May, 2010

Your Water Adventure Awaits

By Linda Tancs

Boating season is nearly underway or, in some cases, has already begun. Your water adventure awaits at Lake Powell, the majestic looking man-made lake along the Arizona/Utah border in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Of course, you can enjoy the tranquil beauty of the lake from the comfort of your spacious lakeview room or suite at the Lake Powell Resort. Or you can commune with nature on a luxury houseboat like the 75-feet Odyssey. The $12,000 price tag may seem a little steep, but if you gather up 12 of your closest friends to fill the quarters, then that’s only $1000 per person. Hey, what are friends for?

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Life in the Gilded Age

By Linda Tancs

Imagine the life of a silk baron in the 19th century. Grand estate, lavish parties, extensive artwork collection. You can experience it vicariously at Lambert Castle. That’s in New Jersey (bet you had a different destination in mind, now didn’t you!). Modeled after an English castle by silk baron Catholina Lambert, the stately manor overlooks the city of Paterson from Garret Mountain. Now a museum, it houses period rooms and collections on the first floor, permanent exhibits featuring local history, folk arts and portraiture on the second floor and revolving exhibits on the third floor. Only $5 for adults; visiting hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

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Paris Your Way

By Linda Tancs

Writer Ernest Hemingway famously remarked that Paris is a movable feast. Those who live aboard les péniches (the houseboats) are apt to agree. Perhaps it’s the striking views of the city’s landmarks from the plank or the exhilaration of plying the Seine at one’s own pace in rhythm with the waterway that drives folks to riverboat living. In any event, it’s a great opportunity to experience Paris your way. Why not rent one the next time you visit the City of Light?

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Got You Covered in New Jersey

By Linda Tancs

If you thought New Jersey was nothing more than a patchwork of open road punctuated by exit signs, then imagine how surprised you’ll be to discover the romance of the covered bridge. You know, like The Bridges of Madison County–only not quite so many. In fact, only two: Green Sergeant’s in Hunterdon County and Scarborough in Cherry Hill. Green Sergeant’s, a 19th century queen post truss at Rosemont-Sergeantsville Road over Wickecheoke Creek near Flemington, is perhaps better known thanks to its listing on the National Register of Historic Places since 1974. Scarborough carries two-way traffic over the North Fork of Cooper River, however. Built in the 1950s, it sports an incomplete A-frame and town truss construction.  Either bridge is navigable, so be sure to cross when you come to it.

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Going Ape in the Netherlands

By Linda Tancs

Hold on to your hats, your cameras, your wallets, and anything else you treasure at Apenheul in the Netherlands.  The first primate zoo in the world allowing free roaming (that means among you, too), this forest in Apeldoorn features over 30 species of primates, among them a 50-year-old orangutan and burgeoning artist named Karl.  Meet Karl and his friends, a variety of monkeys, gorillas, bonobos, other orangutans and added species such as water swine, parrots, macaws and a giant anteater.  Watch that tongue.

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Harmony in Pudong

By Linda Tancs

China is celebrating harmony.  Odd, you might think, for a world power not exactly known for its humanitarianism.  Well, put those beliefs aside when you visit Shanghai’s World Expo 2010.  The first world’s fair to take place in China, the exhibition welcomes 189 nations to a five-square-kilometer, $50 billion playground.   Over 200,000 visitors poured in for the 1 May opener and fireworks extravaganza over the Huangpu River.  Events include folk festivals and cultural feasts, perfect complements to the Austrian theme “Feel the Harmony” or Pakistan’s “Harmony in Diversity.” Over 70 million guests are expected before the event’s close on 31 October.  Will you be one of them?

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