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Monday, 23 March 2009

Don’t Go There

Don’t Go There: the Travel Detective’s Essential Guide to the Must-Miss Places of the World by Peter Greenberg is packed with useful information about the places you want to avoid on your next cross-country road trip or international adventure. From tourist traps to environmental wastelands such as Centralia, Pennsylvania and Bhopal, India these sound like real losers.

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Frommer’s 500 Places to See before they Disappear by Holly Hughes is a compendium of the world’s natural and cultural wonders that sit on the edge of being compromised by various forms of encroachment. Whether it is the endangered species whose habitat is being destroyed, glaciers melting and disappearing, or architectural gems being withered away by pollution or overuse, many of the places should be seen now if you want to experience them.

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When you enter Architects Inn (also known as George Chaplin Mason House) in Newport, RI and glance around at the highback chairs, settee, and sherry set out after dinner, you may, for a moment think you’ve stepped into another era. That is until your casual, young, relaxed host appears to greet you. Nick is very engaging and shared his opinions of where to go and what to do in town and made us feel at home. He gave us a brief tour of the lovely downstairs – the dining room, parlor, and living room before helping us upstairs with our luggage.

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Inca Trails by Martin Li is the story of a unique journey through the Bolivian and Peruvian Andes.  The author is on a quest for a deeper understanding of the Inca by traversing the lands they inhabited, conquered, and were eventually driven from by the Spanish conquistadors.  The book is an interesting mix of travelogue and history book that begins near La Paz, Bolivia and traverses Peru to Vilcabamba the Old.
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Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Willka T'ika Garden Guest House

Willka T'ika is much more than a hotel and retreat center. It is a truly magical place set in the sacred valley of Peru. The accommodations, living spaces and conference rooms are scattered throughout the property amidst incredible gardens. This place is truly a botanist’s dream. Each garden is completely unique with different plant species in a variety of colors. There are seven main gardens, each centered on a separate chakra: moon, sacred sun, sacred earth, sacred water, Lucuma, Spiral and sound. Many beautiful varieties of flowers that attract hummingbirds in great numbers.

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Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

This luxurious hotel is a welcome respite in Aguas Calientes, Peru: “The Gateway to Machu Picchu.”  Located just outside of the center and next to the Urumbamba River, the roaring sound of the current will lull you to sleep.
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Mountain Lodges of Peru’s Machu Picchu Lodge to Lodge trek is a high-end hiking experience unique in Peru that distinguishes itself from other companies in many ways. First and foremost are its gorgeous lodges with impressive architecture and stunning views. Until 2007, trekking in the Machu Picchu area involved camping out through freezing nights at high altitudes – most people hiking the Inca trail in the high season got so cold at night that by 2-3 am they’d be up and ready to start the next days hike. It makes an immeasurable difference to have a warm room, a hot shower, a comfortable bed and hygienically-prepared three course meals.

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Smile When You’re Lying: Confessions of a Rogue Travel Writer by Chuck Thompson is an exposé of the travel writing industry.  Thompson has been deeply involved in the travel writing industry and has had numerous experiences with editors not publishing his work because it was not flattering to the places he was visiting.
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Monday, 31 December 2007

Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club

Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club is set in an old estate upon 380 acres of rolling grounds in Lenox, MA. It is one of the Historic Hotels of America and its centerpiece is a large mansion on top of a hill. The mansion houses Cranwell’s top rooms that are decorated with antiques instead of the modern décor of its other properties. It also has the Wyndhurst and Music Room Restaurants which serve breakfast and dinner. Even if you don’t go to eat, you should take a look around the mansion

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The Long Walk: the True Story of a Trek to Freedom was one of the most inspiring, dramatic and compelling books that I’ve ever read.  I was lucky to run across it in the bookstore, as it is a re-release of a book that originally came out in 1956, but a timeless true story of not only a very long walk, but also an unquenchable thirst for freedom.  I was drawn to the title, as I’m drawn to all books that involve journeys, but quickly found that it was not a traveler’s tale, rather a survival story of a group of people with infallible spirits.
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