Monthly Archives: December 2009

Spotlight on Pompeii

              Pompeii, Italy, is one of the world’s most complete and extensively excavated archaeological sites.  Here visitors can experience an authentic slice of the Roman Empire, because, on August 23, 79 A.D., the world ended for Pompeii’s 15,000 or … Continue reading

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Spotlight on the Alsace Region, France

              The Alsace is an area of France near the German-Swiss border which has changed hands (between France and Germany) many times over its history.  It is also a major wine-producing area of France today, and its “Wine Road” … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Krakow, Poland

               Krakow is the premier tourist destination in Poland.  It is a large city but its Old Town is charming and extremely pleasant to walk.  The Wawel dominates the upper part of the Old Town.  It is really composed … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Budapest, Hungary

               Budapest, Hungary is another former Iron Curtain location which has recently emerged onto the tourist scene. Budapest, like Prague, is split into two sections: Buda, in the hills on the west side of the Danube, and Pest, the … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Bavaria and the Romantic Road, Germany

              Neuschwanstein, the elaborate fantasy of “Mad” King Ludwig II of Bavaria, is the quintessential fairy tale castle.  High on a hill above his boyhood home, Ludwig began this most extravagant project in 1869 and it was still not … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Gettysburg National Military Park

              Gettysburg National Military Park commemorates the bloodiest and most decisive battle of the Civil War.  The battlefield area is extensive and requires driving in and around the town of Gettysburg to fully appreciate the drama. There are also … Continue reading

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Spotlight on the White Mountains, NH, USA

               The White Mountains of northern New Hampshire offer a four-season vacation area within reach of the major urban areas of the northeastern United States.  There is quality skiing in the winter, mountain scenery and hiking opportunities during the … Continue reading

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Spotlight on the Finger Lakes Region, NY, USA

                The Finger Lakes Region of New York has been a popular destination for people seeking recreational activities for many years. There are numerous state parks in the region, but one of the most popular is located in the town … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Cape Cod, MA, USA

  The Cape, as it is known, is the easternmost section of Massachusetts, that juts into the Atlantic Ocean. Its heritage involves fishing and other maritime pursuits. The charm of the region is based on the diligent efforts by the … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, USA

                Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are adjoining parks which feature the world’s largest tree, the giant Sequoia. Sequoias in the park reach to over 300 meters (200 feet) tall, with trunk diameters over 10 m (30 feet). … Continue reading

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