Bruges, Belgium, was but a blip on the tourist map until the movie In Bruges hit theaters in 2008. The dark comedy, featuring a duo of Laurel-and-Hardy-type hit men, resonated with audiences that were intrigued by its twisted plot, but also by its deliberate obeisance to a city that had managed to elude most American tourists.
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You can choose between two distinct approaches to seeing the spectacular Grand Canyon on the Colorado River: wait until February, send in $25 for a public lottery assigning launch dates for the following year and then gamely tackle the river yourself–or you can sign on with one of more than a dozen commercial rafting outfitters licensed by the National Park Service to show you the river-running experience of your life.
Indians, soldiers and ghosts of Camelot have docked on her marshy shores. Early 20th century millionaires built castles and commanding women protected their estates. The history of Cumberland Island reads like steamy, romantic fiction.
Now its mansions stand in ruin, with wild horses as their guests. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing left to see or do here–far from it.
Summer days can be quite warm in northern California’s inland valleys, even those that lie fairly near the coast. By evening, though, the warm, moist air is cooled by the bitterly cold Pacific Ocean, resulting in a thick bank of offshore fog. From miles out to sea, the fog begins its eastward march, covering the beaches and then the hills of the Coast Range, where it settles like misty lakes in the inland valleys.
Thanks at least partly to Asia’s explosive economic growth, its once-mysterious lands are now jet-close and high-rise-familiar. That’s good news if you want to do business there, but it makes your search a bit tougher if you’re in the market for an exotic getaway. Particularly for those who’ve traveled often to Asia on business, cities such as Shanghai and Bangkok are today about as enigmatic as Los Angeles.
“I’ve never had a day when we didn’t catch lots of fish,” said Brad Frankhouser, one of 20 fly-fishing guides at Spring Ridge Club in rural Spruce Creek, Pa. “Some days are tougher than others, but if people do what I suggest, they’re going to have a great day.”
To refer to Alaska’s Boardwalk Lodge as a fishing resort is like calling a Rolls-Royce a car. The description is correct, but it doesn’t begin to do justice to the place.
“You can buy fish in a store,” said Garry “Red” Edson, lead guide for the lodge, which gets its name from the boardwalk that connects its buildings and stretches down to its dock. “This isn’t about taking home a bunch of fish; it’s about the total experience.
You’d have to drive three hours from Glasgow to reach Eriska, a 121-year-old mansion turned hotel and spa that occupies its own 300-acre island on Scotland’s western shore. If you have access to a private jet, though, Eriska’s considerable pleasures are more accessible. You can simply fly into Connel Airfield near Oban, then drive four miles past some of the country’s finest scenery.
Many people, this writer included, will tell you that Mendocino–about 155 miles north of San Francisco–lies in the middle of California’s most beautiful stretch of coastline. (Many others rank it second only to the Big Sur and Point Lobos area south of Carmel.)
It is gorgeously rugged, with jagged rocks and forested cliffs that have attracted artists for decades.
Castles dot the landscape all along the Rhine, from its headwaters high in the Swiss Alps to its mouth at the Dutch port of Rotterdam. When people speak of castles on the Rhine, however, it’s a safe bet they’re talking about one fairly short stretch of the river, the Middle Rhine. This is where Wagner set the Ring of the Nibelungen.
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