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A Woman Adventurer in Yemen
The Biblical Tale of Three Wise Men, bringing gifts to
the infant Jesus -- gold, frankincense, and myrrh -- stuck in Penny
Smith's mind. Like many children, it was probably one of the earliest
stories she heard.
These three products, two of them most mysterious to a young westerner's
mind, were key elements in the ancient camel caravan trading routes
of the Middle East. All of them were available in Yemen, the place
from which the fabled Queen of Sheba travelled to meet King Solomon
perhaps three thousand years ago. Continue
Mingling with the Storks and Dolphins of the Sado
is not a major destination for North American ecotourists, who assume
that Europes wildlife was killed off centuries ago. Europeans,
on the other hand, care deeply about their environmentand
elect significant numbers of green party representatives to their
governments. Among Europeans, ecotourism thrives.
Our September 2001 visit to the tiny village of Carrasqueira was
via the small city of Setubal, the gateway to the wildlife-rich
Sado River region an hour south of Lisbon. The Sado, with its source
in the hills of southeastern Portugal, is the nesting ground or
the stopping place for more than 200 species of birds migrating
each year between Northern Europe and Africa. Continues...
GoNOMAD in Belgium, Switzerland and France
On July 10, I rented a car in Paris, and after overcoming my
fear of driving the "Teriferique" (the highway ring that
circles Paris), we were on our way to Brussels, Belgium (find discount flights to Brussels) to visit my boarding
school roommate, Margaret, and her family. The drive north on the
A1 was easy, and three hours later, we arrived in Koksijde, Belgium,
a lovely seaside town popular with French tourists.
I had been in Koksidje last summer and liked it tremendously. The
wide, calm North Sea beaches are perfect for walking (or sandboating,
which is very big here), and the seafood restaurants (moules frites!)
are worth the trip alone. For Josh, however, this was an opportunity
to meet and play with Margaret's son, Tim, and to indulge in Belgian
Waffles and Chocolates. Continue
in the summer is an entirely different city from Paris at any other
time. The parks are filled with sunbathers and their wine bottles,
the cafes and restaurants overflow onto the streets, and the banks
of the Seine are closed to traffic: only rollerskaters, bikers and
beachgoers are allowed. True, it's more crowded with tourists, but
it's also more fun. (Find flights to Paris.)
So, we hopped the Eurostar from London and, in three hours, we were
wandering the streets of the Latin Quarter. To our surprise, my
husband, Chris, was waiting when we arrived, ready to enjoy the
Paris summer, too! continue
Bring Your Dog to Europe
I dont know if there is a language problem among
dogs; however Shady Lady, the American Sheltie, has never failed
to voice her comments to dogs in Holland, Switzerland, Germany,
Belgium, France, Luxemburg, Austria, and Italy. (Find airfare to France.)
Throughout the European Union small pets accompanying their owners
are welcome. Some hotels attach a non refundable surcharge to the
statement; the amount is determined by the individual hotel managers.
We found that the usual amount is 10 Euro. Continue
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Up the River:
A Lesson in Community-Based Ecotourism in Panama
decrepit bus I just arrived on groans in the heat. I sit on a cement
slab by the Rio Chagres, kicking a few pieces of muddied plastic
bags... wondering when I will be picked up... I reach for my handkerchief
to wipe the dust from my forehead
As I do, a canoe lands and
a handsome barefooted youth moves up the bank, dressed in a bright
red loincloth with small red lassos orbiting his dark chest from
left should to right ribs and swooping patterns of black body paint
on face and chest. Jorge parts the humid stillness - the Emberá
Originally from the Darien region of Panama near Colombia, a few
Emberá Indians migrated to the Rio Chagres area in the 1920s,
the river that feeds the Panama Canal. Their numbers have grown
since, and although in the ecotourism business only five years,
they are trying to write the text on community-based ecotourism.
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in the Sahara--Morocco with Heritage Tours
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