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  22. <title>Lovers of the Grape head for the Sonoma County Wine Library</title>
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  34. <description><![CDATA[<p>A quiet hideaway within the Healdsburg Regional Library, the Sonoma County Wine Library is filled with natural light, comfortable seating, and a vast archive of treasures sure to delight even the most jaded oenophile. Library Curator, Megan Jones, welcomes wine industry researchers; students from the Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University wine studies [...]</p>
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  37. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>A quiet hideaway within the Healdsburg Regional Library, the <a href="https://sonomalibrary.org/locations/sonoma-county-wine-library"><strong><span style="color: #993300;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Sonoma County Wine Library</span></span></strong></a> is filled with natural light, comfortable seating, and a vast archive of treasures sure to delight even the most jaded oenophile. <a href="https://sonomalibrary.org/person/megan-jones"><span style="text-decoration: underline; color: #993300;">Library Curator, Megan Jones</span></a>, welcomes wine industry researchers; students from the Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University wine studies programs; and food and wine journalists and authors, along with passionate wine lovers seeking to expand their knowledge of the grape.</p>
  38. <p>Jones grew up in a wine industry-related family in the Napa Valley and worked in wine libraries there until taking the reins in Healdsburg. She said, <span style="color: #993300;"><em>“We’re a hidden gem for tourists and locals, who discover us when browsing the main library. We specialize in primary source archives of all aspects of viticulture and wine-making, and the wine business. Wine enthusiasts often head for our magazines, our maps of AVAs, and the oral histories of winery families, the documentary films and audios, and even wine-related murder mysteries!”</em></span></p>
  39. <aside class="pullquote alignright"><strong><a href="https://bit.ly/2TPiUtt"><span style="text-decoration: underline; color: #993300;">This story is a version of an article published in the <em>Santa Rosa Press Democrat</em>.</span></a></strong></aside> Locals planning their vacations come in for guidebooks to wine regions in the U.S. and around the world, and to browse the latest food-and-wine news in four dozen or so current periodicals, ranging from journals of enology and viticulture, to <em>Sonoma-Marin Farm News</em> and <em>Wine Spectator</em>. Tasting room hosts come here to bone up on the history of their wineries and to learn more about the wines they pour and sell. Would-be sommeliers study for their professional wine certification testing (WSET), and log into the International Wine Research Database on the library website. The Sommelier’s Atlas of Taste, What Makes a Wine Worth Drinking, and Flawless: Understanding Faults in Wine are popular new books, and the movie, “Sideways,” is a favorite among the DVDs.</p>
  40. <p>Megan Jones said, <span style="color: #993300;"><em>“My favorite part of the collection is the ephemera and memorabilia of wineries from around our region, which we are currently organizing and digitizing, everything from old letters and manuscripts to wonderful vintage photos, posters, and beautiful labels.”</em></span></p>
  41. <div id="attachment_2682" style="width: 810px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/WineLibrary.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-2682" class="size-full wp-image-2682" src="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/WineLibrary.jpg" alt="A hidden gem in Healdsburg, the Sonoma County Wine Library" width="800" height="500" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/WineLibrary.jpg 800w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/WineLibrary-300x188.jpg 300w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/WineLibrary-343x215.jpg 343w, https:&#x2f;&#47;&#x64;&#x65;&#101;&#x70;&#x63;&#117;&#x6c;&#x74;&#117;&#x72;&#x65;t&#x72;&#x61;v&#x65;&#108;&#46;&#x63;&#111;m&#x2f;&#119;p&#x2d;&#99;o&#x6e;&#116;e&#x6e;&#116;/&#x75;&#112;l&#x6f;&#97;d&#x73;&#47;2&#x30;&#49;9&#x2f;&#48;&#x34;&#x2f;&#87;&#x69;&#x6e;&#101;&#x4c;&#x69;&#98;&#x72;&#x61;&#114;&#x79;&#x2d;3&#x30;&#x30;x&#x31;&#56;8&#x40;&#50;x&#x2e;&#106;p&#x67; 600w, https:&#x2f;&#x2f;&#x64;&#101;&#101;pc&#x75;&#x6c;&#x74;&#117;&#114;et&#x72;&#x61;&#x76;&#101;&#108;&#46;c&#x6f;&#x6d;&#x2f;&#119;&#112;-c&#x6f;&#x6e;&#x74;&#101;&#110;t/&#x75;&#x70;&#x6c;&#111;&#97;&#100;s&#x2f;&#x32;&#x30;&#x31;&#57;&#47;0&#x34;&#x2f;&#x57;&#x69;&#110;&#101;Li&#x62;&#x72;&#x61;&#114;&#121;-3&#x34;&#x33;&#x78;&#50;&#49;5&#64;&#x32;&#x78;&#x2e;&#106;&#112;g 686w" sizes="(max-width: 800px) 100vw, 800px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-2682" class="wp-caption-text">A hidden gem in Healdsburg, the Sonoma County Wine Library is a treasure chest of historic documents and memorabilia; rare books, wine labels, videos/movies, and thousands of books.</p></div>
  42. <p>Since the library was dedicated in dedicated in 1989, more than 5,000 books have been acquired, along with a fast-growing collection of audio and video histories of Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino County winery owners and winemakers. Among the irreplaceable books are nearly a thousand rare volumes dating, primarily, from 1850 to 1950. The oldest, <em>Libri de re Rustica</em>, a detailed description of agricultural practices, was printed in Spanish, by hand, in 1514 (the most valuable and fragile tomes have been digitized).</p>
  43. <h2><span style="color: #993300;"><em><strong>Wine Library Supporters and Events</strong></em></span></h2>
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  45. <p><strong><a href="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/WineLibr.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-2680" src="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/WineLibr-230x300.jpg" alt="Sonoma County Wine Library" width="230" height="300" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/WineLibr-230x300.jpg 230w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/WineLibr-784x1024.jpg 784w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/WineLibr.jpg 894w, https:&#x2f;&#x2f;&#x64;&#x65;&#101;&#112;&#99;&#117;ltu&#x72;&#x65;&#x74;&#x72;&#x61;&#118;&#101;&#108;&#46;co&#x6d;&#x2f;&#x77;&#x70;&#x2d;&#99;&#111;&#110;ten&#x74;&#x2f;&#x75;&#x70;&#x6c;&#111;&#97;&#100;s/2&#x30;&#x31;&#x39;&#x2f;&#x30;&#52;&#47;&#87;ine&#x4c;&#x69;&#x62;&#x72;&#x2d;&#50;&#51;&#48;x30&#x30;&#x40;&#x32;&#x78;&#x2e;&#106;&#112;&#103; 460w" sizes="(max-width: 230px) 100vw, 230px" /></a>Sonoma County Wine Library </strong></p>
  46. <p>139 Piper Street</p>
  47. <p>Healdsburg, CA 95448</p>
  48. <p>(707) 433-3773 x 0416</p>
  49. <p>Located in the Healdsburg Public Library, open daily except Sunday.</p>
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  51. <p>The brainchild of Millie Howie, a renowned columnist, wine industry publicist and all-around industry guru who passed away in 2011, an association of supporters is now the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="http://www.friendsofthewinelibrary.org">Friends of the Sonoma County Wine Library</a></span></strong></span>. The organization funds myriad library projects, such as oral histories, and digitization of historical documents, and puts on various special events throughout the year, from wine tastings to talks by winery luminaries.</p>
  52. <p>Slated for this summer, with a date to be announced, the 30<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the dedication of the Wine Library will be celebrated with a second annual “Evening with Sonoma County Wine Legends.” Board Chair, Julie Pedroncelli St. John, a 3<sup>rd</sup> generation winery owner, said, <em><span style="color: #993300;">“This will be a stellar panel moderated by wine writer, Linda Murphy, to include Ana Keller of Keller Estate; David Ramey of Ramey Wine Cellars; David Stare from Dry Creek Vineyard, Bob Cabral of Three Sticks, and Richard Arrowood from Amapola Creek. This will be a grand, gala event, and we plan to include wine, food and an auction!”</span> </em></p>
  53. <p>This spring, the Friends organization will lead a walking tour of the historic Oliver Ranch, a 100-acre, Sonoma County estate whose proprietors have commissioned a dramatic outdoor exhibition of artworks. The 2.5-hour “Tour of the World” guided tour will include transport to and from Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville, with wine tasting to follow. (707) 799-2724.</p>
  54. <h2 style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #0000ff;">More here about the Northern California Wine Country</span></em></h2>
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  82. <description><![CDATA[<p>As we watched deckside, our small Katrina Line cruise ship anchored alongside the Dalmatian coast shoreline of Brač Island and its Golden Horn Beach. Holding just 38 passengers, the Futura’s compact size fits into ports large ships can’t handle. Our eager group of sunbathers disembarked and clambered aboard small boats for the short ride to the golden [...]</p>
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  85. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><strong><aside class="pullquote alignright"></strong><span style="color: #993300;">This story is by <strong><a style="color: #993300;" href="http://www.LeeDaleyTravelWriter.com">Lee Daley</a></strong>, an award-winning travel journalist and photographer, and founder of <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="http://TravelExaminer.net">TravelExaminer.net </a></strong></span>and<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong> <a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="http://epicureandestinations.com">EpicureanDestinations.com</a></strong></span>. An international traveler extraordinaire, Lee is one of our regular contributors.</span><strong></aside></strong>As we watched deckside, our small <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="https://www.katarina-line.com/">Katrina Line</a></strong></span></span> cruise ship anchored alongside the Dalmatian coast shoreline of Bra<strong>č</strong> Island and its Golden Horn Beach. Holding just 38 passengers, the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="https://www.katarina-line.com/ships/deluxe_superior_2018#!/15/95/Futura"><em>Futura</em>’s</a></span></strong></span> compact size fits into ports large ships can’t handle. Our eager group of sunbathers disembarked and clambered aboard small boats for the short ride to the golden sands. Once ashore, my husband and I decided to meander —— sunbathing could come later.</p>
  86. <h2><em><span style="color: #993300;"><strong>Wandering Bra</strong><strong>č Island</strong></span></em></h2>
  87. <div id="attachment_2648" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BracFish-2.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-2648" class="size-medium wp-image-2648" src="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BracFish-2-300x199.jpg" alt="A sstone sculpture along a promenade near the village of Bol" width="300" height="199" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BracFish-2-300x199.jpg 300w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BracFish-2.jpg 887w, https:&#x2f;&#47;d&#x65;&#x65;&#112;c&#x75;&#x6c;&#116;u&#x72;&#101;t&#x72;&#x61;&#118;e&#x6c;&#x2e;&#99;o&#x6d;&#47;&#119;&#x70;&#x2d;&#99;o&#x6e;&#x74;&#101;n&#x74;&#47;&#117;p&#x6c;&#111;a&#x64;&#x73;&#47;2&#x30;&#x31;&#57;/&#x30;&#51;/&#x42;&#x72;&#97;c&#x46;&#x69;&#115;h&#x2d;&#50;&#45;&#x33;&#x30;&#48;x&#x31;&#x39;&#57;&#64;&#x32;&#x78;&#46;j&#x70;&#103; 600w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-2648" class="wp-caption-text">A stone sculpture along a promenade near the village of Bol on Brač<br />Island. Photo by Lee daley</p></div>
  88. <p>A short walk from the<strong> </strong>white pebble beach, signs along a tree-shaded promenade pointed the way to the village of Bol. Through the greenery, an impossibly blue bay glistened in the sun, and soothing ocean breezes wafted through the pines. We knew little about Bra<strong>č</strong>, but soon were delighted to come upon the first of several stunning limestone sculptures. Bathed in dappled sunlight, our path had suddenly morphed into an outdoor sculpture garden adorned with larger-than-life busts and modern art works, although very few plaques identified the artist or artists.</p>
  89. <p>Our view as we neared the village, ancient limestone buildings lined the wharf, throwing the harbor’s heavenly blue waters into sharp relief. We later learned that Brač Island is home to the famous Pucisca Stonemason School, founded more than 100 years ago to protect the island’s stone masonry tradition, which dates from Roman times. In fact, the Romans used the Brač Island marble and limestone for temples, amphitheaters and palaces all over Dalmatia. The fourth century Emperor Diocletian’s 1,700-year-old palace in Split was built from Brač stone (scenes from the Palace were depicted as the Throne Room in Game of Thrones). Brač Island stone can also be found in the White House and a host of historic European buildings. Sometimes called Brač “marble,” It is actually a beautiful white or off-white limestone on its way to becoming marble, but is not yet as hard.</p>
  90. <p>Across from the harbor, a row of cafes with outdoor seating, boutiques and galleries led to an opening where a farmers’ market displayed a bounty of the island’s fresh fruit and vegetables. Exchanging smiles with a local farmer, we plucked ripe peaches and grapes, perfect for picnicking in a nearby pocket park with its shaded fountain and benches.</p>
  91. <h2><em><span style="color: #993300;"><strong>A Fine Arts Tradition on Bra</strong><strong>č Island</strong></span></em></h2>
  92. <p>Serendipitous cultural immersion: Along the main waterfront directly across from the harbor, we came upon a building so beautifully fitting to the area, it immediately caught our attention. We entered its open front courtyard to see free-standing classical sculptures. <em>“Was this one a Giacometti?”</em> I wondered. Several sculptures were carved from the same limestone as those we had seen on our walk into town.</p>
  93. <p>Through the building’s ground floor windows, we spied intriguing art works and realized the building housed a museum and an art gallery. Suddenly, a young man appeared at the door, and we learned that he was Tino Vukovic, the gallery’s curator, and that he would be happy to give us a private tour of the collection.</p>
  94. <div id="attachment_2649" style="width: 712px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BracGallery.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-2649" class="size-large wp-image-2649" src="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BracGallery-772x1024.jpg" alt="Gallery Bratislava Deskovic on Croatia's Brač Island" width="702" height="931" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BracGallery.jpg 772w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/BracGallery-226x300.jpg 226w, https:&#x2f;/&#x64;&#101;e&#x70;&#99;&#x75;&#x6c;t&#x75;&#114;e&#x74;&#114;&#x61;&#118;e&#x6c;&#46;c&#x6f;&#109;&#x2f;&#119;p&#x2d;&#99;&#x6f;&#x6e;t&#x65;&#110;t&#x2f;&#117;&#x70;&#x6c;o&#x61;&#100;s&#x2f;&#50;&#x30;&#49;9&#x2f;&#48;&#x33;&#x2f;B&#x72;&#97;c&#x47;&#97;&#x6c;&#x6c;e&#x72;&#121;-&#x32;&#50;&#x36;&#120;3&#x30;&#48;&#64;&#x32;&#120;&#x2e;&#106;p&#x67; 452w" sizes="(max-width: 702px) 100vw, 702px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-2649" class="wp-caption-text">The entrance to Gallery Bratislava Deskovic on Croatia&#8217;s Brač Island. Photo by Lee Daley</p></div>
  95. <p>A Renaissance-Baroque palace dating to 1694, <span style="text-decoration: underline; color: #993300;"><strong><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="http://www.bol-croatia.net/gallery.html">Gallery Bratislava Deskovic</a></strong></span> gallery displays both traditional and contemporary art by Croatian artists. It was obvious from Timo’s exuberance as he guided us through the exhibits that his job was a joy, as he showed us the influence of van Gogh in one painting and the similarity to the style of Monet in another. We were sure one magnificent bust, sculpted of smooth black marble, symbolized Don Quixote until he informed us it depicted a local dignitary created by award winning Croatian artist, <span style="color: #993300;"><a style="color: #993300;" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marija_Ujevi%C4%87-Galetovi%C4%87">Marija Ujević Galetović,</a></span></p>
  96. <p>Through Timo, we learned of Brač’s strong artistic tradition, most notably in sculpture, stone-working and painting, and that the sculpture garden promenade leading into town had been commissioned by the village to showcase sculptures by local artists. From this artistic tradition came the island’s best-known artist, the sculptor <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Branislav_De%C5%A1kovi%C4%87">Bratislava Deskovic</a></span></strong></span>, for whom the gallery is named. We later learned that his beautiful sculptures can be seen all over Bol. It was in the gallery’s entrance that we had admired the sculpture of his dog, depicted scratching its ear. And the Giacometti-like sculpture? That was another story.</p>
  97. <p>A native of Brač born in 1922, sculptor and painter Valeriji Michieli lived through WWII when islanders fiercely resisted the Italian Fascist occupation. He depicted the suffering of this turmoil through paintings and sculpture, and was inspired in some of his creations by the Swiss artist, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Giacometti"><span style="color: #993300;">Antonio Giacometti</span>.</a></p>
  98. <div id="attachment_2661" style="width: 1010px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/FuturaDeck.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-2661" class="size-full wp-image-2661" src="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/FuturaDeck.jpg" alt="Deck of the cruise ship Futura" width="1000" height="667" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/FuturaDeck.jpg 1000w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/FuturaDeck-300x200.jpg 300w, https://deepcu&#108;&#116;&#117;&#114;&#101;&#116;&#114;&#97;&#118;&#101;&#x6c;&#x2e;&#x63;&#x6f;&#x6d;&#x2f;&#x77;&#x70;&#x2d;&#x63;&#x6f;&#x6e;&#x74;&#x65;&#x6e;t/upload&#115;&#47;&#50;&#48;&#49;&#57;&#47;&#48;&#51;&#47;&#x46;&#x75;&#x74;&#x75;&#x72;&#x61;&#x44;&#x65;&#x63;&#x6b;&#x2d;&#x33;&#x30;&#x30;&#x78;200&#64;2x&#46;j&#112;&#103; 600w" sizes="(max-width: 1000px) 100vw, 1000px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-2661" class="wp-caption-text">Along the Dalmatian coastline of Croatia, the deck of the cruise ship Futura, of the Katarina Line.</p></div>
  99. <h2><em><span style="color: #993300;"><strong>Wine and Dine on Brac Island</strong></span></em></h2>
  100. <p>Flush with olive and fig trees, Brač’s terrain offers cuisine that is essentially Mediterranean; the island is known for its seafood, lamb dishes, sublime olive oil, and local wine. We popped into <a href="http://tavernariva-bol.com/en/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;">Taverna Riva</span></strong></span> </a>to sample the island’s bounty after our museum tour. Located right on the waterfront, (called the riva), our courtyard table under a sheltering shade tree afforded a stunning view of the harbor as we lunched on freshly caught and deliciously prepared seafood with grilled vegetables. Our server helped us review the wine list, and based on his recommendation, we chose the local Stina Cuvee. The blend was 33% chardonnay combined with local grapes called vugava and pošip. We were in luck because our itinerary that evening included a tour of Stina Winery located in Bol, very close to Taverna Riva.</p>
  101. <p>Meandering and museum viewing made us late for the return to our ship, so we caught an inexpensive water taxi back to the Golden Horn beach. A short time later, our ship pulled into Bol for our before-dinner wine tasting at <span style="text-decoration: underline; color: #993300;"><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="http://stina-vino.hr/en/about-us"><strong>Stina Winery</strong></a></span></p>
  102. <p>Housed in an old wine cooperative building right on the waterfront, the name Stina translates to the word stone in deference to the limestone quarried on Brač Island. The Stina Winery tasting room gave us another chance to enjoy Stina’s Posip, 2017, which we had enjoyed with lunch. Young, fruity and fresh, this vintage pairs well with mild cheese and seafood. The cooperative produces three wines, including a rosé and the plavac, both made from local indigenous grapes. The long history of Brač has always been marked by the cultivation of grapevines, especially the plavac mali variety.<strong> </strong></p>
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  104. <h2 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #993300;"><em><strong>More here about the Katarina Cruise Line</strong></em></span></h2>
  105. <p>From April to mid-October, Katarina Line’s 60 ships, in all budget categories, depart from Opatija, Split and Dubrovnik for cultural cruises along the glorious Croatian coastline. Guided tours, hiking and biking, “young fun” and other activities are available. One add-on is the <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.katarina-line.com/land_tours/croatian_rhapsody_tour#!/"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;">Croatian Rhapsody</span></a></span> </strong>coach tour that connects to 5 UNESCO sites, with wine tastings, exceptional gourmet experiences, authentic local villages, and 4-star hotels.</p>
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  107. <h2><span style="color: #993300;"><em><strong>Food is Fab on the</strong><strong> </strong><strong>Futura</strong></em></span></h2>
  108. <p>Back on board, our chef, Jorge, outdid himself with a white tablecloth, five-course Captain’s farewell dinner, accompanied by fine wines. That evening, a local guitar/keyboard duet played rock tunes with requests honored for our favorites. We were definitely spoiled.</p>
  109. <p>Every meal on the <em>Futura</em> was superb. Each morning, a sumptuous breakfast buffet of eggs, fruit, croissants, freshly brewed coffee and tea was ready and waiting in the upper deck lounge with its water views. The bar was always open with snacks available, as well. Nine crew members serve the 38 passengers and were there to field questions whenever needed. Our four-night cruise included three islands: Hvar, Korcula and Brač. Each was uniquely individual and stunningly beautiful. Our voyage was all-inclusive with all meals, including dinner and wine at three upscale island restaurants featuring fresh, local cuisine.</p>
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  111. <h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://epicureandestinations.com/what-to-see-and-do-on-brac-island-croatia/"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em>This article was originally published on Epicurean Destinations </em></strong></span></a></span></h3>
  112. <h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em>in </em></strong></span><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em>August of 2018 and has been updated.</em> </strong></span></span></h3>
  113. <div id="attachment_2651" style="width: 910px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/FuturaShip.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-2651" class="size-full wp-image-2651" src="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/FuturaShip.jpg" alt="38-passenger Futura ship" width="900" height="600" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/FuturaShip.jpg 900w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/FuturaShip-300x200.jpg 300w, https:&#x2f;&#47;d&#x65;&#101;&#112;&#x63;&#x75;&#108;t&#x75;&#114;e&#x74;&#x72;&#97;v&#x65;&#108;&#46;&#x63;&#x6f;&#109;/&#x77;&#112;-&#x63;&#x6f;&#110;t&#x65;&#110;t&#x2f;&#x75;&#112;&#x6c;&#x6f;&#97;d&#x73;&#47;2&#x30;&#x31;&#57;/&#x30;&#51;/&#x46;&#x75;&#116;u&#x72;&#97;S&#x68;&#x69;&#112;-&#x33;&#48;0&#x78;&#x32;&#48;&#x30;&#x40;&#50;x&#x2e;&#106;&#112;&#x67; 600w" sizes="(max-width: 900px) 100vw, 900px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-2651" class="wp-caption-text">The 38-passenger Futura, one of 60 vessels of the Katarina Line in Croatia.</p></div>
  114. <h2><span style="color: #993300;"><em><strong>If You Go: </strong></em></span></h2>
  115. <p><a href="http://www.katarina-line.com/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;">Katarina Line</span></strong></span></a><strong> </strong>knows the Dalmatian Coast so well because most of the staff have lived there all their lives. With itineraries ranging from budget to luxury, including nine ships in the Deluxe Superior Category, and lots to choose from in every price range, they cover every possible option for a rewarding exploration of the Dalmatian Coast. We booked our hotel lodging through their office prior to departure, and they offered transport arrangements from the airport to downtown Split, our cruise departure city. We booked our trip directly with Katarina Line and were extremely happy with all the arrangements.</p>
  116. <div id="attachment_2660" style="width: 1010px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/FuturaStateroomjpg.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-2660" class="size-full wp-image-2660" src="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/FuturaStateroomjpg.jpg" alt="Stateroom on the Futura of the Katarina Line in Croatia" width="1000" height="667" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/FuturaStateroomjpg.jpg 1000w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/FuturaStateroomjpg-300x200.jpg 300w, https:&#x2f;&#x2f;&#x64;&#x65;&#x65;&#x70;&#x63;&#x75;&#x6c;&#x74;&#x75;&#x72;&#x65;&#x74;&#x72;&#x61;&#x76;&#x65;&#x6c;&#x2e;&#x63;&#x6f;&#x6d;&#x2f;&#x77;&#x70;&#x2d;&#x63;&#x6f;&#x6e;&#x74;&#x65;&#x6e;&#x74;&#x2f;&#x75;&#x70;&#x6c;&#x6f;&#x61;&#x64;&#x73;&#x2f;&#x32;&#x30;&#x31;&#x39;&#x2f;&#x30;&#x33;&#x2f;&#x46;&#x75;&#x74;&#x75;&#x72;&#x61;&#x53;&#x74;&#x61;&#x74;&#x65;&#x72;&#x6f;&#x6f;&#x6d;&#x6a;&#x70;&#x67;&#x2d;&#x33;&#x30;&#x30;&#x78;&#x32;&#x30;&#x30;&#x40;&#x32;&#x78;&#x2e;&#x6a;&#x70;&#x67; 600w" sizes="(max-width: 1000px) 100vw, 1000px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-2660" class="wp-caption-text">A stateroom on the cruise ship Futura, of the Katarina Line in Croatia.</p></div>
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  124. <title>Springtime in Yosemite National Park: Wildflowers and Waterfalls</title>
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  136. <description><![CDATA[<p>It was March 20, just on the vernal equinox, as we sped toward Yosemite National Park, just over an hour&#8217;s drive from California’s Central Valley on Highway 140. The low, rolling foothills merged into the Merced River canyon as we gained elevation. As we drove along, the mountainsides grew higher and more rugged, when suddenly [...]</p>
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  139. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>It was March 20, just on the vernal equinox, as we sped toward <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="https://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm">Yosemite National Park</a></strong></span></span>, just over an hour&#8217;s drive from California’s Central Valley on Highway 140. The low, rolling foothills merged into the Merced River canyon as we gained elevation. As we drove along, the mountainsides grew higher and more rugged, when suddenly a giant leaned down and painted the hillsides with a brush full of orange and pink. Vivid orange California poppies washed across the hills, and the upward-shooting branches of thousands of redbud trees were bursting with brilliant, magenta-colored bloom. We slowed down.</p>
  140. <p>Fortunately for the vehicles behind us, the traffic was light on this midweek day, and they zoomed around us as we poked along. We pulled in at Savage&#8217;s Trading Post, a souvenir shop. Next to the shop is the trailhead for <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.yosemitehikes.com/not-yosemite/hite-cove/hite-cove.htm"><strong><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;">Hite Cove Trail</span></strong></a></span>, famous for magnificent wildflower displays. We headed up the narrow, winding footpath above the South Fork of the Merced River. Once you get used to the dizzying drop-off above the river, the flower show lives up to its reputation. We stopped counting after about forty species of flowers — streams of magenta-colored owl&#8217;s clover; stalks of vivid purple and pink Chinese pagodas; purple and white shooting stars, bright red Indian pinks.</p>
  141. <div id="attachment_2617" style="width: 695px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/HiteCoveMariposaCo.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-2617" class="size-large wp-image-2617" src="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/HiteCoveMariposaCo-685x1024.jpg" alt="Hite's Cove Trail Yosemite" width="685" height="1024" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/HiteCoveMariposaCo.jpg 685w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/HiteCoveMariposaCo-201x300.jpg 201w, https:&#x2f;&#47;d&#x65;&#101;p&#x63;&#117;l&#x74;&#117;r&#x65;&#116;r&#x61;&#x76;e&#x6c;&#x2e;&#99;&#x6f;&#x6d;&#47;&#x77;&#x70;&#45;c&#x6f;&#110;t&#x65;&#110;t&#x2f;&#117;p&#x6c;&#111;a&#x64;&#x73;/&#x32;&#x30;&#49;&#x39;&#x2f;&#48;&#x33;&#x2f;&#72;i&#x74;&#101;C&#x6f;&#118;e&#x4d;&#97;r&#x69;&#112;o&#x73;&#x61;C&#x6f;&#x2d;&#50;&#x30;&#x31;&#120;&#x33;&#x30;&#48;&#64;&#x32;&#120;&#46;&#x6a;&#112;g 402w" sizes="(max-width: 685px) 100vw, 685px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-2617" class="wp-caption-text">Just outside of Yosemite, Hite&#8217;s Cove Wildflower Trail. Photo from Yosemite Mariposa Tourism (stay on the trail)</p></div>
  142. <p>I sat down under an oak tree by a mossy seep, where icy water trickled out of the rocks into a mass of delicate, pale blue waterfall buttercups; baby-blue eyes and brilliant, lavender-purple fiesta flowers. Smooth ivory globe lilies with rosy caps nodded in the breeze like fairy lanterns. My husband snapped a photo at every turn in the trail until the sun was high overhead, and we turned back to resume our drive to the park.</p>
  143. <h2><span style="color: #993300;"><em><strong>The Glories of Yosemite in the Springtime</strong></em></span></h2>
  144. <p>We entered the National Park through Arch Rock, following the boulder-strewn, tumbling river filled with snowmelt. As we passed between El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall, I was already weepy at the sheer magnificence of the place. A startling phenomenon of nature, barely half a mile wide and seven miles long, <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Yosemite Valley is lined by bare granite cliffs and spires, domes and towers</strong></span></span> created by millions of years of glacial activity, forming a view corridor so unique that its sentinels claim their own names — Half Dome, Cathedral Spires, Sentinel Rock and Royal Arches, their feet in flowers and aromatic evergreens, their pinnacles in heaven, luminous in the clear air of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.</p>
  145. <div id="attachment_2610" style="width: 208px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/VernalFallsVisitCalif.jpeg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-2610" class="size-medium wp-image-2610" src="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/VernalFallsVisitCalif-198x300.jpeg" alt="Mist Trail at Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park" width="198" height="300" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/VernalFallsVisitCalif-198x300.jpeg 198w, https:&#x2f;&#47;&#x64;&#101;e&#x70;&#99;u&#x6c;&#116;&#x75;&#x72;e&#x74;&#114;a&#x76;&#101;&#x6c;&#x2e;c&#x6f;&#109;/&#x77;&#112;-&#x63;&#111;&#x6e;&#116;e&#x6e;&#116;/&#x75;&#112;&#x6c;&#x6f;a&#x64;&#115;/&#x32;&#48;&#x31;&#x39;/&#x30;&#51;/&#x56;&#101;r&#x6e;&#97;&#x6c;&#70;a&#x6c;&#108;s&#x56;&#105;&#x73;&#x69;t&#x43;&#97;l&#x69;&#102;&#x2d;&#x31;&#57;&#x38;&#120;3&#x30;&#48;&#64;&#x32;&#120;&#x2e;&#106;p&#x65;&#103; 396w" sizes="(max-width: 198px) 100vw, 198px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-2610" class="wp-caption-text">The Mist Trail at Vernal Falls is 3 miles round-trip, with spectacular views from every step. Photo from Visit California</p></div>
  146. <p>Springtime in Yosemite is when the world-famous waterfalls are at their peak. Snowmelt fills the Merced and Tuolumne Rivers, roiling recklessly down the canyons and dropping over clifftops into the valley. You can hear it thundering from Nevada and Vernal falls, and feel it vibrating under your feet at the bottom of Lower Yosemite Fall. The sound and sight of water is one of the great pleasures of Yosemite Valley, from its thrilling waterfalls to boggy meadows along the riverbanks, vernal pools and misted forest glens.</p>
  147. <p>On both sides of the Merced, the lower valley is undeveloped, for the most part, an enchanted world of meadows, woodlands and fields of boulders as big as school buses. Clustered around Yosemite Village in mid-valley are the lodgings, campgrounds, historical museums, theaters, retail outlets, restaurants and the Visitor&#8217;s Center.</p>
  148. <h2><em><span style="color: #993300;">Walking Around Yosemite Valley</span></em></h2>
  149. <p>We began our springtime expedition at the Visitors Center by picking up a map and renting binoculars. After lunch under a spray of white dogwood blossoms on the deck at Degnan&#8217;s Cafe, we wandered on the boardwalk crossing Cook&#8217;s Meadow, a vast, wetland lush with grasses two feet high and scattered with wildflowers. Western azaleas were a dazzling white background for lavender shooting stars and yellow-gold sneezeweed. As picturesque and as cooling as Monet&#8217;s water gardens were the dinner plate-sized floating leaves and yellow flowers of the Indian pond lily. Cow parsnips stood tall with lacy white flower heads a foot wide.</p>
  150. <p>In recent years, the larger meadows have been fenced and boardwalked, and non-indigenous flora have been removed. This protection of the habitat has resulted in the reemergence and flourishing of indigenous trees, such as black oaks.</p>
  151. <div id="attachment_2608" style="width: 346px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/LowerYoseFall.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-2608" class="size-full wp-image-2608" src="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/LowerYoseFall.jpg" alt="Lower Yosemite Fall" width="336" height="478" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/LowerYoseFall.jpg 336w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/LowerYoseFall-211x300.jpg 211w" sizes="(max-width: 336px) 100vw, 336px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-2608" class="wp-caption-text">The springtime torrent of Lower Yosemite Fall. No hiking required!</p></div>
  152. <p>A must-see in spring is <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/lowerfalltrail.htm">Lower Yosemite Fall</a></strong></span>,</span> a mighty leap of frigid water exploding from the base of the upper fall. Together, they comprise the tallest waterfall in North America — 2,425 feet — a tremendous force of 144,000 gallons of water per minute in at this time of the year. If the hiking trail is clear of snow and you decide to climb the 3.5 miles to the base of the lower fall, bring a parka for the cold, drenching spray. The delightful, fizzy spray of Lower Yosemite Fall is best in spring; by August, it may be just a trickle and a mist.</p>
  153. <h2><span style="color: #993300;"><em><strong>Merced River Trail</strong></em></span></h2>
  154. <p>Rambling through the valley in a rambunctious stream, the Merced River is fast-flowing most of the year, overarched by feathery willows, alders, bigleaf maples and other riparian flora. We walked along the riverside trail about 2.5 miles, from <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.yosemite.com/lodging/hotels/yosemite-valley-lodge/"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Yosemite Valley Lodge</strong></span></a></span> to El Capitan Bridge, dodging patches of snow in the shady spots, mesmerized by reflections in the water of the new-green, budding willows and cottonwoods. When the rush of the spring thaw has calmed in mid-summer, canoeing and rafting are popular, and sunbathers gather on the narrow sand bars. With pools and riffles purely translucent, fishing is not easy, as the trout can see the fisherman.</p>
  155. <p>Surrounded by oceans of wild blue iris, we rested at El Capitan Meadow. This is the best vantage point from which to watch climbers on the massive wall of El Cap. Nearly every day of the year, except during storms, climbers can be seen making their ascents to the 3,593-foot summit, clinging to the vertical mass of silver-white granite, four times as large as the Rock of Gibraltar. El Cap and the other photogenic monuments around the valley are remnants of an ice age when glaciers tore off and ground into bits great sections of mountain. Just past El Cap on the left, an apron of rocky moraine remains from the last glaciers in the valley.</p>
  156. <p>Another two miles or so at the west end of the walking trail are good viewing spots for Cathedral Spires, Ribbon Fall and Bridalveil Fall. The highest single fall in Yosemite, Ribbon Fall descends 1,612 feet in a narrow flow from the northwest rim of the valley.</p>
  157. <p>Where the trail crosses the river and loops back up the valley, Pohono Bridge is nearby one of the loveliest and least discovered sights, Fern Spring, where a natural spring emerges from the talus slope, bubbling to the surface in little rivulets before entering the river. This makes a stunning photograph when saucer-sized, creamy-white Pacific dogwood flowers create a tracery under the evergreens. Dogwood trees bloom throughout the valley between late March and the end of May and some of the best places to see them are on the trail to Mirror Lake and at Happy Isles (and in the <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline; color: #993300;"><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/sequoias.htm">Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias</a></span></strong> in late May/early June, a magical sight among twenty-five giant Sequoias and a forest of incense cedar, sugar pine and white fir.)</p>
  158. <div id="attachment_2607" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/MajesticHotelYose.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-2607" class="size-medium wp-image-2607" src="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/MajesticHotelYose-300x200.jpg" alt="Great Room at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel in Yosemite National Park" width="300" height="200" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/MajesticHotelYose-300x200.jpg 300w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/MajesticHotelYose-1024x683.jpg 1024w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/MajesticHotelYose.jpg 1200w, https:/&#47;&#x64;&#x65;e&#112;&#99;&#x75;&#x6c;t&#117;&#114;&#x65;&#x74;r&#97;&#x76;&#x65;&#x6c;&#46;&#99;&#x6f;&#x6d;/&#119;&#112;&#x2d;&#x63;o&#110;&#116;&#x65;&#x6e;t&#47;&#x75;&#x70;&#x6c;o&#97;&#x64;&#x73;/2&#48;&#x31;&#x39;/&#48;&#51;&#x2f;&#x4d;a&#106;&#101;&#x73;&#x74;i&#99;&#x48;&#x6f;te&#108;&#x59;&#x6f;s&#101;&#45;&#x33;&#x30;0&#120;&#50;&#x30;&#x30;&#64;&#50;&#x78;&#x2e;jp&#103; 600w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-2607" class="wp-caption-text">The lofty Great Room at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel. Photo by Aramark</p></div>
  159. <h2><span style="color: #993300;"><em><strong>The Grande Dame of Yosemite National Park</strong></em></span></h2>
  160. <p>I also discovered dogwoods in the meadows behind the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="https://www.travelyosemite.com/lodging/the-majestic-yosemite-hotel/">Majestic Yosemite Hotel</a></span></strong></span> (formerly the Ahwahnee Hotel) where we stayed. A masterpiece of Art Deco and California Craftsman styles, the massive stone, concrete and redwood edifice stands in splendor at the foot of Royal Arches. Designed by the architect of Hearst Castle, Julia Morgan, the hotel has a cozy, vintage lodge feeling inside, notwithstanding the lofty beamed ceilings.</p>
  161. <p>In the Great Room lounge, Native American-design rugs, antique basketry, art and artifacts all glow in the light streaming through three-story-tall, stained-glass windows. Visitors wander around, agog at the tremendous walk-in, sandstone fireplaces and wrought iron chandeliers big enough for a castle. The colossal dining room is ready for King Arthur&#8217;s entire court. Even if not a guest here, you can enjoy the restaurant, the bar, and the lobbies, and in the Great Room, you can read and warm your toes by the fire.</p>
  162. <p>We like to hide in the snug Mural Room, with its brass fireplace, and a wall-length painting by Robert Boardman Howard that depicts local flora and fauna in a style reminiscent of medieval tapestries. Two armchairs sit in front of a window with a view of Upper Yosemite Fall and a grassy clearing where deer graze in the wild strawberries.</p>
  163. <p>Done up in &#8220;mountain lodge&#8221; style with oakleaf-motif fabrics, our favorite guest rooms are north-facing with views of Royal Arches, a striking, striated slab that shows how glaciers broke off layers of granite in a process called exfoliation, leaving rounded sheets and strips parallel to the valley floor. A 1,000-foot waterfall to the left of the arches adds to the beauty in springtime, while skyscraper-like Washington Column looms, 1,920-feet high, on the right. Behind the column in the near distance, North Dome echoes the arches&#8217; geologic formations.</p>
  164. <h2><span style="color: #993300;"><em><strong>The Mists of Bridalveil Fall</strong></em></span></h2>
  165. <p>The next day we hiked from the Visitors Center about 4.5 miles along the south side of the river to the base of Bridalveil Fall. We carried parkas, expecting to get wet when we reached it. In spring and early summer, the water cascades out of Bridalveil Creek in a vaporous cloud, half falling, half floating 620 feet down over a wide area, creating quivering rainbows. The whirling mistiness prompted Yosemite&#8217;s original residents, the Miwoks,</p>
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  167. <h2><strong>More here about Yosemite National Park</strong></h2>
  168. <h2><em><a href="https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/nature/wildflowerviewing.htm"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Where to see Wildflowers</span></a></em></h2>
  169. <h2><a href="https://deepculturetravel.com/magical-yosemite-winter/"><strong><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Magical Yosemite in Winter</span></em></strong></a></h2>
  170. <h2><a href="https://deepculturetravel.com/category/eat-drink-cook/"><em><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Yosemite History and Tours</span></strong></em></a></h2>
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  172. <p>to call it &#8220;the fall of the puffing winds.&#8221; An elongated pyramid rivaling those in Egypt, Cathedral Rocks forms an impressive backdrop to the scene. In late afternoon until just before sunset, the light on the cliffs and the fall can be golden and ethereal, especially in March and April.</p>
  173. <p>Below the fall, the lower part of Bridalveil Creek flows into several beautiful channels under three rustic stone bridges, which were constructed in the 1920s and ‘30s. Just east of the parking lot beneath the cedars, look for displays of rose-pink, heart-shaped Western bleeding-hearts.</p>
  174. <h2><span style="color: #993300;"><em><strong>Last Tango in Yosemite National Park<br />
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  176. <p>At the end of our springtime pilgrimage to Yosemite Valley, we made a short detour for a last romantic moment among the wildflowers. About three miles outside the Arch Rock park entrance, off Highway 140, we parked and walked a few hundred yards to two foamy walls of water, <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="https://www.hikespeak.com/trails/wildcat-falls-hike-yosemite/">Cascade and Wildcat Falls</a></strong></span></span>, where fragrances of mock orange and spice bush filled the air. We vowed to return to Yosemite in the fall when the sunflowers are in bloom and the bigleaf maples and aspens are trembling golden spires.</p>
  177. <div id="attachment_2614" style="width: 1210px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/CamasWestern-bistort.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-2614" class="size-full wp-image-2614" src="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/CamasWestern-bistort.jpg" alt="Camas and Western bistort at Yosemite" width="1200" height="723" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/CamasWestern-bistort.jpg 1200w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/CamasWestern-bistort-300x181.jpg 300w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/CamasWestern-bistort-1024x617.jpg 1024w, https:&#x2f;&#47;&#x64;&#x65;&#101;&#x70;&#99;u&#x6c;&#116;u&#x72;&#101;t&#x72;&#97;v&#x65;&#108;&#x2e;&#x63;&#111;&#x6d;&#x2f;&#119;&#x70;&#45;c&#x6f;&#110;t&#x65;&#110;t&#x2f;&#117;p&#x6c;&#111;&#x61;&#x64;&#115;&#x2f;&#x32;&#48;&#x31;&#57;/&#x30;&#51;/&#x43;&#97;m&#x61;&#115;W&#x65;&#115;&#x74;&#x65;&#114;&#x6e;&#x2d;&#98;&#x69;&#115;t&#x6f;&#114;t&#x2d;&#51;0&#x30;&#120;1&#x38;&#49;&#x40;&#x32;&#120;&#x2e;&#x6a;&#112;&#x67; 600w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-2614" class="wp-caption-text">Waves of Camas and Western bistort at Yosemite</p></div>
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  199. <description><![CDATA[<p>Can you imagine walking from Bodega Bay to Healdsburg? No? How about strolling just a few miles a day on quiet country roads, stopping for private winery tours, and arriving at a five-star B&#38;B where your luggage is already in your room! Sounds like a natural idea for the Sonoma Wine Country, doesn’t it? In [...]</p>
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  202. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Can you imagine walking from Bodega Bay to Healdsburg? No? How about strolling just a few miles a day on quiet country roads, stopping for private winery tours, and arriving at a five-star B&amp;B where your luggage is already in your room!</p>
  203. <aside class="pullquote alignright"><span style="color: #339966;"><strong><em>This story is primarily from an article published in the Press Democrat, the largest newspaper north of San Francisco.</em></strong></span></aside>Sounds like a natural idea for the Sonoma Wine Country, doesn’t it? In fact, <a href="https://winecountrytrekking.com"><span style="text-decoration: underline; color: #993300;"><strong>Wine Country Trekking (WCT)</strong></span></a> is the only company based in this county that offers inn-to-inn, customized, self-guided walks. They do all the heavy lifting for their guests, from providing individualized, daily itineraries and topo maps to making the arrangements for VIP winery experiences, luxury accommodations, gourmet picnics, and restaurant reservations. When needed, they’ll even set up airport transfer for your family and friends who fly into the Bay Area and Santa Rosa airports.</p>
  204. <div id="attachment_2398" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/PelicanInn.jpeg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-2398" class="size-medium wp-image-2398" src="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/PelicanInn-300x225.jpeg" alt="The Pelican Inn in Muir Beach is one of Wine Country Trekkers' upscale B&amp;Bs." width="300" height="225" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/PelicanInn-300x225.jpeg 300w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/PelicanInn.jpeg 640w, https:&#x2f;&#x2f;&#100;&#101;&#101;p&#x63;&#x75;&#x6c;&#116;&#117;re&#x74;&#x72;&#x61;&#118;&#101;l&#x2e;&#x63;&#x6f;&#109;&#47;&#119;p&#x2d;&#x63;&#x6f;&#110;&#116;en&#x74;&#x2f;&#x75;&#112;&#108;o&#x61;&#x64;&#x73;&#47;&#50;&#48;1&#x38;&#x2f;&#x30;&#57;&#47;Pe&#x6c;&#x69;&#x63;&#97;&#110;I&#x6e;&#x6e;&#x2d;&#51;&#48;&#48;x&#x32;&#x32;&#x35;&#64;&#50;x&#46;&#x6a;&#x70;&#x65;&#103; 600w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-2398" class="wp-caption-text">The Pelican Inn at Muir Beach is one of Wine Country Trekking&#8217;s upscale B&amp;Bs on their &#8220;Mt. Tamalpais to the Wine Country&#8221; itinerary. Photo by Wine Country Trekking</p></div>
  205. <p>The five-day, four-night “<a href="https://winecountrytrekking.com/store/?route=product/product&amp;product_id=74"><span style="color: #993300;"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Bodega Bay to Healdsburg</span></strong></span></a>” trek starts with two beach walks on the Sonoma Coast, then meanders shady footpaths in <span style="color: #993300;"><a style="color: #993300;" href="https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=450">Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve</a></span> and lingers overnight at the perfectly pink, Mission Revival-style Applewood Inn. Each day involves from 3 to 9 miles a day of walking, with visits to several Dry Creek Valley appellation wineries, a picnic at a lush organic farm, and a private tasting in a romantic wine cave.</p>
  206. <p>The destination is Healdsburg, where lodging is luxurious at <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="https://www.madronamanor.com">Madrona Manor</a></span></span>, one of California’s most spectacular Victorian-era mansions, and a good example of the WCT’s taste in upscale accommodations.</p>
  207. <h4><span style="color: #993300;"><em><strong>Healthy, Active, Very Private Walking Tours</strong></em></span></h4>
  208. <p>Walking tours are enjoying a resurgence in popularity with travelers intent on exploring in a slow, no-tech fashion––on foot. In the their “Eight Travel Predictions for 2018,” Booking.com pronounced: <span style="color: #808080;"><em>“The trend for wellness getaways isn’t slowing down, with almost double the amount of people, nearly one in five, planning to take health and well-being trips in 2018. Trips enjoying particular prominence are those that involve travelling on two feet––a brilliant way to take in the local landscape, Walking is the ultimate way to explore, with 56% of travelers saying they want to do walking or hiking trips in 2018.”</em></span></p>
  209. <p>Beyond health benefits, self-guided walking tours are designed for those who prefer privacy and going at their own pace, plus traveling with family or friends, rather than with a group of strangers.</p>
  210. <h4><span style="color: #993300;"><em><strong>Walking Around California Wine Country</strong></em></span></h4>
  211. <p>Wine Country Trekking is the brainchild of <a href="https://winecountrytrekking.com/about/"><span style="color: #993300;">Mary and Greg Guerrazzi,</span></a> whose travel clientele were asking for the kind of active, inn-to-inn tours they’d enjoyed in Europe. In 2007, the Guerrazzis, who are long-time residents of Glen Ellen, began designing customized trips for visitors and locals who like to get fresh air and exercise along with their food-and-wine discoveries.</p>
  212. <p>According to WCT partner (and Mary Guerrazzi’s sister), Sheila Taylor, <span style="color: #808080;"><em>“We have a variety of individualized self-guided vacations for walkers, hikers, and runners, from honeymooners to multi-generation families, girlfriend gangs to couples celebrating their anniversaries. Most of our trekkers come from across the U.S. and Canada, although we also have people from Australia and New Zealand, and a few from Europe.&#8221;</em></span></p>
  213. <div id="attachment_2399" style="width: 2058px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/WineCountryTrekkersTractor.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-2399" class="size-full wp-image-2399" src="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/WineCountryTrekkersTractor.jpg" alt="Strolling country roads in the Sonoma WIne Country" width="2048" height="1536" srcset="https://&#100;&#101;&#101;&#x70;&#x63;&#x75;&#x6c;&#x74;ur&#101;&#116;&#114;&#x61;&#x76;&#x65;&#x6c;&#x2e;co&#109;&#47;&#119;&#x70;&#x2d;&#x63;&#x6f;&#x6e;te&#110;&#116;&#47;&#x75;&#x70;&#x6c;&#x6f;&#x61;ds&#47;&#50;&#48;&#x31;&#x38;&#x2f;&#x30;&#x39;/W&#105;&#110;&#101;&#x43;&#x6f;&#x75;&#x6e;&#x74;ry&#84;&#114;&#101;&#x6b;&#x6b;&#x65;&#x72;&#x73;Tr&#97;&#99;&#116;&#x6f;&#x72;&#x2d;&#x31;&#x30;24&#120;&#55;&#54;&#x38;&#x40;&#x32;&#x78;&#x2e;jp&#103; 2048w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/WineCountryTrekkersTractor-300x225.jpg 300w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/WineCountryTrekkersTractor-1024x768.jpg 1024w, https:&#x2f;&#x2f;&#100;e&#x65;&#x70;&#99;ul&#x74;&#x75;&#114;e&#x74;&#x72;&#97;&#118;e&#x6c;&#x2e;&#99;o&#x6d;&#x2f;&#119;&#112;-&#x63;&#x6f;&#110;t&#x65;&#x6e;&#116;&#47;u&#x70;&#x6c;&#111;a&#x64;&#x73;&#47;&#50;0&#x31;&#x38;&#47;0&#x39;&#x2f;&#x57;&#105;n&#x65;&#x43;&#111;un&#x74;&#x72;&#121;T&#x72;&#x65;&#107;&#107;e&#x72;&#x73;&#84;r&#x61;&#x63;&#116;&#111;r&#x2d;&#x33;&#48;0&#x78;&#x32;&#50;&#53;&#64;&#x32;&#x78;&#46;j&#x70;&#x67; 600w" sizes="(max-width: 2048px) 100vw, 2048px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-2399" class="wp-caption-text">Strolling country roads in the Sonoma WIne Country, on a Wine Country Trekkers walking vacation.</p></div>
  214. <p>Among the most popular of WCT itineraries, especially with pre-wedding parties, is the 4-day, 3-night “<strong><span style="text-decoration: underline; color: #993300;"><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="https://winecountrytrekking.com/store/?route=product/product&amp;product_id=66">Sonoma Valley Wine Tasting</a></span></strong>” package involving 6-7 miles a day of easy walking in the foothills above Sonoma and Glen Ellen. The walks are combined with exclusive boutique winery experiences and gourmet picnics, and with options for spa treatments and shopping around Sonoma plaza. Honeymooners from Boston liked this package, writing,<em><strong> “</strong><span style="color: #808080;">We were a little apprehensive about the toughness of the hikes, but, there was nothing to worry about. The hikes were challenging enough to give you a workout, yet not so difficult where you would be exhausted by the end of the day. The wineries we visited provided a unique look at both larger scale (Ravenswood Winery) and smaller scale wineries (Robert Hunter Winery), all of which we felt were distinctly Sonoma.”</span></em></p>
  215. <p>A recent WCT guest on the 3-day, 2-night “<a href="https://winecountrytrekking.com/store/?route=product/product&amp;product_id=68"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;">Kenwood Luxury Getaway</span></strong></span></a>” trek was Antonio Rosique, a TV and movie actor from Mexico who was here with his girlfriend for the Sonoma Film Festival. Since Hood Mountain and <span style="color: #993300;"><a style="color: #993300;" href="https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=480">Trione-Annadel State Park</a></span> hiking trails had burned in the valley fire last Fall, WCT got creative with other options for the two of them, and Rosique said, <em>“<span style="color: #808080;">Everything worked perfect. The maps were super-accurate and detailed, and the schedule and attention to detail was awesome, as were the restaurants and the hotel. I am looking forward to coming back soon to hike with you guys!”</span></em></p>
  216. <p>On the itinerary on this trek is a small, appointment only winery, <a href="http://www.macleodfamilyvineyard.com"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;">MacLeod Family Vineyard</span></span></a>, where rocky hillsides above Kenwood produce Sauvignon Blancs redolent of pineapple, apricot and citrus. Second-and third-generation MacLeods create an intimate experience for WCT guests by spinning family stories and sharing ripe figs off the trees during private tours and tastings.</p>
  217. <h4><span style="color: #993300;"><em><strong>Running Around California Wine Country</strong></em></span></h4>
  218. <p>Based in Glen Ellen and Kenwood, the 5-day, 4-night “<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="https://winecountrytrekking.com/store/?route=product/product&amp;product_id=65">Sonoma Valley Runners Trek</a></strong></span></span>” is for serious runners who also want luxury and pampering. The trails are 8 to 13 miles a day, with moderate elevation gain, in <a href="http://winecountrytrekking.com/destinations/jack-london-state-historic-park/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;">Jack London State Park</span></span></a><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;">, <a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="https://parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Visit/Sonoma-Valley-Regional-Park/">Sonoma Valley Regional Park</a>, and <a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="https://www.sugarloafpark.org/">Sugarloaf Ridge State Park</a></span></span>, along with VIP winery and vineyard tours, and private cave and mountaintop tastings.</p>
  219. <p>The “<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="https://winecountrytrekking.com/store/?route=product/product&amp;product_id=64">Sausalito to Point Reyes Runners Trek</a></strong></span></span>” rambles over rolling hills overlooking the Golden Gate, on Muir Beach, and over Mt. Tam to Point Reyes National Seashore and West Marin, and may be hiked, rather than run–or a combination of both.</p>
  220. <div id="attachment_2400" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/RamblngVineyards.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-2400" class="size-medium wp-image-2400" src="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/RamblngVineyards-300x211.jpg" alt="Rambling in the vineyards" width="300" height="211" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/RamblngVineyards-300x211.jpg 300w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/RamblngVineyards.jpg 800w, https:/&#47;&#100;&#x65;&#x65;&#x70;c&#117;&#108;&#x74;&#x75;&#x72;et&#114;&#x61;&#x76;&#x65;l&#46;&#99;&#111;&#x6d;&#x2f;&#x77;p&#45;&#99;&#x6f;&#x6e;&#x74;e&#110;&#116;&#x2f;&#x75;&#x70;lo&#97;&#x64;&#x73;&#x2f;20&#49;&#56;&#x2f;&#x30;&#x39;/&#82;&#97;&#x6d;&#x62;&#x6c;n&#103;&#86;&#x69;&#x6e;&#x65;ya&#114;&#x64;&#x73;&#x2d;30&#48;&#120;&#x32;&#x31;&#x31;&#64;&#50;&#120;&#x2e;&#x6a;&#x70;g 600w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-2400" class="wp-caption-text">Rambling in the vineyards on the Bodega Bay to Healdsburg walking itinerary with Wine Country Trekking.</p></div>
  221. <h4><span style="color: #993300;"><em><strong>Families Walk Together</strong></em></span></h4>
  222. <p>Recent WCT guests were two college-age siblings who flew in from North Carolina, met with their parents, and embarked on a family reunion of a lifetime, the “<a href="https://winecountrytrekking.com/store/?route=product/product&amp;product_id=60"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;">San Francisco to the Wine Country</span></strong></span></a>” trek. Ten invigorating days of coastal and valley ramblings ranged from sea-breezy trails at Point Reyes National Seashore to kayaking on Tomales Bay, and winery-to-winery walks. Their trip ended at a luxurious property in Glen Ellen, named repeatedly as one of the<strong> “</strong>top 100 hotels in the world,” a Japanese-style “ryokan” complete with a zen-influenced spa.<strong> </strong></p>
  223. <p>At the last of several winery visits on this trek, a winemaker/owner escorted the family to his estate for a private tasting of his cult status Pinot Noirs. The foursome then strolled to the <a href="https://glenellenstar.com"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;">Glen Ellen Star</span></span></a> eatery, where the chef/owner, as noted by Food and Wine magazine as a “Best New Chef,” greeted the family, along with his wife, who is one of the Benziger Family Winery clan.</p>
  224. <p><span style="color: #993300;"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="http://www.winecountrytrekking.com">Wine Country Trekking</a></span></strong></span> provides customized itineraries for each couple or group, with topographical maps and detailed trail notes, both in print and electronically; breakfasts and gourmet lunches are included. Their treks are priced from $1,200 per person, double occupancy (April-November); from $1,000 December-March.</p>
  225. <div id="attachment_2401" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Vineyards.jpeg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-2401" class="size-medium wp-image-2401" src="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Vineyards-300x225.jpeg" alt="Inn-to-inn walks in vineyards of the California Wine Country." width="300" height="225" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Vineyards-300x225.jpeg 300w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Vineyards.jpeg 640w, https:/&#47;&#x64;&#x65;e&#112;&#99;&#x75;&#x6c;t&#117;&#x72;&#x65;t&#114;&#97;&#x76;&#x65;l&#46;&#x63;&#x6f;m&#47;&#119;&#x70;&#x2d;c&#111;&#x6e;&#x74;e&#110;&#116;&#x2f;&#x75;p&#108;&#x6f;&#x61;ds&#47;&#x32;&#x30;1&#56;&#x2f;&#x30;&#x39;/&#86;&#x69;&#x6e;e&#121;&#97;&#x72;&#x64;s&#45;&#x33;&#x30;0&#120;&#50;&#x32;&#x35;&#64;&#50;&#x78;&#x2e;j&#112;&#101;&#x67; 600w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-2401" class="wp-caption-text">Inn-to-inn walks in the vineyards and the foothills of the California Wine Country.</p></div>
  226. <h4><span style="color: #993300;"><em><strong>More Self-Guided Inn-to-Inn Walks</strong></em></span></h4>
  227. <p><strong><a href="http://www.backroads.com"><span style="color: #993300;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">“Napa Valley and Sonoma Active Culinary Walking and Biking Tour” with Backroads</span></span></a></strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;">,</span></span> based in Berkeley for more than forty years. This tour includes advance planning, winery visits, luggage transport, luxury-level lodging, cooking class, and some meals. 5 days from $3,298 per person, double occupancy<strong>.</strong></p>
  228. <p><a href="http://www.countrywalkers.com"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;">“California: The Wine Country” with Country Walkers</span></span></strong></a><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;">,</span></span> a Vermont-based company offering 60 destinations in the U.S. and Europe. Their Wine Country walk includes detailed itineraries, wineries, luggage transport, upscale lodging, and some meals. 6 days from $2,248 per person, double occupancy<strong>. </strong>They also offer a San Francisco to Point Reyes walk.</p>
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  256. <description><![CDATA[<p>As specialists in featuring the top cultural travel companies in the world, we know that their guided and self-guided tours often sell out early in the year. Not a moment to lose! Here you are &#8211; the latest Cultural Travel News and Tours (with more to come . . . ) ! PAINT IN FRANCE [...]</p>
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  260. <p><strong><span style="color: #333399;">PAINT IN FRANCE </span></strong>Specializing in cultural, cooking, and art workshops, <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="https://frenchescapade.com/painting-tours/">French Escape</a></span></strong></span> will guide you to painting expeditions in the hilltop villages of the French Riviera from your base in the medieval town of Vence. You will sketch and paint ancient towns, castles and wild scenery, and spend a day at Renoir&#8217;s estate, among other once-in-a-lifetime, artful experiences.</p>
  261. <div id="attachment_2570" style="width: 210px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/CTC-BRO-2019.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-2570" class="size-medium wp-image-2570" src="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/CTC-BRO-2019-200x300.jpg" alt="Affordable tours in Europe from the Cultural Travel Company. " width="200" height="300" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/CTC-BRO-2019-200x300.jpg 200w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/CTC-BRO-2019.jpg 280w" sizes="(max-width: 200px) 100vw, 200px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-2570" class="wp-caption-text">Affordable tours in Europe from the Cultural Travel Company.</p></div>
  262. <p><span style="color: #000080;"><strong>NEW AFFORDABLE TOURS</strong></span> A recently launched offshoot of the long-established, preeminent cultural travel company, Martin Randall Travel, the <a href="https://www.culturaltravel.co.uk"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Cultural Travel Company</strong></span></span></a> taps into the mothership for expert guides and on-the-ground connections, while at the same time making travel experiences in Europe more affordable. The focus may be art or archaeology, music or history, with accommodations, site admissions, speakers and trip managers provided; flights and most meals are up to you, and plenty of time is set aside for independent exploration. Think about “Art Treasures of Venice, Gothic Splendor in France;&#8221; &#8220;Conquests &amp; Cultures, Power and Patronage in Florence,&#8221; and more unique tours.</p>
  263. <p><strong><span style="color: #000080;">BOBBY BURNS is 260!</span></strong> Scotland is celebrating the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="http://www.visitscotland.com/campaign/burns-2019/">260th anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth</a></strong></span></span> with special events, festivals, walks and trails, and exhibitions all through 2019 and beyond. In southwest Scotland, you can follow his life story from his birthplace in Alloway to his prolific writing period in Machine and his resting place in Dumfries, while exploring the places that inspired his works.</p>
  264. <div id="attachment_2557" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/NO.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-2557" class="size-medium wp-image-2557" src="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/NO-300x176.jpg" alt="Jazz, Blues and the Making of Modern America from Ace Cultural Tours: New Orleans, Natchez, Vicksburg and beyond. " width="300" height="176" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/NO-300x176.jpg 300w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/NO.jpg 598w, https:&#x2f;&#47;d&#x65;&#101;p&#x63;&#117;l&#x74;&#x75;&#114;&#x65;&#x74;&#114;a&#x76;&#101;l&#x2e;&#99;o&#x6d;&#x2f;&#119;&#x70;&#x2d;&#99;o&#x6e;&#116;e&#x6e;&#116;/&#x75;&#112;l&#x6f;&#x61;&#100;&#x73;&#x2f;&#50;0&#x31;&#57;/&#x30;&#50;/&#x4e;&#x4f;&#45;&#x33;&#x30;&#48;x&#x31;&#55;6&#x40;&#50;x&#x2e;&#106;p&#x67; 600w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-2557" class="wp-caption-text">Jazz, Blues and the Making of Modern America from Ace Cultural Tours: New Orleans, Natchez, Vicksburg and beyond.</p></div>
  265. <p><strong><span style="color: #000080;">NEW ORLEANS TO MEMPHIS:</span></strong> <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="https://bit.ly/2HkwunJ">Jazz, Blues and the Making of Modern America</a></strong></span></span> from Ace Cultural Tours is led by a renowned music historian, along the Mississippi from Jackson Square to jazz and blues clubs, Preservation Hall, Oak Alley Plantation, to Natchez, Vicksburg, and a bayou riverboat cruise.</p>
  266. <p><span style="color: #000080;"><strong>HANDMADE EAST BAY</strong></span> is an exciting <strong><span style="color: #993300;"><a style="color: #993300;" href="https://www.berkeleyside.com/tag/handmade-east-bay"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">series of videos and interviews focused on some of the top ethnic eateries in Oakland, Berkeley and Alameda</span></a></span></strong>, on the east side of San Francisco Bay. You’ll see mole and dumplings made from scratch, a master sushi chef, artisan bakers, a noodle-maker and more in these short, snappy films. Video production and interviews are by <a href="http://melatiphotography.com/journalism/"><strong><span style="color: #993300;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Melati Citrawireja</span></span></strong></a><strong><span style="color: #993300;">,</span></strong> prominent international journalist and photographer.</p>
  267. <p><strong><span style="color: #000080;">LAOS MEKONG CRUISE</span></strong> on a romantic Pandaw river steamer, the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="https://www.pandaw.com/">first river expedition since pre-war days to cross all Laos</a></strong></span></span>, also stopping in Thailand and Burma, from Vientiane to Pak Lai, Luang Prabang, Chiang Saen, and on to exotic jungles, Buddhist temples, palaces, the National Museum; Hmong, Khamo and more tribal villages, elephant camp, and Pak Ou caves.</p>
  268. <div id="attachment_2559" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Mayflower.png"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-2559" class="size-medium wp-image-2559" src="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Mayflower-300x228.png" alt="400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage and the founding of Plymouth Colony will be commemorated throughout 2020." width="300" height="228" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Mayflower-300x228.png 300w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Mayflower.png 670w, https:&#47;&#x2f;&#100;&#x65;&#101;&#x70;&#99;&#x75;&#108;&#x74;&#117;&#x72;&#101;&#x74;&#114;&#x61;&#118;&#x65;&#108;&#x2e;&#99;&#x6f;&#109;&#x2f;&#119;&#x70;-&#x63;o&#x6e;t&#x65;n&#x74;/&#x75;p&#x6c;o&#x61;d&#x73;/&#x32;0&#49;9&#47;0&#50;&#x2f;&#77;&#x61;&#121;&#x66;&#108;&#x6f;&#119;&#x65;&#114;&#x2d;&#51;&#x30;&#48;&#x78;&#50;&#x32;&#56;&#x40;&#50;&#x78;&#46;&#x70;&#110;&#x67; 600w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-2559" class="wp-caption-text">400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage and the founding of Plymouth Colony will be commemorated throughout 2020.</p></div>
  269. <p><span style="color: #000080;"><strong>MAYFLOWER 400 YEARS:</strong> </span>2020 will see a year-long commemoration of the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.mayflower400uk.org"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;">400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage and the founding of Plymouth Colony</span></a></strong></span><span style="color: #993300;">.</span> A year of events across the UK, U.S., the Netherlands and the Wampanoag Nation. Events to include Illuminate, a international festival of lights; a Stories and Shells’ exhibition of the Wampanoag people; the PilgramAGE Festival; and maritime festivals, live performances, public art, museum exhibits, and dozens more events alongt the Mayflower Trail.</p>
  270. <p><strong><span style="color: #000080;">PETER SOMMERS 2019 TOUR AVAILABILITY:</span></strong> famous for archaeological tours, gulet cruises in the Med, and private charters, this company sells out their tours. <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="https://bit.ly/2RXpvkz">Scroll down to see which departures are still available.</a> </strong></span></span>The tour of Wales is all about invasion, resistance and conquest in the spectacular south and west of the country; castles, Roman fortresses, abbeys and medieval villages, with Paul Beston, one of Europe’s foremost history experts.</p>
  271. <p><strong><span style="color: #000080;">36 HOURS IN TOKYO:</span></strong> New York Times Journeys&#8217; <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/.../travel/what-to-do-36-hours-in-tokyo-japan.html">off-the-tourist-trail guided tour in Tokyo</a></span></strong></span> with private access, secret shops, local artisans, ancient traditions, fab food, and a preview of 2020 Olympics, all on an easy, extended daytrip by train.</p>
  272. <div id="attachment_2560" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Tauck.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-2560" class="size-full wp-image-2560" src="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Tauck.jpg" alt="Savannah, Hilton Head &amp; Charleston on a Tauck Tour" width="300" height="300" srcset="https:&#x2f;&#47;d&#x65;&#x65;&#112;c&#x75;&#108;t&#x75;&#x72;&#101;t&#x72;&#97;v&#x65;&#x6c;&#46;c&#x6f;&#x6d;&#47;&#x77;&#x70;&#45;c&#x6f;&#x6e;&#116;e&#x6e;&#116;/&#x75;&#x70;&#108;o&#x61;&#100;s&#x2f;&#x32;&#48;1&#x39;&#x2f;&#48;&#x32;&#x2f;&#84;a&#x75;&#x63;&#107;-&#x31;&#53;0&#x78;&#x31;&#53;0&#x40;&#50;x&#x2e;&#x6a;&#112;g 300w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Tauck-150x150.jpg 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-2560" class="wp-caption-text">Savannah, Hilton Head &amp; Charleston on a Tauck Tour</p></div>
  273. <p><strong><span style="color: #000080;">TAUCK TOURS GOES TO SAVANNAH:</span></strong> 19th C plantations and mansions, historic landmarks, a living history heritage center, Low Country museums, Geechee culture and much more on <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="https://bit.ly/2UQYOQk">“Southern Charms: Savannah, Hilton Head &amp; Charleston.&#8221;</a></span></strong></span></p>
  274. <p><strong><span style="color: #000080;">MOROCCO WITH NAYA TRAVELER: </span></strong>guided by the company’s founder, Sarah Casewit, in her home country. <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="https://www.nayatraveler.com/morocco/">A rare, immersive journey of homecoming to Morocco</a></strong></span></span>, with her personal friends who are artists, authors, and ethnographers.</p>
  275. <p><strong><span style="color: #000080;">CITY STAYS ON AZAMARA CLUB CRUISES: </span></strong>pre- and post-cruise, you can choose from new, culture-focused <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="https://bit.ly/2N6CZty">“City Stays&#8221;</a></span></strong></span> with Cox &amp; Kings, a leading luxury tour operator; in Singapore, Barcelona and beyond, from culinary adventures to artisan shopping; live performances, museums, and more.</p>
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  277. <h2 style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #993300;">What&#8217;s on YOUR bucket list for 2019? </span></em></h2>
  278. <h2 style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #993300;">We&#8217;ll be happy to help you find a cultural tour of a lifetime . . .<br />
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  286. <title>The 21st Century Pilgrim: Travel with a Purpose</title>
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  304. <description><![CDATA[<p>As a frequent traveler, you may have experienced, as I have, that trips designed around a cultural theme or an intense personal interest can be the most rewarding. I am drawn to educational and transformational travel experiences that align with my passions and my specific interests. In this new series, The 21st Century Pilgrim: Travel [...]</p>
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  307. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>As a frequent traveler, you may have experienced, as I have, that trips designed around a cultural theme or an intense personal interest can be the most rewarding. I am drawn to educational and transformational travel experiences that align with my passions and my specific interests. In this new series, <span style="color: #993300;"><em><strong>The 21st Century Pilgrim: Travel with a Purpose</strong></em>,</span> I’ll describe for you a variety of themed tours that are sure to enrich your life and make a pilgrim of you.</p>
  308. <p>You can take a trip, or you can make a pilgrimage, be a tourist, or a seeker of life-long learning and transformation. Or, do your travels take you on your own inner journeys? (As Pico Iyer writes, <em>“Some of the finest travels have been those that undertake a parallel journey, matching the physical steps of a pilgrimage with the metaphysical steps of a questioning.”</em>)</p>
  309. <h2><em><span style="color: #993300;"><strong>What is your passion?</strong></span></em></h2>
  310. <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #993300;"><em>American history, European art, or exotic cuisines ? Have you always wanted to hike the Adirondack Trail or the Camino de Santiago? Tour the glorious gardens of England or visit UNESCO World Heritage sights in France?</em></span></p>
  311. <p style="text-align: left;"><em><span style="color: #993300;">Over the next few weeks, <strong>The 21st Century Pilgrim: Travel with a Purpose </strong>series will include presentations about these culture-focused, purpose-driven tours:</span></em></p>
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  313. <li style="text-align: left;"><em><a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/cruises-to-wwii-and-the-renaissance-the-american-revolution-and-ancient-greece-egypt-and-india/"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #333399; text-decoration: underline;">Cruise with a Purpose: Three Voyages for History Buffs</span></span></strong></a></em></li>
  314. <li><a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/foodies-pilgrimage-in-mexico/"><em><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #333399; text-decoration: underline;">Foodies&#8217; Pilgrimage in Mexico: </span></span></strong></em></a><em>hands-on cooking classes with renowned chefs; market tours and culinary history in Mexico’s greatest food towns.</em></li>
  315. <li><em><a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/tours-of-the-camino-de-santiago/"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #333399; text-decoration: underline;">Tours of the Camino de Santiago Make it Easy to Walk: </span></span></strong></a>that bucket list trek in Northern Spain, with info about guided tours (you can do it!)</em></li>
  316. <li><span style="color: #333399;"><strong>Coming soon:</strong></span></li>
  317. <li><span style="color: #333399;"><strong>Trace Your Irish or Scottish Ancestry</strong>:</span> find your roots at family history centers and on guided genealogy tours.</li>
  318. <li><span style="color: #333399;"><strong>Prague Pilgrimage: Seeking Mucha on an Art Nouveau Tour</strong></span></li>
  319. </ul>
  320. <h2><em><span style="color: #993300;">Create a pilgrimage around your loves and interests</span></em></h2>
  321. <p>Avid golfers, my husband and I played a string of legendary British Open golf courses in Ireland and England. We braved the sea breezes on those century-old links along the rugged coastlines, and lingered in the museum-like clubhouses where members in the bar spun tales of holes-in-one of the distant past.</p>
  322. <div id="attachment_2144" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/JSpain.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-2144" class="size-thumbnail wp-image-2144" src="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/JSpain-150x150.jpg" alt="14th century tiles at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain." width="150" height="150" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/JSpain-150x150.jpg 150w, https:&#x2f;/&#x64;&#101;&#x65;&#112;c&#x75;&#108;&#x74;&#117;r&#x65;&#116;&#x72;&#97;v&#x65;l&#x2e;&#99;&#x6f;&#x6d;/&#x77;&#112;&#x2d;&#99;o&#x6e;&#116;&#x65;&#110;t&#x2f;u&#x70;&#108;o&#x61;d&#x73;&#47;&#x32;&#48;1&#x38;&#47;&#x30;&#50;/&#x4a;&#83;&#x70;&#97;i&#x6e;-&#x31;&#53;&#x30;&#x78;1&#x35;&#48;&#x40;&#50;x&#x2e;&#106;&#x70;&#103; 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-2144" class="wp-caption-text">14th century tiles at the Alhambra palace in Granada, Spain</p></div>
  323. <aside class="pullquote alignright"><em><span style="color: #993300;">My daughter recently embarked on her dream trip, a pilgrimage to those glorious 11th-13th-century Moorish palaces and gardens in Granada, Seville, and Cordoba</span>.</em></aside>
  324. <p>Some years ago, I was invited on a cruise in the Mediterranean, on a ship where nearly all of the passengers were Mormons on a once-in-a-lifetime visit to the Holy Land of Israel––not exactly my cup of tea, as I&#8217;m not religious, but it turned out to be a fascinating trip that has fueled my interest in the Middle East, and literally transformed my perspective and knowledge of the Arab and Israeli worlds. I have returned to Israel and Jordan, each time on my own explorations of historic and cultural sites.</p>
  325. <div id="attachment_2146" style="width: 208px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/PetraTreasury.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-2146" class="size-medium wp-image-2146" src="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/PetraTreasury-198x300.jpg" alt="Al-Khazneh, the Treasury, in Petra, Jordan" width="198" height="300" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/PetraTreasury-198x300.jpg 198w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/PetraTreasury-675x1024.jpg 675w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/PetraTreasury.jpg 1012w, https:&#47;&#x2f;&#100;&#x65;&#101;&#x70;&#99;&#x75;&#108;&#x74;&#117;&#x72;&#101;&#x74;&#114;&#x61;&#118;&#x65;&#108;&#x2e;&#99;&#x6f;&#109;&#x2f;&#119;&#x70;-&#x63;o&#x6e;t&#x65;n&#x74;/&#x75;p&#x6c;o&#x61;d&#x73;/&#x32;0&#49;8&#47;0&#50;&#x2f;&#80;&#x65;&#116;&#x72;&#97;&#x54;&#114;&#x65;&#97;&#x73;&#117;&#x72;&#121;&#x2d;&#49;&#x39;&#56;&#x78;&#51;&#x30;&#48;&#x40;&#50;&#x78;&#46;&#x6a;p&#x67; 396w" sizes="(max-width: 198px) 100vw, 198px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-2146" class="wp-caption-text">Al-Khazneh, the Treasury, one of the elaborate temples in the ancient Nabatean Kingdom city of Petra in Jordan. Photo by Karen Misuraca</p></div>
  326. <p>In Jordan, I studied the ancient trading routes of the Nabataeans, and the Greeks and Romans, before I walked the dusty footpaths of Petra, the 4th century “rose-red city, half as old as time.” On another expedition, in Israel, I headed to the mountaintop 1st century fortress of Masada; visited Yad Vashem, the beautiful holocaust museum; and the temple mount, and wandered around the oasis-like Kibbutz Ein Gedi near the Dead Sea.</p>
  327. <h2><em><span style="color: #993300;">Footsteps of Explorers and Writers</span></em></h2>
  328. <p>If American history is your passion, you might follow Lewis and Clark on a road trip or a <a href="https://www.americancruiselines.com/cruises/alaska-and-pacific-northwest/columbia-and-snake-rivers-cruise"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #333399; text-decoration: underline;">riverboat cruise</span></span></a>, and follow <a href="http://www.tauck.com/tours/usa-tours/western-usa-travel/yosemite-and-sequoia-tour-km-2018.aspx"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #333399; text-decoration: underline;">Yosemite’</span></span></a><span style="text-decoration: underline; color: #333399;">s</span> celebrated author and conservationist, John Muir, on his pioneering adventures from San Francisco to Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks (a Ken Burns-crafted tour).</p>
  329. <p>Bookish are you? If so, plan a literary expedition to find <a href="http://www.dickenslondontours.co.uk/charles-dickens-walking-tour.htm"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #333399; text-decoration: underline;">Charles Dickens</span></span></a> or <a href="http://www.walks.com/popular-walks/harry-potter"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #333399; text-decoration: underline;">Harry Potter</span></span></a> in London. The self-guided <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.southernliterarytrail.org"><span style="color: #333399; text-decoration: underline;">Southern Literary Trail</span></a></span> heralds the great writers of 20th century Southern literature, from Faulkner, Tennessee Williams and Welty to Harper Lee, Flannery O’Connor and Alice Walker.</p>
  330. <blockquote>
  331. <div id="attachment_2147" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/BellaGuatemalaMayas.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-2147" class="size-medium wp-image-2147" src="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/BellaGuatemalaMayas-300x200.jpg" alt="Copan (5th to 9th centuries AD) on &quot;The Lost Kingdoms of the Mayas&quot; tour by Bella Guatemala Travel. " width="300" height="200" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/BellaGuatemalaMayas-300x200.jpg 300w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/BellaGuatemalaMayas.jpg 914w, https://deepcultur&#101;&#116;&#114;&#97;&#118;&#101;&#108;&#46;&#99;&#111;&#109;&#47;&#119;&#112;&#45;&#x63;&#x6f;&#x6e;&#x74;&#x65;&#x6e;&#x74;&#x2f;&#x75;&#x70;&#x6c;&#x6f;&#x61;&#x64;&#x73;&#x2f;&#x32;&#x30;&#x31;&#x38;&#x2f;&#x30;&#x32;/BellaGuatem&#97;&#108;&#97;&#77;&#97;&#121;&#97;&#115;&#45;&#51;&#48;&#48;&#120;&#50;&#48;&#x30;&#x40;&#x32;&#x78;&#x2e;&#x6a;&#x70;&#x67; 600w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-2147" class="wp-caption-text">The ancient city of Copan (5th to 9th centuries AD) on &#8220;The Lost Kingdoms of the Mayas&#8221; tour by Bella Guatemala Travel.</p></div>
  332. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  333. <p><em><span style="color: #993300;">The series, <strong>The 21st Century Pilgrim: Travel with a Purpose</strong>, will be like opening a steamer trunk on a round-the-world voyage. </span></em></p>
  334. <p><em><span style="color: #993300;">Just to get you thinking, <a href="https://www.bellaguatemalatravel.com/lost-kingdoms-of-the-mayas"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #333399; text-decoration: underline;">click here</span></span></strong></a> for a riveting account of a traveler on a &#8220;Lost Kingdom of the Mayas&#8221; tour, booked through Bella Guatemala Travel.</span></em></p></blockquote>
  335. <p>A note re booking the tours I’ll be recommending to you: they are all offered by some of the top tour companies in the world, and their trips sell out, so consider booking ASAP. If the pilgrimage that you are drawn to is booked up for this year, get it on your calendar for 2019!</p>
  336. <h2 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #993300;">Have you been on a personal pilgrimage? </span><a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/contact/"><em><span style="color: #993300;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">W</span></span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><em>e</em>&#8216;d love to hear about it!</span></span></em></a></h2>
  337. <div id="attachment_2149" style="width: 230px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/ArtOfPilgrimage.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-2149" class="size-medium wp-image-2149" src="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/ArtOfPilgrimage-220x300.jpg" alt="The Art of Pilgrimage by Phil Cousineau" width="220" height="300" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/ArtOfPilgrimage-220x300.jpg 220w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/ArtOfPilgrimage.jpg 366w" sizes="(max-width: 220px) 100vw, 220px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-2149" class="wp-caption-text">The Art of Pilgrimage by Phil Cousineau</p></div>
  338. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  339. <p><span style="color: #993300;">Film maker and author of <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Art-Pilgrimage-Seekers-Making-Travel/dp/1573245933#reader_1573245933"><em><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #333399; text-decoration: underline;">The Art of Pilgrimage</span></span></strong></em></a><span style="color: #333399;">,</span> Phil Cousineau writes, <em>“Whether a seeker sets out alone on a deserted trail or travels in the company of like-minded souls, pilgrimage is both an outer and inner journey. Ordinary trips bring a change in scenery; pilgrimages are meant to trigger a change of heart.”</em></span></p>
  340. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://deepculturetravel.com/21st-century-pilgrim-travel-purpose/">The 21st Century Pilgrim: Travel with a Purpose</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://deepculturetravel.com">Deep Culture Travel</a>.</p>
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  349. <pubDate>Tue, 12 Feb 2019 20:12:05 +0000</pubDate>
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  360. <description><![CDATA[<p>You know by now that my mission with Deep Culture Travel is to write about meaningful, transformative travel experiences. Recently, I am finding it a real challenge to stick to that purpose in my own travels––it seems I’m so “busy” these days and finding it difficult to focus on what I live for, which is [...]</p>
  361. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://deepculturetravel.com/pilgrimage/">My Pilgrimage: Seeking Purpose in Travel</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://deepculturetravel.com">Deep Culture Travel</a>.</p>
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  363. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>You know by now that my mission with Deep Culture Travel is to write about meaningful, transformative travel experiences. Recently, I am finding it a real challenge to stick to that purpose in my own travels––it seems I’m so “busy” these days and finding it difficult to focus on what I live for, which is making every daytrip, weekend getaway and vacation a real pilgrimage from which I return home a wiser, better educated and more enlightened and empathetic person.</p>
  364. <p>Gotta give myself credit, though, for seeking purpose in travel over most of my career as a travel writer.</p>
  365. <h2><span style="color: #993300;"><em><strong>The Cultural Caravan</strong></em></span></h2>
  366. <div id="attachment_1549" style="width: 235px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/SanMiguelParade.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-1549"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1549" class="size-medium wp-image-1549" src="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/SanMiguelParade-225x300.jpg" alt="Independence Day in San Miguel de Allende" width="225" height="300" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/SanMiguelParade-225x300.jpg 225w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/SanMiguelParade-768x1024.jpg 768w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/SanMiguelParade.jpg 960w, https:&#47;&#x2f;&#x64;&#101;&#x65;&#x70;c&#x75;&#x6c;t&#117;&#x72;e&#116;&#x72;a&#118;&#x65;l&#46;&#x63;o&#109;&#x2f;&#x77;&#112;&#x2d;&#x63;&#111;&#x6e;&#x74;e&#x6e;&#x74;/&#117;&#x70;l&#111;&#x61;d&#115;&#x2f;2&#48;&#x31;6&#47;&#x30;&#x39;&#47;&#x53;&#x61;&#110;&#x4d;&#x69;g&#x75;&#x65;l&#80;&#x61;r&#97;&#x64;e&#45;&#x32;2&#53;&#x78;3&#48;&#x30;&#x40;&#50;&#x78;&#x2e;&#106;&#x70;&#x67; 450w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1549" class="wp-caption-text">Independence Day parade in San Miguel de Allende, photo by Karen Misuraca</p></div>
  367. <p>Over the last twenty years or so, my husband and I have made many pilgrimages to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. From the very first evening of our very first visit (<strong><a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/spectacles-of-san-miguel-de-allende/"><span style="color: #993300;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">described here</span></span></a></strong>), we were overwhelmed by the deep, vibrant and ancient, enduring way of life in this Spanish Colonial city.</p>
  368. <p>As a teenager, without realizing it, I made pilgrimages to <a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/spanish-heritage-in-santa-barbara/"><span style="color: #993300;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Santa Barbara</strong></span></span></a>, in Southern California, where I became fascinated by the city’s Spanish heritage. Ever since, I have been drawn to California history in the architecture, museums, festivals and old neighborhoods of the state, including in my own town of Sonoma!</p>
  369. <p>Whether spending just one day at <a href="http://www.pressdemocrat.com/lifestyle/4971815-181/explore-hidden-treasure-of-san?artslide=3"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;">San Francisco’s Presidio</span></span></strong></a> or following the trails of the early Greeks, Normans, and Arabs <a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/four-cultural-river-cruises-for-2017/"><span style="text-decoration: underline; color: #993300;"><strong>across Puglia on a bicycle</strong></span></a>, you can make a pilgrimage out of every trip you take. How about a river cruise in France where every day is a learning experience, at UNESCO World Heritage sites, and exploring a Romanesque cathedral. and a fortress built by Richard the Lionheart in 1196?</p>
  370. <h2><span style="color: #993300;"><em><strong>It’s Not About Religion</strong></em></span></h2>
  371. <p>You don’t need to believe in God or in any kind of higher power to make a soulful pilgrimage, and seeking purpose in travel doesn&#8217;t necessarily mean visiting religious or sacred sites. A pilgrimage is self-discovery, a quest––a journey with a purpose, and a challenge that you give yourself.</p>
  372. <div id="attachment_2003" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Ireland-connemara-walks-730px.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-2003" class="size-medium wp-image-2003" src="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Ireland-connemara-walks-730px-300x173.jpg" alt="Sacred Earth Journeys in Ireland" width="300" height="173" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Ireland-connemara-walks-730px-300x173.jpg 300w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Ireland-connemara-walks-730px.jpg 730w, https:/&#47;&#x64;&#x65;e&#112;&#x63;&#x75;l&#116;&#117;&#x72;&#x65;t&#114;&#x61;&#x76;e&#108;&#x2e;&#x63;o&#109;&#47;&#x77;&#x70;-&#99;&#x6f;&#x6e;t&#101;&#x6e;&#x74;/&#117;&#112;&#x6c;&#x6f;a&#100;&#x73;&#x2f;2&#48;&#x31;&#x37;/&#48;&#54;&#x2f;&#x49;r&#101;&#x6c;&#x61;n&#100;&#x2d;&#x63;o&#110;&#110;&#x65;&#x6d;a&#114;&#x61;&#x2d;w&#97;&#x6c;&#x6b;s&#45;&#55;&#x33;&#x30;p&#120;&#x2d;&#x33;0&#48;&#120;&#x31;73&#64;&#x32;&#x78;&#46;&#106;&#x70;&#x67; 600w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-2003" class="wp-caption-text">Sacred Earth Journeys in Ireland, led by Phil Cousineau</p></div>
  373. <p>Author of <em>The Art of Pilgrimage</em> and a tour leader, <strong><a href="http://www.sacredearthjourneys.ca/."><span style="text-decoration: underline; color: #993300;">Phil Cousineau</span></a></strong> writes: <em>“The practice of soulful travel is to discover the overlapping point between history and everyday life . . . in the markets, small chapels, out-of-the-way parks, and craft shops. Curiosity about the extraordinary in the ordinary moves the heart of the traveler intent on seeing behind the veil of tourism.”</em></p>
  374. <p>Cousineau is a beloved cultural guide for <span style="color: #993300;"><strong><a href="http://www.sacredearthjourneys.ca"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;">Sacred Earth Journeys</span></span></a></strong></span>, a tour company specializing in pilgrimages, retreats, and deep culture travel experiences. This Fall he&#8217;ll be leading the <span style="color: #993300;">&#8220;Connemara Writer&#8217;s Retreat&#8221;</span> and <span style="color: #993300;">&#8220;The Wild West of Ireland&#8221;</span> tour. Book now for either of these &#8212; they sell out!</p>
  375. <h2 style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #993300;">As for me, I’m still looking beyond the beach umbrella </span></em></h2>
  376. <h2 style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #993300;">for what my travels can teach me.</span></em></h2>
  377. <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color: #993300;">Are you seeking purpose in travel? </span></strong></h2>
  378. <h2 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #993300;"><strong>Click here for our new series: </strong></span></h2>
  379. <h2 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #993300;"><a style="color: #993300;" href="http://deepculturetravel.com/21st-century-pilgrim-travel-purpose/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>The 21st Century Pilgrim: Travel with a Purpose</strong></span></a> </span></h2>
  380. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://deepculturetravel.com/pilgrimage/">My Pilgrimage: Seeking Purpose in Travel</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://deepculturetravel.com">Deep Culture Travel</a>.</p>
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  404. <description><![CDATA[<p>A DAY AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE Spend a day wandering eye-poppingly lavish state rooms and roomsful of paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Verneer, and Canaletto; and priceless antique furnishings, glorious gardens and a charming cafe. Don&#8217;t miss the Throne Room (maybe she&#8217;ll be sitting there . . . ). It&#8217;s all narrated by Prince Charles; this year, [...]</p>
  405. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://deepculturetravel.com/cultural-travel-latest-news/">Cultural Travel Latest News: Europe</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://deepculturetravel.com">Deep Culture Travel</a>.</p>
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  407. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<h2><em><span style="color: #993300;">A DAY AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE<br />
  408. </span></em></h2>
  409. <p>Spend a day wandering eye-poppingly lavish state rooms and roomsful of paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Verneer, and Canaletto; and priceless antique furnishings, glorious gardens and a charming cafe. Don&#8217;t miss the Throne Room (maybe she&#8217;ll be sitting there . . . ). It&#8217;s all narrated by Prince Charles; this year, a special exhibition marks his 70th birthday! (the <span style="text-decoration: underline; color: #993300;"><strong><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="https://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/sightseeing/london-attraction/buckingham-palace-top-10#12SsB2t4tr2ZK8bb.97">Palace Tour</a></strong></span> is about $30US pp).</p>
  410. <div id="attachment_1849" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/PerugiaWeaver.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1849" class="size-medium wp-image-1849" src="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/PerugiaWeaver-300x168.jpg" alt="Weavers in Perugia on Insight Vacations tour" width="300" height="168" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/PerugiaWeaver-300x168.jpg 300w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/PerugiaWeaver.jpg 520w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1849" class="wp-caption-text">Ancient skills of weavers in Perugia on Insight Vacations&#8217; &#8220;Luxury Gold&#8221; tour of Italy<span style="color: #993300;"><em><a style="color: #993300;" href="http://bit.ly/2iPLtWh"><strong>PERUGIA</strong></a></em></span></p></div>
  411. <h2><span style="color: #993300;"><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="color: #993300;"><a style="color: #993300;" href="http://www.traveller.com.au/weaving-through-perugia-gtok41?"><em>PERUGIA</em></a></span></strong></span></span></h2>
  412. <p><span style="color: #993300;"><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="color: #993300;"><a style="color: #993300;" href="http://www.traveller.com.au/weaving-through-perugia-gtok41?"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Insight Vacations&#8217; &#8220;Luxury Gold&#8221; tour of Italy</span></a></span></strong> guides guests to an exclusive visit to Italy&#8217;s most celebrated hand-made textile and weaving workshop, Museo-Laboratorio di Tessitura a Mano Guiditta Brozzetti, where Renaissance-era skills are demonstrated with gold, silver and silken threads. This is just one of the once-in-a-lifetime experiences planned for Insights&#8217; 12-day &#8220;Ultimate Italy” itinerary.<br />
  413. </span></span></p>
  414. <h2><span style="color: #993300;"><em><strong>TOP 10 Best Guidebooks to LONDON</strong></em></span></h2>
  415. <p>My favs on this list of <strong><a href="http://londontopia.net/guides/top-10-london-guidebooks-best-guidebooks-for-traveling-in-london/"><span style="color: #993300;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">guidebooks to London</span></span></a></strong> are Rich Steves’ <span style="color: #666699;"><strong><em>London</em></strong></span> for common sense advice, especially for the first-timer in the city. I also love <span style="color: #666699;"><strong><em>Quiet London</em> </strong></span>for discovering those charming, British-cozy hideaways. And you gotta have <span style="color: #666699;"><strong><em>Walking London</em></strong></span>, with tons of maps, clear directions and must-see destinations. It’s free to get <strong><a href="http://www.anglotopia.net/newsletter/"><span style="color: #993300;"><span style="color: #666699;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;">Anglotopia magazine&#8217;s 101 London Travel Tips ebook</span></span></span></span></a></strong> if you sign up for their newsletter. Not on the list. but don’t forget the iconic culture-oriented <span style="color: #666699;"><strong><em>London Blue Guide</em></strong></span>, the ultimate introduction to background/history.</p>
  416. <div id="attachment_2589" style="width: 910px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/CoteAzur-1.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-2589" class="size-full wp-image-2589" src="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/CoteAzur-1.jpg" alt="Art museums and history on the Côte d’Azur" width="900" height="350" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/CoteAzur-1.jpg 900w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/CoteAzur-1-300x117.jpg 300w, https:&#x2f;/&#x64;&#101;&#x65;&#112;c&#x75;l&#x74;&#117;&#x72;&#101;t&#x72;&#97;&#x76;&#101;l&#x2e;c&#x6f;&#109;&#x2f;&#119;p&#x2d;c&#x6f;&#110;&#x74;&#x65;n&#x74;&#47;&#x75;&#112;l&#x6f;a&#x64;&#115;&#x2f;&#50;0&#x31;&#55;&#x2f;&#48;&#x37;&#x2f;C&#x6f;&#116;&#x65;&#65;z&#x75;r&#x2d;&#49;&#x2d;&#51;0&#x30;&#120;&#x31;&#49;7&#x40;2&#x78;&#46;&#x6a;&#112;g 600w" sizes="(max-width: 900px) 100vw, 900px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-2589" class="wp-caption-text">Art and history on the Côte d’Azur, with a renowned art historian, from Nice to St Tropez and back.</p></div>
  417. <h2><em><strong><span style="color: #993300;">ART and HISTORY on the Côte d&#8217;Azur</span></strong></em></h2>
  418. <p>A blockbuster, total immersion art and history expedition on the Côte d’Azur, round-trip from Nice, from <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="https://www.aceculturaltours.co.uk/">Ace Cultural Tours</a></span></strong></span> with renowned art historian Juliet Heslewood (September 2019). You KNOW this one will sell out fast.</p>
  419. <ul>
  420. <li><strong><span style="color: #666699;">Musée des Beaux-Arts (Old Masters)</span></strong></li>
  421. <li><strong><span style="color: #666699;">Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain.</span></strong></li>
  422. <li><strong><span style="color: #666699;">Musée Chagall</span></strong></li>
  423. <li><strong><span style="color: #666699;">Musée Matisse</span></strong></li>
  424. <li><strong><span style="color: #666699;">Ephrussi de Rothschild Villa and Gardens</span></strong></li>
  425. <li><strong><span style="color: #666699;">Fondation Maeght</span></strong></li>
  426. <li><strong><span style="color: #666699;">St Paul de Vence</span></strong></li>
  427. <li><strong><span style="color: #666699;">Musée Jean Cocteau </span></strong></li>
  428. <li><strong><span style="color: #666699;">Musée National Fernand Léger </span></strong></li>
  429. <li><strong><span style="color: #666699;">Musée Picasso</span></strong></li>
  430. <li><strong><span style="color: #666699;">St Tropez </span></strong></li>
  431. <li><strong><span style="color: #666699;">Musée de l’Annonciade</span></strong></li>
  432. </ul>
  433. <h4><span style="color: #993300;"><strong><em><a style="color: #993300;" href="http://bit.ly/2iPLtWh"><span style="color: #993300;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">An interview here from Forbes, about how the owners of Context Travel</span></span></a> built their company into a $5 million business while traveling the world &#8212; and, they still do! (with three kids . . . )</em></strong></span></h4>
  434. <div id="attachment_1732" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/rome-01.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1732" class="size-medium wp-image-1732" src="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/rome-01-300x232.jpg" alt="Rome Context Travel" width="300" height="232" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/rome-01-300x232.jpg 300w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/rome-01-1024x792.jpg 1024w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/rome-01.jpg 1280w, https:&#x2f;&#x2f;&#x64;&#x65;&#x65;&#x70;&#x63;&#x75;&#x6c;&#x74;&#x75;&#x72;&#x65;&#x74;&#x72;&#x61;&#x76;&#x65;&#x6c;&#x2e;&#x63;&#x6f;&#109;&#47;&#119;&#112;&#45;&#99;&#111;&#110;&#116;&#101;&#110;&#116;&#47;&#117;&#112;loads/2017/0&#x31;&#x2f;&#x72;&#x6f;&#x6d;&#x65;&#x2d;&#x30;&#x31;&#x2d;&#x33;&#x30;&#x30;&#x78;&#x32;&#x33;&#x32;&#x40;&#x32;&#x78;&#x2e;&#x6a;&#x70;&#103; 600w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1732" class="wp-caption-text">A tour of Rome tour by Context Travel. Photo by Context Travel</p></div>
  435. <p><span style="color: #993300;"><strong><a style="color: #993300;" href="https://www.contexttravel.com"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Context Travel</span></a></strong></span> is famous for their insightful, history- and culture-based, one-day walking tours guided by scholars and other experts in the leading cities of the world&#8211;just my kind of tour! You learn, you expand your knowledge and appreciation for a place, and you meet a few like-minded travelers. (<span class="st">Rome, Paris, London, Barcelona, Istanbul, New York, Beijing and 30 other cities</span>)</p>
  436. <p><span style="color: #008080;"><em class="size-medium wp-image-1737">&#8220;Our mission from the start has been to improve the experience for travelers by introducing them to eloquent, erudite locals or expats who benefit from sharing their knowledge and love of their home. In practice, this means we arrange a stroll through sinking Venice with a hydrogeologist or a meditation session with a Buddhist monk in Kyoto — among many other experiences. We call this #DeepTravel––the moment when you see yourself growing.&#8221;</em></span></p>
  437. <h2><em><span style="color: #993300;">The Hidden World of the Knights Templar</span></em></h2>
  438. <div id="attachment_1737" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Knights.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1737" class="size-medium wp-image-1737" src="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Knights-300x116.jpg" alt="Knights Templar London" width="300" height="116" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Knights-300x116.jpg 300w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Knights.jpg 725w, https:&#47;&#x2f;&#x64;&#101;&#x65;&#x70;c&#x75;&#x6c;t&#117;&#x72;e&#116;&#x72;a&#118;&#x65;l&#46;&#x63;o&#109;&#x2f;&#x77;&#112;&#x2d;&#x63;&#111;&#x6e;&#x74;e&#x6e;&#x74;/&#117;&#x70;l&#111;&#x61;d&#115;&#x2f;2&#48;&#x31;7&#47;&#x30;&#x31;&#47;&#x4b;&#x6e;&#105;&#x67;&#x68;t&#x73;&#x2d;3&#48;&#x30;x&#49;&#x31;6&#64;&#x32;x&#46;&#x6a;p&#103; 600w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1737" class="wp-caption-text">The secretive world of the Knights Templar, in London.</p></div>
  439. <p>If you loved <em>The DaVinci Code,</em> you must see the <span style="color: #993300;"><strong><a style="color: #993300;" href="http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160510-the-hidden-world-of-the-knights-templar">Temple Church in London</a></strong></span> — a lesser-known treasure tucked away just off the Strand. <em>&#8220;Here, on tiny Inner Temple Lane, was a hidden world, one that was lovely, leafy and serene, overlooked by graceful Gothic and Victorian buildings and patchworked with gardens and miniature courtyards.” </em>(from an article by Amanda Ruggeri in BBC<em>.</em>com/travel)<em><br />
  440. </em></p>
  441. <p>Book a <a href="https://www.innertemple.org.uk/index/guided-tours"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;">guided tour of the Inner Temple</span></span></strong></a>, with its medieval hall and 15th century fireplace, in advance: <span style="color: #008080;"><em>&#8220;These tours begin with a cup of tea/coffee and biscuits in one of the Inn&#8217;s beautiful reception rooms, followed by a talk about the history and running of the Inn from 400 years ago to the present day.”</em></span></p>
  442. <div id="attachment_1739" style="width: 243px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ArtisansOfVenice.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1739" class="size-medium wp-image-1739" src="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ArtisansOfVenice-233x300.jpg" alt="Artisans of Venice" width="233" height="300" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ArtisansOfVenice-233x300.jpg 233w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ArtisansOfVenice.jpg 778w, https:&#x2f;&#47;&#x64;&#x65;&#101;&#x70;&#x63;&#117;&#x6c;&#x74;&#117;&#x72;&#x65;t&#x72;&#x61;v&#x65;&#108;&#46;&#x63;&#111;m&#x2f;&#119;p&#x2d;&#99;o&#x6e;&#116;e&#x6e;&#116;/&#x75;&#112;l&#x6f;&#97;d&#x73;&#47;2&#x30;&#49;7&#x2f;&#48;&#x31;&#x2f;&#65;&#x72;&#x74;&#105;&#x73;&#x61;&#110;&#x73;&#x4f;&#102;&#x56;&#x65;n&#x69;&#x63;e&#x2d;&#50;3&#x33;&#120;3&#x30;&#48;&#64;&#x32;&#120;&#46;&#x6a;&#112;g 466w" sizes="(max-width: 233px) 100vw, 233px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1739" class="wp-caption-text">The Artisans of Venice, a compendium and guide to shopping in Serenissima.</p></div>
  443. <h2><em><strong><span style="color: #993300;">THE ARTISANS OF VENICE<br />
  444. </span></strong></em></h2>
  445. <p>As you likely know, Venice is a mess of tourist traps and made-in-China souvenirs, while at the same time it&#8217;s one of the world&#8217;s top cities for gorgeous, timeless glass, fabrics, clothing, and more wonderful things. By Laura Morelli, <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span style="color: #993300;"><a style="color: #993300;" href="https://lauramorelli.com/venice-readergift/"><em>The Artisans of Venice</em></a></span></strong></span> is a fabulous book with inside dope on shopping: authentic Venetian fabrics, Murano glass and Millefiori, carnival masks, gondolas, lace, mirrors, costumes, paper and more, all made by traditional Venetian artisans. The book leads you to the multi-generational studios of some 75 master artisans––exactly where to go and what to expect when you get there. And — it&#8217;s FREE !</p>
  446. <h2></h2>
  447. <div id="attachment_1847" style="width: 794px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ThanksgivNY.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1847" class="size-full wp-image-1847" src="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ThanksgivNY.jpg" alt="Rocketttes at Radio City Music Hall" width="784" height="417" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ThanksgivNY.jpg 784w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ThanksgivNY-300x160.jpg 300w, https://deepcultur&#101;&#116;&#114;&#97;&#118;&#101;&#108;&#46;&#99;&#111;&#109;&#47;&#119;&#112;&#45;&#x63;&#x6f;&#x6e;&#x74;&#x65;&#x6e;&#x74;&#x2f;&#x75;&#x70;&#x6c;&#x6f;&#x61;&#x64;&#x73;&#x2f;&#x32;&#x30;&#x31;&#x37;&#x2f;&#x30;&#x31;/ThanksgivNY&#45;&#51;&#48;&#48;&#120;&#49;&#54;&#48;&#64;&#50;&#120;&#46;&#106;&#112;&#103; 600w" sizes="(max-width: 784px) 100vw, 784px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1847" class="wp-caption-text">Rocketttes at Radio City Music Hall on Academy Travel&#8217;s &#8220;Thanksgiving in New York&#8221; tour</p></div>
  448. <h2 style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #993300;"><em><strong>THANKSGIVING in NEW YORK: 8 Live Performances</strong></em></span></h2>
  449. <p>I know, I know &#8211; this isn&#8217;t in Europe, but I knew you would LOVE this extraordinary performance-rich tour in Manhattan. The renowned cultural tour company, <span style="color: #993300;"><a style="color: #993300;" href="https://academytravel.com.au/the-americas/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Academy Travel</strong></span></a><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>,</strong></span></span> is again offering their popular <strong><a href="https://academytravel.com.au/tours/thanksgiving-new-york-nov-17/"><span style="color: #993300;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">“Thanksgiving in New York: Music, Theatre, Art and Food&#8221;</span></span></a></strong> tour, to include the performances below, plus  VIP museum visits, fine dining, and much more. They sell out, so book now!</p>
  450. <ul>
  451. <li><strong><span style="color: #666699;">The musical Hamilton!</span></strong></li>
  452. <li><strong><span style="color: #666699;">A Metropolitan Opera production </span></strong></li>
  453. <li><strong><span style="color: #666699;">A concert by the NY Philharmonic at the Lincoln Center</span></strong></li>
  454. <li><strong><span style="color: #666699;">A performance at Carnegie Hall</span></strong></li>
  455. <li><strong><span style="color: #666699;">George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker by the New York City Ballet</span></strong></li>
  456. <li><strong><span style="color: #666699;">The Rockettes’ Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall</span></strong></li>
  457. <li><strong><span style="color: #666699;">A new stage play on Broadway</span></strong></li>
  458. <li style="text-align: left;"><strong><span style="color: #666699;">An evening of elegant Jazz at Lincoln Center</span></strong></li>
  459. </ul>
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  469. <title>Our Dreams of Vietnam: a Semi-Guided Tour Part I</title>
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  484. <description><![CDATA[<p>By Karen Misuraca and Jessica Misuraca Mother and daughter, we embarked on a three-week tour of Vietnam with Intrepid Travel, expecting a tropical paradise, some good Pan-Asian food, and remnants and reminders of ancient civilizations and of the American war debacle. From the beaches of the South China Sea to the river towns of the [...]</p>
  485. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://deepculturetravel.com/mother-and-daughter-in-vietnam-on-a-semi-guided-tour/">Our Dreams of Vietnam: a Semi-Guided Tour Part I</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://deepculturetravel.com">Deep Culture Travel</a>.</p>
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  487. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>By Karen Misuraca and Jessica Misuraca</p>
  488. <p>Mother and daughter, we embarked on a three-week tour of Vietnam with <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com"><strong>Intrepid Travel</strong>,</a></span></span> expecting a tropical paradise, some good Pan-Asian food, and remnants and reminders of ancient civilizations and of the American war debacle. From the beaches of the South China Sea to the river towns of the Mekong Delta, from ancient Chinese traders&#8217; villages to Ho Chi Minh&#8217;s hometown, we found all of that in a fragile, leafy, lovely kingdom, and a surprise––a veritable tidal wave of affection and hospitality from the Vietnamese.</p>
  489. <h2><span style="color: #993300;"><em><strong>Ho Chi Minh City</strong></em></span></h2>
  490. <p>Before we met up with our tour group, we spent 24 hours in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). We awoke at daybreak in a shuttered room at the <a href="http://www.majesticsaigon.com"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;">Majestic Hotel</span></span></strong></a><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;">,</span></span> opened in 1925, a white wedding cake of a place restored to its former French colonial glory overlooking the Saigon River. Standing on our balcony, while motorbikes buzzed like bees below our feet, we watched mothers soaping up their babies in the muddy river, and lines of people practicing <em>tai chi</em> beneath purple-blooming jacaranda trees. Fluttering down the boulevard on bicycles like flocks of colorful birds peddled young women in <em>ao dais</em>&#8211;semi-see-through, high-necked dresses slit to the waist, with matching long slacks beneath. We closed the shutters as the sun rose to a white-hot glare on the neon signs on the far shore, and the air turned thick, hot and wet––which describes the weather on most days in Vietnam.</p>
  491. <div id="attachment_1568" style="width: 623px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/SaigonHoChiSculpture.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-1568"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1568" class="size-large wp-image-1568" src="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/SaigonHoChiSculpture-613x1024.jpg" alt="Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam" width="613" height="1024" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/SaigonHoChiSculpture-613x1024.jpg 613w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/SaigonHoChiSculpture-179x300.jpg 179w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/SaigonHoChiSculpture-768x1284.jpg 768w, https:/&#47;&#100;&#x65;&#x65;&#x70;cu&#108;&#116;&#x75;&#x72;&#x65;t&#114;&#97;&#118;&#x65;&#x6c;&#x2e;c&#111;&#109;&#x2f;&#x77;&#x70;-c&#111;&#110;&#x74;&#x65;&#x6e;t&#47;&#117;&#112;&#x6c;&#x6f;&#x61;d&#115;&#47;&#x32;&#x30;&#x31;6/&#49;&#48;&#x2f;&#x53;&#x61;i&#103;&#111;&#110;&#x48;&#x6f;&#x43;h&#105;&#83;&#x63;&#x75;&#x6c;pt&#117;&#114;&#x65;&#x2d;&#x36;1&#51;&#120;&#49;&#x30;&#x32;&#x34;&#64;&#50;&#120;&#x2e;&#x6a;&#x70;g 1226w, https:&#x2f;&#47;d&#x65;&#101;&#112;&#x63;&#x75;&#108;t&#x75;&#114;e&#x74;&#x72;&#97;v&#x65;&#108;&#46;&#x63;&#x6f;&#109;/&#x77;&#112;-&#x63;&#x6f;&#110;t&#x65;&#110;t&#x2f;&#x75;&#112;&#x6c;&#x6f;&#97;d&#x73;&#47;2&#x30;&#x31;&#54;/&#x31;&#48;/&#x53;&#x61;&#105;g&#x6f;&#110;H&#x6f;&#x43;&#104;i&#x53;&#99;u&#x6c;&#x70;&#116;&#x75;&#x72;&#101;-&#x31;&#55;&#57;&#x78;&#x33;&#48;0&#x40;&#50;x&#x2e;&#x6a;&#112;g 358w, https://deepcultur&#101;&#116;&#114;&#97;&#118;&#101;&#108;&#46;&#99;&#111;&#109;&#47;&#119;&#112;&#45;&#x63;&#x6f;&#x6e;&#x74;&#x65;&#x6e;&#x74;&#x2f;&#x75;&#x70;&#x6c;&#x6f;&#x61;&#x64;&#x73;&#x2f;&#x32;&#x30;&#x31;&#x36;&#x2f;&#x31;&#x30;/SaigonHoChi&#83;&#99;&#117;&#108;&#112;&#116;&#117;&#114;&#101;&#45;&#55;&#54;&#56;&#120;&#49;&#x32;&#x38;&#x34;&#x40;&#x32;&#x78;&#x2e;&#x6a;&#x70;&#x67; 1536w" sizes="(max-width: 613px) 100vw, 613px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1568" class="wp-caption-text">Statue of Ho Chi Minh in front of the grand, French colonial, circa-1902 Ho Chi Minh City Hall (formerly Saigon), photo by Karen Misuraca</p></div>
  492. <p>We went sightseeing around the city, stopping at the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="http://www.dinhdoclap.gov.vn"><strong>Reunification Palace</strong></a></span></span>, a Communist government showplace; on the roof sits a Huey helicopter, an artifact of the infamous American evacuation of Saigon in 1975, which took place from the roof of the U.S. Embassy.</p>
  493. <p>In Cholon, the Chinese district, we browsed in the Binh Tay Market, where you can buy everything from a live duck, slaughtered on the sidewalk while you wait, to DVD knock-offs and (fake) tiger claw powder. On the way back to the hotel, we ended up in a magnificent, century-old botanical garden and a heartbreakingly run-down zoo where, under a canopy of 200-foot-tall breadfruit trees, sad elephants and tigers with dull, sagging coats paced madly in French-built iron cages. Within the gardens, the <strong><a href="http://baotanglichsuvn.com/trang-chu.html"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;">Museum of Vietnamese History</span></span></a></strong> is an elaborate, circa-1929 building filled with relics from the Cham and Khmer civilizations, and from Angkor Wat. In a wall-sized poster and a bronze sculpture, Uncle Ho is conspicuous in the museum, as he is throughout the country.</p>
  494. <p>Our hotel, the Majestic, is on Dong Khoi street (formerly Rue Catinat), along with the <strong><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotel_Continental,_Ho_Chi_Minh_City"><span style="text-decoration: underline; color: #993300;">Hotel Continental</span></a></strong>, said to be the first hotel in Saigon (1880) and famous as the notorious hang-out of Vietnam War-era journalists. Nearby, an expats’ gathering place since the 1930s, the <strong><a href="http://www.grandhotel.vn"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;">Grand Hotel</span></span></a></strong> has been restored to its former French colonial grandeur.</p>
  495. <p>At the end of our day in Ho Chi Minh City, we headed to happy hour at <a href="http://eon51.com/"><span style="text-decoration: underline; color: #993300;">Eon Heli Bar</span></a><span style="text-decoration: underline; color: #993300;">,</span> on top of the tallest building in town, along with lots of millennial locals, grizzled expats, and tourists waiting for sunset over the city.</p>
  496. <blockquote><p><a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/QuietAmericanBook.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-1581"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-1581" src="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/QuietAmericanBook-200x300.jpg" alt="Graham Greene's The Quiet American" width="200" height="300" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/QuietAmericanBook-200x300.jpg 200w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/QuietAmericanBook.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 200px) 100vw, 200px" /></a></p>
  497. <p>If you’re a <span style="color: #993300;"><strong>Graham Greene</strong></span> fan, you’ll <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="http://www.historicvietnam.com/graham-greenes-saigon-revisited/">enjoy this essay</a></span></span> about the various sites around the city where Greene and the characters in his novel, <em>The Quiet American</em>, hung out. For sale all over the city, the iconic novel, set in the 1950s, swirls through French and British colonialism and the arrival of the CIA, in a dark, rich tale of a jaded British journalist and his young Vietnamese lover; a CIA agent, and a French inspector. Michael Caine also starred in the 2002 movie version of the book.</p></blockquote>
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  507. <h3><em><span style="color: #993300;"><strong>The Mekong Delta</strong></span></em></h3>
  508. <div id="attachment_1569" style="width: 1546px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/VietFloodMekong.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-1569"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1569" class="size-full wp-image-1569" src="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/VietFloodMekong.jpg" alt="Flooding in the Mekong Delta" width="1536" height="1012" srcset="https:/&#47;&#100;&#x65;&#x65;p&#99;&#117;&#x6c;&#x74;&#x75;r&#101;&#116;&#x72;&#x61;ve&#108;&#x2e;&#x63;&#x6f;m&#47;&#119;&#x70;&#x2d;co&#110;&#x74;&#x65;&#x6e;t&#47;&#117;&#x70;&#x6c;oa&#100;&#x73;&#x2f;&#x32;0&#49;&#54;&#x2f;&#x31;&#x30;/&#86;&#105;&#x65;&#x74;F&#108;&#111;&#x6f;&#x64;&#x4d;e&#107;&#111;&#x6e;&#x67;-7&#54;&#x38;&#x78;&#x35;0&#54;&#64;&#x32;&#x78;&#46;j&#112;&#x67; 1536w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/VietFloodMekong-300x198.jpg 300w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/VietFloodMekong-768x506.jpg 768w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/VietFloodMekong-1024x675.jpg 1024w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/VietFloodMekong-214x140.jpg 214w, https:&#47;/&#x64;e&#x65;p&#x63;u&#x6c;t&#x75;r&#x65;&#116;&#x72;&#97;&#x76;&#101;&#x6c;&#46;&#x63;&#111;&#x6d;&#47;&#x77;&#112;-&#x63;o&#x6e;t&#x65;n&#x74;/&#x75;p&#x6c;&#111;&#x61;&#100;&#x73;&#47;&#x32;&#48;&#x31;&#54;&#x2f;&#49;&#x30;&#47;V&#x69;e&#x74;F&#x6c;o&#x6f;d&#x4d;e&#x6b;&#111;&#x6e;&#103;&#x2d;&#51;&#x30;&#48;&#x78;&#49;&#x39;&#56;&#x40;&#50;x&#x2e;j&#x70;g 600w, https:&#47;&#x2f;d&#101;&#x65;p&#99;&#x75;l&#x74;&#x75;&#114;&#x65;t&#114;&#x61;v&#101;&#x6c;&#46;&#x63;&#x6f;&#109;&#x2f;&#x77;&#112;&#x2d;c&#111;&#x6e;t&#101;&#x6e;t&#x2f;&#x75;&#112;&#x6c;o&#97;&#x64;s&#47;&#x32;0&#x31;&#x36;&#47;&#x31;&#x30;&#47;&#x56;i&#101;&#x74;F&#108;&#x6f;o&#x64;&#x4d;&#101;&#x6b;o&#110;&#x67;-&#50;&#x31;4&#x78;&#x31;&#52;&#x30;&#x40;&#50;&#x78;&#46;&#106;&#x70;g 428w" sizes="(max-width: 1536px) 100vw, 1536px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1569" class="wp-caption-text">Vietnam&#8217;s Mekong River often floods, and locals adapt! Photo by Karen Misuraca</p></div>
  509. <p>After connecting with our guide and our traveling companions on the Intrepid Travel tour––four Aussies, two Germans, an American couple and the Norwegian guide—we drove south, in a van, along the Mekong River, past rice paddies and coconut palms bent low over waves of lavender-hued morning glories. As in our dreams of Vietnam, men in conical hats and black pajamas drove water buffalos behind plows.</p>
  510. <p>We saw evidence of a typhoon that had swept through earlier that week, flooding the roadsides, the vegetable gardens, and the thatched-roof huts. The farther south we drove, the higher the water rose around us until the road seemed to float above a vast lake. Unconcerned, the locals paddled in little boats right into outdoor cafes and up to food vendors, and perched above the knee-deep water on high counter stools to dig into bowls of <em>pho</em>—a brothy noodle soup piled with vegetables and slices of meat.</p>
  511. <h2><em><span style="color: #993300;"><strong>Mr. Muoi Day’s House</strong></span></em></h2>
  512. <p>As the sun began to set, we left the van for a narrow &#8220;longboat,&#8221; and motored up one of the hundreds of river channels until the night was pitch black and starless. Glowing yellow lanterns danced along a porch as we tied up at a bamboo-stilted guesthouse on the tiny island of Minh. Swaying in his hammock, the proprietor, the diminutive Mr. Muoi Day, smiled calmly down at us and said, in crisp, quiet English, <span style="color: #993300;"><em>&#8220;Not to worry, not to worry. The tide is high, but Buddha is in the house.&#8221;</em></span></p>
  513. <p>In <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g293927-i24480512-Mekong_Delta.html"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;">Mr. Day’s house</span></strong></span></a>, as in most Vietnamese homes, Buddha has his own fruit- and flower-bedecked shrine where incense burns eternal. Another household god, the TV, also burns eternal; bluish lights flickering like fireflies along the far shore turned out to be reruns of &#8220;Baywatch&#8221; and &#8220;I Love Lucy.&#8221; After a dinner of pork stew, spicy grilled prawns, and long bean, we slept under mosquito nets on cots in a common room, open to a warm, rainy night blinking with lightning.</p>
  514. <p>A basket of fresh, French-style baguettes&#8211;a ubiquitous staple in Vietnam&#8211;arrived by skiff early the next morning, to go with our breakfast of bananas and thick, filtered coffee. Exploring the island, we encountered green snakes in the lotus pond, and dragonfruit, rambutan and paw paw orchards. Mr. Muoi showed us a type of hibiscus that blooms white in the morning, turns pale pink by noon and vivid magenta at night, living only a single day.</p>
  515. <h2><span style="color: #993300;"><em><strong>Exploring the Mekong Delta</strong></em></span></h2>
  516. <p>Back aboard the longboat, we motored down the river through a web of canals bordered thickly by mangroves, palms and tall grasses. Among the weeds on the riverbanks&#8211;and throughout Vietnam&#8211;are crumbling French colonial mansions in overgrown gardens. Like a ghostly apparition, the grey stone spire of a Gothic cathedral reached into the humid yellow sky. School children in navy blue and white uniforms raced down the paths on either side of the river, waving at us and screaming with delight.</p>
  517. <p>Mid-morning, we stopped for tea and homemade snake wine at Mrs. Vu&#8217;s teahouse, which is surrounded by bonsai trees and orchid gardens. Jessica spied an eight-foot-long, reticulated python in a green glass case and asked to see it, whereupon Mrs. Vu eased the snake out and draped it over her shoulders and around her waist. Jessica said, <em>&#8220;<span style="color: #993300;">His body is so cool and heavy, like a big, pulsating necklace. I could get used to this!&#8221;</span></em></p>
  518. <p>Back on the river, we reached the <a href="http://www.mekong-delta-travel-guide.com/en/places/cai-be"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Cai Be</strong><strong> floating market</strong></span></span>,</a> where dozens of beamy, 30-foot-long wooden boats groaned under the weight of the local harvest. Families live on the boats, selling produce and fish. Children are the vendors, hawking prawns and crabs, pineapple, coconuts, jackfruit and stalks of bananas, &#8220;water spinach,&#8221; huge orange squashes, and armfuls of long bean.</p>
  519. <div id="attachment_1572" style="width: 213px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/DalatLakeView.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-1572"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1572" class="size-medium wp-image-1572" src="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/DalatLakeView-203x300.jpg" alt="Lake view in Dalat, Vietnam" width="203" height="300" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/DalatLakeView-203x300.jpg 203w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/DalatLakeView-768x1137.jpg 768w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/DalatLakeView-692x1024.jpg 692w, https:&#x2f;&#x2f;&#100;e&#x65;&#x70;&#99;ul&#x74;&#x75;&#114;e&#x74;&#x72;&#97;&#118;e&#x6c;&#x2e;&#99;o&#x6d;&#x2f;&#119;&#112;-&#x63;&#x6f;&#110;t&#x65;&#x6e;&#116;&#47;u&#x70;&#x6c;&#111;a&#x64;&#x73;&#47;&#50;0&#x31;&#x36;&#47;1&#x30;&#x2f;&#x44;&#97;l&#x61;&#x74;&#76;ak&#x65;&#x56;&#105;e&#x77;&#x2d;&#50;&#48;3&#x78;&#x33;&#48;0&#x40;&#x32;&#120;&#46;j&#x70;&#x67; 406w, https:&#47;&#x2f;&#x64;&#101;&#x65;&#x70;c&#x75;&#x6c;t&#117;&#x72;e&#116;&#x72;a&#118;&#x65;l&#46;&#x63;o&#109;&#x2f;&#x77;&#112;&#x2d;&#x63;&#111;&#x6e;&#x74;e&#x6e;&#x74;/&#117;&#x70;l&#111;&#x61;d&#115;&#x2f;2&#48;&#x31;6&#47;&#x31;&#x30;&#47;&#x44;&#x61;&#108;&#x61;&#x74;L&#x61;&#x6b;e&#86;&#x69;e&#119;&#x2d;7&#54;&#x38;x&#49;&#x31;3&#55;&#x40;&#x32;&#120;&#x2e;&#x6a;&#112;&#x67; 1536w, https:/&#47;&#100;&#x65;&#x65;&#x70;c&#117;&#108;&#x74;&#x75;&#x72;et&#114;&#x61;&#x76;&#x65;l&#46;&#99;&#111;&#x6d;&#x2f;&#x77;p&#45;&#99;&#x6f;&#x6e;&#x74;e&#110;&#116;&#x2f;&#x75;&#x70;lo&#97;&#x64;&#x73;&#x2f;20&#49;&#54;&#x2f;&#x31;&#x30;/&#68;&#97;&#x6c;&#x61;&#x74;L&#97;&#107;&#x65;&#x56;&#x69;ew&#45;&#x36;&#x39;&#x32;x1&#48;&#50;&#x34;&#x40;&#x32;x&#46;&#106;&#x70;&#x67; 1384w" sizes="(max-width: 203px) 100vw, 203px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1572" class="wp-caption-text">In the cool mountains around the city of Dalat, at nearly 5,000 feet. Photo by Karen Misuraca</p></div>
  520. <h2><em><span style="color: #993300;"><strong>Mountain Air in Dalat<br />
  521. </strong></span></em></h2>
  522. <p>Fresh fruit, vegetables and fish are abundant in outdoor markets and in eateries throughout Vietnam. We found the most beautiful market in <span style="text-decoration: underline; color: #993300;"><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Da_Lat"><strong>Dalat</strong></a></span>, a European-style mountain resort town, complete with a half-sized Eiffel Tower and elegant, still-French-owned hotels. One of the few towns to escape war damage, Dalat is a cool, misty mirage in a pine forest at 4,800 feet, surrounded by coffee plantations. Deserted villas of long-gone, French rubber-plantation owners are sprinkled across the high ridges around the town, which has a uniquely sophisticated ambiance, due to a waxing and waning population of several hundred university students, French tourists, and Vietnamese honeymooners.</p>
  523. <h3></h3>
  524. <h2><span style="color: #993300;"><em><strong>South China Sea at Nha Trang<br />
  525. </strong></em></span></h2>
  526. <div id="attachment_1576" style="width: 712px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/VietColorBoats.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-1576"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1576" class="size-large wp-image-1576" src="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/VietColorBoats-1024x675.jpg" alt="&quot;Dragon boats&quot; are popular for cruises out of Nha Trang" width="702" height="463" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/VietColorBoats-1024x675.jpg 1024w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/VietColorBoats-300x198.jpg 300w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/VietColorBoats-768x506.jpg 768w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/VietColorBoats-214x140.jpg 214w, https:&#x2f;&#x2f;&#x64;&#x65;&#x65;&#x70;&#99;&#117;&#108;&#116;uret&#x72;&#x61;&#x76;&#x65;&#x6c;&#x2e;&#99;&#111;&#109;&#47;&#119;p-c&#x6f;&#x6e;&#x74;&#x65;&#x6e;&#x74;&#47;&#117;&#112;&#108;&#111;ads&#x2f;&#x32;&#x30;&#x31;&#x36;&#x2f;&#x31;&#48;&#47;&#86;&#105;etCo&#x6c;&#x6f;&#x72;&#x42;&#x6f;&#x61;&#116;&#115;&#45;&#55;68x5&#x30;&#x36;&#x40;&#x32;&#x78;&#x2e;&#106;&#112;&#103; 1536w, https:&#47;&#x2f;&#x64;e&#101;&#x70;c&#117;&#x6c;t&#117;&#x72;e&#116;&#x72;&#x61;&#118;&#x65;&#x6c;&#46;&#99;&#x6f;m&#47;&#x77;p&#45;&#x63;&#x6f;&#110;&#x74;&#x65;n&#116;&#x2f;u&#112;&#x6c;o&#97;&#x64;s&#47;&#x32;&#x30;&#49;&#x36;&#x2f;1&#48;&#x2f;V&#105;&#x65;t&#67;&#x6f;&#x6c;&#111;&#x72;&#x42;o&#97;&#x74;s&#45;&#x33;0&#48;&#x78;1&#57;&#x38;&#x40;&#50;&#x78;&#x2e;j&#112;&#x67; 600w, https:&#x2f;/&#x64;&#101;&#x65;&#x70;c&#x75;&#108;&#x74;&#x75;r&#x65;&#116;&#x72;&#x61;v&#x65;&#108;&#x2e;&#x63;o&#x6d;&#47;&#x77;&#x70;-&#x63;&#111;&#x6e;&#x74;e&#x6e;&#116;&#x2f;&#x75;p&#x6c;&#111;&#x61;&#x64;s&#x2f;&#50;&#x30;&#x31;6&#x2f;&#49;&#x30;&#x2f;V&#x69;&#101;&#x74;&#x43;o&#x6c;&#111;&#x72;&#x42;o&#x61;&#116;&#x73;&#x2d;2&#x31;&#52;&#x78;&#x31;4&#x30;&#64;&#x32;&#x78;&#46;&#x6a;&#112;&#x67; 428w" sizes="(max-width: 702px) 100vw, 702px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1576" class="wp-caption-text">&#8220;Dragon boats&#8221; are popular for daytrip cruises to beaches and fishing villages, near Nha Trang on the coast of the South China Sea. Photo by Karen Misuraca</p></div>
  527. <p>From Dalat, we descended from the cool mountains back into the warm, moist climate of the coast, stopping at the beach resort town of Nha Trang, from where a battle-scarred boat captain, Ha Chau, took us on a &#8220;dragon boat&#8221; cruise on the South China Sea. <em>&#8220;<span style="color: #993300;">Just call me Captain Cook,&#8221;</span></em> he said, <span style="color: #993300;"><em>&#8220;I&#8217;m glad you&#8217;re here but I don&#8217;t want tourists to come to Vietnam, I don&#8217;t want this to be like Thailand in five years.&#8221;</em></span></p>
  528. <p>During the day of snorkeling and lolling on the beach, we luxuriated in $5 tiger-balm massages given by Chau&#8217;s Cambodian wife, Thuy. Alternately giggling with jokes and wiping tears from his eyes, Chau told stories of his thirteen years as a platoon commander in the war with Cambodia. <span style="color: #993300;"><em>&#8220;I killed many Khmer Rouge,&#8221;</em> </span>he said, <span style="color: #993300;"><em>&#8220;and I saved my general&#8217;s life. Only four of my sixty men survived. I dream of them. I can&#8217;t let them go.&#8221;</em></span></p>
  529. <p>Two of the survivors of his platoon comprise his dragon boat crew, their brown skin lumpy with shrapnel wounds, like their captain. One of the men told us that Chau has a serious wound in his heart and a short life expectancy. Chau talked about wanting peace. <em>he said, </em><em><span style="color: #993300;">&#8220;We were overrun by China for a thousand years,&#8221;</span> </em>he said, <span style="color: #993300;"><em>&#8220;by the French for a hundred, and then by the United States and Cambodia. For a long time I made $30 a month in the army. Now, I have two daughters and I work for myself,&#8221;</em> </span>he said, <em><span style="color: #993300;">&#8220;and I like it.&#8221;</span></em></p>
  530. <p>Half asleep on the sand at the end of the afternoon, we heard screaming––Thuy had spied a palm snake in the tree overhanging our beach towels. The snake is the same shade of green as the palm fronds, and highly poisonous. Chau ushered us back up the gangplank of the boat and we motored off to an island fishing village, where young girls paddling six-feet-across round baskets transported us, one at a time, from the dragon boat to a rickety dock on the small, rocky island. On a path recently drenched by a thunderstorm, we waded in the mud as quietly as we could through a village. The fishermen were asleep, as at night, they sail great distances to fish in their bright blue and red boats. The village kids trailed us, asking, <em>&#8220;Where you from?&#8221;</em> and <em>&#8220;How many children?&#8221;</em> and <em>&#8220;Where is your husband?&#8221;</em> The littlest ones held up their hands to us and swirled their tiny forefingers around in their palms, a traditional greeting.</p>
  531. <p>At the end of our long day with Chau and Thuy, they left us at the port of Nha Trang. Chau laughed as he called out, <span style="color: #993300;"><em>&#8220;See you in next life!&#8221;</em></span></p>
  532. <blockquote>
  533. <h2 style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="color: #993300;"><strong>Guided Tours of Vietnam</strong></span></em></h2>
  534. <div id="attachment_1570" style="width: 610px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/VietMapIntrepid.gif" rel="attachment wp-att-1570"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1570" class="size-full wp-image-1570" src="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/VietMapIntrepid.gif" alt="Intrepid Travel's Vietnam Itinerary" width="600" height="459" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1570" class="wp-caption-text">A map of one of Intrepid Travel&#8217;s several Vietnam Itineraries</p></div>
  535. <p><strong> </strong>We traveled with <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com"><strong>Intrepid Travel</strong></a></span></span>, an Australia-based company that has been in business for about thirty years. They feature <a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/about/trip-styles"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;"><strong>three types of affordable tour styles</strong></span></span></a> for small groups, and they also offer private, tailor-made itineraries. We liked having accommodations and transport handled, and an on-board guide who traveled with us but did not “guide” us at the destinations; rather, he gave us advice on what to see, where to eat, etc. We had almost completely free time every day to explore on our own.</p></blockquote>
  536. <h2 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #993300;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">(<a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="http://deepculturetravel.com/dreams-vietnam-semi-guided-tour-part-ii/">Click here</a></span> for more on top tour companies </span></h2>
  537. <h2 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #993300;">specializing in Vietnam in</span></h2>
  538. <h2 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #993300;"><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;" href="http://deepculturetravel.com/dreams-vietnam-semi-guided-tour-part-ii/">PART TWO of Our Dreams of Vietnam: a Semi-Guided Tour</a></span>)</em></span></h2>
  539. <h2 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Have you been to Vietnam? </strong></span></h2>
  540. <h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>We’d love to hear about your experience, </strong></span></h3>
  541. <h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>especially if you were on a tour or a cruise!</strong></span></h3>
  542. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://deepculturetravel.com/mother-and-daughter-in-vietnam-on-a-semi-guided-tour/">Our Dreams of Vietnam: a Semi-Guided Tour Part I</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://deepculturetravel.com">Deep Culture Travel</a>.</p>
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  548. <title>California North Coast Storm Watch</title>
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  557. <description><![CDATA[<p>From Jenner north to Fort Bragg, the wintertime drama along the California North Coast can make for romantic weekends to remember. November through March, low-pressure systems roll in off the Pacific, one after another, and the tumultuous surf is thrilling to watch. Because this is California, it’s also common for blue skies to break through between tempests, [...]</p>
  558. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://deepculturetravel.com/california-north-coast-lodging/">California North Coast Storm Watch</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://deepculturetravel.com">Deep Culture Travel</a>.</p>
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  560. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>From Jenner north to Fort Bragg, the wintertime drama along the <span style="color: #993300;"><strong><a style="color: #993300;" href="http://www.visitmendocino.com">California North Coast </a></strong></span>can make for romantic weekends to remember. November through March, low-pressure systems roll in off the Pacific, one after another, and the tumultuous surf is thrilling to watch. Because this is California, it’s also common for blue skies to break through between tempests, and that is a magical time, when the sun glints on dripping evergreen branches and the beaches are treasure chests of driftwood, shells, and discoveries washed up by the pounding waves.</p>
  561. <p>Some travelers toast their tootsies and sip hot toddies by roaring fireplaces in snug bed-and-breakfast inns, while stalwart souls trod the windy beaches, breathing in the invigorating ozone from the raucous breakers.</p>
  562. <h3><span style="color: #993300;"><em>Timber Cove</em></span></h3>
  563. <p>All along the North Coast, clifftops and easy-access parking areas afford vistas of the smashing surf, and many restaurants and bars have ocean views. A good way to start a coastal jaunt up Highway 1 is with breakfast at Coast Kitchen at <span style="color: #993300;"><a style="color: #993300;" href="https://www.timbercoveresort.com"><strong>Timber Cove Resort</strong></a></span>, a newly refurbished hotel and restaurant in a towering circa-1960, Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired, redwood and stone building. From the restaurant, the outdoor fire pit and from nearly every one of the forty-six guestrooms, you can see miles down the craggy coastline––sunsets are legendary. Guests watch the waves from their soaking tubs and their fireplaces, while listening to vintage LPs on in-room record players (really). Libations are taken by a massive stone fireplace in the soaring lobby, and when there&#8217;s a break in the weather, you&#8217;ll see people heading for the deck on the east side of the hotel, where the half-mile-across cove turns into a vast, foamy, photogenic expanse of stormy surf.</p>
  564. <p>Up the road, the shelter at the blufftop visitor&#8217;s center at <span style="color: #993300;"><strong><a style="color: #993300;" href="http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=453">Salt Point State Park </a></strong></span>is another good spot from which to watch walls of churning waves; walking trails from here connect to the four roiling coves below.</p>
  565. <h3><span style="color: #993300;"><strong><em>Point Arena Pier</em></strong></span></h3>
  566. <div id="attachment_1674" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/ChowderHousePtArena.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1674" class="size-medium wp-image-1674" src="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/ChowderHousePtArena-300x225.jpg" alt="Pier Chowder House Pt. Arena" width="300" height="225" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/ChowderHousePtArena-300x225.jpg 300w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/ChowderHousePtArena-768x576.jpg 768w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/ChowderHousePtArena-1024x768.jpg 1024w, https://deepcultur&#101;&#116;&#114;&#97;&#118;&#101;&#108;&#46;&#99;&#111;&#109;&#47;&#119;&#112;&#45;&#x63;&#x6f;&#x6e;&#x74;&#x65;&#x6e;&#x74;&#x2f;&#x75;&#x70;&#x6c;&#x6f;&#x61;&#x64;&#x73;&#x2f;&#x32;&#x30;&#x31;&#x36;&#x2f;&#x31;&#x32;/ChowderHous&#101;&#80;&#116;&#65;&#114;&#101;&#110;&#97;&#45;&#51;&#48;&#48;&#120;&#50;&#50;&#x35;&#x40;&#x32;&#x78;&#x2e;&#x6a;&#x70;&#x67; 600w, https://deepcultur&#101;&#116;&#114;&#97;&#118;&#101;&#108;&#46;&#99;&#111;&#109;&#47;&#119;&#112;&#45;&#x63;&#x6f;&#x6e;&#x74;&#x65;&#x6e;&#x74;&#x2f;&#x75;&#x70;&#x6c;&#x6f;&#x61;&#x64;&#x73;&#x2f;&#x32;&#x30;&#x31;&#x36;&#x2f;&#x31;&#x32;/ChowderHous&#101;&#80;&#116;&#65;&#114;&#101;&#110;&#97;&#45;&#55;&#54;&#56;&#120;&#53;&#55;&#x36;&#x40;&#x32;&#x78;&#x2e;&#x6a;&#x70;&#x67; 1536w, https:/&#47;&#100;&#x65;&#x65;&#x70;&#x63;u&#108;&#116;&#117;&#x72;&#x65;&#x74;ra&#118;&#101;&#x6c;&#x2e;&#x63;om&#47;&#119;&#x70;&#x2d;&#x63;on&#116;&#101;&#x6e;&#x74;&#x2f;up&#108;&#111;&#x61;&#x64;&#x73;/2&#48;&#49;&#x36;&#x2f;&#x31;&#x32;/&#67;&#104;&#x6f;&#x77;&#x64;&#x65;r&#72;&#111;&#117;&#x73;&#x65;&#x50;tA&#114;&#101;&#x6e;&#x61;&#x2d;10&#50;&#52;&#x78;&#x37;&#x36;8&#64;&#50;&#120;&#x2e;&#x6a;&#x70;g 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1674" class="wp-caption-text">The Pier Chowder House &amp; Tap Room at Point Arena fishing pier. Photo by Karen Misuraca</p></div>
  567. <p>One of the most exciting places to be during a storm is on the 322-foot-long, wheelchair-accessible pier at Point Arena. Rising in force a quarter mile out, waves rush onto the little black-pebble beach and blast up over the boulders shielding the parking lot. Fisherman huddle at the end of the pier, tossing their long lines out for rockfish and lingcod. When it’s too rough to fish, they retreat to old-fashioned bar in the <strong><span style="color: #993300;">Pier Chowder House and Tap Room</span></strong> at the end of the pier, along with tourists and locals, for steaming bowls of clams and mugs of Eel River Brewing Company’s IPA. The restaurant is lined with windows and with photos of storms past when trawlers went aground, and when the pier was smashed to pieces in 1983.</p>
  568. <h3><span style="color: #993300;"><em><strong>Point Arena Lighthouse</strong></em></span></h3>
  569. <p>Even in the worst weather, you can park at the foot of the 115-foot-tall <strong><span style="color: #993300;"><a style="color: #993300;" href="http://www.pointarenalighthouse.com">Point Arena Lighthouse Station</a></span></strong>, the tallest lighthouse on the West Coast, and climb the tower on a tour to see a 360-degree view of raging seas. A separate gift shop has a wonderful museum of shipping artifacts and photos of early days of sailing and logging, and a spectacular 666-prism Fresnel lens. Families love the handful of rental homes here, each complete with wood-burning fireplaces, three bedrooms and full kitchens.</p>
  570. <h3><span style="color: #993300;"><em><strong>Elk Cove</strong></em></span></h3>
  571. <div id="attachment_1676" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/ElkCoveBB.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1676" class="size-medium wp-image-1676" src="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/ElkCoveBB-300x225.jpg" alt="Elk Cove Inn" width="300" height="225" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/ElkCoveBB-300x225.jpg 300w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/ElkCoveBB-768x576.jpg 768w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/ElkCoveBB-1024x768.jpg 1024w, https:&#x2f;&#x2f;&#x64;&#x65;&#101;&#112;&#99;ul&#x74;&#x75;&#x72;&#x65;&#x74;&#114;&#97;&#118;el&#x2e;&#x63;&#x6f;&#x6d;&#x2f;&#119;&#112;&#45;co&#x6e;&#x74;&#x65;&#x6e;&#x74;&#47;&#117;&#112;lo&#x61;&#x64;&#x73;&#x2f;&#x32;&#48;&#49;&#54;/1&#x32;&#x2f;&#x45;&#x6c;&#x6b;&#67;&#111;&#118;eB&#x42;&#x2d;&#x33;&#x30;&#x30;&#120;&#50;&#50;5&#64;&#x32;&#x78;&#x2e;&#x6a;&#x70;&#103; 600w, https:&#x2f;&#47;&#100;e&#x65;&#x70;&#99;u&#x6c;&#x74;&#117;r&#x65;&#x74;&#114;a&#x76;&#x65;&#108;&#46;&#x63;&#x6f;&#109;/&#x77;&#x70;&#45;&#99;o&#x6e;&#x74;&#101;n&#x74;&#x2f;&#117;p&#x6c;&#x6f;&#97;d&#x73;&#x2f;&#50;0&#x31;&#x36;&#47;1&#x32;&#x2f;&#69;&#108;k&#x43;&#x6f;&#118;e&#x42;&#x42;&#45;7&#x36;&#x38;&#120;5&#x37;&#x36;&#64;2&#x78;&#x2e;&#106;p&#x67; 1536w, https:&#47;&#x2f;d&#x65;&#x65;&#112;&#x63;u&#x6c;&#x74;&#117;&#x72;e&#x74;&#x72;&#97;&#x76;e&#x6c;&#x2e;&#99;&#x6f;m&#x2f;&#x77;&#112;&#x2d;c&#x6f;&#x6e;&#116;&#x65;n&#x74;&#x2f;&#117;&#x70;l&#x6f;&#x61;&#100;&#x73;/&#x32;&#x30;&#49;&#x36;/&#x31;&#x32;&#47;&#x45;l&#x6b;&#x43;&#111;&#x76;e&#x42;&#x42;&#45;&#x31;0&#x32;&#x34;&#120;&#x37;6&#x38;&#x40;&#50;&#x78;&#46;&#x6a;&#x70;&#103; 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1676" class="wp-caption-text">Catbird&#8217;s seats with ocean view at the Elk Cove Inn. Photo by Karen Misuraca</p></div>
  572. <p>At the village of Elk Cove, once a rip-roaring loggers’ town, <strong><a href="https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=447">Greenwood Creek State Beach</a></strong> is a favorite driftwood-hunters destination. Herons stalk around in the reedy stream that runs into the sea, whales cruise along right offshore, and above it all, the <strong><a href="http://www.elkcoveinn.com">Elk Cove Inn</a></strong> claims the hillside with Craftsman-era, oceanfront lodges. Lounge chairs and a wood stove warm guests in the Bavarian Cottage, where windows frame the stream, the beach, the monumental Gunderson Rock surrounded by stormy seas. Loathe to leave their fireplaces and poufy down comforters, guests from the sixteen rooms and suites wander down for champagne breakfasts in the glass-enclosed dining room. Three nights a week, “Chez Marie” also offers French-style dinners here, which comes in handy, as only one other eatery is found in town––Bridget Dolan’s Pub.</p>
  573. <div id="attachment_1677" style="width: 712px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/GreenwdBeach.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1677" class="size-large wp-image-1677" src="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/GreenwdBeach-1024x768.jpg" alt="Greenwood State Beach" width="702" height="527" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/GreenwdBeach-1024x768.jpg 1024w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/GreenwdBeach-300x225.jpg 300w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/GreenwdBeach-768x576.jpg 768w, https:&#x2f;&#47;d&#x65;&#101;p&#x63;&#117;l&#x74;&#117;r&#x65;&#116;r&#x61;&#x76;e&#x6c;&#x2e;&#99;&#x6f;&#x6d;&#47;&#x77;&#x70;&#45;c&#x6f;&#110;t&#x65;&#110;t&#x2f;&#117;p&#x6c;&#111;a&#x64;&#x73;/&#x32;&#x30;&#49;&#x36;&#x2f;&#49;&#x32;&#x2f;&#71;r&#x65;&#101;n&#x77;&#100;B&#x65;&#97;c&#x68;&#45;1&#x30;&#x32;4&#x78;&#x37;&#54;&#x38;&#x40;&#50;&#x78;&#x2e;&#106;p&#x67; 2048w, https:&#47;&#x2f;&#x64;e&#101;&#x70;c&#117;&#x6c;t&#117;&#x72;e&#116;&#x72;&#x61;&#118;&#x65;&#x6c;&#46;&#99;&#x6f;m&#47;&#x77;p&#45;&#x63;&#x6f;&#110;&#x74;&#x65;n&#116;&#x2f;u&#112;&#x6c;o&#97;&#x64;s&#47;&#x32;&#x30;&#49;&#x36;&#x2f;1&#50;&#x2f;G&#114;&#x65;e&#110;&#x77;&#x64;&#66;&#x65;&#x61;c&#104;&#x2d;3&#48;&#x30;x&#50;&#x32;5&#64;&#x32;&#x78;&#46;&#x6a;&#x70;g 600w, https:&#47;&#47;&#x64;e&#101;&#x70;&#x63;u&#108;&#x74;&#x75;r&#101;&#x74;&#x72;a&#118;&#x65;&#x6c;&#46;&#99;&#x6f;&#x6d;/&#119;&#x70;-&#99;&#111;&#x6e;t&#101;&#x6e;&#x74;/&#117;&#x70;&#x6c;o&#97;&#x64;&#x73;/&#50;&#x30;&#x31;6&#47;&#x31;&#x32;&#47;&#71;&#x72;e&#101;&#x6e;&#x77;d&#66;&#x65;&#x61;c&#104;&#x2d;&#x37;6&#56;&#x78;&#x35;7&#54;&#x40;&#x32;x&#46;&#x6a;p&#103; 1536w" sizes="(max-width: 702px) 100vw, 702px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1677" class="wp-caption-text">View of Greenwood State Beach from the Elk Cove Inn. Photo by Karen Misuraca</p></div>
  574. <h4><strong><em><span style="color: #993300;">Albion</span></em></strong></h4>
  575. <p>Below the Albion River Bridge—the only wooden bridge still standing on Highway 1—is the once thriving loggers’ “doghole” that bustled in the late 19<sup>th</sup> and early 20th centuries. At low tide, you can see remnants of the 1,200-foot-long rails that carried old-growth redwood logs to waiting schooners. Impressive from sea level, the bridge is 1,000 feet long and 170 feet high, constructed Douglas fir in 1944. Protected by high, surrounding cliffs, a large campground and a narrow beach are nice spots from which to watch the explosive breakers</p>
  576. <h4><span style="color: #993300;"><em><strong>Little River</strong></em></span></h4>
  577. <p>There&#8217;s no place better to hunker down and ride out the storms than at Little River Inn, where most rooms sport ocean views and fireplaces. When rain beats against the windows, there&#8217;s no need to leave the inn with its on-site fine dining, and water views from Ole&#8217;s Whale Watch bar, where locals gather to swap yarns.</p>
  578. <aside class="pullquote alignright">
  579. <h3><span style="color: #993300;"><em><strong>Where to Stay</strong></em></span></h3>
  580. <p><a href="http://www.timbercoveresort.com">Timber Cove Resort</a>: 21780 Highway 1, Jenner, (707) 847-3231.</p>
  581. <p><a href="http://www.elkcoveinn.com">Elk Cove Inn &amp; Spa</a>: 6300 South Highway 1, Elk, (800) 275-2967.</p>
  582. <p><a href="http://www.searanchlodge.com">Sea Ranch Lodge</a>: 60 Sea Walk Drive, Sea Ranch, (707) 785-2371.</p>
  583. <p><a href="http://www.searockinn.com">Sea Rock Inn</a>: <a href="https://www.searock.com/directions/">11101 Lansing Street</a>, Mendocino, (800) 906-0926.</p>
  584. <p><a href="http://www.theinnatnewportranch.com">Inn at Newport Ranch</a>: 31502 North Highway 1, Fort Bragg, (707) 962-4818.</p>
  585. <h3><span style="color: #993300;"><em><strong>Where to Eat</strong></em></span></h3>
  586. <p><a href="http://www.coastkitchensonoma.com">Coast Kitchen at Timber Cove Resort</a>: 21780 Highway 1, Jenner, (800) 987-8319.</p>
  587. <p><a href="http://www.littleriverinn.com">Little River Inn</a>: 7901 North Highway 1, Little River, (707) 937-5942.</p>
  588. <p><a href="http://www.mendocinoflow.com">Flow:</a> 45040 Main Street, Mendocino, (707) 937-3569.</p>
  589. <p><a href="http://www.wharf-restaurant.com">Silver&#8217;s at the Wharf</a>: 32260 North Harbor Drive, Noyo Harbor, Fort Bragg. 707-964-4283</p>
  590. </aside>
  591. <h4><span style="color: #993300;"><em><strong>Mendocino</strong></em></span></h4>
  592. <p>When icy seas boil at the foot of the headlands in the Victorian town of Mendocino, a window table in the bar of the Mendocino Hotel is a cozy spot for overlooking the foaming waves as they funnel into the Big River and crash against the craggy, forested bluff on the far side. In the bar, a low fire crackles in the 100-year-old, cast iron Dutch fireplace, a curious design combination of Romanesque and Art Nouveau.</p>
  593. <p>Intrepid storm-seekers head for the trails along the headlands (trail maps from the Mendocino Visitors’ Center in the yellow house), and there are seaview parking areas on the west side of town. Those in the know stop at the cypress grove, where they can walk among the dark, windblown trees to a perch right over a pounding cove; this is a popular location for small weddings.</p>
  594. <p>If the weather’s just too crazy in Mendocino, you can still wave-watch right from Main Street, while relaxing on window seats at Gallery Bookshop, or peering through a line-up of telescopes aimed out to sea from the Out of This World science store. At the top of an old water tower, Flow restaurant has a birds-eye-view deck and glassed-in dining room that looks right across the headlands to the wide Pacific horizon.</p>
  595. <h4><span style="color: #993300;"><em><strong>Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens</strong></em></span></h4>
  596. <div id="attachment_1678" style="width: 235px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/MendoBotGarden.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1678" class="size-medium wp-image-1678" src="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/MendoBotGarden-225x300.jpg" alt="Mendocino Botanical Garden" width="225" height="300" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/MendoBotGarden-225x300.jpg 225w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/MendoBotGarden-768x1024.jpg 768w, https:&#47;&#x2f;&#x64;e&#101;&#x70;c&#117;&#x6c;&#x74;u&#114;&#x65;t&#114;&#x61;&#x76;e&#108;&#x2e;c&#111;&#x6d;&#x2f;&#119;&#112;&#x2d;c&#111;&#x6e;&#x74;&#101;&#x6e;&#x74;/&#117;&#x70;l&#111;&#x61;&#x64;s&#47;&#x32;0&#49;&#x36;&#x2f;1&#50;&#x2f;M&#101;&#x6e;&#x64;o&#66;&#x6f;t&#71;&#x61;&#x72;&#100;&#x65;&#x6e;-&#55;&#x36;8&#120;&#x31;&#x30;2&#52;&#x40;2&#120;&#x2e;&#x6a;p&#103; 1536w, https:&#47;&#x2f;&#x64;e&#101;&#x70;c&#117;&#x6c;&#x74;u&#114;&#x65;t&#114;&#x61;&#x76;e&#108;&#x2e;c&#111;&#x6d;&#x2f;&#119;&#112;&#x2d;c&#111;&#x6e;&#x74;&#101;&#x6e;&#x74;/&#117;&#x70;l&#111;&#x61;&#x64;s&#47;&#x32;0&#49;&#x36;&#x2f;1&#50;&#x2f;M&#101;&#x6e;&#x64;o&#66;&#x6f;t&#71;&#x61;&#x72;&#100;&#x65;&#x6e;-&#50;&#x32;5&#120;&#x33;&#x30;0&#64;&#x32;x&#46;&#x6a;&#x70;g 450w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1678" class="wp-caption-text">View of the smashing surf at the Mendocino Botanical Garden. Photo by Karen Misuraca</p></div>
  597. <p>On the south end of Fort Bragg, don your Sou&#8217;wester and rain boots for a walk through the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, the only oceanfront botanical garden in the country. On these forty-seven acres is an enchanted kingdom of magnificent trees and blooming gardens, where on rainy days, visitors head along the trail to the Cliff House, a sheltered cottage on a hillside above waves thundering against jagged pinnacles and across the cove beyond––part of the California Coastal National Monument. Keep your eyes peeled for sea lions as they &#8220;haul out&#8221; onto the rocks, and for whirls of murres, pelicans, cormorants, and gulls.</p>
  598. <h4><em><span style="color: #993300;"><strong>Newport Ranch</strong></span></em></h4>
  599. <div id="attachment_1670" style="width: 712px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/NewportRanch.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1670" class="size-large wp-image-1670" src="http://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/NewportRanch-1024x483.jpg" alt="Inn at Newport Ranch" width="702" height="331" srcset="https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/NewportRanch-1024x483.jpg 1024w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/NewportRanch-300x142.jpg 300w, https://deepculturetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/NewportRanch-768x362.jpg 768w, https:/&#47;&#x64;&#x65;e&#112;&#x63;&#x75;l&#116;&#x75;&#x72;e&#116;&#x72;&#x61;v&#101;&#x6c;&#x2e;c&#111;&#109;&#x2f;&#x77;p&#45;&#x63;&#x6f;n&#116;&#x65;&#x6e;t&#47;&#x75;&#x70;l&#111;&#x61;&#x64;s&#47;&#x32;&#x30;1&#54;&#47;&#x31;&#x32;/&#78;&#x65;&#x77;p&#111;&#x72;&#x74;R&#97;&#x6e;&#x63;h&#45;&#x33;&#x30;0&#120;&#x31;&#x34;2&#64;&#50;&#x78;&#x2e;j&#112;&#x67; 600w, https:&#x2f;&#x2f;&#100;ee&#x70;&#x63;&#117;&#108;t&#x75;&#x72;&#101;&#116;r&#x61;&#x76;&#x65;&#108;&#46;c&#x6f;&#x6d;&#47;&#119;p&#x2d;&#x63;&#111;&#110;t&#x65;&#x6e;&#116;&#47;u&#x70;&#x6c;&#x6f;&#97;ds&#x2f;&#x32;&#48;&#49;6&#x2f;&#x31;&#50;&#47;N&#x65;&#x77;&#112;&#111;r&#x74;&#x52;&#x61;&#110;ch&#x2d;&#x37;&#54;&#56;x&#x33;&#x36;&#50;&#64;2&#x78;&#x2e;&#x6a;&#112;g 1536w" sizes="(max-width: 702px) 100vw, 702px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1670" class="wp-caption-text">The Captain&#8217;s Quarters at the Inn at Newport Ranch, just north of Fort Bragg.</p></div>
  600. <p>When the sun begins to sink into the horizon, tuckered travelers arrive at the Inn at Newport Ranch, a Shangri-la on 2,500 acres of forest, meadow and oceanfront just north of Fort Bragg. In the main lodge, a snapping fire in the massive boulder-framed fireplace is the place to enjoy happy hour wine and savories, and sunsets over the sea, before retiring to nautical-inspired guestrooms above. Several more rooms and suites, and the spa, are in the adjacent Redwood House, where a unique indoor forest of redwood trunks is startling, to say the least.</p>
  601. <p>A rooftop hot tub, fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, and Craftsman-style antique wood elements create coziness and comfort throughout the seven-room inn and the spa, which has it’s own hideaway lounge.</p>
  602. <p>From the narrow, clifftop point in front of the inn, in the 1800s, redwood logs were lowered to masted schooners that sailed to and from the rising city of San Francisco. Today, wedding parties parade out to what is now known as “Celebration Point” for ceremonies in sight of thirty miles of rugged coastline.</p>
  603. <h3><span style="color: #993300;"><em><strong>MacKerricher State Park</strong></em></span></h3>
  604. <p>If your travel budget doesn’t stretch to a bed and breakfast inn in Fort Bragg, beautiful, secluded RV campgrounds await at nearby <strong><span style="color: #993300;"><a style="color: #993300;" href="https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=436">MacKerricher State Park</a></span></strong>, a former Native American reservation and logging camp. A wheelchair and stroller-accessible boardwalk leads to Laguna Point, where the marine scene is miles of surf-fringed Humboldt County coastline.</p>
  605. <p>Whether in a cozy cottage, a friendly pub or a campground, far from the slings and arrows of everyday life, winter storm watchers contemplate the tempestuous moods of an ocean that seems to stretch to the ends of the earth.</p>
  606. <h4 style="text-align: center;"><strong><em><span style="color: #993300;">Where is your favorite stormwatching perch along the California North Coast?</span> </em></strong></h4>
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