Thursday, 10 April 2014

Greece - Evia & the Sporades (PDF Chapter)

Evia and the four Sporades islands remain largely off the beaten island path. Away from its commercial hub of Halkida, the pace slows as the landscape stretches out, dotted by hilltop monasteries, small farms, vineyards and not a few curious goats.

Greece - Evia & the Sporades (PDF Chapter)

swim year-round in the thermal-fed bay at Loutra Edipsou, on Evia
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watch for dolphins and falcons while sailing around Greece’s only national marine park at Alonnisos
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find your favourite orchids and butterflies while hiking the inland meadows of Skopelos
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Coverage includes: Evia, Central Evia, Northern Evia, Southern Evia, the Sporades, Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonnisos, Skyros.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Washington, Oregon & the Pacific Northwest - The Willamette Valley & Wine Country (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

The Willamette Valley is world famous for its fabulous and plentiful wineries, but don’t pass by Salem with its museums and stately buildings, dynamic and liberal Eugene, as well as Oregon City, and the lovely McKenzie River area.

Washington, Oregon & the Pacific Northwest - The Willamette Valley & Wine Country (PDF Chapter)  Lonely Planet

wine taste around Newberg, McMinnville and Salem
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sample gourmet restaurants from Dundee to McMinnville to Eugene
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explore, raft, hike and fish in the McKenzie Region
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Coverage includes: Oregon City, Champoeg State Heritage Area, Newberg, Dundee, McMinnville, Salem & around, Corvallis, Eugene, McKenzie Region

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Taiwan - Southern Taiwan (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

Southern Taiwan is a land of timeless rituals, strong folk culture and unforgettable festivals. The wild landscape contains wonderful cycling routes, while Tainan is the city most worth visiting outside Taipei, with its original street snacks, flamboyant temples and enduring relics.

Taiwan - Southern Taiwan (PDF Chapter)

marvel at Taiwan’s temple heritage in and around the old capital of Tainan
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swim, surf and cycle year-round in Kenting National Park
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discover the bizarre yet interesting Martian landscape of Wushanding Mud Volcanoes
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Coverage includes: Tainan City, Southwest Coast, National Museum of Taiwan, Taijiang National Park, Black-Faced Spoonbill Reserve, Houbi, Taiwan Salt Museum, Aogu Wetlands & Forest Park, Guanziling (Kuanziling), Kaohsiung City & around, Foguangshan, Meinong, Maolin Recreation Area, Pingtung County, Donggang, Little Liuchiu Island, Sandimen, Beidawushan, Jin-Shui Ying Old Trail, Kenting National Park.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Greek Islands - Cyclades (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

Ringed with cinnamon sand and ink blue sea, the Cyclades are natural magnets. Throw in stunning, sugar-cube villages, a good dose of sophistication and a stylish culture that seems to have bounced its way down from Athens, and you do have the best of both worlds.

Greek Islands - Cyclades (PDF Chapter)

get immersed in the spell-binding sites of Delos and Ancient Akrotiri
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savour the scrumptious cuisine on Santorini, Paros and Ios
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slip away to serenity on the remote-feel islands of Kythnos or Sikinos
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Coverage includes: Andros, Gavrio, Batsi, Hora (Andros), Around Andros, Tinos, Hora (Tinos), Around Tinos, Syros, Ermoupoli, Around Syros, Mykonos, Hora (Mykonos), Around Mykonos, Paros, Parikia, Naoussa, Lefkes, Around Paros, Antiparos, Naxos, Hora (Naxos), Around Naxos, Little Cyclades, Iraklia, Schinousa, Koufonisia, Donousa, Amorgos, Katapola, Hora (Amorgos), Moni Hozoviotissis, Aegiali, Around Amorgos, Ios, Hora, Ormos & Mylopotas, Around Ios, Santorini (Thira), Fira, Oia, Around Santorini, Thirasia & Volcanic Islets, Anafi, Sikinos, Folegandros, Karavostasis, Hora (Folegandros), Ano Meria, Around Folegandros, Delos, Milos, Adamas, Plaka & Trypiti, Pollonia, Around Milos, Kimolos, Sifnos, Kamares, Apollonia, Ano Petali & Artemonas, Around Sifnos, Serifos, Livadi, Hora (Serifos), Around Serifos, Kythnos, Merihas, Hora (Kythnos), Around Kythnos, Kea, Korissia, Ioulida, Around Kea.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

New England - Connecticut (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

Connecticut has escaped the overexposure of its more ‘New Englandy’ neighbors. Its Litchfield Hills, with lakes, vineyards and hiking trails, and the Quiet Corner, with its orchards and rolling meadows, capture the state as it’s been for centuries.

New England - Connecticut (PDF Chapter)

exploring the excellent museums, bars, galleries and thriving food scene in New Haven
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discovering Mark Twain’s penchant for fine furnishings and browsing fine art at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford
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scoffing down lobster dock side at Ford’s Lobster shack in Noank
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Coverage includes: Hartford & around, New Britain, Connecticut River Valley, Dinosaur State Park, East Haddam, Chester, Essex, Old Lyme, New London, Groton, Mystic, Stonington, New Haven, The Gold Coast, Westport, Norwalk, Greenwich, Housatonic Valley, Lake Candlewood, Litchfield Hills.