#TravelTuesday – Mexico

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Today’s Travel Tuesday destination is Mexico, courtesy of the 1,000 Places to See Before You Die Page-A-Day calendar.

Top Attractions:

  1. San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato (Guanajuato, Mexico): Artists and writers first started arriving in the colonial city of San Miguel de Allende in the 1930s, drawn by its Old Mexican charm and the purity of its seductive light. Founded in 1542 by wealthy Spanish cattle barons, today San Miguel attracts well-heeled Mexico City weekenders and has a large community of American residents attracted to the city’s vibrant artistic and cultural scene. Cobblestone streets are lined with galleries, as well as restored mansions, 18th-century churches, boutiques, outdoor cafes, and excellent restaurants.
    • Where: San Miguel de Allende is 180 miles/290 km northwest of Mexico City.
    • Best Times: in San Miguel: Semana Santa (week before Easter) for festivities; September 15-16 for Independence Day; September 29 for Fiesta de San Miguel. In Guanajuato: October for Cervantes Festival.
  2. Los Cabos: At the tip of the 775-mile-long Baja Peninsula, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez, the resort area of Los Cabos (the capes) stretches over a 25-mile corridor that joins the desert towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Development began in the 1980s, and Cabo San Lucas quickly earned a reputation as a wild, cerveza-drenched spring break destination. It became equally famous for its world-class fishing, with marlin and sailfish the top prizes.
    • Where: About 1,000 miles/1,609 km south of San Diego.
    • Best Times: December-April for whale-watching; October for fishing tournaments.
  3. Tulum and the Riviera Maya: At the southern end of Mexico’s Riviera Maya, the string of fishing-villages-turned-sophisticated-resort-towns that dot the Caribbean coastline south of Cancun, stands the only ancient Maya city on the coast. What Tulum lacks in archaeological significance it compensates for in beauty, evident in its spectacular fine-white-sand beaches and its temple dramatically poised on a coastal bluff.
    • Where: Tulum is 80 miles/130 km south of Cancun.
    • Best Time: December-April for best weather and bird-watching at Sian Ka’an.
  4. Palenque and San Cristobal de las Casas: One of the most extraordinary ruins of Maya culture occupies a high, strategically situated plateau surrounded by dense virgin jungle. Palenque blossomed during the 6th and 9th centuries as a center of art, religion, and astronomy and was one of the first Maya sites to be discovered. It remains one of the most majestic and best preserved, still dazzling with its elegant architecture, stucco carvings, calligraphy, and highly artistic decorative friezes. The star attraction is the Templo de las Inscripciones (Temple of the Inscriptions), the massive pyramid housing the carved tomb of King Pacal, who died in A.D. 683 (his burial mask, made of 200 fragments of jade, resides in the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico city). Palenque’s best lodging is the nearby Chan-Kah Resort Village, featuring stone and wooden bungalows spread over 50 acres of primordial jungle and a refreshing pool.
    • Where: Palenque is 88 miles/142 km southeast of Villahermose. San Cristobal is 142 miles/229 km southwest of Palenque.
    • Best Times: December-February for nicest weather. In Sn Cristobal, Semana Santa (the week before Easter) for festivities and processions.
  5. Mexico City: More than 1,000 years ago, the Aztecs built their capitol of Tenochtitlan on an island in a vast lake here; it was the largest metropolis in the world when the Spanish arrived in 1519. Mexico City, or often D.F. for Distrito Federal, built on top of the ancient city, is again one of the most populous on the planet, where all the disparate strains of Mexican cultural come together in fusion of ancient civilizations and contemporary urbanity. Immense and bustling, sophisticated, and human-scaled, ringed by snow-peaked volcanoes now visible through newly clean air, this once-maligned but gracious Latin American city is fast gaining recognition as one of the world’s increasingly stylish capitals of culture.

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#TravelTuesday – Belgium

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Today’s Travel Tuesday destination is Belgium, courtesy of the 1,000 Places to See Before You Die Page-A-Day Calendar.

Top Attractions:

  1. Ghent (pictured above): The water of the River Leie stands mirror-still between the old quays in the heart of Ghent. Reflections pick up the sandstone and brick stepped gables of the centuries-old guild- and warehouses, now doing a brisk business as cafès and restaurants. They once dominated a busy river port here, overseeing trade that linked Ghent to the rest of the world. From the old Sint-Michielsbrug (St. Michael Bridge), the towers and spires built during those days line up like masts in a harbor and include the Belfort, the city belfry with its 54-bell carillon, and the massive cathedral of St. Bavo that houses the multi-paneled Adoration of the Mystic Lamb.
    • Where: 35 miles/56 km northwest of Brussels.
    • Best Time: Late July for Gentse Feesten, a festival of music, theater, and street entertainment.
  2. The Rubens Trail: With its port on the broad estuary of the River Scheldt, Antwerp was a trading powerhouse in the 16th and 17th centuries, a Golden Age of intellectual, commercial, and artistic life of the Low Countries. This was the era of Peter Paul Rubens, who returned from training in Italy in 1609 to enthrall his homeland with his matchless technique and dynamic composition. His great early showpieces were a pair of triptychs, Raising of the Cross (1610) and Descent from the Cross (1612), made for the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal (Cathedral of our Lady).
    • Where: 34 miles/55 km north of Brussels.
    • Best Times: July-August for Zomer van Antwerpen (Summer of Antwerp) festival; August for the Middelheim Jazz Festival; December for the Christmas Market in the Grote Market.
  3. Beer in Belgium: In a country barely the size of New Jersey, the breadth of Belgium’s unparalleled beer-brewing industry is astonishing. Some 125 breweries produce several hundred varieties (some sources say 800), including “white beers” made of wheat, stratospherically strong Bush beers, dark and winey Rodenbach, and the famous Trappist beers brewed for centuries under the watchful eyes of monks and, no doubt, St. Arnold, Belgium’s own patron saint of beer.
    • Best Time: Early September for Brussels Belgian Beer Weekend.
  4. Bruges: Bruges, of Brugge, is a perfectly formed city in miniature, brimming with reminders of its age of glory in medieval times. It’s the kind of place that’s easy to explore on foot. Better still, take a tour in an open boat on the meandering, willow-lined canals, to learn how Bruges was once linked to the world beyond and why it is called the “Venice of the North.”
    • Where: 62 miles/100 km northwest of Brussels.
    • Best Times: March-November for boat tours; May for Procession of the Holy Blood on Ascension Day (40 days after Easter); August for Klinkers music festival.
  5. La Grande Place: Few urban squares have the impact of Brussels’s gigantic, one-of-a-kind Grand Square (Grote Market in Dutch). Louis XIV of France bombarded the entire city center in 1695, destroying more than 5,000 buildings; what you see today is damage-turned-triumph. Most art historians agree with Jean Cocteau, who called it “a splendid stage.” Indeed, the ornate Flemish Renaissance and Baroque façades of the powerful (and competitive) guild houses provide the perfect foil for the Gothic Hôtel de Ville (Stadhuis in Dutch, or town hall), which dates to 1449 and is the only building to have survived the destruction.

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The Wine Bible Is Back For Another Round!

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Like the delicious vintages it details, Karen MacNeill’s beloved The Wine Bible has gotten better with age. The celebrated wine writer will be touring the United States promoting a completely revised and updated edition of her best-selleing book. And Karen won’t just be talking about wine – bottles will be popped and glasses poured, so you can listen, learn, AND taste some amazing grapes. Whether you are a vino newbie or a Master Sommelier, The Wine Bible is an excellent resource that shouldn’t be missed. We hope you’ll join us on the tour! Because, wine not?

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7

The Great Match, NEW YORK, NY – Tickets

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8

Italian Wine Merchants @ 7 PM, NEW YORK, NY – Tickets

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9  

R.J. Julia Booksellers @ 7 PM, MADISON, CT – RSVP

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10

Crystal Springs Resort @ 6 PM, HARDYSTON, NJ – Tickets

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13

Fountain Bookstore at Secco @ 6:30 PM, RICHMOND, VA – Tickets

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14 

Virginia Philip Wine Shop w/ Quintessa @ 6 PM, PALM BEACH, FL – Tickets

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15

Books & Books @ 7 PM, CORAL GABLES, FL – Tickets

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22

Book Passage @ 5:30 PM, CORTE MADERA, CA – Tickets

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23  

Omnivore Books @ 6:30 PM, SAN FRANCISCO, CA

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25 – 26

Gary’s Wine & Marketplace, MADISON, NJ – Tickets

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29-30

Denver International Wine Festival, DENVER, CO – Tickets

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 5

Phoenix Wine Storage with Quintessa @ 4:30 PM, PHOENIX, AZ

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5

Changing Hands Bookstore with Quintessa @ 7 PM, TEMPE, AZ

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7

Arizona Women’s Luncheon, PHOENIX, AZ – Tickets

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8

Hermosa Inn @ 6:30 PM, SCOTTSDALE, AZ – Tickets

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14

Napa Bookmine at the Black and White Center  @ 7 PM, NAPA, CA

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1

Lincoln Theater @ 7 PM, YOUNTVILLE, CA – Tickets

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3

Wilson Daniels with Royal Tokaji, SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Tickets

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September15

Today’s Travel Tuesday destination is Tanzania, Africa, courtesy of the 1,000 Places to See Before You Die Page-A-Day calendar.

Top Attractions:

1. Mount Kilimanjaro: “Wide as all the world, great, high, and unbelievably white in the sun,” wrote Ernest Hemingway in his famous short story “The Snows of Kilimanjaro.” As global warming has caused temperatures to creep up, those snows have been melting, but even now, few mountains rival Kilimanjaro—Swahili for “mountain of greatness”; at 19,340 feet, it dwarfs all of Africa’s other peaks. The 9-day, 25 mile round-trip trek to the dormant volcano’s oddly flat top, ascending by way of the remote, seldom-used Shira Plateau, has several advantages over the more popular, five-day Marangu Trail, or “tourist route.”

  • Where: Arusha is 168 miles/270 km south of Nairobi.
  • How: U.S.-based Mountain Madness offers 12-day Shira route trips. Tel: 800-328-5925 or 206-937-8389; www.mountainmadness.com; Cost: from $4,975 all-inclusive.
  • Best Times: September-October and December-January for clearer, warmer, and drier days on the mountain, but also biggest crowds.

2. Greystoke Camp: Just 60 miles south of where Stanley uttered his famous greeting, “Doctor Livingstone, I presume?” on the remote eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika, lies Mahale Mountains National Park, home to the world’s largest known population of the wild chimpanzees, mankind’s closest relatives. The 600-square-mile, road-free park remains almost untouched by the outside world, yet on the lake’s sandy shores at the foot of the mountains lies Greystoke safari fantasies and a strong candidate for the most beautiful in all of Africa.

  • Where: On the shores of Lake Tanganyika, in western Tanzania; accessible via charter from Arusha, plus a boat to transfer to camp; www.greystoke-manhale.com.
  • Cost: From $1,075 per person per night, all-inclusive, with round-trip charter from Arusha (off-peak), from $1,225 (peak).
  • How: U.S.-based Africa Adventure Company offers custom itineraries. Tel: 800-882-9453 or 954-491-8877; www.africa-adventure.com.
  • Best Time: Trekking can be easier August-October when chimpanzees are often closer to the bottom of the mountains.

3. Ngorongoro Crater (pictured above): The volcanic Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest unflooded, intact caldera is considered one of the natural wonders of the world, both for its unique beauty and for the staggering concentration of animals that live there.

  • Where: 120 miles/190 km west of Arusha.
  • Best Times: Animal numbers are high year-round, but expect rain in April-May; June-August for cooler, drier weather.

4. The Serengeti: The Serengeti, one of the oldest ecosystems on earth, is Africa’s No. 1 World Heritage site. It has barely changed since early humans first appeared about 2 million years ago, a fact that remained unknown until Louis and Mary Leakey began excavation work in the Olduvai Gorge in the 1950s. It remains an important region for the study of human origins, but what brings in the Land Rovers packed with wide-eyed nature lovers and shutterbugs is the grandest of all wildlife shows: the great migration.

  • Where: Northwestern Tanzania.
  • How: U.S.-based Africa Adventure Company arranges custom trips. Tel: 800-882-9453 or 954-491-8877; www.africa-adventure.com.
  • Best Times: Wildlife abounds throughout the Serengeti year-round. June-July are typically good months for the migration in the Grumeti Reserves.

5. Zanzibar: The very name Zanzibar conjures up images of romantic spice islands, and—like legendary Timbuktu or Kathmandu—the name alone is almost reason enough to make the trip. The historic center of its capital city is known as Stone Town, a maze of narrow streets, crooked passages, and crumbling houses once owned by Arab traders, with enclosed balconies and carved, brass-studded doors.

  • Where: 22 miles/35 km off eastern coast of Tanzania.
  • Best Times: December-February and June-October for dry season; early February for Sauti Za Busara African music celebration; July for Stone Town’s Festival of the Dhow Countries, with film, art, and cultural events.

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The Look Instagram Contest

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Contest alert! We can’t all be at New York Fashion Week shows this week, but we’ve got the next best thing: The Look Coloring Book, 96 pages of global fashion awesomeness chronicling street style from New York to Shanghai in glorious black and white for you to color in!

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Post a picture of your colored-in spread from The Look using #thelook & tagging @workmanpub on Instagram for a chance to be featured on our Instagram account & win a free copy of The Look Coloring Book! Contest ends 9/30 at 12pm EST.

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#TravelTuesday – Malaysia

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September8

 

Today’s Travel Tuesday destination is Malaysia, courtesy of the 1,000 Places to See Before You Die Page-A-Day calendar.

Top Attractions:

1. Feasting on KL’s Streets (pictured above): Don’t let the dazzling, steel-clad Petronas Towers and slick shopping malls sidetrack you: It’s the authentic array of edible delights that makes Kuala Lumpur such a great city to visit. Commonly known as KL, Malaysia’s cosmopolitan capital offers a feast of dining options from streetside hawker stalls and brightly lit night markets to white-tablecloth restaurants with world-class chefs.

2. Sipadan: Part of the Semporna Archipelago, off the coast of Borneo, tiny mushroom-shaped Sipadan sits atop a submerged volcano in a protected conservation zone. With a cap of only 120 visitors a day and no overnight accommodations, this speck of an island in the Celebes Sea appears on every diver’s dream list. Walk 15 feet out from the soft white sandy beach, stick your head in the water, and be prepared for the treat of a lifetime. Incredibly clear and calm waters enable even notice snorkelers to enjoy the wonders of the underwater kingdom.

  • Where: 22 miles/36 km off northeast coast of Borneo.
  • Best Time: May-October for nicest weather, but diving is good year-round.

3. Borneo: Ginger-haired orangutans swinging through tropical rain forest and communal longhouses once home to legendary headhunters are the images commonly associated with Borneo. The world’s third largest island, territorially shared by Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei, boasts a super-rich biodiversity—more than 15,000 varieties of flowering plants as well as 200 mammal and 420 bird species. It’s also home to a fascination tapestry of tribal and ethnic groups.

  • Where: Sabah and Sarawak cover the northern side of Borneo. Kota Kinabalu is 1,009 miles/1,635 km east of Kuala Lumpur.
  • How: U.S.-based Natural Habitat offers a 14-day tour that includes Sepilok Forest Reserve and the Danum Valley. Tel: 800-543-8917 or 303-449-3711; www.nathab.com 
  •  Best Time: March-October for dry season.

4. Melaka: Half a millennium before the Petronas Towers and other skyscrapers rose in Kuala Lumpur, Melaka (also known as Malacca) was the Malay Peninsula’s greatest city. Located opposite the Indonesian island of Sumatra, in a pivotal spot on the lucrative spice route between China and Europe, the busy trading port was ruled by sultans who converted the population to Islam and developed a courtly culture. Melaka’s glory days may be a page in Malaysia’s testbooks, but the town’s stock of monuments and historic buildings attracts ever-growing numbers of visitors.

  • Where: 90 miles/145 km southwest of Kuala Lumpur.
  • Best Times: Friday and Saturday for the Jonker’s Walk Night Market; January-February for least rain.

5. Pulau Langkawi: Located where the Andaman Sea meets the Straits of Malacca, this picture-perfect archipelago of 99 islands is officially known as Langkawi the Jewel of Kedah, a title the Sultan of Kedah bestowed in celebration of his golden jubilee in 2008. Even though it has been heavily promoted for years as a travel destination, Langkawi is remarkable for remaining the genuine article: a tropical paradise of pure white sand, primary rain forest, magical sunsets, and sun-filled days.

  • Where: 19 miles/30 km off the northwest coast of Malaysia.
  • Best Time: November-April for driest weather.

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The Beer Bible Is On Tour!

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The Beer Bible author Jeff Alworth has hit the road and he is making stops at bookstores, breweries, and bars all over the country to discuss his new book and knock back a few cold ones with his fans. Come tap into Jeff’s endless knowledge about the four beer families, how to pair beer with food, and what countries offer the best beer tourism, among other topics. The tour will take him from coast to coast, so check below for a location near you and mark your calendars! What are brew waiting for?

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NATIONAL TOUR DATES

AUG. 11 Belmont Station with Broadway Books @ 5 PM

PORTLAND, OR

AUG.13 Block 15 Brewery Taproom @ 6:30 PM

CORVALLIS, OR

AUG. 15 Ninkaski Brewing @ 12 PM

EUGENE, OR

AUG. 20 Magnolia Pub & Brewery with Omnivore Books @ 6 PM

SAN FRANCISCO, CA

AUG. 21 Book Passage @ 5:30 PM

CORTE MADERA, CA

AUG. 23 Double Mountain Brewery with Waucoma Bookstore @11 AM

HOOD RIVER, OR

AUG. 31 Powell’s Books @ 7 PM

CEDAR CROSSING, OR

SEPT. 10 Book Larder

SEATTLE, WA

SEPT. 22 Boulder Beer with Boulder Bookstore @ 5:30 – 7:30 PM

BOULDER, CO

SEPT. 23 New Belgium Brewing @ 7 – 9 PM

FORT COLLINS, CO

SEPTEMBER 24 BookBar@ 7 PM

DENVER, CO

SEPT. 25 Great American Beer Festival

DENVER, CO

SEPT. 26 Changing Hands Bookstore @ 3 PM

TEMPE, AZ

OCT. 3 Grey Wolf Lodge @ 4 PM

Philadelphia, PA

OCT.4 Word Bookstore

JERSEY CITY, NJ

OCT. 5 Sixpoint Brewery @ 6:30 PM

BROOKLYN, NY

OCT. 7 Samuel Adams with Trident Booksellers & Cafe

BOSTON, MA

OCT. 8 Longfellow Books @ 7 PM

PORTLAND, ME

OCT. 19 Boswell Book Company with Sugar Maple Bar @ 7 PM

MILWAUKEE, WI

OCT. 20 Goose Island Brewery @ 6:30 – 8:30 PM

CHICAGO, IL

OCT. 21 Urban Chestnut Brewing with Main Street Books @ 7 PM

ST. LOUIS, MO

NOV. 4 Books & Books @ 8 PM

CORAL GABLES, FL

NOV. 5 Inkwood Books @ 7 PM

TAMPA, FL

NOV. 6 Ale Yeah Craft Beer Market with A Cappella Bookstore @ 5- 7 PM

ATLANTA, GA

NOV. 8 Yazoo Brewing with Parnassus Books

NASHVILLE, TN

NOV. 9 Fountain Bookstore

RICHMOND, VA

NOV. 10 Politics and Prose at Busboys and Poets @ 6:30 PM

WASHINGTON DC

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#TravelTuesday – Amsterdam, Netherlands

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September1Today’s Travel Tuesday destination is Amsterdam, Netherlands, courtesy of the 1,000 Places to See Before You Die Page-A-Day calendar.

Top Attractions:

1. Rijksmuseum (pictured above): The Netherlands’ greatest museum—and one of the world’s prime repositories of fine art—is a treasure trove of the country’s most notable works from the 17th-century golden age. Rembrandt’s magnificent The Night Watch (1642) is the pivotal point around which this turreted neo-Gothic museum was designed in 1885 by P.J.H. Cuypers. The enormous canvas is still the centerpiece of the largest collection of Dutch paintings in the world, including 20 other works by Rembrandt—such as his sensitive Jewish Bride (1662) and Self-Portrait as the Apostle Paul (1661).

2. Van Gogh Museum: With a main building based on a design by Gerrit Rietveld (perhaps Holland’s most famous architect) and a dramatic annex designed by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa in 1999, the Van Gogh Museum is a fitting tribute to the 19th century’s most important Dutch artist. The museum provides an outstanding home to some 200 of Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings, 500 drawings, and 700 letters as well as Japanese prints (many from his own collection) and other 19th-century works that influenced him.

3. Anne Frank House: Anne Frank, the second daughter of German-Jewish immigrants to Amsterdam, was given a diary for her 13th birthday on June 12, 1942. Just weeks later, she and her family were in hiding from Nazi occupying forces. They took refuge in a small group of rooms above her father’s business, on the Prisengracht canal in the city center. The family, joined by a few others, stayed in this “Annex” for two years. In August 1944, German police raided it; all of its occupants, except Anne’s father, died in concentration camps. Anne’s diary, left behind in the tumult, went on to become of the bestselling books of all time. Today, the Annex is stripped bare of furniture, though some of the magazine cuttings Anne pasted on her bedroom wall remain.

4. Red Light District: Amsterdam’s red light district, known locally as De Wallen (The Walls), occupies the oldest part of town, near the former city wall. At its heart is the Oude Kerk (Old Church), dating from about 1300; connoisseurs rate the church’s carillon as one of the best in the world, and the joyful sound of the bell music cascading down cobble-stoned streets and across the canals and squares is one of Amsterdam’s delights. Nearby, the Catholic Church of Ons’ Lieve Heerop Solder (our Dear Lord in the Attic) is up a narrow stairway at the top of a canal house. This ancient quarter is also home to the world’s oldest profession. But in this historically tolerant city, the women who sit on display in the rose-tinted windows are registered, regulated, taxed, and represented by a union since 1984.

5. On the Canals: If you think it’s too touristy to see Amsterdam by boat, then you’ll miss seeing this City of Canals the way it was meant to be seen. The waterfront town houses and warehouses built by merchants in the 17th century were high (four or five stories) and narrow (property taxes were based on the width of frontages), each distinguished by its fanciful gables. Of the five concentric semicircles of elm-lined canals and the 160 smaller canals connecting them, Herengracht (the “Gentlemen’s Canal”) is lined with the largest and most stately houses, while the trim brick homes on the smaller canals can be more engaging architecturally.

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#TravelTuesday – Stockholm, Sweden

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August25

 

Today’s Travel Tuesday destination is Stockholm, Sweden, courtesy of the 1,000 Places to See Before You Die Page-A-Day calendar.

Top Attractions:

1. Stockholm Archipelago (pictured above): Sweden’s summer is brief but glorious, and the Stockholm Archipelago is one of the best places to celebrate it—by kayaking, biking, or simply walking the unpaved island roads and taking in the magnificent scenery. The archipelago is a latticework of some 24,000 islands and smooth, glacier-polished outcroppings that dot a 150-mile stretch off of Sweden’s eastern coast. You can explore the area by ferry, vintage steamer, three-mast schooner, sailboat, or yacht.

  • Where: Vaxholm is 10 miles/16 km northwest of Stockholm.
  • Best Times: June-August for the warmest weather; July for the Around Gotland regatta, which begins and ends in Sandhamn; August for crayfish season.

2. Gamla Stan: Filled with ancient squares, medieval buildings, and cobblestone lanes, Gamla Stan (Old Town) is one of the 14 islands that make up Stockholm and is the site of the original city. Its heart is the main square of Stortorget, and surrounding it, on the narrow streets Västerånggatan and Österlånggatan, you’ll find dozens of popular restaurants, galleries, and boutiques. Stockholm’s history is revealed through Gamla Stan’s impressive variety of architecture, culminating with the Kungliga Slottet, or Royal Palace, one of the largest in Europe.

  • Best Time: May-September for nicest weather.

3. Smörgåsbord: Sweden is famous throughout the world for its superb buffet-style Smörgåsbord, the nation’s great culinary art form. And while some of it may not be for everyone (the preponderace of herring may raise eyebrows), much will delight even the unadventurous palate. According to unofficial smörgåsbord etiquette, one never mixes hot with cold nor sweet with sour, and multiple visits to the food-laden table are expected, the first for herring (there are often over a dozen varities) and the last for desserts.

  • Best Time: Mid-November-December for Christmas smörgåsbord at Ulriksdals Wärdshus.

4. Vasa Museum: The magnificent royal warship Vasa—a 226-foot, 64-cannon man-of-war—was built to be the largest and most powerful battleship ever constructed. It took two years to complete on the site where Stockholm’s Grand Hôtel now stands. Salvaged 333 years after her demise and since then painstakingly restored, the warship can now be viewed at the Vasa Museum, the only maritime museum of its kind in the world and the most visited museum in Scandinavia.

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#TravelTuesday – Vienna, Austria

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August18Today’s Travel Tuesday destination is Vienna, Austria, courtesy of the 1,000 Places to See Before You Die Page-A-Day calendar.

Top Attractions:

1. The Hofburg or Imperial Palace (pictured above): The Hofburg served as the seat of Hapsburg emperors for 6 centuries, through the Holy Roman Empire until the end of the monarchy (1806-1918). Each emperor made his own additions and renovations, resulting in today’s sprawling complex, the official seat of the Austrian president. Among 18 wings, 19 courtyards, and 2,600 rooms, you’ll find many highlights.

2. Albertina Museum: Combining a 17th-century palace and a new 14-story building, the Albertina contains one of the world’s largest collections of graphic art, from the Gothic to the contemporary, plus some 25,000 architectural drawings and a major photography collection. The impressive permanent collection, including Albrecht Dürer’s fabled Hare (1502), is complemented by important temporary exhibitions.

3. Kunsthistorisches Museum: One of the richest fine-arts museums on the planet, with works from the ancient world and all over Europe, is housed in palatial galleries across from the Hofburg Palace. The Italian and Flemish collections are especially fine, as is the world’s largest collection of paintings by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, which includes his Hunters in the Snow.

4. St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom): Even after centuries of renovation and rebuilding, the Stephansdom, dedicated in 1147, retains a medieval atmosphere. Its towering Gothic spires still dominate the city skyline. Inside, it’s full of monuments, sculptures, and paintings. Catacomb tours run regularly, revealing sarcophagi of former archbishops and Hapsburg emperors.

5. Schloss Schönbrunn: Built by the Hapsburgs between 1696 and 1712, this 1,441-room summer palace was inspired by Versailles and is filled with delicate Rococo touches that set it in contrast to the starker Hofburg. Mozart performed here at age six for the Empress Maria Theresa, and Emperor Franz Joseph was born here. About 40 of its rooms are open to visitors, and the palace’s park, opened to the public around 1779, is still popular for its hedge maze, reproduction Roman ruins, botanical garden, and zoo.

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