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Puerto Limon Hostel
Chacabuco 1080, Buenos Aires 1069, Argentina
Meaghan Beatley's rating: Mar 11, 2014
Upon walking into Puerto Limon's lobby, my attention was immediately captured by a series of wooden window frames dangling from the ceiling, followed by an Andy Warhol-like painting of Marilyn Monroe ... read more
suspended over a comfortable-looking living room area, in the corner of which presided a massive and ancient typewriter. If you're looking for an alternative to the reggae-happy hostel scene, I highly recommend you check out Puerto Limon for a taste of its bohemian charm. I was enchanted by the décor as well as the kind and helpful desk attendant, a young woman with a Portuguese lilt. Located next to a pizzeria, “La Moderna,” as well as a fruit and vegetable stand and a “carniceria,” you’ll have everything at your disposition to make dinner in Puerto Limon’s roomy kitchen and then enjoy your meal on its outdoor patio, alongside travelers from the world over. And of course, as you’ll be staying in the heart of San Telmo, you’ll get to soak in the neighborhood’s old “tanguero” magic.
Off Boulevard de Rochechouart, Paris 75018 France
Julia P's rating: Nov 25, 2010
High above Paris, Montmartre is a windy little neighborhood. The main square is a bit touristy but walk a few steps away and find lots of charming little bistros and cafes. Here is where Picasso and ... read more
friends passed loads of time 1920s, artfully conversing and boozing.
Matthias Hagemann's rating: Nov 12, 2012
fascinating city, worth going there, outside thamel not very touristic but interesting, not only the touristic hot spots are interesting. just walking around or walk to the tourist places can be more ... read more
exiting than to go by bus or taxi.
Redwood National and State Parks
1111 Second Street, Crescent City, CA 95531-4123
Sara Benson's rating: Mar 28, 2012
So many visits to this collection of NorCal parks over the years, and I'm still nowhere near done exploring. Many of the tallest trees on Earth have their roots sunk deep in the dirt here, breathing ... read more
in the cool coastal fog and giving life to emerald mosses, calling forests birds, and a lot more wildlife. Lady Bird Johnson Grove is a quick mile-long loop hike that even smaller kids will enjoy, with its interesting self-guided tour stops. Stop at the coastal visitor center off Hwy 101 early in the day to pick up a permit and get directions for visiting the primeval Tall Trees Grove.
Lassen Volcanic National Park
eight miles northeast of Mineral - PO Box 100, Mineral
Eric Brink's rating: Mar 13, 2011
Lassen is a a bit more of a drive to get to from the Bay Area than say Yosemite. And the views aren't quite as stunning. Yet there's something to be said for feeling that you have a National Park to ... read more
yourself and being able to just relax without fighting the hordes. The hikes are excellent and the geothermal sights are often a wonder to behold. The drive through the Park is nice and Drakesbad (in the Park),the Bidwell House (in Chester), and a few places in or around Mineral are great alternatives to the nicely appointed campgrounds. And do try some of the more remote parts of the park like Cinder Cone. And on your drive back try Lake Almador and the Feather River Valley. Or go out north and see Burney Falls. Chico's also worth a stop on your way up. And it's more scenic that cutting over to Lassen at I-5.
Eric Brink's rating: Sep 18, 2011
UPDATE - 12/2012 Same As It Ever Was! Gayle and I returned to Crater Lake National Park a few weeks ago at the tail end of our annual Oregon Shakespeare Festival trip to Ashland. We thought it would ... read more
be cool to take the long way home and visit the most stunning Crater Lake once again. This time, we treated ourselves and stayed at the Lodge. We hiked around, we hung out at the Lodge's Deck, Lounge, and in front of the Fireplace, had a nice Dinner, and of course couldn't get enough of the views (especially at dusk and dawn). Crater Lake National Park is isolated and takes awhile to get here, but it's so worth it and an experience that certainly I'll never forget. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- After a wonderful Family Wedding weekend in Pasco Washington, it was time to drive home. Gayle wanted to go straight back, but since Crater Lake was on the way, I suggested that we stop and enjoy the views. Even off US 97, it's a bit of a drive to the North Entrance. And even as we entered the park and crossed the Pumice Desert, she and the Kid were getting a bit impatient. However, the payoff came soon enough at the first scenic overlook. You have to climb up a small hill to see the view, and what a stunning spectacle it is! The scenery is striking and the Lake is so gloriously blue. We also went over the Crater Lake Lodge (and a few places in between) and admired slightly different, but even more inspiring views. I had been here about 25 years ago in the Winter after driving up from Medford on Highway 62. The Winter view is different, but equally stunning. As we headed South to Klamath, Gayle thanked me for pushing for this scenic detour. And when I got home, I started working on details of whether a future joint Ashland-Crater Lake trip might be possible.
Persis Ratouis' rating: Mar 11, 2014
Absolutely breath taking! The dunes are very vast with varying steepness - bring either tall hiking boots or flip flops because you will be plunging into the sands to reach the crests. I recommend ... read more
coming at sunset (or sunrise)!
Audrey Lo "@GogobotAudrey"'s rating: Mar 10, 2014
Very impressive ski jump course from the 1994 Olympics. I have a newfound appreciation for ski jumpers and it is so cool to be standing where Olympics skied and he view wow!
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